What is Love
Are we truly comprehending the meaning of love; it’s purpose and what it represents? Many of us are learned, we have degrees, we say we believe and we say we understand. Some of us even stand before man and teach on Love, yet are not willing to walk in it by being an example of it. We as believers of Jesus, who have professed that we know that He has come in the flesh and is God, should know and do better, yet many of us still walk in carnality. What is carnality? Carnality is pertaining to or characterized by the flesh. If we operate in a carnal mind, we are therefore not being led by the spirit of God of whom we profess daily.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25).
God is not bias, “for there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:11). God is love, love knows no boundaries…not gender, race, status or title.. You see, love is pure, it is not flawed, it is not tainted with the things that our flesh is allowed to dictate to us. Love is not flawed because Jesus is not flawed. Here this children of God: When you mistreat a child of the most high, (your brothers and sisters) and you profess to be a part of the Body of Christ, which is one; when do we become aware of what it is we are really inflicting upon our very own selves. The Word of God plainly states to “touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:22, Psalms 105:15).
Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1).
“Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm”, sounds like a command to me. We should pray for greater discernment, so that we will know when we are in the presence of God’s anointed. I am not saying revere the individual, but the Christ on the inside of that individual, but “love” the “person” just the same. We don’t get to pick and choose who we think should be anointed to do a work for the Lord, or who is or isn’t a prophet. That is all in God’s doing. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” So you see, we have nothing to do with it, except accept His will for our lives and what He has purposed for us, and if that is putting someone in our pathway that we may not approve of, let us truly examine ourselves, so we will not fall into a reprobate spirit.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (1 John 4:7).
Love (let us keep in mind, who love represents) does not fit into cliques. It does not care if you are rich or poor, thin or what I like to call myself “fluffy” and you do not have to look or dress a certain way. Love accepts you as you are, whether it’s bruised or broken or pretty and shiny. Love doesn’t care if you come with or without jewels. I will end this with a scripture that we should always remember and let it be a reminder for us in times when we start to think more highly than we ought to think; He says, “I come not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16).
There is a spirit that is sweeping the nation…. This spirit wants for God’s children to become stagnate. It wants to deceive us and cause us to believe a lie over the truth. It tells you to be quiet when God says to speak and it wants you to be still when God says to move. This spirit wants to kill, steal and destroy God’s children. God forbid that any of us should operate in this spirit of deception.
Let’s examine this spirit of Jealousy! When the spirit of jealousy is present, it often brings other spirits with it…Such as strife, hatred, emulations (competition) and envy to mention a few… Now in Galatians 5:19-21, it refers to these spirits as works of the flesh, so we know that anyone that allows themselves to be used by these spirits are operating in the flesh, which has nothing to do with God; for the word of God states that those that operate in the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:21).
I believe the most prevalent symptom we see from this spirit today within the church is competition. We cry unity, but how can there be unity when we are competing with one another. “Our church is bigger”, “I have more sheep in my flock”, “our worship service is more anointed than theirs”, “the spirit of God really moves in my church” and let’s not forget “Can’t nobody preach like my pastor.” Seriously??? Are we forgetting that it is not about us, but about God! I have personally witness a beautiful message be delivered, and to later be a witness to someone else totally discredit the message itself. Do we not realize that it is not the individual that is being attacked, but the Holy Spirit itself? This jealousy is very dangerous…Let us not forget this is why God kicked Lucifer out of heaven!
Often times God will raise an individual up to start ministering His word, and some may not like it, because they feel they have been in the ministry longer, and this other person has not paid his or her due. This spirit should have no place amongst God’s children; we must realize, God’s timing is not our timing…It is not about what we want, but about what God has ordained by His spirit. If he put His word on the inside of a toddle that can barely talk…who are we to question this? It’s the flesh that refuse to accept what God is calling and appointing. This is why it’s so vitally important for us to put our flesh under submission daily, so that the Holy Spirit can lead us in everything… Then we give no room for jealousy to rise up within us, and only then we obtain the confidence in knowing what God has for you, it is for you! We all have our part in God’s ministry; do not let jealousy cause you to miss what God has for you…
My prayer for today: Lord I pray in sincerity, asking that your children examine their ways. Lord let us not operate in the spirit of jealousy, but cause us to continually put our flesh under submission, so that your Holy Spirit will lead us in ways of righteousness, let us, every one of us, receive what you have for us in our callings, and that we only operate in the fruits of Your spirit… in Jesus name, Amen!
