Hello, Brothers and Sister and Heartdwellers family. May you all be blessed.
When I was doing the previous message, I found this cool document that listed Godly Character Traits for Children and I thought I should share this with you guys because we are all little children, after all. These are also great guidelines on how you can build your character and recognize, in each trial the Lord allows what area of virtue he is trying to grow you in, so you can pass the test with more ease each time.
In the church I would see women talking about being a Proverbs 31 woman; quote it, wear the scripture on shirts, but I don’t think many of us knew what it really entailed to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Virtue is what builds a person’s character and that is something that has not been taught at all in our generation. I don’t think I knew what virtue was until I came to Heartdwellers and Jesus began to tell us about the value of suffering and trials which grow us in virtue. Once I found that out, it allowed me to really abandon myself to him, surrendering more to his will in every test and trial that came. I’m not saying I’m perfect, but I am coming to understand, more and more, the road that leads to holiness and true perfection in Christ, is love.
Through this list may you come to realize the areas you are most weak so that you can ask God to mature you. May you also come to see what areas you are often tested in and allow Him to grow you in virtue so you can be a bride with good character that He can entrust this new wine with.
✽ A bride who is, Orderly: To be arranged or disposed in some order pattern, governed by law and well behaved.
1 Corinthians 14:40,“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
The Lord has really been growing me in this area because, by nature, I am lazy and really sloppy. So, it transferred in my work, even for the Lord and he had me stay here on the mountain an additional year so I could learn to do everything with excellence and to be orderly in my work.
✽ A bride who is Attentive: To be mindful, observant; heedful of the comfort of others.
Psalms 85:8, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak….”
Do you struggle being attentive? That is another area of weakness for me. I can be attentive to others however not so mindful of what I’m doing, so I can be careless because I am not attentive in the moment. The Lord is helping me with that; another reason why he had me stay another year, to learn how to be present in the moment.
✽ A bride who is Teachable: To be capable of being taught, apt and willing to learn.
Hebrews 12:11, No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
This is a wonderful character trait that will take you far in life even for the most learned. This requires the virtue of humility. Those who have left the mountain or have been asked to leave, had this one thing in common, an unteachable spirit. Which will hinder you greatly especially if you want to be used by God in anyway.
✽ A bride who is Obedient: To be submissive to the restraint or command of authority, willing to obey.
Colossians 3:20, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”
Jesus has told us that everything hinges on obedience. So we must be obedient to the Lord and to those whom he puts over us spiritually. Do you struggle to obey the Lord’s instructions to you, or do you disregard them and put them off? I had a quick hard lesson on Holy Obedience, for those who heard my testimony. The Lord gave me a covering through Mother Clare and Father Ezekiel, and Obedience to their every request and suggestion is Obedience to God.
✽ A bride who is Respectful: An act of giving particular attention; high or special regard and esteem.
1 Peter 2:17, Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
Do you struggle with being respectful to all people, despite age, race, gender, and status? Sometimes we tend to show partiality by respecting those whom we honor and disrespecting those whom we feel have no value in our eyes.
✽ A bride who is Honest: A fairness and straightforwardness of conduct; adherence to the facts.
Proverbs 12:22, The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
Do you struggle with being honest? Even telling a “small, white, lie” is despicable before the Lord. He wants our hearts pure, our motives pure, and the words of our heart, which come out of our mouth, pure. In heaven, everything is made known. Your thoughts are made known to everyone. So there is no room to say something in your heart and say something different with your mouth. I struggled with this, too, until the Lord had me continuously confessing my sins, exposing my faults, and even being honest with how I was feeling. Integrity is a very important virtue for a bride of Christ.
✽ A bride who is Forgiving: Forgiveness – to grant relief from payment. to pardon.
Colossians 3:13, “Bear with each other and forgive grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”.
Do you struggle with unforgiveness? Now, that is a vice that can take a soul to hell. When we hold unforgiveness in our hearts we have seeds of bitterness and resentment still embedded in our hearts. I shared a testimony on the channel, in my earlier years, where a prophet experienced the White Throne of Judgment, and he almost went to hell because of unforgiveness. He pleaded with the Lord that he had forgiven a sister in Christ. But then, the Lord asked him, “Then when you talk to her why do you treat her as if she has committed the offense?”. I thought, “Wow Lord!” He even judges our hearts towards one another. I struggle with that too, many of us are quick to say we forgive, but harbor resentment and bitterness after an injury and this is not true forgiveness. The Lord is wanting to grow, in all of our characters, someone who is quick to forgive.
