Monthly Archives: July 2017

If you love me….(Day 24) What Is Love? Challenge

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As christians we love to talk a lot about God’s love for us…

about how much God loves us,

how he loves us unconditionally,

how he created us in love,

how even when no one loves us, he still does,

how he paid the ultimate price for our sins by dying on the cross,

how nothing can separate us from his love,

how he protects, provides, heals…

It’s almost like we’re bragging, but what’s there not to brag about? Our God is AWESOME and there is NOTHING out there like his LOVE…

But no one likes to be in a one sided relationship… Thank God, God is not human, that he understands our fleshy struggles, he continually pursues us, he waits patiently for us to come back to him, even after we’ve turned our back away from him over and over and over again…

He’s always standing right outside our door, knocking and waiting for us to let him in…

In today’s scriptures (Day 24- What Is Love? Challenge) Jesus, talks about how we can show our love for him and what happens when we do…

John 14:21-27 (ESV)

21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Sin automatically separates and alienates us from God and his love…

The only way to let God into our hearts, the only way God can manifest himself to us and make a home in our hearts, is by us keeping his commandments and his word, by doing so we’re showing him that we love him…this is our invitation for him to come and abide in us.

Darkness and Light cannot co-exist, therefore, if we choose not to follow his word we’re automatically closing our door on him and he can not exist within us…when we sin we’re alienating ourselves from God.

In the beginning when Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden, they were in such proximity with God, they walked with him and received guidance from God…they were in communion with God and surrounded by his love. But sin came between them and God…and the consequence of sin was to be separated from God and his presence.

Jesus came to restore this relationship, and because of this, God can now abide in us when we simply obey him and follow his words and commandments.

God understand that we’re humans, we’re weak and that we struggle with our carnal desires, that’s why he sent us the Holy Spirit as our helper…so we don’t have to do this alone. The Holy Spirit fills us with love and wisdom. He guides and teaches us how to live a life that glorifies and pleases God.

Sin fills us with guilt, shame, fear and takes away our peace…sin is a heavy burden. We usually think by not following God’s way that we’re gaining freedom, but that freedom comes with a heavy price, we lose peace and his love.

When we have God on our side, everything else seems so insignificant in comparison. How can you be worried about the troubles of this world when you have a mighty God who created the world?

Matthew 10 :28 (ESV

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

They say actions speak louder than words, God has showed us with his actions, time and time again just how much he loves us… how can we show with our actions that we love God?

Love always,

XOXO

Dee



When God makes you wait….

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We live in a fast paced world…everything moves at the speed of lightning, everything you want or need can be acquired at your fingertips…this has made us really impulsive and impatient…

One of the characteristics we need to develop as christians is PATIENCE, however, this is something that is really rare these days. In the bible, PATIENCE is one of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), it’s something we bear when God’s spirit lives within us…

When God gives you a dream or a vision to fulfill for your life, he doesn’t simply grant it to you, he makes you go through a long process where he develops your character. God is not a genie who simply hands us things, but he makes sure that we have grown spiritually, that we have attained spiritual maturity and are ready to handle the responsibility that comes with the destiny he has for us.

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In the bible, there are many stories where God makes a covenant/promise, but it takes years and years before the person sees the promise come to manifestation.

It took about 25 Years from the time God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child to when they actually had Isaac. When God first made the promise to Abraham, he was 75 years old, he finally had Isaac when he was 100 years old Genesis 12 – 25

It took about 100 years from when God told Noah to build the ark, to the time when it started to rain and the flood destroyed humanity. Genesis 5:32-10:1

Joseph received God’s promise that he would be in a position of power and authority, through dreams. He had these dream when he was a young boy..however, he ended up being sold into slavery and had to wait 13 years, enduring many trials, before this dream came into fruition Genesis 37 -50

Moses was destined by God to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and to bring them to the promise land, it took about 80 years to prepare him for his role and 40 of those years were spent in the wilderness Exodus 2  to Deuteronomy 34

Jacob had to wait 7 years before Rachel was given to him as his wife Genesis 29:18-30

David had to wait about 15 years from the time he was chosen to become king until he was actually king 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel

The lesson to be learnt, God doesn’t just hand us our calling or blessing, he makes sure we develop a character worthy of our calling/blessing.