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.
Today we are living in some very perilous times. If there was ever a time for us to no longer compromise our walk with the Lord, now is truly that time which is upon us. Now is the time for the Body of Christ to pray without ceasing. Lately I have been reading so many hateful things being said concerning this presidential election. Many of us have chosen the candidate that we are supporting, and there is nothing wrong with that. The problem comes in when you start to exemplify behavior that is not Christ-like because of it.
If we are assisting in spreading anything negative concerning either candidate, we must truly examine our actions. We must remember the enemy is very crafty at deceiving people. The Word of God states that even the very elect will be deceived. So again, if you are reposting something derogatory about a person, you are not exemplifying the characteristic of Christ. I would like to go the book of Galatians and refresh many of us on what sort of characteristics are Christ-like. In chapter five it talks about the fruits of the Spirit. As Christians we should be know by these fruits, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23).
Now that we know what is Christ-like, let’s take a look at what is considered works of the flesh. We know works of the flesh has nothing to do with the spirit of God right? Galatians 5:19-21 states “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. I need not add anything to this, for it speaks for itself!
I would also like to take a look at the book of Proverbs 6:16-19; “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. With the love of God I would beseech every one of us to truly examine our actions. We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived into believing that this sort of behavior is ok. Remember, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”
Finally, we can go to Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). We profess faith, yet we still feel the need to get in the way of God, with our works of the flesh. So if you are promoting anything negative concerning either party, you are allowing yourself to error before God. We have to be wise; everything that we read or look at isn’t always the truth, remember Satan’s job is to manipulate, deceive, destroy and kill… Are you going to allow yourself to be his tool??? Trust God, for His Word is sure and true!
My prayer for today is for us to lay aside all strife, let brotherly love continue and Let God be God!
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
If we profess faith, we should have works to support that which we have professed! It is easy for one to say “I have faith”, yet when faced with certain circumstances we are afraid to go forth, because we have allowed fear to hinder us. In this case the spirit of fear is greater than your faith. Having faith, means going forth in spite of what it may look like, because you trust God enough to know that he would let no harm come nigh unto you.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). This scripture tells us that we cannot even please God without faith. We have to continually examine ourselves so we do not become liken unto the scribes and Pharisees who say but do not. When we are called to do a work for the lord, we must trust in Him and not ourselves. This is where many of us get it twisted (like the youth say); we forget that it is the Christ in us, and not ourselves.
I’ll use myself as an example, for I like everyone of us is still a work in progress. One of the things the Lord has called me to do is evangelize. One day I went out, and it was really hot out, and by the time myself and sisters and brother in Christ were done for that day, I was overcome by the heat and felt as if I would faint. Well they prayed for me and I was fine; I went home and had plenty of fluids and lay down for a bit so that my body could regenerate itself. I did not go to the hospital for I trusted in God that I would be well, and so I was. Now this is where it gets interesting…the following week, it was still very hot, and I then began to battle with whether I should go back out in the heat or not? Well the next thing you know three weeks had gone by, and I still hadn’t gone back out. The enemy tried to hinder the ministry the Lord entrusted me with, but I thank God, for my faith was restored and increased and the enemy did lose that battle. God showed me what the enemy was trying to do, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, that enemy was defeated. God has even sent another sister to go out and evangelize with us.
We cannot let fear stagnate our faith, or become an excuse to be slothful in our works. We have to exercise and increase our faith in every circumstance of our lives. We have to know that God is bigger than any problem that we are faced with. We have to know that faith is indeed “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”(Hebrews 11:1). And while we are exercising our faith, we should remember to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3). In order to endure hardness, we have to have faith that God will keep us. My prayer today, Father I ask that in these last and evil days that our faith be renewed in you and we stand together in unity trusting and believing that in spite of how things may look or even seem, that you are a very present help in our time of need. I pray that our faith be increased continually in Jesus name, amen!
