Week February 24, 2019
"For the Lord, your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God" Deut 4:24
Jealous God, Consuming Fire – Our God is a jealous God, desiring our praise to be for Him alone. His jealousy is not out of selfishness, but a passionate love saying, “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”. It is because of His burning love for us that His jealousy is so great. “For the Lord, your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Consider giving Him your whole heart today. Spend some quiet time with Him this week. Express your love for Him. Do something you have not done in a while with God.
Week February 17, 2019
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much~ James 5:16
Pray that God will open your heart so that your prayers become an essential part of your life. I truly believe this will CHANGE your perception of self and others!
On this week seek Godly wisdom, receive this: Your future success cannot be determined by past failures, but your development from them can lead to His (God's) expected end! Stay focused and in the Press! Be blessed and be a blessing, I love you to life!
Week of February 10, 2019
1 Corinthian 13:1-7, If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but does not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres.
A couple was invited for dinner at the home of their friend. The vegetable was buttered broccoli, and the woman asked if they liked it. “Oh, yes,” the couple replied politely, “We love it!”
However, when the bowl of broccoli was passed, they declined to take any. The hostess said, “I thought you said you loved broccoli.” They replied, “Oh, yes we do, but not enough to eat it."
Do you love your family? “Of course I do!” We all would say that! It’s the only right answer. However, what do you mean by love? So often we love our family like that couple loved broccoli: We love in the abstract, but when it comes right down to it, we don’t want to get too close. In the words of the Apostle John, we love in word, but not in deed and truth (1 John 3:18).
What does biblical love look like? We know that our relationships in the family need to be marked by love. Husbands, are to love their wives. However, wives, too, must love their husbands. Parents and children, brothers and sisters, must love one another. However, how do we know what such love looks like in an everyday dress?
Paul’s famous chapter on love, 1 Corinthians 13, tells us. The Corinthian church was emphasizing a good thing, spiritual gifts, to the neglect of the best. They were using their gifts apart from love. Paul makes the point that the use of their God-given gifts would amount to nothing if the Corinthians did not make love their priority.
As we celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th, I ask you to think about your representation of "LOVE." How do you define and express your love to others? Do you do in expectation of receiving a return? Do you consider others before yourself, and do you hold resentment towards others who have done you wrong?
Week of February 3, 2019
Romans 6:6 says, “We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves would have no power over us” (NCV). What does “our sinful selves would have no power over us” mean? It means our natural inclination is to do the wrong thing.
Our natural inclination when someone hurts us is to hurt them back. Our natural inclination when someone says something bad against you is to say something bad against them and hold on to it will never forgive them. All of the things we naturally inclined to do actually make it worse.
But we can break that bondage of bitterness, that bondage of guilt, that bondage of resentment, that bondage of worry. We can keep from becoming slaves to the past and hurtful memories. We can choose to forgive.
The cross has the power to free us from grudges and grief and resentment. There is no other way to let go of these emotions that are weighing us down than the cross. Jesus on the cross broke the power of sin and death and bondage in your life.
Challenge yourself to forgive that person who hurt you. Who planted a seed of bitterness in you.
Below is a prayer I've put together to help us be FREE.
Father, only you understand how much I’ve been hurt by this person. I don’t want to carry the pain for another second. I don’t want to be a bitter person. But I need your grace and the power of the cross to release my hurt and to forgive those who’ve hurt me. This is the turning point. First, I need to experience your forgiveness. You know all the ways I’ve hurt others, and I’m so sorry for my sins. Jesus, thank you for dying for me. I accept your grace and forgiveness, and I need it daily.
Today I’m turning to you, and I’m choosing to forgive the way you have forgiven me. Every time the memory comes back, I’ll forgive that person again until the pain is gone. Heal my heart with your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen