Tag Archive | Love

Influenced

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 NASB

God’s creation, people, are created in the image of a perfect God. But the rulers, the power of darkness that influences the wickedness of this fallen world rule without God’s influence.

When you look at people, do you see God’s creation and desire that they experience the Almighty God and His salvation? Or do you look and see only the wickedness and influence of a fallen world? People need Jesus.

I was speaking to a Christian sister yesterday about this verse. I was explaining that I had never looked at it from the perspective of people being God’s creation and the war is not with God’s creation but with the forces of darkness working in the sinful person, still a creation of His. She then shared this with me. . .

When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples,  He washed the feet of ALL 12 of them. This included Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus. The one Jesus knew would betray Him.

Wow! Can we look at mankind and separate the creation from the forces of evil working in that person?
Do we love God’s creation enough to share the gospel that they may be made new and whole under the influence of a Holy God? Or do we look at the evil and shy away from speaking truth that can change the life of a God created being?

🌹Are we willing to share the gospel of Jesus Christ for the benefit of those walking in darkness?

Thank you Rhonda W. for your insights and influence.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Call Him

I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalms 116:1‭-‬2 NASB

I love the Lord.  .  . Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

God is listening. He has inclined His ear. He wants to hear from you. He wants to hear your supplications (humble prayer, earnest request of one in authority).

He, God, who has authority over all creation, all things. Take your hurts, your struggles, your pain, your anguish, your fears, your uncertainties, your lack of faith, your questions, everything to Him. He is life. He is the way. He is the truth. God will not steer you wrong.

🌹God is the wisdom you need. Call upon Him today. He is waiting.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

No Greater Relationship

I said to the Lord , “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides You.”  Psalm 16:2

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ,
Philippians 3:8 NASB

Nothing better than a personal, intimate love relationship with Jesus Christ! He is all we need.

🌹 Is Jesus your everything?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Pray for Who?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 
so that you may prove yourselves to be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 
Matthew 5:43‭-‬45 NASB

🌹Now more than ever, let us pray for our enemies. Pray for those who oppose God’s will, His way.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Faithful God

Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His faithfulness to a thousand generations for those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB

but showing favor (faithfulness) to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Deuteronomy 5:10 NASB

🌹 Does the knowledge of the faithful God move your heart to love and obedience to Him?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Friend Of Jesus

You are My friends if you do what I command you.
John 15:14 NASB

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you”.
John 15:12 NASB

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 NASB

Have you experienced the love of God? His love for you is so great that He, Jesus, left the glory of heaven, emptied Himself by becoming a bond-servant. He humbled Himself by allowing the world He created to nail Him to a cross where He died. His human body beaten. Spit on and despised by the very creation He created. Even in this victory over death many are still trying to nail Him to the cross.

He laid down His life so that we could experience sweet fellowship with Him. That abundant love and fellowship we experience with Jesus is to overflow to others. Just like Jesus. He commands it.

🌹Are you a friend of Jesus?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Abide in My Love

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
John 15:9 NASB

How do we abide in His love?

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
John 15:10 NASB

🌹To know His commandments, you must read His word. To do as Jesus did, you must read the word. Are you reading the Holy Bible under the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Love Life

And a lawyer stood up and put Him (Jesus) to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
Luke 10:25‭-‬28 NASB

🌹 How is your love life?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Church – Keeping the Unity

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.     Ephesians 4:15‭-‬16 NASB

Jesus must be made the head of the body, the Church, for unity to be accomplished. He places each part (person) of the body in the church and He “causes the growth for the building up of itself in love”. We individually must surrender to the Lordship of Christ and be obedient to His commands (the Word of God, Bible).

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:25 NASB

Neighbor: members of the church and accountable for and to one another.

be angry, and yet do not sin ; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Ephesians 4:26‭-‬27 NASB

Remember that the devil is seeking whom he may devour and if he can destroy a church he will. Let us not give him the opportunity.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29‭ NASB

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Ephesians 4:31 NASB

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32 NASB

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 NASB

from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.    Ephesians 3:15‭-‬19 NASB

🌹O the blessings, the “riches of His glory”, “strengthened with power through His Holy Spirit”, the dwelling of Christ in the heart! By this and our obedience we comprehend with all the saints the abounding, overflowing, tremendous love of God and are filled to the fullness of God.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Church

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.            Acts 2:42 NASB

Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.               Acts 2:43‭-‬47 NASB

[  ] They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

[  ] And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;

[  ] sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

[  ] Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple,

[  ] breaking bread from house to house,

[  ] they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,

[  ] praising God

[  ] having favor with all the people.

🌹 Is this what the church looks like today? Are we the Family of God? Are we one body, the Body of Christ? Is this why salvation of souls is diminishing?

And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”      John 13:35 NASB

🌹 How can you make a difference?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon