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The Ultimate Valentine

It’s the time of year where “love is in the air”. Couples showering each other with flowers and gifts in an effort to show the other how much they love them. For others it’s a time of sadness, loneliness, and depression. Often feeling unlovable because they are “alone” and have no one to spend the day with. Feeling as if somehow they aren’t “good enough” to have someone show them love on this specific day.

My hopes in writing this is to bring hope, joy, and the surrounding presence of God’s love to those whom feel “alone”. I am excited to share with you– you are NOT alone. Not on Valentine’s day or any other day for that matter. Let me share with you a love that is unconditional, unfailing, and unchanging!

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

The love of Jesus– there is no greater love than that of Jesus Christ– who was tortured and killed for you– yes YOU– so that your sins would be forgiven so you may live eternally– so you would know His love. Perfect- Unconditional- Never Failing Love!

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There are many people that have the wrong idea of who God is– Thinking that He just wants to take the fun out of life or give you a list of rules that is impossible to follow perfectly. Some think He is mad at them–that He is to blame for the bad things in their life– some even believe that God hates them. As Joyce Meyer says and wrote a book on, God is NOT Mad at you!! I read the book and if you believe God is mad at you–you should read it too.

God doesn’t correct us or give us rules because He is mad or wants to be a party pooper. God corrects us through His word because He loves us! Just as a good parent loves their child– God loves us even more!

Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

The Bible is there to instruct, convict, and replenish your soul– not to chastise, condemn, and break you down. God instructs us in Matthew that love is the greatest commandment. This is because God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and lack of capability to uphold each commandment in the law. When Jesus was crucified He was sinless His death represented the love of God to all of us.

Matthew 22:34-40

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

God never stops loving us even on the days or years we do not choose Him. God authored the concept of love–God is love. God wants us to love Him, love ourselves, and love everyone as He loved us. We love because He first loved us.

You see no one is truly alone– that is a lie the enemy wants you to believe– so that you will remain in bondage to loneliness, sadness, and depression. God is always with us–He goes before us and prepares the way.

If you are feeling alone and vulnerable this Valentine’s Day I encourage you to seek out the Ultimate Valentine– God. He showers you with the perfect love all of the days of your life. He has many gifts (blessings) for you– you only have to receive Him and accept them. God is near to the broken hearted and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. What better valentine to have than the one who authored the concept of love.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for being the ultimate example of unconditional love in Jesus Christ. Thank you for showing us love even when we did not deserve it and in our times of struggle. Forgive us Lord for forgetting that we are never truly alone, You are always with us. Remind us that regardless of what the world says or what our circumstances may seem like we are loved far more than we could ever imagine. Remind us that our relationship with Jesus is far more important and comforting than any relationship we could ever form on this earth. Lord I pray that in this season we remember that we love because You first loved us. Remind us that You are the author of love and we must learn to truly love ourselves and who You created us to be before we could ever show true love to someone else. Lord help us to be vessels for Your kingdom, give us courage and boldness to share the love of Jesus with those who cross our paths daily. Thank you for Your perfect and unconditional love and it is in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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The Ultimate Valentine

It’s the time of year where “love is in the air”. Couples showering each other with flowers and gifts in an effort to show the other how much they love them. For others it’s a time of sadness, loneliness, and depression. Often feeling unlovable because they are “alone” and have no one to spend the day with. Feeling as if somehow they aren’t “good enough” to have someone show them love on this specific day.

My hopes in writing this is to bring hope, joy, and the surrounding presence of God’s love to those whom feel “alone”. I am excited to share with you– you are NOT alone. Not on Valentine’s day or any other day for that matter. Let me share with you a love that is unconditional, unfailing, and unchanging!

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

The love of Jesus– there is no greater love than that of Jesus Christ– who was tortured and killed for you– yes YOU– so that your sins would be forgiven so you may live eternally– so you would know His love. Perfect- Unconditional- Never Failing Love!

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There are many people that have the wrong idea of who God is– Thinking that He just wants to take the fun out of life or give you a list of rules that is impossible to follow perfectly. Some think He is mad at them–that He is to blame for the bad things in their life– some even believe that God hates them. As Joyce Meyer says and wrote a book on God is NOT Mad at you!! I read the book and if you believe God is mad at you–you should read it too.

God doesn’t correct us or give us rules because He is mad or wants to be a party pooper. God corrects us through His word because He loves us! Just as a good parent loves their child– God loves us even more!

Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

The Bible is there to instruct, convict, and replenish your soul– not to chastise, condemn, and break you down. God instructs us in Matthew that love is the greatest commandment. This is because God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and lack of capability to uphold each commandment in the law. When Jesus was crucified He was sinless His death represented the love of God to all of us.

Matthew 22:34-40

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

God never stops loving us even on the days or years we do not choose Him. God authored the concept of love–God is love. God wants us to love Him, love ourselves, and love everyone as He loved us. We love because He first loved us.

You see no one is truly alone– that is a lie the enemy wants you to believe– so that you will remain in bondage to loneliness, sadness, and depression. God is always with us–He goes before us and prepares the way.

If you are feeling alone and vulnerable this Valentine’s Day I encourage you to seek out the Ultimate Valentine– God. He showers you with the perfect love all of the days of your life. He has many gifts (blessings) for you– you only have to receive Him and accept them. God is near to the broken hearted and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. What better valentine to have than the one who authored the concept of love.

