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LOVE IS FAITHFUL1

Words are so beautiful. I have always loved how we can piece together letters, to paint graphic pictures of people, concepts or circumstances.

To be faithful means to be reliable, loyal, worthy of trust, etc. The Bible tells us that God is love (1John4:8). This means that love is a person. And that’s God. It also means that God, your love, is reliable. He’s worthy of your trust. He’s a loyal lover; He’s committed to loving you to the very end. Because He’s faithful, He’s true to His Word. And His Word says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That’s something to hold unto, especially when life gets turbulent.

It’s my prayer that you will always remember that God, your love is ever faithful. Have a blessed day!

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4 Questions You Must Answer

There are 4 questions every believer needs to answer with all certainty and persuasion in order to be established in the facts of their righteousness and authority in Christ Jesus.

Apostle Paul posed these questions to the Roman believers:

Question #1– “If God is on our side, who can be against us?”

Absolutely no one!

Question #2– “Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?”

Absolutely no one!

Question #3– “Who then will condemn us?”

Absolutely no one!

Question #4-Who then can ever keep Christ’s love from us?”

Absolutely no one!

(Romans 8:31-35,Tlb)

Until you can answer these questions with all certainty and persuasion, you may have struggles with the facts of your righteousness and authority in Christ Jesus.

It’s my prayer that these powerful realities will settle in your heart and mind. In Jesus Name.

NO OTHER LOVE THAN GOD’S

There is no other love than that demonstrated by God through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross!

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (1John 3:16, NIV)

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

(1John 4:9-10, NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

(Romans 5:8, NIV)

No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.

(John 15:13, AMP)

Love Expels Fear!

 

No Fear

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. 1 John 4:18
Love is not our only emotional need, but it interfaces with all our other needs. We also need to feel secure, to have a healthy sense of self-worth, and to feel that our lives are significant. When two people choose to love each other, they also meet these needs. For example, if I know that my wife loves me, I feel secure in her presence.

The apostle John, who is known as “the disciple Jesus loved,” writes a lot about love in his letters to believers. He wrote, “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18, nkjv, nkjv). In our relationship with God, this means that when we know the Lord loves us and has saved us, we are no longer afraid of judgment. In a sense, we can face anything. Genuine love in a human relationship has some of the same effects. Why should I be afraid if I am loved?

If I feel loved by my wife, then I also feel good about myself. After all, if she loves me, I must be worth loving. Ultimately, it is discovering that God loves me that gives me my greatest sense of worth. But my wife is an agent of God’s love.

If my spouse loves me, I’m also more likely to feel that my life has significance. We want our lives to count for something; we want to make a difference in the world. When we give love to and receive love from our spouse, we are making a difference. We are enriching his or her life. This is what God called us to do—express his love in the world. Why not start at home?

Father, I want to make a difference—and I know I can start at home by loving my spouse. May my love be so strong and genuine that it changes the way he or she feels about life. May I always understand that my true worth comes because of your love.

-Gary Chapman, Love Language Devotional

LOVE CHOSE ME

LOVE CHOSE ME!

You chose me, over and above life.
You chose me, over and above majesty and splendor.

You chose me, when choosing me meant death.
You chose me, when choosing me meant a countenance marred beyond recognition.
You chose me, when it meant scorn and contempt and rejection.

You chose me and carried my sin, guilt and shame.
You chose me and carried my filth, and death.
You chose me and carried my pain, sickness and weakness.
You chose me and carried my failure and poverty.

You chose me and wouldn’t let go!
You wouldn’t let go, even in the face of God’s wrath.
You wouldn’t let go, even when God’s anger crushed you to pieces.
You wouldn’t let go, even when the Cross was the only option.
You wouldn’t let go, even when Your hands took the Roman nails.
You wouldn’t let go, even when Father God turned His back on You.

In that darkness, You still held on.
In those indescribable pains, You still held on.
In Your dereliction, You still held on.
In Your soul travail, You still held on.
In Your passion and throes of death and hell, You eternally held on.
You never let go of me!

