Where Is The Love?

It is amazing how God ranks love over works.  We may be the best Deacons, Usher, Pastors, Singers, Servers and Churchgoers this side of heaven.  But if we are void of love everything we do amounts to nothing.

Wow! Deep huh? Lord, I helped little Katy rescue Ms. Fuzzy out of the tree. I gave my entire check to feed the poor. I donated cases and cases of water to Flint Michigan. However, I can hear God say, “But without love these works amount to nothing.”

I can truly say, I have been guilty of offering God works packaged in a box called love. Nevertheless, my box was probably worthless because it wasn’t wrapped in true heart felt love for God or my fellow man.

Do you know we can preach doctrine that is correct but be morally out of the will God?

Scripture tells us in 1John 4:20-21, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

There is so much hatred in the world for our fellow man because of their skin color, religion, gender or ethnicity in my opinion. We should be able to disagree with a person on the foundation of the scripture and not harvest hatred for them because they are different.

If we are Christians then we should be leading the way in love.

Nevertheless, Christians can be some of the most hateful and mean-spirited people all in the name of God.

If our hearts are filled with this kind of impediment then we need to ask Jesus to heal our hearts. We need to ask the Lord to wash us from our shortcomings and then begin to do His will.

Love must be that which can transcend beyond the physical and impact the spiritual. The only way to possess a love like this is to accept the love that Jesus shows all humanity. Jesus loves humanity with a supernatural love. His loves goes beyond the limits of earthly means and loves us in away that can’t be fully comprehended.

We are the most undeserving people in the world. However, Jesus’ love covers us. His love comforts us and His love keeps us.

Jesus’ love transcends Christanity, it even extends to non-believers. However, non-believers can’t receive the free gift of life (Salvation). Subsequently, His love does offer them a chance to inherit eternal life barring that they (The non-believer) accept Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.

You know…God is not like man. He doesn’t champion the construction of tall skyscrapers or super important jobs.  God wants us to focus on the hardest job there is…Love.

He wants us to love without limits.  He wants us to love our enemies, backstabbing friends, difficult spouses, pain in the neck family memebers.

Lets us seek to build a life of godly love. Let us aspire to please God with a love that brings him glory. Love that does not disqualify our works is a love made by God.

God is so amazing because he had to do the same with us.  He had to love the unlovable, he had to love the sneaky, he loves the rude and uncaring.

And you know what? He is still loving us today.

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God’s Great Love

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Life can appear to be overwhelming at times but take heart the Lord knows all about you and your situation.  God really does understand the needs, wants and desires of His children but He also wants us to communicate those things to Him.

You mean really talk to God? Yes, I mean really spill the beans to Him…Tell Him about the Wizard, Oz, Todo, Dorothy

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There is no place like home


the Tinman…everybody lol…Ha,ha,ha but no foreal…Dorothy was rocking those ruby red slippers right? Okay, okay back to the devotional…

We can often miss how precious it is to have a God that cares, understands and listen to His children. Your voice really does matters to God. The Lord wants us to plug in and not just drain the energy out of our relationship with Him.

He wants to have a very intimate relationship with us.  So how do we accomplish that? We accomplish that by prayer, talk time and loving on God by our obeidence.

Prayer must be an essential part of our relationship with God because  prayer is how we communcate with our heavenly Father.  Consequently, when God answers prayer and leads us with His gentle Spirit  this is how our Father communicates with us mostly. 

God has a way of sending someone by at the right time with the right word.  The Lord will speak rhema into our lives and when we leave that encounter we are so refreshed by that encouragement knowing that it was the Lord using that person to address our needs. 

This is one way to know that the Father has heard us and cares about how we feel.  He tells us to be “Anxious for nothing but by prayer, supplication and thanksgiving make our request made known unto God and He will give us an awesome peace that surpasses all understanding.”

Jesus really does care for His children.  How do you know that you are His child?  When you have accepted Him as Saviour and Lord and believed that God the Father has raised Him up from the grave. 

When we do this we have eternal life and also solidify that we are His.  So today put your anxiety, worry, doubt, frustration into the Master’s hand and He will reward you with peace.  God bless you…

The Take Away

Know that you are not alone in your struggles. You have a caring Father just waiting to hear the deepest woes of your heart. He is ready to trade beauty for ashes, joy for mourning and peace for your frustration and anxiety.

