Christian Love


November 28, 2015: 12:40 am: Christian Love

Matthew 14:15-21
15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus replied, “That isn’t necessary you feed them.” 17 “Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” 18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves, in addition to all the women and children!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

After Jesus feed over 5000 men and many more women and children, they wanted to make Him King. The crowds had been following Jesus and He was healing them and now He feeds them food. Many were there not because they believed He was the Son of God, but because He gave them provisions and healed them. They did not believe because of Who He was but because of what He did. Imagine today if every believer received everything they ever prayed for instantly. The lines to get into church would be so long, there would not be enough churches to hold them. Many would come not because of their love for God but because they could get what they wanted. God does not want us to come to Him because of what He can do for us; He wants our hearts because we love Him. This is the true test of our faith; will we continue to believe even in our pain and sorrow? Don’t let your unanswered pray turn you away from the love of Christ. He has a plan in mind for you and may use your bad circumstance to bring you to a greater place. Trust in Him and believe not because of what He can do for you but because you know of His love for you. Make your relationship with Jesus Christ the most important thing in your life even in your sickness or pain. It is your heart and love He wants because you know He first loved you.

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November 20, 2015: 11:56 pm: Christian Love

 

Psalms 1
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.
2 But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
4 But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christianity is not a set of rules you follow to make you closer to God, it is based on a relationship with the Living God. Relationship always comes first and is most important. Once a relationship is developed with Christ, service will follow. Once we are in service to our God, then we also walk in obedience. The very essence of Christianity is relationship. Without relationship, you cannot know or understand the message of Christ to this world. Jesus Christ did not come to make us obey the law, He came to fulfill the law and thereby make us right with God. It takes faith to believe that salvation is free and does not require anything of us except to believe. But without faith, there is no relationship, there is no salvation. Once we are made right with God, service for Him is a result of that relationship. We want to obey Him because of His love for us. And once we have a relationship with God, He gives us the power and desire to live in obedience to Him. This is the key to true fulfillment and true joy and peace. Peace that can only come through knowing Christ Jesus.

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November 17, 2015: 1:02 am: Christian Love

Philippians 3:7-11
7 I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul, at the end of his life, still had the ambition to know Christ. Today some Christians give the impression that they have complete knowledge and they only need to polish their halo every morning and are ready to take off at any moment. Yet Paul, the greatest missionary the world has ever seen, said at the end of his life, “My ambition is still to know Christ his person and the power of his resurrection.” If Paul felt this way, then how much more should we? As long as we live in this world, there will be more to know about Christ and His love. We never will “arrive” this side of heaven. That means, we never stop working at becoming more like Him. We never stop working for Him. Any Christian who sits back and does nothing for God, does not understand the power of the Spirit living in them. We are not saved by works but we are saved for works. Never stop growing in your relationship with Christ and the work you do for Him will never stop. It will be a motivation for you to live for God. May those who know the love of Christ never stop growing in Him more and may they never stop serving Him.

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October 20, 2015: 11:30 pm: Christian Love

Psalm 121
1 I look up to the mountains does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth!
3 He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This psalm expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection day and night. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God Himself. Satan does have more power than humans and he does use it to turn people away from God. We see it everyday in this world. But even though his power is greater than ours, it is very limited and will someday end. We have the greater power God behind us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It is ours to use or not to use. Only those who believe in Him and walk with Him have access to this power. The is no greater power outside of God. Not only is He all powerful, He also watches over us and cares deeply for us. There is nothing that exists that God did not make. So there is nothing outside of God that can care for and protect us. In Him we are safe. And we never outgrow our need for God’s nurturing watch over our lives. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

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September 22, 2015: 11:41 pm: Christian Love

 

2 Corinthians 3:7-18
7 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. 11 So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory. 12 Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory fading away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, then the veil is taken away. 17 Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom. 18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)1996.

Whoever turns to Jesus Christ is removed from darkness and brought into light. The veil is removed from their minds and the Holy Spirit of God now reflects the Glory of God through them. We are brought into right relationship with God. He starts the process in us to become like Christ. We must keep our minds on this goal and continue on, “For in Him we live and move and have our being”, Acts 17:28. The New Covenant of God now states that His laws are written in our hearts and we want to do His will because of what He has done for us. We are filled with the joy of the Lord and one day we will rule with Him. This is the goal we keep in mind. There is nothing that we cannot do with Christ Jesus in us. We repeat Philippians 4:13 over and over, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We have the freedom only peace with God can bring.

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September 16, 2015: 1:54 am: Christian Love

James 1:19-27
19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law the law that sets you free and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. 26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

No matter how much we testify of the Gospel of Christ, it is all just air passing through our lips unless we are demonstrating what we believe through our actions. Unless what we believe and what we live are in harmony, our speech will be meaningless. Anyone can talk about the truth, but only those redeemed by it can live it. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” He is the only way and the only truth. Only through living what we believe will our words have any power to change lives. We must not only hear the Word, we must live the Word. Actions speak louder than words.Live what you have learned through the Word of God and practice what you belive and the light of Christ will shine through you without any words at all.

