Posted by: Kim Sweeting | July 1, 2015

DON’T LET THE ENEMY SHUT YOUR MOUTH

DON’T LET THE ENEMY SHUT YOUR MOUTH

 

STYA THE COURSE AND DON'T LET THE ENEMY SHUT YOUR MOUTH

STAY THE COURSE AND DON’T LET THE ENEMY SHUT YOUR MOUTH

 

When God gives us an assignment, He metaphorically tells us to “get in the ship and go to the other side” and it is not uncommon for contrary winds and violent storms to arise once we are on the way.

God says you are to minister to married couples to help their marriages grow stronger. You are sailing along carrying out your assignment to strengthen marriages then the winds begin to blow contrary and BAM a storm hits your marriage…..you find out your spouse is having an affair.

The enemy MOCKS at you – “HERE YOU ARE SPEAKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE AND YOURS IS FALLING APART? – YOU NEED TO SHUT UP!”

God says you are to minister to parents to show them how to raise godly children. You are sailing along carrying out your assignment then the winds begin to blow contrary and BAM a storm hits….your unmarried daughter gets pregnant and your son gets arrested for possession of dangerous drugs with intention to supply.

The enemy ACCUSES you – “HOW CAN YOU BE TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN AND YOURS ARE MAKING BAD DECISIONS AND ACTING OUT OF ORDER? – YOU NEED TO SHUT UP!”

God says teach my people how to manage their finances through the use of Kingdom principles. You are sailing along carrying out your assignment then the winds begin to blow contrary and BAM a storm hits your finances……you lose your house and you have difficulty meeting even your basic financial commitments.

The enemy TAUNTS you – “LOOK AT YOU…….JUST LOOK AT YOU……. TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO HANDLE THEIR FINANCES AND YOU CAN’T EVEN HANDLE YOUR OWN! – YOU NEED TO SHUT UP!”

God says to counsel others about finding and pursuing their life purpose. You are sailing along carrying out your assignment then the winds begin to blow contrary and BAM a storm hits your life…..you have no sense of direction for your own life anymore and don’t know which way to turn or what to do.

The enemy SCOFFS at you – “HOW CAN YOU BE TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO FIND AND PURSUE THEIR LIFE PURPOSE AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO HANDLE YOUR OWN LIFE SITUATION? – YOU NEED TO SHUT UP!“

Many times after accepting and beginning a God-given assignment, after “getting into the ship and obediently heading to the other side”, just like with the disciples in Matthew 14:24, when we are at the point of making significant progress, or when the “ship gets in the middle of the sea”, contrary, boisterous winds begin to blow and waves arise and beat violently against the ship tossing it and threatening to abort the mission.

Do you find yourself in a situation just like or similar to one mentioned above?

If so, in spite of the contrary winds and the violent storm, by God’s grace keep sailing to the other side.

It is the enemy’s desire for you to abandon your assignment, for you to “jump ship” and shut your mouth.

He wants to get you unfocused with his mockery, accusations, taunting and scoffing and weigh you down with guilt and condemnation to the point where you stop doing what God asked you to do and shut your mouth.

Instead, by God’s grace, square your spiritual shoulders, submit to God and resist him and according to James 4:7, he will flee from you.

God knew the winds and the storm would arise before He even gave you the assignment.

He knew about them before He even told you to “go to the other side” and He still told you to go because He knows that He is ultimately in control and He will get you there if you stay the course.

Do you have the faith in Him and in His ability to believe this?

Just like in Matthew 14 and Mark 4 when Jesus told the disciples to get in the ship and go to the other side and in spite of the contrary winds and the violent storm that arose He ensured that they got to the other side, He will do the same for you so don’t “jump ship” and don’t shut up.

Stay the course. Have faith in God and in His ability. Seek and obey His instructions and directions and in spite of what is raging around you, He will see you safely through to the other side

Don’t let the enemy shut your mouth.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | June 26, 2015

THIS GOVERNMENT!!! – DO YOU PRAY FOR THEM?

THIS GOVERNMENT!!! – DO YOU PRAY FOR THEM?

 

DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT?

DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT?

 

Governments across the globe are struggling to find solutions to the plethora of complex issues that face them – overwhelming debt, a failing economy, increased crime and violence, rising unemployment, insufficient healthcare, shortages of food and water, social unrest, religious clashes, environmental disaster, worker dissatisfaction and labor disputes, mass demonstrations, political uprisings, moral decay and so much more.

Whether via the media, on the streets, at work, or at public or private social gatherings, it is not uncommon to hear Believers and non-believers alike express a barrage of criticism, dissatisfaction, disappointment, disillusionment and even disgust over the actions and/or inaction of some governing ruler or political party.

While responsible freedom of expression in regard to these issues has its rightful place, today I want to remind us as Believers in Christ and Kingdom Citizens to pray for those in authority over us and not just talk about what they are doing, not doing, could do, should do, etc.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”

(I Timothy 2:1-3 – The Message Bible)

Do you pray for those in authority in your nation or are you simply on the verbal bandwagon of expressed feelings and opinions all the while neglecting to pray for them?

When it comes to political and governmental issues, if we as Believers are not careful, we can find ourselves so caught up in talking that we forget to pray……let’s be on alert to not fall into that trap.

Governments across the globe are struggling to find solutions to the plethora of complex issues that face them – overwhelming debt, a failing economy, increased crime and violence, rising unemployment, insufficient healthcare, shortages of food and water, social unrest, religious clashes, environmental disaster, worker dissatisfaction and labor disputes, mass demonstrations, political uprisings, moral decay and so much more.

Remember, while our responsibly expressed feelings and opinions have their rightful place, our governmental leaders need our prayers more than ever, particularly those of the Faith.

SELAH!

Kim

Note: – I originally posted this on June 14th of last year under the title “THIS GOVERNMENT!!! – DO YOU PRAY” and really felt the need to post it again as a crucial reminder to us all that more than ever before, we need to pray for those who govern our nations.

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | June 21, 2015

A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD – GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD – GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL DAD'S

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL DAD’S

 

SHERVIN WELDON THOMPSON 

(May 1, 1935 – January 30, 1993)

 

Sharp dresser

Health conscious

Eleuthera-born

Really enjoyed life

Very ambitious

Insurance Executive extraordinaire

Naturally sociable

 

Went for boiled fish on Saturday mornings

Enthusiastically appreciated finer things

Lover of classical music

Dedicated husband, father and grandfather

Optimistic entrepreneur

Never liked to lose Scrabble

 

Tennis lover, played almost every day

Helped many financially

Only rested occasionally

Methodist Lay Preacher

Playful sense of humor

Served his community and his God

Open to learning

Nimble piano player

 

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”

Philippians 1:3 (KJV)

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | June 10, 2015

THE BLOOD IS CRYING OUT

THE BLOOD IS CRYING OUT

THE BLOOD IS CRYING OUT

THE BLOOD IS CRYING OUT

 

If you listen in the spirit you will hear a sound, 

The blood of our young men is crying from the ground,

Fatally wounded by wielded guns and knives,

What a senseless horror, what a tragic loss of lives.

 

Busting out your house like a runner in a race,

One thing in your heart, a life to be erased,

You’re all out of order and you’re way overboard,

Because in The Book it’s written that vengeance is the Lord’s.

 

Young men wake up the devil has you blind,

He’s working your emotions and messing with your minds,

He’s telling you you’re all that by taking someone out,

He’s dishing you the lie that violence gives you clout.

 

But there’s a Day coming that we all will have to face,

No matter what our age, creed, color, or race,

The blood will cry out louder and all shall come to light,

Watcha gonna do then with all your so-called might?

 

If you listen in the spirit you will hear a sound,

The blood of our young men is crying from the ground,

Murder in our nation is unquestionably off the chart,

Don’t sit, blame and point fingers, but find and do your part.  

 

SELAH!

 

“And Cain said to his brother, Let us go out to the field. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

And the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?

 And [the Lord] said, What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.

And now you are cursed by reason of the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s [shed] blood from your hand.”

(Genesis 4:8-11 – Amplified Bible)

 

“You shall not commit murder.”

