Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer time

Leaving for my big summer trip tomorrow. 3300km of driving across two countries on the way there and then another 3300km back. Add in the middle some great times visiting with friends and family along the way (my one year old niece will be so spoiled! :) ), some books on tape for the road, a few good stops, plus beautiful scenery etc. and lots of pics. And another little adventure begins. :) If anyone reads this, then....Have a great summer bloggers! God Bless! :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

But the Greatest of these is LOVE

God loves you so much! Don't doubt it, and don't let the enemy deceive you, with lying words. Words which condemn your faith, or lies that would steal your hope for salvation. Don't believe such lies! If you need to repent of something keeping you down, then repent. Place your trust in the Lord's Mercy, Forgiveness,Grace and Love. You cannot save yourself, so don't trust in your own ability to be saved by Christ, just trust in Him. The name Jesus means 'God is salvation.' He is the only one able to both save and perfect you. He is also the one who says that (in Him) you are free from your slavery to sin. Believe Him!! For "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God" Trust in Him. He created you to be loved and died to redeem you from sin's hold on you. Jesus said "Do not let your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me." He gave us authority there. The power to not let our hearts be troubled by believing in who He is: The only begotten Son of God, the Messiah, Saviour, Creator, The Way,Truth and Life, Prince of peace, King of kings and Lord of lords. He wouldn't have said it if we couldn't do it. He is The Truth after all, and He is also our strength to overcome. If He told us to not let our hearts be troubled, then you can be sure that it is now in our ability to obey. For Christ Jesus in us has set us free, and He has given us everything we need to live Godly lives in Him. So stop doubting His love, and provision for you, and trust in Him! Now if God so loves us we ought to love others. So in all situations remember to love. Because then you will mature in your new life. Not a passive love, a "when I feel in the mood," love, but a true love ( like in 1 Corinthians 13), one that makes us servants of everyone and is active and effective in all circumstances. Jesus commanded us to love, we are His body and in Him we are able to love, even our enemies. Hahaha it sounds a bit like loving is a chore and a command that burdens us, but it's really quite the opposite. God tells us to love like that because its a blessing and a great joy. It lets us be like Christ and teaches us more about God's perfect love. He is telling us how to be like Him and to enjoy and grow in the life He has breathed into us. To love others is better than to be loved by others, just like to give is better than to receive. Praise God that He has given us such a perfect amazing command/mission, one that blesses us and rewards us with more of Himself.  (Lord Jesus forgive me, and help me to love more, to be bold in sharing the gospel, and to keep my eyes fixed on You. Thank You Lord)    :)
This says it better than I could. Please read

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
"This I command you, that you love one another."
"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome."
"Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever."
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us."
"God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love."
"Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint."
"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good."
"keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life."
"Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth."
"But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."

Trust in Him and don't worry He is the one who fulfills His will in our lives and even the ability to love is a gift from God. We love because He first loved us. Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and something we get the privilege of bearing.