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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

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Me Myself and Lies Bible Study Week 2

The labels we wear must be truthful… Learning to fill our thought closets with God‘s truth!

It’s one thing to be aware that there is a problem but quite another to know exactly what to do to turn a challenge into an opportunity for growth:-)

Some issues are more stubborn than others but from a biblical perspective the same set of principles apply.

The more of your senses that are bombarded by said challenge the more diligent one must be in applying GOD’s Word and putting on the armor.

Issues and concerns as it pertains to our though closets can get messier before things start to look better. It’s always this way when we are cleaning up!

So, this is not the time to check in with your emotions to see if things are actually getting better. Most likely, your emotions will not have cleared enough distance between them and the painful thought to be able to give a positive report.

Hurtful labels can come from different places in our lifetimes (parents, siblings, employer, former failures, childhood comments etc.) But all lies originate from the enemy (Satan).

List some of your most hurtful labels in life and place them under the correct heading.

Are your labels based on actual truth?

What does Ephesians 6:12 state? Look up this scripture and fill in the blank spaces below.

We do not wrestle against …… but we do wrestle against…….

So, just below is our formula for building a orderly Thought Closet and crushing all the lies we have formerly entertained or believed about ourselves. Place all lying thoughts captive because they are half truths that are God law breakers. The blood of Jesus has been shed and these thought hold no rights or authority over you as a believer in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

The Message Bible

 3-6The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

That message bible put it all in perspective in plain English, we get God’s Word!

Label Makers:

We all need to have a good talk with ourselves from time to time. How do we evaluate if a conversation with ourselves is actually life building?

If you walk away feeling condemned and not feeling good enough then either you have trouble accepting correction due to something like excessive pride or the words used did not help you to build a clearer picture of  who you are in Christ and what steps you need to take next to more closer towards a clearer image and likeness of HIM.

Being place under conviction and being condemned are two different things.

DILEMMA: HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M FEELING CONVICTION OR CONDEMNATION?

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Give your feeling a Lab Test:

I John 1:6-2:2

1 John 1:6-10 (NLT) 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

To the church he says: If you will confess (own up to) HE WILL FORGIVE!

Repentance = Genuine Remorse!

2 Corinthians 7:3 (NLT) I’m not saying this to condemn you. I said before that you are in our hearts, and we live or die together with you.

2 Corinthians 7:8-11 (NLT) 8 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.

SOMETIMES we feel the mixture of feeling in us… BUT AFTER GENUINE REP.

Any guilt, shame, dread, sorrow, = THE DEVIL

1 John 3:7-10 (NLT) 7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

1 John 3:19-22 (NLT) 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

SOMETIMES… we condemn ourselves – with doubt, fear, low esteem,

WE REFUSE TO FEEL FREE – EVEN AFTER A CLEANSING!

LISTEN: God is greater then your heart! No Matter How You Feel!

TRUST THE WORD ====> W/O FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM!

JESUS IS OUR HIGH PRIEST!

Hebrews 4:1-4 (NLT) 1 God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. 2 For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. 3 For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. 4 We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.”

Hebrews 4:16-19 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things [pertaining] to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

(quite dissecting everything to the enth degree)

II Cor 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

( You must learn to fly on instruments! – TRUST THE WORD! )

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Your Truthful Labels ( use these as affirmations)

I am a new creation ( 2 Cor. 5:17)

I am forgiven (Eph. 1:7-8)

I am gifted with power, love and a sound mind ( 2 Tim 1:7)

I am chosen to be fruitful ( John 15:16).

I am complete (Col. 2:9-10)

I am  secure ( Rom. 8:31-39)

I am confident (Phil. 1:6)

I am free ( Rom. 6:18; 8:1)

I am capable ( Phil. 4:13)

I am spiritually alive ( Eph. 2:5)

I am God’s workmanship ( Ehp. 2:10)

I am welcome in God’s presence (Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:14-16)

I am shelterd and protected in God ( Col.3:3

I am valuable to God (1 Cor 6:20)

I am a member of God’s family ( 1John 3:1-2; Eph. 2:19)

I am God’s treasure. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

I am dearly loved (Col. 3:12)

I am being transformed (2 Cor.3:18).

I am heir of God (Rom. 8:17)

I am a friend of God( John 15:15).

I am God’s delight (Zeph. 3:17)

I am welcomed to draw near to God ( Eph. 3:12)

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 15

Who is my Mother?

Who is my Father?

Who are my sisters and brothers?

I am a born again Christian.

Hallelujah!!!!

What exactly does the phase’ born again Christian’ mean?

It means that I have experienced two births.

One brought me into this world and just like you I was born of earthly parents and into a specific blood-line.

Within this earthly blood-line I have a mother, father, grand-parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins!

That was my first birthing experience.

But, my spiritual birth is what makes my heart sing!

This birth was one of my spirit coming to life through the person of Jesus Christ!

How can this be?

It was one very unlikely meeting.

A meeting of life v/s death.

Jesus, is light and life and I before I  joined with HIM was a shell ( a body with some basic wiring brain functions) and accumulated past experiences or memories.

I had a soul that had experienced its share of pleasure and troubles but my spirit was a place of voidness.

Many in the world still mistake that they have a living soul as being interchangeable with being alive spiritually.

The soul and spirit are not the same but communication can and does take place back and forth between the two.

The Spirit of God moved upon the empty/ darkness of my spirit.

And HE spoke LIFE into a place that was once dead as the dead-sea!

These are the Words God spoke directly into my spirit.

John 1:1-5 (NLT) 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Message Bible  John 1:1-5 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through Him; nothing not one thing!- came into being without Him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

I knew not this above bible verse by heart through any effort of my own but it was the Holy Spirit that spoke these words unto me and I repeated them out-loud as I lay in my bed one evening with tears in my eyes!

These words brought a deep warmth to my renewed spirit!

I like yourself was born into an earthly family whom I love dearly.

However, Jesus Christ is my closest kinsman and my redeemer so HE is closer and dearer to me than any previous blood ties.

HE shed HIS blood to create a ‘new’ family/bloodline!

God, The Father loves all people and wishes that none should perish.

HE invites all to accept HIS very precious gift ‘Jesus Christ’ ( His only begotten Son) gracious invitation for communion and  fellowship in the dance of eternal life!

So all of you whom share this precious blood-line of Jesus Christ with me are my mother, father, sisters and brothers:-)

Let’s celebrate HIM as the gift that HE is this Holiday Season and let’s not forget that Jesus is the reason for every season!!!!!

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