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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

 

 

 



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



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

 

 



The “What Is Love?” Challenge

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Last week while having my Daily Devotion, I began contemplating on the TRUE meaning of LOVE. This is something I’ve been contemplating on a lot this past year…I know it’s October and technically not February – “The official Month Of LOVE”…but I really felt compelled to start a challenge on learning more about God’s definition of “TRUE LOVE”…

I believe the reason we have so much problems, pain, sorrow and injustices in the world today, is because we are turning further and further away from God’s LOVE and as we know GOD IS LOVE.

1 John 4 :8

He who does not love, does not know God, for God is love.

Sin separates us from God and hinders us from experiencing TRUE LOVE, and we can see the manifestation of this today through wars, crimes, hatred, racism, senseless murders, terrorism, sexual immorality, broken homes, abuse, low self worth, low self esteem, fear, anxiety, depression, suicide, jealousy, anger, greed, selfishness, love of money, power & fame above all else, and I could go on and on but you get the gist…

All you have to do is focus on the news to recognize that we need God and HIS LOVE, NOW more than ever before…

I believe the bible is the most important book ever written, it is filled with God’s wisdom and is basically an instruction manual for anything that we encounter in life…so I’d like to devote the month of October to truly learning about LOVE from the greatest Author of LOVE - GOD.

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Before I share a little more about the challenge…I’d just like to share a little story that happened to me, and I think this is something a lot of you may be able to relate to…

I was going through a break up with an Ex and I was so heart broken because, I felt betrayed… I felt like I had invested so much of my time, energy and made a lot of sacrifices for this person and the relationship…I was loyal…and I gave all that I could humanly possibly give of myself…yet this person betrayed me…

so out of my pain and frustration I asked him…”Did you ever really love me?” because I could not comprehend how this person could not value the relationship we had….and his answer to me was…”What Is Love?”

At this point I was flabbergasted…because I was like, well…if you have to ask me “What is Love?”…then what have we been doing all these years…IMHO I thought everybody understands what love is…

at the time although I was a Christian by name, I had turned my back away from God, my relationship with him was really…non-existent…looking back at that relationship, I now understand that if my relationship with God was STRONG, I would’ve known that this person did not LOVE me…and there wasn’t even a point of asking him…I would’ve been able to figure that out really fast too… without having to invest too much into the relationship….because I would understand what TRUE LOVE really means and how it looks like…

The point of this story is…we are living in a time where a lot of us don’t really understand what LOVE is… we may say the words, ” I LOVE YOU ” but don’t really comprehend the magnitude of the words…or what they really mean…we don’t really know how to express LOVE to others or even to ourselves…

we may have an idea of what it is…at least the version that we have been taught by “the world”…but we don’t know what TRUE LOVE is… as the Lord intended it to be…we don’t practice it…nor experience it…and if we don’t even know what it is…how can we share it with others?

and this is where the challenge comes in…I’d love to invite you to join me every day for the next 29 days (the challenge was originally created for February :) )…. and I will be sharing a bible verse on LOVE, and I will also share any thoughts that are placed in my heart concerning LOVE…

I hope and pray that by the end of this challenge, that the Holy Spirit teaches us and reveal to us the TRUE meaning of LOVE… that we will all be blessed with a deeper understanding of how much GOD LOVES US and what HIS definition and blueprint of LOVE is. I also hope and pray that this challenge will draw us closer to God and will help us build a greater relationship with God, teach us how to LOVE him, LOVE others and LOVE ourselves…

As we go through this challenge I also propose that we pray for more and more people to experience the LOVE OF GOD and that the world becomes a better place for it…

If you’d like to follow along on the challenge I will be sharing the bible verses here on my blog, on Social Media as well as a video on my YouTube Channel

You can write the verses in your Journal, write them on post it notes or cards and reflect on them throughout the day. You can also use them as part of your prayers.

I’m using the True Love Bible reading challenge created by Rachel WoJo you can find her original post here

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I look forward to this and I encourage you to also share in whatever ways you are prompted to share,

Stay blessed

XOXO

Dee

Day 1 : Mark 12 : 28 – 34 (The GREATEST Commandment is LOVE )
Day 2 : Romans 5 : 1 – 8 (I Loved YOU at your Darkest)
Day 3 : Romans 8 : 31-39 (You are Loved Forever) 
Day 4 : Matthew 22 : 34 – 40 (Love & Forgiveness)
Day 5 : Psalm 42:8-11 (Unfailing Love, Pain & Purpose)
Day 6 : 1 John 4 : 7 – 13 (God Is Love)
Day 7 : 1 John 4:14-20 (Perfect Love Casts Out Fear)
Day 8 : Zephaniah 3:17-20 (You are WORTHY of LOVE)
Day 9 : John 13:34-35 (Love One Another)
Day 10: Psalm 136:1-13 (Love & Gratitude)
Day 11 : Psalm 136:14-26 (He fights are battles)
Day 12 : Deuteronomy 10:12-15 (But do you love God?)
Day 13 : Psalm 5:7-12 (He shields us from our enemies)
Day 14 : Psalm 25:1-10(Why prayer and reading the bible is IMPORTANT)
Day 15 : 1 Peter 1:3-8 (What is the purpose of Pain and Suffering?)
Day 16 : Ephesians 3 : 14 – 21 (Four things you should be praying for)
Day 17 : Galatians 5 : 1 – 6 ( The only thing that counts in our relationship with God)
Day 18 : Galatians 5 : 22 – 26 ( Fruit Of The Spirit)
Day 19: 1 Peter 4:1-8 (Love Covers…)
Day 20: 1 Peter 3:8-12 (We’re here for RELATIONSHIPS…)