Yes, God Loves You....

My bible reading for the past week was based on the book of Revelations....and in reading about the tribulations of the last days...my heart was frightened at all the dreadful events that will occur when God's judgment falls on earth...

In fear...I prayed to God that He would take my life before these events occur....for I wondered about my ability to withstand all the persecution that would be faced by God's people as revealed to John,author of the book... (Rev 12:17,13:7-10)

Saturday evening I purchased Hillsongs' dvd ..."This is our God"...and my favourite gospel choir..."Joyous Celebration 11"...and spent the evening watching these.

What amazed me about both these dvd's, was that, both concerts were totally sold out with great multitudes of worshippers,(esp. Hillsongs)...and John's words in Revelation 7:9 - 10 came alive...this is what he wrote:"After this, I looked and there was an enormous crowd - no one could count all the people! They were from every race, tribe, nation and language, and they stood in front of the throne and of the Lamb, dressed in white robes holding palm branches in their hands. They called out in a loud voice "Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb".

....I mused over these words as i watched the enormous crowd at Hillsong's concert and was overwhelmed by God's love for mankind....then to remembrance, came the words of Romans 8:35 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ...this question pronounced by fears about the last days - where will God's love be for His people who will be persecuted and what is it that will enable these Christians, hold on to God in the midst of the terrifying occurences???!!! and the answer was laid out by Paul, 2 verses away when he proclaimed...Roman 8:38 - 39 "...For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You see, God's love for man remains constant....God is not capable of hating any human being...no! He loves us all...that's why every race, every tribe, nation and language was found in the enormous crowd in Rev 7:9....God LOVES ALL people...when I say All...i mean all...not just Christians....ALL PEOPLE...it doesn't matter who, what, why....HE just LOVES US ALL!!

I see your brow raised...doubtingly....and you may say...am wrong (slang for evil)! am atheist! am this! am that!....doesn't matter, as a person God loves you! what God hates are the sins we commit when we go against His will....(but this is not the subject here)....

We need to clearly separate the "person" from the "act"...the "person" - God always loves....the "act"- when it fits His will - God approves, when its against His will - God disapproves....

Here are a few scriptures that prove this claim:

"How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings." Psalm 36: 7

"But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us". Romans 5: 8

"But God--so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us." Ephesians 2: 4

"[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!" Ephesians 3: 19

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4 : 10 -12.

What am trying to say in many words is this : God loves you, God loves us as people separate from our acts.....the most we can do is Love Him Back.

Below are the lyrics to the "desert song" that really floored me - from Hillsongs' This is our God ( get a copy and listen to the song/ the story behind the song.)

Desert Song :

VERSE 1:

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

VERSE 2:

This is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

CHORUS:

I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

VERSE 3:

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

BRIDGE:

All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

VERSE 4:

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow


Because of His Love, W.

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FIREPROOF Part.... 3

You need to read earlier posts...Fireproof and Fireproof part 2 to follow this post.....


The Love Dare 40 - Day Devotional (Cont'd...)

21. Make time to pray and read your bible today. Isaiah 58:11 (God's word brings light...and in prayer, you find rest for your soul)

22. Choose to be committed to love, even if your spouse has lost most of their interest in receiving it. Hosea 2 : 20 (its hard...un - fulfilling...even still, make the choice)

23. Remove anything that is hindering your relationship, stealing your affections and turning your heart away from your spouse. I Corinthians 13 :7 (this is personal, you know best what he/ she complains about as relates your actions, deeds....etc)

24.Identify every object of lust in your life and remove it. John 2:17 ( pornography, greed...women....men...love for loads of money...food....whatever!)

25.If there is anything you haven't forgiven in your spouse, forgive it today. 2 Corinthians 2 : 10 ( for love covers a multitude of sins...and forgiveness brings release....)

26. Ask for God's forgiveness for your areas of wrongdoing, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Romans 2:1 (have the habit of confessing your wrong doings to each other....and the urge to do wrong will shy away...)

27. Think of one area where your spouse has told you, you're expecting too much, and tell them you are sorry for being so hard on them about it. Psalms 25: 20
(...sometimes our expectations are simply impossible....especially when we seek human love to fill the place of God's love in our hearts....can never happen...there is a void in every heart that can only find satisfaction/ fullness from God's love alone...)

