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There is a COST for LOVE…(Day 26) What Is Love? Challenge

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When we become christians and decide to live a life of submission and LOVE to God there is always a price to pay. We must always decide between choosing a life that is temporarily “fulfilling” or to look at the bigger picture and decide to have an ETERNAL mindset….

In today’s scriptures (Day 26 Of the What Is Love? Challenge) Jesus says, that once we follow him we should expect to be hated by this world just as it hated him…

John 15:14-21  (ESV)

14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,  for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

There are four main ideas in today’s scriptures, the first one being our relationship with God. Jesus says, we are no longer servants of God/Jesus but friends. This is because there is now transparency in our relationship, servants usually receive orders from their masters and just accept is as it is, without really understanding why. But Jesus became the living word, he restored our relationship with God and gave us wisdom and understanding concerning God’s plan.

Secondly, Jesus specifically chose and appointed us to bear fruit…bearing fruit means we are to conceive that which is filled within us due to his wisdom and love. When we bear fruit, we receive power and authority from God. Because of this whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, as long as it is within God’s WILL, it will be granted to us.

Third, we’re reminded once again TO LOVE EACH OTHER, this is the greatest command. Ultimately it all comes down to this…if we don’t get anything else Jesus has taught us or understand anything about God’s plan, we shall always default to LOVE, that’s what it’s all about.

Last, naturally the world will hate what we stand for, if they hated Jesus to the point of crucifying him, and he was perfect in every single way…then what of us mere humans who are flawed and just trying to follow his footsteps? we can’t chose to follow Jesus and expect the world to love us, because we stand for different things…the world does not know God or respect his word so it won’t understand what we’re about, love us or respect what we stand for. We must always remember we are NOT of this WORLD, we are of GOD, living in this world, which is temporary and fickle, all will pass but he remains the same – TODAY, TOMORROW and FOREVER more…choose your side wisely.

Love always,

XOXO

Dee



What’s your life’s FOUNDATION built on?

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Most of the decisions we make in life, are based on our desire to seek some sort of security for our future…

we wake up every morning and go to bed with goals…

whatever phase of life we’re in, whether trying to build a great career, or putting money away for a rainy day,  or seeking commitment in our relationships…

ultimately for most of us, it all comes down to setting ourselves up for a better future…ensuring we can improve our lives on some level…but in life there are no guarantees nor are there straight paths…life has ups and downs and sometimes we’re hit by storms…

the only way we can ensure we can withstand the uncertainty that comes with life, is to have a strong foundation in which our lives are built on…

Something that’s always constant and never changes no matter what…

anything but jesus

I was having my devotional reading earlier this week and was reminded of this truth. I thought back to one of my favorite stories as a child, the three little pigs…

What happens when the “big bad wolf” comes and tries to blow your house down? is your house built on sand?, is it built with stick or straw? or is it built on bricks?

will your house stand firm? or will it collapse under the pressure?

Psalm 127 : 1 -2 NIV

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to those he loves.

It’s only natural, that in life, storms will come, people will disappoint us, things will not go as planned…what determines what happens to us during this time, is how we weather the storm…how we handle the crisis and how we come out on the other side…

The only thing that’s constant through it all is God’s unfailing Love, he is the same yesterday, today and forever…though everything else will pass, he stays the same.

When you build your foundation in God, instead of having uncertainty and worry, he gives us a wonderful sense of peace through his unfailing love and grace, this doesn’t mean all the pain goes away or that it makes things any easier…

Instead you’re able to face the storm with confidence, knowing there is purpose in the pain and everything will workout for your good…that his plans are bigger than our limited understanding.

Romans 8:28 KJV

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

When you have God as your foundation, you can walk with your head held up high, with the knowledge that he’s fighting your battles and you only need to be still…

Exodus 14:14 NIV 

14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Stay encouraged dear friends,

God bless,

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?

psalm 5

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



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.

he fights our battles

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