You cherished the more.
You adored the more.
You gave the more until You gave up Your very last breath.
And there was nothing left,
All was consumed, except Your crazy and impossible-to-describe love for me.

Now I stand and challenge the whole creation:
What’s strong enough to separate me from Christ’s furious love for me?
Can death and life?
No, death and life can’t.
Can angels and demons?
No, angels and demons are no match.
Can my fears and worries?
No, fears and worries are too fleeting.
Can all the powers of hell?
Haha. No, all the powers of hell are too weak to put up a fight, ever again.
Can Satan’s accusations and condemnation?
No, no, Satan’s accusations aren’t even heard.

So what can separate me from God’s undying love for me?
No power in the heavens above.
No power in the earth here.
No power in hell below.
No power, not even in the world that’s to come.

This then is my conclusion:
Nothing – absolutely nothing in all creation; nothing in this present world; nothing in the world to come, will ever be able to separate YOU and ME from the unfathomable love of God, that’s revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Prince Najime

FIERCE LOVE!

 

GOD LOVES YOU WITH A FIERCE LOVE
She came home to a burning house, with neighbours making frantic efforts to put out the fire. Her heart skipped a bit, and her mother’s instinct instantly came alive. Her baby was still in the building, and she must save her life. Her neighbours tried to restrain her, but could not; She kicked, slapped and bite. She must do all she could to reach her baby and rescue her from eminent death. She was not afraid of the fire. She scorned the scorching heat and made her way through the choking smoke, to reach her baby. The mother took her baby who was sound, wrapped her in a blanket, and headed for the door. And when she finally emerged out of the fire, gasping for air, she was a wreck; she was burnt all over. Yet her scarred hands held tightly to her baby. The baby was safe; her mama protected her with her own boody.

In Zechariah 2:8, God spoke through the prophet to the Israelites, and now YOU. He said to them, and now says to YOU, “Whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.”

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.”

God calls YOU His most precious possession; the apple of His eye!
The apple of the eye is that fragile spherical inner part of the eye. And you know, when a stone is headed your direction, your hands instinctively go the eyes, to cover and protect them.
God loves you the same way, but only much much more. He wants to protect you, like a mother her child, but only much much more. He treasures you as His most precious possession. And He wants you to know it. He wants you to know just how much He cherishes and adores you. He loves you with a fierce love. And He wants to put His arms around you, to protect you, right in the midst of the “fires” of life.

Come home to His love!

“We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as though Christ himself were pleading with you, RECEIVE THE LOVE HE OFFERS YOU – be reconciled to God.”

(2Corinthians 5:20, TLb, emphasis mine)

Dear precious one, God loves you with a fierce love. He proved it through the radical gift of His Son, Jesus Christ on the Cross for you, that you might live. You are not about to turn your back on such great a love! Are you?

Kenneth Copeland’s Letter To Me

Kenneth Copeland sent this partner’s letter to me, because I am a partner with the Kenneth Copeland Ministries. It’s so reach that I wish to share it with you.

 

RECEIVE THE LOVE, BELIEVE THE LOVE PART TWO

Dear Partner,

In last month’s letter, we began by reading 1 John 4:16. Let’s look at it again:

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

We have known and believed THE LOVE that GOD has to us. The word translated know is the Greek wordginosko. It is not to know something by fact or from data of some kind. It is “to know, to understand, to perceive.” It is intimate knowledge. Every born-again believer knows Jesus the moment he or she accepts Him and confesses Him as Savior. We became one with Him. There are those who know about Jesus, have read books about Him and are very religious people. But they still do not KNOW Him.

Look at that next phrase: “GOD isLOVE.” He doesn’t have LOVE. HEIS LOVE. It’s one thing to know THE LOVE and another thing to believe THE LOVE. It’s one thing to know Jesus and be born again, and another thing to believe what He says. It’s one thing to know Him, and another thing entirely to trust Him and put His WORD first place and final authority in your life.

