Instead of Passing It, Start Casting It

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The title of the blog  came from  my aunt as we were having a conversation  about true forgiveness. It is amazing how God uses us.

A lot of people will agree that we can forgive but can we forget?

We all know forgetting as not remembering but, there is another meaning that will help us as believers in Christ to truly forgive.

Webster’s meaning of forget: 2. To treat with inattention or disregard. 3. To disregard intentionally.

Glory to God! We can disregard intentionally any hurt that someone has done to us in the past and present. We do this by casting it down with the word of God. When Jesus came out of the wilderness in Matthew 4;1-11, Jesus kept saying “it is written” each time the devil came at Him until the devil fled.

James 4:7 says: Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee.

We submit to God by obeying what the word of God says about any situation. The devil flees when we make it a daily lifestyle of obeying the word of God.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

My dad was talking to me on past hurt and stated if we keep casting down the past hurt, it loses its power. He even mentioned that when he mentioned a certain situation, one of his sisters would say “I don’t recall.”

We can intentionally disregard any past hurt. So if someone brings it up, we can choose to say “I don’t recall.”   We are made in the image and likeness of God according to Genesis 1:27.

What is God’s character? God puts our sins and cast them into the sea and remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12, and Psalms 103:12).

It also came to me that when you are walking in love, according to 1 Corinthians 13:5: love doesn’t keep record of wrong doing. It is just like when a creditor forgives a debt. The creditor wipes it out of the system. If it is wiped out of the system, the creditor or no one can charge you for this debt again. Glory to God!

Joseph in Genesis 41: 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”

Joseph went through a lot of sorrow, but he remained in love and God elevated him to the top.  You can start at Genesis 37 to read the life of Joseph. He is a great example to live by.

We can lay the axe to the root (Matthew 3:10)  of any hurt by speaking, meditating,  and reading the word of God concerning any situation . The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and it cuts through any situation. We have the authority that when that hurt comes up, we cast it down with the word of God until it loses its power.

If we don’t cast it down, it can pass on to other people. It is like certain things in our family that are negative and have been passed down. We can choose to break the negative cycle in our family by casting down past and present  hurts.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

God is faithful to keeping His word for those who loves him. We love God according to John 24:15 when we obey his commandments.

Be like Paul. Instead of passing down negative things from the past in Philippians 3:13-1413 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Glory to God!  Not dwelling on the hurts and moving forward is the high life. The low life is dwelling on them.

Instead of passing it, start casting it!

 

 

 

 

What We Allow, Is What We Say With Our Mouth

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The chaos and everything that is going on in  the world will make anyone feel helpless. Wondering when will things get better and what the future holds? We have the authority. All we have to do is follow the creator’s example.

Genesis 1:2-3 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

God spoke light in the midst of darkness. We as believers are made in His image and we can do the same in our dark situation by speaking what the word of God says. Psalm 119:105 says Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

We bring heaven down to earth through reading, hearing, meditating, and speaking the word of god.

Romans 10:6-11 Living Translation But the salvation that comes through faith says, “You don’t need to search the heavens to find Christ and bring him down to help you,” and, “You don’t need to go among the dead to bring Christ back to life again.”For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.[a]11 For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed.

Proverbs 18:21 says Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Our miracle is in our mouth. Speak it. It will take root in your heart and you will believe  that the result will come to pass. Anyone that speaks something long enough will start believing it. Faith comes by hearing, which means it is a daily thing.

Job 6:24 says 24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

Ask God to put a check in your spirit when you say or do something out of line. The Holy Spirit lives on the inside of those who are saved. It is our helper.

Matthew 18:18 says18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

We loose hell on earth with negative words. We loose heaven on earth by words of life from the word of God.

If we say something negative, speak crop failure to it then speak what God says. There is a song by Tonex  “Doesn’t Really Matter” that says “I won’t bow to the sound of adversity, I won’t let it get the best of me, when it seems impossible just keep on believing. “I don’t have to receive the report of the enemy. You can’t go by what you see, just follow the trust theory”  “Doesn’t really matter what he says. Doesn’t really matter what she says. Doesn’t really matter what the world says. Because I say what did God say.

What we allow, is what we say with our mouth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expand What is In Your Hand

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We are held accountable in regards to what we do with what we have. What does the word of God says about using what we have? It all started in the beginning when God created heaven and earth.

Genesis 1:28 New King James Version: 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God already blessed us, but He want us to be productive with what we have, multiply it, subdue (take control), and take ownership over it. When we work with what we have God can give us more. I have two examples in the bible  regarding using what we have and  being productive with it.

John 6:11-13 New King James Version (Jesus Feeds the 5000): So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 

Jesus first gave thanks to God for what He  had. We should follow Jesus’ example and before we do anything with what we have (money, talent, gifts, food etc), we should pray  giving God thanks. Jesus started dividing what He had and giving it to the people until it multiplied and there were leftovers. We should use what we have and as we divide/ give,  it will be multiplied. Jesus manifested Luke 8:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

The Parable of the Talents: 

Matthew 25:14-29:14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 

We have to be faithful with what we have and God can trust us with more. If we are not faithful, then what we have will be taken away. God gives us more so we can be a blessing  to others. We shouldn’t hoard what we have and keep it to ourselves.

Expand what is in your hand!

 

 

It Was For Our Gain, Jesus Went Through Pain

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A lot of us have dealt with pain: emotionally, physically, and psychologically. I hear this saying a lot: “You don’t know what I am going through.” This is true for some people, because everyone doesn’t experience or go through the same situations.’ However, we do have a Heavenly father who sent his son Jesus to take all of our pain and  he bore it on the cross. Imagining carrying everyone’s pain. Jesus truly knows pain.

If you have been rejected, just know that Jesus went through rejection.

Luke 22:56-62 Amplified Version: 56 And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and looking intently at him, said, “This man was with Him too.” 57 But Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him!” 58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 After about an hour had passed, another man began to insist, “This man was with Him, for he is a Galilean too.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly [deeply grieved and distressed].

Some of us had people we were close to reject and ignore us after all that we had done for them. We can go to Jesus because he knows and can help us through any situation.

Some of us have been betrayed by someone close to us that we trust. Jesus was also betrayed by some close to Him.

Luke 18:2-8 Now Judas, who was betraying Him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples. So Judas, having obtained the Roman cohort and some officers from the high priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was about to happen to Him, went to them and asked, “Whom do you want?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus said, “I am He.” And Judas, who was betraying Him, was also standing with them. When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again He asked them, “Whom do you want?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you want Me, let these men go on their way.” 

Have you ever suffered pain and sickness? Jesus  took a beating and bore our sickness on the cross.

Isaiah 53:5  he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Because of  Jesus’ pain and suffering, we gained healing from physical and emotional pain.

A lot of us have had a loved one pass on and experienced grief.

Isaiah 53:4 Amplified: But [in fact] He has borne our griefs,
And He has carried our sorrows and pains;
Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken,Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].

Jesus took our grief. This means we don’t have to carry it. We can give it all to Jesus.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we have the victory in everything we go through.

Hebrews 12:2 New King James Version looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hallelujah! Through our suffering, God can be glorified. Jesus knew what was on the other side so he endured all the pain and suffering for us. We can look to Jesus because he endured it all and now is sitting at the right hand of God reigning in power and glory.  There is  glory on the other side of the pain.  

It was for our gain; Jesus went through pain!

For additional reading similar to this, check out the blog post from June 10 2018 entitled “Endure Is The Cure” if you have not already read it before or just to refresh yourself.

Quarantine Clean!



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We all know about the Covid-19 pandemic that is going on in the US and around the world. As I was cleaning up the house and doing chores, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I heard a still small voice telling me you are cleaning surfaces, cleaning your body, eating clean/healthy, but what is most needed is a spiritual cleaning. We focus so much on the natural that we forget about the spiritual. We have to put the ‘super” on the “natural.” It is okay to follow the natural and use wisdom/common sense, but we also need to do a spiritual cleaning.

Quarantine:  1. to detain in or exclude 2. to isolate from normal relations or communication

Clean: 1. to rid of dirt, impurities 2. to rid of corruption 3. Remove, eradicate. 4. strip, empty

We have to isolate from normal relations and exclude anything in our lives that is dirty or corrupted by meditating, listening, and speaking the word of God as well as spending time with God.

One way to take a spiritual bath is through the word of God. Ephesian 5;26 says 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. 

Repentance is also needed to stay spiritually clean. 1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We have to do a self examination and ask God to clean up everything that is not like God as believers.