The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
One whom is called by God to minister His Word should preach it in hope and not desperation. A person preaching in desperation has a hidden agenda. This is not a person whom is sincere, but instead wants to cause more confusion and division. This is not a person that wants to see people get delivered, but instead it wishes to keep you in bondage. This is why the word of God also say’s “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14). We must be real with God, and have a sincere desire to see people free from bondage by not adding affliction to it, but instead preaching His word in love. Preaching His word in love not only gives freedom to those that are in bondage, but also to the speaker, for there is freedom in the Truth and God’s word is true!
We have to be real in everything we do in the ministry for the Lord. First we must remember that the glory is God’s and His alone. If we are doing anything and we are not sincere about it, it would be better for us to not even do it at all. When we are sincere, we do not have to broadcast everything we do concerning the Kingdom of God. Remembering:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
It’s not about us…It’s about God and doing His will sincerely. If we are not sincere we then become like the Scribes and Pharisees. Matthew 23:12 says, “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he who shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Then when we read further in verse 13 there is a woe. A woe is grief or distress resulting from a serious affliction or misfortune. And the Word says, “But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them who are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:13). We must make sure we are not operating in this spirit. It is so important to know that you are truly being led by God in all that we do today. God has given us all unique gifts, we should not envy one another of the gifts and anointing that God has place in our lives. But search and pray and ask Him to show you your own unique gifts that He has placed on the inside of you!
It is time for each and every one of us to be real with God. It is not the hour to perform or waste your time on meaningless spirits such as jealousy or get caught in the spirit of self-exaltation. This spirit of deception does not care who it hinders, don’t let it catch you off guard. Be on your post… Be on guard! “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:26). But instead let us preach the word of God in love, being sincere in all our ways, encouraging one another and praying for one another. Father I come before you in the name of Christ Jesus, asking you to purge us of all iniquities, let us be a people who loves the way you so desire for us to love, in sincerity…Lord I pray that our walk with you become a real walk that you Lord, may find pleasing, Amen!
We often think of this in terms of a physical wound, a sore or cut of some sort; but there are wounds that go much deeper than those. Wounds of the flesh are most often easily healed, but wounds of the spirit can often take a little more time to heal. We know that we can apply salves and ointments to wounds of the flesh, but spiritual wounds can only be healed through Jesus.
We may mistreat people…they are good enough in the moment, but then are cast aside for no apparent reason, other than we are selfish and full of self; or we know them only when we need something from them. What happens when this very person whom is always there for you, is really going through while they are putting aside their own needs to be an aide to you… And on the inside they are hurting and bleeding and now that you no longer need them, you have cast them aside. The wound deepens, making it that much harder to heal. Do you feel that you have a responsibility to be a help to others instead of always being the helped? God expects us to be a help one to another:
- 1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity.
- Colossians 3:14
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
- 2 Timothy 3:10
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
- Galatians 5:14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Ecclesiastes 4:10
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up
- 1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Sometimes we can be so self-centered, that we do not stop to think that the same individual that was such a source of strength to us may be in need of the very thing they so willingly given us. We are all human, and experience different emotions, and no person if they are truly honest with themselves want to feel as if they are unloved or forgotten. It should be easy to give back what we ourselves have so earnestly received. I had a friend tell me very recently,” the phone line works both ways”… well this is a true statement. We should never do anything because we expect something in return, but we should be real enough to know that everyone needs someone and simply being there for one another is the right thing to do.
As Christians we should know better than to behave in such a manner! 1 John 3:17 says, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? It would be wise for each of us to remember that when we behave in such a manner, it is not pleasing to God. Though through this there is good news, “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.” (Jeremiah 30:17). Keep standing, and God will restore you, and pray for those who have cast you aside. Be encouraged, and know that though man has forgotten you, God is still with you, and if you call upon Him in the name of Jesus, he will indeed heal your wounds, amen!