Prayer

Father you know what we stand in need of today. Help me when I am stressing and feeling hopeless. Always reassure me as your child that you are there and you care about what I am facing today. Give me peace and strengthen my heart in Jesus name…Amen.

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Lord Make Me Over

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Change Starts With You

God make me over? This question I believe can be a clarion call for most Believer’s in Christ. It is this type question we ask God when we truly see who and what we really are.

The Prophet Isaiah said it like this in chapter 6 of Isaiah:

So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
Isaiah 6:5 NKJV

Isaiah saw who he really was on the inside. He looked at God and then with a pure and holy eye looked at himself and came to the conclusion that he was nowhere near that man he thought he was.

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I believe God’s work must first start within if we are to be effective in other areas of our lives.  I think that this is an universal principle.  Whether you are in church, at home or at work change must start within in order to impact your surroundings. We must practice what the scripture says, “Pick up our cross and follow Jesus.”

I believe that God wants us to start his work with us.  Oftentimes, we are looking to change our Spouses, Neighbors, Family Members, Communities and the World.  However, I believe the greatest change must start in the mirror. 

The greatest opportunity for change and progress is you.  Yes, you are your greatest opportunity for progress in and out of your life.  If we want to light up the world we must first become a beacon of light.

It is ashame to see someone trying to spread happiness and they are not happy themselves. When you look at them you can see that they are so bitter, mean and angry.  Have you ever witnessed someone in the service sector with a nasty attitude?  It really dampens the experience doesn’t it?

You may say to yourself, “Maybe, you would do better becoming a lemon salesman because you suck at customer service.”

It is the same with us. We must be the change that we want others to become.  The greatest thing about changing ourselves is that, if anyone else doesn’t follow its okay.  You are your greatest priority apart from God.

We can’t become good friends, spouses, employees or servants if we are not willing to put in the time becoming and being those things we want to see in others.

If we want to preach godliness we must practice godliness in secret and in the open we won’t have to pretend.  We would just be godly because we have put in the time to change.

So be the change you would like the world to see.

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Because You Are Worth It

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We must always remember in those times when the enemy tries to make us feel worthless….Just look to the cross and see how much we are valued.

Philippians 2:5-8, says let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and  coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the  point  of death, even the death of the cross.

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Our value is not found in our accomplishments, our status, our race, our relationships nor our education.  But the true worth of God’s people is found in the one place, a place where many people run from and that place is in Jesus.

What makes the believer valuable is the God within.  What made man valuable was not the beauty of the creation but it was the breath (Ruach) of the Creator.

Ruach is a Hebrew word that means  breath, wind, Spirit.  When God put his ruach (roo’-akh) into man, then man became valuable.

I want to encourage you today to know that you are valuable and highly sought after by God.  So the next time the Devil lies to you and says, “You are not valuable.” Just look, smile and point him to the cross.

Jesus loved us so much that he died that we might live.  So accept Him as your personal Savior and Lord.  Choose life.

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Episode 4, Meditating On the Word Of God

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This podcast is about sharing principles on how to meditate on the Word of God.  There are many different ways to go about doing this.  However, Mike Anthoni is sharing what has worked for him in his meditation time with the Lord.  I pray that you will enjoy this podcast.  Iron sharpens Iron.

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No Compromise

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Have we tilted the cross in our favor?

Stand your ground as a Believer. 

It might get hard to live a life following God’s word but stand.

If you have to stand alone, stand!

If you have to cry alone…stand!

Bear your cross alone, stand!

Wear your crown alone in the presence of your Savior,

Knowing all that you had to go through not to compromise,

Persecuted crosses, experienced many loses all to realize,

That they had to tear down the symbol of the cross that our Savior might be crowned.

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For us He went all the way!!!

Decisions were made because He did,

No one took His life but he laid it down,

He went to the cross instead of you…

Why? Because He wanted too.

So since you are blood brought and mercy sought…

You have to stand.

Give Him your all because He died instead of you.

No Compromise.

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