Wednesday, April 8th is the start of Passover.  In Exodus 12, the people of Israel had to sacrifice unblemished lambs and used the blood to put over their doorposts so the plague would Passover them. We are under a new covenant. God sacrificed His son Jesus for us. He was the lamb who was slain. All we have to do now is have faith and trust in His Blood.

I challenge us as believers to take Wednesday April 8th and dedicate that day for prayer fasting, and repentance. I am fasting from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m the next day.  I am thanking God for Jesus’ Blood and that the plague will pass over us.  I am thanking God that those who are not saved will give their lives to Christ. I am thanking God we as believers are examples of His love, mercy and grace.  I am thanking God that those who have backslide will return to Christ.

Whether you believe there is a heaven or hell,  you wouldn’t want to gamble with your eternity. Matthew 25:13 says “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

If God was to return right now, would you be ready?  2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

God loves us, He wants the best for us, and He wants a relationship with us. I view God’s word not as a list of dos and don’ts, but as Him wanting the best for us. God gives us the choice like a parent would. If you do this there is a consequence, but if you do this you will have the best. I want the best God has for me.

Let us as people of God take time out to get alone with God and clean ourselves through the word of God and repentance.

Quarantine clean!

 

 

 

 

Reverse The Curse

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Webster’s meaning of reverse:

1. Something that is opposite of something else. 2. Opposite or contrary  to previous normal condition. 3. acting, operating or arranged in a manner contrary to the usual. To cause an opposite point of view. 4. To undo or negate the effect of (something such as condition 5. To turn or move in the opposite direction

If we want the opposite of what we are receiving we have to do the opposite of what we normally do, with how we speak, what we think/meditate on and our actions.

Struggling  in a specific  area?; according to Joel 3:10 it says let the weak say I am strong.

Rather we sense anything or feel anything, we speak the word of God. Proverbs 18:21 says 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Hebrews 4:12 Amplified Version 12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.

According to John 6;63  our words are spirit and life.

Words are not just words, it breaths life  into your situation. In the Jewish household it is tradition for the parents to speak blessing over their children every Friday; one for the son , one for the daughter, and one for all the children and family members in the household following biblical tradition. Jewish families are blessed because of it. The word of God cuts through any curse . It should be a daily thing for believers to speak the word of God so it can cut through the root of your situation.

Even God in Genesis 1 spoke things into existence. When it was dark and the earth was void God said let there be light.  God spoke and created the sky, day, night, and water. We can create things with our words because we are spiritual beings created in His image and likeness.

Obedience to God brings the blessing. Disobedience brings the curse.  Deuteronomy 28:1 says all these blessings will come on you and overtake you if you listen to the voice of God

The opposite is Deuteronomy 28:13 if you don’t listen to the voice of God all the curses will come on you and overtake you.

Read the whole chapter of Deuteronomy 28 to read about the blessing and curses.

God speaks through His word. As believers we have the Holy Spirit to guide us. John 10:27 says My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

God normally speaks when everything is quiet. In the morning is normally when things are quiet and you can hear from God. Proverbs 8:17 says I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

When you are in the family of God you are no longer under the curse. All we have to do is believe, receive, speak it, obey, and then we have it.

Galatians 3:13 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

Reverse, The Curse!

 

 

Trust No Man, Only God Can

 

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As we face the everyday challenges in life, it is good to have people we can trust to help us through those challenges. But remember, only God can get us out of certain situations that a natural person can’t.

David in Psalm 121 :1-2 said  I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

There are questions only God can answer. There are problems only God can solve. Ask God because He is the creator and all knowing. Pray and spend quiet time with God. Praise/worship God and the answer will be revealed, as long as we stay consistent.

Jeremiah 17:5-8: This is what the Lord says:“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,in a salt land where no one lives.“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,  whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

We are operating under a curse if we put our trust in the church, government, president, the wealthy, family, friends, etc. We are operating in the blessing when our trust is in God. Get to know God if you don’t know Him. Spend time with Him. It is the best relationship a person can ever have.

Psalm 108 :6; 12-13  Save us and help us with your right hand,
    that those you love may be delivered. 12 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.

David recognized that without God’s help, they were worthless in and of themselves. Let us as people of God look to God for wisdom, guidance, and help daily in every area of our lives. Let us stand in the gap for those who are weak. Let God arise and the enemies be scattered.

