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Four things you should be praying for ( Day 16 ) – “What is Love? Challenge”

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It’s Day 16 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 15 we talked about the gift of Spiritual Rebirth, our inheritance and the purpose of pain and suffering.

Today we’ll talk about Four things we should be praying for…

Ephesians 3:14-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Praying doesn’t always come naturally, sometimes it feels like a routine where you’re simply repeating the same conversation over and over….and sometimes you simply go blank and don’t really know what to say…

On times like this you can always turn to the Word Of God, not only is the bible a guide for how we should live but it’s also filled with prayers…we can use it to learn how to pray and even use the scriptures as our own prayers…

Today we take a look at Paul’s prayer as a template of four things we should be praying for or including in our prayers…

The first thing we learn from Paul is how he prays..he starts praying by bowing his knees as a sign of respect, sincerity and worship to God. He also starts his prayer by acknowledging God, who he is and how great he is…

once he’s done he goes ahead and prays for 4 things:

1. For Inner Strength through the Holy Spirit: Inner Strength is important in our walk with Christ because it’s how we gain our integrity and it helps us keeps focused on our Journey.

2. Next he prays that Christ may dwell in our Hearts through FAITH: As a result of Inner Strength we gain FAITH…and as a result of FAITH we have Christ dwelling in our hearts.

3. He also prays that we’re able to comprehend what is the breadth, length, height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all understanding: When we have Christ dwelling in our Hearts, we have the privilege of experiencing and understanding just how much Christ Loves us.

4. Lastly he prays that we’re filled with the Fullness of God: Which can only be done once we’re able to comprehend just how much Christ/God loves us…

and at this point Paul ends his prayer with worship and praise to God, who is Able to to do far more than we ask for or comprehend…

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As we can see from Paul’s prayer, in order for us to get the full experience of God working in our lives we need to have Inner Strength through the Holy Spirit, we have to have Christ dwelling in our hearts through Faith, we need to comprehend the Love of Christ that surpasses all understanding and finally to be filled with the fullness of God…

Once we are filled with the fullness of God we’re able to see just how powerful God is in our lives, we’re able to witness his work and hand in our life…and we actually get to see his will for our life…that what he gives us, is not what we want it’s actually what we need and far more abundant than our minds can comprehend or even ask for…AMEN

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee

 

 

 



Why Prayer and reading the Bible is IMPORTANT (Day 14) – “What Is Love? Challenge”

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Merry Christmas Everyone, I hope you and your loved ones had a peaceful and wonderful day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ Our Saviour and our Lord.

Today is Day 14 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 13 we talked about how God acts as a shield and protects us from our enemies. Today’s verses are another prayer asking God to teach us and instructs us in his ways. Today we’ll discuss why Prayer and reading the bible is so important in our spiritual life and in building our relationship with God.

Psalm 25 : 1 – 10 English Standard Version (ESV)

25 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
    let me not be put to shame;
    let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
    they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

As human beings we are born of sin, this is our nature, we are imperfect and are bound to fall in the trap of sin. After all we are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory Of God ( Romans 3 :23)

If we want to live a life that’s pleasing to God,  and we want to build a strong relationship with him, we definitely need his help, we need to reach out to him and ask for his guidance and instruction. Because he is the only PERFECT being… he alone is QUALIFIED to be our ultimate teacher.

One way we can do this is through prayer!!! Prayer is the only link we have to God. Through prayer we can ask for his guidance and we can also receive instruction and this is why having a strong and consistent prayer life is so important.

Another way we can receive God’s instruction is through reading the bible. The bible is our manual, it’s God’s word and his instruction on how we should live. Through it we learn a lot about God’s character, his love for us, life lessons and what he wants for our spiritual life and relationship with him.

There are numerous examples in the bible of God providing us with his guidance. This is part of how God shows us that he loves us.

Since the beginning at the garden of Eden, we see God instructing Adam on how he and his wife should live and when Adam and Eve fail, of course there are consequences for their actions but God does not give up on us.

We also see God giving Moses the 10 Commandments, a set of rules on how we should live to please him and to live well with others.

And as if all this wasn’t enough God sends his one and only son Jesus Christ to teach and demonstrate to us how we should live and of course he also gifts us with the Holy Spirit who continues to guide and teach us even after the departure of Jesus Christ.

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Today, let’s focus on thanking God for his instruction and guidance. Let’s ask him to grant us a humble heart that will seek and receive his instruction. AMEN

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee



He shields us from our enemies (Day 13 ) – “What Is Love? Challenge”

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It’s Day 13 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 12, we learnt that although God’s love for us stays the same regardless of our love for him, once we acknowledge his love, in order to strengthen our relationship with him we are required to fear him, walk in his ways, love him, serve him with all of our heart and soul and keep his commandments and statutes.

Today’s verses are a prayer to God to shield us and lead us in righteousness in the midst of our battles with enemies…

Psalm 5:7-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
    will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    in the fear of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies;
    make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
    their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
    they flatter with their tongue.
10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;
    let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
    for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
    you cover him with favor as with a shield.

In some of the previous posts we talked about how God commands us to love others and we even spoke about how we need to forgive our “enemies” which is really, really hard to do….

When people cause us hurt and pain, it’s easy to get caught up in bitterness, anger, resentment and a deep need for them to suffer for everything they have done to us.

