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God’s Love vs Human (Worldly) Love

Many over the years have confused what love really is. The truth is there are many different types of love. God’s Love and Love for God and the way humans love and the world teaches us what love is are what we are going to explore in this article. If a person doesn’t understand the type of love being referred to from the one speaking, it could easily cause confusion or unintentional misleading. Meaning when a person whom does NOT know God and what His love really is they could confuse a message about God and His character by comparing His love to the way we as humans love.

The only way to truly know the difference between the two is to experience it for yourself. I encourage each person to explore God’s love and meaning on their own by researching and studying the Bible (God’s Word).

There are MAJOR differences between human love and God’s love and those differences if not understood could be used as a weapon by Satan to keep an individual from knowing God and seeking a relationship with Him. Using the misconceptions, as weapons, to lie to you about your self-worth, God’s character, what your purpose is— the list goes on.

God’s Love

Agape- the highest form of love which is the love of God for man and man for God. God is love, see 1 John 4:8.

God’s love is unconditional God is not mad at you! God’s love will never change for you! You can not earn God’s love as His love is not based on merit, we can never be “good” enough for God’s love and mercy. We love because God first loved us. 1 John 4:19

God’s love is Sacrificial– The bridge between us as sinners and God has been made by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. God loves us so much He sent HIS ONLY SON to die for our sins so we may be saved from an eternity in Hell! WoW!! I mean really think about that would you send your child or even you yourself to be tortured, beaten, and killed on the cross for someone, perhaps this person even denies your existence? This is God’s love He loves us even when we do not choose Him.. John 3:16 Romans 5:8 God’s love is about what He gives and Who He is.. NOT about what you do.

God’s love is forgiving, merciful, and endures all things– Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Love has no fear and endures forever. Love does not keep a record of wrongs. Romans 8:38-39

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Human love

According to Wikipedia Love encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states, from the most sublime virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection and to the simplest pleasure. An example of this range of meanings is that the love of a mother differs from the love of a spouse, which differs from the love of food. Most commonly, love refers to a feeling of strong attraction and emotional attachment.

When it comes to Human love it is often based on feelings and merit. What someone or something does that makes you feel happy, smitten, and other positive feelings.

Human love is often looked at as “disposable” in todays society. When a marriage gets tough people tend to divorce, when our favorite shoes wear out we throw them away, when something is broke we simply replace it with something new. This is the exact opposite of Gods Unconditional love for us.

Human love can be “tarnished” by inconsistency, lies, betrayal, and intentional or even unintentional hurt. We have a hard time forgiving those whom have hurt us or have done us wrong in some way, which in turn can cause friction and change in the relationship. God’s Love is quick to forgive and as you seen earlier, keeps no record of wrongs, so when we mess up–because we will– we need to repent and ask God for his mercy and forgiveness, this keeps our relationship with God strong and unchanging. When we mess up God already knows and is there waiting and ready to forgive and move on, our only requirements is to ask and receive His forgiveness.

This message is close to my heart because I was once trapped in the misconception of Gods love vs Human love. Chained and bound by the lies from Satan leading me to think I am not worthy of God’s love or any love for that matter. I came to this conclusion on my own by comparing the pastor’s message that God loves me to the words spoken from those in my life whom have hurt me deeply, yet claimed to love me.

It took years for me to come to the realization that God is NOT mad at me because of my past or even current mistakes. I use to think God was punishing me when the trials in life would come and even use to think what have I done so wrong…? I have also felt like I had “let God down” when I messed up, like seriously, God is going to eventually give up on me– just like everyone else. (another lie from Satan)

This just is not true God is patient, slow to anger and quick to forgive. God loves each and every one of us unconditionally, without change, even when we do not feel it or when we make mistakes. Nothing can separate us from His love.