As I was writing the blog, a song came to me  by Richard Smallwood called “Total Praise”. The lyrics are: “Lord I will lift mine eyes to the Hills. Knowing my help, is coming from you. Your peace you give me in times of the storm. You are the source of my strength. You are the strength of my life. I lift my hands in total praise to you.”

Trust no man! Only God Can!

 

On God Cast All Your Care And Stay Spiritually Aware

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People are either living in fear or nonchalant when it comes to a crisis. It is amazing what comes out when people are put under pressure, rather good or bad. There should be a balance. What is the balance to crisis or catastrophe?  The balance is trusting in God, doing what you know to do in the natural, and staying spiritually aware as people of God.

First, trust God. Scripture reference:  Psalm 55:22 NIV Version: Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken

When your trust is in God, He will sustain you. Which means, by Webster’s meaning, to  support, give relief, supply, keep, and to to bear up under any situation you are facing. It will not move you.

Second thing is doing the natural. To understand the spiritual, you must understand the natural.  Scripture reference is Matthew 18:15: 8 New king James Version:18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

There’s a saying that says nothing leaves heaven except something leaves earth. Yes we know as people of God that with the stripes of Jesus we are healed , however, we have to put the scripture before our eyes. That is doing something in the natural such as speaking and hearing the word of God, because the word is like medicine. Meditating the word of God day and night. Eating things in balance, taking our vitamins, exercising, drinking water, praying over our food are ways to loose things on earth, so that heaven can work on our behalf. You can’t do one without the other.

Lastly,  we must be spiritually aware. This comes with listening/ spending time with God and reading the word of God.

Know your enemy. God allows things because He gives us free will. The enemy is the devil.

John 10:10 New King James Version: 10 The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Stay on guard and alert in the spirit.

I Peter 5:8-11:  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 26:41:  41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Galatians 5:16-18 : 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

2 Corinthians 2 : 10-11 Amplified Version: 10 If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive that one; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sakes in the presence [and with the approval] of Christ (the Messiah),11 To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.

Hosea: 4:6   Amplified Version My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.

Let  us do what we know to do in the natural, trust God, cast your cares on Him. He will keep you. Be spiritually aware by asking God for wisdom on things you don’t understand. Walk in love because devil loves for us to have unforgiveness in our hearts, hating each other and other races, worrying, panicking, and living in fear.

We can do everything in the natural, but if we leave God out it is pointless. My dad gave me a story of a man where the doctor gave him a good bill of health. The man ate healthy and exercise. However, he died the next day. I wondered if he only did the natural but left God out.

Psalm 127: 1-2: Unless the Lord builds the house,the builders labor in vain.Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.In vain you rise early and stay up late,toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.

If you leave God out in all that you do, it  is in vain. Get to know God. If you are not saved, God is waiting for you with open arms. He is not willing that any should perish but that all comes to repentance. Your eternity is important . Read Romans 10:9-10 on salvation. 

My childhood pastor always would ask this question: If you died tonight would heaven be your home? Are you sure of  your eternity? You don’t  want to gamble with your eternity whether you believe heaven and hell is real or not. What he said has stuck with me. My eternity is more important  than temporary happiness.

On God, cast all your care and stay spiritually aware!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Rise Above, Stay In Love

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It was impressed on me to read Ephesian 3.   I read the chapter and  I was enlightened about operating on another level in God. I will use some examples from Ephesians 3 to give us insight as believers on going higher in our relationship with God.

Ephesians 3 :14-21 New King James Version 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Everything is done by faith. It takes faith to love people who behave badly. In order to understand the love of God and come into the fullness of God, we must stay in love. When we miss it, we can repent and ask God to help us because we can’t do it in our own strength. Even Jesus, while being crucified on the cross, said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  If people only knew the consequences when they walk out of love, they wouldn’t do some of the things they do.  When we stay in love and grow in it, then we have the power for God to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think in our lives.

There was a song by Al Green the lyrics said “Where love rules there is more power.”

God help us to walk in love so we may fully know you. Help us to operate in the power of your Holy Spirit so that you can do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or think for your kingdom, our lives, and in the lives of others. In Jesus name, Amen.

To Rise Above, Walk In Love!