Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:4
What do you desire? Do you want more things… such as homes, cars, clothes, money? Do you want to be admired by others? Do you want to be better looking or more desirable? Do you just want to be loved?
The funny thing about our desires is that they are a moving target. When you were a baby, you just wanted to be held and fed and nurtured. As you grew into a young child, your desires broadened. Of course, you still wanted to be fed and nurtured. But now, you wanted toys, and friends, to play games and to be entertained. As a teenager you started to notice the appeal of the opposite sex which opened up a whole new level of desire. Perhaps you always wanted a particular car and once you got it, realized you wanted a different car. Our desires are fickle and as you get older, your desires change. Desire is a natural part of who we are. But it is, like every part of our being, something that must be surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 1 John 2:17 tells us “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
God promises to give us the desires of our “heart” if we delight in Him. The word for heart in Hebrew is lēḇ which refers to the seat of our emotions, passions, and desires. It is from the “heart” that our desires spring. As Christians, we focus so much on trying to tame or keep under control those desires which we know to be contrary to God’s laws. And we should, indeed, keep ourselves from fulfilling those evil desires. But God wants to go deeper. He wants to set us free from sin. He offers us a NEW HEART… with NEW DESIRES. In Ezekiel 36:26 He promises, if you are willing, He will “give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” With this new heart and this new spirit, we will find that our desires line up with God’s plan for us. And the one desire that trumps all others, is our desire for God. To know Him. To feel His presence. To be made clean, clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and granted access to God's presence. And like King David, we will sing “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” - Psalm 42:1
The word “delight” in the Hebrew text is עָנַג (ʿānaḡ) means to be soft or pliable. When we are stubborn and refuse to repent, we are incapable of delighting in the Lord. Delight (ʿānaḡ) is a feminine verb; in the context of a woman who is delicate and effeminate, one who gives herself completely to her husband and takes pleasure in his touch, his glance, and his attentions. In a spiritual sense, we are to have the same “delight” in God. Do you see? If we do not desire Him, He will not – cannot – fulfill our desires. God created us to love Him and be loved by Him. That is our whole purpose. The first commandment, the one on which all other commandments hinge, is “you shall love the Lord your God with ALL YOUR HEART.”
My friend, if you have struggled to let go of some hurt or resentment, let it go and give it to God. If you are holding on to some secret sin or unholy habit, repent of it today and turn away from it. If you are consumed with a desire for more stuff, confess it and let it go. Turn your gaze, your attention, and your heart towards God. Make Him your first priority of every day. Delight yourself in Him. And if you do, I can promise you this without a shadow of a doubt… He WILL give you the desires of your heart.
Give it a try... taste and see that the Lord is good!
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. - Hebrews 3:12-13
Beware! There’s a word that should get our attention. Right?
The Greek word here (blepō) means “to see with discernment and have the power of understanding.” And we are warned that the alternative to having a discerning heart is to have an "evil heart." The word evil is (ponēros) which indicates degeneracy from original virtue or health – something that has become corrupted or sick. This is why, when Kind David was confronted with the ugliness of his sin, he cried out “create in me a clean heart.” I remember, years ago, I was driving to a jobsite; using the time to pray… feeling very pious. I prayed something to the effect of “Lord, you know I mess up sometimes, but You know my heart.” What I meant was “I mess up sometimes, but I have such a GOOD heart.” And the Lord spoke to me as clearly as if it had been audible… “Yes, son, I DO know your heart.” And I was instantly reminded of Jeremiah 17:9 which states “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick, who can understand it?” This “evil heart” will become hardened by unbelief (apistia) which means “without faith.” Hebrews 11:6 tells us “without faith it is impossible to please God.” And without faith, we will “depart from the living God.” What a warning. What a fearful and dreadful thing. So much for “follow your heart.”
And so, we are instructed to “exhort one another daily – while it is still called today.” Don’t wait for tomorrow… for tomorrow may never come. There is an urgency here… do it today! The word “exhort” is (parakaleō) – to implore with, to encourage, to strive to appease by entreaty, to beg if necessary. When we see a brother or sister turning from the truth, walking in sin, or just struggling in general; we are to encourage them when they are oppressed and lovingly correct them when they stray from the truth. I see here a picture of people who do not “judge” one another, but love one another deeply. We ARE indeed our brother’s keeper. We aren’t called to “stay in our own lane” and “mind our own business.” We are called to “exhort” one another… daily. There is a closeness and an intimacy of fellowship. And there is a deep love, a sacrificial love, and a grace extended and received. Oh, how this is lacking in the church. No wonder so many of us have been “hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” When we, from a distance, judge one another rather than moving in closer to show grace to one another; we fall prey to the darts of the evil one. We are living in a time of such extreme isolation. We build our little castles around ourselves and don’t know we are constructing our own prisons. We live in a time of fear, strife, and casting accusations at one another. But we, dear brothers and sisters, are to be known by our love for one another. Love doesn’t look the other way when we see someone falling into sin. And love doesn’t take offence when someone else loves us enough to correct us.
