Over the last few days I happened to have had conversations about things from my past and in each conversation I found myself expressing that I am in a much different and much better place today. And that I am a much better person because of what I went through back then. The only reason I look back at my past is to remind myself of how God changed my life and how far I have come. I realize that life without Christ right now could be very different for me.
When satan KNOWS who you are in Christ it is in his very existence to destroy you because the power that God has placed in us will defeat the adversary every time. The key to defeating him though is to know who’s we are and WHO we are in Christ. I will admit that I needed help in finding out both of those things and at times I take my eyes off of God and look straight at my issues and forget who I belong to and Who I am But John 14:16 says to ask the Father and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.
God will never leave you or forsake you. He is always there and his Holy Spirit, the LIFE that sits on the right hand of the throne forever making intercession on your behalf, walks with you even when you don’t feel him there. He carries you when you are to weak to carry on. He strengthen you in your wounded and weakened state. He equips you when you think that you are unprepared to face the trials and tribulations of the day.
Now look back and see that everything you have gone through has made you who you are today. And you are still here today because you are reading this message. All that you go through God already knew you would face and it was necessary to mold you into who he created you to be. I never would have believed that a day would come that I would say I would go through every trial, every storm, every hurt, heartbreak and every pain all over again to get to where I am today. But yes….I would. My end which has yet to come will be greater than my former. Why because the word says so in Haggai 2:9.
9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, abide in his love.
11These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Jesus gave us a main commandment which is to love one another as He loves us. He has no conditions on His love for us. Meaning He loves us with a love like a mother. You know how your mother loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. God loves us even when we do wrong but He sends His word for us to get it right. He does not want us to continue to walk blind in our sin. And He does not want us to continue on a path of destruction.
We love people with conditions, with the main condition being, if you hurt me in any kind of way or you don’t treat me the way I feel you should treat me then I won’t love you anymore. But Jesus loves unconditionally, meaning no matter how we treat Him, He still loves and cares for us. And we do Him wrong everyday, we turn our backs on Him, we act like we don’t need Him and we say hurtful things to Him or about Him. Yes we are all guilty of one or all of these in some kind of way. That does not mean that we do always do it intentionally but we do it none the less.
Lives can be changed if we will follow this commandment that was given to us. Love can break a multitude of evil down if we use it the same way God used it when He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. The same way Jesus uses it as He sits on the right hand of His Father forever making intercession for us.
My question to you today is, “Can you love the way Jesus loves?”
On my walk over to work this morning I was just reflecting on being a mother. My girls are away on summer vacation for two weeks visiting with their dad. Yes I’m in a blended family, my husband and I both have three children so we have six altogether and this is the first time that my girls have gone and are gonna be away for this amount of time. I was just thinking about how much I miss them. At the same time I was thinking about breakfast. I try to keep things in my office for a quick bite. Then I thought about how I didn’t have anything left in my cabinet because my youngest daughter would come over after school and she’s eaten up all of the snacks in my office. And I was just thinking about how much I missed them.
It caused me to reflect back and think that if I had known that I would have three kids and could love them so much I never would have believed it. I know when I was a young girl I played pretend and I dreamed of a husband and children but it was just my imagination. I don’t think I ever had the actual reality that those things would one day be real and here I am today. I have three kids!
I may not be the best mother in the world but I love my children. I spoil them, I chastised them. I get angry with them and I love them. I come running when they call. My son is a young adult know and so he calls more than the girls. And no matter how old he gets I come running when he calls. But I love them more through ever instance. I do each of these things because of my love for them.
This made me reflect and think about God’s love towards us. Because of his love for us, we have on the inside of us his love and the things we do for our children God does that and so much more for us. He loves us, he chastises us, he gets angry with us. He hurts when he has to chastise us at times, but he loves us with an unconditional love. And when we are away, we’ve gone outside of his will he yet still loves us. When we’re off doing other things he’s still right where he’s always been loving us. Kind of like I’m doing right now with my children. They are away, they’re doing what they want to do right now with their dad.
But I still love them. I’m still making plans for them. I’m still preparing them for their future. I’m still raising them up in holiness. I’m still being their mother. And I thank God that he loves us with an unconditional love. With that love, he nurtures us, he protects us, he cares for us, he provides for us, he keeps us safer then we can keep our own children. How because he is greater than anything we could ever be and he is omnipresent. His hand is mighty and strong. The song says He’s got the whole world in his hands. And what we as mothers cannot do for our children, our prayer request sent up to God can. Today I just want to take the time to say I cherish the relationship, intimacy, and the unconditional love that God has for us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have given me the gift of being a mother and three gifts that call me mom. I do not take it for granted that you have entrusted me as the caretaker of these three little souls. Help me to know them in the spirit. To nurture them and train them up in holiness and righteousness and in the way that they should go. So that when they are older, what has been planted n the inside of them will be watered by you and in you they will never depart.
I had a dream. In this dream I had a destination and I was traveling to the place with my pastor. We started off in a van with lots of windows and I could see that we were going through a neighborhood and there were houses on both sides. We would periodically stop and witness to people we saw. After riding for a short time we came to a street and the scene changed. The road became a steep hill and the weather became a frozen mess. Cars were empty but sliding by us straight down the hill because of the icy street. There was lots of snow and the road was slick and we had to abandon the van and climb the steep streets by foot. It was difficult but we eventually made it to the top and the scene changed again. This time there was a new neighborhood and the houses were made with jewels embedded into the structure. We walked and I admired the homes with the shining stones. My pastor, she and I had talked the whole way but when we reached the end of the street, I noticed that the neighborhood was quite familiar and that I could have taken a different way, a shorter way that would have gotten me to where I was a lot faster and without all of the difficulties.
Then I heard the Lord speak and he told me that he could have taken me that way but I needed to go the long difficult way for a reason. Those jewels in the houses had a meaning also in what his plan for me is. He spoke about the jewels but it slips my mind right now as this dream was a couple years ago. I tell you about the dream because in reading God’s word this morning one of the scriptures I landed on reminded me of it.
Deuteronomy 8:2 (KJV)
And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
It’s funny but in a couple months I will be forty.
For a few days now I have this overwhelming feeling that something is on the horizon. And when I read this passage of scripture and think back over my life just during these last 7 years when I gave my life back to God. I can truly say I thank Him for leading me through the wilderness. I may not even be out of it yet, but I know God does not make mistakes and he has already shown me that I needed to go through it. Some times the trials, tribulations and tests have knocked me flat to the ground but I did not give up on God. I have wanted to quit many times the things he has called me to, but I have not I have endured through his strength and courage. I have cried my way through many trials, prayed through unmeasurable tribulations, gone to Jesus with the thought of asking for an escape but hitting my knees knowing that I do not want an escape but the strength to just make it through. Why? Because I know that what God has on the other side of my praise, my tests, my worship, my tribulations, my wilderness…
I endeavor to share the love of Christ with all who are looking for true love. I was at a place in my life where I felt alone and in much despair. But I found God and He loved me back to life and health and transformed me by His word. I pray that what I share helps you to discover the same love that is open and waiting for you. To give you hope for your future and life more abundantly.