Love As God Loves

The one who truly loves one’ self does not focus on breaking other people down, in order to uphold their own perceived authority. The only true authority that any one person has is that of which God has commanded, which is to love as God loves. That love does not change because of whom one perceives one self to be or the place one holds in life. There is only one true authority, one true love. This, the believer knows, the believer understands, the believer lives and the believer is made free.

John 8:33-47Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word. Whoever is from God hears the words of God.

Romans 13:1-14‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Psalm 91

Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honour them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.

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True Discipleship

It takes no time to know God’s truth. To believe God’s truth for the self takes a lifetime of journey. Every experience is a testimony for our belief in God. Life challenges us. It dares us to believe in what we can not see and pushes us ever forward into a cloud of unknowing. We can only respond in life to what is before us and if we are able to respond in truth and have faith in that truth, then we are free to accept the next challenge until in the end we are totally free.

…‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’  John 8:21-32

…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:9-21

…The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. Psalm 146

The True Reward of Faith

True positive reward is characterized by its longevity and ability to affect future generations. If there is anything that I should desire to pass on to future generations, it is my faith in God and his desire to prosper his steadfast love and favor within me. Every other relationship that I have whether it is with people, places or things is temporary, incomplete and imperfect. However, if I can reach the consciousness of my children to love God who’s love is everlasting, then my prosperity will be my children’s prosperity and subsequently passed on to my posterity. Ishmael was born out of Sarah’s lack of faith and yet because God is faithful, his promise to Abraham, of a great nation is extended to Ishmael. Sarah’s faith in the physical (Hagar’s younger child-bearing body) is imperfect but made perfect through Abraham’s faith in the spiritual. Today, through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob our true reward is the heritage of God’s faithfulness and steadfast love and favor made perfect through Jesus Christ. Have Faith Will Travel!

A true reward of faith; Abraham’s promise extended; Physical faith vs. Spiritual faith

Epiphany

Truth revealed is the moment at which some event or action appears in its true form or nature.  Epiphany is a truth revealed. It is something that we now understand, an enlightenment or revelation, which was once hidden or unclear. Epiphanies in relationships of any kind have one thing in common: freedom. The very moment that truth is revealed we have the freedom to make a choice, or to move in a direction we may have previously thought was not possible, physically and/or spiritually. Epiphanies give us the opportunity to be. We have many epiphanies in our relationships with one another, some small, others very significant. Yet, the revelation of Christ to the gentiles via Magi from the east is an epiphany of a different kind. While it still offers us the same freedom it adds the crucial element of unconditional love, something we don’t fully accept until we are ready to fully submit to it and subsequently work to create an environment within our selves to give it in return. The light that the Magi followed is the same light that we follow today, the one that leads to unconditional love given in the gift of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The question we have to ask of our selves is can we submit to and live out this epiphany or do we go back and submit to and live according to the “Herods” of the world. Now that the manifestation of Christ is revealed, the freedom to choose is ours. Arise and shine, for your light has come.

Revelation; Freedom ; Following the Light

That Which Defiles

Monday:

The first part is what we say. The second part is what people hear. Words are crucial and can leave lasting impressions. Jesus warns his disciples that what is in the heart, enters the mind. If what is in the heart is evil, hurtful, destructive or misleading then we risk saying evil, hurtful, destructive and misleading things.  If we say something we didn’t mean to say it is an opportunity to check the self. Are we who we say we are in Christ or are we merely perpetrating what is right based on our own rules?

Matthew 15:1-20 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Bread For Thought

Tuesday

Ecclesiastes 38:1-14 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new?”

History repeats itself. This is real in truth, much like the sun always rising, in lies, similar to the misconceptions we always seem to have about other people, and fashion, gotta love women’s shoes. How we respond to history is what changes. I never liked hot pants or daisy dukes, and still don’t particularly care for them today. On the other hand I do own a pair of “bell bottoms” while my nieces fashionably called them “flairs”. I have two children, seven years apart. Both put me through the same issues at every stage of life. It took me seven years, but no longer was I going to stress out about keeping their room clean. If used wisely, time has the ability to change our way of thinking. As things come and go and come again, we have an opportunity to change how we understand what’s happening and what, if anything, are we going to do about it. We learn to pick our battles and go on about the business of living life to its fullest extent based on how we understand what is important, versus what makes absolutely no sense at all. It’s never about what’s not important because everything is important to somebody just not necessarily to us. The question is “What in life is important?” Everything, including life itself fits into one of two categories; temporary or eternal. I believe 99 percent of everything fits into the first category, the things that come and go and come again. Only the spirit within fits into the second. Yet we spend a lot of time pursuing the things that are temporary, the things that come and go and come again. Is it any wonder that between chasing the likes of the sun, misconceptions, and the latest fashions, we often find our selves exhausted both physically and emotionally?