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No Greater Love!

Well, here we are in a brand new year. For me, 2016 was not so bad. I have many blessings to count. As I move into 2017, I am reminded of God’s words in John 15. The command that Jesus gave the brethren to love one another. Isn’t it bad enough that the world is our enemy and inflicts all sorts of evil upon us? The world knows not the Father, but the brethren do know Him. Let us not act like the world for we are not of this world. As we know, being Christian does not mean we are perfect; we are just doing our best to grow to be like Jesus more every day. We will offend each other, and when we do, we must ask forgiveness and forgive. And, when one asks forgiveness, let us not demand our “pound of flesh,” which comes from pride through our enemy, but as Jesus said, “Forgive as I have forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32. Let us join together as His children and truly love one another that the world may see that love that comes from our Heavenly Father and want to be a part of God’s Kingdom too.

John 15

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9 As 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, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I 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.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in God's Love

 

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Are you Serving our Lord, or your Flesh?

Ephesians 6:5-8 “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”

As most of you know by now, God’s Word for Women is mostly focused on what God’s Word teaches us on how to live a Godly life. The majority of my posts are not just to share God’s Light, and whatever He would lead me to share, but also to help me internalize and implement what God may be showing me in my walk. At times God will lay a burden on my heart to pray about and share here for wherever He would send it for His purpose.

Today’s subject is concerning a behaviour that we see quite a lot in our church homes, unfortunately. It breaks my heart when I see any of my brothers and sisters hurt each other because of selfish, petty jealousies. When we see someone serving the Lord ought we not to be an encouragement and a help to them? Instead, sadly, there are those immature babes in Christ who think everything should be about them and their idea of serving is doing things that others will compliment them for. We call this serving for the praise of men and self-pleasure. What these people are showing us is that they are not spending quality, quiet time with our Lord and in His Word. The ideal would be that we all set aside that time each and every day, to help us to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit as He directs us toward God’s plan for us and where He wants us to serve. We all do have our own special Spirit-given talents, and it is God’s pleasure to place us in positions that help His work the most. (I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2)

The absolute worse conduct in this area is when someone is being used of satan to attack one of our precious Pastor’s wives. I have absolutely no problem defending my earthly shepherd or his soulmate in these situations, and I believe with all of my heart that God does take a hand to anyone who would spitefully harm His servants for their own selfish purposes.

In times like these, I call on YAHWEH to direct my thoughts from anger and frustration to lifting those childish ones up to Him. I pray that their hearts be opened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and they spend quality time in prayer and the searching of God’s Word. I ask Him to deal with those and protect my brothers and sisters who are obeying the Lord in their service to Him.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Godly Women

 

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