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God Never Fails

Have you ever felt like you have prayed and prayed about something and it just seems as if God is not hearing you? Maybe you feel like God is just ignoring you–He is mad at you– or worse, He is punishing you. I want to assure you today that God is NOT mad at you and He is definitely not punishing you. This is a common misbelief about God and His character–a straight lie from the devil himself, to keep you shackled in worthlessness, fear, anxiety, doubt, and disbelief. Satan uses many different lies to attack our minds– to entrap us in our feelings and to keep us focused on the negative.

God is one of Mercy, Forgiveness, and Unconditional Love. He is the answer– not the problem. He is the head–not the tail. He is the King of all Kings. God never fails.

How can I boldly proclaim “God NEVER Fails!”?

Here are 5 evidential reasons with scriptures from the Bible to show You are Loved and God will never fail you!

God chose you before you were born!

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

God made each of us- individually- for a specific purpose in the world. Jeremiah shows us that He has ordained (appointed) us and sanctified (set apart as or declare holy; free from sin; purify) us BEFORE we were even born. We each have a purpose that God wants to see through. Why would He fail us- when He designed us? He doesn’t. He desires we live for the purpose He created us for. He desires to fellowship with us–to grow closer in a relationship–as the good good Father, that He is.

1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

God doesn’t lie.

Numbers 23:19
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

God is not of this world-He is not human. Though people in the world may let you down- God will not. God is one who makes promises and KEEPS them. The world is full of sin, pain, darkness, and hate- it should come as no surprise that in a broken world- it is broken promise, after broken promise. People are not perfect- no matter how hard they try or want to be. Guaranteed every single person has broken a promise to someone-probably more than once. It may not be intentional but things happen-life happens.

BUT GOD- is a promise keeper! He has an untouchable track record and will always work things for the good to those who love Him.

God will never abandon you!

Though you walk through deep waters- experience seasons of turmoil and heartache-push through periods of darkness and struggle- You are NOT alone. God did not promise us we would not have troubles- in fact, He told us just the opposite. The Bible tells us in the world we will have troubles but we can still be at peace- remain happy- and rejoice- for He has overcome the world.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

God is near to the broken hearted (Ps. 34:18)-He hears our cries for help(Ps. 34:17) and sees every tear(Ps. 56:8). God promises He will never leave you or forsake you(Deut. 31:6)- He will be your refuge in the storm(Ps. 46:1)- He will hide you in His secret place and protect you from the enemy (Ps. 91).

God is our provider.

In the busy world we live in, often times we get lost in the game of cat and mouse. Chasing the next best thing- chasing the life of “success”- trying to build a life that says “I did it.” The life I am talking about looks a lot like this:

high paying job, new car(s),new home (often far larger then what is truly necessary), name brand clothing, all the newest technology on the market , etc.

This is what “success” looks like in the eyes of the world. Becoming too “busy” trying to self-serve and provide the things we want– in our way– in our timing. We are a society of impatience and pride. Which often robs us of our true purpose in life– to laugh, love, be fruitful and enjoy life-casting our cares upon God.

Don’t get me wrong- all of these things are nice to have and if we are blessed enough to have them- we should enjoy them. I am not saying you shouldn’t have nice things or desire to have nice things in life-BUT I am saying not to get so lost in chasing the material things that your never take time to rest and enjoy life.

Often times when we are caught up in chasing our career or the next best thing– other areas in our life get neglected. It’s usually the one’s that really should be priority- like our relationship with God- our spouse- our children. Satan has so many people falling into his trap and believing this big lie-

Money and Material Possessions = Success & Happiness

The Bible warns us in Mark 8:36-37 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

One excuse I hear from people as to why they don’t seek God or make time for a relationship with Him is — they just don’t have time– or they simply have some other need they find a priority over God.

I think it is safe to say our society as a whole are worriers. Stress-Anxiety-Depression are at all time highs. We tend to worry about what we will eat, drink, wear, where we will sleep and so on. God does not want us to waste our time worrying. He wants us to pray- seek Him- and cast our cares on Him.

1 Peter 5:7
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

God will supply our every need. He created everything- He knows what we need before we even ask.

Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

God will provide your every need- it may not be what you want, how you want it, or when you want it. But He always provides what we need when we need it. The Bible tells us His timing is perfect- never early, never late.

His strength is made perfect in our weakness– He provides every need physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Bible shows us throughout the scripture that God is our provider- our comforter- our counselor- our helper- our healer, our refuge from the storm, our redeemer- our protector- our strength- our hope-our joy- the rock of our salvation- our Savior- our Father- our all in all. God is love.

God never changes.

We live in a world where change comes just as sure as the sun will rise. Though our world is always evolving- always changing. One thing remains the same and always will– Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forevermore. Which means- the same Jesus that healed the blind and deaf- that rose the dead- that split the sea and walked on water- is still alive and still doing miracles today!

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Malachi 3:6
“For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

Society often tries to make it seem as if God is no longer relevant. That “times” have changed- the world has evolved- and there is no place for God. The enemy wants us to believe this-as a way to excuse our sinful behavior and make us feel better about doing things against God’s will- to keep us distracted from all of the blessings He gives us daily.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

The world today will twist and turn scripture to make it fit what they want it to mean–take things out of context– or even leave some parts out all together. Yet, the truth remains God’s word and God’s character never changes and never fails.

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.


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