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PURSUIT OF HIS PRESENCE -- DAILY DEVOTIONAL
May 3, 2013
Rich Rewards by Gloria Copeland
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.– Hebrews 12:14
Holiness is living unto God. Unlike the world’s way of living, holiness isn’t easy. You can’t just coast along doing what everyone else is doing and be holy. It takes determination. It takes effort. It takes submitting yourself to God when, naturally speaking, you might want to do something else.
But the rewards are tremendous.
Hebrews says that without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Does that mean if you’re holy, you will see Him? Yes!
Jesus Himself said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).
In other words, if you live the way I’m talking about right now—doing things that are pleasing to God—Jesus will reveal Himself to you. He can become so real to you through the Word, that it will be as if He’s standing right in front of you. You can be closer to Him than you are to your best friend.
That, in itself, would be reason enough to live a holy lifestyle. But the Bible promises even more rewards!
According to 1 John 5:18, the devil can’t touch you. Can you imagine what life would be like if the devil couldn’t touch you? Well, that’s the way God wants your life to be. He wants you so free that Satan can’t hurt you in any way.
First John 3:21 says that if our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence before God.
Do you know why so many people’s prayers fail to be answered? It’s not because God doesn’t do His part. It’s because the people had no confidence when they went before God in prayer. They couldn’t ask in faith because their hearts condemned them.
Deep inside, you know whether or not you’re giving God top priority—whether or not you’re living a holy lifestyle. Make a decision today to be holy. Make a decision to live unto God. The rewards will be rich.
Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:21-24
So I'm sharing from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's Devotional Limitless Love Day 214,
It's Time to Grow Up
"For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the WORD of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil." Hebrews 5:13-14, New American Standard
The reason so many Christians are living with unmet needs is because they simple don't know how to walk in their covenant of redemption. It's not because God doesn't love them, nor is it because He hasn't made provision for them. It's because they haven't learned enough about The WORD to partake of it. Many of them have been saved for years, but they've stayed in spiritual infancy. They're unskilled in The WORD of righteousness.
You could put a baby in a house totally filled with provision, and it wouldn't do him any good, would it? You could stock the refrigerator with all kinds of food and load the closets with blankets and clothes. You could stack enough money around the house to buy him everything he'd ever need, but as long as he remained a baby, he wouldn't be able to use a bit if it.
that's exactly the situation many Christians are in right now. They're surrounded by the provision of God. The Bible says He has already given them everything that pertains to life and godliness. But they're lying on the floor, crying and throwing a fit. "God, I just don't understand!" they wail. "Why don't You take care of me? Why don't You supply my needs? Don't You love me, LORD?"
Certainly, He loves us! That's why He planned our lives before the foundation of the world and set aside everything we'd ever need to be abundantly BLESSED. But, He also expects us to grow up. He is not willing to treat us like babies forever. He requires us to stand on our spiritual feet, get out our Bibles, and find out what He has provided. He expects us to start receiving those things by faith.
"Get out my Bible?" someone might say.
Yes, your Bible! It's a copy of God's covenant with you. It spells out His promises and reveals everything He has given you. If you'll read it, you'll see there is no such thing as a covenant child of God with an unmet need. There are only covenant children who lack The WORD skills to take advantage of all that's
Remember that the next time you catch yourself thinking God isn't taking care of you. Stop immediately and say, "No, that's a lie of the devil. God has already supplied all my needs according to His riches in glory." Then, get your Bible and find out how to lay hold of that provision by faith. Leave babyhood behind. Grow up and enjoy the benefits of your covenant with God.
This week I’m going to share again. I know I share a lot from this book, but it is so good. So this is from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s book ~ Limitless Love.
Keep Your Heart Strong ~ by Gloria Copeland Day 284
“My Son attend to my words; consent to submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:20-23, The Amplified Bible
Since the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, the most important question we, as born-again believers, can ask is this: How can I guard my heart? How can I keep my spirit so strong that it dominates my flesh and keeps me walking in love?
These verses in Proverbs give us the answer. We guard our hearts by attending to God’s WORD. We keep it in our eyes and ears continually to help us stay in daily, living contact with Him.
We don’t use the Bible like the people in the Old Testament did. We don’t use it as a set of rules to follow or as a list of laws to obey in order to achieve right-standing with God. We’re born of His Spirit. We already have right-standing with Him through the blood of Jesus. So, for us, reading the Bible is a way of communing with God. When we read it, the Holy Ghost within us makes it alive and full of power. It strengthens us and energizes the nature of God within us. It separates our souls from our spirits, so that our hearts can become the dominate force in our lives (Hebrews 4:12, The Amplified Bible).
If we’ll keep the WORD in our hearts with all diligence, the spiritual forces of God has put inside us – forces like love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness and self-control – will flow forth strongly from our inner man and wash away every hindrance of the flesh that would try to stop them. But the word “diligence” is a big word. It isn’t a lazy word. It isn’t a casual word. People who are diligent are people who mean business about something. They are focused and determined. And they consistently apply effort to reach their goals.
That’s the way we must be about attending to The WORD. We can’t afford to be lazy or casual about it. We can’t afford to let our WORD level slip. If we do, we’ll find ourselves growing spiritually weak. We’ll find ourselves thinking, What’s happened to me? I want to walk in love in this situation but I can’t find the strength to do it!
Don’t let yourself get in that condition. Spend time in the Bible every day. Listen to The LORD as He speaks to you through the truths you read there. Keep your heart strong with the WORD.
More than a New Year's Resolution by Marty Copeland
This is the time of year when many people are making New Year’s resolutions. For most, these resolutions are earnest attempts to change. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they’re setting themselves up for failure.
A New Year’s resolution promises gain, but lacks the substance to produce it. Any resolution that tries to bring about a transformation by fleshly effort instead of by the power of God sets you up for failure. It has no substance.
Lasting victory is never won by our own might or power. True change and total victory occur only when we exercise our faith in the transforming power of God—alone.
As a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor, I’m regularly involved with people who battle overeating or other compulsive behaviors. In their determination to break free from the grip of destructive habits, they often make desperate resolutions. My heart goes out to them because I used to be trapped in that same struggle. For over half my life, I was in bondage to overeating. I was obsessed with diets and exercise. I lost close to a total of 700 pounds through years of gaining-then-losing weight. Today, I’m totally, 100 percent free and experiencing the joy that comes with that freedom.. But there was a time when I, like so many others, began each New Year with noble resolutions. I always hoped that this year my resolution would be The Solution—only to find myself failing and feeling miserable …again.
In theory, resolutions sound good. In practice, however, they fall short. Desperate resolutions are just carnal methods that play right into Satan’s deceptive strategy to keep us frustrated and failing until finally we lose all hope that we’ll ever be free.
If Satan can keep you in the arena of the flesh, using carnal weapons to fight a spiritual warfare, he can defeat you. But if you’ll take the weapons of your warfare which are not carnal but mighty through God, you can defeat the devil and overcome destructive habits in every area of your life.
Jesus said if we continue in His Word, we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free (John 8:31-32). So don’t let the devil lure you into another cycle of failure and disappointment with the temptation of a "quick fix." There is a way out. But you’ll need more than a New Year’s resolution—you’ll need to make a quality decision to put your hope and faith in God.
As you continue in the Word and trust God to conform you to the image of His Son, that burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of Jesus the Anointed One and His anointing will set you free from the bondage of weight and the weight of bondage. You can confidently put your hope and trust in Him because when the Son makes you free, you are free indeed! (John 8:36).
Choose to be Faithful - From Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's Devotional~ From Faith to Faith
Can He Count on You? Gloria Copeland
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?– Luke 12:42
We often praise God for His faithfulness. We're thankful that we can always count on Him to be there for us. But we rarely consider the fact that He needs us to be faithful too.
It's true. God needs people He can count on. He needs faithful and wise stewards He can trust over His household. In this final hour, He needs faithful believers to team up with, to manifest Himself in the earth more than ever before.
"Oh Gloria, God doesn't need me!"
Yes, He does. Ever since the Creation, when He gave man dominion over the earth, He's needed people to work with Him to get His will done here. You can see that all through the Bible. When the children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt and He wanted to lead them out, He teamed up with a man, Moses, to get the job done. Moses' responsibility was to stretch out his hand in the earth and command the will of God to be done.
Why did He choose Moses? Because He needed someone who was faithful and would dare to act on His Word. He needed someone He could count on, and He knew Moses was that kind of man.
Psalm 103:7 says, "He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel." If Moses hadn't been faithful to know God's ways, the children of Israel would never have seen God's acts!
God needs you just as He needed Moses. He needs you to be faithful and alert to spiritual things. He needs you to be someone He can trust to know His Word and be obedient to it. He needs you to be a steward who will stretch out his hand like Moses did so that He can perform signs and wonders before the people.
Will you be faithful? It's a decision you have to make. No one can do it for you. Right now, commit yourself to be that wise and faithful servant. Say in your heart and with your mouth, "God, You can count on me."
Choices - From Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's daily devotional - From Faith to Faith.
