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What Is Love?

Posted by Mimi on July 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM Comments comments (0)

Love is a term so easily used these days, but sadly, it is most often mis-used and abused. When we look in the Word of God for the definition of love, we find characteristics often forgotten in today’s society, where careless love is common, and true spiritual love is lost.


1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.


4 Love is patient

Love is kind.

It does not envy

It does not boast

It is not proud


5 It does not dishonor others

It is not self-seeking

It is not easily angered

It keeps no record of wrongs.


6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.


7 It always protects

Always trusts

Always hopes

Always perseveres.

8 Love never fails.


These are the characteristics of true love, agape love… God’s love. This is the way God loves us, and it is why He sent Jesus to die for our sins, and to save us from death. This is the kind of love Jesus calls us to give to EVERYONE in our lives. Yes, everyone includes your noisy neighbors, the curt bank teller, the person that just cut you off on the freeway without signaling, and even the bum at the onramp!


John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.


Jesus is very clear in his command that we love one another, as He loves us. When Jesus died on the cross, the new covenant of grace was ushered in ~ we who have accepted Christ as our LORD and Savior are no longer bound to the law of the land! We have been given a new law, and that is to GIVE LOVE! Unconditionally. Now, this is quite impossible on our own, but when we ask for God’s help – for an increase in love – we are sure to receive it.  As a bonus, "our joy [will] be complete" when we are living and loving as Christ intended, Jesus will take joy in US, we will be called Jesus friend, and our prayers will be answered (vs. 11, 14, 16)!  HALLELUJAH!


God is happy to give that which He wants to give, and He wants us all to have as much love for one another as He has for each and every person, ever. This leaves NO room for: impatience, unkindness, envy, pride, dishonor, selfishness, doubt, short-temper, grudges, evil, harm, and even quitting. Think of these things the next time you tell someone you love them, for if you state that you have love and you are harboring these feelings, you do not have true love.


Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”


Sometimes, it is just plain hard to give love, because we have not / are not truly being loved. Or perhaps we have had a distorted perception of love, and of what our earthly assignment is. No matter where we are at in our “love levels”, God is ever-ready to give us more. Seek Him in prayer, in the Word, and in praise, and thank Him for supernaturally increasing your ability to love as Jesus did, and for God’s honor. God has asked us to do this, and is sure to grant your request!


You may not see immediate results, but have faith that changes will come as God softens your heart and molds it into the likeness of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Practice loving your family and friends in patience and kindness, practice humility, forgiveness, and perseverance. Jesus is right here with you, ready to help you at every moment. We have to learn to give love, before we can receive it. Just as Jesus first loved us by His life on earth in the flesh, now we are called to give love because He loved us. So pour out some love today, and be amazed as God supernaturally increases your ability to give true love, In Him!


I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IN CHRIST! ~ Mimi

THERE IS NEW LIFE IN CHRIST!

Posted by Mimi on May 14, 2011 at 3:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Even on the worst of days, LORD Jesus, You shine brightly.  Your Words give me peace, rest and hope.   I find joy in doing Your will; in obeying Your commands.  I LOVE TO GIVE LOVE.  I love to tell the world that in You there is NEW LIFE!  I have found my heart's desire: Jesus Christ!  And I know, if you will BELIEVE and ask Him, He will be YOUR heart's desire too!  Come to Him just as you are, for there is no condemnation, no shame, no guilt at the cross!  Lay your BURDENS down;  be covered by the PRECIOUS BLOOD of the LAMB! And be washed white as snow!


Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”


Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.  Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. 19 If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.  20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the Lord, have spoken!”


REPENT, ASK HIM for FORGIVENESS, for HE IS WAITING FOR YOU!  HE IS CARRYING YOU! WALK WITH HIM, THAT HE MAY TAKE YOU TO A BETTER PLACE!  A PLACE OF PEACE AND REST!  


Psalm 23

 1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

 3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

 4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

 6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


DECIDE TODAY TO GO TO JESUS!  SATAN HAS NO POWER IN YOUR LIFE, FOR YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN PURCHASED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!  PUT ON THE RIGHTEOUS ARMOR OF CHRIST!  HOLD FAST TO THE WORD OF GOD!  SEEK TO UNDERSTAND AND SPEAK HIS TRUTH! STAND FIRM IN YOUR FAITH IN GOD!  PRAY TO THE LORD WITHOUT CEASING!   BEHOLD YOUR SALVATION, AND YOUR PEACE IN CHRIST JESUS!  THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL!  JEHOVAH SHALOM, MY PEACE!


