YOU MAY NOT BE LOVE BY OTHERS. BUT YOU ARE SURELY LOVE BY GOD
IF YOU’VE BEEN WONDERING WHY I’VE BEEN A LITTLE OFF…. BEEN IN ALOT OF PAIN.
GOD BLESS YOUR NIGHT MY FRIENDS!
PRAY FOR THEM
When you read Job 42, you find Job praying for His friends that are not in right standing with God. God accepts Jobs prayers and blesses Him with more than He had lost in the first place.
1 Timothy 2:1 instructs us to pray and intercede for all people. Why? Because the Lord desires for all men to come to the knowledge of who He is and be saved.
At times we spend so much time discouraged or complaining and gossiping about the wrong in people, or how far they are from God instead of simply praying for them.
Prayer changes things but it also changes people. If you desire to see change in your loved ones or even in your boss, maybe you need to put a lot more time praying for them. Prayer changed us, so it can truly change another person. You are here because of the prayers of another. There is power in consistent prayer!
In Matthew 19:23-26 you find Jesus speaking to the disciples about the difficulty of a rich man entering the kingdom of heaven. The question is then asked, “who then can be saved?” and Jesus responds, “with men this is impossible but with God all things are possible.”
It’s possible with God to see a sibling or friend in their right mind or out of a toxic situation. It’s possible with God to see a change in your parents and whoever else! It’s possible to see an individual return back to God. You just have to partner with Him.
Maybe one of the greatest blessings you’ll receive from praying for someone consistently, is seeing God redeem and transform them. It truly does grow your faith, you may not see an immediate result, but it doesn’t mean you stop praying. The prayers don’t have to be deep, just earnest.
Praying for others, deals with selfishness. It’s not always about you, it can also be about someone else.
So, dedicate some time today to make a list of people that you are committing to pray for. Once you have a list, spend 5 minutes praying for each person on your list.
OBEDIENCE IS KEY
God gave Saul a clear instruction in 1 Samuel 15, Saul was to destroy everything in the City of Amalek.
However Saul destroyed everything that was worthless and preserved everything that seemed good to Him.
Although that was not the instruction that was given to Saul, he genuinely believed that He had fulfilled all that was required of Him but He only did part of it. This displeased God greatly and as a result, Saul missed out on an opportunity to reign as king. Saul’s disobedience also affected his whole lineage!
“Partial obedience is still disobedience.”
Your obedience to the word of God and leading of His Spirit is key if you desire to truly please God. Saul’s disobedience was an issue of the heart, why? Because an individual who is wholeheartedly devoted to God is willing to obey Him no matter what.
We have to check the posture of our hearts and ask, ‘Am I wholeheartedly devoted to God?’ and ‘Are my responses to His commands/instructions reflective of that?’
If you also desire to be fruitful and prosperous in all your ways, obedience is the key! Could it be that you’re missing out on opportunities to grow, thrive, expand or gain clarity for your life because of your lack of obedience to His word?
What has God instructed you to do, that you still have not done?
Who is being affected by your disobedience?
This isn’t to condemn you, this is an opportunity for all of us to get it right and to say ‘yes’ to whatever God requires from us, daily. Not when we feel like it or when it seems good to us.
It could be small in your eyes, but God still requires your yes. Even with your yes, it’s important to understand that you’re not doing it in your own strength but through the grace that He supplies, when you submit to Him.
Repeat after me,
His grace is sufficient.
His grace is sufficient.
God wouldn’t require anything from you, that He cannot empower you to do. Always remember that!
Today while your worshipping OUR wonderful Father. Don’t ask what HE can do for you…. Asked what you can do for HIM
2. Share HIS word.
3. Help a neighbor…..
There are so many things you can do. Give a hug…. Let people know their loved!
HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY MY FRIENDS.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
Revelation 2:2-4 NIV
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NIV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 NIV
He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
Luke 10:27 NIV
YOUR FIRST LOVE
When you read 1 Samuel 7:1-3, you find that Israel had many idols. They were false gods that took their affection and devotion away from God, the true living God.
It was when Israel had placed God in His rightful place in their hearts and lives, that it was then that they experienced victory over their enemies and over time everything began to fall into place for them.
Again in Revelation 2:2-4 you find the church of Ephesus doing many great things for God and serving. Yet, God wasn’t their first love. They weren’t devoted to Him as they once were. Even though they were doing all the right things for God, He desired something more than their works, He wanted their hearts.
There are many things that can become idols in our lives, from a particular person to our emotions and even the activities that we do in church. Anything that takes the place that God should have in our hearts is an idol.
It’s important to also highlight that the ability to overcome the internal struggles in your life and experience victory over them, begins with your full devotion to God and making Him Lord over your life.
It’s about you consistently cultivating an authentic relationship with God, that goes beyond a Sunday service and any activity you’re involved in.
When you’re intentional about making God first in your life and you align yourself with Him, it will influence every other area of your life.
It’s time to return back to your first love.
What/Who has taken your devotion and affection away from God?
Does your heart still burn for God as it once did?
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Mark 4:19 NIV
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 NIV
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord , whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV