Posts tagged ‘Agape’

Frist Fruits Sunday… Devotional – Performance Based Love

Ice PrincessPerformance Based Love

Praying for GOD to answer her prayers to serve HIM and give HIM all led HIM to have to do something drastic…. HE placed her in need ( intense desire of HIM) in order melt this very beautiful yet unproductive fortress!

I really used to  like the picture to the left and that spirit and I ( The Icy Princess ) had a long lived affinity for each other for too many years of my life.

She is beautiful but untouchable! The cold iciness of her demeanor offers a barrier between her and the world around her ( an icy fortress ).

Very little can get in or out of this crystallized existence!

Has the Ice Princess ever tried to lay claim to your soul?

Well today’s devotional is dedicated to that removal of that icy mask and all that is good that this iciness places a freeze on.

Isaiah 54:10

For the mountains may move
and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

I had a friend whom I loved dearly and since I loved her so and took every opportunity to show her; I intensely wanted the same in return. Inwardly I struggled with anger when she did not return my affection in the same measure ( actually no where close ).

I remember bringing my grievance to the LORD and pouring my heart out to HIM. When HE replied HIS response momentarily took my breath away. HE simply stated that my friend had the right to choose whom she loved. Not from an agape-love perspective but in terms of her personal preferences.

The warmth and truth of God’s love began to melt the Ice Princess syndrome that wanted to set it self up around my heart. You know that cool as a cucumber icy crunchiness, that I could give a flip about you air.

Lessons in love are not easy and they often come with a melting away of the flesh ( meaning ungodly mindsets and reasoning.

The fact of the matter is sometimes GOD works it out in such a way that we love other people more deeply and personally than they love us and we must learn not to punish them with coldness and icy stares  for having a different taste and preferences than our own.

Christ loves us much more than we love HIM, but does that stop HIM from being exactly what and who HE is?

In order to be true to myself in the instance above I had to just admit that I loved this woman deeply as a friend and that I would not with-hold my affection just because she did not respond in equal measured kind.

Love just is and it is not based on the performance of the object of love. We love because GOD placed it as a part of our very nature.

Intimacy ( warmth and closeness)  with GOD will cost me all of my iciness I don’t need anybody aloofness!

The warm breath of GOD’s love reverberates in the world on the just and the unjust because HE is love and mercy!!!

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John 3:16

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Christ Loves Us At Our Darkest

The Spiritual Emergency Room- Worship Wednesday Devotional

James 5:14 (NLT)

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

There comes a time in everybody’s life in which we come face to face with the fact that “if we had to pay for our spiritual health-care plan we would not be able to afford it!”

Why?

Because none of us has anything worth enough value to afford the Gifts of God.

Which brings me to why we are in need of Spiritual Health Care!

As I reflect on this matter ( The Holy Spirit is allowing me to see) clearly that often, when we teach and preach the Word of God we speak of sin from the perspective of those willfully sinning. That is, being enticed or tempted by situations, or people of a nun productive and destructive nature. But the key here is the person’s own ungodly desires getting the best of them.

However, we also deal with the presence of sin.

There are cases in which we are minding our own business “In The Lord”, looking and seeking only to glorify HIM and we find ourselves dealing with presence of sin in someone else either by physical, emotional or spiritual modalities.

In this case, I’m speaking of believer, firmly on his or her own spiritual path with our Lord could then find ourselves the victim of  an evil plot to come against our platform in which to minister.

In these type cases, the ministering person can quickly find themselves needing a Spiritual Transfusion, by means of a mad dash to go to God’s Spiritual Emergency Room!

In the SER ( Spiritual Emergency Room) we must first confess our sins known and unknown then medication is administered directly into our spiritual bodies through intercessory prayer, because in many cases sometimes we may be too weak to pray effectively for ourselves.

God sees intercessory prayer as one of the highest forms of prayer, because it is done in the spirit of Agape love and with sacrifice.

Intercessory prayer teeming with love acts as “milk” and is fastest and most easily assimilated.

So, the milk of the Word is… God’s unearned unconditional love!

Nothing or no-one can heal without HIS ( Jesus Christ) love.