Do you remember? I can hear it ever so faintly in the distance… as though we heard it in a dream somewhere… the words of our Savior… “This is my commandment, that you LOVE one another.” You cannot love God whom you cannot see if you do not love your brother who you can see… it is an impossibility.
Let us “exhort” one another… while it is still called today.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8
What are you thinking about today… about your husband, your wife, your parent, your child, your coworker, your employee, your employer… perhaps someone who sometimes makes your life difficult? Are you thinking about their insensitivity, lack of grace, selfishness, laziness, lack of integrity, or some other fault? You have a choice - You have the veto power over any thought that comes into your mind. The term “think about” here is “logizomai” in the Greek, which means “to take into account, meditate on, pass on to one’s account.” We have control over what we choose to take into account regarding another person. And this Scripture is giving us direction on what we should meditate on or pass on to their account. When we feel hurt or wronged in some way, even by someone we love, we have a choice to make. As followers of Christ, we are called to be ministers of His grace. It is a grace that forgives, shows mercy, and is infused with great love – a love that covers a multitude of sins. Think about whatever is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
What’s going through your head? If it’s not good, toss it out. Make a choice to love. Make a choice to forgive. Remember, God loved us “while we were yet sinners.” Make a choice to love someone who doesn’t deserve it.
God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:27
Every human being is of immeasurable worth. Yes, every-single-one. We are created in the image of God. The Hebrew word צֶלֶם, pronounced (tseh'-lem) translated as “image” means “a representative figure” or “bearing a resemblance of.” And the amazing thing is that God allows us to be a part of the creative process of bringing new “images” of himself into existence. Since Adam and Eve, every single human being that has existed was formed in the womb of a woman. Even Jesus came into this world through the womb of the precious mother Mary. The womb is a sacred and holy place. From the act of physical intimacy between husband and wife (a picture of Christ and the church), comes a new life… a new human soul. Have you ever just paused and thought about what an incredible, mystical, beautiful thing that is? An act of love and surrender between two souls who have been joined together and “become one flesh” literally creates another soul. And in that sacred holy of holies… the womb, God begins the process of His purpose for that new life. He is the author of that persons unique DNA. He writes the blueprint of each and every one. God told Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5 And you and I are no different. God formed you in your mother’s womb. He knew you and had an eternal plan for you. Approximately 385,000 human beings are born every day. And God knows every single one intimately. What a beautiful design and plan for life.
However, there is an evil epidemic interrupting that beautiful plan right now. There is a satanic attack on this sacred, holy process. Approximately 116,860 human babies are murdered every single day… human beings… in the sacred place where God forms them… the holy and intimate place of love and safety – the womb. In the very place where our journey as a human being is just beginning, the place where we have the most intimate connection to our Creator… lives are being snuffed out at a mind-boggling rate.
In the book of Genesis, the fourth chapter, we learn of the first murder. Cain kills his brother Abel and God calls out to him and says “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” A man kills his brother – a terrible crime. And this one murder evokes a quick and severe response from God. We are approaching two billion abortions now over a forty-year period. Two billion mother’s who have murdered their own babies. What shall God’s response be? How long will He wait? Can you imagine the sound? If the blood of one brother cried out to God, what must the sound of the blood of two billion babies crying out sound like? Can you begin to fathom the severity of the crime? Can you just go on like it doesn’t matter? You pastors… will you really be silent? You Christians, will you just stand by? Do you think God will pardon our complacency – or worse yet, our being complicit? Yes, there are other crimes and tragedies. There are people killing each other, mistreating each other, lying, cheating, stealing, abusing, and deceiving. It is all a part of a fallen and sin-sick world. And in the midst of this chaotic scene, life goes on. We continue to procreate and God continues to form each human being. And every life matters. The bum under the bridge, the teenager who feels like no one understands or cares, the child who just wants someone to listen to them. The prisoner lost in the system, the elderly dying alone, the prostitute selling her body, the drug addict wasting away. Every one of these lives matter. And God cares about each and every one. I know, you can’t reach everyone. But you can talk to your neighbor. You can stop and listen to a child… maybe your own. You can ask God each day to show you what His plan is for you. And you can speak out for the voiceless. You can share God’s heart towards the human race. Because every life matters.
