Loving others

Put Others First: Morning Minute Message 5/14/19

Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbors’ interests first (Philippians 2:3-4 VOICE).

Often we can become so caught up in what is happening in our lives at any particular moment that we lose sight of what is happening to others around us. It is important that we always keep an eye out for those around us to lend a hand, to pray for or with, to do something kind or to simply be there to lean on, no matter what is going on with us. Jesus said it is better to give than to receive, and when we give of ourselves ahead of ourselves, we reap a reward that no amount of selfishness can satisfy.

It may often seem counterintuitive to put others first, especially if we have a major event or deadline, or some type of adverse circumstance we didn’t plan for. But when we do what Scripture tells us and get beyond ourselves, we have a greater well of compassion and kindness to draw from. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that every time something happens, we must ignore what is happening to do something specific for someone. We are humans with human emotions, but it simply means to not be so hung up on our own situation that we miss what is going on with others. It may be as simple as being a listening ear for someone else, it may be grabbing coffee with someone we haven’t seen in a while, it may simply be allowing someone to do something nice for us that we wouldn’t ordinarily allow them to do.

I love ya, have a great day!

Keep Growing: Morning Minute Message 5/10/19

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding (Philippians 1:9 NLT).

Overflowing love is a result of growing in knowledge and understanding of Christ. The more we grow, the more capacity we have for loving others, because we have a better perspective of how Jesus loves them. We can’t give what we don’t have, and we won’t know or understand if we don’t study it.

We cannot forsake our study of God’s word, prayer, praise or worship. These, together, help propel us toward greater growth, overflowing love, knowledge and understanding. These are vital components of our daily walk, and without one of them, we can feel empty.

I echo Paul’s prayer for you.

I love ya, have a great day!!

Love Is An Action Word: Morning Minute Message 2/12/19

Love Your Enemies: Morning Minute Message 2/8/19

It All Comes Down to LOVE

I’ve been led to reblog this, as well as a few others, for this season. Love is a topic we can never exhaust!

Do Not Gloat

Proverbs 24: 17-18 “Do not celebrate when your enemies fall, and do not rejoice when they trip up; or else the Eternal will know and be upset with you, and He will release them from His anger (VOICE).”
 
This has been heavy on my heart lately, especially since the division in this country has become a somewhat “us” vs. “them” mentality. It doesn’t matter the source of our “Breaking News”, the reports are always so negative regarding the “other” side and it seems to be the reporter’s joy to point out how “so & so will pay”. Yet, it doesn’t seem like payback is swift in coming.
 
Could it be that the payback some so dearly hope for isn’t coming because many are gloating over the falling and tripping up of the “other side”? Who are we to think we are so far above the mishaps, mistakes and misfortunes of those we don’t agree with that we dare to gloat and rejoice in their failings? Does it not rain on the just and the unjust alike? Does the sun not shine on both as well?
 
Each one of us is not exempt, we are someone’s enemy whether we realize it or not. Yet, Jesus does not tell us to come against against our enemies, He tells us to love them (Matthew 5: 43-45). And this is not really a New Testament theme, Leviticus 19:18 also mentions something similar “Do not seek revenge or hold a grudge against any of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as you love yourself, for I am the Eternal One (VOICE).”
 
Freedom and liberty are not found in hating those who think differently, act like they think, and attack before thinking, nor will that kind of hate bring about changes of thought. Freedom and liberty happen in the lives of our enemies when love invades hate and we love them for who they are as people.
 
Our fight is not against people, it never was. Our fight is against the spiritual forces at work and we, now more than ever, need greater discernment and an even greater outpouring of LOVE. Ephesians 6: 12 “We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places (VOICE).”
 
I encourage you to change the way you pray for the supposed “other side”. Please, no more hate and condemnation prayers, no more calling down the wrath of God upon them, no more hoping to see them fall. God delights in mercy over judgment (James 2:13). Instead pray:
 
1.) For the tender mercies of God to pierce their heart
2.) Pray for a greater capacity to love
3.) For them to have a greater capacity to receive love
4.) For the Holy Spirit to have freedom to do whatever is needed in their lives
5.) For you to be quick to listen and slow to speak
6.) For compassion and passion on all “sides”
 
Let us be a people who loves people the way Papa loves people.
 
Matthew 5: 43-45 “You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you— in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven. He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner (Voice).
 