(Exodus 20:13 – Amplified Bible)

 

“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

(Hebrews 9:27, 28 NIV)

 

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”

(Revelation 20:11-12 – NIV)

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | June 8, 2015

10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD)

10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD)

Matt Redman’s song “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” has been in my spirit continually for the past two weeks.

It’s there in the morning when I wake up, during the day and at night as I prepare to go to sleep.

It has blessed me so much that I decided to post it today.

Hope it blesses you.

Kim

“10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD)” – BY MATT REDMAN

 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”

(Psalms 103:1 – KJV)

 

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A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR BELIEVERS IN THIS PRESENT DARKNESS

DARKNESS CAN NEVER ELIMINATE LIGHT!

DARKNESS CAN NEVER ELIMINATE LIGHT!

 

No matter how the enemy rages against the Most High God, His Word, His Kingdom, His Purposes and His People……he shall not prevail so do not be moved.

 

Do not be moved.

Do not be moved by the rising tide of hatred and antagonism toward Believers in Jesus Christ.

Do not be moved by the scorners of The Word, its truths, principles, practices and morals.

Do not be moved by the mockers of the Church, God’s chosen and called out people.

Do not be moved by the insidious spirit of the antichrist.

Do not be moved.

 

Stand fast.

Stand fast and fear not.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our Faith.

Let your faith, hope and trust rest in Him.

Be diligently about the Father’s business.

Be led by the Holy Spirit.

Walk in peace.

Walk in love.

Seek to win souls….share the Good News of the Kingdom, the message of Salvation, and the glorious hope we have in Christ.

Make disciples….take the time to impart some of what God has given you to other Believers to help them grow strong and mature in the Faith.

Be not get weary in well-doing, nor distracted and paralysed by the cares of this world.

Stand fast.

 

Stay focused.

Be careful not to get caught up in vain arguments with those opposing the Faith.

Remember that the things of the spirit are spiritually discerned and understood, and God is the revealer of Truth; you cannot force others to believe or to agree.

Remember also that our battle is not against flesh and blood; it is not against human beings.

It is against satan and demonic forces…..principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Trying to fight spirit with flesh is vain.

Clothe yourself in the whole armor of God so you may be able to withstand in these evil days and fight with the mighty spiritual weapons He has given us…..the Word, the Name of Jesus, and the Blood of Jesus.

Stay focused.

 

Walk worthy.

Walk worthy of the calling of God on your life.

Do not bring reproach to the Name of Christ.

Live according to the principles, morals and ethics of the Word.

Know that Grace is not a license to sin.

Be a shining example to others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Know that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution so don’t be discouraged or dismayed when it comes.

Blessed are you when you suffer persecution for righteousness sake because yours is the Kingdom.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Jesus; rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.

You can not be a friend of the world and a friend of God.

Walk worthy.

 

Be encouraged.

Know the Most High God, your Father, is Sovereign.

He is the only True and Living God, Jehovah, the Self-Existing Eternal One.

He is Holy, Almighty, All-Powerful, Loving and Wise.

There is none like Him……there has been and never shall be!

His Kingdom is eternal.

His Word is eternal, true and forever settled in heaven.

His purposes shall stand.

The gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church.

Be encouraged.

 

No matter how the enemy rages against the Most High God, His Word, His Kingdom, His Purposes and His People……he shall not prevail so do not be moved.

Keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping, keep trusting, keep praying, keep obeying, and rejoice for in the end, we win!

Selah!

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | May 26, 2015

NEW MORNING – NEW COMPASSION – NEW LOVE – NEW MERCIES

 NEW MORNING – NEW COMPASSION – NEW LOVE – NEW MERCIES

On Sunday morning past our church held a water baptism service at one of our beaches on the eastern end of New Providence.

The air was crisp and fresh, the water was clear and sparkling and the sunrise was glorious and stunning.

Looking at it gave me a fresh appreciation of Lamentations 3:22, 23 that speaks of how God’s mercies and compassion are new every morning and declares the greatness of His faithfulness.  

It also reminded me a of the hymn we often sung in the Methodist church that I attended through my childhood and teen years,  “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” written by Thomas Chisholm in 1925.

“Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his very ordinary life. Born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky, Chisholm became a Christian when he was twenty-seven and entered the ministry when he was thirty-six, though poor health forced him to retire after just one year. During the rest of his life, Chisholm spent many years living in New Jersey and working as a life insurance agent. Still, even with a desk job, he wrote nearly 1,200 poems throughout his life, including several published hymns.

Chisholm explained toward the end of his life, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”

(Source – http://gaither.com/news/“great-thy-faithfulness”-story-behind-hymn)

I took a few photos that I thought I’d share followed by the Maranatha Singers singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”.

As you view and listen, be reminded of and thankful for the awesome power, love, mercy, compassion and faithfulness of our Father.

 

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“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24 – KJV

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“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 3:23 – NIV

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“It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”

Lamentations 3:22, 23 – Amplified Bible

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“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.

They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!

I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”

Lamentations 3:22,23 – The Message Bible

 

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS BY THE MARANATHA SINGERS

“The Lord’s kindness never fails!
If he had not been merciful,
we would have been destroyed.
The Lord can always be trusted
to show mercy each morning.
 Deep in my heart I say,
“The Lord is all I need;
I can depend on him!”

(Lamentations 3:22-24 – Contemporary Engilsh Version)

GREAT IS GOD’S FAITHFULNESS – PRAISE HIS NAME!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | May 14, 2015

MAJOR BATTLES PRODUCE GREATER VICTORIES

MAJOR BATTLES PRODUCE GREATER VICTORIES

Are you in a major battle?

Are you wondering, “What in the world is happening in my life? Why am I going through all this? How will I get through this?”

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for those who are in major battles and as such am re-blogging it with her permission.

 

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THE GREATER THE BATTLE - THE GREATER THE VCTORY

THE GREATER THE BATTLE THE GREATER THE VICTORY

Major Battles Produce Greater Victories

The Lord has been showing me that there are many people in the body of Christ who are going through major battles in their lives, but He wants you to know that these battles will produce greater victories than you have ever known if you don’t quit. If you look back in hindsight of all the trials that you have endured in the past, you will see that you have overcame them all. As you stay focused on the vision that He has for you, and continue to pursue His plan, you will become more than a conqueror through Jesus.

Sometimes we go through situations that are so devastating that the enemy will whisper in our ear just as Jobs wife told him to curse God and die. Know the voice of your enemy. He will only come against that which is genuine. We will always go through a test before a promotion. Never forget that Jesus is with you through the fire. He is with you in the lions den and through the most difficult times.

The Lord says although the storms may be raging all around you, the battle may be fierce and the warfare may appear to be intensifying, do not panic but be still and listen for My voice. I speak in the midst of the storms. Have I not told you that if you will submit to Me and cast all your cares on Me I will supply all your needs? Many of you have had sleepless nights worrying about situations that you are going through and others of you are concerned about your future. Some have physical issues that the doctors said were terminal but nothing is impossible for those who believe. I am the God of the miraculous. Do not allow the evil one to bring fear, condemnation, tormenting thoughts and voices in the night seasons.

Listen for My still small voice. I will speak to you in the midst of your storms, your trials and perilous times. I Am the God who is above and beyond any storm that you go through and those dreams that have been dormant for years will be revived as I as I breathe life back into them. Do not retreat, but continue to pursue what I have placed in your heart to do. These storms shall pass. Just as the wise man who obeyed My word was steadfast and unaffected when the storms came. know that I will strengthen you as you stand immovable and trust Me to bring you through. Do not fear but encourage yourself in Me knowing that I am with you and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand says the Lord.

Psalm 34:19
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Matthew 7: 24 – 27
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand; and he rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall.

1 Corinthians 16:13- 14
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

 

“YES LORD – LIVE” – EXHORTATION & SONG FEAT. BISHOP T. D. JAKES & JESSY DIXON

“PRESSIN’ ON” – MARVIA PROVIDENCE

 

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

(James 1:12 – NIV)

Keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping, keep trusting, keep praying!

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | May 12, 2015

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS MATCHLESS

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

 

Years ago, Tina Turner sang a popular song, and its main lyrics asked the question,

“WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?”

When we look at all the “bright shiny objects” available and used in ministry today and the often not so “bright shiny results”, I ask, “Could Love Be The Missing Link?

When it comes to operating in the Kingdom of God and doing the work of the ministry, I believe love has far more to do with it than we realize or care to admit.

Here’s a post I wrote in May of 2010 which I believe still speaks to this issue today.

Be challenged…….be blessed!

 

COULD LOVE BE THE MISSING LINK?

What are you believing God for that has not happened yet?………..salvation for a lost loved one, healing in your body, a needed financial breakthrough for a friend, an increased understanding of the Word, an expansion in your ministry, revelation of God’s plan and purpose for your life?

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

(Hebrews 11:1 – NIV)

What do you have faith in God to do, see, or receive for yourself or someone else but there is no manifestation up to this point?

Perhaps what you desire is not within God’s will.

Maybe it is simply not yet time for manifestation.

Or, could it be that there is a lack of love somewhere in the equation……….. could love be the missing link?

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”

(Galatians 5:6 – KJV)

Galatians 5:6 (KJV) tells us that faith works by love.

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for worketh is “energeō”, which is pronounced “en-erg-eh’-o” and it means, “to be active, efficient: – do, (be) effectual (fervent), be mighty in, shew forth self, work (effectually in).”

So then, faith is active, efficient, energized, and effectual, shows itself forth and works effectually in or by love.

Hhhhmmmm!…………..Considering this scripture, could love be the missing link?

Could a lack of love on your part toward God, yourself and/or others be why there has not yet been a manifestation of your faith?

How’s your love walk towards God?

Before you answer that, let’s look at what the Word has to say about how God expects us to prove our love toward Him.

In John 14:15, Jesus states:-

“If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.”

(John 14:15 – Amplified Bible)

In I John 5:3 it is written:-

“For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous).”

(1 John 5:3 – Amplified Bible)

God measures our love towards Him by our obedience to Him and not by any warm, fuzzy, emotions, or good feelings that we may experience when we think of who He is and what He has done for us.

So I ask again, how is your love walk toward God?

Do you sincerely and earnestly seek to know and do His will each day of your life in each situation that you encounter?

To demonstrate our love for God we must obey Him and to obey Him, we must know what He requires of us through the Word and His Holy Spirit.

Faith works by love.

So what about your love walk toward others, how’s that?

Could a lack of love on your part toward others be why there has not yet been a manifestation of your faith?

I Corinthians chapter 13, verses 4-6 describes the love we are to have toward others.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-6 – NIV)

As you can see from this scripture, this love is action-based and not emotion-based. It is a love that we make a conscious decision to show in spite of how we feel. It is agape, the God-kind of love.

How’s your love walk toward those for whom you are praying?

Are you demonstrating this agape love, this God-kind of love toward the people whose salvation or deliverance you are believing God for?

Is your attitude and behavior toward them marked by love, kindness and patience, or by impatience, anger, rudeness and an arrogant spirit of condescending boastful pride in your own salvation?

“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.”

(2 John 1:6 – NLT)

Faith works by love.

If you find that you lack love toward others, maybe it’s because you do not truly love yourself.

In Matthew 22:36-40 when asked which is the greatest or the most important commandment in the law, Jesus replied:-

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

(Matthew 22:37-40 – NLT)

Jesus said we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.

How’s your love walk toward yourself?

Do you have the God-kind of love toward yourself?

Are you patient with and kind to yourself or impatient and mean?

Are you easily angered with and hold grudges and secret hatred toward yourself or are you merciful and forgiving toward yourself?

If we do not have Godly love for ourselves, it is not then understandable why we may lack such love toward others?

Faith works by love.

Could love be the missing link in our assemblies?

Could a general lack of obedience to God and a general lack of genuine love toward each other in the Body of Christ be a key reason why we have so much expressed faith yet so little manifested results?

Isn’t it ironic how so often we as Saints can willfully disobey God, thereby not walking in love toward Him, not repent, yet expect our faith to work and produce great results in our lives and the lives of others?

Isn’t it ironic how so often we pray in faith for persons, believing God for a breakthrough, yet harbor envy, jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, offense and grudges toward these same people, i.e., not walk in love toward them, yet expect our faith to work and produce great manifestation?

