Heart Keepers Ministries

It’s An Inside Job

by Debbie on April 13, 2023

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes my husband and I watch the ID channel which shows how detectives solve real life crimes.

It’s no secret many times the crime is an inside job. Often we see an episode when a person claims an outsider did the job.

Recently we viewed an episode involving a married couple. The wife called 911 and reported someone broke into their home and shot and killed her husband.

After much investigation of outside suspects it was determined it was an inside job after all.

The wife had taken a shotgun and placed it on the shoulder of her sleeping husband and shot him to death.

She then reported to her son, a robber broke in and killed his step dad!

It was after shooting her husband and telling her son an outsider did the job, she reported the crime to police.

The wife, come to find out, had a serious prescription drug addiction and as medical personnel was writing unauthorized prescriptions for herself and also causing much debt for her family.

Bills were going unpaid so she decided to get a life insurance policy for $250,000 on her husband. He apparently had no idea of their financial situation and whole heartedly agreed he needed life insurance and the wife of course was the beneficiary.

After much investigation the detectives brought the wife in for another interview because they suspected the shooting was an inside job done by the man’s wife or step son.

After a time of questioning she began to break down and tell the truth. She confessed to the inside job and swore on her life her son had nothing to do with the death of her husband. She was a real mess and peace was not present in her life.

She was crying and saying how awful it was and how she couldn’t believe what she had done and how awful it was just living for the next “fix”.

Because of a plea deal she received a sentence of 25 years. No doubt this young wife needed an inside job done to her as well.

What do I mean?

The thing she needed to “fix” her was peace. Peace is an inside job.

A popular church sign states:

No Jesus, no peace!
Know Jesus, know peace!

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ..." (Romans 5:1)

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and those who know him personally, know peace.

I found that peace that surpasses all understanding in October 1996 when I prayed this simple prayer one night when I too felt like a mess :

Dear God,
I can’t do this anymore. Please give me peace and give me strength. In Jesus name I pray amen .

I went to sleep that night and slept the most peaceful I had ever slept. I woke up a new person. A person who saw the blue sky and heard birds singing for what seemed like the first time ever and I felt as though something or someone was lifting my head up.

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head" (Psalm 3:3)

I had so much peace in my heart and mind and had a sense that no matter what happened in my life, It was going to be alright.

Come to find out this prayer started a process I call “an inside job”! Nothing had changed on the outside! My circumstances were the same but inside, my heart was full of peace.

After some investigation (reading a book by Charles Stanley called The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life) I realized who had done this “inside job”.

It was Jesus! (His Holy Spirit, living in my heart)

When I was 12 yrs old I asked Jesus, through another simple prayer, to take residence in my heart and to be my Lord and Savior.

Because I asked in faith, believing, the Holy Spirit of Jesus made my heart his permanent residence.

The Holy Spirit is the part of the triune God that does inside jobs.

He did an inside job of peace in my heart that night but has done many inside jobs since.

Do you need peace?

Is something or someone from the outside robbing you of peace?

Many times it is we ourselves trying to do something on the inside of us that can only be done by an insider.

Are you ready to invite an insider (Jesus, the Prince Of Peace) to give you peace and strength?

He did it for me and he can do it for you.

Pray this prayer:

Dear God,
I can’t do this anymore. Please give me peace and give me strength. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

Go in peace and in the strength you have been given!


The Place Of Prayer

by Debbie on November 3, 2022

Have you intended to pray but things got in the way and before you knew it your days got worse before they got better.

Paul and Silas had some days like that.

Their story is supernatural but nonetheless real!

Acts 16:16-40

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.

After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”

But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.
They dealt with an evil spirit in a woman by casting it out in Jesus name.

They then had to deal with the greedy, angry owners of this woman.

They were seized and dragged to the marketplace and placed before the authorities by these greedy, angry people.
(In other words these people called the law on them.)

Then others joined in against them and they were stripped and severely beaten with rods per the law.

Next they were sent to prison and guarded closely by a jailer who put their feet in stocks.

Apparently they couldn’t sleep because after midnight Paul and Silas started praying and singing hymns and had the attention of all the prisoners.

Okay finally we get to the best part, the supernatural part:

A violent earthquake shook the foundations of the prison and the doors flew open and everyone’s chains came loose.

But Paul and Silas didn’t run for their lives. Instead they stayed and saved the jailer from taking his life and then they told the jailer how to be saved for eternity. The jailer and his whole household were saved and baptized by Paul and Silas.

The jailer did something for Paul and Silas before he and his household were saved though, he washed their wounds.

Can you imagine Paul and Silas sitting in prison with severe wounds praying and praising God?

I don’t know about you but I might be complaining and whining and crying my eyes out, instead.

The jailer, after washing their wounds was immediately baptized along with his family and then he set a meal before Paul and Silas.

They found out they were free to go in peace as per the law and they refused the offer.

They instead wanted as big of a public exit as they had a public entrance into prison.

The authorities appeased them and lead them out of prison and they went to Lydia’s house and encouraged those who were there.

What a story! Everything from evil spirits to being placed in prison tried to stop Paul and Silas from getting to their place of prayer but in the end it was prayer and praise to God that got them a miracle.

The most important thing we can do is get to our place of prayer.

What is stopping you from getting to your place of prayer?

Deal with whatever it is quickly because when we pray and praise God miracles happen!

Father in Jesus name I cast out anything keeping me from getting to my place of prayer. I know that when I pray and praise you will make miracles happen in my life that will get me to a place of freedom so I can lead others to you and encourage those who are downcast. Thank you in advance for all you do when I let nothing get in the way of praying and praising you! In Jesus name amen



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