✽ A bride who is a Peacemaker – One who promotes harmony in personal relations.
Proverbs 15:1, A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Do you find yourself easily stirred in anger or irritation? The Lord may allow tests where your buttons are pushed, to see your reaction. Do you respond with anger or do you respond in peace?
✽ A bride who is Courageous: Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty; brave.
Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
In the times we are living, and the times ahead, many will cower in fear or give into discouragement. So the Lord may put you in serval situations where most would buckle in fear, but he calls you to move forward with courage.
✽ A bride who is Discerning: To Show insight and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6, For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
Discernment is very important. And as I mentioned in the teachings on discernment, it is something that has to be practiced. You must discipline yourself in discernment to seek out God’s wisdom.
✽ A bride who is Content: Feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status or situation.
I really struggled with this in the beginning of my walk. I was restless, constantly thinking about the future and so unappreciative for what I had or even what God was doing. I still struggle in different seasons, but we must realize our contentment comes from Jesus alone. When he finally stripped me of everyone and everything, and I found myself alone with him, I finally stopped fighting and realized my joy, my peace, and my contentment were truly found in him all along.
✽ A bride who is Servant hearted: Servant- someone who works for someone else.
Galatians 5:13b, “…serve one another in love.”
The Lord will test you many times to break your self-will and love, so that you no longer serve yourself in your motives, actions or your love, but are quick to lay down your plans, preferences and desires to serve another for their best interest, not yours.
✽ A bride who is Thankful: Expressive of thanks; well pleased; glad.
Psalm 136:1, Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever.
This is another virtue I can grow in more. You would think all that God has done for me I would be continually grateful, but I tend to grumble and complain in my heart when things get hard or when I’m tired, and it grieves the Lord so much when we do that. That is why I add a filter and a cloak of gratitude on my armor because it’s so easy to slip into a murmur, a frustrated sigh, and comment of complaint to another. Jesus did say that we can ask for the grace of thankfulness. “So Lord please give us the grace of thankfulness!”
✽ A bride who has Self-Control: Control of your feelings and behavior.
Galatians 5:22, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
This helps you to not act according to the flesh. As Paul tells us, sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealously, fits of rage, selfish ambition, factions and envy, drunkenness, and lewd behavior all are results of a lack of self-control. Do you see yourself in any of those things I mentioned? I have fallen into at least two of those even here on the mountain. We must die to ourselves in order to gain the virtue of self-control. Another one is gluttony, “Lord help us”.
✽ A bride who is Loving: Having affection or warm regard.
John 13:34, A New command I give you: love one another As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
That is what Heartdwellers is all about, walking and living out brotherly love.
✽ A bride who is Humble: Humility – when you are not too proud, and you recognize your own faults.
Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others as better than yourselves.”
✽ A bride who is Prayerful: Devout, earnest, sincere.
Philippians 4:6, “…do is not anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request to God.
✽ A bride who is Modest: Modesty – people who are modest are not boastful about their abilities, possessions, or achievement.
The Lord is wanting us all to live by simplicity in every area of our lives.
1 Peter 3:3-4, Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, that unfaded beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth.
This is not just for women but for men as well, it’s all about your interior life, the simplicity of your soul and not your outward appearance.
✽ A bride who is Joyful: Happiness and delight in your heart that comes from Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, Be joyful always and pray continually.
✽ A bride who is Generous: Someone happy to give their time and money to help others.
2 Corinthians 9:7b, Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctant our out of compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver.
✽ A bride who is Responsible: Trustworthy, accountable, having or involving important duties.
1 Corinthians 4:2, Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
✽ A bride who is Compassionate: A feeling of sympathy for and a desire to help someone who is suffering.
Ephesians 4:32-5:21, Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgive each other just as in Christ God forgave you.
✽ A bride of who is Kind: Friendly, helpful, and generous.
Luke 6:31, Do to others as you would have them do to you.
✽ A bride who is Patient: Bearing pains or trials or without compliant.
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Oh boy, I think all Heartdwellers are called to have heroic virtue of patience. I just told Mother Clare, a quote from the TV Show the Chosen when Peter was scared to tell his wife about him following Jesus because He knew it would be hard for her. She said, “Our way is never easy”. Truly as Heartdwellers our way with anything is never easy. We are called to walk that narrow thorny road with Jesus and baring things ever so patiently. “Lord help us”.
✽ A bride who is Diligent: Characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort.
Colossians 3:23, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men.
✽ A bride who is Faithful: Loyal and trustworthy.
Proverbs 17:17, A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
God bless you guys until the next message.