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
I asked my son, whom is 17 years old, what would be a pressing topic amongst the youth today! The word he gave me was misguidance. To be misguided means to lead somebody in a wrong direction or into making a mistake. The best way to avoid being misguided is by knowing the fruits of the spirit as well as what is not the fruits of the spirit. Does a person possess good fruit or thorns? If you know how to differentiate between the two, you would then be able to avoid being misguided in every walk of your life.
In Galatians 5:19-21 says “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.”These works of the flesh are the exact opposite of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; this is the sort of personalities (spirits) you should never allow to guide you in anything, for they will lead you astray. Whenever you see someone operating in this sort of behavior you should flee from around this sort of person. You should also examine your our own selves to be sure that you too are not operating in this sort of behavior (spirit). 2 Corinthians 13:5 says “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” So while we are careful to not be misguided by others, we should also be careful to not be misguided by our very own flesh (ourselves).
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23). Now to recognize the fruits of the Holy Spirit is to recognize a person that is Christ like. A person that is Christ like will not lead you astray; they will try to guide you in the ways of righteousness. Knowing what to look for in a person’s characters is the best way to avoid being misguided in today’s society; and more so to pray for the Holy Spirit to dwell within you, so that you will be equipped to handle whatever comes your way. Our best teacher is the Holy Spirit, and we should remember that the Holy Spirit will never lead you astray.
My prayer today, Father I come before you in the name above all names, the name of Christ Jesus, asking you to lead and guide us in the ways of righteousness. Teach us to discern what is good as well what means to bring us harm. I pray that the fruits of the Holy Spirit will dwell within each of us, both young and old, that we shall be known by good fruits and know whether men gather grapes or thorns, or figs or thistle; amen!
Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
Just as the strong arm destroyed Rahab; that same strong arm of God would do the same for His children today. We should always remember that God protects his own…He will come to our rescue if we call upon Him. Exodus 14:14 states “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” We have to be careful of how we handle the situations we are faced with. We cannot confess faith, and when we come face to face with the enemy we try to do battle on our own; this is why the scripture says for us to hold our peace; meaning trust and believe that God is more than able to fight the battle for you.
The scripture states that thine enemies were scattered…When I think upon this, I imagine being in a war and witnessing my enemy retreating, because he knows he has taken on more than he can handle. The enemy has no choice but to run when he knows that it is God he is up against; he knows that this is a battle he cannot win because he is already defeated. We have to come and know with full understanding that there is nothing too big for God, He sits high and looks low, there is nothing that can escape Him unless he so chooses.
Knowing that God is all powerful and being armored with the shield of faith, we know that our victory is sure in God! “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4). My prayer today is for all of us that may be going through, no matter what the affliction may be that God sends his Strong Arm to deliver you from your enemies. I pray that your enemies will be scattered and to never return again, and while God is working in your favor, that you faith be increased and you hold your peace, in Jesus name, amen!
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
When the bridegroom (Christ) came, those that were ready went in with him…It is so vitally important to understand the parable of the ten virgins in its entirety. I would encourage all to read Matthew 25:1-13, and really get a full understanding of what the scriptures are saying. But this week I would like to bring special attention to the word in verse 10, “READY”. Are we really ready for the return of Christ Jesus???
A ready servant lamp would be constantly full of oil…Meaning you are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, you are not only being a hearer of the word of God, but a doer as well. A ready servant is evident by their fruits… Are you fruits likened to the spirit of God? Do you love, have joy, peace, are longsuffering, gentle, good, exercise faith, meek, and do you show forth temperance? We know how we should live, but are we actually doing it…Matthew 7:20 says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” We know that we cannot hide anything from God, for He knows all things… So if we are not bringing forth good fruits…judgment will come, and when Christ comes back and the door is shut, let us pray that we are accounted with those that were ready.
“For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). Are you ready? Are you quenching the spirit of God, are you hindering his children, and are you producing bitter fruits that shall be cast aside? Or are you being a good example of a true Christian by emitting good works? “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” This is the words of our Lord… My prayer today is Lord teach us to walk in the Holy Spirit, so that we may be humble and faithful servants unto you and you are able to do the work in us and through us that you so desire to do. Lord let us always be on watch, lamps full of oil, so that we shall be ready for your coming, in Jesus name, amen.