I love today’s verses because it is a direct answer to this problem…it tells us exactly how we should deal with those who’ve hurt us and caused us pain.

Today’s verses are David’s prayer to the Lord, as he was dealing with his enemies…he brought his situation to the Lord and this is exactly how we are supposed to deal with it even today.

We are called to go to our loving father in prayer and ask him to lead us in righteousness, as we deal with our enemies.

We are reminded that our father HATES evildoers, he DESTROYS those that speak lies, he ABHORS the bloodthirsty and deceitful man….

A quick search on the meaning of ABHORS says it means…

to regard with disgust and hatred.

Sometimes we get so caught up in what others have done to us that we forget that we serve a POWERFUL God who is JUST and RIGHTEOUS. And this God loves us so much…if he actually ABHORS the bloodthirsty and deceitful man, would he really just stand by and let our enemies cause us pain and not avenge us?

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We need to ask ourselves, what would we do if someone we loved so dearly was in pain? and this pain was caused by somone who actually sought to hurt our loved one maliciously? Of course we would protect our loved one and attempt to bring justice on their behalf…wouldn’t our father in heaven do so much more than we would?

This is more than enough to give us peace…

Today let’s thank God for he is a righteous and just God who delights in good and abhors evil. Let us ask him for his healing, guidance, peace, faith and shield of love as we deal with our enemies.

Peace be with you,

Stay Blessed,

XOXO,

Dee



The GREATEST Commandment is LOVE : Day 1

Love God, Love Others

 

Today is Day 1 of the “What Is Love?” Challenge, in case you missed my last post…for the next 29 days I will be sharing Bible Verses on Love…in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the TRUE meaning of LOVE…as God intended it to be.

But before we start, What is Love?

A simple search on the internet defines LOVE as:

  • : a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person

  • : attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship

  • : a person you love in a romantic way

Well, we may all have our own ideas of what LOVE is… but what does God – The greatest Author of love, got to say about it? What is HIS Divine Plan for Love?

Let’s start with today’s Bible Verse:

Mark 12:28-34(NIV)

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Today’s verses deal with HOW TO LOVE…how God wants us to LOVE, how he wants us to LOVE HIM and how he wants us to LOVE others.

Jesus was being asked what the greatest commandment is..by a teacher of Law…this man was probably an expert in God’s law and was probably “testing” Jesus’ knowledge on God’s Law…

Jesus’ response was that the GREATEST commandment is LOVING GOD and he tells us how to LOVE GOD…

WE SHOULD LOVE GOD:

1. with ALL our HEART

2. with ALL our SOUL

3. with ALL our MIND

4. with ALL our STRENGTH

not half heartedly, not when we feel like it, not when it is convenient to us…not when WE NEED HIM and not only on Sundays when we go to church…but we MUST LOVE him with ALL we’ve got…with ALL our BEING…our LOVE  for him must surpass EVERYTHING…To love him this way means we must love him ALL the time, we must give him ALL of US!!! HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH. We must make him FIRST in our LIFE, HE should be the PRIORITY in OUR LIFE…NOTHING should compete with OUR LOVE for HIM…

How many of us can honestly say we LOVE GOD in this way? mmh…this is certainly something to ponder and pray about… is there anything in our life that is competing with our LOVE for God? what are some of our priorities in life that are taking the spot that’s supposed to belong to GOD? And if it’s not God what or who is Our god? because whatever our priority is…that is “our god” as we love that thing or person more than our Creator, the one who DESERVES to be our FIRST LOVE!!!

The Second commandment Jesus says, is to LOVE your NEIGHBOUR as YOURSELF!!!

The assumption here is that WE all LOVE OURSELVES…and if WE LOVE GOD with ALL that we’ve got then we definitely LOVE OURSELVES too and if we LOVE GOD and ourselves THEN WE must show that SAME LOVE that we have for ourselves to others…

This is hard, because a lot of times as humans we are incapable of loving others when they are unlovable…we only want to give love to those we feel are WORTHY and DESERVING of our love…well that’s not how God wants us to LOVE…

I wanted to share with you a little story that I found online about a South African tribe:

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(Source)

I shared this little story because I thought it was relevant in how we chose to love only those we think are WORTHY of our love…HURT people HURT…

it’s really hard to practice but the most unlovable people in our lives actually NEED our love and understanding the most. Not to say we should excuse their hurtful behaviour but we need to understand that those who we feel are NOT WORTHY of our LOVE also need LOVE and that is where the challenge comes in…to love them even when we deem them NOT WORTHY of our LOVE…and this does not mean to enable their hurtful behaviour but the lesson here is to LOVE others WITHOUT conditions…

If we LOVE GOD the way he intends for us to and we LOVE others as we LOVE ourselves, this takes care of all of our problems, you can not hurt others if you LOVE this way…it’s IMPOSSIBLE!!!

To summarize today’s lesson on LOVE…the GREATEST COMMANDMENT is LOVE…

LOVE GOD AND LOVE OTHERS…and everything else will be taken care of!!!

Today I’d like for us to pray that God grants us the grace, to LOVE him as he want us to LOVE him, with all our HEART, SOUL, MIND and STRENGTH and that he helps us LOVE others as we LOVE ourselves even those who seem unlovable and unworthy of our LOVE, to LOVE them unconditionally and let’s ask him to help us see others as he sees them always worthy of LOVE. AMEN

Stay blessed,

XOXO

Dee