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Do nothing out of Selfish Ambition…(Day 22) What Is Love? Challenge

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This is perhaps the most “SELF” driven time, than any other time in history…although social media is supposed to connect people, it seems like it’s main purpose is to advertise SELF

look at me…

look at what I have,

look at who I’m with,

look at what I’ve done,

look at where I am,

look at what I’ve achieved,

look at what I’m doing…

this ME/I centered WORLD places people’s value on what they can bring to the table and what they can offer… this is the currency for relationships…

But God’s standard for RELATIONSHIPS are so much higher as we see in today’s scripture…(Day 22 of the What Is Love? Challenge)

Philippians 2:1-11  (NIV)

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

 

Honestly, this is one of my favorite bible verses because, I’ve lived it!!! I’ve been in relationships where people put their Selfish Ambition and vain conceit above the relationship you share….

I’ve been in relationships where people are only there because they can get something from you and once you can’t offer them what they need or you need something, they Vamos…

I’ve also been in situations where people don’t see the value you can bring them so they chose to ignore you, look down on you or even disrespect you!!!

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In this world there’s a hierarchy, where most people will only give you the time of the day or put in effort if they know you can be beneficial to them somehow either in present time or in the future…

However, Kingdom standards say our calling as christians is to walk in humility serving God and others, following the great character of Christ…

Even though we can do nothing for Christ, he died for us…

he showed great character by serving us even though we had nothing to offer him nor can we repay him for the sacrifice he’s done for us…that’s TRUE LOVE!

Jesus became a servant, he became the lowest in the hierarchy of this world while he is the highest in God’s eyes…

he could’ve said, “there’s nothing these humans can offer me…” “why should I bother while they are ungrateful….”

he could’ve abused his Godly power and majesty by using it for his own gain, advantage or selfish ambitions…

yet he walked in humility, humbled himself and served us…

as the body of Christ this is exactly how we’re supposed to treat others…Our greatest example is Jesus Christ and we’re supposed to emulate him in our earthly relationships…

not to look down, disrespect or ignore those who have ‘nothing’ to offer us…actually quite the opposite, we’re supposed to serve others no matter where they are in the worldly “hierarchy”…

Just like Jesus we’re called to Serve others, walk in humility like he did and value others above ourselves…

and that’s the Kingdom standard for relationships…not living for SELF rather living to Serve God and others. Everything’s for his Glory. Not living for our own Selfish Ambitions, Vain Conceit, earthly desires but living within His will…saying Not my Will LORD but May your will be done.

Love always,

XOXO,

Dee

 

 



You waited…

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Today’s post, has been inspired by a song that has ministered to my soul…I discovered this song last week and it’s been on repeat…I just can’t get the words out of my mind…it has uplifted me and brought me to a deep place of worship and communion with God.

The title, is “You Waited” By Travis Greene…it’s a new single off of his new upcoming album. The song has just been released this month.

It’s a praise/worship song with the underlying message of GRATITUDE…

The singer asks…

“Where would I be? If you left me God?”

This song touched me deep in my soul and reminded me to be GRATEFUL…

GRATEFUL for God’s GRACE and unconditional LOVE…

GRATEFUL, that God patiently waits for us to come back under his wings…when we’ve lost our way…just like the prodigal son, see Luke 15:11-32

GRATEFUL, that God is always there for us…he never forsakes us or leaves us…no matter what!!! He’s always there through thick and thin…

It reminds us that no matter how far we’ve strayed or what we’re going through…

He just keeps waiting, patiently…

because, NOTHING can separate us from God’s Love for us…

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

To be honest, I’ve had some really hard times these past few years…and the only explanation I have, as to how I’ve been able to keep on going is by God’s LOVE, STRENGTH, and GRACE…without him, I don’t think I’d be able to survive all that I’ve been through…

I’ve had nights and days where my heart was heavy…and I’ve felt like all the walls were closing in on me and there’s no way out or no end to my situation…but God…

God’s love carried me through and gave me hope and faith…

that as long as I’m still here, I matter to him, I have a purpose, and he loves me…unconditionally

This song is a testament to that…

Most people think, Christianity is about being “Perfect” and that Christians are judgmental, stuck up people, who sit there and point fingers at others….and think that they’re better than everybody else…

But for me, Christianity is about LOVE, MERCY, GRACE, and FATIH!!!