This reminds us that the “gift” of Salvation is free because it is steeped in God’s heart filled love. It is this heart that devised the plan and method by which all men, women and children would be saved!!!!!!!!!!!

Why would sophisticated spiritual heavy weights need to hear these basic doctrinal things at least quarterly?

To continue to grow we need to move deeper into the ripeness and richness of God’s fruit of love.

That means first we need to take more of HIS love into our own souls ( not necessarily more advanced doctrinal information) then we will be in a position to better do whatever God has called us to do, with whatever our skill level happens to be on the behalf of others.

If you think I’m over playing this remember people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care:-)

Luke 4:39 (NLT) Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.

Read : Discipleship Practices Through Our Relationships

http://www.whole-listic-christian-ministries.org/newsletters/newsletter/7831542/78050.htm

God,Man and Woman

Proverbs 30:18-19

There and three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.

There are many mysteries in life.

One being God! The one that is both knowable and unknowable.

Although I do not know him absolutely I can know him relationally to things that pertain to me and the world that I live in.

God made me and HE designed me to soar.

What does the eagle and I have in common?

The Lord provides the under current for the eagle’s wings and HE provides the very Spirit and breath to lift me above all of my problems and maps me a course around my enemies.

To make an enemy of someone it has to start in our heads and heart. I don’t know about you but I don’t spend time in prayer and reading the Word daily to come away with’ snake thinking‘!!

A snake slithers, and withers around in the dust on the ground.

Hiding in the grass and looking for an opportunity to strike!

Is this what you want?

The Spirit of GOD does not make enemies out of anyone but loves and goes about walking out his or her God given purpose in the face of obstacles and traps that the enemy tries to set-up!

Learning how to stay focused on what is most important in all situations is… glorifying GOD and believing HIS Word is what building eagle status in the Kingdom of GOD is all about!

Flying higher and higher!!!

Yes, there are times when feeling tossed about as a ship on the high seas is likely to happen while on this God given mysterious journey.

And when you dare to exclaim “Lord, GOD, Jesus
… I want to dedicate myself back to YOU for your Glory honor and praise buckle your seat-belt because life as you know it is going bye-bye!! But even in this being tossed to and fro offers a deeper opportunity to trust and depend on Jesus Christ.

Love, sweet love can bring forth strength we never knew we had.

God as it relates to HIS children will die on a cross for their sins and a man as it relates to his wife, a mother as it relates to her children can often do things she never imagined possible and

Ladies don’t get made at your man for putting you and your relationship and alone time with him a bit before the kids.

But wait… Before you stone me let me try and explain:-)

The best way to ensure security for your children emotionally and spiritually is for you and your husband to have a solid relationship meaning spending time with him minus the kids. But this only works when the relationship is deeply grounded in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Okay, lets get real.. What is eros (sexual love) with our agape (Godly and unconditional love)? Selfishness and lusting in most cases

But, then what is agape love in marriage without eros?

I won’t answer that one directly.. I’ll let you fill in that blank (wink- wink)!!!

A man built by God’s Holy Design is at his best when he is afforded the opportunity to bring forth his God given qualities to provide for and be the spiritual covering for his wife! Women don’t totally rob your man of this functioning in your lives by doing so, you would be missing and rejecting the best part of what GOD has given him to give to you:-)

Men need respect, and physical affection and women need emotional and physical security and need to know that they are love unconditionally before they blossom.

Deep down I think all men want to be a knight in shinning armor for his wife at least once or twice in the lifetime of their marriage!

Thought For Today…..

Don’t make an enemy of your problems they can be used as opportunities for deeper growth, if you submit to GOD and let HIM direct your thinking on the topic. Just know that thinking that goes counter to GOD is what the bible calls the flesh and that is enmity with GOD!

Negative perceptions can actually make one unwell.

Keep those thought straight according to God’s Word!!!!

Psalm 92:5 NKJV

“O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.”

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 20

This message is for the saints not the aints!

When we love someone we pray for them, right?

I want to emphasize praying for and not against another child of God.

Being able to go before the Throne of GOD and offer prayers is one of the greatest gifts we’ve been offered as children in proper standing with The Most High God!

And this high privilege should never be abused to try to force your will over another or the Will of GOD.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving enter into HIS  courts with praise!