Choose Friends Wisely ~Kenneth Copeland
I wrote you in my [previous] letter not to associate(closely and habitually) with unchaste (impure) people.
– 1 Corinthians 5:9, The Amplified Bible
The company you keep has such an influence on your spiritual life. Fellowshiping with godly people will help speed you on to victory, while fellowshiping with those who are ungodly will drag you down to defeat.
That's why the Bible has some things to say about your friends. That's why it tells you to separate yourself from the world. Because evil companions will corrupt you.
Now, I'm not talking about ministry. Jesus Himself ministered to sinners. You have to mix with them to preach to them and pray for them. What I'm talking about here are the people you choose for friends.
If you want to walk in the things of the Lord, don't choose friends who walk in the things of the devil, people who talk and act ungodly, who don't give God any place in their lives. They'll pull you down. As you rub shoulders with them, you'll expose yourself to temptation. You'll get so familiar with sin it will start to appear less repulsive to you. Sooner or later, you'll fall into it.
So choose your friends wisely. Fellowship with those who call on the Name of the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Tim. 2:22). Expose yourself to their love and peace. Let their faith rub off on you!
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
From Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's book; Limitless Love - Day 336
Stay Connected to the Spirit - by Kenneth Copeland
"These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God......" Jude 19-21
The Bible lets us know clearly just how secure we are in God's love. It says that love is so strong that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from it (Romans 8:38-39)
That's a powerful statement. Yet, even so, there is one person- and only one - who's not included in that list. That person is you.
God will never fall out of love with you. The devil will never be able to keep God's love from reaching you. But you can separate yourself from it - and that is exactly what many believers do.
How? By remaining sensual or carnal. Most people associate sensuality with gross moral sin. But actually, to be sensual, in its most basic form, simply means to be moved or led by the natural, fleshly senses, or our flesh, govern our behavior, we always get off into sin. What's more, we open ourselves to deception because we are basing our lives on the natural world around us.
Satan, who is the god of this world, can easily work his wiles on us there.
When we let our fellowship with God slip and don't maintain our spiritual walk by spending time in the WORD and in prayer, we often begin to attribute thoughts to God when they actually originate in our carnal minds. I've seen men base their ministry on such errors. They stand up in the pulpit and say, "After I had my heart attack and was laying in the hospital, God told me He gave me that heart attack to slow me down and teach me something."
God doesn't give people heart attacks! But when we get drawn into sensual, carnal thinking, we can be deceived into believing He does. And when we start thinking that way, we can find ourselves separated from the love of God! We can end up cutting ourselves off from His BLESSING and power, being led by our own, natural, stinking thinking instead of by His Spirit and His faith-building WORD.
Don't let that happen to you. Keep yourself in God's love. Stay connected to His Spirit and His truth by praying in the Holy Ghost and abiding in His WORD. Be Spiritual, not sensual, and you'll stay connected with God's love. Then no one will be able to steal THE BLESSING from you!
So again I'm going to share from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's Devotional Limitless Love. Page 143
A Smooth and Simple Flow by Kenneth Copeland
“…Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
How amazingly simple those words are! They make believing and receiving sound like such a smooth and sure flow. They say nothing of the strain and struggle most of us have experienced as we've tried to walk by faith. They make no mention of the times when faith seems to fail and those things we need to receive stay stubbornly beyond our reach.
Why didn't Jesus warn us about those times? Why didn't He let us know just what a difficult task believing and receiving really is?
Because when we do it His way, it really isn't hard. When our believing and receiving is born out of a life of love, the hindrances to our prayers are moved out of the way, your faith functions like it was divinely designed to, and we discover just how simple the life of faith was truly meant to be.
A friend of mine told me once of an experience that perfectly demonstrated this truth. He’d been standing in faith for some time, believing to receive specific breakthroughs in his ministry. He had struggled and strained…he’d studied The WORD…he’d confessed the victory, seemingly to no avail. One day, in the midst of it all, The LORD reminded him of a fellow minister who had mistreated him some time before.
This man had received much help and support from my friend and in return had betrayed him. “Frankly, I felt he had stabbed me in the back and twisted the knife,” he said. “But I determined not to be ugly to him. I decided not to do anything to get revenge.”
Yet as The LORD brought this man again to my friend’s mind, he suddenly knew he hadn’t fully forgiven him. He also knew what The LORD was telling him to do about it. He was telling him to take a significant financial gift to that man, hug his neck and let him know that he loved him.
That was tough for my friend to do. He didn’t have any warm feelings for the man at the time. But he did it anyway. He stepped out and determined to love that fellow minister by faith regardless of his feelings. And when he did, it brought a great release.
It didn’t just bring spiritual release in his heart, either. It brought a release of those things he’d been struggling to believe God for. Suddenly, effortlessly, doors began to open to him. Long-awaited breakthroughs came. In the atmosphere of love, faith began to work just like Jesus said it would.
Believing and receiving became a smooth and simple flow.
This time I will be sharing from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s devotional book; Limitless Love
For Love’s Sake, Slow Down
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20
Most of us have developed the habit of doing exactly the opposite of what these verses tell us to do. We’ve trained ourselves through practice to be slow to hear, quick to speak, and quick to get angry. But to successfully live a life of love, we’ll have to turn that around.
We must learn to stop and really listen to people-especially when they’re talking to us about a difficult subject or telling us something we don’t want to hear. Our natural, human tendency is to react and start shooting off our mouths before we’ve gotten the whole story. We jump up and make a judgment before hearing people out and giving some thought to what they’re saying. As a result, we end up saying hurtful things we later regret.
The Bible compares words to arrows. When we get in a hurry and start shooting them thoughtlessly in every direction, we often end up wounding people around us. When we’re finished, they’re hurt and we’re saying, “Oh, I’m sorry. I wasn’t aiming at you. I was just shooting off my mouth.” Our apology may be nice, but it doesn’t undo the damage.
What’s more, Proverbs 18:13 says a man who answers a matter before he hears and understands it, it is folly and shame to him. So, it’s not only loving, but wise and will save future embarrassment if we’ll just take some time before we give our opinion about things.
When something rubs us the wrong way, the best thing is for us to bite our lips for a while, and give God time to talk to us. We need to give God time to work on our souls and make adjustments in our thinking until it lines up with His.
That’s not easy to do, first of all, because it’s foreign to the nature of our flesh. Our flesh just doesn’t like to be restrained. Secondly, the devil will usually be there trying to pressure and rush us. “You’d better do something about this, now!” he’ll say. “Don’t wait another minute. Just give them a piece of your mind.” He wants to keep us from giving God time to deal with us. He wants to push us out of love and into sin.
When you sense the devil pressuring you like that, rebel against him. Be stubbornly determined not to rush into reacting. Instead, just calm down and say to yourself, “I’m not going to get upset about this thing. I’ll wait and listen awhile. I’m not going to respond until I get love’s perspective on it.”
If you’ll do that, you’ll save yourself tremendous trouble and serious embarrassment. And, you’ll develop some wise habits that will help you keep your love life in line.
So I'm going to share again from Kenneth & Gloria Copeland's devotional Pursuit for His Presence -
January 27, 2013 The Lord Is on Your Side by Kenneth Copeland
That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.– Hebrews 2:14-15
If you were the navigator of a ship, you’d be at a great disadvantage if you didn’t know south existed, wouldn’t you? If the only direction you were aware of was north, you’d get off track very easily.
That sounds silly but the truth is, many Christians are trying to do that very thing in the realm of the spirit. They are trying to navigate by faith without taking into consideration the reciprocal force that can, and will, take them in the opposite direction if they do not guard against it.
What is this reciprocal force I’m talking about? It’s the force of fear.
“Oh, I don’t feel like I’m afraid of anything,” you may say.
That doesn’t really matter because fear is not a feeling. It is not an emotion. It is a spiritual force. And although it can and does affect your emotions, it can be in operation even when you don’t feel it.
Just as “faith is the substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1), fear is the substance of things not desired. Faith reaches into the unseen realm of the spirit and manifests the promises of God. Fear reaches into the unseen realm and manifests the threats of the devil. Faith is the power God uses to create. Fear is the power the devil uses to destroy.
Hebrews 2:14-15 says Jesus became flesh and blood to destroy the power of death and deliver those who were in bondage to it. It is the fear of death that keeps us in bondage.
You must understand, however, that fear of death does not necessarily mean you’re afraid to leave your body to go to heaven, as believers do when they die physically. The fear of death referred to in Hebrews has a much broader meaning than that. It includes the fear of sickness, lack, failure and everything else that is included under the Master Law of Sin and Death.
If you grew up in a poor family, for example, you might spend your lifetime in bondage to the fear of poverty. You might even try to apply the principles of God—giving and confessing and doing all the things that bring prosperity—but if you retain the underlying fear of being poor, it won’t matter how much wealth you accumulate, the devil will rob you every time you turn around. You have to repent and get free!
As Ephesians 6:12 says, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world. What do those rulers use to rule? Fear! Fear is their source of power. So, if we’ll take authority over it and break its power, then poverty, sickness and failure that fear was designed to bring will never have the opportunity to manifest itself in our lives! You can take authority over fear. You can be free from its grip. You can live in freedom. Simply go before God and repent and use your God-given authority over that fear. Then stand in faith in your freedom. Confess the truth. In Psalm 118:6 David said, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.”
Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-6
This is from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's devotional Pursuit for His Presence -
God’s Success Formula by Gloria Copeland
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.– Joshua 1:5
May I ask you a very direct question? How much do you want to succeed in life?
I’ve been amazed over the years at the people who have come across the formula for success, only to leave it lying on the table while they stay broke, sick and defeated.
Such people initially think success is easy for those who are gifted with great abilities. When they run into the truth, however, it stops them cold. The reality of it is this: Real supernatural success is no picnic for anyone. It takes courage. It takes faith. And it is not dependent on natural ability.
If Joshua were around today, he could tell you just how true that is. When God called him to lead Israel after Moses’ death, he faced an overwhelming task. As Moses’ successor, Joshua had some big shoes to fill. Several million people were under his command, and he knew if they didn’t stay in line with God, His blessing would not be on them. Without God’s blessing, they would never be able to take the Promised Land.
Joshua had to succeed.
“But Gloria, you don’t know me! I’ve tried and failed with every formula in the book. I just don’t have what it takes to succeed.”
If that’s what you’re thinking, you haven’t tried the formula in God’s Book. Read again what He said in Joshua 1:5. God said the same thing to Moses in Exodus 3:12, “Certainly I will be with thee.” In other words, “It doesn’t matter who you are, Moses. It matters who I am. For I am with you!”
That’s the great thing about God’s success formula. It’s not based on our abilities, it’s based on His abilities. We may be inadequate in a dozen different ways, but the One who is with us is more than enough.
So this week I will be sharing from Bill Winston’s book: The Law of Confession. We have been studying this book at our Church on Sunday mornings, and I wanted to share this part. I think it is so good!! This is just a small testimony of E.V.Hill from the book.
E.V. Hill’s Story
There was a preacher named E.V. Hill, who grew up very poor in Texas during the Depression. One of the major reasons he succeeded was that his mother understood the power of the law of confession. In an era when most black families in the South could not afford to send their children to school, she was determined that E.V., who was her oldest boy, would get an education. The deacons at her church kept telling her he was a big boy and should be helping her in the field and with the younger children, but Mrs. Hill would not hear of that. She would say again and again, “My boy is going to school.”
E.V. graduated from the eighth grade in a one-room schoolhouse, first in his class. (He always mentioned that he was the only one in his class!) He went on to high school and again graduated first (and only) in his class. Then he was accepted at Prairie View A&M University. September finally came, and it was time for him to go to college.
Mama wrapped his cardboard suitcases with twine to hold them together and gave E.V. a paper bag with some fish sandwiches. They were so oily, he had to hold the bottom of the bag to keep them from falling out. Before he boarded the bus, Mama gave him all the money she had --$17.95. She said, “Son, this is all Mama got, but I’ll be praying for you.”
When E.V. got to school he signed up for his courses, but then he had to pay for them. He only had about five dollars left, and the school didn’t take credit cards in those day, even if he had one. But he got into the cashier’s line just as if he’d had one. But he got in the cahier’s line just as if he had the money to pay his bill. The devil was telling him in one ear, “Get out of line, you fool. You are making a fool of yourself.” In the other ear, he heard Mama saying, “I’ll be praying for you. MY son is going to school.”
E.V. chose not to be afraid but to trust God, because he knew it was God’s will for him to be in school. He kept moving up in line and the devil kept taunting him, trying to bring doubt and unbelief. E.V. kept putting down those doubts, resisting the devil, and believing God instead. When he was one person away from the cashier’s cage, a big man he had never seen came up to him and said, “Excuse me, are you Hill?”
He answered, “Well Sir, my Mama said….”
But the man interrupted him and asked again, “Are you E.V. Hill?” He nodded. “Get out of line.”
E.V.’s head dropped, and he fought the fear that he was about to be sent home. He followed the man to a corner of the room and watched as he opened up a portfolio. Then he said, “Hill, I don’t know what’s happening here, but I’ve got a four-year scholarship for you. Got all your books paid for and monthly stipend.” He wasn’t supposed to be in line because God had already taken care of everything!
Because of his Mama’s confession that her son was going to school, money came. And her son became one of the most respected preachers and Christian leaders of our time. No one who knew or heard E.V.Hill will ever forget him because he understood the power of speaking God’s Word and will. You couldn’t be around him without hearing something that would change your life. He was a man who learned early on how to overcome fear by standing on God’s Word and keeping your faith confession.
Overcoming fear is one of the Church’s biggest opportunities to reveal the saving, healing, and delivering power of Jesus in these last days. But too often we’ve been taught that the storm is bigger than we are, instead of that God is bigger than the storm. We haven’t been taught that when we speak His Word, God gets involved and that settles it. The truth is, to carry out because He has put His Word above His name and must abide by His law of confession.
So this week I will be sharing Day 147 from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s new Limitless Love devotional, as I said last week it goes right along with Day 146 which I shared last week.
With God as Our Witness ~ by Kenneth Copeland
“That He would grant us that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life.” Luke 1:74-75
One of the promises God fulfilled through the coming of Jesus is that we could serve God and live in His presence all the days of our lives. That’s why Jesus was call Immanuel, which translated means “God with us”!
Developing our awareness of the fact that God is actually with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is one of the most powerful aids to walking in love. If we’ll continually remind ourselves that He is present-witnessing everything we do, everything we say and everything we think-we’ll be far more diligent in our love life and far quicker to repent when we fail.
One time when The LORD was particularly dealing with me about this, He said. Kenneth, I want you to cultivate your awareness of the fact that I’m right there with you. I want you to talk to Me throughout the day just like I’m standing next to you. Forget the thees and the thous. Just talk straight to Me like you would any other friend you love and respect. When you do something you shouldn’t or even if you entertain unloving thoughts, turn immediately to Me and say, “Lord, forgive me. I repent of that. I shouldn’t have let those thoughts stay in my mind.” If you’ll do that continually, you’ll become so well-developed in love that other people just can’t offend you. The meanest bigot in the world could insult you and you’d just say, “Father, forgive him, he doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
That’s what The LORD Jesus did. He walked so continually for 33 years in the presence of God that He grew to the place where even when people were killing Him, He loved and forgave them.
Most people don’t realize Jesus had to grow into the fullness of that kind of love. He was born of Love but had to grow in it. Although He never did sin, He did not start out completely mature and developed in the things of God. The Bible tells us that “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52, New International Version).
It’s the same way with us. We don’t start out our Christian life fully developed. As we walk in the presence of The LORD, we grow up in Him. As we fellowship with Him over the details of our lives, ever aware that He is with us, we get stronger and stronger in Him. Eventually, the things that once caused us to stumble won’t trip us up at all, and we’ll see God’s promise fulfilled in us as we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, enjoy His presence and serve Him with love all the days of our lives.
So this week I’m going to share from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Limitless Love devotional. Day 146 and next week I will share day 147 as they go together.
When No One’s Watching ~ day 146
“But now ye also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”
When we make a decision to be ruled by love, one of the first things we must do is take authority over our own temper. Instead of allowing our temper to rule us, we must rule our temper.
If we find we’re unable to do that, it’s probably because we’re inconsistent in our efforts. We try to restrain ourselves in our relationships with other people but when we’re alone we turn our tempers loose. When the car won’t start and we’re late for work, we’ll slap the dash and fill the air with angry words. When the computer won’t work right we slam some desk drawers and make unsavory remarks thinking it doesn’t matter because no one else can hear.
But the fact is it does matter, because every time we yield to anger and wrath, we are practicing those things. And the more we practice them when we are alone, the easier it is to yield to them in the presence of others. The angry habits we develop by slapping the dashboard and slamming the desk drawers will inevitably rear their ugly heads when another person irritates us. And we’ll find ourselves doing and saying things we will long regret.
What’s more, giving in to anger and impatience even in little things grieves the Holy Spirit. We simply can’t walk with Him while yielding to the flesh. The Lord spoke to me about that years ago when I was praying in the spirit, getting ready for a service. He showed me a vision of a pipeline that was so clogged hardly any water could get through it. Just a mist-like spray was coming out.
That pipe is your spirit, said The LORD. The flow is My glory. I want to pour My glory through you.
“What’s all that junk plugging up my pipeline?” I asked.
It’s made up of the little unconfessed sins of irritation and temper in your life. It’s built up from all the times you shot your mouth off in anger or slammed your suitcase down on the floor because you forgot something. When you get in a big fuss with someone, you repent and make it right, He said. But you just let that little stuff go and it has polluted the stream of the spirit that flows through you.
I got some things right that day. I repented and cleaned out my spiritual pipeline. Since then, I’ve been more committed to watching over my thoughts, words and actions – not just when others are present but also when God and I are alone. I’ve determined to practice yielding to love all the time so when it’s not just a car or a computer but the heart of another person that’s at stake, I’ll be well-practiced at doing the right thing. I’ll be in the habit of love.
