Love by love

Jesus was a master story teller. The method of teaching adopted by Jesus was that of painting a parabolic picture for the people allowing it to tell its’ own story. He was never without a parable when He spoke and like a skilled potter would mold and shape His messages to fit the experience and maturity of His listeners. These parables bore the stamp of originality and were given to influence the thoughts, words, actions, and purposes of all who listened. Later, when He was alone with His disciples, He would go over everything and give them a full explanation of the truth He was attempting to convey. Since many in His audience were farmers Jesus would often speak in their language for many could grasp the concept of seedtime and harvest. One such story is “The Parable of the Growing Seed” and is found in Mark 4:26-29. Of the four gospels this story is given by Mark alone and is one of the three parables which reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of God in terms of a sowers’ work. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Much can be learned by a careful study of this parable and one of the foremost truths revealed is that our God is a God of order. One only has to look at a farmers’ field to catch a glimpse of how God does things. First comes the blade, then the head, and after that the full grain in the head. God is sequence-minded and He never puts the cart before the horse. In the book of Genesis we read that the heavens and the earth were created in an orderly fashion. God had a plan for the first day of creation, then the second day, the third, and so forth. Consider everything the high priests in the Old Testament had to do before they entered the Holy of Holies. They couldn’t just waltz into the presence of God unannounced. No, cleansings had to be performed and offerings had to be made (see Lev. 16). With much fear and trembling this was done in an orderly fashion and in a God-ordained sequence. If the proper order was not followed to the letter it would mean the end of their life. A rope was tied to the ankle of the High Priest so he could be pulled out from behind the veil in case he didn’t follow the prescribed sequence and dropped over dead. God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33) and to Him sequence is a serious matter and so should it be for us.

Paul writes, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:40). People who wake up, get dressed, and go to work do so in an orderly manner. But the person who wakes up, goes to work, and then gets dressed is on their way to having a very bad day. Without a doubt, a proper sequence is most important in everything we do. For example, sex before marriage is an action taken out of a proper, God-ordained sequence and many lives have been destroyed as a result thereof. To get your needs met there is a sequence to be followed. Matt. 6:33 tells us, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” There is a sequence to be followed when it comes to our relationship with God and our war against the devil. James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. resist the devil and he will flee from you.” It is foolish to try to resist the devil without first submitting yourself to God. The seven sons of Sceva tried to do this and Acts 19:15,16 tells us what happened to them, “And the evil spirit answered and said, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’ Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” James goes on to say in vs. 8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Gods’ foremost command is for each of us to love and serve one another. You were born to love and called to serve and in our relationships with other people there is a proper order to do things. Paul also used the language of a farmer when he wrote in 1 Cor. 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” The Message Bible says, “We each carried out our servant assignment. I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow.” Again, a prescribed sequence was followed thus allowing God to give life to the seed that was sown. In Lev. 19 God gave Moses the laws of social order and said in vs. 18, “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” Jesus quoted this command to love your neighbor as you love yourself in Mark 12:31 as did Paul in Rom. 13:9. The proper sequence here is that you must first love yourself before you can love your neighbor. You must become your own best friend and rejoice in the person God made you to be. You are a one of a kind original and there is nobody on this planet quite like you. Because of the cross you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21) and Paul says in Rom. 8:16,17a, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” The Message Bible says, “This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?’ Gods’ Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us – an unbelievable inheritance.”

Jesus said a great deal about love but none was more important as what He said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Before you can love yourself or your neighbor you must have a divine revelation that God loves you. Then and only then can the love command be fulfilled in your life. Jesus prayed in John 17:23b, “that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” It takes faith to believe that the Heavenly Father loves you as much as He loves Jesus. Your mind can not comprehend this much love. Your mind will tell you this is not so because Jesus never sinned, never rebelled, was never disobedient, and never displeased the Father. When Jesus was baptized “suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matt. 3:17). Your mind will try to convince you that there is no way the Father can love you as much as He loves Jesus. But He does. In fact, He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die for you (John 3:16). Your mind is limited in its’ capacity to believe such profound truths such as this so don’t try to reason it all out. Just believe it by faith. Faith is a choice and does not require understanding. You can believe anything the Bible tells you if you would only choose to do so.

