The Love walk

Dear Friends,

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the law
and the Prophets.”

1John 4:8  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The love of God is powerful.  It is healing for us, it demonstrates Christ and it enables us
to live in harmony with others.  I have been on a love walk with God for quite sometime.
However, recently I have come into greater understanding of how important it is for us
to experience the love of the Father and how important it is for us to love others.

The world has a love deficit.  With all the turmoil and chaos we are watching in our hour
comes a loud message that our world does not know love.  The breakdown of the family
is one indicator amongst many others.  Our fleshly nature does not have the capability
to love ourselves well, let alone others.  Since God is love, His love is supernatural and
unconditional, which is “agape” love.

When we choose Jesus and accept salvation, the love of God is now deposited in our hearts.
With God’s love now dwelling in us, we can love Him, love others and love ourselves.  The love
of God is more than knowledge, it is to be experienced in our hearts.  When your heart is overflowing
with the love of God, you will be able to “Believe the best of every person” (AMP 1 Cor. 4:7).

It takes the supernatural love of God to love people beyond their behavior.  If the people who are
imprisoned, abandoned, thieves and our enemies never encounter the love of God, they will never be changed.  God’s love is the most powerful transformational agent on the face of the earth!  If we are critical, condescending and judgmental, who will we bring to heaven with us?  Our love may be someone
else’s only connection to Christ.

A couple years ago, the Lord spoke to me and said “Love at all cost.”

The love of God is rooted in intimacy.  If the enemy can steal this from us, and he tries
with distractions, we will lose our passion and our heart can become distant.  Intimacy is
alone time with the Lord.  It is a time of communion, prayer and listening.  It is a time for worship
and adoration.  It is glorious to spend time adoring our Lord with no petitions.  If we spend time
soaking, resting in His presence, our love tank will overflow.

If we walk this life full of the Love of our Father, we make room for others to encounter Jesus.
Often times the Lord has me hug people.  I cry with people.  He wants our arms to embrace
the brokenhearted revealing His love. He wants us to love others into freedom, and to love them
into His family.

Blessings

 

Weekly Word

Dear Friends,

I was a very busy stay at home mother.  I had three young children and my husband was an occupied family practice physician.  We both grew up in families with three children and had decided early on that we would have more or less than three kids because we did not like the “odd man out” in a threesome.  We were living in Vicenza, Italy at the time so we were far from home and far from receiving any help from grandparents or relatives.  The Lord spoke to me and said He wanted to give us another son.  We already had two girls and one boy, so this would certainly even things out.  But I recall wondering how I would manage with that many kids.  There are many mundane tasks and thankless jobs that go along with parenting.  However, my dependence on the Lord and His daily encouragement in my heart gave me the added strength I needed to stay in joy.  Not that there was continuous joy, but when I needed it He provided.   When my schedule was really full, I decided I would wake up every night from 2-3 in the morning to have my prayer and devotional time.  I’m sure that got a chuckle from heaven, for that plan didn’t even work once.  I tried multiple times before I realized God was not asking me to do that.

From the moment each of my children were born, they were loved unconditionally.  They did not have to work for my love and did not have to earn it or perform for it.  We disciplined our kids in love.  They are a part of our family and we love each one of them no matter  what, through thick and thin.  It takes the wisdom of God to know how to handle situations they find themselves in, but we tried to follow God’s manual as best we could.  They are all uniquely made and have their very own contribution to better society as they follow the Lord.  My husband and I celebrate their differences, their abilities, talents and natural gifts.  We have no favorites, they are all our favorites.

This is exactly how our Heavenly Father feels towards us.  We are all His favorites.  We have been adopted  into His family, and all that He has belongs to us.  He loves us unconditionally which is what the Greek word “Agape” love means. He loved us from the moment of our conception and is still loving us today.  There is nothing we can do for Him to love us more.  The Bible says there is nothing that will separate us from his love.  Romans 8:35  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”  John 15:9 says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Abide in My love.”  God’s love is there for us, in every occasion.

How do we receive His love and walk in it everyday?  How do we experience His love rather than hear or read about it?  There are multiple ways for people to experience God’s love and have what I call love encounters.  For me personally, this is what I do.  This is not a formula.  People can experience God’s love in worship and this happens for me.  I simply adore Him,  expressing my love to Jesus.  Once I begin my expression of love upward, the Lord comes down and fills my heart with His love and from there I go into surrender and repentance.  When His love immerses you, it is easy to lay your will down and pick His up.  Giving thanks to God is another way His love comes down.  It is magnificent to experience God’s love and offer our affections back to Him!  This is one experience of heaven on earth!

Blessings

 

nothing can separate us from Christ

One of my favorite passages in the Bible has to be Romans 8:37-39.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 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.”

Nothing can separate us from the love of God… nothing. Not your past, not your sin. Those things may be hurdles in your relationship but they will not make His pursuit for you any less furious.

Usually people give these verses little thought after having gleaned the obvious… that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

I would like to draw your attention to another equally important part of this passage… victory! Verse 37 uses the word “conquerors” or “overcomers,” and draws a correlation between conquering and Christ’s love. You are not only victorious, but even more than that through His love.

If you take a short time to connect the dots here you find that not only are we constantly surrounded by His love, but nothing can separate us from Victory either. We have His love at all times. We have victory through that love at all times. Chapter 8, verse 31 of Romans says “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

When you find yourself fighting an uphill battle I would encourage you to stand on these verses as a foundation of faith and proclaim victory over your circumstances.