2013 - The Year of Great GRACE
Prophecy delivered by Kenneth Copeland on August 17, 2012
“Stay where you are! Stay steady! Your greatest BLESSING ever is at hand. No one can stop My plan for you. It’s a BLESSED plan. STAY ON MY WORD. Stay strong in faith! Insist on walking in My commandment of love. NO DEVIL, NO GOVERNMENT, NO MAN CAN CURSE WHAT I HAVE BLESSED. Believe that. Know that! You belong to Me—not the world! We will carry out THE BLESSING plan together. I’m teaching you GRACE. Keep it on your mind throughout 2013, and beyond. Never, ever let it go. The thing that I can do that is exceeding abundantly above all you can ask or think is to make ALL GRACE abound toward you, and that’s what is happening for you and for your country, right now. BE BLESSED! Enjoy My GRACE. It’s yours.”
This week I'm going to share from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's Devotional book Pursuit of His Presence.
December 22 by Gloria Copeland
You Are a Tree
"In righteousness shalt thou be established." Isaiah 54:14
Jesus is the very picture of established righteousness. When He walked into the funeral of Lazarus, He was the only One not dressed in black. That's because He hadn't come to a funeral, He had come to a raising! He was so established in righteousness that He boldly said, "Roll the stone away from the door of the tomb" (John 11).
It was Righteousness Who commanded, "Lazarus, come fourth." And when He did, God backed Him up. When the devil heard that, he just got out of the way. There's nothing he can do when Righteousness speaks but bow and leave.
"Sure, Jesus could speak like that," you say, "but I'm not Jesus!"
No, you're not. But your righteousness is of Him. When you understand that, you'll see why that angel shouted at Jesus' birth, "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people" (Luke 2:10)
What was so joyful about those tidings? Those angels were talking to Hebrew people who had been living under the strictness of the Law. They'd struggled all their lives to be righteous. They lived in bondage to the Law, trying to please and satisfy God. But they couldn't do it. So this angel was saying to them, "The One Who makes peace is in the earth! The Anointed One is here."
Talk about great joy! That was the best news those people could ever hear.
But the devil has come back into the Church and sowed that bondage all over again. He's told us that we're unrighteous. He's told us God is mad at us so we would be subject to oppression and fear and doubt.
He's told us there's something blasphemous about standing up and saying, "I know my God and I have faith in Him. I stand on His Word and I reach out in the Name of Jesus to do exploits."
But friend, that's not blasphemy. That's the gospel!
Our covenant of peace says we're to be called "trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified" (Isaiah 61:3).
So be a tree of righteousness planted by God. Not a bush- a tree planted! Stand tall because God put you there, and when the devil comes along, tell him "It is written."
I'll warn you now, there are some Christians who will oppose you when you do that. They'll come along and try to climb all over you. Others will have sense enough to come hide under your foliage until they get established in righteousness.
Either way, it's all right. You're a tree. Just keep standing there digging your roots deeper and deeper into your covenant of peace. Keep healing the sick and raising the dead. Keep acting the same way that Jesus did. You'll be living proof to a frightened world that there truly is peace on earth, good will toward men!
Speak the Word - I am established in righteousness. Isaiah 54:14
For Further Study: Luke 2:1-20 ~
This week I’m sharing from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s book; How to Get Your Prayers Answered
- A 10 day Spiritual Action Plan. In this part they are talking about hindrances to prayer.
Love in the Home – by Gloria Copeland
I want to talk for a moment about strife being a hindrance to prayer.
Ken and I have learned the importance of agreement in the home. We have learned through The WORD how to live in agreement with each other and with our children. The power of harmony is at work in our lives; whatever we agree on according to God’s WORD comes to pass. We do not allow strife in our home, in our office, or in any part of our ministry. Strife stops the power of God!
We have learned a great truth: it is more important to avoid strife than to appear justified! It is better to give than to receive, and the wisdom from above is peace-loving and easily entreated, willing to yield to reason. As a result, we are enjoying one of God’s greatest blessings, a love – ruled home.
When you begin to order your life by the love of God, you will find that the easiest place to remain in selfishness is in your home with those dearest to you. There seems to be an incentive to operate in love before other people, but with your family you are tempted to allow yourself more selfish privileges – as if selfishness did not really count at home. There is no barrier in the home to keep you from seeking your own except the love of God. Before you even thought about living the love of God, you were probably more courteous and just nicer in many ways to friends and acquaintances than your family. Without the love of God you are demanding and less forgiving with the members of your family than with anyone else. It does not make sense, but most of the time you will say things to those close to you that you would not dream of saying to other people.
Discord or disagreement in any relationship, whether between husband and wife, parent and child or brother and sister, drops the shield of faith and stops prayer results. It invites Satan and his evil spirits into the midst of you.
Where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16)! Envy (jealousy) and strife (contention, rivalry and selfish ambition) are areas of darkness. Envy results in strife. Strife opens the door to every evil work and brings confusion. Your senses will dominate your spirit. Strife will stop you from perfecting the love of God and cause you to walk in darkness instead of in the light of God’s wisdom.
Stop Strife Immediately
Strife is deadly. It stops faith and paralyzes the power of God in your life. The moment that you become aware of Satan trying to move you into an area of strife, stop it immediately with the Name of Jesus. Learn to resist strife just as you learned to resist sin and sickness. Stop contention. It proceeds from Satan. The WORD says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory” (Philippians 2:3). Obey God’s WORD and be free from Satan’s evil works.
Strife and selfishness are luxuries Christians cannot afford – especially at home! If you allow Satan to stop you with strife at your own front door, you will be no threat to him anywhere else. The home is where strife is the deadliest, but also the place that living the love of God produces the greatest joy and blessing. When your home is love –ruled by The WORD of God, it will become a copy of heaven on earth.
A Christian husband and wife who learn to live in agreement without strife are mighty instruments of The LORD Jesus for good. The rewards of living in agreement are more than worth the effort it takes to walk in love with each other. When you’re in harmony, your prayers are effective!
So this week I'm going a little bit different way. I'm going to share from Jerry Savelle's book: Faith Building Daily Devotion, Page 23.
THE WAY OF FAITH
Today's Scripture; But this thing I command them, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. Jeremiah 7:23-24
There are rewards for walking in the ways of God. But, in order to walk in His ways, you need to know His ways. There are five basic catagories of the ways of God in the New Testament:
1. Walk in Faith
2. Walk in Love
3. Walk in Light
4. Walk in The Spirit
5. Walk in Fellowship
I really want to concentrate on the way of faith. Blessed is the man that walks in the ways of the Lord! One benefit of walking in the ways of God is that you will prosper in all you do. If you walk in the councel of the ungodly, you will be compromising. What is compromise? One definition is spiritual erosion. It is the erosion of good intentions.
No one sets our deliberately to compromise. All of us have good intentions where the Word is concerned. We hear the Word and decide to walk in it, but sometimes our good intentions are eroded.
The way of faith causes you to go forward in life. The way of compromise causes you to go backwards. The way of faith enables you to remain patient and endure to the end - cleaving to, trusting in, and relying upon God to see you through. Those who have chosen the way of compromise end up drawing back, quitting, and turning their backs on God's Word.
The way of compromise "seems right" and "appears straight," but notice the outcome is defeat and destruction. It produces undesirable fruit in one's life, and it always appears to be justifiable. Jesus illustrates in His teachings that to choose the way of compromise is to choose the way of the fool, and to choose the way of faith is to choose the way of the wise.
WHICH WAY HAVE YOU CHOSEN?
The only way you can go forward in a world that is going backwards is to walk in the ways of God! Walk by faith and not by sight. Even though standing in faith is the "hard way," it is the way to victory! Even though standing in faith takes longer sometimes, it is God's way. It will have lasting rewards! Choose the way of Faith!
I’m sharing again from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s Limitless Love Devotional.
Page 169 by Kenneth Copeland
Speaking the Truth in Love
“The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.”
Sometimes when believers begin to find out what The WORD of God says and gain some spiritual discernment, they become harsh and abrasive to others. If they see someone else making a mistake, they’re quick to point it out and correct that person. They speak scriptural truth, yes, but instead of being BLESSED by that truth, those who receive it end up feeling hurt or condemned.
It can be tempting just to shrug off others’ hurt feelings and say, “Well, it’s just my job to tell people the truth. They can do with it what they want.” But that’s not what the Bible says for us to do. It doesn’t just instruct us to tell people the truth. It says we should speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
How we approach something determines, to a great degree, how well people can receive it. Words that BLESS and are full of kindness and genuine concern for the well-being of another, enhance that person’s ability to learn from them. On the other hand, words that are accurate but cold and uncaring rarely help anyone.
It’s love that makes the truth receivable.
Even the gospel, message, as powerful as it is, will often be rejected by people who would otherwise want it, when it is preached without a spirit of love. We can preach salvation with a tone of judgment, and an attitude that were “holier than thou,” and actually rob people of the ability to receive it. But if we’ll speak to them about it in love, their defenses will start to fall. When they hear not only our words but the compassion behind them, their hearts will open up and they’ll want to hear what we have to say. They’ll want to accept and embrace it instead of pushing it away.
