What does a Jesus pop-out look like? What does it mean? Do you pop Jesus out whenever you need him and pop him back when you are finished. Today, we see many people asking for prayer in their nearest storm, but soon as the coast is clear, they resume with swearing, getting drunk and doing things that they ought not to. They have no desire or hunger for the things of God. In a nutshell, they are displaying the fruits of the flesh and not the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5).
This is a stench in His nose because they are just paying lip service but their lives are consistently contrary to Gods word. So the question is, is Jesus your whole life or do you pop Jesus out like a lucky charm? Is your ‘commitment’ to Christ limited to just an ackowledgemnt that he exists and that he supplies for you or have you totally surrendered your life to him and desire what he desires and hates what he hates which is sin.
I know of Scarlett Johansson, but I bet if you asked her if she knew me, the answer would be no. In the same way, many people know and even acknowledge Jesus, believe that he died on the cross and rose on the third day but MANY of those very same people will hear Jesus say ‘ I never knew you’ when they stand before him to give an account (Matthew 7:23) because they continued to work iniquity.
So how do you know that you will not be amongst that number. The bible makes it clear. Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.
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It is nearly impossible to love your enemies. Those who willfully choose to hate you and go out of there way to destroy you. It is difficult to love your spouse who refuses to either work or have sex with you. It is difficult to love your children who continually work against you or worse try and harm you. It is difficult to love your work partners who work to sabotage you or the racist on your job. It is difficult to love when everyone around you is cold.
The automatic love comes from loving God. It is the first command. To love God with all of your heart, mind and strength. It is here where the automatic love for everyone else is now possible. It is here where you receive supernatural power to love others the right way. It is here where God shares his heart with you and energizes you to love others. Your trouble of loving others starts with your trouble or lack of love for Jesus Christ. When you open the doors of your heart to Jesus without any reservation the heart of God opens without reservation for you. Now you are becoming filled with God’s love and his love seeps through your pores and touches those around you, but keep this in mind that some with hard hearts will still hate you.
Automatic love is for you. It secures your place in heaven and increases your crowns in glory. Automatic love is your peace and joy. It makes you better and increases your spiritual power in God. It is not a tool for manipulating others to love you, because some people will still hate your guts. Never forget Jesus who is love was still crucified by hard hearted people.
The beauty of automatic love is that you will love the right way. The discerning way. You will also bear good fruit this way. The fruit you bear this way will remain. Now choose to love God with your whole heart. In Jesus name.
When the world has become your benchmark for success you have lost your first love and your affections have been set to low. The highest levels of affection are those set on things above where Christ sits on the throne. I have set my mind on Jesus the author and finisher of my faith. I understand that this world is full of sin and fallen into a decay which God himself will destroy. The ungodly will hate you. Demons hate you. Fallen angels hate you. You have enemies that you cannot see all around you. Their number one goal is to limit your effectiveness for Jesus and to steal your joy.
Don’t allow the devil to steal your joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. God has not hidden his plan from you. He told you that trials and tribulations would accompany the believer. He also told you that he would bless you through the persecution, only let it be for righteousness and not sin. God will bless you and place favor on your life when you’re committed to him. Love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, and strength. Don’t avert your eyes and compare yourself with others. Especially, if you don’t want to compare their pain, labor and suffering.
Heavenly Father, I am disconnecting myself from positioning my mind on things below and through your power have shifted my thoughts toward the blessings that are flowing inside me through your Holy Spirit. The power of God is filling me and his joy is becoming my own. I have chosen the best part. I can take my relationship with Jesus pass the curtain of death and I know Jesus has prepared a mansion for me. No earthly home compares to what Jesus is preparing for me. My mind is on the mansion, I will never lose. One that is paid in full and handcrafted by God.
Here are simple words from my heart.
If this day causes you pain and suffering, I understand what it means to be lonely. I have experienced the sting of many lonely nights, crying myself to sleep, watching Lizzie McGuire. I have experienced the empty feeling of desiring someone close and realizing that alone I sit, stand, and sleep. The heavy heart and the despair of life can sometimes get quite shattering. I am amazed at how many Valentine days pass. Alas, I am saved and filled with the Holy Spirit and still I experience this. What is my hope or joy? It is Christ answer to prayer. It is the precious pain before the calm. It is our story. It is our saga. It is a great movie with all the implications that make movies great. The troubled waters before the peace that passes understanding, but does it end here? The movie ends on a note that is grand and leaves the audience to ponder the pleasure of the couple’s reunion, but what after? The story continues with more valleys and more peaks, the difference for the believer in Christ is this, our valleys and tears are being touched by God and he hears our prayer and will repay. The valleys and hills are the saga. Be of good cheer. Your day is coming. Stay the course and be strong and forget not this Valentine Day for when the memory of the past is gone we may be doomed to repeat it.
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