A Love to Die For

Perhaps the greatest hurt I could have is for you to have never come into contact with the insurmountable, purely intimate, indelibly intricate, passionately potent, all-encompassing love of our Magnificent God.

If I could impart the feel of His presence, all other contact and life experiences would pale in the awesome wonder of overflowing emotions, where words fail, knees are bended, hands ascended, tears a loose and your spirit aloft.

A Love this other-worldly cannot be sufficiently encapsulated by human words without catastrophic underestimation and so I’ll stop.

My prayer is that You; you who are reading this, will a day – even just one; treat your senses, your spirit, your entire being to the glory that is found in the presence of the LORD of all Lords.

I guarantee this one thing – One day, one moment will leave you capsized, forever broken, unendingly wanting, eternally hungry and alit with love, light & life for the first time.

When one meets God, even the world as gift is worth walking away from.

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Loneliness Has Friends – cont’d

In going through moments where we struggle with the feeling of loneliness it is noteworthy to be cognizant of the following:

1. There are other brothers and sisters across the world that may be in the same situation as you.

2. Jesus, himself suffered from this feeling of abandonment upon the cross (Matt. 27:46).

3. He sent His Holy Spirit, Our Comforter, so that we would never have to suffer alone and that we would have the power to overcome.

4. Finally, if we allow loneliness to takeover, it may lead to self-pity, bitterness, depression and so forth.

I find it very comforting when being in a situation, that I am able to get advice or comfort from someone who went through the same thing. When Jesus took on the sins of the world, He felt abandoned by God, yet we have to remember one thing – God promised that He will never leave nor forsake us.

So the question is this:

If God promises to NEVER leave nor forsake, why would Jesus ask “…my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?”

I believe the reason Jesus asked this question is based on the truth that He lived an entire life without sin. Once He took on all the sins of the entire world, generations gone and those to come, He felt the most powerful effect of sin; SEPARATION FROM GOD.

Sin separates us from God and not God from us.

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59: 1-2

Sin is the severance of an electrical item from its power supply. Remove a bulb from its socket and all you’ll have is glass. Removing ourselves from His presence via sin only open us up to a devil who not only want us to feel lonely, but to be lonely for eternity. For if Hell is one thing assured, it is an eternal separation from God.

Loneliness Has Friends

“It’s not good for man to be alone” saith the Lord at the beginning of time. This truth has never changed in any creed, culture or generation. Being alone is different from being lonely. In fact, it is very possible to be lonely in a crowded place. Therefore, it is not a lack of numbers, but a feeling of abandonment.

We must be very careful how we interpret and accept the feelings we have. Feelings, first of all are easily changed and based on one’s disposition. Thus we can safely say that feelings and reality are not the same thing. For example, I may have felt quite lonely years ago at the passing of my father, yet, remembering that God declared His love for us in a promise that He will never leave nor forsake kept me grounded and comforted.

God’s Word is more proof, fact and truth than this reality itself. We have to elevate the Word of God to be more liberating than the word of a judge, more dependable than the word of a bank and more powerful than the word of a doctor. He uses an absolute word such as ‘never’ then that simply means, NEVER! Through consistent meditation and declaration of this spiritual medicinal truth, all feelings of loneliness shall depart.

I praise God that we doesn’t use words like could, should or maybe. He promises that if you do this He shall do this. At times, He does not even promise – where a conditionality is required; He just gives us pure truth, such as:

♡ I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Deut. 31:6, Matt. 28:20b, Heb. 13:5)

♡ The punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5b)

♡ Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13)

We will continue this study tomorrow, in the meantime, let us meditate on His promises toward us.

G|R|A|C|E

Grace is the ability to do that which you were previously unable to.

Grace is the ability to be that which you thought was impossible to see.

Grace is the strength arisen in weakness derived from belief in God.

Grace is supernatural becoming natural, faith should become natural not odd.

Grace is power over addictions, victory from defeat, life when all said death.

Grace is resilient faith arriving in depths, ascending your life from debts.

Grace is when you’re weak thus becoming strong.

Grace is bended knees and knowing to Whom you belong.

Grace is the breakthrough, the miracle the deliverance you sought.

Grace is freely given to the humbly earnest that cannot be bought.

It is the yes when the doc says ‘No’, the job says ‘No’ or life says so.

Grace is the ‘Yes’ for healing, for the job you’re believing, the life you’ve been fighting for.

Grace, God’s Raw Ability Conditionally Endowed.

Surrender to His Will and Power and see His love bestowed.

Let His Grace be upon you as you go about your day.

Grace be unto you and yours forever this day I pray.

Our Near-Death Testimony

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

Two weeks ago, I had a near-death experience, in which the Lord revealed to me that the devil had a death warrant for myself and 3 of my family members. However, He intervened a split-second before we would have been in a most deadly accident on Hope Road, cancelling any such plan from being executed. The most shocking thing was that we are all four Christians coming from our weekly family prayer and fasting meeting that we have every Thursday.

The things I’ve learned are:
1. Satan cares not whether we’re saved or not; in fact he seems more determined to kill those who are a threat to him and his purposes.
2. Life’s fragility should never be forgotten.
3. Do all, say all, love as much as you can, today.
4. Stay under the coverage of His blood.
The world around you may be throwing themselves into deep darkness and sinfulness, yet I need you to stand your ground of integrity and holiness. It may seem boring and your body may very be craving these things yet, we are called to make our flesh subject to our spirit.
5. Fasting & Prayer, cuts worldly affections and addictions whilst giving us increase hate for sinfulness. It gives us the ability to detest the things that God abhors.