It’s not enough to just believe in God and that He exists. You have to believe that He loves you. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble.” The Message Bible puts it this way, “Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads!” Faith comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17) so you need to hear yourself say every day, “God loves me!!” Say it again, “God loves me!!” Once more, “God loves me!!” You need to meditate on this day and night. You need to confess it, sing about it, read about it, and hear good preaching about it. There is no life as exciting as the victorious life that comes from knowing God loves you. His great love has delivered you from the guilt of sin and the shame of your failures and mistakes. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). God remembers your sin no more (Jer. 31:34) and if you confess your sins He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). If you’re forgiven, you’re forgiven. If you’re cleansed, you’re cleansed. There is no condemnation in Christ (Rom.8:1) and we have no fear of judgment and punishment. Indeed, He is the glory and the lifter of your head (Ps. 3:3).

John writes, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 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 4:15,16). There is a difference between knowing God loves you and believing that He does. Divine revelation is needed for you to be fully developed in knowing the love God has for you. John called himself “that disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 21:7) and this should be your confession as well. Who are you? You’re the one God loves. God is love and He loves you. You can’t be any more loved than when you are loved by Love. God said in Jer. 31:3, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” God is drawing you into a love relationship with Him. He enjoys loving you and he delights in blessing you and showing you mercy. He is thinking about you today and He’s got a plan for your life (see Jer. 29:11). He’ll lead you and guide you in the way you should go and He’ll never leave you or forsake you. He cares so much about you that He keeps count of the number of hairs on your head. His eyes roam to and fro across the earth looking for someone to show Himself strong on their behalf. Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father, I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you…” (John 15:15,16a).

Your claim to fame is that you are loved by God and it is an insult to Him when you don’t know and believe that. One day Jesus and His disciples were in a boat crossing over to the other side of the sea. “And a great wind-storm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’” (Mark 4:37,38). These disciples questioned whether or not Jesus loved them and fear gripped their heart. After rebuking the storm and a great calm fell upon the water Jesus turned to His disciples and “said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have ho faith?’ And they feared exceedingly…” (vs. 40,41a). One way to know if you truly believe God loves you is whether or not there is fear in your life. If you fear you won’t be able to pay your bills this month then you’re not fully convinced in your heart that God loves you. If cancer runs in your family and you fear that one day you’ll catch this dreaded disease, then you are not totally persuaded that God loves you as much as He loves Jesus. But if you’re walking in love you’ll have no fear. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

Faith works by knowing how much God loves you. Faith works through love (Gal. 5:6) and this is the key to your victory in life and for overcoming the trials that come your way. Heb. 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The Message Bible says, “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him.” Faith is a choice. You chose to believe in the goodness of God, that He is, and that He will reward you if you seek Him diligently. David wrote in Ps. 27:13, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Faith is activated and works by love and it’s this perfect love that will cast fear out of your life. The word “cast” means ‘to throw out not caring where it lands.’ Without fear in your life you won’t be afraid of the devil, people, death, car crashes, cancer, or of losing your job. Paul wrote in 2 Tim. 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” When you’re fearless you’re a problem to the devil because he can’t scare you. Rom. 8:37 says you “are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Gods’ love gives you the victory every time. Paul writes, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14).

The closer you walk with God the more He’ll manifest His love in your life. Just walk outside and look around and you’ll see the goodness of God fully displayed. All that you see He made for you. He made the sun and the moon and all the planets so that the earth could be here and He made the earth so that you could be here. He made it all for you. That magnificent mountain range is for you as is that beautiful rainbow and the green grass that grows near your home. The reason the sun shines by day and the moon by night is for you. The reason the ocean rolls onto the sand is for you. The stars twinkle at night and the wind blows and the trees sprout their leaves all for you. The flowers bloom across the fields and the birds sing their beautiful harmonies for you. All these things say with a loud voice, “God loves you!!” Every meal you eat God is saying “I love you!” Every breath you take and every time your heart beats God is saying “I love you!” Rom. 8:31,32 says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” The birth of Jesus said to the world, “God loves you!!” and if He gave you Jesus He’ll heal your body and give you a sound mind. He’ll give you a nice house to live in and a car, a job, and a family. He’ll help you comb your hair in the morning and He’ll help you drive to work each day. He is the living God “who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17b). All things are yours because of the great love He has for you. It is because of His unfailing and never-ending love that you have been crowned with glory and honor (Ps. 8:5b).

