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9/23/13 – “GOD IS LOVE”

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1 John 4:8 … for God is love.

One of the most important truths to get revelation on is the love God has for us. Because God is love (agape), He relates to us through love. The more we understand the truth about God’s love for us, the easier it becomes to walk in what God desires for your life. Let’s take a look at our God and how He relates to us.

1 Cor. 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
1 Cor. 13:5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
1 Cor. 13:6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
1 Cor. 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Cor. 13:8 Love never fails.

Here within these verses we get a very distinct picture of God. We have 15 different definitions of what love is. So you can easily say this is what our God is like. As we go over these definitions together because God is love, remember that this defines how God relates to us.

1. Love Suffers Long – Love does not give way to bitterness or wrath.
When you think about this very first definition of God it means that He does not become bitter toward us, nor will He give place to anger against us as children of God. Even when a child does do things wrong if their parent truly cares about them they may be disappointed in what they have done, but they do not get angry with their child. Those who do are giving way to the fleshly nature.

2. Love Is Kind – Love is engaged in doing good to others.
For some they have grown up believing that God does bad things to people to teach them something. Scripture reveals that all good gifts come from the Father of lights in whom there is no shadow of turning. God is engaged in doing good in our lives, not doing bad things.

3. Love Does Not Envy – Love does not begrudge others.
To begrudge others means you envy what they have been blessed with. God is not against blessing us for He in no way envies us. He wants to see His children blessed with all that He has promised in the Word of God. So don’t believe satans lie that God does not want you blessed.

4. Love Is Not Puffed Up – Puffed up means to have an inflated view of self.
The reason this is important as it relates to God is because He does not tell us things that are not true. When someone has an inflated view of themselves they are going to tell you things that are not true, and often promise you things that they won’t deliver on. Everything that scripture tells us about God you can believe, for God cannot lie. For some when they hear about how good God is they think God can’t be that good. But He is.

5. Love Does Not Behave Rudely – Simply put, love is polite.
God is a perfect gentleman. This is important because as One who is polite that means if you want God involved in every part of your life you are going to have to invite Him in. He won’t force His way into your life. Often Christians believe since they are born again that is all they need to do to see God work in their life. But if you want to see God at work in your life you will have to invite Him in, and He will gladly help.

6. Love Does Not Seek It’s Own – Love is concerned about the real needs of others.
There is nothing of our lives that God does not want to be involved in. Because He is not self-seeking, He wants to become involved in helping to meet all our needs. God doesn’t create problems in our life, He is the one who will help us to resolve them, but we can’t fall for the lie thinking He is the problem, God is our solution.

7. Love Is Not Provoked – Love is even tempered.
Even though we know God has a righteous anger against evil, God is not going to fly off the handle with us. He is the picture of self-control. He does not become enraged with us because of what we may or may not have done. So never be afraid to approach Him. Don’t ever run from God, run to Him.

8. Love Thinks No Evil – Love keeps no record of wrong.
The Bible does teach us that as believers we are going to stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of our walk of faith in fulfilling His purpose for us, but God is not keeping a record of our transgressions as scripture reveals in 2 Cor. 5:19. As far as the east is from the west He remembers them no more. If we sin we break fellowship with God because we have turned from Him. But just repent, turn to Him, and you renew your fellowship.

9. Love Does Not Rejoice In Iniquity – Love does not like hearing bad news of others.
God is all about bringing forth good news to us. That is the heart of the gospel. It actually refers to bringing good news from the battlefield. That good news would be that the battle is won. Don’t ever think that God enjoys hearing bad news about us. He is the one that will turn the bad news into good news.

10. Love Rejoices In The Truth – Love does not veil, cover up, nor edit the truth.
This is very important to understand about God. God does not in any way change the truth of His Word. This means several things. First of all He has never nor will He ever change His mind about the promises He has given to us. Secondly He will always tell us the truth, even when it may hurt at first to hear it. In knowing the truth, the truth is what sets us free. Don’t fall for anyone who is veiling, covering up, or editing what God’s Word says. It will only lead to deception and harm, not liberty.

