Thursday, May 26, 2016

Loving You is so easy when....

"SO BY whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy, Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention. Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]"       Philippians 2:1‭-‬5 AMP

Such a passionate and heartfelt appeal by Paul to the church, yet hardly do we experience or show that Jesus kind of love (agape) towards one another.  Often we express love based upon our wants, needs and desires, and hardly do we express love to another without wanting, needing or expecting anything in return.  The Scriptures tells us that the love of many shall wax cold, and unfortunately that is the very disease that is killing churches and society today.  To love the way Jesus commands requires us to receive and love Him and allow Him through Holy Spirit to develop and strengthen us.  Otherwise we would never love according to LORD Father GOD'S will.  Yes, it's a challenge and it won't get easier according to our natural man, but that's why we must rely upon the Spirit of GOD to lead and guide us, into love.   This type of love, only, covers a multitude of sins.  And this type of love harbors no bitterness, wrongs or unforgiveness.  This type of love is pure.  This type of love is powerful!  So I challenge you to love the way Paul has described in this passage, today, but the first step and the Truest step is to love vertically....that is love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and all your mind and all your soul!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The other desert battle

       In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people. - Ephesians 6:10-18

And yes, this battle gets wearisome and at times makes the heart to almost faint, but you must stand in the liberty of which Jesus Christ has freed you and you must stand in the hope that is much more than hope, but it is a promise! Yes, Paul was very correct, these are the times and days of great pressure, crushing and frustrations, yet you must be determined to not allow the words of your mouth to become unacceptable to your Sovereign LORD and Master, GOD!  So, receive this divinely carried Word of encouragement that your heart may now be lifted and your contenance reinvigorated.  
I must now reflect back to the last Word given by the One Who leads the heavenly armies.... RAK CHAZAK! !!
Meaning only "Be Strong"!

Now, may our LORD and Father GOD,  the glorious gift and grace of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ,  and the power and might of His Holy Spirit continue to lead and guide you.  May your ways be made to prosper and may you succeed as you submit to the will and purpose of GOD in Christ Jesus!