Love

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;a but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8Prophecy and speaking in unknown languagesb and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.c All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

The Righteous Will Flourish & Shine

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
Psalm 92:12 (NIV)

This reminded me of a verse that has been on my heart this week …

The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18 (NLT)

This sort of encouragement is always the best. Purposeful. Fulfilling, and Clear.

Psalm 92
(NLT) continues to describe the godly or righteous.
12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
13 For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God.
14Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
they will remain vital and green.
15They will declare, “The LORD is just!
He is my rock!
There is no evil in him!”

Flourish. Grow. Be fruitful…at every age! Vital and green!
I am feeling this way now! I believe it for all of my future!
I am excited!

May you experience this too! Let us stay in the house of the Lord…in His presence!!!

Service

There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.
1 Corinthians 12:5

This marks a change of season for me. The last few days were about maturing… listening to God, and being obedient. Being silent through transition yet expecting to move from the place of difficulty or pain, to that of abundance!

This verse reminds me of the fact that it is not necessarily what we do, if our hearts are in the right place. If our hearts are after God, then we will choose what He has for us. We will consistently choose Him! And we must train ourselves in this, to be obedient, and to choose well!

The PerspectiVerse comes from a chapter discussing spiritual gifts. These verses are so important in regards to these things. Check it Out!!

1Now, dear brothers and sisters,a regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

4There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

7A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise adviceb; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.c

And so on it goes…

This makes me think of all the aspects of the Holy Spirit…of God. We cannot know everything there is to know about God … but we get glimpses…here and there, through other people who are made in the image of God.(Genesis 9:6).

The key here, in my opinion, is to be aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing, and not to worry so much about HOW God is moving, but rather, to be aware of WHAT He is getting across. Each gift has a different purpose and is used as a different tool to paint the picture that He wants us to see. Let us have open ears to hear, and eyes to see (Luke 14:35) – this verse actually speaks of flavorless salt being useless, in the NLT version. Let us be full of flavor, and purpose, and understanding. Amen!

Hope and a Future

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 
Jeremiah 29:11-13(NLT)

Such encouragement.
Look for God wholeheartedly and you will find Him.

He knows the plans He has for you. Seek Him.
His plans are very good and not for disaster. You need not worry, trust Him.
His plans are to give you a future and a hope. Have faith.

Be strong and courageous...and if you need a reminder…click here. 🙂

Hope!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Overflowing hope. Imagine. When you have it, it is amazing!!! If you don’t it can seem so elusive.
Hope.
Joy and Peace will (if you are not experiencing this…you need to check your walk with Christ 🙂 ) fill us … as we trust (have faith) in Him. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

Wow. Faith requires hope. Hope in Christ. Hope in God. Hope for things that we cannot see … and it is the confidence and assurance about those things we hope for.

Hope is a feeling maybe like rising up in a hot air balloon, rising up over all the things of this world, all the things going on below. And looking out over them towards the horizon…the horizon of things promised or hoped for. The dreams that we hide in our hearts…or the goals and plans we strive towards. When we are in this place, of hope, the worries of this world fade and drift by, making space in our view (or perspective) for the things we desire to come towards us. Maybe it’s a time with our grandchildren, maybe it’s a business accomplishment .. usually it is many things.

Let us HOPE More!

We can rise above the things in this world…think on higher things (Colossians 3:2) and move forward!

God bless!

God. Most Almighty.

For I have sworn by my own name,” says the LORD …
Jeremiah 49:13a (NLT)

How to explain this…

A little context perhaps?

12And this is what the LORD says: “If the innocent must suffer, how much more must you! You will not go unpunished! You must drink this cup of judgment! 13For I have sworn by my own name,” says the LORD, “that Bozrah will become an object of horror and a heap of ruins; it will be mocked and cursed. All its towns and villages will be desolate forever.”

This verse always reminds me of the Greatness of God. Wow. He is no little .. His words are so powerful.Who He is. Wow.

If God swears by His own name that you are cursed… my goodness! There is no question. You are in big trouble.

But if He blesses you, then oh my goodness…you must be in good hands!!!

Be strong and courageous! seems to be the season! 🙂 Did you need a reminder: be strong and courageous!

God is with us!! Make sure to stay obedient and aligned with His will. 🙂

Did You Need The Reminder: Be Strong And Courageous!

“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side!
2 Chronicles 32:7 (NLT)

Wow. Yesterday I wrote on this same concept, except it was taken from Joshua 1:9 (See Blog Post: Be Strong and Courageous!)

This time, the verse is as an encouragement that God who is on our side, is far greater than the enemy’s army that we are seeing coming towards us!

An encouragement not to feel dismayed, or fearful. But rather a reminder of whose we are, and on whose side we are. God reigns! Have no fear! The battle is already won! Take your God’s side, and be strong and courageous! 🙂 You are on the winning side!!

Thank you, God, for Your endless mercies. For Your peace that guides us and covers us. Thank you that You never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you. We give glory to Your name!

My House Will. Will Yours?

But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:15b (NLT)

Previous to this verse (verses 14 and 15a) :

So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone. 15But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”

Wow. Choose today! Choose God! To Fear and Serve Him. Wholeheartedly. Serve the Lord alone.

But.. if you refuse  to .. then ? Who are you serving? What are you serving… ? Some other gods? What is YOUR god? Is it pride? Is it your will? Is it your friends or parents? Is it fear? Is it peer pressure?

Have you already chosen, and didn’t notice?

Take the reigns on your life! And I hope you choose God!

Choices are so important… and as with this one, they can direct or change the course of your life dramatically!!!

Faith In The Son of God

1 John 5
(NLT)

Faith in the Son of God

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christa has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.3Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

6And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the crossb—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.7So we have these three witnessesc8the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. 9Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. 10All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.

11And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

Conclusion

13I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

16If you see a Christian brother or sisterd sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. 17All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.

18We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

20And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God.e And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

21Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.f