I desperately want people in the world to see they are NEVER alone and no matter what humans do to you God is bigger and God is near, you just have to call on Him. People in the world will let you down –it’s human nature. BUT GOD will never fail! People in the world may lie to you, BUT GOD is a God of His word, He can not lie. People in the world may hurt you, abandon you, disappoint you; BUT GOD is near to the broken hearted and desires for you to live a happy, fulfilling life.

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Spreading Love

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In my post Love Defined I explained how the word love is perceived one way in society– an emotion or attachment and another in God’s eyes–an attitude or behavior. Further I explained that God is the creator of the concept of love and without God love simply doesn’t exist.

We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Society has become extremely hateful and negative as a whole. God created us and instructed us to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) The intolerance, discrimination, and anger/bitterness that people hold against one another is out of control. It has got to the point for some, that those who are different or think differently than oneself is immediate grounds for hatefulness, slander, and down right bigotry.

God never intended for our world to be full of so much hatred– however by choices made by each person in society– here we are in 2021– God is not allowed to be talked about in school, prayer is frowned upon– yet sex, violence, and other sinful nature runs ramped and no one blinks an eye. I think this year needs to be the year we choose change–choose to spread love–healthy, Godly, unconditional love. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:8 that love covers a multitude of sin.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

We are called to walk in love, to share the love of Christ with others, and to be the example of Christ’s love to the world. You have everything you need to walk in love. You already have compassion, empathy, patience to love– you only have to accept Jesus and access it through the Holy Spirit. Love is believing the best in people and not the worst.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

I want to be clear that when I refer to society being hateful and negative as a whole–this INCLUDES many self proclaimed Christians. In fact if I am being honest–I have had some experiences where the Christian folk was far more rude, hateful, and unpleasant than the unsaved folk who had never heard about the love of Jesus.

This is disheartening and exactly why Christians get a bad stigma. When people see someone whom is claiming to be a Christian and love God acting in such a way– it detours the lost– why would they want to live for Jesus and act like that? We have to be very careful and be sure that if we are talking the talk– we need to be walking the walk. This doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t mess up because you will– we aren’t perfect. Being aware of your talk and actions during your day to day interactions will help you recognize when your fleshly emotions are starting to take over.

In the Bible God gives us instruction on how to behave like a Christian.

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor (Hate) what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

God wants us to love like He loves– not like the world loves. God designed the concept of love and wants us to understand how perfect His love is. When we spread love in the way God tells us too– It pleases Him. God even went as far to say in Matthew 25:33-40 that when you help others you are helping Him. I have often heard people say why doesn’t God stop all the terrible things in the world or why does He allow people to go hungry and without a home. I usually respond with something along the lines of “God created us and called us to do His work– often times we see these things because God is calling one of His children to help those in the world around them and unfortunately we don’t always make the move when we are called into action.” One person alone can’t fix all the “problems” in the world today BUT if we all did our part and acted when called upon to help and show love like Jesus–society as a whole would be much, much better.

Matthew 25:33-40

33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

5 ways to spread love everywhere you go

Smile at people
Hold the door open for someone
Compliment a stranger
Pay it forward (buy someone a meal, coffee, etc.)
Leave positive post-it notes in public places

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for another day to serve and spread Your love! Thank you for the direction and instruction on what love is and how we are called to spread Your love everywhere we go. Father, I confess at times I get wrapped up in the stress and things happening in the world and quickly forget to spread Your love instead of joining the world in spreading division and hate. I pray that You would remind us of Your love and the examples You have given us through the Bible. Lord, help us to be great and loving servants, help us to spread Your love to all those we come in contact with. Touch our hearts and lead us each day to those You have sent for us to share Your love and truth with. It is in Jesus name I pray.

Amen


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Daily Devo- Conflict Resolution

Conflict is a a normal part of life. No one can escape the pain of broken relationships– it is part of living life in a broken, fallen world. Although pain may not be able to be avoided– becoming bitter over the pain caused can be.

