Just Love

​John 13:34-35 (KJV)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another 

The reason some cannot fulfill this is because some do not know God’s love intimately. It is impossible to love others the way Christ loves us if we do not make a conscience decision to receive His love, apply it to our life, and walk in it. 

According to Hebrews 5:8 Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. We will suffer some things in this flesh when we choose to obey God’s word by loving others the way he loves us. This light affliction of loving others who we may consider to be unlovable, will work for us a far greater weight of God’s glory in our life

Our willingness to choose God’s love in every situation, be it good or bad, will allow others to see that we are Christ’s disciples. 

Make a conscience decision to walk in God’s love! Be His true disciple, and watch God be glorified in you!

Until next time… #beblessed✌

The Wrong Kind of Hate

One night I was watching a story on CNN about a group of individuals. The leader of this particular group makes mention of what qualifies you to be in the group. The leader proceeds to say you have to be a particular color, a good Christian and a non Jewish person because Jews are a dirty race of people. 😮 (the sound when the record abruptly stops) Now, I’m floored because in order to be a “Christian” a person is supposed to be “Christ-like” in manner and character.

Many who profess to be Christians are demonstrating hatred towards the wrong people and things. The scripture says in Genesis 1:26-27, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

When we display hatred towards God’s creation, we are letting him know that we do not approve of what He has done. When we begin to show hatred towards a group of people whom God loves dearly, we are showing extreme displeasure towards His creation because He reminds us constantly that everything He made is good. When begin to call God’s creation bad, we are saying He is bad, and we know that is a lie.

Our warfare is not against flesh and blood like so many have made it to be, but our warfare is against spiritual wickedness in high places, and those imaginations which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. (2 Corinth. 10:3-4; Eph. 6:10)

1 John 3:15 (KJV) Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1 John 4:20 (KJV) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

This let’s us know we can’t harbour hatred in our hearts and expect to remain in heaven. The things that we should hate are: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among his brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19

Now Christ came to the Jews first, He was also called the King of the Jews, the woman at the well knew Him to be a Jew, and I can go on and on, but how can we say we’re Christ like and dismiss Christ and the fact the scripture says we are Jews through the circumcision of the heart. I am only focusing on the blindness of the mind of the people who need Christ. There is no Greek or Jew, but we’re all one in Christ. In the end, LOVE with a pure heart (which means without dissimulation) is the true mark and character of a Christian.

We cannot attack people because all souls belong to the Lord, however, we have to deal with the Spirit of error people speak, so they can find salvation in Christ

The Problem Lies at the Root

Earlier in the month I wrote about the importance of hearing God in your brokenness. Now I am going to mention the root of the problem. When Moses encouraged the Children of Israel that He was going to bring them out, it was hard for them to receive the information through Moses because they had been in a place of disparity for such a long time. What we have to understand is this; before God brings us out of a thing, He will tell us what He is going to do, but He will also instruct us to do something else.

Usually when it comes time for us to move into a new place with God, He will instruct us to deal with some things which may be a hindrance in our lives in order to move us to the next level. Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint (oxford dictionary 2015). There must be a level of freedom in our lives in order to experience the fullness of God,

Things may seem hard for you right now, but it is hard for a reason. That reason is because we have pharaoh’s in our lives that do not want to let us go. Some of our pharaoh’s could be abuse; rejection; abandonment; alcohol; molestation; divorce; offense; lust; pornography; or the love of money. This list can go on and on. What we have to look at is this: anything that holds you captive is a pharaoh in your life. God desires all of His children to be free from their personal pharaoh’s. Pharaoh didn’t want to let the Children of Israel go because they were a huge benefit to him. Your pharaoh doesn’t want to let you go neither because it is using you to help build his kingdom.

In Exodus 6:11 the Lord spoke to Moses instructing him to tell pharaoh to let His people go. In verse 12 Moses responded like many of us “Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?” God will come to us and instruct us to deal with some hidden issues in our lives, and we will respond like Moses in a manner of defeat. He didn’t think anyone would listen, and there are times we believe no one will listen to us when we are trying to right our wrongs.

The Lord may have instructed you to forgive your father who has never loved you, and you may think it is impossible to do it, but God would never instruct you to do something that His grace can not carry you through. The un-forgiveness towards your father may be the very thing that causes you to behave in a way that is unpleasant to others who are in authority. The lust for other people who are not your spouse has left an emptiness in your heart that only God can heal. Even in this there is a root to the problem , and that problem could stem from many abusive and hurtful things that has damaged our hearts as children, or even teenagers.  As you read further into Exodus 6 God is still instructing Moses to deal with the problem, Pharaoh. As much as Moses felt he was inadequate to handle that pain, God was more than able to sustain him through the deliverance process.