In Matthew 24:12, Jesus warns that one of the signs of the last days is that because iniquity, i.e., lawlessness and wickedness will abound, the love of many will wax cold.

Since faith works by love, as Kingdom Ambassadors, you and I need to make it a priority to guard our hearts to ensure that we are not counted among those whose love waxes cold because it will hinder the working of our faith and subsequently the outward manifestation of the Kingdom to the honor and glory of God.

Faith works by love.

So my fellow Ambassadors, today if you are believing God for something, in addition to checking to see if your desires are in line with God’s will, and checking with the Lord about His timing, I urge you to check your love walk too.

Take some time to ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are at in regard to your love for God, love for yourself and love for others, and ask Him to help you make any needed adjustments.

According to Romans 5:5, the Holy Spirit has already poured the love of God into our hearts, so the issue is not whether or not the love is there, it is a matter of by the grace of God, making a decision to die to self and practice walking in it.

Man of God, Woman of God, let’s not let love be the missing link.

 

 

Shalom!

Kim

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Posted by: Kim Sweeting | May 3, 2015

5 SUBTLE MANIFESTATIONS OF PRIDE TO BE WARY OF

5 SUBTLE MANIFESTATIONS OF PRIDE TO BE WARY OF

I'M BETTER THAN YOU

I’M BETTER!!!

 

Have you ever found your self saying or thinking one or more of the following?

 

1) “If I were him/her, I would have……….”

TRUTH – You are not him/her, and you can never be him/her so you really do not know what you would have done if you were him/her.

Selah!

 

2) “I’d never X………”

TRUTH – You have not stopped living yet and you really do not know what you will do in any given situation until you meet it face to face and have to deal with it.

Selah!

 

3) “If it were my son/daughter, I would….……..”

TRUTH – It’s not your son/daughter so you really do not know what you’d do until it is your son/daughter.

Selah!

 

4) “I’ve never partied, clubbed, smoked, gotten drunk, hung out with the wrong crowd, had sex outside of marriage, or stolen anything in my life…I never did any of those kinds of things……”

TRUTH – Whether visible or invisible, easily detected or subtle, socially acceptable or socially unacceptable, done in thought, word or deed, in God’s eyes, sin is sin so if committed, unforgiveness, bitterness, selfishness, gluttony, haughtiness, lying, deceitfulness, lust, envy, jealousy, gossip, and self-righteousness are all sins equally in need of forgiveness, cleansing and repentance.

Selah!

 

5) “I only deal with the best; I only drive X, I only eat Y, I only wear Z……”

TRUTH –  It’s only by God’s goodness, grace, favor and provision that you are able to have what you have; it’s not by your power so there is no room for boasting. As easy as He allowed you to have it, He can allow it to be taken away. Humble recognition of this and gratefulness to Him are in order.

Selah!

If you look closely, underlying each of these statements is a manifestation of pride.

Holman Bible Dictionaory has this to say about the meaning of pride:-

“Undue confidence in and attention to one’s own skills, accomplishments, state, possessions, or position. Pride is easier to recognize than to define, easier to recognize in others than in oneself. Many biblical words describe this concept, each with its own emphasis. Some of the synonyms for pride include arrogance, presumption, conceit, self-satisfaction, boasting, and high-mindedness. It is the opposite of humility, the proper attitude one should have in relation to God. Pride is rebellion against God because it attributes to self the honor and glory due to God alone. Proud persons do not think it necessary to ask forgiveness because they do not admit their sinful condition. This attitude toward God finds expression in one’s attitude toward others, often causing people to have a low estimate of the ability and worth of others and therefore to treat them with either contempt or cruelty. Some have considered pride to be the root and essence of sin. Others consider it to be sin in its final form. In either case, it is a grievous sin.”

 

(source: http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries)

 

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

(Proverbs 16:18 – NIV)

 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6 (NIV)

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 14:11 (NIV)

SELAH!

Have you ever found your self saying or thinking one or more of the above statements? 

Father help us to be aware of any pride in our lives and to confess it, ask your forgiveness for it and by your grace repent of it as soon as it is revealed to us in Jesus’ Name….Amen.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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