Never doubt the love of God. When you do, you doubt God for He is love. Every day you’re alive He demonstrates His love for you beyond question. John writes, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:19). He could give no greater gift. He loved us while we were His enemies and not for what we were doing for Him. He does not have to do one more thing to prove that He loves you. He’s already done it. Paul asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Rom. 8:35). He answers his own question in vs. 38,39, “For I am persuaded 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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The Message Bible says, “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing – nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable – absolutely nothing can get between us and Gods’ love because of the way Jesus our Master has embraced us.” As Jesus hung and bled on the cross the Father was showing you how much He loves you. The cross is a picture of love, it’s what love looks like. Jesus paid the highest price that could ever be paid. And He did it all for you.

1 John 3:1a says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” The word “behold” means ‘look.’ Look how much the Father loves you! You are an amazing, one of a kind, child of the living God! He bought you with a price and you are most valuable to Him. You are the apple of His eye (Zech. 2:8) and you can have boldness on the day of judgment because the One sitting on the throne loves you. You are loved by Love and God is not quiet about how much He loves you. He wants the whole world to know it. Jesus said in John 17:22,23, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” In the book of Revelation Jesus told John to write these profound words to the church in Philadelphia, “Indeed, I will make these of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie – indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you’ (Rev. 3:9). Imagine that. The enemy will be brought to your feet and shown that God loves you. The Message Bible states it like this, “And watch as I take those who call themselves true believers but are nothing of the kind, pretenders whose true membership is in the club of Satan – watch as I strip off their pretensions and they’re forced to acknowledge it’s you I’ve loved.”

God wants the whole world to know that he is a God of love and that He loves you. Go public and tell people all that God has done for you. Love your neighbor and tell them if you draw near to God, he’ll draw near to you. If you seek Him with your whole heart He’ll be found by you. If you’ll ask, you’ll receive. If you knock, it will be opened unto you. He is a good God and when you reach out to Him, He will respond back to you. If you believe in the love and mercy of God you can enjoy your life even knowing you’ve sinned and come short of the glory of God. Mercy means you don’t get the punishment you deserve but rather get the blessings you don’t deserve. All this and more because God loves you so much that He gave you Jesus. You are loved by Love and Gods’ grace will pardon and cleanse you and make you whole. 1 John 4:10,11 tells us, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” Herein is the threefold sequence of fulfilling Gods’ command to walk in love. God loves you, you love yourself and then you love your neighbor. Loving other people is the stamp of approval that you have been born again and believe that you are loved by Love. John writes, “We know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death” (1 John 4:14).

John, the apostle of love, the one who openly confessed that he was loved by Jesus, tells us in 1 John 3:11, “For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” He went on to say in vs. 16-24 (MSG), “This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed His life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to Gods’ love? it disappears. And you make it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in Gods’ reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what He said, doing what pleases Him. Again, this is Gods’ command: to believe in His personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep His commands, we live deeply and surely in Him, and He lives in us. And this is how we experience His deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit He gave us.” Without question, God loves you. You are loved by Love and by faith you believe that and love Him back. Now, when the shouting subsides, go out and be a blessing to someone else. It’s what He paid the ultimate price for you to do.

BY
RANDALL J. BREWER

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Born to love

Nothing in this universe happens by accident. For everything there is a reason and a purpose. There is a reason for the sun, the moon, and the stars. There is a reason for summer and winter, spring and fall. There is a reason for rivers and oceans, trees and grass, rain and sunshine. For all things there is a reason and a purpose. There is also a reason and a purpose for you. God measures life not in terms of years or time but in terms of purpose. Purpose is the original intent or reason for a thing to exist. We are all created with a destiny and purpose so the question needs to be asked, “Why were you born? For what purpose did God place you on this planet?” In both the Old and New Testaments people are commanded to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind” (Deut. 6:5;Matt. 22:37). Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you also love one another.” Jesus also said to “love your enemies” (Matt. 6:44) and we are told to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Husbands are to love their wives (Eph. 5:25) and wives their husbands (Titus 2:4). The list is endless for love is the theme of the entire Bible. In fact, God “is” love (1 John 4:8). So why were you born? The answer is obvious. Clearly, you were born to love.

