What’s Love Got to do With It

What’s love got to do with it!

Everything!
 
Unlike the Tina Turner song,
love is more than an “old fashioned notion”.
We were created to love by God, Who is love.
 
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, 
for love comes from God.
Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, 
for God is love.  9 God showed how much he loved 
us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that
 we might have eternal life through him.
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

So much of the time we put conditions on love.
We base love on a feeling or emotion.
God’s love is unconditional.
It doesn’t matter what we do or say, He will always love us.

The Bible has three words for love;
agape, phileo, and eros.
Eros is the type of love between husband and wife.
Phileo is the most common and generally means to love, to like,
treat affectionately and be friendly.
Phileo is the kind of love we share with family and friends.
Agape love is the highest form of love and often the hardest to attain.
It is a selfless love.
C. S. Lewis explained agape as “a selfless love, 
a love that was passionately
committed to the well being of the other”.
This is the love God has for us.
It is this love which enabled Jesus to leave heaven
and sacrifice Himself for us.
It is this love that still saves and heals us.
God is committed to loving us unconditionally even 
when we turn our backs on Him.
Let God love you today.

1Corinthians 13:7
Love bears all things. believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Follow the Prompt

Every day has its routine.
For most of us it has become automatic.
We get up, dress, go to work, come home, go to bed 
and then start all over again the next day.
 
It is our routine.
 
But how often to we stop to listen to the prompting 
of the Holy Spirit?
 
He is quietly speaking to us.
Other times He is loud, yet we choose not to hear.
We choose to listen to our flesh and ignore the quiet, 
inner knowings and promptings.
 
……but the flesh is weak
 
The little inner knowings the Holy Spirit gives us are His way
of leading and guiding us into all truth.
 
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all truth;
for He will not speak on His own authority,
but whatever He hears He will speak’
and He will tell you things to come.
 
To hear Him more clearly,
read the Bible, study, 
and 
LISTEN.
 
The Holy Spirit shows us the heart of God.
 
Cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit,
make it personal.
 
The more we build on the relationship, the clearer we will hear.

You Already Have It!

What?

I already have it!

YES!

Through adoption by God, you already have it.

Power, authority and freedom from fear.

As an adopted child of God we are adopted into the family of God

and become joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:15

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,

but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out

“Abba Father”.

As an adopted child of God,

we have been given the same rights as the Son

and have been given a new name, a new identity in Christ.

Most importantly, through adoption, we

have been given power and authority to overcome

“all the power of the enemy,” (Luke 10:19)

Jesus had authority over everything; to cast out demons,

heal the sick and over disease.

Matthew 28:18, Mark 1:27, Luke 7:7

As joint heirs with Christ, we inherit eternal life,

the authority to speak over our lives in His Name

and receive all that Christ possesses.

Every person is from God, but not all have been

adopted as sons of God.

To receive your inheritance you must receive Jesus

as your Lord and Savior.

Then all that He has is yours!

The Heavens Declare

The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament shows His handiwork.
 
When I consider Your heavens.
the work of Your fingers,
the moon, the stars,
which You have ordained.

There is one glory of the sun,
another glory of the moon,
and another glory of the stars;

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty

Your son shall no longer go down,
nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God your glory.

The moon and the stars to rule by night,
for His mercy endures forever.
 
One nation under God
 

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth
had passed away.

All photos by CSMarcott.

 

You’ve Got a Friend

The seventies had some great singer/songwriters that inspired change.
Some good, some bad.
This was a very tumultuous time following the end of
the Vietnam war which ended in 1973.
And yet it was a time of great revival in Christianity.
Many thousands came to Christ.
There were huge tent revivals with Christian rock music.
Hundreds of people came together under 
those tents with minds of one accord.
It was all about Jesus.
 
Carole King wrote a song, but James Taylor made it a hit.
It wasn’t a Christian song, 
however, it is so like Jesus!
“You’ve Got a Friend”
 
Just like the song say’s,
“when you’re down and troubled
and you need a helping hand,”
Jesus will be that hand.
 
“You just call out my name 
and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running.”
Jesus is just a call away.
He is waiting to be your friend.
He will never hurt you and He will never desert you.
He’ll always come running to you.