11. Love Bears All Things – Love chooses to not focus on the faults of others, exposing them.
As scripture teaches love covers a multitude of sins (Proverbs 10:12). Remember God is love. He does not condone nor make light of living in sin, for the wages of sin is still death (separation from the God-kind of life). But God is not at work trying to publicly expose to everyone else our faults. Because He is love He bears all things, including the faults we have had in our life.

12. Love Believes All Things – Love looks at the best in everyone.
This is an obvious characteristic of God, and of course not of human nature. Humans tend to focus on the faults and bad in peoples live. Just look at all the gossip on the Internet and in Magazines. God is willing to believe and look at the best in everyone. He does not overlook those who lead people astray from the truth. He will expose such false teachings to keep people from being deceived and mislead.

13. Love Hopes All Things – Love sees better days ahead.
Even when things may not be going real good, God always sees better days ahead for us and so should we. His thoughts for us are filled with peace not evil, thoughts of a future and a hope for us. He is not making plans for you to fail, but to succeed!

14. Love Endures All Things – Love does not get discouraged.
God will not get discouraged with you. Did you hear that? He may be disappointed when we make wrong choices, but He does not get discouraged with us. He just keeps on loving us and reaching out to us.

15. Love Never Fails – Love is forever true.
You can count on God. He does not change. He is not up one minute and down the next. He is not there for you once in a while; He is there for you all the time. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is forever true.

This is the God whom we serve. Because He loves us, we should love Him, and love one another. Revelation of who your God is will help you to walk like Him. Let God (love) transform your way of thinking and doing. Life will take on a whole new meaning for you, and you will then know why laying down your life and taking up His is so much better, because it is the way of love.

See You Again Next Week For More “Weekly Wisdom”

May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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9/2/13 – “WALKING IN DIVINE HEALTH”

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3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

There is no doubt in the Word of God that it is His desire for us to be healed in body. All through the scriptures we have proof that healing is a part of what Jesus died and paid for. But there is a difference between being healed, and walking in divine health. It is not only God’s desire to heal us, but He clearly desires for us to experience a healthy life. So this week I want to share from the Word of God what scripture reveals is the key to walking in divine health.

To start with when you look at our foundation verse from 3 John 2 you clearly see that it is God’s desire as expressed through the apostle John to be in health, not just healed. This happens as John also reveals based on how healthy our soul is. Today you can find all kinds of evidence from doctors that reveal the significance that our soul plays in the health of our body. They will tell you that stress is probably the number one reason for the majority of sickness and disease that people are dealing with everyday. Stress is the result of an unhealthy soul. The world’s only way of dealing with this is to try and do things in the natural to reduce stress, but God has given us the keys to a healthy soul.

Prov. 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
Prov. 4:21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
Prov. 4:22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
Prov. 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
Prov. 4:24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.
Prov. 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.
Prov. 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.
Prov. 4:27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

In these verses we will see nine key truths that will help us to have a healthy soul, and in turn a healthy body. You can see this by first looking at verse 22 above. You will notice in the preceding verses that the Word of God is the focus of these verses. In verse 22 you will find that the Word of God is health to all our flesh. The word health is defined in the Hebrew as medicine. God’s Word is a medicine to all our flesh. Now with that understood lets begin in verse 20 and look at what scripture teaches on how we can live a healthy life.

1. Attend to God’s Word.
This would seem to be very self-explanatory but is a vital point that must be recognized to live a healthy life. To give attention to God’s Word means to attend to it. It is like having a garden in which you are trying to grow fruits or vegetables. You must attend to your garden if you are going to grow anything. If you want God’s Word to help you have a healthy soul, you are going to have to attend to the Word of God. Read it, study it, meditate on it, or as I have heard it said you must consume God’s Word until the Word consumes you. God and His Word are one. When the Word begins to consume you, all that God is and all that God has begins to impact your life. You must attend to the Word of God if you want to experience divine health.

2. Change your beliefs to line up with God’s Word.
As it states in verse 20 you must incline your ear to His sayings. This is more than just casual reading of scripture. It refers to leaning in closer to clearly hear what someone is saying. To incline your ear to what God’s Word says you are doing so to change your belief systems. If you do not change your beliefs to line up with the Word of God, then you are going to continue to live under the belief systems of the world. These beliefs are what bring about worry, fear, unbelief, doubt, and so on. Changing your beliefs to line up with God is crucial because how you live in life is based on what you believe.

