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  • God Is Love

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    1 Corinthians 13
    New International Version (NIV)

    13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    What is love ? How do we love others ? How do we love people who don’t show it back ?

    Love. At first glance it seems so small and easily understood, but the more you look at it the more you realize how big and deep love really is. Love is not just a word to be said or something to be celebrated in February, but it is a Being. God is Love and without Him there isn’t any. God created us in His own image, giving us the gift of being able to love. Sadly when Adam and Eve sinned they became corrupted and so the gift of being able to love that God gave us became distorted, conditional, and we lost the understanding of what love truely is. God doesn’t want His children to live this life never knowing Him, never knowing His love for them, never understanding the Gift He has given us, never knowing the power of love when we give it over to Him to refine us.

    Love is a live and Love is a gift. A gift freely given to us from God. Not just our capacity to love but God gave a Gift to redeem us so that we could have understanding of His love again. The Gift I am talking about is Jesus. God sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and pay the debt that we owed. You see, the penalty of sin is death and eternal separation from God. God is Holy and He can not sin and He can not allow sin into the Kingdom of Heaven. God loves man so much and wants man with Him for eternity. The Bible says that God doesn’t want anyone to perish.

    The Bible says God loved us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins taking the punishment we deserve. Jesus was without sin, He didn’t deserve to die on a cross, but He did so that we could be saved. What Jesus did was True Love. Jesus’ life, death and ressurection on earth was God’s ultimate expression of love towards us. Jesus not only walked in love but Jesus Is Love. To truely understand Love we must give our lives to the One who Is Love and that is to give our lives to Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again He redeemed our capacity to love and by giving it over to Him in prayer and looking to Him (By reading God’s Word, Praying and asking for understanding and asking God to help us to love) we not only have a better understanding of Love, but God starts to remove the distorted love we have and replace it with a love like His. Learning to love others as God loves us is a process and we will often times make mistakes, but God is patient and He is always ready to help us.

    In order to love others, especially those who don’t show it in return we must ask God to help us. God knows what it’s like to love those who reject Him and even those who hate Him. With His help we can grow in our ability to love others and even to love God Himself. The more we see how much God loves us the more our love for Him grows and by seeing how much God loves someone (me) who hurts Him daily with their sins we come to understand the importance and power of loving those who hurt us. We understand the power of forgiveness, compassion, and so much more when we ask God to help us to love and to give us a better understanding of who He is and Who God is, is Love.Love1

    A Prayer
    Dear Father God,
    We praise You and thank You for who You are. We thank You for loving us so much that You sent Jesus to die on the cross for us and take the punishment that we deserved. We ask for Your forgiveness Father because we have not loved others the way that You would love them. We ask that You would help us to have a better understanding of Your Love Father God and that You would empower us through Your Holy Spirit to love as You love. To love those who are hurting, who are broken, who are lost, and those who have hurt us. To love those who need You Father God so that by me showing them Your Love they would see past me and see You. Help me to have an understanding of love Father God and please renew this heart and mind everyday. As it says in Your Word Father God “create in me a pure heart O God and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.” This is my prayer to You Father God.
    In Jesus’ Mighty Name We Pray Amen.

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  • The Presence Of God (Accompanying Song: In Your Presence By Beckah Shae)

    Psalm 16:5-11
    5Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
    6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
    7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
    10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
    11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

    In the presence of God all of the things that are not of God must leave. In God’s presence there is love, perfect peace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, instruction, security, and there is rest. God wants us to know just like a child comes to his earthly father with his joys, sorrows, concerns, etc. we can come to Him (our Heavenly Father) with everything. God wants to hear from you, He wants to talk to you and He wants you to talk to Him. To build a relationship there has to be communication, God already knows but He wants to hear from you. You’ll find that you’ll draw closer to God when you talk to Him and allow Him to talk to you. In the presence of God there is rest from the burdens that we attempt to carry, the ones we so stubbornly hold onto that we need to hand over to God.

    Accompanying Song: In Your Presence By Beckah Shae

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  • Disqualified To Qualified/ Redeemed, Forgiven, Called (Accompanying Song: Not Guilty By Mandisa)

    It is both amazing and humbling to me to think that God can take a disqualified person like me and make me qualified in His Son Jesus to preach His Love to the world. Everyday He is making me new and qualifying me to teach about different things. For example forgiveness. Sometimes I struggle in this area, but God continues to help me grow in this area qualifying me to share how His power helps me to overcome any unforgiveness in my heart.
    God never owed me anything, in fact I owed Him. God knew I couldn’t pay my debt so He paid it for me and He gave me everything. All I want is to serve Him all the days of my life.

    In my walk with God the enemy constantly tries to make me feel disqualified because of my sins, he tries to make me feel like I’m not worthy of God’s calling for my life. But everytime the enemy tries to make me feel this way I am reminded by God that I am His and that in Jesus I am qualified. I was recently in a time like this and God reminded me that my best to Him is as filthy rags because of my sin, so even if I did everything I could to do right on my own it still wouldn’t be enough. That it is only in Jesus that I am forgiven and God has the authority to forgive me and so if He says I am forgiven then I am forgiven and nothing can change that. The enemy has no place to tell me I am unforgiven, he doesn’t have the authority in the first place because I belong to God in Christ Jesus.