Galatians 5:13-15 “Brothers and sisters, God has called you to freedom! Hear the call, and do not spoil this gift by using your liberty to engage in what your flesh desires; instead, use it to serve each other as Jesus taught through love. For the whole law comes down to this one instruction: “Love your neighbor as yourself,”so why all this vicious gnawing on each other? If you are not careful, you will find you’ve eaten each other alive (VOICE)!
 
James 2: 13 “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment (NKJV).
 
1 John 4:7-8 “My loved ones, let us devote ourselves to loving one another. Love comes straight from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and truly knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love (VOICE).”
 
Shalom ♥

Praying for the Nation Week 19- Corroding Corruption

csl-steel-pipes-slider3I’m no political analyst, limiting how much news media I allow myself to partake of, but even I have seen a calling out or exposure of corrupt officials across many different arenas within our nation. I am always amazed at the attempts to piece back together some will go to when the fruit they bore has been cut open and laid bare in its rottenness. No matter, Scripture declares that which is hidden will be revealed (Numbers 32:23, Matthew 10:26; Mark 4:22, Luke 8;17). As children we were always taught to tell the truth for it is much easier to remember than what lie was used to cover up.

Our mandate is still to speak love and life over the jars of dirt that represent the great states of this nation. As we confess our love and declare prophetic decrees of life-giving words over the jars, we guarantee the exposure of the things Satan wants to keep hidden. If we are not cursing them, how do we do this? When we declare the state is a lover of its people, from pre-born to elderly, we expose the hidden agenda of the devil to wipe out people. When we speak God’s governmental authority on every level, we expose the politicians with nefarious motives and those who simply follow the crowd. When we profess a resurgence of the family and family authority, we reveal the plots to disarm and disengage the family unit. Oh, there is so much more, but when we war the good war with our prophetic declarations, in the authority Christ has given us, from a blessing standpoint, we wreak so much havoc on the enemy and he has no choice but to run! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Matthew 10:7)!

It matters not what goes on around us, we stand firm in the gap, holding our states in intercession before the throne, declaring the heart of the Lord over them. His love is so vast, so great, so amazingly and unfathomably deep, His mercy is so unending that He holds us near to His ear attentively, and as we pray with Him, He moves. Graham Cooke says often, that “one person walking with the Lord is always in the majority”, so we can walk this out boldly knowing we are victorious on all levels!

This week’s directives:

  • Continue to tell each jar that you love it, that is is blessed and favored by the Lord, that it is the apple of His eye, the signet ring He wears. That when He thinks about it, He smiles joyfully.
  • Continue to profess the love of all the people in the state, from pre-born to elderly, for blessing upon each person, for favor in every household, for a guard over the hearts and minds of the children.
  • Continue to pray for the rising up of men and women who will move into the positions of government, education, business, whether secular or clergy, for the advancement of God’s authority – may they be bold, courageous, filled with wisdom and surrounded by encouragement and blessed, and may they have favor, favor, favor…
  • Continue to pray for the family – strength, abundance, provision, wisdom, and glue to hold them together God’s way.

Always bless, do NOT curse. When someone speaks negative to you about the nation/state/government, do not reply in kind, turn it into a positive and look for God’s prophetic word in that situation.

Thank you for joining me on this journey, we are blessed to be a part of such a tipping point within this nation! God is not done with us yet, and He is ever revealing of His glory and majesty!

I love you greatly!

Shalom!!!

Praying for the Nation Week 14

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV)

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7a).

Intercessors, guard your hearts and minds, pay attention to your thoughts and the directions they go in. Earlier this week, my mind was under a full out assault. Discouraging and disparaging thoughts and anxieties came at me from all directions and it was literally like fighting quicksand to be rid of them and take them captive. One of the directions of thought I fought against was my capability and ability to even want to continue to pray for the nation and speak life over the jars of dirt. I faced condescending, contentious and condemning thoughts regarding my ability to pray, my effectiveness in prayer, my worth, my level of care and compassion, and whether or not any of this really matters at all. At my lowest point, I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide there. This was all on a level I had not dealt with yet and only lacked bloodshed, but there were plenty of tears and sweat. After trying to articulate to myself, my husband and the Holy Spirit what I was feeling, I forced myself into God’s word. Even when I don’t feel like it, there is always something that sticks. This time was no different; it was His Word along with sharing my battle with a few key people that began the turn-around. Looking back, I can see the enemy’s hand at work in my thought life, but I also know that God was right there with me despite how I felt at the time.

As I sat down to write this week’s directives, I had no clear direction for us to go in. This battle has left me weak and almost speechless, but God is faithful. While writing the previous paragraph, He has revealed this week’s directive, and it is one we must pray for all the way until He tells us to stop. Identity. I’ve touched on it before, but we are seeing a major identity crises on a grand scale all across the United States. Our emotions drive our perceptions of our reality and we identify now with how we feel about ourselves, rather than what is true. Groupthink has become the norm and drives society’s acceptance of emotion-driven perceptions. We must stand firm in intercession for the minds of the people of this nation. Our perception of who we are begins in our minds.

Week 14 directives:

  • Speak life and love to your jar(s). Do not fail to tell the dirt how much you love it, how much God loves it and declare blessings over the land, the people, and the government. Begin to renounce any curses spoken over these areas in the past, and do not allow anyone to speak a curse. Always, always bless.
  • Proclaim Psalm 139:13-18 over your jars.Pray for the people in your state to have surety in their hearts of who they are, of God’s purpose and plan for their lives to be fulfilled. Pray for them to understand their true identity and not who society, people or peers say they are.

    For You formed my inward parts;
    You covered me in my mother’s womb.
    I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    Marvelous are Your works,
    And that my soul knows very well.
    My frame was not hidden from You,
    When I was made in secret,
    And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
    And in Your book they all were written,
    The days fashioned for me,
    When as yet there were none of them.

    How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
    How great is the sum of them!
    If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
    When I awake, I am still with You.

  • Pray for the government to come into alignment with heaven, for the schemes and plans of Satan to be revealed, for the removal of corruption and for the rising up of Godly leaders who are bold, courageous and desire righteousness and truth in leadership. Remember to pray for the upcoming election – for truth to stand out louder and for God to be glorified in the process.
  • Pray for the Church to walk as ambassadors for Christ, to have eyes that see and ears that hear to discern the distractions and diversions of the enemy. The Church has been so focused on calling out sin that she has missed many opportunities to serve and love. Pray for the Church to rise up in love, for when we reach out with kindness and goodness as the reflection of Christ, we will draw others to repentance. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds (Romans 2:3-6). Jesus said we will be known by our love, let us love in action always.

Your faithfulness and watchfulness on this journey with me are appreciated so great! Let us continue to pray for each other. Despite the news we may see and hear, we must always remember God is at work in answer to our prayers.

Blessings, Hugs and Love!

Shalom 🙂

Do You Love Him?

DO YOU LOVE HIM?

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5 New King James Version).

“Love is an action word,” I’ve heard it said, and I believe it is true. By actively choosing to love, the emotional feeling of love follows. We declare our love for many things, food, friends, jobs, ministries, churches, TV shows, books, hobbies, etc. Why is it then, when chatting with others, it becomes so tough to declare our love for God? What can be so difficult about saying “I love God?” His word clearly says we are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls and all our strength. It seems to me we should be shouting our love for Him in all ways possible!

Some of us believe declaring our love for God means spending Sunday morning in church, yet living contrary to our profession of faith the rest of the week. Some of us out what we want to believe are demonstrations of our love for God, but in reality, they are more for the love of ourselves. God knows our hearts; He knows who among us truly loves Him, and whose hearts, souls and strength are actively engaged.

When we really love God with all our hearts, our souls and our strength, and with His love for us, we are capable of loving those society deems unlovable, we are able to love those mean-spirited family members and we are able to love strangers. By loving God wholly and completely, all we do here on this earth is an act of worship to God and an outpouring of His love to others.

Let’s Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, we love You, we love You, we love You!! We give You our hearts, our souls and our strength as declarations of love and adoration! We praise and bless Your holy name, we stand on the truth of Your word. Because of our love for You and Your love for us, we want to reach many, we want to be Your hands and feet; Your voice and vessel. You are holy, worthy, mighty and righteous, there is no one else like You! You are the creator of heaven and earth, by Your hands we have been formed, by Your breath we live. We cannot tell You enough how much we love You. All glory and honor is Yours. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!

Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you are struggling with loving God,  or if you only profess love to Him infrequently and you can’t seem to live it out, I encourage you to take action and sit with Him awhile.

Additional Scriptures: Joshua 22:5; Luke 10:27

 

 

 

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