Saints when we are angry with raw and unbridled emotion it is not the time to offer up prayers about the person we are angry with attempting to make ourselves feel more Godly ( acting as if we praying for our enemies).

In cases like this we wind up actually praying horribly against the person because our anger is in the drivers seat/ blinding us.

It would be better to ask GOD to help us with our anger and to understand what is fueling or motivating it.

Hypocrite first get the beam out of your own eye, then you can see your brother/sister more clearly!

No matter what we feel the other person has done to us, remember we are all sinners saved by the grace of GOD almighty!

So it is not up to us to try to speak our words over another life.

None of the other gifts given by the Holy Spirit or even the fruits of the Spirit work properly without Agape love.

For instance, acting with a lack of patience towards another child of God  can reveal a preoccupation with your needs over theirs but if the fruit of love is in operation in our lives then the fruit of God’s perfect love will gently correct your impatience.

Thus restoring the relational equilibrium.

Anger is a tricky emotion in that very often other issues, emotions, feelings and motivations hide behind it.

Pride ( thinking too highly of self) a need to be right commonly known as self righteousness, unresolved issues of self-worth that lend themselves strongly towards the expression of Jealousy, emotional issues those concerning abuse that involved shame and self loathing all can mask themselves behind a smoke screen of anger!

Can’t we all clearly see why our time spent before the throne would be best used in asking GOD to help us to unmask the real demons and culprits  behind why we are miserable and angry!

Lord, this week has been a hard one as far as lessons go. You have turned me inside-out and upside down/ showing me clearly what the enemy means to destroy me that You are bent on using every morsel for my good, benefit and ultimate growth.

I need to let you know that I know that I am your child and I am thankful and that I love you always especially so when I don’t get  what I want the way that I desire it.  I learn more about YOU and who I really am  in my trials than by serving a yes GOD.

You’re too good to pacify me!

I  accept that my full understanding of how You work is not necessary in order to offer you my full submission. I give that to you willingly because YOU are my GOD Jesus!!

Submission is not always filled with emotions of sublime pleasure sometimes it can be down right unsettling  to my emotions but YOU allow this to reinforce that I am not to  bow  to my emotions but to bow to and worship YOU only!

And there are even times that I am asked by YOU to let go of my place of being right for another child of God’s in need, but in cases as such I solely rely upon YOU for direction.

Your Spirit guides me not a list of rules!

I choose to stand with YOU Lord because YOU are the Truth and because I love you!

 

 

I am thankful for…

190. That you Lord do not abandon me in the thick of the fight!

191.  Thank you for teaching me that my faith in you is not blind or radical but that YOU Lord are all that I have to use in the pursuit of  seeing what is true, right and good.

192. Thank you for teaching me that carnal weapons never solve the problem.

193. Thank you for unmasking the real enemies and isolating the fight to the spiritual arena ( we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers, principalities, rulers of the darkness and wickedness in high place).

194.  Thank you for showing me that pride always kills but humility heals.

195. Thank you for the wisdom and love that you have placed  my elder brother in Christ Rev. William Boddie

196.  Thank you for preparing my heart and never allowing one in right standing with you to enter into any situation blindly.

197.  Thank you for second chances.

198. Thank you for the perfect work of  Agape Love.

199. And for its companion forgiveness.

200. Thank you for teaching me what prayer is and what it should never be used for.

201. Thank you for teaching me that there are no short-cuts in working with Your principles and precepts that each of us must pick up our cross and follow you daily.

202. Thank you Lord for emptying my heart of all the stuff that wants to crowd  You out and come between us.

203.  I am thankful for your seal of approval Lord that speaks life into my being!

204. Thank you for the reality that I am free in you Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 18

What creates a lop-sided Gospel?

Trying to dot all of my I’s and cross each of my T’s but failing to walk in love.

Self-loathing is not spiritual and does not create super-saints nor does it produce points for us in the here-after!

In order to walk in love we must first accept Gods love in the form of salvation and then allow the depths of this Agape love to flood our being ( body, mind, soul and spirit).

Once this occurs then we can love the UN- lovableness in ourselves and then as this love overflows our being we can extend it to others!

How?

Because we learn to look past flaws and see the need that lies underneath.

