But Do YOU Love God? (Day 12) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 12 of the “What Is Love?” Challenge where for 29 days, I’ll be sharing bible verses on Love, so we can gain a deeper understanding of the True meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 11 we were reminded that God ALWAYS fights our battles, protects us and provides for us. Today’s verses tell us what our role is and what our requirements are in our relationship with God.

Deuteronomy 10:12-15 (ESV)

12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good? 14 Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. 15 Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.

Throughout this challenge we’ve mostly spoken about how God loves us, but we all know that one sided love or any relationship where one party does most of the work simply doesn’t work!!! at some point in time, the one who does all the work will feel unappreciated, unloved, uncared for and this will eventually strain the relationship.

It works the same way with our relationship with God, although God loves us just because we are his creation…there is nothing really we need to do to prove our worthiness to him, because in his eyes we already are worthy and he has “paid the ultimate price” for our salvation through Jesus Christ our saviour and our Lord.

….but once we acknowledge this, we need to work on our relationship with God and if we are to strengthen our relationship with him there are some actions we need to take, there are some things that he requires from us…

He REQUIRES that:

We FEAR him,

We WALK in his WAYS,

We LOVE him,

We SERVE him with ALL our HEART & SOUL,

We Keep his COMMANDMENTS & STATUTES…

and all this is for our own good!!!

This is how we keep our end of our relationship with God, this is how we show that we LOVE him, this is the least we can do for a God who is WORTHY of all the Worship & Praise, him who all the heavens, earths and all that’s in it belongs to…

Today let’s thank God that with him we are worthy of all his LOVE, MERCY & GRACE and that we do not have to prove ourselves to him, thank God that with him, we are more than enough!!! and ask him to help us strengthen our relationship with him by fearing him, walking in his ways, loving him, serving him with all our heart and soul and keeping his commandments and statutes and knowing that we’re doing this for our own good… AMEN

Stay Blessed,

XOXO

Dee

 

 



He fights our battles (Day 11) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 11 of the “What Is Love?” Challenge, where for 29 days, I’m sharing bible verses on Love so we can gain a deeper understanding of the True meaning of Love according to God’s Divine plan.

On Day 10 we were reminded to be GRATEFUL for God’s steadfast love. Today’s verses are a continuation from Day 10 we continue to praise, worship and be grateful to God, for he fights our battles.

Psalm 136:14-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

These verses remind us of the mighty things God did for the nation of Israel while they were slaves in Egypt…he saw their suffering and heard their cries and he kept his promise, to deliver them from the land of Egypt and lead them to the promise land.

While they were being chased by Pharaoh he parted the Red Sea for them and made a way…and then overthrew Pharaoh and his army…how REMARKABLE is that? not only that he continued to fight for them over and over again from many evil kings and rulers.

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We serve the same God today…not only does his LOVE for us never fail, he is our shield and armour, he is our protector, he is the ultimate provider, he fights our battles and all blessings come from him…

Every so often when we fight our biggest and baddest battles, we cry out to the Lord and ask for help, and sometimes we may not hear an answer immediately but just know he hears our cries…and he knows every detail of our lives…and he is working behind the scenes to provide the best solution for our problems.

How comforting is it to know that we have such a wonderful God on our side, that no matter what we go through, he is right there with us through it all, fighting for us on our behalf. We can go through life’s trials knowing that we have the best security system in place with him.

Everything we have or will ever be is all because of his MERCY, GRACE and LOVE.

Today, let’s pray and thank God for everything he has done for us, for all that he has provided for us, for all his blessings, for his protection, his Justice, for fighting our battles…let’s ask him to grant us the grace to put our faith on him, to be still and wait on him, to be thankful and to have grateful hearts, to be obedient to him for his is worthy of all the GLORY AND PRAISE. AMEN.

Stay Blessed,

XOXO

Dee



Love & Gratitude (Day 10) – “What is Love?” Challenge

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It’s Day 10 of the “What is Love?” Challenge, where for 29 days I’ll be sharing bible verses on Love in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the True meaning of love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 9 we were reminded to love each other because that’s our badge as Christians and it’s how others can experience God’s love through us.

Today’s verses remind us to be grateful for God’s everlasting love.

Psalm 136:1-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

136 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone does great wonders,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

The first thing that came to mind as I was reading these verses is how magnificent our God is….these verses are all about worship and being grateful to the almighty for all that he has done and everything he does is out of LOVE.

Most of the time we take a lot of things for granted but if you really take the time to think about how this world came to be, all the intricate details and how everything works together in harmony, for years and years on end, it’s a MASTERPIECE!!! it truly is amazing and it just goes to show how AWESOME our CREATOR is :)

It really is all about perspective, you can either chose to get stuck obsessing over your problems and to be filled with negativity or you can focus on the magnificent things that God has done and know that if he can do all that, your problem is really miniscule in the bigger scheme of things. Having this knowledge it becomes so much easier to count your blessings and thank God for them.

Today, let’s pray that God grants us a grateful heart and that we’re able to see his blessings and presence, in everything that we do and that we may acknowledge his GREATNESS and his everlasting love.

Stay Blessed,

XOXO,

Dee



Love One Another (Day 9) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

daily-devotionals-jesus-loves-all   It’s Day 9 of the “What Is Love?” Challenge where for 29 days I’ll be sharing bible verses in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the True meaning of Love according to God’s Divine Plan.

On Day 8 we read a beautiful declaration of God’s Love for us and we spoke about our worth in his eyes. Today’s verse is another reminder to love each other,

John 13:34-35 English Standard Version (ESV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Today’s reading emphasizes on loving others, this is a lesson we’ve had over and over through this challenge so far on Day 1, Day 4, Day 6 and Day 7… this goes to show just how important loving one another is…

The background story of today’s reading…it was almost time for Jesus to leave the world and return to his father…he already knew this but his disciples had no idea what was about to come….during his last supper with the disciples, he gave them a few words of advice…

IMO this was really his way of saying Goodbye…he wanted them to know what he wanted to happen in his absence…if they were to do anything or had learnt anything at all from him…this was the most important thing he wanted them to know….. He wanted us to love one another…

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One symbolic thing he did during the supper was wash his disciples feet…he humbled himself and served them…and he was also about to do the biggest sacrifice ever done…all in the name of LOVE…he was about to pay the ultimate price for our sins by giving up his precious life…

He gave us a living example of what love should look like, love should be unconditional, love involves being humble, casting aside our pride and egos, love is sacrificial…as the Son of God, the disciples were the ones who were supposed to wash his feet, but he washed their feet to demonstrate that love requires serving others, it requires submission, humility, love demonstrates care to others, love requires obedience and love requires forgiveness. Jesus knew that one of the disciples was about to betray him which would lead to his crucifixion but he also trusted that this was part of God’s bigger plan and God was about to turn all that evil for our good…

Jesus demonstrated to us TRUE LOVE and he set an example for us as to what LOVE should look like.

And he says…as his followers, loving others, is our badge, when we love others the way he loved us, we demonstrate pure christ like love and this way we are living examples of what God embodies…LOVE.

Today let’s pray that God helps us to cast aside our pride and ego, to help us serve others in love, to help us submit, obey and humble ourselves before others in love and ask him to help us as his disciples be living examples of what it means to truly love as he loved us.

Stay Blessed,

XOXO Dee