The Bible presents to us the ‘freedom of forgiveness’. It also shows us that Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals, gives each believer the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Before we can reconcile any differences- we must first diagnose the condition of our own heart. Checking ourselves against the eight potentially problematic areas.

8 Areas to Examine in Our Heart

  1. Pride- Do I focus on how much I have been wronged?
  2. Faultfinding- Do I search and rehearse the faults of others?
  3. Avoidance- Do I avoid being around those I have conflict with?
  4. Silence- Do I shut down and refuse to share what I am feeling in a healthy way?
  5. Isolation- Do I withdraw emotionally?
  6. Unfaithfulness- Do I share unnecessary information about my opposer?
  7. Hopelessness- Do I lack faith that God can work in any situation?
  8. Resentment- Do I hold on to my anger until it turns into bitterness?

Hebrews 12:14-15

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled

The Bible tells us to pursue peace with all people.

How to reconcile

The process of mending relationships and reconciliation of conflict can occur when both parties are willing to listen and communicate without interrupting each other. Both need to show respect and acknowledge there are two sides to every story, two sets of feelings, two hearts that need healing, and two different perceptions of what happened.

6 Do’s of reconciliation

  1. See the situation
  2. Repeat back what you heard
  3. Use words that are encouraging
  4. Be open minded and respectful
  5. Accept you only have the power to change yourself
  6. Be at peace

6 Don’ts of Reconciliation

  1. Don’t forget your opposer is also God’s creation
  2. Don’t hold on to resentment, bitterness, or hatred
  3. Don’t use ‘you’ statements. (You should…You made me…You always..etc)
  4. Don’t get drawn into useless arguing
  5. Don’t expect change immediately
  6. Don’t assume every situation can be reconciled

Apologize and Forgive

The healing of two wounded hearts can’t happen if both parties refuse to ask for forgiveness from the other. We must be careful not to further offend or complicate the situation when we are asking for forgiveness.

5 helpful tips when apologizing

  1. Don’t make excuses
  2. Don’t use the blame game or ‘you’ statements
  3. Accept full responsibility (My attitude was inexcusable)
  4. Accept full blame for your part in the situation (No one can make someone else sin- I acknowledge I sinned against you…)
  5. With a humble heart and attitude explain you have tried to see the situation from their point of view….)

All healing takes time– regardless of the type of wound– physical, mental, or emotional. A wound cannot heal if we don’t leave it alone. Forgiveness works in a similar manner– it can not do its’ job if we don’t give it time. God can use us to help the process by taking these practical steps:

  • Recognize that forgiving someone does not mean they are ‘off the hook’. It means you are no longer carrying the offense and have turned it over to God to handle. It transfers it from your hook to God’s hook.
  • Make the decision that you no longer want to bare the pain from the past.
  • Recognize the unmet needs of the one who hurt you and pray for them.
  • Make a list of each offense you are holding unforgiveness about and release each one to God.

Each person has to accept that there is a chance that the end result could be a negative outcome. Sometimes, the relationship just may not work out between two people. The responsibility cannot fall solely on one of them. Effective and freeing reconciliation comes when both parties handle the process in a Godly manner.

Romans 12:18

18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for your forgiveness and guidance on reconciling our differences. We know that conflict is going to happen and we ask that you help us handle it in a Godly manner. Forgive me for not always seeking Your counsel before handling situations in the past. God I hand each offense I carry today over to you. Lord help expose to me my own heart and show me where I need improvement. Guide me in the process of reconciliation and help me to remember the do’s and don’ts. I pray that you would help me to live peaceably with all men and forgive just as you have forgiven me. It is in Jesus name I pray

Amen

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Daily Devo- Eyes of Fear or Eyes of Faith

The gospel teaches us how to get right with God. It starts with faith and ends with faith. Those that study God’s word and seek to be right in His eyes- live their life by trusting in Him and His ways.

Romans 1:17 NKJV

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Those who do not have a relationship with Jesus- live their life by making decisions based off their circumstances and feelings. Which tends to lead to more issues. We can not please God without having faith.