James 1:2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.   3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  5 If you need wisdom, ask our generousGod, and he will give it to you.  He will not rebuke you for asking.


BE BOLD!

Posted by Mimi on April 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you...” 8 And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you.  He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”


What does it mean to be bold in faith?  Here are a few things that it means to me:


I know that God is at work within me. (Philippians 1:6, 1 Peter 5:10)


I am unashamed of the Gospel of Christ; it gives me the greatest joy so share God's message of LOVE with the world!


I do not care what the world thinks of me, for I am not of this world! (John 15:18-19)


Doubt has NO place here!


GOD'S WORD IS FINAL! (John 1:1-18)


John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. (NIV)

Put Off: Irritation of others

Posted by Mimi on January 25, 2011 at 2:43 AM Comments comments (0)

Put Off (#17) Irritation of others: Galatians 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (NIV)

 

Conceit.  Thinking highly of myself.  Provoking.  Angering someone, whether intentional or not.  Envy.  The green-eyed monster.  Lusting after another’s possessions, material or not. 


Do not want what they have, nor anger them.  Who?  Anyone and everyone.

 

My LORD was betrayed because of envy. 

 

Put On Preferring in Love: Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (NIV)

 

Philippians 2 is about imitating Christ’s humility - without grumbling!  That includes loving one another, even our enemies.  Verse 3 is murderous, a real flesh killer.  Do nothing.  Do nothing of what?  Selfish ambition.  Vain conceit.  Meditate on each part:

 

Do nothing out of selfishness.

 

Abolish vanity.  Conceit.

 

Don’t think about what "I can do".  I can’t DO anything!  I can function.  I know how to set an alarm, to get ready to leave my house, to feed myself and my family... However, these are considered survival skills.  I need these skills to survive, just as wild animals have intuition on how to scavenge, and how to evade the enemy.

 

Do nothing out of selfishness.  Do nothing for my own gain.  That really is a tough pill to swallow.  How do I go about my day, seeking to do nothing out of selfishness?  How does that affect when I get out of bed?  What my first activities are?  What I do throughout the day?  Who I talk to?  How I live?

 

All of my life I’ve been learning how to take care of myself.  I learned how to survive a family, education, jobs, relationships, business.  All of these things I have "learned", but no one ever taught me how to be selfless.

 

There is only one selfless person in my life, that is my LORD Jesus Christ.  He humbled Himself to take my sins, my selfishness, my vanity, and my conceit.  He took my envy, and replaced it with His love.  I can’t believe You did this for me!! :(

 

Woo!  Deep breath.  As the rest of the verse says: be humble, and value others more than myself.  I’m still grappling with "nothing selfish".  However, being a parent has given me a tiny taste of selflessness.  I cannot imagine coming to earth to die.  Jesus how did you do it?  I am so weak!  I hardly take joy in making dinner...

 

Finally, verse 4: not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  Selflessness is hard, but so is valuing others more than myself.  Look out for their interests before mine.  This is humility.  This is what You did for me, LORD. 

 

Oh Jesus please help me handle this one, because I can’t!  Thank You for taking this from me, for I am an epic FAIL at humility.  I can’t wait to be in heaven, with You, and not thinking about this life in flesh.  God, give me compassion, I kill my pride... I loathe it, smh... now I see how ugly it is... Thank You...

 


Put Off: Neglect Bible Study, Put On: Meditation

Posted by Mimi on January 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM Comments comments (0)

About this time last year, I began feeling like I needed to read the Bible.  Cover to cover, I needed the whole story.  So I read it, and now I want more… it’s no longer enough just to read the Bible ~ I need to study it.  God has more to show me, and I am hungry for it.  I am completely in love with Jesus, and seek to glorify Him.  This is the first Put Off, Put On post, I’ll admit I’m nervous and not quite surewhat is going to come out.  I’ve been mulling over these verses all day, so here goes.

 

Put Off (#45): Neglect of Bible study: 2 Timothy 3:14-17:

 

In 2 Timothy, Paul writes to Timothy from prison.  Paul encourages Timothy to keep faith in the LORD, and to be a good soldier and worker for Christ.  Paul then speaks of the end times, and of his own sufferings for Christ.  He warns Timothy of the evils to come, and implores him to stay true to the Word of God, for in the Word is God.

 

I hear Paul.  I am also burdened by scripture.  I love to be refreshed by it, but am constantly convicted by it.  Apparently that is why I need it.  My craving for the Word is insatiable, yet all that I need.  I am ready for more.  I'm being told to study, to meditate.