When we wait for God’s promise we usually go through a lot of trials and tests, these are often situations where our faith is tested, our endurance is built and the fruit of patience is being developed…during this time, we learn to have full dependence on God, we relinquish control of our lives and have intimacy with God…

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James 1:2-4  (ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Love Always,

XOXO,

Dee

 

 



Love binds everything together…(Day 23) What Is Love? Challenge

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Unity cannot exist where there is no LOVE, no matter how different we are, no matter what our background is, what life experiences we’ve gone through, where we come from, the color of our skin or how much money or success we have, there is only one thing that can unite us all and that is LOVE. At the end of the day we all seek LOVE, we seek to LOVE and to be LOVED and this is evident in our pursuits of the things of this world…the underlying need that we’re really trying to fulfill is the need for LOVE

Today’s scriptures, (Day 23) of the What Is Love? challenge, tell us once again how to live as followers of christ, but most importantly we’re told we should “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony”

Colossians 3:8-15 (ESV)

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Most times this world will try to blur out, what is right and what is wrong. Because of this, we’re led to believe that we lead pretty Ok lives. The media loves to sensationalize things and highlight the most dramatic things that take place in the world. Of course they do this because that’s how they attract viewership and ratings. However, you can not base your life according to what you see in the world, if you do, you may end up convincing yourself that compared to what is going on out there, I’m doing pretty ok, I’m a decent person, you know at least I haven’t done that….

However, as christians we can’t base our life on the standards of this world, our standards are kingdom standards, the bible is very clear on what is right and what is wrong,

In today’s scriptures we’re told specifically to get rid of:

  • ANGER
  • WRATH
  • MALICE
  • SLANDER
  • OBSCENE TALK
  • LIES

As followers of christ we have to get rid of our old selves and put on a new self, one that is being renewed in knowledge, the ultimate goal is to be more like the image of our creator. As christians we are all one and we’re all connected together in unity by his LOVE.

As new people we’re supposed to exude the following characteristics:

  • COMPASSIONATE HEARTS
  • KINDNESS
  • HUMILITY
  • MEEKNESS
  • PATIENCE
  • FORGIVENESS

Above everything that we’re called to be, the most important is LOVE!!! Love brings everything together in perfect HARMONY and where there is LOVE there is PEACE. Let our lives and hearts be ruled by PEACE. Not forgetting to be thankful and remain content about everything and in every season of our lives.

Love Always,

XOXO

Dee

 



God Doesn’t call the QUALIFIED….

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A lot of times when God calls us to do something, we shrink back in FEAR…
Fear, that we’re inadequate to accomplish whatever it is that we’re supposed to do, HOWEVER, when God chose you, he knew who you are, he knows your abilities, he knows your flaws, he knows your strengths and weaknesses too…he knows you inside out and yet he still chose YOU!!!

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Exodus 4:10-12 (NLT)

10 But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

11 Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”

God knows we’re not perfect, he knows we’re sinners, that does not prevent him from qualifying us!!!

In the bible there are many stories where God calls the unqualified, one that I love is how he used Moses to deliver the nation of Israel.

Moses, came up with every single excuse as to why he shouldn’t be the one to do the job and he brought all his grievances to God…he kept backing out until God started to get irritated at him and straight up told him, hey I created you, I gave you everything you have, even your so called flaws and I can still use you!!!

Moses was lacking in confidence, most of the time as humans we put things off because we think we need to be “Perfect” before we can actually accomplish something great…

but God never said he wanted perfection!!!

God does not call the QUALIFIED, he QUALIFIES the called!

God says come to me just as you are and I will give you exactly what you need to accomplish the task at hand…

God wants to use you, wherever you are and however you are…he knows your flaws and all and he can still use you regardless…

that’s the beauty of walking in the destiny and purpose that God has for you…you have the GODFIDENCE that you can not and will not fail, because when he sets you apart to accomplish something he will see to it that you get it done :)

love always,

XOXO,

Dee