And God has a plan for your life. If you will let Him, He will show you each day how to live it. He will lead you and guide you. And He will use you to touch someone’s life… a life that matters, just like yours.
How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you.; when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. - Proverbs 1:22-33
Do you love your “simple ways?” Are you “simple?” The root word used here is פָּתָה (pāṯâ) which refers to someone with and “open mind” – someone who is open to flattery, manipulation, or enticement – someone who is easily persuaded and easily deceived. Such a person hates Knowledge דַּעַת (daʿaṯ) / wisdom that comes from knowing and being known by God. The only hope for such a person is to repent. God says “if you will repent, I will pour out my thoughts to you – I will make known to you my teachings.” Do you see? Can you understand? Can you fathom the immeasurable value of what God is offering? He is offering to pour out His thoughts and make known the meaning of His teachings. Do you try to read the Bible and find that you can’t make sense of it? God is offering to reveal Himself to you from the very pages. He is offering to speak to your inner soul. His only prerequisite is that you repent and turn from your “simple ways” – your “open mind” that is swayed by every wind of doctrine, the ideals and values of the world, and the lies of the enemy. And for those who do not repent – for those who do not take what is freely offered… God will laugh at you when your calamity comes.
I recommend repentance. I recommend turning away from sin and “simple ways.” Turn to God – seek Him while He may be found. Very soon, it will be too late. He is waiting. He is ready to forgive - He loves to show mercy. He is ready to pour out His thoughts to you. The Creator and Sustainer of the universe wants to share His thoughts with you – How will you respond?
They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” - 2 Thessalonians 2:11,12
Do you love the truth? When you think about the truth vs. a lie do you instantly think about words or speech? We think of someone “telling” a lie or “speaking” the truth, right? And indeed, we should be truthful in our words. But there is a deeper truth that God wants to instill in us. There is a state of being, established and rooted in truth that God wants to bring us into. Listen to what John 1:6 says “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” We see time and time again, preachers and public figures who lead double lives. Outwardly they speak the truth, but in private they are “walking in darkness.” And I do not say this as a condemnation of those who have fallen, but as a warning to us all. Because we all have the exact same tendency. We want to look good on the outside. We want others to see what we wish to be. But God says we lie and do not “live out the truth.” In 3 John 1:4 we are exhorted “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” If we are to “walk in the truth” we must love the truth. And Jesus said “I am the truth.” Before his crucifixion, as Jesus was standing before Pilot, he said “the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.” And in John 8:18 he says “I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
There are two reasons I am faithful to my wife. One is that I fear God and the other is that I love my wife. In our Christian walk, our faithfulness should be based on the same principal – our fear of God and our love for Jesus. And there is so much to love! And we love him because he first loved us. Jesus not only always told the truth (which he certainly did), but he always IS true. Every word, every expression, every action and every moment of every day… He was true. He never pretended to be one way and then acted another. He never put on a false demeanor to elicit a desired response. Everything about him was always true.
So, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I humbly offer this admonishment with all sincerity and with full knowledge that I too am in need of the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit… we need to love the truth. If we do not, we will most certainly fall. We are living in an age when a spirit of deception is beginning to sweep the globe. It has only just begun. I know this deep in my being to be true and I see it clearly. There is a “powerful delusion” clouding the minds of the unregenerate. It is taking over those who are not “walking in the truth.” It is happening right now. There is a falling away of many – and they don’t even know it is happening… because they do not love the truth. I beg and plead with you – do not be one of these tragic numbers. If you speak the truth in this age, you will be called a liar. If you live righteously and stand for righteousness, you will be hated. But stand fast. Love the truth. Be true. For those who endure to the end… Well, listen to what Jesus said:
“You will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 10:22
And like the Apostle Paul we will be able to say:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 2 Timothy 4:7
May it even be so, in Jesus’ name.
As an American, I have a deep sense of the basic “unalienable rights” with which I am endowed by my Creator. Our Declaration of Independence states that this knowledge is “self-evident.” And tells us that these rights include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But what does the Bible say on this subject? What are our “rights” as Christians? First, it is important to note that God cares deeply about justice. He himself is always just and he commands us to deal justly. Isaiah 61:8 says “For I the Lord love justice.” Proverbs 21:3 tells us “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” And Micah 6:8 instructs us “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Justice is defined in Merriam Webster’s dictionary as “the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity.” Of course, this definition presumes a “law” based on God’s moral law as defined by Scripture. A rejection of that moral law by default leads to injustice. And that is where we are as a nation. God’s law says “you shall not commit murder” yet we are living under a government that says it’s your “right” to commit murder – to murder a baby in the womb. And we are clearly called to speak out against such injustice. Isaiah 1:17 commands us “Learn to do good; seek justice, and correct oppression.” This is the spirit in which Dr. Martin Luther King acted when he stood up against racial oppression. And it is the same spirit in which his niece Dr. Alveda King operates in her fight against abortion. She is standing up for the most basic right – the right to life. We are clearly called to speak out for the rights of the defenseless, the weak, the poor, and the oppressed. But what of our own rights? I propose, much to my chagrin, that we must tread lightly in this area. There is something in my flesh that wants to fight. But the Holy Spirit within me pulls on the reigns and says “not so fast.”
Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” - Matthew 5:38-39 And in Luke 14:33 he says “any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” A dear friend of mine who has gone on to glory, Jim Davis, used to say “God has called us to the doormat ministry, brother.” It used to get under my skin when he’d say that. “Surely God doesn’t want people to just wipe their feet on me” I’d think. But as the years have passed, I have realized he was absolutely right. Jesus suffered and died at the hands of not one, but two unjust systems. The apostles suffered and died, being persecuted for righteousness sake. And in so doing, they were pronouncing justice by themselves being the victims of injustice. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything... a time to be silent and a time to speak… a time for war and a time for peace… a time to tear down and a time to build. We need to know our timing. And that timing is dictated by the Holy Spirit for those who have been redeemed. We should be meek, but never timid. We should be brave, but never self-seeking. Should we fight for our rights? I humbly submit to you the answer is yes and no. Our rights as children of God are completely in His hands - for to be a Christian means surrendering everything, including our rights, to Him. There are times where he will call upon us to lay down those rights. And there are times when He will require that we take a stand. Either way, it will cost us. And either way, it will be worth it.
Finally, I will leave you with this perspective: Matthew 6:33 instructs us “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Let us, as Christians, keep this cause always before us. John the Baptist prepared the way for the Messiah preaching “repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” And Jesus' first message was “repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Our Lord taught us to pray “Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This kingdom we live in… the United States of America… is not God’s kingdom. It is an earthly kingdom. And like all earthly kingdoms, it will pass away. But we are of another kingdom and and our mission is to proclaim that kingdom. Our hope and our confidence is in that kingdom and that King. So, be of good cheer. The Kingdom of God is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 14:17
And so we pray… and I encourage you to read this aloud with me… “Jesus, Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
May it be so in Jesus’ mighty name!
He that believes on the Son has everlasting life; and he that believes not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. – John 3:36
What a terrible thing… THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDES ON HIM! The Greek word for ABIDE is μένω (menō) which means “to be present with / to wait for with expectancy.” The wrath of God is already present with those who are perishing… waiting for the moment of delivery. Make no mistake, God’s wrath is coming, and it will be terrible indeed. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned.” And Romans 6:23 tells us that the “wages of sin is death.” 100% of people die. Every single one of us will sooner or later take our last breath. And for those who have not “believed” in Jesus, they will face the wrath of God. This isn’t some fairy tale or exaggeration – IT IS A FACT. So, the important question is what does it mean to “believe” in the Son (Jesus)? The word believe is πιστεύω (pisteuō) which means “to entrust to one, i.e. his fidelity.” It is the same language used for the commitment of fidelity between a husband and wife. The word “on” is εἰς (eis) which means “throughout – of one mind.” Colossians 1:27-28 describes this as the “riches of the glory of this mystery” – “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Make sure you are abiding in Christ today. We are told to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling before God.” He’s not looking for people who will follow a list of rules. He’s looking for people who will “abide in Him.” Don’t let the cares of this life distract you from abiding in Him today. Don’t let your failures or sins keep you from coming to Him. God loves to show mercy. And he says He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins if we come to Him humbly. Draw near to God today… so much so that you abide in Him. What a place of safety and joy and peace!
