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Missing the Mark

The first mention of missing the mark, as the term is used in Judges 20:16 – 16 Among all this people were seven hundred select men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair’s breadth and not miss. – This stone was probably used in a sling shot hence the word sling.  At a hair’s breadth means that their target was very small and very thin, and they did not miss the mark.

There are other words for sin or missing the mark in the Bible but I am not going to go into them.  Using a sling shot or a bow and arrow are practically the same thing.  When I was in high school I took a course in Archery, and when I took the course, I failed miserably.  Failure is also another word for sin.  I would point the arrow toward the target and it would never end up right on course with precision.  These skillfull people who used sling-shots were able to get it on target and right on the bulls eye.  But for that they had to have good hand and eye coordination, a good stance and good follow through, and most importantly that had to have faith that they could, with God’s help hit the target much like David did.

In our Christian walk we are often at a place where we seem to struggle, and sometimes we feel like no one understands and sometimes we may feel like God doesn’t listen or hear.  It is those times when we have injured our hands or for throwing the stone that we seem to be painfully aware of our injury and how when we once were able to hit the hair’s breadth, that now we may be falling off target.  Maybe it’s not your hands, but maybe it’s your eyes.  You can’t see things the way you used to and everything is blurred around you, and of course if you can’t see then everything else around you is going to get blurred and out of focus and you’ll miss your shot.

I remember one time I broke my left hand and it was fractured and it was hurt, and nobody likes to have a broken bone.  A broken bone is no fun.  When you’re older it is especially not any fun.  It takes patience, treatment and rest to be able to recover, and sometimes we get so anxious we don’t want to rest.  We want everything to be on target all the time and that can lead us to a very dangerous place thinking that we can make every shot every time.  We must understand that everyone is in training to receive the prize, and we must endure through the difficult process.

There was a news story recently about a woman who went hiking and her leg came off for about four days she prayed to God (I don’t know if she was Christian or not) but Elohim (Our God the Creator) heard her prayer and her leg was miraculously attached to her in the hospital and she said “Once this is over I’m going to go hiking again”.  What happened is that she kept her eyes on her dream.

We as Christians have dreams – to go to Heaven, and to meet Jesus and to be seated in Heavenly Places.  We have dreams to preach the Gospel to a lost and dying world. So what happens when we miss the mark.  Is it something that is going to take us away from our dream?  Not if we truly regret what we have done and we turn to God.  We shouldn’t feel condemned by what we’ve done and we shouldn’t be discouraged.

Hebrews 11 talks about all the heroes of faith and how they looked for a city whose builder and Maker is God.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies [t]in peace.

We may have walls in our life that are causing us to sin, and those walls need to be broken down so that God can come in and take over.  Just because we miss the mark sometimes whatever the reason does it mean that God is not a good God or that God is not a God of love?  God is definitely good and God is a God of love and He longs to restore our aching and broken hearts each time we fall down and stumble.  He wants to help us where we are struggling, but we are so focused on missing the mark that we forget to see what is the real reason behind the faith.  The real reason behind the faith is to see Jesus the King and Mighty Ruler as the Prince of Peace who lives and reigns in our hearts.  We can’t see with our own eyes how many lives we have affected with our presence in them.  We have no idea.  Only God knows how many lives we have touched and how many broken hearts He has used us to touch and how many times people were in desperation and He used you to turn to them and provide them comfort.

Some people think that there is some big “purpose” or big “destiny” to you being born, and there is definitely a plan for your life which is for good and to give a future and a hope, but if we get so caught up in “finishing” or work or calling or purpose on earth,that if God forbid something happens before that time, then we still have purpose by the smile we put on someone’s face and kind words, and a friendly voice. So friends don’t get discouraged even if you are missing the mark sometimes because God knows how many lives you’ve touched and God sees what’s bigger and better than anything the world can see or even people closest to us can see.  God knows that He has placed us as seeds of love and whenever we put our heart on the line at the risk of getting hurt in order to restore love to a lost and dying world, then God sees that and it puts a smile on His face.  Don’t be discouraged dear friends.  Even in the darkest moments of our lives, through all the tears, and sleepless nights, God is still by our side, and even though it may seem that darkness is all around us, we have a light on the inside of us that keeps on burning and shining and being bright.

 

 

Father’s love gets you through the dangerous times

In one of my previous posts called No more Rules and Regulations I talked about the movie of the Sound of Music, and I want to write about it again.  For background info you can read the post called No more Rules and Regulations.  In that movie, Captain Von Trapp was the strict former Navy Officer who was the father of seven children who lost their mother.  So Maria, who was a Nun, who hadn’t learned, to be obedient, went to “grow up” and to “fulfill her calling and purpose” and to “find out who she really was”.  The father Captain Von Trapp who treated his children like military subjects was very strict with them causing them to rebel even more.  We can see this example in the Bible in the Old Testament, when the LORD tried to get Israel to obey Him, and they were always struggling, and they longed as Job said, “for a Mediator” to bridge the gap between the wrath of the LORD God, and himself.  But in the movie once, Maria came in and brought singing in the house, and reignited the love relationship to the children, then the Captain became softer toward the children and started treating them like his children, but the Captain still didn’t lose his identity, he just changed his affection towards the children.  So because of this affection towards the children and because when they received abundant love from him whereas before when they were so afraid of him doing something wrong that they wouldn’t have a relationship with him and just didn’t seem to have that closeness and just fear and everything else was based on fear that he would punish them so he couldn’t properly guide them in making wise decisions.   This is a type and shadow of the way the Father is in heaven, and how even during the dark and dangerous times He will help those whom he loves because of His nature.  The Captian in the movie is a type and shadow of the Heavenly Father in the sense that He is the same Father who With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.

So in the story the Captain helps them escape from the enemies during the Holocaust time because he had established their relationship with them, and now they were able to obey because of the unity of love, but when they thought he didn’t love them, they acted rebelliously and defiantly.  So it was needful for Maria to come in and show the example of love in their life because without her they didn’t seem to have any, and without that they couldn’t get through the difficult times.  So through the dangerous times in the last days, yes we know the times we are living in, and we know there is sin in the world, and the world is getting more wicked as the days come, but when you bring love into the picture, which is the greater Law, it changes the heart of the people so that they can sing, and there is nothing wrong with preaching about love and only love because that is what the Kingdom of God is about.  It is about faith, hope, and love and the greatest of these is love.

Because the Father loves you so much, He sent His son to die so that you might not die and have eternal life, but if you don’t accept that love and just view Him as someone who put you in a bad situation then the time that you are going through is going to be much harder.

Remember Brigitta – she was about 10-12 I don’t remember, but she was at that defiant age, and she was punished with a spanking and a chastening, but the true test came when they were in the prison when the enemy was coming for them and they had to go into hiding, and when they went into hiding and they had to depend on their father to tell them what to do.  This would not have happened if they had not developed the relationship of love with Maria.  Now Maria at the time was conflicted with the Baronness, and she had to struggle to at one point and lose her identity as a Nun, and have to face the fact of sinning against the ordinance, but the Reverend Mother realized that it was needful for Maria to go and do what her heart desires she said, “I want to love him, but I don’t want to love him” or something to that effect.  So then she had to take on the new role as a mother, and giving her a whole new set of responsiblities and finally bringing her into her calling.  Imagine if while the family were in hiding, that they were still afraid of their father, yes they would obey Him, but their fear would make the situations worse to the point where they would panic.  God is not like that He wants you to come to Him with love and not out of fear.  With love you gain respect and reverence, but not with fear.  You still have to treat him with dignity when He has his “uniform of the Captain or LORD of hosts on”, but you still know in your heart that He is your loving Father and that He loves you unconditionally.  Captain Von Trapp hated disobedience, and had been through many governesses, just like the Heavenly Father had many prophets to teach Israelites how to obey, but none of them lasted.  The disobedient children because they were not reminded of the love of the father always rebelled against the governesses, in the same way the disobedient Israelites came because they were not reminded of the love of the Father, so Jesus had to come and put Himself on the Cross for us so that we might have relationship with Him, and also to the Father, and for that His redeeming power is so great.  Love is what keeps the Holy Spirit alive in our hearts, and without the love of the Holy Spirit, then times will become very difficult.  We should rest in peace knowing that our Heavenly Father loves us no matter what is going on, even if we are in hiding.  When we hide, we hide in His presence and not away from Him.  We don’t turn away from Him.  We use the love that was sown in our hearts to make the best out of a bad situation.

At the end of the movie the Reverend Mother quoted Psalm 121-

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

The word keeper and preserver here means to protect, and can also have an implication to seal as we are sealed with the promise of His Holy Spirit, which  will never leave us or forsake us no matter how many times we fall and disobey. But we must be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit by not realizing how much the Father really loves us and how deep the Father really loves and in that we find our protection and our healing. The Holy Spirit is gentle, and He will not force you into anything, but God loves you so much that He is doing things for your protection even if you may not see it at times.  We must remember that perfect love casts out fear.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the grace, mercy, and love that you so generously showered over us for Your Word does say that Your stedfast love endures forever.  We repent for not following after Your Spirit at times and at times when we have not recognized the love that You have given us and we repent for not pursuing a relationship with you and growing in intimacy with you.  Thank You for helping us get through difficult time and Thank You for more and more revelations of You.  You are Jehovah Rapha and Jehovah Shammar and Jehovah Shavout, and You promised that Your stedfast love is forever as it says in Psalm 136 and Your Word does not lie, so then we accept Your love and walk this day in covenant with You so that we may see more of Your grace, mercy, and love, so then even when we are disobedient, that Your grace may abound more.  We accept this gift of grace and choose not to take in vain with licentious living but to live with a pure heart whose only desire is to have that wise Agape love that seeks out Your Kingdom Promises.  Thank You Lord,

IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME I PRAY,

Amen.

 

 

From a greedy heart to a loving one

 

This has really been on my heart a while about the dangers of greed, and I wanted to share it earlier. In the process I changed my title.   I want to venture out and say that sin has different levels, and while I was preparing this message, the verse that someone commented on this blog became alive for me.  12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:11

Imagine running a race, when a 100 pound weight vest on.  That’s what people do on the Biggest Loser.  They sometimes run these races and they have these weights of all the weight they used to weigh and as they are running the race they drop off the weights in these containers.  Similarly, in the Christian walk, we all have weights that are called sin, which so easily ensnare us.  Yes Jesus Blood has cleansed us from sin, and removed all past sin from us, but we are still not perfect like Him, so then we have this sin that so easily ensnares us, and one of them I want to talk about today is greed. Greediness is tied into selfishness.

We know the world has greed and it can be seen anywhere, the stock market, George Fontenellis, said “operates on fear and greed”.  The world does not know any better.  Whether Christians should invest in the stock market, is not the purpose of this post.  But we as Christians should be set apart and act differently, than the world, and sadly, we don’t see that within the body of believers.  Sometimes we pray for stuff and then we get it and then the next day it’s something else, and something else.  It is also tied to not having a grateful heart or a heart full of thanksgiving.  We are always wanting more and more and more to the point that we are not satisfied.  We are always asking this and that from God, and sometimes forgetting to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We can also be greedy about love.  We want to have all the love to ourselves, and not want to share it.  We are in turn being selfish, and while God does know us, He wants us to recognize that we do have this area to work on.  The first step in problem solving is to identify the problem.  The Holy Spirit works with you to recognize the problem, and then He helps remove this weights of sin off our lives, if we let Him.  If we don’t let Him, then He can’t work in our lives.  We all have problems, and they need to be fixed, and Jesus is the Master of fixing problems, but often times He does not do it in the way we expect.  For example when He came to Israel, they expected Him, to become King and dismantle the political system and save the Jews from oppression by the Romans, but that was not what He was there to do.  He was there for a bigger purpose.  He had to commission His Kingdom, and set the process of transformation of lives to begin with.

Many people can have spiritual gifts and anointing, ministries, and the like, but unless they allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives and remove the things that are keeping us from the glory to be revealed in us as it says in Romans 8, then all of that is in vain.  Unconditional love or Agape is the reason that Jesus died for us, and not just for our families, friends, and acquaintances, but for the whole world.  When we have this selfish greed in our heart it is keeping us from operating in the fullness of this Agape love, but since there are certain levels of greed operating in our lives, then we have to lay this sin upon the cross daily, and start renew and cultivate the love of the Holy Spirit operating in our lives.

What gets to me is when Paul says, “To be able to know what is the depth, and the height and the breadth of love, which surpasses all understanding”  We need to have more of this kind of love.  Greed is what makes people steal.  In 2 Kings 5:20 they talked about Gehazi who had greed, and the leprosy of Namaan clung to Gehazi.  Why?  Because He was not operating out of love.

This post is really not about tithing, or about money, or about possessions, but it’s about the character of God developing in you.  When you have this greed, or any sin, for that matter, it is like grime and it weighs you down so that you can’t run the race.  When you pray and you run to God to release the burden of the sin onto Him, and cast your cares onto Him, He allows it to work in your life, but you first have to surrender.

Many people think that once your saved, that’s it that you don’t have to change in anyway and that you can still be the same person, and that you cannot remove the old nature and to take on the new nature, but they don’t realize that this is all a process and a journey with many mountains and valleys, ups and downs.  Jesus is there to guide you through it all, and Thank God, for He is patient, kind, slow to anger, and merciful.  If it wasn’t for God’s mercy, we really would not be able to get away with all the stuff that we’ve gotten away with.

The power of redemption is to know what a sinner you were before, and to realize exactly what Jesus has done for you, so does that mean that once you have accepted you can continue to live in that way?  When you have redemption, not only has Jesus paid the price for your sin, but there is a transforming work inside of you that brings you from glory to glory so that you can be the shining example of victory that God has promised in your life.  Repentance, is not really just about saying I’m sorry, but like I said before, it’s about feeling remorse, and then turning, but as you turn it’s usually hard.  It’s where your faith comes in, and says if Jesus says that I can do it, then “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, and in this context is where the verse is properly applied because the context is about knowing that whether abased or abound, you can be content.

Isn’t that all that we want?  To be content.  It is the true heart’s desire for us to be content and satisfied, but in essence we are always wanting more and more and we cannot seem to settle in one direction or another, but to have that steadfast contentment in our hearts, knowing that no matter what happens as long as we have Jesus, all is well.  I know it is hard, but we shouldn’t let others’ discontentment, which can lead to issues such as anger and greed get to us.  At the same time, we need to avoid being greedy and avoid all kinds of sin around us.  Yes Jesus has removed us from the guilt of sin, so we do not keep on needing to beat ourselves up about it, but we need to allow God to transform and change us by surrendering to Him, and it’s all a little by little.  The seed is there and we are going to change, if we have the right attitude about it, and are willing to change for God.  The problem comes when we think we have completely changed once we are saved, and then our minds don’t need constant renewing in the Word of God, or that our character needs to change to develop Christ-likeness.  Then we can appreciate the Grace of God that allows us to change into the image of God because He put that seed to love in our hearts.

Heavenly Father,

We know we are not perfect without You in our lives, and we thank You that You have given your precious saints, the ability to change and to become more like You.  Guard our hearts today from any kind of sin, which so easily ensnares us, and let us lay down any weight that keeps us from You Lord God.  Transform our hearts and make us into the pure likeness of Your Spirit, and guide us all into discernment Truth.  I seal this post with the Blood of Jesus and I ask you Lord to renew our hearts daily so that we may become more like You.  Mold us, like the potter molds the clay, and make us conform to Your image Lord God.  Wherever there is violence or anger spewing in anyone’s heart, remove that and change into love, and compassion, and mercy, and forgiveness.  Teach people humility, and to be loving and giving of their time, resources, and the gifts and abilities You have given them so that they may know how they can reach out to others.  Thank You for this beautiful day for we know that whether it is sunny, or windy, or rainy, or snowy, or thundering, or shaking, You are still God and the midst of it all.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

 

 

Love never fails

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Tests of Love and Loving Like Jesus Loves.  We all need a reminder of love so this is it again for the one that is shorter for that which was longwinded, but still got the point across.

When God puts you through tests He will keep you there until you pass the test, and now I found out how you can pass the test.  It is through the Agape love, the unconditional and self-sacrificing love, which never fails.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:

“13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

That means that all you do for Christ, isn’t enough.  It doesn’t matter how much you pray, read the Word of God, believe God for miracles, selling all that you have to feed the poor, go through persecution or whatever else you do for God, but if you don’t have love then it is nothing. You could be doing all these things, but out of the wrong motive.  I could be writing this blog to get the Word out, but if I don’t sincerely love the people with the unconditional love and the same kind of love that God gave me, then it is nothing.  A world without this kind of love is useless.

These are the characteristics of the kind of love that Paul is talking about:

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Let’s start with the first one – love suffers long and is kind –

Do you get cranky or would you get cranky when you are not feeling well?  Would you still show compassion and a heart full of love.  Besides Jesus, I can think of one person – a fictional person in the book, Gone With the Wind, who had this characteristic trait, Melanie was sick and suffering, but she was always kind to Scarlett no matter how much she may have treated her badly.

Love does not envy – That means you don’t want the other person has.  It could be their house, or their car, or their clothes, or their shoes, or even their anointing because to get this realization you have to know that God created you for a purpose and He has given you certain things, which He wants you to have and you have to be appreciative of what you have.

Love does not parade itself or is puffed up – This means that love is not conceited, arrogant, or proud.  The proud will be brought down and be humbled.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

All these gifts which have been given to us are only for our purpose for our time here on Earth, but when we have love this love never fails.  People can prophecy all they want about different conspiracies, or when Jesus is coming back, and people can have knowledge and it will vanish away, but when people have perfect love, then that which is not as important will be no more.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

This is a reflection on being a carnal Christian versus being mature in Christ, to get to the deeper level of understanding, and to know the fullness of God, which can only be realized when we get to heaven, which is when we will be face to face with Jesus.  Just like Jesus knows us, then we shall know Him.  But the ultimate desire is to get to know Him like here on earth and to get to experience the union and intimacy that Jesus had between Father and Son.  In this term intimacy I mean closeness.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Faith is good, Hope is good, but love is the best.

Jesus says in Matthew 24:12-

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

I was meditating a lot on this verse.  It seems like a lot of ways, our love has become cold.  It’s almost like numb.  It feels like we’ve been to that place where nothing seems to shock or amaze us anymore and we’ve taken it all for granted.  The news headlines are so preposterous, and scandalous because of lawlessness, and the advance in technology has it made it more difficult to receive what we need from God.  We have gone into technology over stimulation and we are all pretty much addicts to it.  Since the days of television, to the days of internet, and IPAD, and IPHONE, and all the other gadgets, yes they were created for good and probably have saved lives most of the time, but in the days of Elijah, and the ACTS of the Apostles, they didn’t have these things, and they were able to get into the Presence of God, much quicker than we do.  Do we need a youtube playlist, or mp3 player, or laptop, or cd’s to get into the Presence of God, or can we simply just worship with the Holy Spirit?  Don’t get me wrong, these things are all good in building your faith, but when you’ve gotten into technology overstimulation it becomes harder to receive from God.

Something has to happen.  Something has to change.  We need a revival of love in our lives so desperately.  We need a revival of love where neighbors actually speak to each other.  We need to get rid of this independent, everyone live for themselves spirit, and live by the love of the Lord, which is to love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

When you love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength – and this means emotions too, because it is implied by soul, which is mind, will, emotions, then this can change your life.  The problem is that when we don’t find, or because we are weary or worn out, and we don’t feel like pursuing God, and get caught up in daily activities then we become numb, or cold, and detached.  That can become a very dangerous thing when we are so thirsty and deprived of the living water.  That’s why Jesus told the woman at the well that He is the Living Water, and that He will refresh our souls and get us into that place.

Heavenly Father,

Help us get to that place where our love never grows cold, and that we live out 1 Corinthians 13, as the body of Christ, and to take on the characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit that can only be found in You.  Help us put the self-sacrifice instead of selfishness, and take away our pride and make us humble, help us to not seek our own, but to glorify you with our daily lives.  Your blessings are great and your workings are miraculous, and help us to see the mighty workings of love and Agape in our lives.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

Guidelines for a believer to endure through the Christian walk

Recently I read a book called Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard, and it was a wonderful read.  One of the things that I learned is that no matter what turns and twists come in the way, as long as the main character keeps her eye on the Shepherd and her promise for the Lord, she will do whatever He says.  It was difficult for her and hard for her to do, but she did it because she loved God.  One thing though is that through the different trials and tribulations, there were enemies coming after her and some in her own mind that kept her from going from time to time, but because the Shepherd was kind, patient, gentle, and authoritative with her from time to time and He always showed that He loved her, then she was able to make it through anything.

Similarly in our Christian walk, we have Jesus who comes into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who is there to help us walk the Christian life. He is there for to establish a relationship with God and to teach us and to guide us.  The wonderful thing is that there is room for error.  There is room to grow.  Luke 2:40 says – 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit,filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

The first step to know if you are on track is to examine –

1) Your faith walk – Ask yourself what do you believe to be true about Jesus and does that line up with the Truth?

That leads up to the second thing to focus on –

2) Reading the Word of God – Do you take time to read, study, and look for rhema or revelation in the Word of God, and get to know who Jesus is?

3) Prayer and Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit – do you know how much the Holy Spirit is a comforter and loves those who love God?  He wants to spend time with you.  Talk to Him, reach out to Him, get to know Him.  Do not grieve Him for He is sensitive.  Obey the quiet and gentle nudgings of the Holy Spirit as they lead and guide you.

4) Examining your love walk and relationships – How do you walk in relationships toward others?  Do you show forgiveness or do you hold on to grudges?  Are you incorporating the God kind of love – Agape, with others.  Do your love toward God, even to others?  The one commandment that Jesus gave was to love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself.  When you judge others you bring condemnation to yourself.  So be quick to forgive.  Let your heart not be burdened by other people’s mistakes.

5) Do not give into condemnation, but allow repentance – God gives us the grace to make mistakes that even when we aren’t obedient because we are still growing He still gives Jesus’s nurturing heart that says, “Have they condemned you?” to the Adulterous woman, and after her saying “no”, she said, “Neither do I condemn you” – “Go and sin no more”.   We all have sinned and will probably keep on sinning because the Word of God says that a man that says he does not sin is a liar.  No one is perfect like Christ, so the ability to repent and pray to God concerning the issue.  Allow yourself to make mistakes and if you do make mistakes don’t let anyone make you think that you don’t love God or that you have to prove your love to Him.  The Holy Spirit knows that you love Him if you are led by the Spirit.

In Romans 8:1 it says There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Later on the Word says in the same Chapter –

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[c]

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

6) Trust God, His Holy Spirit, and His Word and not man – Let God be true and every man a liar.  It is good to listen to pastors at the local church or on television, but be like the Bereans and search out the Scripture and test everything they say to see if it lines up with Scripture.  Keep a guard on your heart and your mouth so when someone else says something that does not line up with Scripture accept their right to make that mistake and even though they may be preaching a lot of things based on their personal experience and what the Word of God says, then when they twist Scripture, don’t get offended – if you can correct them, but don’t let it develop a root of bitterness in your heart.  I’ve learned this from personal experience- i.e. Post on Dangers of Preaching out of the Soul.

7) Allow God to change your heart and to take on the Fruit of the Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control that are seeds which are already implanted in your heart.

8) Through praise and worship of God be built up in the hope of an eternal calling and an eternal hope and purpose to know that despite all that we go through and suffer it is worth it – 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

God knows you so well – He knows every sin before you even commit it – He knew that Adam was going to fall, He knew that the Israelites were going to be complaining and murmuring all the way along the wilderness.

9) Stay humble – the beautiful thing about making mistakes and realizing that you have made mistakes lets you know that you are not perfect and that no one else is.  The Bible says that the sin that God hates the most is Pride- or exalting the self.  If we exalt the self- instead of the Spirit we’re in for a time when God will humble us down with His super nail file, or sander until we are His perfectly shaped vessel.

10) The Greatest Law – Love never fails !!!!  Jesus’ love never failed you, so if you let His love grow in you then it will never fail you or let you down.  It will cause you not to make mistakes.

If there is an area where you are failing here is a prayer for you –

Heavenly Father,

If there is an area where I am missing the mark and not changing cause me to see it according to the way You see me as a redeemed child of God.  Help me to grow and to change and to nourish and to grow closer in an intimate walk with You.  Help me to seek after You with all my heart until I find You and help me to be able to live out this Christian walk.  Lord God I thank You for being patient with me even when I have been judgmental and critical of others, judging others for their failures, and if there is any area not please reveal even that to me.  Help me to stay humble and obedient to the Law of Your Love, and the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit.  Help me to grow and be patient.  Help me to endure through all the sufferings and trials and tribulations and persecutions that come.  I thank You that You are the rod that carries me and the staff that guides me through the wildernesses and this bold adventure you have called my life.   Thank You for picking me up when I fall down.  Help me to walk the Christian life.  Thank You Father, You are gracious and slow to anger,

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

 

Liberation of Repentance, and the Presence of God

A lot of people look at repentance as a bad thing, and of course it is better not to have to repent, but because we are all fallen we need to be able to go to God and say, “Daddy, I know I was wrong, will you please forgive me?  Help me not to do it again.”  When Adam and Eve were in the Garden  and they sinned, they hid from the Presence of God.

Genesis 3:8 –  8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the [c]cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”  Now don’t go running around naked please.

But the wonderful thing now through the Precious Blood of Jesus, is that we can run to Him and say, “I know I was wrong, please forgive me.”  God is merciful and just to forgive.

One time I was at a prayer meeting and I had a heaviness because I felt guilty about something and I couldn’t experience the release of the Presence of God, but through the unction of the Holy Spirit led by the worship leader, who repented on behalf of the Church, there was a tremendous release from all the burdens.  It was coming again to the point of the Cross and saying, “Lord, I surrender, I surrender all my burdens, griefs, pains, and sorrows, down at your feet.  You take them away.”

In the Tabernacle example there is a model – there is the Outer Court, Inner Court, and the Holy of Holies.

When you are in the Outer court, which is the first part after the gate to the worship, you have the bronze altar.  Before that is that the gate and that’s where you enter.  You enter with praise and thanksgiving.  Then the second stage is the Cleansing or self examining at the bronze altar. I am not going to go in to the details of the tabernacle just yet, but maybe in the future post I will share.

When we sin, God doesn’t want us to run away from Him, but to run to Him, but somehow because we have been believing lies, the devil tries to  make us believe that God won’t accept us or love us if we do sin.  That doesn’t mean that we keep on sinning.

 

Romans 9:16 says – 16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

That brings me to my second point –

1) Liberation in the Word of God

Even though there is liberation in repentance,  or turning your heart towards God, and away from the sin, there is even more liberation in knowing that the Word of God has all the answers for the troubles you are facing.  I once listened to a sermon called, “The only way out is the Word of God”, and the person said the Word of God brings in the Presence of God as well.  It is better to be obedient to God and not have to repent, because Romans 3:6 says that the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.  But in context it is talking about Christians who are earthly minded –

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

One thing that God hates the most is idolatry – putting something whether that be a molded image, like the hindus and buddhists use, or anything that keeps us from the presence of God, and the people that participate in idolatry, will be stored up for God’s wrath because in idolatry it leads to many sins.  God is a Jealous God because He wants us to love Him completely and not lift up anything before Him including ourselves.

Ephesians 5:1-13 says –

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved[a]you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God [b]as a fragrant aroma.

3 But immorality [c]or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among[d]saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no [e]immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 [f]trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even [g]expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are [h]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

What is the opposite of empty words(words that are void of truth):  The Living Word, which is the Word of God, and He gives you the Grace to reveal the Word to you in that time of need.  That is if you set apart time to study and to pursue His presence or to dedicate your life to Him.  Lately I have been finding that I just open the Bible and God leads me to a verse that immediately applies to my situation and sometimes gives me a rebuke, or something I need to repent for, or gives me a sense of encouragement knowing that He has equipped me for whatever battle I need to face.  Part of the armor of God is the loin belt of Truth – without the loin belt of Truth you cannot have intimacy with God, because it protects your intimate organs from being attacked.  That is to be used in the Soldier analogy.  I think there is more teaching on the Armor of God on one of my posts.    I know some of us are busy with work and don’t have the time to really get in the Word of God so much, and I know I have said it does not need to be out of obligation, but God has a remarkable way of rescuing you with His Word, and sometimes it is as much as flipping a page and then find just what you need.  I was told once not to play Bible roulette, where you just open up the Bible, and the first verse that pops out at you, apply it to yourself.  But the amazing thing is that the Word of God has so much power because it can become a rhema or revelation and not just a letter or logos even if you just open the one page.  Discipline in studying the Bible is important characteristic trait to develop, not because of obligation but because of getting to know Jesus more and more.  So studying the Bible can bring revelation and that revelation can bring liberation.  After all isn’t life all about revelation knowledge of Jesus and who He is?  Whether you get it by youtube songs, or by a worship service, or by the Word of God- the whole point is to get to the presence of Jesus.

So what is the Presence of God –

The Holy Spirit can hover upon, rest upon, and reside within a believer.  When a believer is born again the Holy Spirit resides within the person.  When God created the Heavens and the earth, the Spirit of God hovered upon the waters – Gen. 1:2- The Spirit of God can rest upon a believer where the person can actually experience a sense of “abiding under the shadow of the Almighty” – that is the resting upon.  In Luke it says that the Holy Spirit will overshadow her.  When you are dwelling in the Presence of Almighty, that is when the Holy Spirit is resting upon you.

The key thing about Christianity is that it is not a religion filled with rituals that you must do this and you must do that.  It is about a journey full of mountains and valleys, and there are lessons to be learned, tests to take, and relationships to build with God and with other people.  Sometimes the devil comes in tries to beat you up and make you feel like you are condemned, but you don’t have to listen to it.  The more we feel condemned it means that God has not completed the restoration of our souls and He is waiting for you to come to Him.  He is reaching out to you to turn to Him, to change your mind against idolatry and disobedience, to take up your cross, or whatever is keeping you to fully worship and enjoy Him.  When we work, we can still keep Him in our thoughts – if we work in retail, we can think, “How can I be a light today?”, if we work for an electric company, we can focus on “the Light of this world”, if we work for an insurance company, we can focus on, “What is the best insurance policy?”; if we work with manufacturing, we can focus on “God created the heavens and the earth.”, if we work with computer programming, we can focus on, “God gave a marvelous code of instructions on how this world should work”, if we work with filing, we can focus on, “How wonderfully organized God is”, if we work in media we can thank God for how the media has been used to share the Gospel, etc.

Jesus said, “my yoke is easy and my burden is light” so the more we focus on the Cross of Christ, the easier it will be for Jesus to lay down the burdens that so easily ensnare us and to break all the chains.

Here is a prayer for protection for inviting the presence of God into your life,

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for revealing to me more about Yourself everyday in the way You see fit.  Thank You for taking complete and total charge over my life and having the mercy upon me that despite the times I disobey in little things, you are always quick to forgive.  Thank you for being the loving arms that hold me and embrace me when times are hard or difficult.  Thank You for letting me know that You are always there for me.  Please remove from my life any area where I am displeasing to you, or anything that gets in the way of sharing our love together.  Thank You for the abundant mercy, grace, and love You have showered over my life.  Thank You for picking up the pieces.  Thank You for giving me the strength to get through anything.  You are precious to me, and I love you.

In Jesus Name I pray,

In the same Spirit, I pray for the people in America who have been devestated by tornadoes.  Please help the victims recover from their damages, and I repent on behalf of the nation for anything that they are doing to displease You LORD God, for You are holy and righteous, and you cannot tolerate sin, please show them Your mercy, and Your love so that they can see that You are not a God of anger, but a God of mercy and that You are willing to forgive America for anyway that it has missed the mark or caused an abomination or a lie.  You rule over the nations in the world and anyone that needs Your help right now, please protect them and put Your hedges of protection around them, and I apply the Blood of Jesus over this nation.  Let us all come back to the Cross of Surrender,

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

Loving like Jesus Loves pt 2

For the people that didn’t see my first blog posting here is the link –

https://kingdomofgodservantv4.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/loving-like-jesus-loves-pt-1/

 

To recap – I briefly introduced a comparison of Jesus portraying love like it mentions in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and how we can incorporate those qualities in our life as a means of self-examination.

Now I will continue where I left off, and I pray that this blog posting will touch your hearts because I think it is an area we all need to grow in.

1 Corinthians 13:5-8

(Love) -it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

Love takes no account of the evil done to it or it pays no attention to a suffered wrong – It was very interesting that God challenged me in the same area that night I posted the last sermon.  I am not going to go into what happened, but it was a small thing, and my actions showed that I hadn’t yet learned what I was preaching through blog, but at least I was aware that this was an area where I was failing to meet God that night and I was able to ask for forgiveness in that area.  When I think about this passage, I think about two people in particular.  One is Jesus, who I mentioned before, and the other one is Paul.

Here is Paul in the Message translation talking about the woes of sufferings he had to endure from 2 Corinthians 11 –

3-27I’ve worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death’s door time after time. I’ve been flogged five times with the Jews’ thirty-nine lashes, beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I’ve been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day. In hard traveling year in and year out, I’ve had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I’ve been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I’ve known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather.

28-29And that’s not the half of it, when you throw in the daily pressures and anxieties of all the churches. When someone gets to the end of his rope, I feel the desperation in my bones. When someone is duped into sin, an angry fire burns in my gut.

How many of us can say we even have been through all that and Paul’s anger was not against those other people, but he was angry that still people would not believe the reason why he was sent.

But no one takes the place of Jesus, and what He went through for us.  We get a traffic ticket – we blame the cop.  We get into an accident we blame the other driver.  Imagine all those women that are being raped and abused everyday and the torture that they have had to go through and if it weren’t for people like Joyce Meyer and Paula White showing them that through Christ we can learn to forgive to that level.  To pay no attention means to not even consider it.  That’s why in Romans 8 it says, “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is about to be revealed in us.”

Love does not rejoice in injustice or unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail:  God is a God of Justice.  When people were looking at the Casey Anthony trial, there were varying opinions and people were taking side, and the news was spreading like wildfire.   People were looking for justice to prevail. You may ask, “how can God take sides?”  That’s a part of our limited understanding of God that we can comprehend with our minds, but as children of God, we are His favorite ones, so He will always take the side of the favorite one, but we have to have compassion on the other people as well, and pray for God to give them grace, and a second chance because we too were once sinners, yet He died for them as well.  When Barabas was chosen instead of Jesus, the world made it’s choice, and it was the last chance and the final call for the Jews to come to repentance, but because they didn’t and God knew they wouldn’t Jesus was laid up on the Cross be a slaughtered lamb for the sacrifice.  He did it out of His mercy and Grace and for the sake of Justice to see that all the wrongs would be made right.

Sometimes Christians see things happening around them to wicked people and they think, “Oh they deserved that.”  It’s sad to see that even in churches, there are Pastors who are sinning and we blame the media for picking on them and singling them out when in fact they were the ones sinning.  This was a topic discussed in one of our Bible studies.  The world has sort of twisted justice to take the form of social justice and civil rights to the extreme where they are trying to get unrighteousness to be justified.  Some of the things that they are doing and even if they are  Christian, only with a repentant spirit and realization of God’s jealous love for them, will be able to see what true righteousness and justice is all about.  God’s kind of justice and righteousness is different because is based on the truth, and that Truth is solely based on God’s Word and revelation of the Holy Spirit.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes:   We have it so easy in America and in developed countries, where we have luxuries at our disposal.  Even the internet is a click away.  We did not have to struggle the same way that the first century Church did, and maybe that’s why we’re not seeing the same kind of Revival and Power in the Church because people have settled for Microwave Christianity.  Just 30 seconds to 5 minutes and you’re done.  No more waiting for the stew to boil and wait on the Holy Spirit.  We are caught in a cycle of do, do, do, and less be still and know because we are so caught up in our jobs, and our daily ‘idols’ and ‘gods’ that we refuse to see God for who He truly is and what He has called us to do.  So if we have a headache, take some tylenol.  If we have physical pains take painkillers and go see the doctor.  We would rather go see the doctor then go see God, the Great Physician and Healer.  When Asa was diseased in His feet, and He did not seek the LORD.  Here’s the passage. I think it’s important we take a look at it.

11 Note that the acts of Asa, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 12 And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians.

Who is to say that if king Asa had sought the Lord in the time of His malady instead of turning to the physicians, then the Lord would have had mercy on him, and healed his feet?

So to get this verse to take it to another level and correlate it back to love.  How much are we willing to do for love?  How far are we willing to sacrifice for love?  Whether it be love for God or love for neighbor.  We find it easy to sacrifice when it comes to love for our self, but actually when we sacrifice out of love for others, it takes it to another level.