28. Purpose to do what you can to meet the greatest need in your spouse's life right now. 1 John 3:16 (....go out and do it to the measure you can...)

29. Before you see your spouse again today, pray for them by name and for their needs. Ephesians 6:7 (Prayer changes things)

30. Ask the Lord to reveal anything in your own heart that is threatening oneness with your spouse and, if appropriate, discuss it openly and seek God for unity. John 17:11 (God says...'come, lets reason together...)

That makes the next 10 of the love dares....30 in total now....i shall post the last 10, ten days from now....

A most frequent prayer request among singles is the prayer for a spouse....and for some...its a desperate cry...a deep longing of the heart. Thus for those of you blessed by the Lord with spouses....guard your gift...guard your blessing....guard your relationships...marital, familial, and friendships.

God bless.

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The Lord Will Return

2 Peter 3 - The BIBLE.

The Lord Will Return

My dear friends, this is the second letter I have written to encourage you to do some honest thinking. I don't want you to forget what God's prophets said would happen. You must never forget what the holy prophets taught in the past. And you must remember what the apostles told you our Lord and Savior has commanded us to do.

But first you must realize that in the last days some people won't think about anything except their own selfish desires. They will make fun of you and say, "Didn't your Lord promise to come back? Yet the first leaders have already died, and the world hasn't changed a bit."

They will say this because they want to forget that long ago the heavens and the earth were made at God's command. The earth came out of water and was made from water.Later it was destroyed by the waters of a mighty flood.But God has commanded the present heavens and earth to remain until the day of judgment. Then they will be set on fire, and ungodly people will be destroyed.

Dear friends, don't forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.The Lord isn't slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.

The day of the Lord's return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe.Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are.Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live.You should look forward to the day when God judges everyone, and you should try to make it come soon.On that day the heavens will be destroyed by fire, and everything else will melt in the heat.But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. We are really looking forward to that!

My friends, while you are waiting, you should make certain that the Lord finds you pure, spotless, and living at peace. Don't forget that the Lord is patient because he wants people to be saved. This is also what our dear friend Paul said when he wrote you with the wisdom that God had given him. Paul talks about these same things in all his letters, but part of what he says is hard to understand. Some ignorant and unsteady people even destroy themselves by twisting what he said. They do the same thing with other Scriptures too.

My dear friends, you have been warned ahead of time! So don't let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance.Let the wonderful kindness and the understanding that come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ help you to keep on growing.

Praise Jesus now and forever! Amen.

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Disease Called HURRY

Are You Speeding Up to End Your Life?


We live in a society where everyone is in a rush, from rushing through the morning traffic to rushing back home in the evening.... we are actually 'in a hurry to get through life'.

Dr. Gershon Lesser, a cardiologist at the University of Southern California, says, the "Hurry-up Disease" claims millions of victims. It is a "real pathological entity," that leads to a number of illnesses, including colds, flu and heart disease. People today are constantly on the rush: to and from work, eating, doing chores and even on vacations. "People in a constant state of rush are in a chronic chemical state of emergency," he says. "They're experiencing a 'rush' of adrenaline that overtaxes the cardiovascular system, placing ultimately a life-threatening strain on the heart." To avoid paying the price of a heart attack, which often occurs in middle age, he advises learning to relax, planning activities so that hurrying is unnecessary, concentrating efforts on real priorities and not being intimidated by matters left unfinished.

Time urgency impatience is what physicians call this chronic sense of time pressure, and it's become an epidemic. We log more hours at work and 40 percent of us drink three or more caffeinated beverages a day just to keep up the pace. That helps explain why more than half our adult population say they experience significant stress regularly and get less than the eight hours of sleep needed for good health and optimum performance.

It's our health that pays the price!

The habit of rushing develops the same way as everything else we do—it begins in our mind. Proverbs 23:7 says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. You and I will never enjoy the calm, unhurried lives that God intends for us to have until we learn to think in a calm and unhurried way. One thought pattern we need to avoid as much as possible is thinking I have to hurry. When we are rushing, we often make mistakes that end up costing us more time in the end than if we had remained calm. I like what Proverbs 21:5 says in The Message: Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.
I’ve found that the way my day begins sets the pace for the whole day. If I start the morning in a hurry, everything inside me goes into high gear, and I never seem to slow down or relax the rest of the day. On the other hand, if I slow down and enjoy my morning—spending time with God and not rushing to get dressed and out of the house—the whole day goes better.