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:1-5
Jesus doesn’t pull any punches here. He makes it abundantly clear that we must bear fruit or we will be “cut off” and “thrown into the fire.” Have you responded to an alter call? Have you said a “sinner’s prayer?” Do you call yourself a Christian? Maybe you’ve even been baptized… But are you bearing fruit? What fruit is Jesus speaking of? Galatians 5:22-23 tells us “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” But notice, he’s not telling us to try harder, get our act together, or buck up and make it happen… He doesn’t tell us to “produce” this fruit… but rather to “bear” this fruit. And how do we bear this fruit? We simply remain in him.
So how do we remain in him? Romans 7:4 tells us “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” The term “joined to” here is the same language used when a husband and wife are “joined together” in marriage. The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful, godly wife. I crave intimacy with her. I look forward with great anticipation to our time alone. But that doesn’t just happen by chance. We have been married nearly thirty years and have made choices in that time that have drawn us closer together. We have made our marriage a priority. Because of those choices, we have a bond of trust. We have made a point over those years of setting aside time to spend alone (which isn’t always easy with seven children). Throughout the day, a gentle touch as she passes by… stopping for just a moment to give her a kiss… a kind word of encouragement… these moments and the special times set aside make all the difference in our relationship. Could it be that to remain “in Christ” requires the same kind of commitment and fidelity? Could it be that we can increase our intimacy with Him by our choices? A few moments in the car worshiping Him rather than listening to the news… a prayer of thanks… and of course, the “set aside” times to be alone with Him… can make all the difference. The Lord has blessed my intimacy with my wife with the fruit of seven children. And rest assured, if you are spending time with the Lord, he will produce pleasing fruit in your life. He does the producing, we do the bearing. I encourage you to make Him your number one priority. Remain in Him... He is the source of life, the source of peace, the source of LOVE. He craves intimacy with you... do you crave intimacy with Him?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. – James 4:8
Whoever does not LOVE does not know God, because God is love – 1 John 4:8
I see these signs all over my neighborhood. But it begs the question... What is love? How do you define it? The word love in the verse above is (agapaō) which means to be well pleased with, contented with, and fond of. And to “know” in this context is (ginōskō) which means to feel, understand, perceive, have intimate knowledge of. Do you LOVE your neighbor? What if they have different political ideals? What if they are of a different social class, or race, or ideology? Honestly, are you well pleased with them? Are you contented with them? Are you fond of them? The truth is, this kind of love cannot be somehow worked up by our own effort. It must flow out of our intimacy with God – we must KNOW Him. This knowledge and experience of love must be received before it can be given and it can only come from God. Notice, he doesn’t say “love is God.” He says “God is love.” We live in a culture that increasingly defines “love” as something very un-godly. When you remove God from “love” it is no longer love. Note, these signs say “love is love” – literally taking God out of the equation. They are insisting on their own definition of love. But it is not love. It is quite the opposite. And out of that intolerance for the supremacy of God, who defines love – who IS love, they have built a movement of hate… calling it love. The underlying anger in our culture… the underlying tension that continues to build… is not based in love. It is based on a lie. It claims tolerance while insisting on conformity. It claims peace and unity while breeding division. It claims love while being fueled by hate. Our only hope as individuals is to know God through His Son. Our only hope as a nation is to turn to Him. In the last days, Scripture teaches us that Jesus’ disciples will be known by our LOVE for one another. But the very love of God working in and through us, will be portrayed as hate by those given over to the evil one. Speaking the truth about sin… out of love… is being defined as hate. Proclaiming the good news of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ… out of love… is defined as intolerant. Standing up for the lives of the innocent… speaking out for the unborn… out of love… is defined as hurting women. Nevertheless, because we know the love of God, we will be a light in the darkness. We will proclaim God’s love… a love that paid a great price to set us free from sin - not allow us to wallow in it. This is a message of love... For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. Do you believe in Jesus? Have you entered into a covenant relationship proclaiming him as Lord of your life? Whoever confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead… shall be saved. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life… no one comes to the Father except through me.” God's love was made known to us all through the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of His Son. We come to know His love for ourselves through His Son. And we show the world His love by the gospel of the good news of His Son.
If you want to know this love, join me in this prayer… Lord, I proclaim Jesus as Lord of my life. I surrender all to Him. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness by the blood of Your Son. And fill me with your Holy Spirit. I want to know you. I want to know your love in all its fullness. Help me this day to keep always before me the power, majesty and beauty of your love. It is so easy to be consumed by the cares of life which are, in the end, so utterly unfulfilling and empty. The only thing that ever has or ever will satisfy is your love. Burn away everything that hinders the flow of your love in and through my life. Grant me the grace to be a reflection of the love you have shown me. Empower me and enable me to love as you love.
May it be so in Jesus’ name