We are called to love no matter what the cost.  But are we doing that?  Are we loving no matter the cost?  I sometimes have this struggle that I want to show Agape for other people, but sometimes because of the physical limitations of my body, I feel that I am not equipped enough to handle whatever needs to be done, so in essence I stay in my comfort zone, and that’s a dangerous place to be in.  We are to go and get out of our comfort zones.   How many times have you tried to go to your neighbor or kids down the street and minister the gospel to them?  What have you gone out of your way to love someone and do something for them?

This love, love for God should bear up no matter what happens.  Let us all strive to reach that kind of love in our lives.

Love believes the best of every person- This is a very nice thing to know that Jesus believes the best out of us, and that He wants to see us succeed and prosper in all that we do, say, or think.  But are you pointing out other people’s flaws instead of looking at the best of them. I think this is a flaw of human nature, that people tend to look at other people and see what’s wrong with them, instead of believing the best of every person.  We should look at every person and think that they are a too good to be true story in progress.  Even when telemarketers call, do we have this kind of love, not to think that they are pushy, and unscrupulous and greedy, but actually to see the best in every person?   Anne Frank said, “I think basically people are really good, down at heart.”  Anne Frank was a young girl who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust and she wrote a diary of her life in The Secret Annex.  Most of us under terrible and abusive circumstances would refuse to believe the best of every person.  We would be bitter and resentful.  Some people might think that it is being naive, but actually it is the opposite.  The Bible says we are to be cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves.  This takes wisdom.

Love’s hopes are fadeless under all circumstances – This means that even if you don’t have what you desire right now, you still believe and hope in the Truth of God’s Word.  Hope is a desire or expectation for a certain thing to happen and it is supposed to be fadeless.  I actually have a funny story about my experiences with hope.  I sometimes go by the expression, hope for the best, and expect the worst, but that is a contradiction in terms based on the definition.  So sometimes I get on the scale, and I say, “I expect that I have gained weight, but I hope that I have lost weight.”  Then I get on the scale and then I lose weight and I am so “happy”.  Do you know what that was there?  That was false hope.  That was hope based on circumstances meaning that my happiness is dependent upon the weight on the scale.  True hope means that whatever goes on, whether my weight goes up or down, I will not lose my joy.  Joy is not dependent upon circumstances.  Circumstances means things going on around you that you have little or no control over.  As Christians we have hope in our salvation, and this means no matter what happens we don’t lose that hope.  Hope also means to trust or to anticipate.  We are to trust Jesus and anticipate good things for our lives.  That’s why God says His plans for you are not to harm you, but to prosper you, but to give you a future and a hope.

Love endures everything [without weakening] – This one really got to me.  Try lifting a 200 pound weight without weakening.  Tall order right?  Well spiritually we are supposed to be athletes and soldiers and we are supposed to endure without weakening.  Hebrews 12:11 has a good verse on the subject, “No discipline is joyful, but is grievous and painful, but in the end produces peacable fruits of righteousness to those that have been trained by it.”  When you discipline yourself it is like you are chastening yourself, but that produces righteousness after successive trials, of going through obstacles.  Soldiers have to go through tremendous and vigorous training and that makes them stronger, and stronger to the point that even the weak one becomes strong.  A team is only as strong as it’s weakest player so as the Body of Christ, we should be strong enough to endure whatever comes our way.  The Bible calls us to pray that we be able to endure the time of trouble, so that we can be strong in that day.  Jesus says whoever endures to the end (endures in His faith), will be saved.  It means not giving up, even when things are hard and difficult, even when obstacles come your way.  There is so much God has in store for us, if we could only open our eyes and see.

8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]- This is the best one.  The best way not to fail God and to fail His tests is to be consistently acting out of the fiery passion of Agape love that God has for us and for His people.  The reason why this kind of Agape Love, never comes to an end, is because it is carried to eternity.  In the rest of the passage in 1 Corinthians 13 it says that you can prophecy, speak in tongues, but you don’t have love then you are nothing but a sounding brass and clanging cymbal.   This kind of love covers a multitude of sins, and if you have this kind of love then you can fulfill the law because the law was made as an expression of love and Jesus nullifed the law through His work on the Cross.  When you love someone you cannot sin against them, and when you love God you cannot sin against Him.  When you love yourself, you will be able to receive the love that God has for you and take it to the next level and desire to become holy like Him because His grace cleanses you of all unrighteousness.

This is my prayer that all of us desire, yearn, and seek for, and strive after and go for and pursue this kind of love:

Many waters cannot quench love,

Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.

Heavenly Father,

Stir up in us the passion, the love, the zeal, the fervor, for your kind of love so we can reach the nations.  Take us out of ourselves and our own comfort zones and let us live out daily for the love transformation in our lives.  Change our hearts, and make us hungry for Your Word, Spirit, and Power to be made manifest in our lives and the loves of others.  Let us be like living vessels without any bitterness and let us live out the calling of 1 Corinthians 13.  Lord, teach us and guide us with Your Holy Spirit how to live out the daily lives each day.  Show us what we are supposed to do.  Lord God, Thank You for being the Lover of our Souls.  Forgive us if we fallen away or drifted away from your love and awaken the love.  Awaken the love in all of us.  Stir it up Lord.  I seal this prayer with the Blood of Jesus as you help each of us this day and everyday.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.