Paul wrote in Eph. 5:12, “Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” As born-again believers we are to be imitators of God as dear children imitate their parents. Jesus came to lay down His life for us and we ought to do the same for others. The Message Bible says, “Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that.” We are commanded to love one another to the same measure as Jesus loved us. It is so important that you let God love you because your giving of love is limited to your receiving of love. When you let God love you, when you receive His love, you will learn to love yourself because you’ll see who you are through His eyes. As a result of doing this you’ll also be able to see others through the eyes of God and what follows will be a continual outpouring of love into their lives. By doing this you become a witness to the entire world. Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). The sinners of the world are not drawn into the Christian faith by us loving them but rather when they observe the demonstrated love that we have for one another.

Whether we realize it or not people are watching how we live. Our actions speak louder than our words and this is why there must be zero tolerence for strife between fellow believers. Strife is the manifested presence of the devil whereas love, joy, and peace is the manifested presence of God. Heb. 13:1 says “Let brotherly love continue.” The Message Bible tells us, “Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love.” Our God is a covenant God and we need to begin to love one another with a covenant love that comes as a result of knowing Him. Jesus said in John 15:9,10 (MSG), “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make your-selves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done – kept my Fathers’ commands and made myself at home in his love.” Jesus told us to abide in His love and this is what it means to live and make yourself at home in His love. You live inside yourself and not some geographical location. Living in a certain city won’t make you happy even though many people think it will. You live from the inside out and if your heart is right you can be happy anywhere. If your heart is not right you can live in a mansion and have all the money you need and still not be happy. The key to everlasting joy is to make yourself at home in His love. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11).

Paul wrote in Rom. 13:8, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Love is a debt you owe to everybody even if you feel like they don’t deserve it. It should be on the forefront of our minds that God loved each of us when we were yet sinners and also didn’t deserve it. Love is not a feeling but rather is a spiritual force radiating out of your innermost being. God is love and His love is revealed and manifested by you being nice to someone. This love can produce good feelings but you can love without feelings or even with bad feelings. Love is a decision and when the right decision is made you can love somebody even when you want to tell them off or punch their lights out. The nature of the flesh is to respond to hurt feelings. If someone slaps you, you want to slap them back harder. The key is to be led by the Spirit and not by fickle feelings that are forever changing from one moment to the next. Gal. 5:15,16 tells us, “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

Love does no harm to a neighbor (Rom. 13:10) and the Message Bible records these instructions from Romans 12, “Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle” (vs. 9,10). “Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath” (vs. 14). “Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody” (vs. 17,18). “Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good” (vs. 21). Love thinks no evil (1 Cor. 13:50) and takes no thought about how to hurt somebody. Neither should one rejoice if and when your enemy falls and gets hurt. God loves through you and you should help that fallen person get back on his feet and point him in the right direction. In the Spirit we are to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10) but in our relationships with other people we are to be harmless as a dove. Titus 3:1b,2 tells us “to be ready for every good work, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Love cares when something good happens to somebody else. Love is not jealous or envious but instead rejoices when somebody else gets blessed. John, the disciple of love who laid his head on the bosom of Jesus, gave what is probably the most prominent instruction about love when he wrote in 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” The Message Bible says, “let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.” John knew that God will move when love is demonstrated.

The entire Bible is a book of love and throughout its’ pages are recorded several principles of covenant love that should govern the thoughts, words, and actions of every born-again child of God. John 15:12,13 tells us, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones’ life for his friends.” One of the first things we learn about the love of God is that it always gives. John 3:16, probably the most famous verse in all of scripture, begins by saying, “For God so loved the world that He gave…” Just as faith without works is dead (James 2:26), so also love without works is dead. Love is an action and giving is the greatest expression of love. If we love, we give. We are the love child of a love God and love always gives. Paul wrote in Gal. 2:20b, “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Don’t just give of your resources, give of yourself. Instead of paying to have your church painted, get up off that comfortable chair and go down to the church and help do the work. Don’t love from a distance but personally get involved. 1 Tim. 6:18 says, “Let them do good that they may be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.”

Giving should be the lifestyle of every born-again believer and this includes a whole lot more than money. Finances is only a small part of giving and before money can be given we need to first be willing to cheerfully give of ourselves. We need to get involved in the lives of other people and when we do we’ll quickly realize that there is always something we can give that will promote the lives of those we come in contact with. We can give people our love, time, loyalty, fellowship, counsel, prayers, our words and any natural resource we have at our disposal. Love gives whatever is needed and we also need to be consistent in our giving. Daily look for ways to give and enrich those around you. Buy a co-worker a cup of coffee or bake a dozen cookies and give them to a neighbor. Give somebody you know a phone call and tell them how blessed you are to have them as a friend. Offer to baby-sit at no charge for a single mother with four children who never gets a chance to be by herself and do the things she truly enjoys. Take an elderly person to the shopping mall with you or a fatherless child to a ballgame. And, if nothing else, you can always give somebody a smile and a friendly “hello.” Let people see the joy that is within you. And who knows? These acts of kindness may birth in them the desire to know the same God you know. What more can a person offer another than the opportunity to receive eternal life?

John 4:23 says, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” Everybody likes praise. God likes praise. People like praise. Even cats and dogs like praise. Praise is a sign of acceptance and is this not the primary need of all people? Throughout history people have gone to great lengths to accomplish great deeds all for the purpose of being noticed and accepted by others. People have a craving to be received willingly and favorably. They want to be approved of and believed in. We need to learn to accept people not based on our preference or their performance but because God has accepted them. Paul says in Rom. 15:7, “Therefore receive one another just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.” The Message Bible states, “So reach out and welcome one another to Gods’ glory. Jesus did it, now you do it!” Just as we praise and worship God for His worthiness, so must we compliment and lift up other people for theirs. Words are the most important thing in the universe. They can build up or tear down and they reveal what is in a persons’ heart. When you submit your life to God submit your words to Him as well. “Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift” (Eph. 4:29 MSG).

The NKJV Bible instructs us to “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Paul is telling us to take our words, wrap them with truth, love, and sincerity, and as a gift present them to whoever is close by. The NIV states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Words that do not benefit another person must be left unspoken. Compliments spoken from the heart make people feel good about themselves and births in them the desire to respond back in a favorable manner to the person giving the compliment. This leads to unity among the brethren and this should be the ultimate goal of every believer. A compliment spoken from the heart can “break the ice” between strangers and will open the door that leads to a life of love, fellowship, and faithful service to our Heavenly Father. If you will take the time and make the effort you will always find something good in the lives of people to compliment them about. And, by all means, be sincere in your praise giving. Nobody likes false praise. Covenant love means you will be real and honest in your relationships. Let your compliments come from a conviction in your heart that you really believe what you’re saying. If you will remain sincere, in turn, you also will be blessed as you heap praises upon those around you. Prov. 15:23 says, “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is.”

Our God is a giving God and there is no better indicator of His presence in our hearts than in the attitude we develop about giving. How you give determines and reveals what’s inside of you. Jesus said in Matt. 10:8b, “Freely you have received, freely give.” You received because God freely gave. It pleased the Father to have Jesus pay the price for our sins (Is. 53:10) and it pleased Jesus to do so (Heb. 12:2). You can’t doubt Gods’ love for us because He gave us the most precious thing He had – His Son! Jesus submitted His will to that of the Heavenly Father and went to the cross for us proving that suffering that doesn’t benefit others is vain. Jesus shed His blood and freely gave up His life for us and because He lives in our hearts we can freely give to others. Godly love gives with no strings attached and with no thought of being repaid. If you’re selfish and stingy or if you expect something in return from your giving then you’re either not born-again or you’re not letting the love of God lead you and guide you. If people owe you something because you gave to them then God is not your source – people are – and this is unbelief. If you want something in return then you’re not giving. Love is not a loan, it’s a gift that must be given quickly, willingly, and gladly.

One must forever be on guard because the devil is a thief who will continually attempt to steal from you the proper motive you should have for your giving. Luke 4:5-7 reveals to us the selfishness of devilish giving, “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, ‘All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.’” Devilish giving is when you give expecting something in return from the person you gave it to. It’s when you say, “I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine” (see Luke 6:30-36). The devil was bribing Jesus and by manipulation was trying to get something back from Him. Those who give this way have minds that have been blinded by the god of this age and will live a life of deception and destruction. 2 Cor. 4:4 (MSG) gives a description of those who submit to devilish giving, “All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the day-spring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.” The picture Jesus painted was of a loving and freely giving Father and when His example is followed we’ll overcome every attempt of the devil to get us to do otherwise.