3. Get a vision of yourself based on God’s Word.
This comes from the phrase in verse 21 where we are told not to let God’s Word depart from our eyes. This is a reference to vision. We must get a vision of ourselves based on God’s Word. For example, we need to see ourselves already healed before we are going to walk healed. This is what faith is all about. It is getting an inner vision of what we have become in Christ, which will change how we view ourselves, and how we view life as well. If you see yourself in light of the Word, you begin to realize that the greater one lives in you, and that you are victorious through what Christ has already done for you. So this inner vision happens as we begin to meditate on the Word of God and that Word becomes a part of our inner conscience.

4. Guard against things contrary to God’s Word.
As verse 21 states we must keep God’s Word in our hearts. In other words it is not just important to get this new vision and change of belief within, we must guard it once we do. There is a thief at work through so many different avenues in this life that are designed to rob us of the Word of God. Scripture clearly reveals that satan comes immediately to steal the Word out of our heart. He knows the power that the Word of God has in our life, more so than many believers. Through all types of media (television, movies, music, internet), and through other people around us satan is doing everything he can to rob us of the Word.

The word keep in verse 21 means to set a guard. So picture for example a city that you want to protect from its enemies. You want to protect this city from being infiltrated. To do so you are going to post guards at the gates to help keep your enemy out. We must post guards over the doorways to our heart. This has to do with what we see and what we hear. The average believer does not realize in a day’s time how many things they are hearing and seeing that are designed to simply rob you by getting you to doubt and question the Word of God. We must be aware of the things that are often accepted as a part of our “modern day” culture that are simple elements at work to get us out of faith and filled with fear, stress, worry, etc.

5. Stop saying things that are not true. This confuses the soul.
In verses 22 and 23 we see more emphasis put on guarding the heart, as this is where the very source of life comes from, for faith is of the heart. Then in verse 24 we are told to put a deceitful mouth far from us. This simply means don’t say things that are not true. You have surely heard the phrase, “If you hear a lie long enough, you will begin to believe it”. You see if you are saying things that are not true you confuse your spirit man when you then turn around and start declaring what God’s Word says which is truth.

I know that most would say I am not a liar. I don’t believe most Christians are intentionally lying, but I think to some degree people as a whole if they listen carefully to what they say may be surprised when we in fact say things that are not true with the intent of protecting others, or trying to protect ourselves, or even avoid confrontation. So it is very important that we need to do all we can to make sure no matter what the circumstances we speak the truth.

6. Stop saying things contrary to the Word of God.
Putting perverse lips far from you means to stop saying things contrary to the Word. If you say you believe you receive your healing and then turn around and start complaining about the pain in your body you are speaking contrary to the Word. This also creates mixed signals to our soul (mind, will, and emotions). To keep from doing so we must also watch saying things that are critical of others and negative all the time. Those who do so are filling their hearts with negativity and don’t realize the adverse effect this his having on their soul.

7. Do not entertain any vision of yourself contrary to the Word of God.
This is what verse 25 is referring to. Simply put in the words of James we must resist the devil. Satan works continually to try and get us to entertain thoughts that are leading us to lack faith in God. So do not allow the enemy to get you to see yourself any less than God sees you.

8. In all your way acknowledge God’s will for your life.
As verse 26 tells us we need to ponder the path of our feet, and make sure our ways are established in line with God. When we choose God’s will over our own the end result will always lead to a soul filled with peace that will guard your heart and your mind.

9. Resist the devil steadfast in the faith.
Don’t turn to the right or the left as verse 27 states. Don’t allow the devil to get you yielding to the flesh. If you walk in the Spirit then you will not yield to the flesh. Yielding to the flesh produces fleshly thinking and thus an unhealthy soul.

The more healthy your soul, the more healthy your body will be. God’s Word is the primary tool that helps us to maintain a healthy soul. When we have a healthy soul we won’t get stressed and filled with fear. So take God’s Word and develop a healthy mind, will, and emotions for in doing so you will experience the health God desires for you to walk in.

See You Again Next Week For More “Weekly Wisdom”

May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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