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Faith is seeing the world through God’s point of view. Faith has nothing to do with feelings and is believing in what you can not see. Faith gives us confidence and assurance in what we know will happen because God’s word tells us what to expect and He promises good for those who love Him.

How do you live your life? Do you see with eyes of fear or eyes of faith?

What happens when we see with eyes of fear?

Read Numbers 13-14

  • We can miss what God has planned for our life
  • We exaggerate our difficulties- negative attitudes are contagious
  • We underestimate our own abilities- when we live in fear we project our fears on to those around us.
  • We become discouraged.
  • We start to gripe and complain about all of our lives.
  • We eventually give up and ultimately blame God

Highly critical people are usually insecure within themselves. Each person we come in contact with through-out life will either increase us or decrease us. We must be careful who we allow to influence our life- some people want us to crawl when God created us to soar.

What happens when we see with eyes of faith?

  • Faith shrinks our problems (Genesis 18:14)
  • Faith opens the door for a miracle. (Mark 11:22-24)
    The law of faith- trumps the law of nature. We do not have miracles because we do not believe they can happen. This is because our lack of faith.
  • Faith moves God to act on our behalf. God is not moved by us complaining and seeking to accomplish something in our own power and will. The Bible is clear that God is moved by our faith. (Matthew 9:29)
  • Faith unlocks all the promises of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
  • Faith turns our God given dreams into a reality. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • Faith gives us the power and strength to hold on during tough times.
    – Faith does not always remove the problem but the Bible promises that faith will help us through it. Just like faith does not take away the pain you experience in life but it does give you the ability to handle the pain.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for your goodness and faithfulness to those who love and seek You. I confess that I often catch myself seeing through the eyes of fear. I pray that you would help me to keep my focus on you. Help me to set my eyes on You and live by faith in Your promises. I trust in You Lord and pray that Your will be done in my life. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo-Compromising Peace

Are you a people pleaser? Do you often put your own wants, beliefs, and needs to the side to keep peace among friends, family, or co-workers? Maybe you feel your worth comes from what others think, say, or feel about you. Who do you live your life striving to please- God or others?

I am a people pleaser. I know this is not what God has called me to be and I am working hard on learning to stand up for myself and God.

For many years I was living my life under the control of my father. Day after day I willfully gave him all the power over my life. Allowing him to control every decision I made- from when I do yard work to how I raised my child.

It was totally unhealthy!

The worst part was it went on for many years and I didn’t even realize it was happening. I was 30 years old when God showed me CLEARLY what He was doing in my life.

I was going through a period of trials and heartache lasting about four years that finally ended when I became FULLY obedient to God. When crying out to Him about the situations going on at the time God asked me, “Are you going to serve Gary your earthly father, or Me, God THE father? You can’t do both!”

I wept. I knew EXACTLY what God was saying to me.

There were countless times that I did the opposite of what God was telling me to do to please my father and avoid any verbal abuse, physical abuse, or confrontation of any kind.

I longed for my father to be loving, positively involved, and simply proud of who I was- not who he wanted me to be.

The mentioning of God would make his skin crawl. Unfortunately, my father had many demons that he carried throughout his life starting in his own childhood. This made it very difficult when trying to serve God- yet please him.

God wants us to be fully obedient to Him- He doesn’t want sacrifice’s or partial obedience- He wants us ALL IN. I would pray and ask for direction and wisdom- God would show me something and tell me to take action- then I would try to compromise with Him to be obedient yet not upset anyone else.

We can NOT only do a small part of what God tells us to do. When we know He is leading us we have to be bold in Him. Stepping out and standing up in love and not compromising our own morals or relationship with God so others won’t be upset.

