Month: August 2014

August 17: Trusting In, Relying Upon, Getting Comfortable With The Love of God

This Holy Spirit inspired and directed message is a reminder that we all need to learn to trust in the Love of God.

I the Book of Romans we are informed that “God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us” (Rom 5:5) It is the Holy Spirit, God himself residing in our spirits, the same God that Loved the world so much that he gave himself, in the form of his son, to die in our place, as a substitute for our sinful nature. That is the Love that we are commanded to live in and by.

The Love of God, the Holy Spirit of God, the Anointing of God, the Mercy, the Glory, the hand of God are synonymous; they are all one and the same. When we come to the revelation that we, in our own human strength and ability are unable Sunset Eagleto express this love in all of it’s glory, is when we begin the process of learning to rely on and in the Holy Spirit and his desire to show out through us, to the world around us.

To do that we have to learn to Trust In, Rely Upon and Get Comfortable With The Love of God and allow the nature of God, by his Holy Spirit and the anointing on your life to flow through you. By having the boldness to take the first step you demonstrate your trust in God’s ability to back up his promises. That demonstration of your faith provides God with an avenue to reach out and help others.

The more you are prepared to step out, to trust God to move through you, the more you will experience God moving through you. You learn that trust, you learn the still small voice of God in your spirit as you spend more time with God. You are as deep as you want to be in the Love and the anointing of God. Get a desire, a craving to go deeper and learn all that God can do through you.

LifeYou cannot give away something you don’t have yourself. So, to that end we all need to spend time getting comfortable and learning about how much God loves us, to notice what he is doing in our own lives. So that we will always be ready to give our testimony of How Great God’s love is in our lives and what he will also do for ANYONE who will simply call upon him.

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Trusting In, Relying Upon, Getting Comfortable With The Love of God

August 10: What Does Love Look Like?

CS Lewis the famous writer wrote a now infamous book entitled “The Four Loves.” In this study Lewis compares the difference between the limitations of the English Word LOVE and the fact that the Greeks had at least 4 words to describe the kind of relationship that was in place.

In this short book Lewis discusses each word in a separate chapter and is a worthwhile read. Here are the definitions, according to Lewis’ study that can be found at:

Storge – affection

Affection (storge, στοργή) is fondness through familiarity (a brotherly love), especially between family members or people who have otherwise found themselves together by chance. It is described as the most natural, emotive, and widely diffused of loves: natural in that it is present without coercion; emotive because it is the result of fondness due to familiarity; and most widely diffused because it pays the least attention to those characteristics deemed “valuable” or worthy of love and, as a result, is able to transcend most discriminating factors.

Affection, for Lewis, included both Need-love and Gift-love; he considered it responsible for 9/10th of all solid and lasting human happiness.

Ironically, however, affection’s strength is also what makes it vulnerable. Affection has the appearance of being “built-in” or “ready made”, says Lewis, and as a result people come to expect it irrespective of their behaviour and its natural consequences. Both in its Need and its Gift form, affection then is liable to ‘go bad’, and to be corrupted by such forces as jealousy, ambivalence and smothering.

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Philia – friendship

Philia (Greek: φιλία) is the love between friends. Friendship is the strong bond existing between people who share common interest or activity.  Lewis immediately differentiates Friendship Love from the other Loves. He describes friendship as, “the least biological, organic, instinctive, gregarious and necessary…the least natural of loves”- our species does not need friendship in order to reproduce – but to the classical and medieval worlds the more profound precisely because it is freely chosen.

Lewis explains that true friendships, like the friendship between David and Jonathan in the Bible, are almost a lost art. He expresses a strong distaste for the way modern society ignores friendship. He notes that he cannot remember any poem that celebrated true friendship like that between David and JonathanOrestes and PyladesRoland and OliverAmis and Amiles. Lewis goes on to say, “to the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it”.

Growing out of Companionship, friendship for Lewis was a deeply Appreciative love, though one which he felt few people in modern society could value at its worth, because so few actually experienced true friendship.

Nevertheless Lewis was not blind to the dangers of friendships, such as its potential for cliqueyness, anti-authoritarianism, and pride.

Eros – romance

Eros (ἔρως) for Lewis was love in the sense of ‘being in love’ or ‘loving’ someone, as opposed to the raw sexuality of what he called Venus: the illustration Lewis uses was the distinction between ‘wanting a woman’ and wanting one particular woman – something that matched his (classical) view of man as a rational animal, a composite both of reasoning angel and instinctual alley-cat.

Eros turns the need-pleasure of Venus into the most appreciative of all pleasures; but nevertheless Lewis warned against the modern tendency for Eros to become a god to people who fully submit themselves to it, a justification for selfishness, even a phallic religion.

After exploring sexual activity and its spiritual significance in both a pagan and a Christian sense, he notes how Eros (or being in love) is in itself an indifferent, neutral force: how “Eros in all his splendour…may urge to evil as well as good”.While accepting that Eros can be an extremely profound experience, he does not overlook the dark way it may lead even to the point of suicide pacts or murder, as well as to furious refusals to part, “mercilessly chaining together two mutual tormentors, each raw all over with the poison of hate-in-love”.

Agape – unconditional love

Charity agapē (ἀγάπη) is the love that brings forth caring regardless of the circumstance. Lewis recognises this as the greatest of loves, and sees it as a specifically Christian virtue. The chapter on the subject focuses on the need of subordinating the natural loves – as Lewis puts it, “The natural loves are not self-sufficient”- to the love of God, who is full of charitable love, to prevent what he termed their ‘demonic’ self-aggrandisement. Lewis did not actually use the word agape although later commentators did.

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“How Do We Know we have passed from Death to Life? Because we Love the Brethren.”  (IJohn 3: 14)

Our best reference for a truly worthwhile and working definition of agapē (ἀγάπη) also referred to as the divine or God quality of Love is found in Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, ICor 13: 4 – 8a. Although there are a number of very good translations of this passage, the version found in the Amplified bible (Zondervan Press) is still regarded as one of the best, if not the best. It expands and expounds all that Paul was talking about to this young church.

The Love walk requires that we know what Love truly is before we embark on the journey. A good starting point for the practical application of this Love is given to us by the Disciple referred to as “The one that Jesus loved” and often referred to as “The Apostle of Love”; namely John.

In the first epistle of John we discover that this Love is more than an emotion. That in fact Love is a person; that Love is God himself and that the Holy Spirit as a resident in our hearts, as born again believers, means that that God quality of Love resides on the inside of us.

However, it is up to us to choose to release that Love. We will be given the opportunity to choose to act in Love, or not, because The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and does not force his will on anyone. Our Job is to renew our minds to what that Love is and How that Love is to be expressed. So that by doing so we are able to make better choices in each situation.

We move away from the natural fleshly love of self satisfaction to the selfless agapē (ἀγάπη) Love of God. Our thoughts change from being “what can I get in this situation.” To “What, or How, can I be a blessing in the situation.”  We move from being ‘Self’ centred to being ‘Others’ centred in our thinking. Our best example of this being Jesus himself; the Love of God personified; John 3: 16 – 17.

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What Does Love Look Like?

August 3: The Love Of God Constrains Us

All of Us and I mean ALL OF US, at one time or another, maybe even in the last few minutes before you read this, have felt like “If you don’t get out of my face, I’m going to pop you one.” Be it a partner, a friend, a child, or even a parent You have felt like losing your temper and lashing out.

In many cases you may have done just that; lashed out. In most of those cases you have almost immediately regretted doing it; you’ve either been angry at yourself,  or you may have allowed it to fester deep inside of you. For many it is the source of their depression and in the case of a Christian it may have caused you to ‘feel’ like your relationship with God has been hampered.

heart with angel wingsIn contrast, you may have felt under enormous pressure to take the same action. But, for some reason, certainly in the early stages, you don’t know what it was. But, there was something down on the inside of you that just kept you from fulfilling that basic human desire to stop, what you perceived as an attack, or an annoyance, by force.

The Force that rose up within you is called “Self-Control” andI refer to it as a force because it is far more than simply an emotive response and it is certainly not an autonomic response; it requires effort in its application.

Every human being has some measure of self-control naturally. Some appear to have more in certain areas of their life, yet others succumb and even develop addictions that put their body’s specific desires above anything else happening in their lives. Food, Alcohol, Drugs (both legal and otherwise), sex, TV and other forms of mental and emotional stimulation are common in the western world.

Christians, once they become aware of it, have an added advantage over their ‘natural’ counterparts, because if you have been “Born Again” you have invited The Holy Spirit, also referred to as The Holy Ghost, or The Spirit of God throughout the New Testament, the third person of the divine Trinity, to reside on the inside of you. Yes, you have The Holy Spirit of God living right in you.This is the reason the New Testament refers to our bodies as the “Temple of God.” Or, the church is referred to as a building of “Living Stones.”

We read in 1John Chapter 4 that “we know that we have received this great salvation, because we Love the brethren (the other members of the church). But, as we read on we also discover why this Love is so important. We find that God Himself is referred to as LOVE; that “God is LOVE.” Jesus is often referred to as pomegranates 1the “express image of the Love of God” and that his life and actions are an  example of the way LOVE responds.

So, if that is the case, then we can safely say, that if God, through The Holy Ghost, or The Holy Spirit, has come to live in us. then we can also say that effectively LOVE has come to live in us. As we further study the scriptures we also learn about the God quality of Love and what it is as well as what it is not (1Cor 13:4-8a)

I stress that, it is once the Christian becomes aware of this, because there are many who have said the prayer of salvation (sincerely and from the heart) and have actually been saved; they’ve been “Born Again.” But, sadly, as a result of a lack of teaching. Or, in reality, a lack of quality teaching about all that the New Birth entails, they have been robbed of the ability and the right to experience the fulness of what that changed state of being has done for them.

When a Christian does begin to learn all of what that experience has done for them they have the opportunity to walk in the light of what they’ve learned and to develop their faith further. Additionally, they will find that as they spend more time developing their personal relationship with God and in particular “practicing their personal prayer language” given by the Holy Ghost, they will also witness a change in the way they react and respond to different things that happen in their lives.

Jesus referred to this way of living as the “Fruit of the Vine.” he taught us that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Now, the thing with fruit is that it is usually found on the branches. So, our life will either produce the pleasant fruit of the effect of The Holy Spirit in our lives, or we may allow the sad, bitter fruit of our bodily (referred to as carnal) nature to be what people experience. Remember, pomegranates 2The Holy Spirit will never force his will on you. That is why Paul teaches us that we need to “Yield to The Spirit of God.” To allow his nature to flow through us.

In Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians he talks about the Fruit of the Spirit and if we compare it to his description of Love, as we have previously seen, we will find that it is almost one and the same. I like to say that “The Fruit of the Spirit; the fruit produced by allowing The Holy Spirit of God to develop in us is LOVE.”

Now, I’m not going out on a limb here, because there are other prominent teachers of the Word of God who agree with me on this.  I’ve held this position for about Thirty plus years and it is only recently I’ve heard other ministers saying something similar. I believe that The Fruit, LOVE is made up of all the other components as listed in Galatians chapter 5 and that they are all held in place by the final component being “Self-Control.”

So, the next time you have the urge to “Pop someone in the nose” and you find it becoming easier not to do it. You’ll probably find that it’s because the Fruit of The Holy Spirit, LOVE, acting on your recreated human spirit, is constraining you, helping you to develop a greater sense of “Self-Control.”

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The Love Of God Constrains Us

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