The simple truth is our pace of living affects the quality of our lives, and God did not create you and me to rush around and live under pressure day after day. When we eat too fast, we don’t properly digest our food. When we rush through life, we don’t properly digest our experiences either. Our life is a gift from God, and He means for us to slow down and enjoy it!

You and I can always do what we are called to do, but we can’t do everything we would like to do. And we certainly can’t always do what other people expect us to do. We have limits! We need to know what our limits are and not be ashamed to admit we have them. God gives us the gifts, talents, energy and grace to do what He wants us to do. When we try to keep up with someone else, or rush around doing things God never asked us to do, it keeps us from being ourselves and enjoying life.

According to James Dobson, overcommitment is the number one killer of marriages. Satan is happy to keep us out of balance, trying to get us to do more than we should. God warns us of this in 1 Peter 5:8 saying, Be well balanced…for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring…seeking someone to… devour. I believe that the devil can’t devour just anyone. He has to find someone who is out of balance. When we don’t make conscious decisions to live within our limits, we become easy prey for the enemy.

Trying to decelerate in a hit-the-gas world isn't easy.

Here are some other slow-down strategies that will put time back on your side:

1.Set priorities. Make a conscious decision about what you consider important, and let your schedule (and your attitude) reflect your intentions. For example, if relationships and health are high on your list, turn off the TV to free up time to take walks with friends.

2.Do one thing at a time. When you multitask, it becomes impossible to concentrate, feel deeply or think clearly. "Doing two or more things at the same time splits our consciousness in two or more ways,"

3.Wake up right. "Set your alarm clock early, but don't get up when it rings,"…"Lie there a few minutes and practice the savoring response: Think about who and what is worth getting up for and the privilege of being awake in such a rushed yet wonderful world."

4.Listen to relaxing music. "Your body synchronizes to the rhythms around you". Look for music that's paced to a relaxed heart beat, about 60 beats per minute.

5.Resist road rage. "See every traffic jam as a meditation assignment’.

6.Cultivate patience. "Not everything can be accomplished through willpower,"... "Sometimes what we need is a bit of wait power."

If enough of us endeavour to become more tortoise-minded and less hare-brained, we might find that slow and steady does win the race. "The aim is to do everything at the right speed,"… "Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes in between."

Mahatma Gandhi: "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

Take time to smile back at your coffee...


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Precepts from:

•The Time of Your Life. How to Break Free from "Hurry Disease" in a World Wired for Health-Risking Speed by Carol Krucoff
•Slow Down & Enjoy Your Life by Joyce Meyer

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Fireproof.....Part 2

Continued…….FIREPROOF….The Love Dare 40 – Day Devotional


11. What need does your spouse have, that you could meet today? Example: Choose a gesture that says ‘’I love you’’ and do it with a smile. Ephesians 5: 28 (this is spouse specific….no suggestions)

12. Demonstrate love by willingly choosing to give in to an area of disagreement between you and spouse. Philippians 2:4 (…again personal….but I guess you know where you hard stances are…..erase the cross line)

13. Talk with your spouse about establishing healthy rules of engagement and resolve to abide by them when the next disagreement occurs. Mark 3:25 (…….get rid of the hand to the face…and bar… door slamming….etc)

14. Purposefully neglect an activity you normally do so you can spend quality time with your spouse. Ecclesiastes 9:9 (dudes - give up the sports channel more often…..and the ladies…....Oprah, Tyra ...whatever…..)

15. Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above routine. 1 Peter 3:7 (….you know your routine…aLtEr It)

16. Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage. 3 John 2 (……Prayer changes things)

17. Determine to guard your mate’s secret and pray for them. Proverbs 17:9

18. Prepare a special dinner at home and focus this time on getting to know your spouse better. Proverbs 3:13 (…………candle lit….soft music…..make it memorable……)

19. Ask God to show you where you stand with Him, and ask for the strength and grace to settle your eternal destination. 1 John 4:7 (…spend some quiet time with the Lord and reflect on your life….)