As you read the next several chapters in Exodus, you will see God is instructing Moses to deal with the problem. Our deliverance lies at the root of  our problems. The more Moses dealt and kept talking to that problem, the more God kept showing Himself to be mighty. The more you keep working on the inner pharaoh that may have you in bondage, God will continue to show Himself strong in your life and deliver you. He desires to bring you into a place flowing with milk and honey, but we have to deal with the root of our problems. Once the root is removed, we will not have to worry about that situation again.

So, take a moment and ask the Lord to show you the pharaoh in your life that has hindered you from receiving the fullness of His love. What is it that causes you to react to people in an aggressive way when they say something to help you? What is it that won’t allow you to forgive a loved one, friend, or co-worker for a wrong you believe they have done? There are problems we all must face, big or small, but God is able to give us the grace to face the problems.

Pray this prayer: Psalm 139:23-24 “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” 

 

Accept your Place in Christ

Symbol Person Choice SilhouettesHave you ever wondered why the Lord would call someone like you to the ministry? Have you wondered why He would call you while you are so young? Have you wondered why He would call you while you are enjoying life the way you want to, and not wanting to slow down for anyone? I have been there at one point or more in my life. Realizing there is a purpose for my life, but not wanting to quite slow down long enough for the Lord to clean me up, and use me for HIS service. I remember when I first acknowledged there was a call on my life, I was excited. That was like the best thing since sliced bread, but overtime I was not so excited because I realized how much I was gonna have to give up in order to live this life. I did what most people do when they are faced with this dilemma…tuck tail and run!photo1

I put on my track shoes and ran as far as I could, and tried to stay away from being noticed as much as possible. Little did I know, is that I can not run from an all seeing God, neither can I run from the gift and calling that was placed in me from the foundation of the world. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Before we are even thought of, God has already appointed us for a particular purpose in the earth. It is up to us if we will accept or deny. Denying will not get us out of the plan God has for our life. 1 Corinthians 9:17 says, “For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.” Either way we see it, we have to humble and submit to the call over our lives.

Cats that don't land on their feet.I am reminded of a movie that was released several years ago about a young man who was called to bring balance, peace, hope, and encouragement to those who were gifted with certain air, water, fire, and earth bending capabilities. The young man new he was called, but he was not ready to give up his life for others, so he did like some us and put on his track shoes and ran. He stayed gone for over a century and his hiatus caused many to be enslaved, impoverished, and fearful.

When God has called us to be an encourager to His people, and a doorway for them to come out of bondage, fear, and poverty, we must be willing to accept that call because if we do not, many will stay enslaved in Satan’s grip. Think about your home boys, or home girls who are living the life God has delivered you from, and just by you making a conscience decision to give up your life for them they can be free as well. The Lord never said it would be easy because we have to suffer some things in this flesh in order for others to be free. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, so we may never have to suffer what HE suffered, but we must be willing to lose some things in order to win others for the sake of the gospel.

In the movie the young man made his way back to the temple where the monks were and there was one monk left. The young man was so happy to seeBetrayal-Quotes-4 someone left behind that he knew (because everyone was killed during his hiatus) that he was so excited. What he didn’t know is the monk betrayed him because he was forced to live in poverty because of his disappearance, and he turned the young man over to the fire nation. How many of us have friends and loved ones being forced into poverty because we refuse to take off our track shoes, and accept the call on our lives? When we do not walk in our calling, we are betraying the gospel, and those who trust us to show them the way. When we betray those whom God wants us to help walk in liberty, we become enslaved to the traps of the enemy.

balance-aktIn the movie the fire nation was enslaving everyone who were gifted to bend elements. The people were afraid to use their gifts until the one who was called showed up on the scene and gave the people hope to fight back. When you man; when you woman accept your calling you will give people hope and courage to fight against the devil and his works, and begin to take their rightful places in life. When the people fought back, word spread that the chosen one was on the scene. In a nut shell, the young man accepted his role in life, and brought balance to all others who were gifted.

My prayer for you today is that you will take off your track shoes and allow the Lord to perfect the work HE has started in you from the foundation of the world. That you will see the joy in serving the Lord in a way you could never imagine. That you will have a love to see others free. John 15:13 says, ” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Friend; lay down your life, so someone else can receive eternal life…

Eternal Life

 

 

 

 

Love

 
When we ask the Lord to fill our heart with love, we are asking HIM to put us in situations with people that are considered to be un-loveable in our mind. The Lord knows exactly what HE is doing when He constantly directs us to love someone that is always giving us “The Blues” so to say. This is how the love of God is perfected in us. Remember, He loved us first before we loved HIM. When we were in our sins Christ died for us. Love will always provide a way of escape for those that do not know true love. Let’s not tuck tail and shut the door on love, and remember 1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth