Obedience through love

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When a child begins to lie it is often a reaction from fear of the punishment for telling the truth. My grandmother used to tell me once I began to live with her, that if I told the truth about something I had done or said. That she may become upset but the consequences would be far harsher if I lied to her instead of telling the truth. The keyword is may, it took me a while to begin to trust her only because I had been abused in my previous home. However, after I began to step out and test the waters of what she was trying to teach me I found that most often the worst that I received was two weeks without watching television and or going outside to ride my bike or skate. If I lied to her the worst I received depending on what I had done was a spanking, not a whipping or [whooping]. My grandmother taught me to trust her and because of that trust in her and her promise I stopped lying to her and anyone else. My love for her became precious so when she closed her beautiful eyes for the final time it sent me into a tailspin.

CHRIST JESUS desires that our love for HIM become precious because we have grown to trust in HIM more and more because HIS promises to us are actually true. Nothing that HE said is shown to be a disvalue to us. And because we are learning day by day to trust in HIM more and more our love grows more in HIM. And we find that obeying what HE is directing us to do is not a difficult thing at all.

John 14:23 when we really and truly love CHRIST JESUS we will want to and we will keep and obey HIS Words. HIS teachings are priceless. So, when we hear people say that they love JESUS and yet they have not changed one morsel in their character and integrity, know that this person is lying because those who truly believe, depend, have faith, trust, and rely on CHRIST JESUS and HIS finished works at Calvery, they will obey HIM not Moses or anyone else over CHRIST JESUS.

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Love unconditionally

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Genuine love is unconditional. The way GOD loves us is Agape Love. Regardless of our rebellious nature, GOD will love us. Agape love/unconditional love shows honor, it causes us to want to be a help to those who dislike us for whatever reason, it causes us to show honor to people and especially our GOD. When we love as GOD loves we rejoice, are hopeful, we exhibit patience, we have a consistent prayer life, and though this is not the end we show hospitality towards others meeting their needs beginning with our brothers and sisters in CHRIST. Unconditional love is our foundation. We who belong to CHRIST JESUS operate in the gifts/fruit of the Holy Spirit of love.

Unfortunately, everyone does not understand just what love is. So allow me to explain this concept of love to you. Before GOD created anything in heaven or earth HE knew you and HE loved you. GOD knew that once HE begins to create that there would be rebellion found in the heart of one of HIS angels and that because of the pride found within his heart that HE would have to evict him and that the angel which was evicted along with his legion of followers will never receive HIS forgiveness.

GOD also knew that the prince of darkness would come into the Garden of Eden, that he would begin the process of causing the world to be sinful and that mankind would require a Savior and Deliverer from the clutches of sin and death.

Now, think about all the evil thoughts that you have had. GOD loves you. Think about all the rebellious actions you have done. GOD loves you. Think about all the evil words which you willingly threw out of you mouth in general conversations or to purposefully hurt another. GOD loves you. And, if I have forgotten to mention anything else but you can recall something which has been omitted, know this, that even through that. GOD loves you.

Love is not a feeling that we have for another and then all because something has gone awry we no longer love that person. For example, before I married my husband he was the best boyfriend I had. After we got married he turned into the monster that was well-conceived. I no longer loved him in the manner that I once thought that I had for him. After our divorce, I still love him we are parents and grandparents and we see one another from time to time. My love for him is still there but it is limited (friendship love). I desire only the best for him, it hurts me to find out that he is having health problems. And, I desire that JESUS will find him. However, the person that I am unconditionally in love with is far different than the love I had ever experienced with my former husband. This love that I share with him is a growing love and has seen us through some turbulent times (limited) as well as many (too many) incredible days, weeks, months and decades. Each day I look forward to what we will share with one another today.

And, yet, GOD’s love for us is deeper and wider. Face it none of us ever woke up with GOD being the first person on our mind. For some, GOD never enters their thoughts and for others, HE may cross our minds for a moment. But at that moment do we glorify HIM, do we praise HIM, do we exalt HIM, do we thank HIM, do we thank HIM for loving us first and for giving us HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST?

We are consistently on the mind of the FATHER, the SON/CHRIST JESUS and HIS Holy Spirit.

Ok, let us recap the love that GOD has for you.

  • GOD loved you before you were ever created
  • GOD loved you regardless of all the things that you did, will do, have thought of and have said
  • GOD gave you HIS SON, CHRIST JESUS as the paid in full/propitiation/ransom/sacrifice for our sinful nature
  • GOD sets free and delivers all those who believe in HIS SON, CHRIST JESUS

Once we experience/know the love of GOD then we begin to love HIM as well as others.

1 John 4:10, 19

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The Characterization of a CHRISTian

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People are looking for authentic CHRISTians all over the world. They have heard about us, they have read about us but it seems as though we have become extinct. But we have not, we are here and we are as bold as lions and as gentle as doves.

It is rather easy to spot an authentic CHRISTian we are the ones who have a lifestyle of the following. Romans 12:9-13

  • We love sincerely from the inside out; people should be able to witness the sincere kindness, knowledge of CHRIST JESUS, love and purity, that we have for people due to the Holy Spirit being present within our life. Our purpose is to promote from a clean heart and a good conscience love and trust.
  • We hate all that is evil, not the people but the actions
  • We cling to anything that is good
  • We are devoted to the people of GOD; CHRIST JESUS clearly has given to HIS people a commandment which we must follow. We are to love one another in the same manner that HE loves us. We do not require to be reminded because we truly cannot help ourselves, we simply love unconditionally. We develop and exercise our brotherly love continually.
  • We are respectful towards one another; we pay all of our debts on time, we honor all positions of authority, (regardless of age). We are not selfish in our ambition or conceited or prideful. We are humble thinking of others better than we do ourselves. We honor even those that we do not agree with because everyone has a right to believe and think in a manner that is best for themselves. We will never bully our faith onto them.
  • We are not lazy
  • We rejoice because we are filled with joy and in times of conflict and trouble we are patient because we have hope and strong prayer life. We are filled with joy because our name is found in the Lamb’s book of life. When we pray we know that GOD will provide us with HIS help this is why we never give up. We are overcomers because we remain with endurance, we are patient and steadfast.
  • We are not stingy, we share what we have with the people of GOD when they are in need this is what being hospitable is about. Praying is encouraged and is wonderful but we also put our faith into action. We know that the LORD is our helper and we are not afraid of anything other people deem correct to do against us. Should, we invite people into our homes we will not complain about how they are in our homes. For every person, we show hospitality to we are actually showing the same to CHRIST JESUS.

2 Cor. 6:6; 1 Tim. 1:5; Jhn. 13:34; 1 Thess. 4:9; Heb. 13:1; 2 Ptr. 1:7; Rom. 13:7; Phil. 2:3; 1 Ptr. 2:17; Lk. 10:20, 18:1, 21:19; Heb. 13:6; 1 Ptr. 13:6; Matt. 25:35

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You decide

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I continually express to my daughter and her husband that telling children to “do as I say and not as I do” is not the proper way to teach anyone, especially our children. The proper way to teach is to “do as I do”. This principle works no matter where we are, it works in the schools, at our place of employment, while shopping and so forth. We may not see the results immediately, however, I guarantee you that the principle works. We are the ones who must decide to do what is right regardless of the outcome that we see. You would be surprised to find out that what we demonstrate to others is actually being demonstrated by them with others without our knowledge. Do not allow our opportunities to demonstrate our faith in CHRIST JESUS to pass us by. Whether it is showing by example how to be polite, offering a helping hand, speaking and smiling with others, or to take a stand in our no longer participating in affairs that we once enjoyed but no longer have a desire to be a part of. We do not have to preach a sermon. Just be clear and precise that you no longer want to participate and be done with it.

Nehemiah 4:6 Build up strong ethics for yourself with the help of CHRIST JESUS and HIS Holy Spirit. People are watching and taking notice. When people notice that we have a determination to live by the principles given to us by GOD, they will become attracted to that. People are never attracted by what we say permanently rather they are attracted to what they can see and if by what they see lines up with what we are saying, then and only then will it be retained permanently. People will want to spend time with us when they can see that our life is not hypocritical. So, to sum all of this up work with the determination in the Holy Spirit to reflect the character and the integrity which is a lifestyle, not a performance.

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Tired

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During our times of becoming or being emotionally and mentally tired, we often focus on how to revenge ourselves from those who come after us with evil intentions. This is not the proper way in how we should handle what looks like to many of our defeat. We should never ask our FATHER in the name of JESUS to bring about harm or to quote back to HIM this scripture, [vengeance is MINE, said the LORD].