1 John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.” When you lay down your life for the brethren sacrifices are made. You must give up something in order to walk in love. We live in a selfish world and the needs of other people aren’t even noticed anymore. People are too busy thinking only of themselves and spend too much time on their jobs, hobbies, and the pursuit of worldly pleasures. The devil is a master of preoccupation and if you’ll let him he’ll consume all your time thus preventing you from having the time and resources to bless others. Selfishness is a work of the flesh and Paul writes in Gal. 5:19-21 (MSG), “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cut-throat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.”

Love, on the other hand, freely gives and this is what separates devilish giving from Godly giving. The word “give’ is in the Bible some 2000 times and giving is the greatest expression of love there is. Giving is not what you do, it’s what you are! God is love, and love gives. Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20a). Jesus freely gave Himself to you and now you must give yourself to somebody else. Don’t do this mournfully and act like it’s a burden to you. Giving brings joy so put a smile on your face and help somebody cheerfully and willingly. Jesus said in John 13:17, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.” The joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh. 8:10) and sadness makes you weak. If all you do is think of yourself you’ll be sad and weak all the time and it’s a bad witness to the world for a believer to be depressed. Remember, the world is watching you. If you help others you’ll be stronger, happier, and more blessed than if you did something for yourself. We all have limits on our time, money, and resources and what you spend on yourself you can’t spend on somebody else. It’s a choice you’ll have to make. If you live only for yourself you’ll lose your life and it will slip away like sand flowing through your fingers. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. He let Himself be sacrificed and we have to have the same mindset. And when we, like Jesus, put others first we also will have joy unspeakable.

BY:
RANDALL J. BREWER

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Wonderful miracles happened in Mombasa with bishop Haron

ppGreat and powerful Gospel was been released in Mombasa Kenya, when a man of God bishop Haron from Kenya was holding a microphone in order to pour out the word of the Lord which Jesus granted unto him.

Many was been healed and are continues to receive the healing. As he was talking by E-mail with Ev.moses Mayila he said:-

yes trip was good and we so the hand of God the lord healed many people in mombasa”.one lady who was born blind 22 years the lord touched her eyes and she was able to see in the fast time in her life.people with short legs ,broken backs,i so the lord son lets serve this God.

Miracles were experienced on the service up to now people are steal bringing testimonies of miracles what about Tanzania here we come says the lord caring the fire of miracles.”

Bishop Haron will be in Tanzania at mission platform in Sengerema with New hope ministry on the second week of of may 2014. we expect to see miraculous wonders and signs more than what happened in Mombasa. bring the sick, and all with weakness, the Jesus will set them free.

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Neno la leo!

Basi mtiini Mungu, mpingeni shetanani naye atawakimbia! yakobo 4:7.

Unajua shetani haishiwi chokochoko kila siku, na pia shatani kazi yake ni kukujaribu kama ukilegea atakuburuza chini, lakini kama ukishupaa, atakukimbia mbali.

kuwa hodari mtu wa Mungu, mshinde shetani.

Ev.Moses – NHM

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Malaysian government said there is a possibility to find alive survivors!

Malaysia-Airlines-flight-MH370_2Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) — It’s got to sound like a mixed message.

Earlier this week, loved ones of those aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 heard this: “All lives are lost.”

But on Saturday, Malaysian officials left relatives with a thin sliver of hope that someone may have survived.

“Even hoping against hope, no matter how remote, of course we are praying and we are continuing our search for possible survivors,” said Hishammuddin Hussein, the acting transportation minister.

Eight planes and seven ships scoured the waters Saturday for signs of the vanished plane hundreds of miles off of Australia’s coast.

As they did, Hishammuddin dealt with the torment of family members on a roller coaster of grief and desperate hope that the plane is intact.

Relatives have heard how the analysis of data and estimates of MH 370′s whereabouts have changed.

They’ve felt their hopes rise when satellite images indicated large groups of floating “possible objects” in the past days. And when five planes spotted debris on Friday.

On Saturday, a Chinese aircraft made a fresh spotting of three “suspicious” objects, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

“The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships,” AMSA said.

Separately, a Chinese ship saw something in the ocean, but it turned out to be garbage, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

No one has been able to confirm that any of it is from MH 370, and the southern Indian Ocean has plenty of floating garbage.

With hopes stoked and dashed with every new message, agonized relatives don’t know whom or what to believe anymore.

