|Posted by Mimi on July 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM||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
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
|Posted by Mimi on April 21, 2011 at 10:56 PM||comments (0)|
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Have you ever felt like God has been awfully quiet lately? Like perhaps, He has stopped listening to your prayers? Have you considered that the problem may not be related to God's answers? That the problem could be related to you?
God has said in His Word that when we ask for things that are in line with HIS will for us, we will receive them; when we seek HIS face, we will find Him; when we knock on the door of God's opportunity, that door will be opened wide. However, if we don't ask the right questions, we won't get the answers we need. We must learn to ask the right questions. We must also be willing to accept the answer that God gives, for He does not always answer prayers in the way we request or expect.
Do not ask “What do I need to do”; instead, ask “What must be done? What is YOUR will, LORD? What isYOUR plan for me?”. He will show you the way. He will show Himself to you. He will open your eyes, so you can see what He has been doing in your life all this time! He will also show you all He is willing and able to do, once you have surrendered to His will. Seek Christ, and He will show you joy and life. He will open doors and tear downwalls for you. But it all begins with a question.
|Posted by Mimi on April 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM||comments (0)|
Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
What a simple truth! In order to be a blessing - a blessing to another person, to yourself, and most of all to God - all you must do is SOMETHING for another person. The verse does not say how large or small the deed must be ~ only that it must be done. "WHATEVER you did..." When we remove ourselves from the equation, and all we are left with is the world around us, it is easy to see how much need there is. However, we are often too wrapped up in our own agenda to fully acknowledge and appreciate people in our lives whose job is to serve us, like the grocery store clerk, the gas attendant, or the customer service representative at your utility company.
Take the time, starting today, to be a blessing to others. You don't have to give a lot of money or time ~ in fact, you can give none at all! Just as long as you take the time to place someone else before yourself, for this is the heart of the message: humble yourself in love, for you are loved. Be kind, give a smile, hold the door, wave the next car in... there are countless opportunities to be a blessing in a day ~ all free! When you do this small thing you have been a blessing to another human being. However, it will not be considered a small thing when Jesus Christ accepts your blessing! So give fully, in joy and love, and without expecting anything in return. This is how Christ gives, and He came to be an example to us all.
Be a blessing.
|Posted by Mimi on February 25, 2011 at 2:34 PM||comments (0)|
Throughout Jesus' ministry he used parables to explain the message of God, so that it would be easier for people to understand. In one of the parables, Jesus teaches about a farmer, and uses seeds as an example of how the Gospel is received by people. Every time we share the Word, we are sowing seeds. Living a life that will bring God glory, as Jesus would have us live (IN HIM), is the ultimate in farming. Heavenly farming :D. Farming for souls. Here is the story, as it is told in Mark:
Mark 4:14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 18The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
My greatest desire, and my purpose in life, is to bring God glory! Even when the struggles of life get me down, I am thankful, and praise God for blessing me as He has. I am thankful for the opportunity to minister to others, for this is a gift from God. I have no fear when I am writing for God, for I know it is His Spirit within me, and that it will be used for His purpose. And one day, when the trumpet sounds, I will see all that He has been working within me.
Until then, I want to be a hundred fold farmer 8).
|Posted by Mimi on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM||comments (0)|
Jesus had to come to earth, so that the law could be fulfilled. Yes, God could have left us to the laws (10 Commandments) and the sacrifices (cleansing) that were done in the Old Testament. However, God wants so much more for us! He wants us to be free from the chains and slavery of SIN, and THAT is why Jesus came: TO FREE US FROM SIN!
Now because of this New Covenant, if we only believe in Jesus, and ask Him to forgive and cleanse us of our sins, we become like a new creature. We are born into the Kingdom of Heaven, brothers and sisters with Christ. This is how God sees us too: as His sons and daughters IN CHRIST!
Are we getting the picture yet?
1) Believing in Christ, believing that He is all we will ever need, IS the way to Heaven.(John 6:27-29)
2) Loving one another is what Jesus said to be the most important commandment. Note, Jesus doesn't say he wants us to follow each of the 10 commandments to a T... that's not his top priority. Instead, Jesus asks us to love one another, as He loved us (more than ourselves, to death)! This is how the world will know we are Jesus disciples, because of OUR love for others! (John 13:34-35; John 15:12-17)
In a way, I’m glad God created me to be addicted to sin more than to the law. If I were addicted to the law, addicted to following it, I would have no need for God! This is a big problem I’ve had with church for so long: too many addicts of the law, and not enough “sinners”. If everyone is right, and no one is willing to admit they are wrong, then how can Jesus save? We all sin, and since I’ve admitted my problem with sin, I was able to acknowledge my need for God. I've also been blessed to visit some very worshipful, God-loving and God-fearing churches recently, and am glad football season is over... a horrible excuse to not start going to church, so I'm glad at least I don't have it anymore
Now that I know I’ve been forgiven, I can be on to doing God’s work: believing on Jesus, and loving others. I need Jesus! He keeps me, and as long as I stay focused on Him, everything else is secondary. As long as I stay focused on Him, temptations are less and less. As long as I stay focused on Him, God continues to show me how I have grown, and how I need to grow, every day!
Oh, the blessings of being a child of God! LORD, thank you for everything you have done,and everything you are able to do, I will declare your glory for the rest of my days! I WILL FOLLOW YOU, LORD!
|Posted by Mimi on January 15, 2011 at 1:27 AM||comments (0)|
Matthew 9:37 He said to his disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields."
As disciples of Christ we are commissioned to go into the world, and to share the gospel of Christ. Jesus instructions are very clear here: ask God to send more workers! How do we do that? Through prayer, and through obedience on our parts. We must stay focused on God's will, so we will recognize the opportunities God gives us to further His Kingdom. We must stay in the Word, so we can strengthen ourselves and each other, in Christ. We must also ask that God would work THROUGH us, for our works are useless without HIM!
LORD please bless our efforts for You. Please stir our hearts, so that more workers will stand up for Jesus; for You. We need You, and we know we are but dust without You. Word of Life, breathe on us! In Jesus Name, Amen.
|Posted by Mimi on January 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM||comments (0)|
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Take heart, dear one. Jesus came to bear your burdens, if only you will let Him! This world is so unforgiving, so ready to place blame and insult. But Jesus is not here to judge or hurt you. He is here to love you, and to bring you into a place of rest: in Him.
Such a sweet name, My Jesus, Lover of my soul, Healer, Peace Giver. Call on Him today. Let Him love you. Let Him give you rest.
|Posted by Mimi on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|