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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16 (NKJV)

This month I want to focus on LOVE. Why not everyone else is! 🙂 If  you look around the stores right now (in the U.S.A.) you will see stuffed animals in white, red and pink. Heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates. It is also the time of year retailers sell the most red and white roses.

What does love mean to you? Do you see yourself receiving or giving the things just mentioned? Does someone special come to mind? So what does God’s word say about love?……Everything! It’s what it is all about!

Every time  I think of love, I hear the Tina Turner song, “What’s love got to do with it?”,  it has a catchy tune. Why I think of this song is a long story for another day. The chorus of the song says:

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken”

The Love we are looking at today is not, ” second hand emotions,” as the song says. In fact it is not an emotion at all! Nor is it an it!…. Confused? Love is a being who is all powerful, and through Him all things are held together.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
                                                                                                              

Colossians 1:16 (NKJV)

He heals, not hurts (breaks), the broken heart.

     He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

Psalm 147:3 (AMP)

Who promises to rescue, protect and shelter you and I from the “storms of life” when we abide and obey/trust Him. ( All of Psalm 91 is a good chapter to memorize)

HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

Psalm 91:1-4 (AMP)

In Him love is perfected (made complete). Only through Jesus Christ ( God’s Son) can we have and know True LOVE.

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

1 John 4:9-10 (AMP)

We love Him, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (AMP)

For further reading enjoyment read the book of 1 John. It is only five chapters long. It is one of my favorite reads.

 

 
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WHAT WAS GOD THINKING WHEN HE CREATED YOU?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV)

You have a purpose! He has the plan! 🙂

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16 (NKJV)

This month I want to focus on LOVE. Why not everyone else is! 🙂 If  you look around the stores right now (in the U.S.A.) you will see stuffed animals in white, red and pink. Heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates. It is also the time of year retailers sell the most red and white roses.

What does love mean to you? Do you see yourself receiving or giving the things just mentioned? Does someone special come to mind? So what does God’s word say about love?……Everything! It’s what it is all about!

Every time  I think of love, I hear the Tina Turner song, “What’s love got to do with it?”,  it has a catchy tune. Why I think of this song is a long story for another day. The chorus of the song says:

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken”

The Love we are looking at today is not, ” second hand emotions,” as the song says. In fact it is not an emotion at all! Nor is it an it!…. Confused? Love is a being who is all powerful, and through Him all things are held together.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
                                                                                                              

Colossians 1:16 (NKJV)

He heals, not hurts (breaks), the broken heart.

     He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

Psalm 147:3 (AMP)

Who promises to rescue, protect and shelter you and I from the “storms of life” when we abide and obey/trust Him. ( All of Psalm 91 is a good chapter to memorize)

HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

Psalm 91:1-4 (AMP)

In Him love is perfected (made complete). Only through Jesus Christ ( God’s Son) can we have and know True LOVE.

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

1 John 4:9-10 (AMP)

We love Him, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (AMP)

For further reading enjoyment read the book of 1 John. It is only five chapters long. It is one of my favorite reads.

 

 

3:16

The first two verses are just some of many prophesies that were written about the Messiah. They expand several hundred years and were written by two very different people. The other three verses are written by people who witnessed these prophecies being fulfilled.

I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

Isaiah 50:6 (NKJV)

Notice it says Jesus “gave” His back and cheeks and He “did not hide” His face! In Matthew 26:53  it says in He could have called  down twelve legions ( 80,000) angels to save Him!

       They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion. I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

Psalm 22:13-18 (NKJV)

At the time this prophecy was written death by crucifixion was not even thought of!

 


For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:24-28 (NLT)

     He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:10-14 (NKJV)

        And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

 

When All Was Lost He Gave All!

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Today I am going to share what I read in my email  from Kenneth Copeland Ministries.com today. I hope this blesses you as it did myself.

But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass…For if many died through one man’s falling away–his lapse, his offense–much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through…Jesus Christ, abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many.

Romans 5:15

“If you ever need someone to tell you how to turn things around, go to God. He’s an expert on the subject. He’s suffered more losses than anyone who’s ever lived.

Just think about it. He lost Lucifer, His top-ranked, most anointed angel. And He lost at least a third of His other angels as well when Lucifer fell. Then He lost the man and woman He had created; and because He’d given them dominion over the earth, when He lost them, He lost it too. Any way you figure it, that’s a lot of real estate down the drain!

Yet, in spite of all that, God is no loser. He’s the greatest winner of all time. Do you know why? Because He knows how to turn the losses around. He knows how to use the law of giving and receiving to transform losses into gains.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38).

Isn’t that staggering? He had every option that exists to choose from to redeem the things He’d lost. He had all wisdom and all power available to Him. Out of all that, the law of giving is what He chose to use.

He gave the most irreplaceable thing He had: His only Son. Then He backed that gift with His own faith. And when the law of giving and receiving had done its work, the Almighty Father God received not only His first begotten Son, but millions of other sons as well.

Don’t despair over your losses. Redeem them the same way God redeemed His. Give and put the most powerful principle in the universe to work for you.”

By Kenneth Copeland

INDEPENENCE DAY!

INDEPENDENCE DAY

CELEBRATE YOUR INDEPENDENCE DAY!

As the sunlight faded into the night, rockets filled the sky like fiery darts, setting the darkness on fire. The thunderous sounds of the bombs, bursting all around, shook the ground beneath.  High on a pole it waved unshaken by the horrific events going on around it. To the enemy it stood in opposition, to the colonist, a symbol of strength in unity, encouragement…freedom from oppression. For as long as it remained exalted the battle was not lost.

     Its stripes represent the thirteen original colonies that settled in the new world called America. The stars represent each state, fifty in all, which stand united as one country. The blue represents the freedom we enjoy. The red represents the blood that was shed to obtain that freedom.

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“Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave, for the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

     In the war of 1812, the time the “Star Spangled Banner” was written, ships where powered by wind and sail. As they approached each other for battle they would sometimes lower the banner until they could identify the oncoming vessel. In times of war the command was often given to “Nail the banner to the mast!” Thus making it impossible to be lowered or hidden.

     In America we call it “Old Glory”. Our banner is a symbol of unity, freedom and the realization that our freedom did not come without sacrifice; the shedding of blood.

     In the Word of God (The Bible) our Banner is called “The LORD Is My Banner” -Yahweh Nissi (Exodus 17:15)

     In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, and the land where He lives will be a glorious place.

Isaiah 11:10 NLT Bible

     By His stripes we are healed. He created the stars in the heavens and knows each one by name. And though our sins where red as scarlet, He washed them white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18) The blue represents the freedom we enjoy in Him. And the red represents the blood that was shed to obtain that freedom.

     [In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sin.

Hebrews9:22 AMP Bible

He too was nailed to a “mast”; it came in the form of a cross.
      And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!

John 3:14-15 AMP Bible

May you always be blessed when you behold the Stars and Stripes forever!

     “Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto- “In God is our Trust!” And the star –spangled banner in triumph shall wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”(The last stanza of the “Star Spangled Banner” written by Frances Scott Keys, in 1814)


      
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

Colossians 2:15 AMP Bible


     A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 2 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.                                          

 Ephesians 6:10-12 NLT Bible

FREE!!!!

WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW!!!!

 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

 1 Peter 2:24 (AMP)


 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.

John 8:36 (AMP)