    So today if you are feeling unworthy, disqualified, or unforgiven I want to pray with you because God wants you to know that He loves you and that in Jesus you are forgiven of any sins. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, if you are in Christ you are made new and today is a new day. God has a calling for your life and He will prepare you for it, just trust Him. In Jesus you are worthy, you are qualified, and you are forgiven.

    Father God, we praise You and thank you for Your amazing Love. We thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and pay the debt we could not pay. Father God, we ask that You would forgive us for our sins and that You would help us to be more like Jesus. We ask that you would prepare our hearts for the calling You have on each and everyone of our lives and that You would brings us to where You want us to be. Father God we ask for Your Love to shine through us so that others can see You and that You give us the courage to share Your Word with others. I pray that all those who hear Your Word Father God would be touched by Your Holy Spirit and that they would find healing and rest in Your Loving arms. In Jesus Name I pray Amen

    Accompanying Song: Not Guilty By Mandisa

    Accompanying Song: I Am New By Jason Gray

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  • Who We Are In Jesus

    God has shown me over the past year the importance of knowing who I am in Him. To constantly seek what He says about me in His Word. God has shown me that when I depend on the acceptance of others and what others think of me is when I am my weakest. When we focus on others acceptance and opinions of us we take our focus off of God and that is never good. Our value and who we are is not found in people or things, it is only in Jesus that we can find who we are.

    God wants to be known, He wants us to see who He is, and listen to Him. But most of the time we don’t take the time to seek Him, persue a stronger relationship, and listen to Him. The same thing that others do to us by not giving us some of thier time to get to know us is what we do to God whenever we don’t take time to spend with Him. When we don’t spend time with God we suffer for it because without God we will never know what our purpose is, without God we just exist, we spend our lives striving to fill a void in our hearts, we fall for the traps and the lies the enemy sets in our way, ultimately coming to ruin. God is the only one who has the answers to your questions and His way never fails. Our whole lives should be consumed by God, He should be our focus, our reason to live, the very air we breathe.

    God created man and breathed in Him the breath of life. Every breath we’ve taken since is because of God. Life starts with God and it ends with God. Through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ we are forgiven of our sins and can come before God without shame, we can live knowing we are covered in the Righteousness of Christ, and through Jesus we can have a relationship with God. God showed how much He loved us whin sending His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. We are loved by the God of the Universe, what more could we ask for ? In seeking God I find great joy, I find more about who I am as He directs my path, and when I stay focused on Him I feel loved and accepted even when others don’t accept me.

    Today let us take time to read the Bible and see what God says about us, read how Jesus says we should live and read how much He loves us, and to pray and ask God to help us live as He wants us to live and to help us overcome anything that tries to convince us that we are not worthy, not loved, or that we are alone.

    In Jesus we are forgiven and in Him we are made new.identity 7

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  • God-Ordained Frienships

    One of the things that I’ve struggled with over and over again is how people receive me. I’ve met many different people and I have found myself feeling like I didn’t fit in or maybe I wasn’t good enough. As people we all want to love and be loved by others and to know that there are people who like us for who we are. I’ve learned over time that it’s ok if people don’t accept me, get me, or even like me for that matter. Cause the truth of the matter is, not everyone is for you. There are some people that God hasn’t written into your life story, and that’s ok. It doesn’t always mean they don’t like you or don’t want to be with you, and it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you or them. It could very well be that they just are not for you. or maybe they are for you, just not for this particular season of your life. To explain what I mean, I’ll tell a story that really happened in my own life:

    There was a girl who went to the same church as me about five years back. I had seen her many times leaving church with her mom, but niether of us had spoken to each other before and at the time I didn’t know her name. A couple years later I went to a college Bible study at a different church and I had asked for prayer. After the study was over, a girl came up to me, introduced herself as Cathy, and asked if she could pray with me. We prayed together and I was very touched by what she had done. We continued to talk at meetings and when my mom saw Cathy she told me that she had seen her before. When she said that I realised that Cathy was the girl that had gone to the church I had gone to a few years back. Coming back into present day Cathy who I had never talked to five years prior is now like a sister to me. God knew what friend I needed when I needed her. I didn’t have to be somebody I wasn’t or chase her down and try to force a friendship.God brought us together in His time. We love each other for who God made us as individuals, we love to talk about God, and we keep each other accountable, the definition of a true friendship.

    From this story what I’m trying to say is that although we had never talked five years before it didn’t mean that we didn’t like each other or that we even had an opinion of each other, but in reality God had written our friendship for a later time in our lives. God is really cool like that, He knows what you need when you need it and that includes friends. God will bring the friends he has for you into your life. One thing I’ve noticed about God-ordained friendships is that they are usually a group of people that are so different but their love for God and the fellowship they have together is what holds them together.
    So don’t be upset if you feel like you don’t have friends, God has friends for you and He will bring them in due time, when you least expect it.

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