Living in a compromised peace is not what God wants for us. We are not to me conformed to this world but TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind through Jesus.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

The world is becoming harder and harder to be a Christian in but we need to be sure we are making our own decisions and not allowing others to influence them. The Bible tells us to stand FIRM on His word and put on the whole armor of God. Our only responsibility is do what God wants us to do.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV

When we spend time studying God’s word and seeking Him- He lights a fire within our heart that can not be put out. You should know however, when you are on fire for God, people in the world will reject you- BUT He has overcome the world and we should not fear.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV

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.”

John 16:33 NKJV

We are not created to blend in with the world. In fact, it is quite the opposite- we are created to standout- to be bold and courageous- and to lean NOT on our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

God promises if we stand firm in our faith-seek Him above all else- and love with all our heart, mind, and soul- than we will have a peace that surpasses all understanding.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

God is with you wherever you go! We do not have to live a life in compromised peace. It is time to stand-up, stand-out, and stand-frim on the truth.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NKJV

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this beautiful day and for offering us peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, the world can be such a sinful and misleading representation of You and our destiny, help us to have discernment and knowledge. Let us not lean on our own understanding but trust in You with all our hearts. It is election day Lord, and the stress and tension is very tight. I pray each person would be lead by Your Holy Spirit and remember regardless of the outcome, You are still in control.

Lord I pray that each of us would have the courage to stand strong on Your word and stand up for what is right and true in You. Lord, help us to remember that we are all children of God and You want the world to choose love over hate- peace over strife, and truth over deceit.

Guide our steps and show us the way as we move forward through the election process. I pray Your will be done and the hearts of people all over the world would be open to see You.

Lord I pray for both candidates that each would hold themselves with grace and dignity. That you would protect each of them and their families. Lord I pray people would find love in their hearts and choose to support and uplift regardless of the outcome. I pray for the safety of America, guidance moving forward, and that love would fill the hearts of Your people all across the world. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Faith Tested

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Psalm 3:18 NKJV

The Bible tells us that in the world we will have tribulations- that trials are inevitable. Everyone experiences trials and pain throughout their life. It’s part of life and a consequence of sin being introduced into the world. Believer and Non-Believers alike will all have pressing times.

The difference among people going through trials are the way we perceive them.

Believers often look at their trials in a different light. When we are going through a trial in life we know we can rest assured knowing that the Lord is near to the broken hearted. Just as Psalm 3:18 tell us.

Furthermore, the Bible also tells us that we can rejoice in our trials- knowing that with trials comes spiritual growth. Our faith will be tested- there are countless stories through-out the Bible that show the various trials and testing of faith.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4 NKJV

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV

You can see in the above scriptures that going through trials allows us to grow and obtain practical knowledge of who God is and what He is capable of doing in our life. Our perspective on the trials we face makes all the difference on the outcome and how we deal with the situation.

I personally use to have a problem with perceiving trials in a negative light. I often felt as if I must have done something wrong to deserve going through such painful experiences. When a trial would strike it came with a ‘here we go again’ or a ‘why is it always me’ attitude. This is destructive.

As I studied the Bible, I began to learn that it was my perception and destructive attitude that was making my trials far worse than they should have been. Trials are hard to go through but they do not have to result in our spiritual destruction.

Learning that trials were common and even those in the Bible were bombarded with them- gave me peace to know it isn’t ‘Just Me’. Learning that God is near to the broken hearted and that we should expect trials through-out life in order to grow spiritually gave me the peace of mind that I can and will get through any trial life throws at me.

If God is for me than who can be against me?

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31 NKJV

Find joy and comfort when you find yourself in trials. Knowing that God is near- He fights for you- and it will produce spiritual growth.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I thank you Lord for this day- for Your message on trials- and for using me as a vessel to spread Your word. I thank you for Your instruction on the testing of our faith and the knowledge of the growth it brings within us. I pray that each person who reads this will have clarity and understanding of what Your words says. I pray that they would find joy in You during their trials and seek Your wisdom and clarity as they go through them. I pray that the hearts of the lost would be open to Your truth- that they would have an undeniable experience with You. I pray Your love and presence surround each of us- protect us Lord from the schemes of Satan- and bless each person abundantly in Jesus mighty name I pray

Amen

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Daily Devo- Road to Salvation

Today’s devotional is about sharing the road to salvation. A recent study I completed through the Christian University Online referred to it as the “Romans Road to Salvation”. This is probably due to the fact that it consists of 8 different scriptures all found in the book of Romans in the Bible.

