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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Love seeks the best

Your willingness to lay down your life for another person is the the greatest expression of love that is possible. Jesus demonstrated this love towards mankind when even though man did not deserve it He willingly gave His life in mankind's place. 

You may never be asked to physically die for someone else like Jesus did. However on a daily basis there will be opportunities for you to lay aside your preferences and to give others the advantage because it means so much to them i.e. to resist the temptation to be selfish. This is what it means to walk in love. 

Friend are there areas of your life where you are prone to selfishness? You must examine those areas. Allow the Holy Spirit to assist you in overcoming the temptation to be selfish and express the God-kind of love by being selfless. You may need to go out of your way to help another person or to do something that is inconvenient to you but will be of great benefit to someone else. 

Learn to seek the good of others and not just yourself. This is what it means to walk in the God-kind of love. Have an exceptional day!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Love and success

Apostle Paul wrote in Rom 13:9, "...if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself". He was sharing the blueprint for success in abiding by the instructions and commandments of God.

The God-kind of love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth - 1 Cor 13:4-6. It always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres - 1 Cor 13:7. This is what it means to walk in and express the God-kind of love.

God has called us to a life of love - 1 John 4:7-11. When you walk in the God-kind of love towards others, you will not do anything that will harm them. Your desire will be to do good to them and not evil. You will not commit adultery, kill, steal, lie against another person, covet (have an evil desire) another person's property when you are walking in the God-kind of love.

According to 1 Cor 13:8, love never fails. If you stay committed to walking in the love of God you will not fail in abiding by the instructions and commandments of God.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

You are equipped to love

When Jesus was asked what is the most important commandment in the law that God gave Moses, He responded by saying, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind...You shall love your neighbor as yourself" - Matt 22:37-39. Jesus said that the law is summed up in these two commandments - Matt 22:40.

You see Jesus was essentially giving every believer the blueprint for a successful life. As a child of God if you live a life governed by the God-kind of love then you will walk according to the God's Word and expectations. In scripture this was likened to a debt: the only debt you are allowed to have forever is to love others - Rom 13:8.

Make a decision to love others in spite of who they are and what they have done. This is God's instruction for us. God Himself demonstrated this by giving His only Son at the time in order to redeem you and I. You are made in the image and likeness of God - Gen 1:26, and with the Holy Spirit on your inside you have the ability to love just as God loves - Rom 5:5.

No matter how many times you have been hurt you are called and equipped to rise up and love again. Arise and shine as you express the love of God. Have an exceptional day!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Greatest Love

Gal 5:6. Amp.
For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.

Love can be described as the catalyst of faith. It takes love for faith to be activated and expressed. You see it took a revelation of the love of God for you to have faith in Jesus. You had to believe that God loves you so much that He sent His only son to die in your place so that He could redeem you from the enemy's camp.

Once you dedicate your life to God it takes the revelation of the love of God to continually live by faith. You have the ability to love God because He loves you - Rom 5:5. All things work out for your good because you love God - Rom 8:28. You have faith in God's ability to make all things work out for your good because you know He loves you.

This is what it means to have faith activated by love. Since love never fails - 1 Cor 13:8 - therefore faith activated by love cannot fail. As you live by love-activated faith - Rom 1:17 - you will succeed irrespective of the current situations. Make a decision today to walk in love and then you will enjoy the manifestations of the Word of God in your life.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Love can never fail

Scripture lets us know that love has a 100% success rate - 1 Cor 13:8. In other words love never fails. It is not possible for love to fail. God demonstrated this to us by sending His son Jesus to die in our place and thus redeeming us from the enemy. All this while man was cut off from God. The moment that we identify with Jesus' sacrifice and victory we are restored unto God. It's the God-kind of love that makes this possible.

God succeeded in His plan to redeem man because it was driven by love. What are the challenging situations facing you? What have people said is impossible for you to accomplish? Are there relationships that seem difficult or irreparable? If you would only apply and walk in the love of God that situation will turn around.

Why? One of the reasons why there will be a turn around is because walking in the God-kind of love will cause you to make the right choices; choices that are not selfish but rather bring about the best outcome. Friend remember that no matter how things appear, love never fails.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

You can do it!

When you dedicated your life to Jesus and He became your Lord and Savior, God, the Holy Spirit came to dwell on your inside. According to 1 Jn 4:8 God is love. If God is love this means that love came to dwell on your inside. Therefore you have the capacity for the God-kind of love on your inside - Rom 5:5.

The God-kind of love is unconditional. God demonstrated this to us by paying the greatest price for our redemption - John 3:16 - even when we did not deserve it and were separated from Him. This kind of love is in spite of the other parties.