 

Put On: Bible study / Meditation: Psalms 1:2

 

Meditate… “to engage in contemplation or reflection; in mental exercise… to focus one’s thought’s on: reflect on or ponder over… to plan or project in the mind” (Merriam-Webster).  Also the same as: study, weigh, mull over, deliberate, wrestle with, muse, digest, fixate, obsess, analyze, explore, conceive, ruminate, believe…

 

I am not crazy.  Thank You LORD, for answering my questions!  I shall meditate on You!  Better to have You on my mind, than a thousand other things, for You are Life.  You have saved me from so many temptations, so many trials, you have kept me from drowning. You are drawing me towards Yourself, thank You.  I cannot imagine my life without You.  I was lost, and dead before I found You. 

 

In Your Word there is rest and peace for my weary soul, for my racing mind.  Frustrated with situations that keep me from doing things I think I want to do, there is rest in the promise that in the end, You have everything that I need.  You are in control.  I surrender, and seek Your will today.  Thank You for leading me here, Father.

 

The value in Your wisdom IS more precious than jewels and gold.  This wisdom keeps me searching the Bible, faster and faster… but I need to slow down.  I need to meditate…

 

LORD, thank You for all You have done.  You have given me Life.  I need You in my life!  Enlighten me, as I study Your Word.  I want to know You more.  I want to bless You more.  Help me use the knowledge You have given me, so I may bring You Glory.  Thank You, for every day I worry less… I want You to be my focus; please keep the evil one from my mind.  I am weak.  Meditation on You is the only way to keep my evil mind from wandering.  Too often I find myself self-absorbed, doubting, fearing, prideful, calculating, self-confident...  LORD, show me what YOU want me to do.  I surrender to You.  My confidence is in You, and I will boast only in You.  I am following You, LORD, wherever Your path leads.  My heart longs for the day when we meet in the sky.  Please keep me until that day, sweet Jesus, my Savior.  Amen.

 

 


Accountability

Posted by Mimi on January 23, 2011 at 2:12 AM Comments comments (0)

I need your help!  But first, this website: www.blueletterbible.org  it is a great Bible study tool.  OK, in searching for a Bible study topic I found the Put Off, Put On page.

There are 78 items on the page. 78 things that we, as Christians, are called to “Put off”, and what we are to “Put on” instead. I need to study each of these items for myself, but I will share my findings and thoughts here as well, posting each item as “Put Off [Neglect of Bible Study]”, or whatever the next item is.

You can help me by 1) praying for me, as I actively seek change, this brings Satan up on Defense, and some days he does get the better of me... 2) following the blog ~ if I'm not posting for a few days, ask me whats up!!  Or share some thoughts too, I would always love that!  I just need someone else to be accountable to...

God is giving me the purpose and the drive, and urging me to ask for your help. So there it is.  LORD Jesus, be my guide.  Let the journey begin!


It's God when...

Posted by Mimi on December 5, 2010 at 10:11 PM Comments comments (0)

... your favorite artists stop making music you enjoy; all the new music is booty; the old joints you used to love just ain't doin it for ya...

... you start to notice your own swearing...

... you no longer enjoy your favorite shows, you might have even been offended by the script; you realize reality is in life, not on TV...

... you don't like getting crunk like you used to...

... you don't get satisfaction in shopping; gaming; self [supporting habits healthy or not]...

... you can hear yourself yelling at your kids...

... you want to give, when you used to not want to give ~ money... time... love...

... you want to serve others more, even when it means you don't like what you're doing, to the extent that you used to avoid that task...

... you don't find *enough* in human relationships ~ intimate or otherwise...


... you have no time to worry about what others think, cause Jesus is coming back...

... YOU REALIZE WE HAVE ALREADY WON THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!!


It's God when you want to change your behavior, because when we seek HIM, HE will show us what we need to change.  It's conviction, and it's a sign of God's love for HIS children.  You can read about it in the Bible, Proverbs especially.


THIS IS NOT OUR LIFE!!!!   JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   How has HE changed you?


 

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take…. 11 My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when He corrects you. 12 For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.


Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.


Proverbs 23:23 Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.

 

Proverbs 12:1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.


Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me [wisdom, in context] finds life and receives favor from the Lord.


Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.


Proverbs 25:12 To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.


Proverbs 14:10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.

 

Proverbs 20:12 Ears to hear and eyes to see: both are gifts from the Lord.

 

Proverbs 24:3 A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. 4 Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. 5 The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. 6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.


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