20. Dare to take God at his Word and trust Jesus Christ for salvation. Romans 5:6 (….Jesus is the way, the truth and the life….the satisfier of our soul)

That’s the next 10 dares for the next 10 days…as said in the last post….the ideal way to do the devotions is to do one dare per day…..again, please get the movie……

Look out for dares 21 – 30……after 10 days….

God’s best….

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FIREPROOF

……this past weekend was life transforming to say the least – Saturday evening, with a couple of friends…went to watch the highly advertised movie, FIREPROOF….starring Kirk Cameron (this guy is goooooodd!)…and on Sunday, at a friend’s celebration luncheon, got to watch a rather hilarious speaker called Rick talking on the subject…’’The Disease called HURRY’’.

FIREPROOF – this is a must watch for those who are currently married or intending to get married…are separated or even divorced….it is for those who want their relationships to hold until death, and only death to separate. The full title of the movie is ‘’FIREPROOF MY MARRIAGE’’. Its long since I watched a movie that made me laugh so hard and cry so hard….an emotional roller coaster…with its highs and lows…yet so real, so everyday experiences that we think little about….its almost like an out of body experience, where you watch your life in the eyes of others…if you are or have been in a relationship…you will so relate….and when the movie is over…and you so desire, you’ll also want to ‘FIREPROOF your marriage or relationships (and these not need be romantic only, applies also to family and platonic friendships that you desire to hold).

Storyline is about this guy – a firefighter with Albany Fire Station whose marriage is on the verge of breakdown…and his 40 day dare/ journey to reclaim his wife….(that’s all I’ll say….look, buy and or rent this movie…..buy would be the better option…you will need to watch it more than once!)

On our way out of the theatre, we were handed a sheet titled….

The Love Dare 40-Day Devotional.

1. Resolve to say nothing negative about your spouse today. Ephesians 4:2 (not even when they stick their fingers into your soup…..leave the toilet seat up…or do what really annoys you…bite your teeth)

2. Do at least one unexpected gesture to your spouse as an act of kindness. Ephesians 4:32 (key word here is ‘unexpected’….not what you should do but don’t….but what needs you to go out of your way to do….like comb her hair or shave his legs…(am kidding))

3. Buy your spouse something that says, ‘I was thinking about you today’’. Romans 12:10 (Do not be frugal…please… splash…or be creative)

4. Contact your spouse sometime during the day and ask how he or she is doing and if there is anything you could do for them. Psalms 139: 17-18 (anything means anything….)

5. Ask your spouse to tell you three things that cause him or her to be uncomfortable or irritated with you. You must do so without attacking them. Proverbs 27:14 (this in animation would be three slaps….but you do not raise your hand….just turn your cheek)

6. Choose to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. Proverbs 16:32 (Don’t whine….don’t raise your voice…don’t throw stuff….be humane – tough but do-able)

7. On a sheet of paper, write out positive things about your spouse. At some point during the day, pick a positive attribute from the list and thank your spouse for having the characteristic. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (May sound marshy….but those closest to us, are the ones we least compliment)

8. Share with your spouse how glad you are about a success he or she recently enjoyed. Song of Solomon 8:6 (You see the smile now….don’t you….)

9. Think of a way to greet your spouse today to reflect your love for them, and then do it with a smile and enthusiasm. 1 Peter 5:14 ( I’d appreciate a flip…ti he he)

10. Do something out of the ordinary today for your spouse. Romans 5:8 (carry her from the car to her office seat….polish his toe nails….or something not too crazy)

….that’s only the 1st 10, ideally…you should do each number on a different day…say day 1, do dare numbered one and so forth….I’ll share the remaining 30 dares in three batches, 10 days apart…words in brackets do not pre-empt the movie….but you need to watch the dares as played out by Kirk….and realize its not as easy as may seem….

For more info on the movie, visit www.fireproofmymarriage.com or google ‘’ FIREPROOF THE MOVIE’’

My prayer is that what God has and will join….remains joined!

My thoughts on the video ‘Disease called Hurry’….are still loading……I will be back.

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