This is the kind of love that we have been called to express. You have what it takes by the Holy Spirit to walk in the God-kind of love.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It's time to excel in the love of God

There are many gifts that you may desire. These gifts of the spirit make a difference in the lives of people e.g. gifts of healing, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, etc. - 1 Cor 12:8-10,29-30. Yet scripture acknowledges that love is still the important foundation that is required.

You see the use of these gifts must be governed by the love of God. It is the love of God which causes compassion to rise in you for others. As a result of this compassion you are better able to utilize these gifts for the edification of others, and not for ulterior motives. This ultimately leads you to a life of excellence.

Friend desire to grow in your love walk so that you can fully and appropriately utilize the gifts of the spirit.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Let your light shine as you express the love of God

As a child of God, God expects you to love all those around you with the love of God and without discrimination. God does not expect you to select those whom you choose to love based on their race, background, economic status or how they look on the outside. Rather as a child of God He expects to love others in spite of their differences or commonalities with you.

Friend you are a representative of Jesus wherever you are. You are a light unto your world - Matt 5:14. People look up to you because of your status as a member of the Kingdom of God - Isa 60:1-2. You must set the standard by expressing the God-kind of love in every situation and towards everyone. Let your light shine before men - Matt 5:16 - as you walk in the love of God.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

You can love like God loves

When you identified with the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus you became born again; the nature of God was imputed into your spirit. As a result you now have the capacity to love; not just any kind of love but the God-kind of love - 1 Jn 4:7.

Your ability to love as God loves sets you apart from unbelievers. However your love walk will be tested constantly. These tests of your love walk are not meant to break or embarrass you. Rather as you practice your love walk through these situations you get better at expressing the God-kind of love.

Friend to be a child of God and to know God is to have the capacity to express the God-kind of love. Just as a child learns to walk you will need to learn how to develop your love walk. However be rest assured that you are not alone.

Renew your mind with the Word of God in the area of the God-kind of love and engage the Holy Spirit. Then use every opportunity to express the God-kind of love as an opportunity to develop in your love walk. Don't give up because with the Holy Spirit on your inside you will succeed.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

God's favor is always available

God demonstrated His grace towards you that when you were still estranged from Him He sent His son to die on your behalf in order to redeem you back from the enemy. Jesus did not just die in your place He bore all of your sins, sicknesses, poverty on Himself. He literally became your sins. It was as though He committed the sins even though He never sinned. This was not just a meaningless sacrifice; it was significant.

God looked around heaven, earth and the rest of the world. He could not find anyone else worthy to take your place. He needed someone without blemish whose blood had what it took to wipe out your past, present and future sins, and to redeem you back from your fallen state. Consider this: if God could do that while you were yet sinners imagine what He has set aside for you now that you are His children.

One of the definitions of the word grace is favor. God's favor in your life did not cease after you became born again. Rather it continues to be available for your advancement in life. You will rule and reign in life by the divine favor of God!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's time to enjoy the favor of God

God identified the Jews as His chosen people. As a result they enjoyed the favor of God. The favor of God caused them to experience an unprecedented wealth transfer - Ex 3:21. When it was time for them to leave captivity, after many years of slavery under the Egyptians, God instructed them to go and borrow all that they could from the Egyptians.

The Jews obeyed God's instructions. When they finally got to the Red Sea and crossed over to the other side they looked back and saw their captors chasing after them. Eventually the Red Sea reverted back and drowned the Egyptians. In that one scene every debt that the Jews owed was wiped out; there was no longer anyone to payback what they had borrowed. Those who had oppressed them for so long had perished.

Friend one key to enjoying God's favor is obeying His instructions. Daniel, Esther among many others obeyed God's instructions and enjoyed the favor of God. As you follow God's guidance completely there will be a manifestation of the favor of God. It's your time to be favored - Psa 102:13.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Favor, your supernatural ladder to promotion

The story of Joseph is illustrated in the Bible. In Gen 39:3, scripture refers to Potiphar's recognition that the Lord was with Joseph. It was because of the presence of God in Joseph's life that he enjoyed the divine favor of God - Gen 39:4. As a result of the manifestation of divine favor Joseph was elevated into the position as the overseer of Potiphar's house even though he was a slave!

Even after Joseph was incarcerated for a crime that he did not commit, the presence of God was still with him. Again the presence of God resulted in the manifestation of divine favor - Gen 39:21. As a result of the manifestation of divine favor Joseph was again promoted by the keeper of the prison, and all the prisoners were committed into Joseph's hand - Gen 39:22 - even though he was a prisoner!

Friend the divine favor of God will cause natural protocols and policies to be suspended on your behalf. The favor of God will cause men to favor you and this will result in your elevation and promotion. However it takes God's presence for His divine favor to be manifested. As a child of God in this era you have the presence of God abiding in you; the Holy Spirit dwells in you - 1 John 4:4. Expect the favor of God in every situation or location. Things will work out for you because of the presence of God.