Follow me as we take a trip down the “Romans Road to Salvation” and dig into scripture to see what the Bible says about salvation and its importance in our life.

Recognize that no one is free of sin- no one is perfect.

Romans 3:23 NKJV- 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Recognize the consequences of sin without Jesus

Romans 6:23 NKJV- 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acknowledge the sacrifice and love from God

Romans 5:8 NKJV- But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Accept and confess- you are a sinner and need Jesus to save you

Romans 10:9 NKJV- that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Call upon Him-Invite Him into your life- You are saved

Romans 10:13 NKJV- 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Gift of Salvation

Romans 5:1 NKJV- Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

You are free!

Romans 8:1 NKJV- There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gift of salvation. For loving me so much to send your son to die for my sins. Lord I recognize that I am a sinner and fall short of your glory each day. Forgive me Lord for the sins I have committed. Lord help to give me discernment, strength through temptation, and ability to withstand the deceit from Satan. I am so thankful you are a forgiving and gracious God, regardless of my many short comings. It’s in Jesus’ mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Share the Good News of God’s Love

God’s love does not stand in comparison to human or worldly love. God’s love is perfect and unchanging. Pouring out daily into our hearts, enriching our lives, and giving us peace and purpose in His kingdom.

Paul wrote this in Ephesians 3:17-19 about the love of God.

 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

When putting our hope in Jesus and trusting God with our lives, we begin to experience a new type of love- Agape. A love that pours into our hearts daily. A love that can’t be determined, changed, or earned by what we do or do not do.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:5 NKJV

A love that is patient, kind, understanding and unfailing- A love that does not disappoint. A love that can only be received from God- that fills the void- and gives us the fulfillment we long to have.

We were created by Him- for Him. Which means the void we feel and often try to fill with worldly things can ONLY be filled by Him- through the outpouring of love by the Holy Spirit.

God wants us to share this good news with those He places in our lives- so that ALL of His children will know Him and experience His love that surpasses all understanding and to live their best life fulfilling their purpose in His kingdom.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for loving me so deeply and for pouring out Your love through the Holy Spirit. I confess that I should be sharing the good news of Your love more often then I am. Lord, sometimes I am so wrapped up in my own feelings that I fail to share Your unchanging and never failing love. Lord, I am thankful that Your grace is new every morning and nothing will change Your love for me. I pray that You would give me the courage and the words to effectively share what Your love has done in my life. I pray You would give me wisdom and knowledge to know when You have sent someone into my life that You want me to share Your love with. Thank you Lord for Your many blessings and for working on my behalf in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- We all have Spiritual Gifts

A spiritual gift is a concept in Christianity that refers to an extraordinary power given to each person by God, our Creator, through the Holy Spirit. God has given each of us a different gift according to His plan and purpose for our life. It is our responsibility to seek Him and use our gifts to strengthen the church (the people; not the building) and share the message of Christ.

The Bible refers to spiritual gifts in multiple places; giving examples and direction on what we are to do with the gifts He has given us.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV

We shouldn’t be jealous or envious of another person’s gift(s), God has chosen and designed each of us for a specific purpose- tailored to who we are called to be- in Him.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:6-8 NKJV

I myself have often “wished” I had other gifts. However, I quickly began to learn to stop chasing “dreams” that were not meant for me. Stop wasting my gifts, to pursue and wish away my life trying to be something or someone I am not called to be. To start embracing what God has equipped me to do and who He called me to be in His kingdom.

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 NKJV

I encourage each person to dig into God’s word-spend time in prayer- and discover who You are and what gift(s) God has blessed you with.

Then, I encourage you to find ways to use and share your gift(s) with others.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11 NKJV

Discovering who you are in Christ and seeking to fulfill your purpose in Him is the most freeing decision you could ever make. Learning to embrace and even celebrate the things that make you “different” releases the pressure of feeling the need to measure up to someone else’s standard.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being a father who loves us and has chosen us before we were born. Thank you Lord, for blessing each of us with spiritual gifts to grow Your kingdom and share the good news of Jesus Christ. I confess that often times I get wrapped up chasing “dreams” of this world and lose focus of seeking Your purpose for my life. Lord, I pray that You would lead me and guide me in the way You want me to go. Show me the gifts you have blessed me with and how You want me to use them to glorify You. Thank you Lord for Your many blessings in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Faith while you wait

Keeping faith while you wait is extremely difficult when referring to waiting on God’s timing. We have to remember in our impatience that His timing is perfect– never early and never late. This means when you are praying and asking God for something; regardless if it is materialistic or spiritual, God is not going to give us something that we are not ready for.

If what we are requesting from Him is going to cause us more harm or heartache, God is not going to give that something to us. God knows the desires of our heart and even though we may think we know what we want or need God always knows better. God’s plan is to help us not to hurt us, to give us hope and a future.

Let’s be honest– No one wants to wait but we all have to do it.

According to a Timex survey, Americans wait:

  • on average of 20 minutes a day for the bus or train
  • 32 minutes whenever they visit a doctor
  • 28 minutes in security lines whenever they travel
  • 21 minutes for a significant other to get ready to go out
  • 13 hours annually waiting on hold for a customer service
  • 38 hours each year waiting in traffic
  • those living in Big cities wait in traffic more than 50 hours annually

= about 37 billion hours each year waiting in line somewhere
Human beings spend approximately 6 months of their lives waiting in line for things, it means like 3 days a year of queueing up. The average person spends about 43 days on hold with automated customer service in one lifetime. Those who take the bus will wait about 27 days of their lives waiting around on the platform or at the bus stop. (view the full article here)

Waiting is going to happen weather we like it or not. The sooner we accept it and learn to embrace the wait while we keep faith, the happier we will be. It could be waiting in traffic, at a restaurant or for an answered prayer from God, regardless prepare to wait.

Let’s look at one of the examples above, waiting at a doctor office. When we have to wait to be seen and feel as if it is taking too long, we don’t try to rush the doctor or convince other patients to leave. Although we may be a bit frustrated, we wait. We have faith that when it is time, a nurse will come to get us.

If we do not try to rush the day to day things – why do we try to rush God’s hand?

As you read per the timex survey waiting is inevitable, so why not learn to have faith while you wait in all things?

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

We have faith that even though we have to wait in traffic we will eventually get home. We have faith when we flip the switch in our home the light comes on. We have faith that we will work and at the end of the pay period we will receive a check. These all come very naturally for us– we don’t often wonder if things will “work out” in the above day to day scenarios, we just have faith and know that they will. This is the kind of faith we need to have in God and His promises.

When God tells us to wait– there is always a reason– even if we never get to know it. If we would have faith in God during our “Biggest Storms”– as we do in the examples given– we would be able to live a much more peaceful, enjoyable life. Not spending our days worrying about things we can not change nor prevent. Instead spend them embracing the journey knowing God is by our side and already has everything worked out for our good– we only need to trust in Him.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Turn your worry into worship, your fear and fearless, and have faith while you wait! God’s got you!

We are often tired, worried, and purely exhausted during the most trying times in our life– but when you put your faith into God and allow Him FULL CONTROL over your life we will not grow weary.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Having faith while you wait doesn’t mean you are doing nothing. In fact, you are actively praying, trusting, and having faith that God has a good plan and you do not have to worry.


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