I thank you Jesus for Your mercy and faithfulness. You spared us so that we could be a living testimony for You, and we will be one!!!!

Awake the Sleeping Giant

Scripture Reading:
They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 2 Peter 2: 13-18

In times like this people are reminded that indeed, our God is not to be taken lightly, but in fact, must be feared. Whether the focus is the earthquake of Mexico yesterday, or the effects of Hurricane Irma, each one of us have the individual responsibility of making it right with our God.

It’s said that a wise man learns from his mistakes and an even wiser man learns from the mistakes of others. So far, in between hurricanes, earthquakes, natural deaths, accidents and crimes, life and death is at work. The sad reality is that some of us have fell into such deep a sleep that none of this even tugs on their conscience regarding their need to seek God.

It’s as if an indifferent, zombie-like disposition has taken some over, where no situation or catastrophe can awake them from their sinful state. I implore each and every one of to search our hearts today, that we do no provoke the Lord our God to wrath. We may have spared for the likes of such current disasters, but trust and believe that if you are one to deny Him, He knows how and when to get to you. This is an encouragement and warning, as the Bible carefully states in Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”

Increased Faith

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2a

Faith is not derived by our sheer determination and will power; it is ultimately sourced in God and by God. He has given us the formula to have faith, nurture it and increase it as we deem necessary.

⬆INCREASE YOUR FAITH TODAY⬆

STEP 1:
Read the Bible Daily
The Bible is the primary source of increasing one’s faith. taking time within each day for the daily reading of scripture will produce and increase your faith.

STEP 2:
Meditate on the Word of God throughout the Day
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:2-3

STEP 3:
Memorize one Verse Per Day
As according to the Armor of God the Word of God is not only the Sword of the Spirit but the Shield of Faith. Increase in knowledge of the verses of the Bible enables you to wield sword & shield as a greater warrior for Christ.

STEP 4:
Confess/Speak God’s Word over Yourself and Your Life for 10 Minutes each day at least.
Let us just say that you struggled in confidence and self-esteem; meditating, memorizing and speaking Psalm 139:14 (which states, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made“) would bring healing and restoration. As you keep repeating that line of scripture, with eyes closed and mind focused you can literally feel your faith building as the Spirit moves.

These are some of the core means of building faith. Some other means are hearing of other people’s testimonies, experiencing the power of God intimately, worship and so much more. I encourage you Today to build and strengthen your faith. Our family needs it, our country even more.

Love is a Verb

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18 NIV

What is love in words only?
It’s like a puffed up bag of chips with no substance, depth or sincere worth. Yet, love in its truest essence demands action. Love is a verb, a doing word, bigger than emotions, stronger than thought. It is a driving force that leads some to the highest heights and deepest depths. When love is placed in the right place, it’s as if life is produced, hope is manufactured and faith, multiplies.

Love is professed in action, evidenced in power, relentless in care, resilient in trust, abounding in hope, endless in passion, unfathomable in magnitude, righteous in attitude, humble in power, content in all things and sourced in God.

I have always found it amazing that God made us all with the need to love and to be loved. For some they dedicate that love to a person, family and friends, some choose their jobs, vocations among other things, but we all have a need to find something to love and to worship, whilst we all have a need for love in some way, shape or form.

Perhaps the most amazing things is that God created this need within us and though so many people reject and ridicule Him, each person is still a recipient of His divine love and none can exist without it. I believe that without God we would not have the capacity to either receive or even give love, for God is LOVE.
I also believe that the closer we draw to Him the greater our capacity and propensity to give love will increase.

Love TODAY, in action manifesting in power, in Jesus’ Name! AMEN!!!

Jesus Wept.

The shortest verse in the Bible, but every time when I run into it or think about it, the length is not what speaks to me. Two words, Jesus & Wept. One is the Son of God, born in holiness, borne to take on the sins of the world, supernatural in power, yet still human to feel pressure, pain, panic and empathy. To ‘weep’ is the expressing of grief, sorrow or any overpowering emotion through the shedding of tears. One is beyond comprehension, full of glory, abounding in love whilst the other is heavy in its origin, overbearing in its presence and weakening in its absence.

My Jesus. Our Jesus, wept. In the presence of Mary who began weeping over the death of their friend Lazarus, He began weeping as well. He was strong enough to still show emotion. So many people feel like the presence of emotions that lead to tears and weeping makes one weak. Yet, the humanity Jesus showed in John 11:35 tells us that we are not serving an inanimate, emotionless being, but a Savior, slow to anger and abounding in love.

I encourage us all to give our most compassionate God the opportunity to reveal His loving-kindness toward us.

Live Hungry

Hunger is one of the most desperate and potent feelings one my ever experience. It changes our emotions as we become laser-focused and only one thing is on our mind; food. Other than food though, we all hunger for different things in life. Some of us hunger for a qualification, promotion, possession, social status among other things, but the number one thing to be hungry for is for Jesus and His righteousness.

Why some may ask?

When you focus on God’s business He will focus on yours. The natural, carnal tendency is to be individualistic whilst God is asking us to rid ourselves of ‘self’ and ‘selfishness’ and focus on being a vehicle of love to others. When we let go of the all that we have and give it to God, He will let go of the best that He has and give it to us.

Things to Remember:
¤ He made you with the desire to want and need the things you need.
¤ He knows the best way to contentment and fulfillment whilst achieving all these things comes through Him.

Achievements in the absence of Christ is but a loss, but even loss in the presence of Jesus is great gain.

Be forever Hungry for more of Jesus and His love in your life!!!