Let’s take a closer look at Ephesians 3:14-20:

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ,Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

The key verse in this entire passage of scripture is verse 17. The key phrase is “being rooted and grounded in LOVE.” Verses 18-19 depend on being rooted and grounded in LOVE. That was, you remember, the main problem in the church at Corinth. Let’s go to 1 Corinthians 3:1-3:

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Let’s look at the same verses in theAmplified Bible, Classic Edition:

However, brethren, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [unable to talk yet!]I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it],For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?

What was the problem? Why did the Apostle Paul have to teach the Corinthian believers as mere, unchanged men? They were not rooted and grounded in LOVE! That’s what led to the Apostle Paul’s writing of 1 Corinthians 13, the great LOVE chapter we talked about and acted on in last month’s letter.

We’re talking about knowing THE LOVE, right? Well, look at Ephesians 3:19: “…and to KNOWTHE LOVE.” It’s the same Greek word ginosko. Now let’s tie all this together.

The Apostle Paul prayed for the believers at Ephesus and for us:

“That he [the Father who is LOVE] would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit [who is LOVE] in the [your] inner man; that Christ [who is LOVE] may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in LOVE [who is GOD], may be able to comprehend [lay hold of, to understand] with allsaints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know [to have intimate knowledge of] THE LOVE of Christ [who is GOD], which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filledwith all the fulness of GOD [who is LOVE!]” (verses 16-19).

“Aw, Brother Copeland, you cain’t understand the breadth, length, depth and height of GOD.”

You can if God, who is LOVE, is the teacher!

He wants you to know everything about Him. He wants you and me to understand how HE who is LOVE thinks, how HE feels, what HE knows. HE’s our Father. We’re made in His image. Don’t you want to know more about Him? Oh, my dear Partner, I’m so hungry to know and understand more about Jesus—who He is, what He is—everything! He said, “Learn of me” (Matthew 11:29). Now we can understand more about the Apostle Paul’s heart when he said in Philippians 3:10: “That I may know[ginosko] him, and the power of his resurrection.”

That takes us right back to Ephesians 3:20:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

That power is in you right now. You received it when you were baptized with the Holy Spirit—the dynamis, miracle-working power! Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost anddynamis (Acts 10:38). Say this out loud: “GOD LOVES ME. HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME. HE IS MY LORD AND SAVIOR. I NOT ONLY KNOW HIS LOVE, I BELIEVE HIS LOVE. EVEN WHEN IT LOOKS AS THOUGH HE DOESN’T CARE, IBELIEVE. I KNOW HE LOVES AND CARES FOR ME! I RECEIVE THAT LOVE, NOW. I RECEIVE IT IN MY SPIRIT, IN MY MIND AND IN MY BODY! I RECEIVE IT SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY. I RECEIVE IT IN MY FAMILY AND SOCIAL LIFE. THAT LOVE NOW MAKES ME WHOLE!”

As you sow your BLESSING seed this month, you are sowing into the message you and I will be preaching and teaching in 2018: faith in His LOVE! Thank you so very much for praying for Gloria and me and for standing with us financially. This is the largest assignment I have received in years. Together, we can and we will do it. We love you very much and pray for you every day!

Love,

Ken

Antidote To Fear 1

The world today is plagued with fear. Fear of terror attacks. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of the future. Fear of heights. Fear of public speaking. Fear of failure. Fear of death. Fear of diseases. The list goes on and on. But the Good News is that fear has an antidote- the perfect love of God.

When we come to know and truly believe that God loves and cares about us affectionately, fear loses its grip on our heart. We no longer fear bad news nor live in dread of what may happen. We are no longer troubled about where our next meal will come from. Because we know that God will provide.

The Bible has this to say about the man/woman who believes in the love of God:

He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he us settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes.”  (Psalms112:7-8)

Rest in His love for you  today and enjoy unshakable security!