So before we jump out and just start telling people everything we see and all the truth we know, we need to check out hearts. We need to ask, “Why am I saying these things? Am I just trying to show how much I know? Am I trying to be the big-shot teacher and corrector? Or am I genuinely and deeply concerned about this person?”
If we truly desire to speak from a motivation of love, the majority of the time we’ll clothe our words with gentleness and kindness. We’ll emphasize the goodness of God and His love for that person, rather than magnifying what they’ve done wrong.
After all, the Bible says it’s the goodness of God that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4). It’s His love in our hearts and on our lips that will inspire and encourage others to change.
So this week I’m going to share a small part of Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s 10day spiritual action plan how to get your prayers answered. It is a small part but very powerful.
The Prayer of Binding and Loosing - by Kenneth Copeland
God intends for the Body of Christ to police the evil forces of this world. We are to change circumstances to line up with God’s will and put Satan under our feet through the power of God. We are to spoil his plans, plots and maneuvers against God’s people!
The prayer of binding and loosing halts Satan’s activities. Matthew 12:29 says, “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house.” You have authority over Satan (Luke 10:19). You exercise it with the prayer of binding and loosing. “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18)
As you enforce the authority vested in the Church, speak directly to Satan. Exercise you faith in Jesus’ work at Calvary.
When Jesus was raised from the dead, He stripped Satan of his authority over mankind. That authority has been delegated to the Body of Christ in the earth. Bind Satan in the Name of Jesus.
Many times Gloria and I add a paragraph to our agreement prayer: “Satan, we bind you and render you helpless in this situation. As a matter of record, you are hereby bound in the Name of Jesus.” From then on, we thank God that Satan is bound and unable to work in the situation. We refuse to give him any place.
Well this week when I prayed about what to share this is what I got. Jeremy Pearsons was on The Believers Voice of Victory in Feb. 2012 and it was so good at the time I told many people about it. They are playing it again on the GOD channel this week (Direct TV) at 4:30pm. But you can watch the whole thing from Kenneth Copeland's website. KCM.org then just go to media, and then the dates are Feb.20-24, 2012 and Feb. 27-March 2, 2012. The first week is called "The conversations between Grace & Faith" and the next is "Knowing the thoughts and plans of God" even if you watched them before I encourage you to listen again. Jeremy Pearsons is Kenneth Copeland's grandson and he has a great understanding of God's Grace.
Have you ever been disappointed ? I don't think we are suppose to be. I listened to Keith Moore talk about this once (well a few times I listened more than once.) He said if you were ever disappointed you had put your trust, faith , & expectancy in the wrong place! The Bible says it many times that we should not put our trust in man, but put our full trust in the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:5-8) If God is our source then why do we look to others or even ourselves to meet our needs. He said He would meet our needs.(Philippians 4:19) I think we put ourselves in the wrong position when we look to others or ourselves. I know we can also be disappointed when we don't receive what we've prayed for. I think and Keith Moore confirmed we get too hasty with our prayers or confessions. We don't ask God before, if we should pray or if we should be believing for that. I believe the Power comes when we ask and He confirms and we get into agreement with Him. If you ask He will tell you what to pray for and how. Or if we just need to leave it alone. If we ask He will tell us what to believe for and what to confess. I think we put too much emphasis on our own thinking and ideas, when need to stop and ask "Is this the way You want me to go?" Then He will reveal the answer to us and our faith begins. Faith begins where the will of God is known! Or we will know if that is not the way to go. We will only know which way to go when we ask Him and Trust Him. And when we do we will never be disappointed. If you would like to listen to this message by Keith Moore you can go to his website. The teaching was March 2, 2012.
This is his website: http://www.moorelife.org
Two more things I want to add that Keith Moore said that I wrote down; The Lord told him to "Be more selective about your prayers and you will be more effective." and the second is "Faith puts no pressure on people."
Blessings ~ Catrina Ervin
We were not made to be independent! We were made to only be whole with Him. So why do we try to do things on our own?
Another devotional page from one of Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's This time from Pursuit of His Presence. This is one of my favorite pages from this book. The last paragraph is a confession. I turned it into a confession for myself. I said it over myself almost every day for a long time. And I am doing it again now.
Pursuit of His Presence -- December 21, 2012 Center Your Life Around God Gloria Copeland
Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking.
– 1 Corinthians 13:5, The Amplified Bible
God doesn’t just love the lovely. He loves the unlovely too. No matter how bad, mean or ornery someone might be, if they’ll turn to Him, He’ll cleanse them and forgive them. He’ll let them partake of the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, so they can have a new life in Him.
That’s the way God loves us, and that’s the way He expects us to love each other. In 1 Corinthians 13, He gives us a detailed description of that kind of love. That description is especially good in The Amplified Bible.
According to the Bible, that kind of love is the distinguishing mark of a Christian. It’s God’s love that sets you apart. You and I have a high calling. We’re called to live a life of love just like Jesus did.
Does that mean we’ll have to die like He did? Literally speaking, probably not. But we will have to die to our own selfish tendencies and desires. We’ll have to stop centering our lives on what we want and what we feel. We’ll have to stop looking out for ourselves all the time. Walking in love means we lay down our own rights and look out for the other person’s rights instead.
I realize that may sound tough, but it’s actually the surest way to be wonderfully blessed, because when you walk in love, God takes care of you! You could never take care of yourself as well as He does. The Bible says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9, The Amplified Bible). So when you walk in love, you can rest assured He will see to it that you prosper in every way.
Not only that, when you stop being selfish, you’ll be a happier person. When you’re self-centered, you’re always thinking about yourself. You’re always thinking about someone who did you wrong...or how much you have to do.
It’s impossible for a selfish person to stay happy for very long because everything centers around him. We’re not made to live that way. We’re not big enough or powerful enough for everything to center around us. The more we keep our minds on ourselves, the easier it is for the devil to upset us.
But praise God, you’ve been born again, you’ve been delivered from selfishness. It’s lost its dominion over you. You don’t have to center your life around yourself. You have the power to center your life around God instead. You can keep your mind on obeying His Word and living a life of love! He will take care of everything else (Matthew 6:33).
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-3
I'm going to share again from: Limitless Love - Devotional by; Kenneth and Gloria Copeland - day 149
Day 149 - Who's getting close to You ?
“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13-14, NIV
People always wanted to be around Jesus. His disciples loved to be with Him. Sinners wanted to be with Him. Even little children wanted to be near Him.
That proves He wasn’t just loving and kind when He was preaching. He was loving all the time.
If we’re going to be His followers, we ought to be that way, too. We shouldn’t be gentle and kind in church on Sunday and then go to the mechanic’s shop Monday and chew the guy out for being late with our car. We shouldn’t be talking faith out of one side of our mouths and then putting pressure on people with the other.
Some Christians do that. When they’re around other believers, they’ll say they trust The LORD to bring them through. But when they step out into the world and begin dealing with other people, they’re the loudest, pushiest, most demanding folks you’ve ever seen.
What’s worse is, they do it in the name of being bold. They’ll yell at someone who isn’t giving them the service they want or getting them the results they think they deserve, then they justify it by saying, “Well, you know, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”
That’s not what the Bible says. Luke 6:31 says we should do to others as we would have them do to us, and Galatians 5:6 says faith works by love. When we start putting pressure on people in unloving ways, our faith shrivels up and quits working. We’re no longer looking to God or depending on Him. We’re putting our dependence on the flesh.
Some people even excuse unloving behavior by saying, “It’s just that strong anointing that makes me act that way.”
No, being pushy isn’t from being anointed. It’s just rude. And when we act that way, people won’t want to be around us. Other believers won’t want to be around us. Even God won’t want to be around us.
(I know, because early in my Christian life The LORD told me that even though He loved me, He didn’t enjoy being around me. My harshness and my quick temper grieved Him.)
So if you want to check up on your love walk, look around you. Are others drawn to you…. Or do they steer away? Are they frightened and intimidated….. or do they feel safe and secure in your presence?
One thing is sure, if you are truly walking in the love of Jesus, people will want to be close to you.
Limitless Love – Devotional by; Kenneth and Gloria Copeland – day 123
Faithful to Forgive
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9
Every one of us makes mistakes in our walk with God. No matter how committed to The LORD we may be, there times when we miss the mark. But that doesn’t have to stop us from living in victory. We can keep right on going without missing a step if we’ll be quick to acknowledge our sins and repent of them.
Some believers find that difficult to do because they fail to understand the depth of the love and forgiveness of God. They fear He’ll condemn them for their failures, so they’re unwilling to admit them…
Or having acknowledged them, they refuse to let them go.
I used to make the same mistake myself, but years ago while I was preaching a series of meetings in Pensacola, Florida, The LORD was finally able to get through to me. I’d done something during those meetings that wasn’t pleasing to Him. It was wrong and I knew it. I’d already confessed it to The LORD. I’d already asked Him to forgive me. But all afternoon I just kept saying, “Oh, that was so terrible. LORD, that was so awful.” I couldn’t even pray and prepare for the service that night because I just kept picturing in my mind what I’d done.
Finally I got ready to go to the meeting, but when I arrived I just couldn’t go inside. “LORD,” I said,
“You’ll have to get Yourself another preacher tonight because I’m not preaching after what I’ve done.”
Suddenly, I heard the voice of god in my heart.(I’d been too busy bawling and squalling to hear it before.) He said, Kenneth, I don’t know what you’re talking about. What did you do?
“LORD, You know perfectly well what I did. I’ve been talking to You about it all afternoon long!”
He said, Did you repent for it?
Well, MY WORD says I’m faithful and just to forgive you of your sins when you confess them – not three months later, right at that moment – and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. Unless you think I lied about that, I suggest you let that thing go and enjoy My forgiveness. Get on in there and preach. I’ll be there to help you.
Right then, the revelation hit me. I saw the grace and love of My Father and it thrilled my soul.
“LORD,” I said, ‘I’m Your boy! Let’s go!”
I went into the meeting that night, preached with the Anointing of God, and watched His power flow in the place. He treated me as if I’d never sinned. From that day on, I knew I’d never have to be afraid to confess my sin or waste another moment in condemnation again.
So I will share again from chapter one of Kenneth Hagins book; Love the way to Victory. I will move to something else next from a new book I got by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland about relationships, mostly about Love.
Walking in the Spirit is Walking in Love.
I want to point out something else to you about walking in the love of God. In the book of Galatians, Paul talks about walking in the Spirit. Remember this letter wasn’t written just to one church. This letter was written to be read throughout the churches in Galatia.
16 this I say then, WALK IN THE SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
A lot of times when believers talk about walking in the Spirit, they sort of get misty-eyed and foggy-headed. They seem to think that walking in the Spirit is some kind of mystical experience where they just sort of float around caught up in the Holy Spirit.
But really walking in the Spirit is very simple. Walking in the spirit is walking in the fruit of the spirit. Walking in the Spirit is walking in love.
Notice what Paul says about walking in the Spirit. First he lists the works of the flesh. Then he lists the fruit of the spirit.
Galatians 5:16, 18-25
16 This I say then, WALK IN THE SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh……
18 But IF YE BE LED OF THE SPIRIT, YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.
19 Now THE WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE MANIFEST, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which so such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, LET US ALSO WALK IN THE SPRIT.
Paul said, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest…” (v.19). Or we could say it this way: “If you walk in the flesh, then the works of the flesh will be manifested, and they will dominate you.”
Then Paul goes on to list the works of the flesh: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, and revellings.
But in verse 22, Paul also lists the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Notice what Paul says about walking in the Spirit: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).
Well, how do you walk in the Spirit? To walk in the Spirit is to walk in the fruit of the spirit. To walk in the Spirit is to walk in love! In other words, walking in the Spirit is walking in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Then Paul says, “…against such there is no law.” In other words, when you are walking in the fruit of the spirit, there is no law that can bear witness against you because you will be fulfilling all the requirements of the Law.
So putting it simply, we can say that to walk in the Spirit, is to walk in the nine fruit of the recreated human spirit. That is the essence of what walking in the Spirit is all about.
This week I will share part two of Chapter one’s Love is a Fruit if the Spirit. From Kenneth Hagin’s book;
Love the Way to Victory.
We can feed the love of God in our hearts on God’s Word, exercise it, and it will grow because love is a fruit! That’s why we can develop in love because fruit can grow and develop.
In fact, think about it. Fruit isn’t produced fully mature; it doesn’t suddenly appear on the branches fully grown and mature. It starts out as a little bud, and it has to mature by taking its life from the vine – from the trunk of the tree.
Let me illustrate how the fruit of love can grow, develop, and be increased. I’ve been married for more than fifty years. When I married my wife more than fifty years ago, I thought I just couldn’t love her any more than I did then. But now, fifty some-odd years later, it seems as though I hardly loved her at all back then because I love her so much more now.
When my wife and I were first married, we promised each other that we’d always be sweethearts. And do you know that we are still today! For example, we’ve made it a practice over all these years of marriage that at every meal after we’ve prayed, we always kiss each other. We practice an attitude of love.
Love practiced brings great rewards. Love always puts the other person first. Now I’m not perfect, but I have always endeavored to put my wife first. Through all these years, I’ve tried to do what pleases her.
For example, when I’m home, I always cook breakfast. I’ve done that throughout our more than fifty years of marriage. And when I make breakfast, I always give my wife the best egg, the best piece of bacon, and the best piece of toast because that’s what love would do.
Natural love? No! The flesh would say, “I want the best piece of bacon! I want the best everything! I want my rights and my own way!”
But I refuse to let my flesh dominate me. That would be wrong thinking, and I won’t allow wrong thinking to dominate me. I let the love of God on the inside dominate me.
Well, since the love of God has been shed abroad in our heart, when we’ve got to let our heart dominate us, not our head – not our natural thinking.
But, you see, the less you talk about your love for one another and communicate it to one another, the further apart you grow. You could eventually grow so far apart that you could find yourself wondering why you married that person in the first place.
That’s absolutely the truth! The same thing is true spiritually. The less you talk about God and the less you read the Bible or confess that you love God, the more your fellowship with God sort of wanes and grows sour. After a while, it’s almost like you don’t know whether you’re saved or not!
But the more you confess how much you love God and His Word, the more your love for Him will grow and develop. And Jesus will become more real to you.
So constantly feed the love nature that is in your spirit by exercising the divine kind of love. If you constantly exercise it, it will grow and develop.
The fruit of love grows, develops, and increases by confessing it and by acting on your love. Love is revealed by word and action. Act in line with the God-kind of love and watch your love grow and increase.
Thank God, we can grow in love, because fruit grows. But think about this. The love of God won’t really work for us unless we put it into action. Love won’t grow and be developed unless we exercise it. So it’s up to each one of us to see to it that our love is developed by exercising it.
The Bible said, “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Now I don’t know whether any of us has ever gotten to the place where we are perfect in love yet, but thank God, we can grow and develop in love! Thank God, we can be perfected or matured in love.
That doesn’t mean we are going to be perfect now in this life. And it doesn’t mean we are going to be perfect as God is perfect. But it means that we can mature in the God-kind of love. And the fruit of love ought to at least be beginning to bud in our lives!
It may take time for the fruit of love to mature. We may not see full-grown mature fruit yet, but at least we can see some buds starting to appear, and we can know our love is growing and developing.
So this week I will be sharing from Kenneth Hagin’s book again; Love the Way to Victory Chapter 1
I will have to break this part up into 2 parts it’s a bit long. So here is part 1.
Love is a Fruit of the Spirit
You need to understand that love can grow and develop because it is a fruit of the spirit, and fruit grows. When the Bible talks about the fruit of the spirit, it is not referring to the fruit of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Love is a fruit of the recreated human spirit. You receive the fruit of the spirit when you are born again. In fact, love is the first fruit of the spirit that the Bible mentions.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, : AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW.
Moffat’s translation says, “But the harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, good temper, kindliness, generosity, fidelity, gentleness, self-control: - there is no law against those who practice such things.”
The Amplified Bible says, “….Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]” (v.23). If you’re walking in love, no charge can be brought against you!
In Galatians 5:22, the translators of the King James Version capitalized the letter “s” in the word “spirit,” leading us to believe it refers to the Holy Spirit.
But W.E. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words points out that there is only one Greek word for “spirit” and that is “pneuma,” which means breath or spirit.
Therefore, sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether the Bible is talking about the Holy Spirit or the human spirit, unless it specifically says the Holy Spirit because the same Greek word, “pneuma,” is used for both words.
It is obvious that the Bible is talking about the human spirit here in Galatians 5:22, not the Holy Spirit. How do I know that?
Well, ask yourself the question, Where does fruit grow? Fruit grows on the branches because of the life that comes from the trunk or the vine of the tree. Jesus said, “I am the VINE [trunk], 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” (John15:5).
Who are the branches? The Holy Spirit? No, we are the branches. Fruit grows on the branches, we know that the fruit of the spirit refers to the fruits of our recreated human spirit.
The fruit of love is produced from our born-again human spirit because of the life that comes from abiding in the Vine, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus used the illustration of a tree to teach us about the fruit of the recreated human spirit.
In John 15:4, Jesus made an amazing statement. He said, “The branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine,” Love is the first fruit of the born-again human spirit because of the life that comes from abiding in the life of Christ within.
We used to have a pear tree in the backyard of our little frame home in Garland, Texas. It was a sugar pear tree, and those pears made great preserves. When I’d go out there and pick pears off that tree so my wife could make preserves, I never did see those pears growing anywhere else except on the branches.
Now why did that fruit grow out there on the branch? Because it was receiving something from the trunk or the vine of that tree. The life that was in that vine flowed out into the branches.
Therefore, we can see that the fruit of the spirit is the recreated human spirit because of the life of Christ within our spirits. That life has been imparted unto our spirits through the Word of God by the Holy Spirit. So the God-kind of love is written in our hearts or our spirits.
If we’ll just let that love dominate us, what a difference it will make in our lives! You see, because love is a fruit of the recreated human spirit, it can grow and be developed. Because the love of Gpd has been shed abroad in our hearts, it’s up to us to do something with that love nature.
In fact, even though the love of God is in us because it’s been shed abroad in hearts, it won’t really work or be developed unless we put it into action. You see, developing and exercising the God-kind of love is up to us.
I will finish with part 2 next week. Blessings
This week again I will be sharing from Kenneth Hagin’s book; Love the Way to Victory. From chapter one again.
Learn to Let God’s Love Dominate
Just walking in the love of God would solve all of our problems at home. And it would solve all of our problems in the church too. In fact, it would solve all of our problems in our marriages.
That’s why the Bible tells us that we are to make the love of God our great aim in life. The Amplified Bible says it this way: “Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love – make it your aim, your great quest…” (1Cor. 14:1).
Since God’s love is so powerful and enduring because it never fails, why don’t more believers do what the Bible says and make the love of God their aim and their great quest in life? In fact, how many of us can honestly say we have made God’s love our great quest in life?
Yet God’s love working through us and reaching out to others can change anyone, even the most vile criminal, because the love of God can soften the hardest heart. The love of God can transform anyone.
The God kind of love can even transform a marriage. I make mention sometimes about a minister’s wife who called my wife for help because she was just about to leave her husband. Her husband was both mentally and physically abusive to her.
I told my wife, “See it you can get both of them to come over so we can talk to them.”
When they arrived, among other things I asked them if they had The Amplified Bible. They did, so I told them, “on a 3x5 card, write out First Corinthians 13:4-8. Then when you go to bed at night, both of you read those verses out loud. Then read them again when you wake up in the morning.”
After several weeks, the wife called my wife back and said, “You know, every morning and every evening we’ve done just what Brother Hagin said to do. We’ve rad those verses on the love of God out loud.”
Then she said, “Every single day since we’ve been reading those Scriptures, my husband has apologized to me. He said, ‘I can’t believe I mistreated you as I did. I can’t believe I said those things to you.’ ”
And instead of allowing his flesh to dominate him, this man began letting his spirit dominate him. The love of God had already been shed abroad in his heart or his innermost being. He just had to learn how to tap into that love.
When he started letting the God-kind of love dominate him, his wife told us, “He’s just become a different person! Not only has he become a different person, but so have I. I realized that to a large extent, I’m to blame for him finally blowing his top because I just kept nagging him. I should have kept my mouth shut. But we’re both different people now because the love of God has changed us.” God’s love never fails!
This was several years ago. My wife and I have seen this couple in more recent years, and they’re very happy together. They told us that their ministry is prospering and their lives are better- just because they learned how to let the love of God dominate them. The God-kind of love changed them both.
Thank God they learned where the answer is. The answer to so many problems in life is found in this statement: God’s love never fails!
Therefore, if you learn to walk in love, then you’re never going to fail either, are you? I’m talking about divine love – God’s love in us – not human love.
And if a husband and wife will walk in God’s love, their marriage won’t fail either. It would be absolutely impossible! You see, God’s love is in us, but it is up to us to put it into action and exercise it so it can grow and develop.
Since God’s love will not fail, we need to find out more about this kind of love. We need to find out how to develop God’s love and how we can cause it to grow and mature.
I’m going to share again from Kenneth Hagins book; Love the Way to Victory. Still from Chapter one Characteristics of the God-Kind of Love.
Divine Love Is a Peacemaker
Remember in the Old Testament when Saul was backslidden and trying to kill David. David wouldn’t harm Saul even though he had many opportunities to kill him. David said, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (1Chron. 16:22; Ps. 105:15).
I don’t want to be guilty of touching God’s anointed in any way. So I tried my best goodwill toward this former pastor in the people’s eyes because God’s love in us is a peacemaker.
Divine love is a peacemaker. And divine love will always win out in the end. So I persisted in asking this couple to come and preach at my church, and finally they agreed.
When this former pastor got up to preach, he said, “Folks, I want all of you to forgive me. I’ve been wrong. I said that God couldn’t bless this church because I thought I was still supposed to be the pastor. But I see that God is blessing this church, and I want everyone to know that I’m thrilled about what God is doing here.” When he repented for his wrongdoing, the people forgave him. Love never fails! Love always wins! Divine love is a peacemaker. The Bible says, “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins” (1Peter 4:8). It was so much better to reunite this former pastor and his wife with that congregation than allow strife and discord to prevail.
When this couple lost that church, they had been thinking about leaving the ministry altogether. But because they repented and were reconciled to the congregation, instead of quitting the ministry, they went on to build a church in another place, and God blessed them.
That was so much better them allowing strife to ruin this couple’s ministry! That’s why I’m not going to contribute to anyone’s downfall. Love takes no account of a suffered wrong!
I’m just going to keep on praising and worshipping the Lord no matter what people do to me or say about me. And because I’m endeavoring to walk in the divine law of love, I’m going to keep on enjoying good health and the blessings of God too!
Let folks say and do what they want to, but I’m going to endeavor to walk in the God-kind of love! Love is the best way. And it is our way because the God-kind of love has been shed abroad in our hearts.
I will share again from this chapter next week. Blessings!
This week I will be sharing from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland’s new devotional Limitless Love.
From Page 63.
An Even Better Covenant
“Praise ye The LORD. O give thanks unto The LORD; for He is good: For His mercy endureth for ever.”
As I’ve studied the goodness of God’s love. I’ve found that often the people with the best understanding of it aren’t modern-day Christians, but Bible-believing Jews. The Jewish nation, from the beginning, has had a great revelation of what God’s goodness truly means. In Hebrew, the very word good speaks of the highest and greatest of everything that is positive and desirable.
In the Jewish mind, the goodness of God and the glory of God were practically synonymous. The very word glory in Hebrew means “to be heavy with everything good.” The Jewish people understood that it was the goodness of God’s love that would deliver them, bless them and bring them victory. That’s why, in battle, when they depended on the glory of God to go before them and defeat their enemies, they would proclaim, “For The LORD is good and His mercy endures forever!”
One Jewish scholar who had such understanding about the goodness of God was a man named David Baron. His commentary on the book Zechariah contains some of the most powerful words I’ve ever read about God’s love:
Goodness is that attribute of God whereby He loveth to communicate [or give] to all who can or will receive it, all good; yea Himself, who is the fullness and universality of good, Creator of all good, not in one way, not in one kind of goodness only, but absolutely, without beginning, without limit, without measure, save that whereby without measuremeant He possesseth and embraceth all excellence, all perfection, all blessedness, all good. This Good His Goodness bestoweth on all and each, according to the capacity of each to receive it, nor is there any limit to His giving, save His creatures’ capacity of receiving….
If Old Covenant Jews, could expect God to be so loving and good to them, how much more can we as New Covenant believers be confident in God’s lovingkindness toward us? After all, Hebrews 8:6 says that we have “a better covenant…established upon better promises.” Our covenant is better because it includes all the promises of natural provision made by the old, plus the spiritual benefits of the new birth, including freedom from sin and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, that comes with the new – and all of it is ours right now! Truly we can say with even more assurance than our Jewish ancestors that The LORD is good, and His mercy endures forever!
So I will share one more time for now from Kenneth Hagins Book; Love the Way to Victory.
From chapter one Characteristics of the God-Kind of Love.
Love takes No Account of a Suffered Wrong
One characteristics of the divine kind of love is that it never takes account of a suffered wrong. First Corinthians 13:5 in The Amplified Bible says, “Love [God’s love in us]…. Takes no account of the evil done to it – pays no attention to a suffered wrong.”
Your flesh would rather hear something different, wouldn’t it? But this verse contains love’s thermometer. Are you touchy, fretful, or resentful? Are you always taking account of the evil done to you? This is the divine love gauge. It is easy to find out whether or not you’re walking in love by looking at your love walk in the light of this verse. As long as you take account of the evil done to you, you’re not walking in love. But as long as you walk in God and in the God-Kind of love and stay full of the Holy Spirit, you won’t take account of the evil done to you. As long as you’re taking account of the evil done to you, you won’t be able to believe the best of every person. Have you ever noticed that natural human love is the opposite of believing the best of everyone?
It is always ready to believe the worst of every person. In fact, some folks are always looking for something to try to get on someone else so they can accuse them or talk about them. I traveled for years in the field ministry, and many times preachers would say to me, “Have you heard about So-and-so?” And they’d start to tell me something bad about someone else. I’d always say to them, “I refuse to believe anything bad about anyone. I believe the best about everyone.” And more often than not it turned out to be just a rumor that was going around. God’s love is ever ready to believe the best about every person. Since God is love, that means God is ever ready to believe the best about each one of us!
After I was born again, something on the inside of me in my spirit seemed to compel me to believe the best of everyone. My flesh didn’t necessarily want to. But the Bible says that the love of Christ in our heart compels us to do what is right (2 Cor. 5:14).
That’s why we should let the love of God compel us to think the best of everyone so we won’t be touchy, fretful, or resentful. Then it will be much easier to take no account of the evil done to us.
First Corinthians 13:8 says that God’s love never fails, fades out, becomes obsolete, or comes to an end,
God could also come to an end. But God never fails, and neither does His love! Some people think it’s a point of weakness to take no account of evil done to you and to pay no attention to a suffered wrong.
But it isn’t. It’s the God-kind of love in action. And the closer you walk with God and the more His love dominates you, the more you’ll forgive and pay attention to suffered wrongs.
Over the years, when someone did something wrong to me, I’ve had people say to me, “I wouldn’t take that if I were you!” I’ve even had people tell me that it was a weakness in my character because I wouldn’t fight people who fought against me. They said it was a character defect that I never paid any attention to a suffered wrong. They’d make comments like, “He sure told you, didn’t he?”
I’d say, “No, no. He didn’t tell me off. I never paid any attention to what he said in the first place.” I haven’t paid any attention to a suffered wrong in all these years. I just keep on preaching and loving and staying healthy. Fellow ministers have even told me, “Boy, I sure wouldn’t take that if I were you. I wouldn’t put up with that. If I were you, I’d do something about it!” But I didn’t do anything about it. I just walked on in love and stayed healthy. I’ve noticed that some of those who said that to me died prematurely. I just learned that when people say something against me or do me wrong, it will hinder my walk with God if I criticize them or retaliate by saying anything bad about them.
Besides, I know that the Bible says love never fails, so it’s better to do something good for people who wrong me so I can put God’s love to work in the situation.
You know God wants you healed, and you have taken all the steps you know from God’s Word to receive your healing. But for some reason, your circumstances just do not seem to be changing...healing is not manifesting in your body.
What do you do now?
First, it is important to understand that God has not failed you. He cannot, because there is no failure in Him. It is never God who is short on healing power. Healing always comes. However, it is not always received.
When demands are made on the power of God, the healing virtue of Jesus Christ will flow into a person’s body and make it whole.
In John 5, the story is told about a man who had an infirmity for 38 years. This story, perhaps, gives us the best picture of the frustration that even today’s believers face when it comes to wanting to be healed, and yet, not being able to make it happen when we want it—and need it—the most.
We read that day after day the invalid man lay by the pool of Bethesda hoping somehow to be the first person in the water after the angel stirred it, because if he was the first to make it in, he could be healed.
But then along came Jesus. He asked the man, “Do you want to become well?” The invalid answered saying, “Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool....” (See verses 6-7, The Amplified Bible.)
The significant detail in their conversation at this point is that the man was so focused on the problem of not being able to get into the water before someone else, that he never even considered placing a demand on Jesus to help him—to get him healed.
Like this man, many believers today desire to be healed, yet they have not willed to be healed. What’s the difference?
The difference is that determination is what makes a demand on the power of God. After all, God has sent His Word, and according to that Word, healing has already been purchased by the blood of Jesus. So, the rest is up to us. We must act on this new blood covenant to get the results we desire.
Still, for those times when it seems God’s healing power has somehow been short-circuited and it just is not flowing through our lives, the Bible points out some problem areas that may be the reason for this lack of healing or health. Some of those problem areas include:
Failure to forgive others (Mark 11:25-26)
Failure to keep the commandment of love (John 13:34)
Lack of knowledge and lack of vision (Hosea 4:6; Proverbs 29:18)
Lack of discernment of the Lord’s body when taking communion (I Corinthians 11:23-32)
Lack of integrity in your heart (Psalms 25:21)
Since we know there is no failure with God, it is obvious that when believers do not receive their healing, the problem must lie elsewhere. Keeping this in mind, we need to realize that healing largely depends on a firm stand in the fact that your prayer has been heard, and, that it has been answered.
The challenge, then, comes in not swaying from God’s Word. And in part, that means we need to keep our tongue in line with what God says about our healing.
To help you stay in line with the final Word on healing, we suggest you take the following scriptures, look them up in your Bible, then read them over and over, and meditate on them. It may even help you to write or type them out on separate paper so you can have easier access to them throughout your day.
Proverbs 10:11, 12:18, 13:3, 15:4, 16:24, 18:21
I Peter 3:10-11
By the way, you may find it interesting to know that nine of the 11 plagues that came against Israel, as recorded in the book of Numbers, were caused by misuse of the tongue. So you see, your mouth—and your words—will either work for you, and bring health and healing to your life, or they will work against you, bringing nothing but harm.
Make them work for your good. Make them get on track with what God has said and is saying. Speak the Word—and keep speaking it and keep speaking it. As you do, God will confirm it. And He says, you are healed!
So as I said this week I will be sharing some more from Kenneth Hagins book; Love the Way to Victory.
Continuing from chapter 1 Characteristics of the God kind of Love.
If the God-kind of love is so important, then we need to know what it is. You understand, of course, that the God-kind of love is not the same as natural human love. Natural human love can turn to hatred overnight, but God’s love never fails.
We find God’s love defined in First Corinthians chapter 13.
4 Charity [God’s love] SUFFERETH LONG, and is kind; charity ENVIETH NOT; charity VAUNTETH NOT ITSELF, IS NOT PUFFED UP,
5 DOTH NOT BEHAVE ITSELF UNSEEMLY, SEEKETH NOT HER OWN, is NOT EASILY PROVOKED, THINKETH NO EVIL;
6 REJOICETH NOT IN INIQUITY, but REJOICETH IN THE TRUTH;
7 BEARETH ALL THINGS, BELIEVETH ALL THINGS, HOPETH ALL THINGS, ENDURETH ALL THINGS.
8 CHARITY NEVER FAILETH: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
You see, God’s love is greater than all these things Paul lists here. It’s greater than prophecies, tongues, and greater than knowledge. Why is it greater? Because one day all those things will vanish and pass away. We won’t need them anymore. But God’s love will never pass away.
There will be no tongues-talking in Heaven, no prophesying, no word of knowledge, or gifts of the Spirit in operation in Heaven. Those things will have passed away. But love- the God-kind of love – endures forever. It won’t pass away because God is love and he is eternal!
Not only does God’s love endure forever, but the Bible says that God’s love endures everything that may come along. What does it mean to endure everything? The Amplified Bible says, “Love bears up under anything and everything that comes…” (v.7). Its hope s are fadeless, and the love of God will never fail.
Now let’s read this passage in The Amplified Bible, because it defines the God-kind of love more clearly.
1 CORITHIANS 13:4-8 (Amplified)
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy; is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited – arrogant and inflated with pride; it is not rude (unmannerly), and does not act unbecomingly. Love [God’s love in us] does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it – pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails – never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end. As for prophecy [that is the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose], it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [that is, it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
I wish believers would really take time to let this passage of Scripture soak into their minds and hearts. Just to walk in the light of these verses would solve so many of their problems. For example notice First Corinthians 13:4 in The Amplified Bible :
“Love endures long and patient and kind.” Now some people endure long, but they are not patient and kind while they are enduring! They endure long just because they have to, but they let everyone know they are enduring too!
For example, sometimes a husband suffers and puts up with things because of his wife, but he’s not too kind while he does it.
Or sometimes a wife has to suffer and put up with some things about her husband, but she lets him know she’s suffering!
However, the god-kind of love endures long and is patient and kind while it endures. And it doesn’t weaken, or fade out, or come to an end. It never fails.
Closely related to this is verse 7: “Love bears up under anything and everything that comes.” You hear some people say, “I just can’t love him anymore.” Or “I’ve had it! I just can’t love her anymore.” Love can. God’s love can bear up under everything without weakening or coming to an end. And since the love of God is in you, then you can bear up under everything that comes. Maybe you’ve said, “I just can’t take this any longer.” Or “I can’t put up with So-and-so any longer.” But God’s love working in and through you can! Think about how God is putting up with all of us! I pastored nearly twelve years, and I know sometimes it can be difficult to put up with some folks. For example, I remember when I was pastoring, sometimes in the nighttime, I’d get to thinking about how God puts up with us, and I’d start laughing about it. I’d say to the Lord, “Lord, I am wanting to get impatient with some folks, and here You are putting up with us!” Well god wouldn’t ask us to do something we couldn’t do. If He told us to love one another, then we can do it. Why? Because God is love, and we’re partakers of His love which has been shed abroad in our hearts.
My friend Ann e-mailed this to me and I really like it. So I wanted to share it this week. Then next week I will continue with Kenneth Hagins book.
25 Ways To Show Kids Your Care
1 Make time.
2. Keep the promises you make.
3. Point out what you like about them.
4. Accept them as they are.
5. Catch them doing something right.
6. Help them learn from mistakes.
7. Tell them what you expect of them.
8. Expect their best; don’t expect perfection.
9. Do what they like to do.
10. Be consistent.
11. Introduce them to new experiences.
12. Admit when you make a mistake.
13. Welcome their suggestions.
14. Tell them how proud you are of them.
15. Appreciate their personality.
16. Tackle new tasks together.
17. Display their artwork in your home.
18. Ask for their opinion.
19. Let them make mistakes.
20. Let them act their age.
21. Include them in conversations.
22. Be happy.
23. Help them learn something new.
24. Be understanding on a difficult day.
25. Love them, no matter what!
Excerpted from 150 Ways to Show Kids You Care, Search Institute (Minneapolis, MN), www.search-institute.org