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September 14, 2015: 6:51 pm: Christian Love

Matthew 14:25-31
25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. It’s all right, he said. I am here! Don’t be afraid. 28 Then Peter called to him, Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water. 29 All right, come, Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. Save me, Lord! he shouted. 31 Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. You don’t have much faith, Jesus said. Why did you doubt me? 32 And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Living in this sinful world for our Lord Jesus Christ is a lot like walking on water. We are asked by God to step out of the norm and step into the supernatural. We are asked to live pure and holy lives that go against everything this world believes. Walking with Christ is not what the world expects. Lies and deceit are given by many but Christians are asked to return love for hate and to be the righteousness of Christ to the world. We might as well be walking on water as living for Christ is just as supernatural. We need to compare our walk in this life with Christ to Peter’s walking on the water. He was not alone, Jesus was right there with Peter as He is with us today. We need to keep our eyes on Christ as Peter did to keep on top of the water. We need to keep our eyes on Christ to keep on top of the filth of this world. If you are struggling in your walk with Christ, you need to look at your focus. Are your eyes on Christ or are they on the world of pain and sin around you. You will be able to stay afloat only with your eyes on Christ. Keeping your eyes on Christ will keep you from sinking into the sin of this world.

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September 11, 2015: 3:24 am: Christian Love

 

Psalm 119:1
1 Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the Lord.
2 Happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him with all their hearts.
3 They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.
4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles!
6 Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your commands.
7 When I learn your righteous laws, I will thank you by living as I should!
8 I will obey your principles. Please don’t give up on me!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever felt like crying out to God, “Don’t give up on me!” How do we stay pure in a filthy world? We cannot do it on our own. So many times I am like Paul in Romans 7:18 & 19, “I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway.” This is our “old sinful nature” telling us we must be or do or act in a certain way for God to love us. Don’t listen to the “sinful nature” inside you! Listen to the truth of His Word. The only way to become like Christ is to know His grace has made us pure before God. And that His grace is without condition or His love. Knowing there is nothing we can do or be to have His full acceptance helps us to want to spend time with Him. The more we hang out with Him, the more we understand how free His grace and love are and we become like Him. If you hang out in a smoke shop, you will smell like smoke, but if you hang out in a flower shop, you will smell like flowers. Decide to spend time with Christ, not because it is required of you by some set of rules you have set in your mind. Let Him renew your mind by focusing on His Presence that never leaves you. In His Presence and unconditional love you will know Him and act like Him. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Keeping His Word in our hearts is a deterrent to sin. But it is more than just knowing or memorizing the Word, we must put it to work in our lives by living in His Presence daily. If we have experienced something first hand, we are more likely to remember and learn from it. Take the time to learn from the map God has given us to become like Him and be His righteousness to this world. Determine in your mind that you will follow the Lord in all you do and say only because of His unconditional love for you. And when you stumble, and you will, just pick yourself up and start again. Because God’s love never leaves you.

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September 3, 2015: 2:47 am: Christian Love

 

Genesis 16:1-6
But Sarai, Abram’s wife, had no children. So Sarai took her servant, an Egyptian woman named Hagar, 2 and gave her to Abram so she could bear his children. “The Lord has kept me from having any children,” Sarai said to Abram. “Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram first arrived in the land of Canaan.) 4 So Abram slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress Sarai with contempt. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “It’s all your fault! Now this servant of mine is pregnant, and she despises me, though I myself gave her the privilege of sleeping with you. The Lord will make you pay for doing this to me!” 6 Abram replied, “Since she is your servant, you may deal with her as you see fit.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and Hagar ran away.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word teaches us to pray in line with the will of God. We are told by the Word that if we pray in line with God’s will, our prayers will be answered. But have you ever received a promise from the Lord, as Abram did in Genesis, and not seen the results of that promise? We pray for the promise to come to past, but don’t see it happening. It can be very frustrating to know that what you want is God’s will and yet you do not have it. It is during these times that it is tempting to take matters into our own hands, to force the issue. Most of the time when we do this it leads to sin. When we know God has promised us an answer to our prayers and we know our request is in His will and do not see it happening as quickly as we would like, making it happen in our power and time will lead to sin. Abram and Sarai found out the hard way that they could not make God move to their time table. And Sarai ended up in an even more difficult situation than she had been. Sometimes trusting God means waiting for His timing to work out the situation. He always knows exactly what we need and when it is the best time to give it. It is the waiting that can cause us to sin and try to make it happen. Seek to know not only His will, but His timing. Both are as important and the timing of an answer is just as important as the will of God. What are you waiting for God to do for you today? If you have heard from God and know that the answer is His will don’t try to make it happen. Trust that God will do what He said He would do and do it at the time He has appointed. Don’t take matters into your hands or you may find yourself in a worse situation and it may cause you to sin. Wait for God to work His plan in your life and the lives of those you love according to His time and God will answer you prayer. He will save the one you are praying for, He will heal your disease, He will meet your need, and He will do it at just the right time.

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August 24, 2015: 3:18 am: Christian Love

John 15:5-8
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! 8 My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are some who claim to be a part of Christ, but feel that they do not need to belong to His body. This would be a group of people who believe that Christ is Lord and gather together to worship and serve Him by serving each other. But Christ has told us that to be a part of Him; we need to be a part of His body. 1 Corinthians 12:12 tells us, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ.” So to claim to belong to Christ, but not be a part of a group of believers will eventually lead you away from Christ. In order to remain in Christ, we must know Him by knowing His Word and we must belong to His body by worshipping with those who also serve Him. If you are apart from His body, you are apart from Him. 1 Corinthians 12:27 goes on to say, “Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” Being a part of a group of believers that come together regularly and worship Christ is not an option. Those who think they can serve Christ outside of His body are only being deceived. We must encompass all parts of Him. And that includes His people, His Word, and His truth. Outside of this you cannot be attached to Christ. Where are you going today to worship Him? Are you a part of His body? If not, then you cannot be a part of Him. And outside of Him, you will wither and die. Know the truth of His Word by reading and studying it, and be a part of His body. All of us together are stronger than each of us individually. Look only to His Word for truth and you will not be separated from Him.

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