It’s about imperfect people, flawed people, SINNERS finding their way through God’s perfect Love.

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Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

I can honestly say that I’m not Perfect nor have I ever been…but that’s ok because I’m human…I’ve done things and made choices that I’m not proud of…

but God…He waited for me patiently…

You called out my name
Knew my past, covered my shame
This amazing grace
You’ve shown
So patiently

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Image Source — Drew Shirley, Switchfoot

For me, Christianity is about…

laying it all down to God, bearing our soul to him and surrendering…Giving it all to him…

acknowledging, that we can’t do this thing called life on our own…

acknowledging, that we have no control…and we can only seek security in him!!!

recognizing, that at the end of the day, we are nothing without him…

That he’s all we’ve got…that even our breath comes from him!!!

so why in the world, do we think we can go through this life, without relying on the creator of everything?

So today dear friend, I just wanted to share with you, my GRATITUDE to God, because if it weren’t for him, I truly don’t know where I’d be….Thank you, Father… I love you.

God Bless,

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.

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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



Unfailing Love, Pain & Purpose (Day 5)

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It’s Day 5 of  the “What is Love?” Challenge, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the TRUE meaning of LOVE according to God’s Divine Plan.

In yesterday’s post we re-visited the greatest commandment, and I spoke about Love and Forgiveness and how we can get past those feelings of anger, resentment, bitterness, hatred, revenge, judgement, criticism to a place of loving those who have intentionally or unintentionally hurt us.

Today we learn how God’s unfailing love can get us past our pain and give us purpose.

Psalm 42:8-11 English Standard Version (ESV)

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

As I was reading this text I didn’t quite understand the meaning of “steadfast love” so I had to look it up, it has been translated from the Hebrew word Chesed, but there are many other translations, this is what I found

Biblical scholars have often complained that the word חֶסֶד in the Hebrew Bible is difficult to translate into English, because it really has no precise equivalent in our language. English versions usually try to represent it with such words as “loving-kindness,” “mercy,” “steadfast love,” and sometimes “loyalty,” … ( Source )

My thoughts on today’s verses is that, in life at one point or another we must face trials and tribulations, there will be situations that will break you down so bad you have nowhere to turn to and you’ll feel so alone in this world…

And there is nothing the Devil loves more than stealing your hope and faith in God during trying times, he will use the very people in your life, some may even be people you thought you can trust or you thought loved you….

…these people will talk about you behind your back, some may even laugh at you in your face and if you are a believer some may taunt you, “Where is your God now?” some people may even abandon you when you need them the most…

And things may get so bad that it may even feel as though God has also deserted you…you may call out to him but not feel a connection, you may pray but there may be no answers from Him or even a resolution to your situation…We may wonder why is he letting this happen?

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during these times we must always keep faith and hope in his unfailing love, in his chesed…we must always praise him and keep praying as he is our salvation and our God…his love can and surely will sustain you…

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There’s a big difference between going through trials with God and without him…life is tough and no one should have to carry the burdens of this world alone!!! Sometimes the exact reason we are cornered and everything is stripped away from us, is so we can turn to him, so we can understand that without him, we are NOTHING!!! and ultimately he is all we need…and although you may go through struggles and hardships, he will give you his peace, you will have this wonderful sense of peace knowing that whatever it is he is handling it, he is taking care of it, you can let go of the reigns of control and  just know he will never desert you…

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therefore today I urge you, no matter what you may be going through, if you haven’t already turn, your burdens to the Lord, let him carry them for you, give him all your worries, give him your life, surrender to him, let him be your comforter, let him give you his peace that surpases all understanding, receive his love and have faith and hope…know that as long as you have him, you will come out a WINNER. GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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Today let’s pray that God may give us strength to endure whatever trials and tribulations we’re faced with, to keep the faith, to keep hope in his unfailing love and to understand that there is purpose in our suffering and to ask him to reveal to us within his own time what that purpose is and that we shall always depend on him and that we should always praise and rejoice in him throughout everything and throughout whatever our circumstances are. Amen

Stay blessed,

XOXO

Dee