I can not always love each personality ( some of us have personality traits that are not functioning from a healthy space) but I can love each soul and want what is best for them:-)

We must minister the gospel to a dying world from a place inside  of  our hearts where our ” cup is running over”!

Praising/worshiping God is my hearts desire but I cannot even praise and worship GOD without the ability to love otherwise I’m just making noise and moving around without purpose and power!

The enemy’s greatest point of contention?

Your praise!

Saints, did you not know that it is always your praise of  The Most High God” that the enemy wants to steal?

Our praise of GOD brings forth senseless envy from the enemy, pointed in our direction to hurt and further challenge GOD.

We can even go about the business of  ministry and church ( big or small) the enemy does not mind this as long as there is not genuine praise of GOD going forth.

When one ministry or church  competes with another and one child of God is jealous of and competes with another it only serves to tear down the office of ministering and works of GOD on this earthly plane.

How can a kingdom divided against its self stand?

The Holy Spirit in me would never attack the Holy Spirit operating in you or in another ministry!

When this is going on the Holy Spirit is not the driver but instead it is a demonic or familiar spirit.

In Lucifer’s ( aka ) Satan‘s fall from heaven in Is 14: 13-14 you will find the 5 ” I Wills” highlighted below.

13       You said in your heart,
      ‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14       I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’

Friends, do you see a sick, twisted and dark pattern in those five I wills?

Satan (covets) wants to be or take the place and identity of The Most High God!

When we want what another has or to take their place we are operating from the principles of the kingdom of darkness and not in agreement with the Christ ( or Holy Spirit).

Let me say it again, “the enemy can’t stand your true praise and worship  of GOD!”

Just like when we are ensnared by envy we can’t stand to see or hear of another receiving attention and praise we feel we deserve!

Remember, we must worship God in the Holiness of HIS  Spirit and in Truth!

We cannot posses or own the Holy Spirit or His gifts but we must surrender in love to HIS Ways, Will and Teachings!

Lord, here is my incense of gratitude, praise and worship in written form as You know each and every moment I have breathed Your name in love and adoration this past week:-)

168. Lord, I am thankful because your Holy Spirit lives within me and I can praise you from the depths of my soul!

169. I am thankful for when the enemy comes in like a flood YOU oh Lord raise up a standard!

170. I am thankful that I am YOURS and YOURS alone oh Lord!

171.  I am thankful that only YOU can tell me who I am and this flows from who’s I am.

172.  Thank you for teaching me that it is most important how we play the game. A superficial win at the cost of Your glory and my soul is NOT winning at all!

173.  Heavenly Father I am thankful for the process of consecration unto YOU Glorious One!

174.  I am thankful for Your showing and modeling in me that to win I must decrease as You oh Divine One increase!

175.  I am thankful for the fact that Life,love, grace and mercy got up when You rose on that third day.

176. I am thankful for the ministry of The Holy Spirit and may I love the truth and the Gospel more than the sound of my voice!

177. I am thankful for learning that being right is my standing with you; nothing more and nothing less!

178. I am thankful that You have chosen to carve Your image and likeness within the person known as Jennifer Boddie and that You can do anything but fail!

I submit to YOUR Holy Work in my being, life and affairs. All of my business is YOUR business!!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Is 14:12–21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
      “How you are fallen from heaven,
      O Day Star, son of Dawn!
                  How you are cut down to the ground,
      you who laid the nations low!
            13       You said in your heart,
      ‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14       I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
            15       But you are brought down to Sheol,
      to the far reaches of the pit.
            16       Those who see you will stare at you
      and ponder over you:
                  ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
      who shook kingdoms,
            17       who made the world like a desert
      and overthrew its cities,
      who did not let his prisoners go home?’
            18       All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
      each in his own tomb;
            19       but you are cast out, away from your grave,
      like a loathed branch,
                  clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword,
      who go down to the stones of the pit,
      like a dead body trampled underfoot.
            20       You will not be joined with them in burial,
      because you have destroyed your land,
      you have slain your people.

                  “May the offspring of evildoers
      nevermore be named!
            21       Prepare slaughter for his sons
      because of the guilt of their fathers,
                  lest they rise and possess the earth,
      and fill the face of the world with cities.”

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