The Word reminds us in 1 Peter 5:7 that we don’t have to hold on to anxiety, worry, fear or any other care. We can give ALL that stuff to Jesus.
Another point I want to invite you to reflect on is that not only can you give your cares to Jesus, you can also cast your worry or anxiety about people onto to the Lord. Sometimes, we think being compassionate or caring is to be had or given at the expense of taking on someone elses worry, anxiety or concerns when it is not ours to deal with, we are invited to give even those cares to the Lord.
Spiritual Invitation: Let go of what never belonged to you in the first place and recieve (fully) what God has always had for you.
1 John 4:8 (AMP)
“He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.”
I wanted to take a moment and discuss love or more directly what could signify to the world and to other Christians in our home churches and around the world that ‘you love’? Before we proceed, in this discussion of love, I am NOT refering to the love we have for our biological families or the love we have for friends, girlfriends, boyfriends or spouses. I am refering to the love God gives us as His children and that same love Jesus told us that others will know us to be His.
Perhaps a few questions can get this discussion or thought process going. Is the love you give out only given to particular people? Is the love you express to others given only when it is convient or attached to getting something you want or think you should have? Is the love you give counterfeit/false in nature with no depth? Is the love you give based on how you see a
person or their appearance? If a person is homeless, without limbs, has an aids diagnoses, smelly, has mental health concerns, has problems with substance abuse or alcohol, is tall, short, big, fat, chubby, skinny, lanky etc., are you loving them as Jesus would love them?
In asking these questions, it’s not about condemnation of others or of self, it’s about self reflection and knowing how powerful love is even more powerful than fear. What do you think?
Scripture to ponder:
Romans 12:10 (KJV) [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Romans 13:10 (KJV) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.
1 Corinthians 8:3 (KJV) But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
2 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV) Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Galatians 5:13 (KJV) For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
I just wanted to praise God for His provision. I want to publically praise my Father because He loves me deeply. I want to praise my Father for thinking of me and giving me the gift of Jesus Christ and His finished work and the power of His resurrection which I have hope in eternally.
I bless the Father that He has closed and opened doors in my life. He has given me the best in everything. I praise my Father that His Holy Spirit dwells in me teaching me the truth about all things.
THANK YOU FATHER FOR YOUR LOVE THAT ENFOLDS ME; CONNECTS ME TO ALL THAT IS YOURS. I step into Your blessings, provision and the ministerial office You have given me trusting that You have equipped me well to serve my sisters and brothers joyfully.
I am blessed to be a blessing indeed.
During the holidays some people get into what I call a holiday droop. This droop starts with impatience, gloominess, urgency, selfishness etc. People begin to let their emotions, feelings, circumstances and thoughts rule their lives.
I invite all of you who have a hard time during the holidays to look to Jesus Christ and not to yourself. In Jesus we have everything! We have peace, love, understanding, self-control, a sound mind and power. Jesus is the reason for the season. Yielding to the teaching, guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit will always remind us of this truth.
ENJOY THE FREEDOM AND PEACE YOU HAVE IN JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.