Before the crucifixion of JESUS CHRIST, those prayers that we find in the Old Testament would have been sufficient. But after the crucifixion of JESUS CHRIST, they no longer are. During the time when JESUS CHRIST walked among HIS creations, mankind. JESUS spoke and taught about being loving even to those who will come against us.

Nehemiah 4:4 Our FATHER can see clearly that the loads that we are carrying because we have not taken them to HIM, has caused us to become mentally and physically weaken, that our strength is about to fail.

Our FATHER has mercy for us, we have HIS loving-kindness, we have HIS pity. HE is not blind, HE does not turn HIS head to keep from looking at us. HE is aware that some of us are filled up with the contempt and pride of others. They ridicule us because they are arrogant and prideful. The problem is that some of us are not aware of these facts. And because of our ignorance of these facts, we do not live our lives knowing that our FATHER provides us with HIS grace because we are afflicted and humble.

Ps. 123:3-4; Prov. 3:34

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Stop allowing fear to ruin your life

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Do not allow what people think or say to arouse discouragement, and fear within you. Calm yourself and be encouraged by GOD’s Word.

People want to see other people defeated because they themselves view themselves as being defeated. People hurt, abuse and attack at us when we tell or show them what we will like to accomplish. This is why it is important that we hear from the Holy Spirit who we are to connect with because those are the people who will be able to visualize the accomplishments before it is begun.

Nehemiah 4:2-4 When people attack it is a plot to throw us into confusion and off our course. This is why it is very important to have a relationship with our FATHER and listen to the instructions that HE will provide to us through HIS Holy Spirit which resides within us. When performing a task we may not witness how people will come and steal from us the things we require to accomplish our goals. We may not hear the whispers that are being said about us which are not in our favor. It is these things and many others that people who are operating from ignorance and jealousy will do just to see that others will not get ahead. But never allow anyone to see you sweat, those that are working with you will stand with you in prayer and our mission is not to ask that harm will come to those who oppose us but to forgive them and ask that they will cease in their efforts to destroy that which is to be done in the aid of helping others. Helping others can include but is not limited to sharing the beauty of the skills we have in providing beauty through art of all types, in feeding those who miss meals, in clothing those who have lack of clothing to help out with health care and so on.

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If they can do it so can you

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I am not one who is a huge fan of self-help books but I will not totally discount them either. My most treasured self-help book is the Bible. We all are gifted at something and most often we may not find out what our true talents are until we are introduced to a project and find out just how easy it comes to us. Or, find the challenge invigorating although we may experience frustration along the way. Do you know Nehemiah? Well if you do not allow me to introduce him to you.

Nehemiah was a Jew and his occupation was that of cupbearer. A cupbearer is one who is the attendant of a king or prince. who carries wine or other liquors to the guests at a feast; he is an officer of the kings household. Nehemiah had a tender heart for GOD and HIS laws. You may further read about Nehemiah in the book named after him in the Old Testament. But for now I just want to encourage those who find it difficult to continue or for that matter to, begin with a task.

All projects that we will like to begin or continue with are not easy just because some are. But that does not mean that we cannot accomplish our dreams, our goals, and our visions. Sometimes we experience difficulties or setbacks because we have grown too comfortable and no longer think that we still need to rely on GOD. Becoming discouraged or frustrated does not always mean that what we desire to do is wrong for us.

Take a wee look at the challenges and difficulties Nehemiah faced.

Nehemiah 4:1, 2:10, 19 Nehemiah faced anger, fury, and ridicule.

There are people who will purposefully prohibit us with delays because they do not want change especially if that change is positive and will help to bring about prosperity for those who lack that which the wealthy have. They will question that which we are setting out to accomplish with sarcasm openly to make us look foolish and to bring about doubt within ourselves.

Do not allow others to push you off course and if you have been pushed off then pick yourself up, dust yourself off and begin again. Get focused on what GOD desires for you specifically to accomplish. If you were meant to be a head-chef then you must not allow your employers to keep you down if you are employed in a restaurant, hospital, hotel or any other place where cooking food is done. People by nature have the actions of crabs, ever noticed how when crabs are in a barrel, box or pot how they pull others down trying to get ahead themselves? We have to stay focused, we must speak to GOD asking for help from the Holy Spirit and listen to do just what we have been instructed to do. And, we must learn to network with those who are where we are trying to go.

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