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Showers Of Blessings…

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It’s been raining quite a bit here in Stockholm, it seems like the summer is coming to an official end and we’re officially welcoming fall. If you know me, then you know summer is my favorite season, rain, snow and cold are just not my thing…and as luck would have it, hehe, I live in a place where about 90% of the year is cold, gloomy, dark, rainy or snowy…

I’m not complaining though, because I’ve come to accept and even embrace every season of my life…literally and figuratively…I truly believe every season has a reason…

This morning, I was listening to Eddie James – Let It Rain, and some of the lyrics really caught my attention he says,

Open the flood gates of heaven, oh
We need the rain
Until we are never the same
OPEN the flood gates, of heaven
Oh let it rain, Jesus
Let it rain, Lord
We need the Rain
Open the flood gates of heaven
Let it rain, Let it flood
Open the flood gates,
Remove everything with the rain of your prayers Jesus
Remove everything that’s in the way
Remove everything that’s in the way of the awakening
Remove everything that hinders your calling, Let it rain
Rain on us jesus (Hey yay)
We need the rain,
Let it rain
We need an awakening, Jesus
Let it rain, make all things new
Bring a flood that makes all things new
Jesus
When Noah, walked out on the Ark
After the rain came, and the flood came
All things were made new
The rain washed away everything that opposed you
The rain washed away and drowned everything and everyone that opposed you
The Rain made all things new
The rain made all things new

In the song, he mentions Noah and how the rain and flood came and made all things new, Genesis 5:32-10:1

This is another one of my sons’ favorite bible stories …God was displeased with the wickedness of the people. Therefore he decided to start over, by bringing a flood that wiped everything out. He started out a new slate with Noah, his family and the animals that were chosen to enter the Arc.

A few things we can learn from this story…

One, rain can wash away all dead things, it helps new things sprout and grow…it also signifies a new season, new beginnings…

Second, although there was turbulence, flood and a storm that killed everything else…Noah, his family and the chosen animals were shielded and protected by God in the arc. The take away, no matter what happens in the environment, if we have God, we are protected and we’re guaranteed to come out of the storms of life unscathed.

Most of the time, we don’t want to spend our lives in the storms, trenches/ valleys of life, we’d rather just be up on the mountain top enjoying the view…

“Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.” - Billy Graham

But we must always remember, that in the storms, trenches and valleys of life, that’s where our character, endurance, perseverance and strength is built…that is where we bear fruit.

Next time it rains, either literally or figuratively, remember to thank God for the renewal and blessings that showers bring :)

Love Always,

XOXO

Dee



Love Is Sacrificial…(Day 25) What Is Love? Challenge

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When most of us think about LOVE, we often think about it in the context of romantic relationships…we think of the emotions that come with “falling in love” with someone. But in today’s scriptures (Day 25 – What Is Love? Challenge),  we learn that God’s definition of Love is SACRIFICE…it’s not a feeling that grows hot or cold based on how other people treat us… love doesn’t cease to exist because our emotions have grown cold…it’s a constant CHOICE we have to make.

John 15:9-13 (ESV)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Naturally, we have a hard time following God’s commandments because it goes against our fleshy sinful nature. But if we LOVE God and want to abide in his LOVE we have to make the conscious choice to keep his commandments, that’s the only way we can find true joy in this world.

Jesus says, we’re to show the same type of love to one another, we have to consciously make the choice to love one another even when we don’t feel like it…this is LOVE.

If you’re a parent or are married, then you know that a lot of times you have to do things that you don’t feel like doing…you have to wake up in the middle of the night to soothe a crying baby, or a sick child while, you had a stressful day, are sick yourself or while you’d rather catch up on sleep.

You have to wake up early in the morning before everyone else and make sure you get everything ready for your family, to start the day…all these actions are those of LOVE…sometimes your children will test your limits because of their defiant behaviour but you CHOSE to continue loving them anyway. Sometimes your spouse will disappoint you and hurt you but you have to chose to continue loving them anyway… LOVE is INTENTIONAL, we chose to love others inspite of their flaws.

When we chose to follow God’s commandments we’re building the muscle of SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE, SUBMISSION and LOVE, if we can be OBEDIENT to God, if we can SUBMIT to God and LOVE him, then it becomes easier to do the same for others.

Jesus says, the greatest life is laying one’s life for his own friends…this is what Jesus did, he left his Holy throne of Majesty, to take upon a human body, to live like we do, to be tempted like we do, to experience shame, pain and suffering like we do…

Even though Jesus was God and loved humanity deeply and was willing to give up his own life as a sacrifice, he was also human and his human side was weak…he had to fast and pray intensely to overcome his flesh. He asked God if there was any other way he can save humanity without having to “drink from the cup” of suffering but ultimately he surrendered and submitted to God’s will. He chose to be obedient and sacrifice his own life for his “friends”.

Luke 22:42 (ESV)

42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

We may not have to go to this extent to show LOVE for others but we’re still called to “carry ” our cross each day, to cast aside our pride and ego, to overcome our carnal needs and desires, to “die” to ourselves each day, to “crucify” our sinful nature each day and to CHOSE to submit and obey God’s commandments, this is how we LOVE God and others.

Love always,

XOXO,

 Dee



It is not human strength or power that accomplishes His will

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As human beings we sometimes feel invincible, we take for granted the abilities, talents, power, strength, personalities, physical characteristics and everything that we have. We feel as though, we acquired these things ourselves.

We think we’re the boss of us and of this universe and we conveniently overlook the power of God that works through us…

We must always remember, that all that we are and all that we have, is not a product of our own doing, but a gift from an almighty God, who through his spirit gives us the power to accomplish his will…

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Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power,but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Love Always,

XOXO,

Dee

 



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