The word love always trends on twitter. It is used every second of the day. A word that has been abused more than any word in the English language. Everyone uses the word. Whether you believe in its origin in God or not, people use the word and for many, its so fluid, that its weight has little value when said. Love has been reduced in many cases to lust.
People use the word to manipulate people. People use the word out of a genuine heart felt response based upon how someone makes them feel. No matter why you are using the word its power is not absolute.
While love is powerful and the very essence of God, it is not sufficient enough to make the most evil person repent and give their life to Jesus. The hearts of many are so cold that love or fear will not save them. They are simply doomed. Never forget that Jesus was the epitome of love and yet he was stilled murdered by people He asked God the Father to forgive. It is this understanding that I want you to keep, when you hear people try to use Jesus loves you as a tactic to bring someone into fellowship with Jesus.
Love doesn’t bring a person in. Its revelation. The ability to have the self awareness of ones sin will bring them into fellowship with Jesus, when they seek an answer for it. Jesus will always become the only solution for the dilemma. Christians are called to be salt and light. Not love and love. The salt means we are delightful people. Good people that may be trusted and the light is the revelation.
He who wins souls is wise. Fear is the beginning, but love is the sustainer. What does a person fear? There soul lost because of sin. When they believe, love will carry them through the trials and the tribulation. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. Fear is the beginning of knowledge. Love is afterward. It is the everlasting sustainer.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8). In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12). By this the children of God and the children of the devil can be distinguished: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother (1 John 3:10).
As Christians we should strive to be debt free, because debt is often an exposure of our lack of satisfaction in Christ and over dependence on the things of this world to provide pleasure. God holds our relationships in high-esteem. Over and above things. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes (Matthew 6:25)?
God has promised to provide for our needs without a requirement of worry. He told His disciples that if they speak and believe, what they say, it shall happen as they have said it. Have faith in God! When you waver in faith this can anger God and he will curse your prayer. The devil is also able to intercept faithless prayers as well. Most prayers get intercepted because Christians don’t believe what they say. Also, ask the Lord to give you the ability to see the diverse ways that He chooses to answer it.
When you don’t acknowledge your debt problem, it is sin. This type of sin will limit areas in your life, when you decide to operate in God. It is important to note that God does not give suggestions, but commands. When he tells us to do something it is in our best interest to do it.
This is not a call to stress over debt already acquired, but an awakening to God’s ability to set you free, when you acknowledge him in this area of your life. As Christians we live for him and should acknowledge him in everything that we do. Let’s never forget that the way that leads to life is narrow and few find it. Let’s watch or have our house broken through.
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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.
The sole purpose of man is to worship God. God desired creatures who would freely worship and love him. The only way for this love to be real it had to be tested. Test are given to measure effort and knowledge. God gave the first man and woman a test by allowing the serpent (Satan) to enter the Garden and deceive Eve. Mankind failed God’s test and sin entered into the world. It grew extremely fast. Murder right out the gate with Cain killing his brother Abel. In an effort to save man, God circumvented his owns words by preparing a lamb (his Son) to die in-place of man. Jesus became the scapegoat.
Now we fast forward to the year 2016 and there is still turmoil in the land. Wars and rumors of wars fill the social media accounts and household table-talks. The answer for them in the Bible was Jesus and today he is still the answer. In fact, that is why Jesus has not transferred all of the Christians out of the world. Jesus said, I have given them Your word and the world has hated them; for they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one (John 17:15).
Who is this evil one? It is the same Satan found in the Garden of Eden. He is still being used to test humans love for God. We fight him the most aggressively when we love Jesus. Those in Christ will be kept. You can be confident that the blood shed on the cross and the Holy Spirit given as the earnest expectation of our salvation will deliver us from hell. Let us not grow weary in well doing.
All Christians have a responsibility to be salt and light. Flood the social media and the airwaves on youtube with light. Let the world know that the problems we face started in the Garden of Eden and the solution is Jesus. Any other solution will create for you a wandering in the desert effect. A cycle of depression and suicide in your family. A cycle of sexual, alcohol, and drug abuse. A cycle of mental disorders and sleep paralysis.
God wants to deliver us from all of our afflictions, but he has placed some parameters on it. Love him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. This will lead you into all truth and set you free.