‘They’re still alive’

In Beijing on Saturday, loved ones took to the streets to vent their anguish.

“They’re all still alive, my son and everyone onboard! The plane is still there too! They’re hiding it,” demonstrator Wen Wancheng, 63, yelled. His only son, Wen Yongsheng, is a passenger.

He held up a banner that read: “Son, mom and dad’s hearts are torn to pieces. Come home soon!”

Many relatives remember the stories from early on in the search that it may have landed somewhere on land. They implored Malaysian officials to find their relatives.

“What they want is a commitment on our part to continue the search, and that I have given,” Hishammuddin said.

The search endures along with gut wrenching hopes, and every day, relatives ask again, where is the plane? And Hishammuddin steps in front of microphones to tell them and the world that he still doesn’t know.

On Saturday, the wear of their desperation on his own emotions showed through.

Hishammuddin appeared to choke up a little when he admitted, “For me as the minister responsible, this is the hardest part of my life, at the moment.”

He refused to give them false hopes, he said. But he also seemed unwilling to take away their last hope of finding any of the 239 people alive who were aboard the plane that went missing on March 8.

It’s “not unreasonable” for them to want to hold on to that.

“Miracles do happen, remote or otherwise, and that is the hope that the families want me to convey not only to the Malaysian government, MAS, but also to the world at large,” he said.

He promised to do whatever it takes.

Sea objects

On Saturday that meant hunting again for debris in an ocean with much flotsam adrift in it — odds and ends that have fallen off of passing ships — in hopes that among it are pieces of the Boeing 777.

After the latest data analysis, experts believe that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared three weeks ago, ended up in choppy waters in the southern Indian Ocean.

A Chinese ship, Haixun 01, has plowed the waters of the latest search area all morning while six others are expected to arrive around sunset, Australian authorities said.

The eight planes, which had straddled flight times, have all taken off from Perth and flown out over the ocean.

Even if they haven’t had anything definitive to report yet, the search has gotten easier. The current search area is 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast of the previous one.

It’s closer to Australia’s coast and in calmer waters. Planes should be able to undertake longer searches than before.

Malaysia plane saga: Your questions answered

Still, the area is vast and remote, roughly 123,000 square miles (319,000 square kilometers) in size and 1,150 miles (1,850 kilometers) west of Perth.

The latest analysis of satellite data showed the commercial airliner could not have flown as far south as once thought, Australian authorities said.

Pieces of debris spotted Friday were hundreds of miles away from each other, but given the ocean conditions and the time passed since the airplane’s purported crash, they could be part of the same object.

Friday’s spottings included 11 small objects spotted by a military P-3 plane. CNN’s Kyung Lah, who went out on a U.S. Navy P-8 search plane Friday, said the crew of that plane spotted white objects, orange rope and a blue bag.

“At one point, sure, everybody on board got a little excited, but it’s impossible to tell from that distance what anything is,” she said.

If or when the body of the 777 is found, the question still remains: Why did it go down? That may not be answered until investigators undertake the arduous process of retrieving the aircraft and trying to, literally, piece together what happened to it.

Vast, shifting search

The shifting hunt for Flight 370 has spanned oceans and continents.

It started in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, where the plane went out of contact with air traffic controllers.

When authorities learned of radar data suggesting the plane had turned west across the Malay Peninsula after losing contact, they expanded the search into the Strait of Malacca.

When those efforts proved fruitless, the search spread north into the Andaman Sea and northern Indian Ocean.

It then ballooned dramatically after Malaysia announced on March 15 that satellite data showed the plane could have flown along two huge arcs, one stretching northwest into the Asian landmass, the other southwest into the Indian Ocean.

The search area at that point reached nearly 3 million square miles.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that further analysis of the data led authorities to conclude the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean, far from land.

Malaysian officials then told the families of those on board that nobody would have survived. They seem to have backed away from that message.

Many relatives have said that only the discovery of wreckage from the plane will convince them of the fate of their loved ones.

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Imamu aiba Nguruwe Mwanza

IMAMU mmoja ambaye hakufahamika jina lake wa msikiti wa Kisesa Jijini Mwanza, amenusurika kuuawa baada ya kuvamiwa na Waislam wenzake akiwa kituo cha polisi Kisesa anaposhikiliwa kwa wizi wa nguruwe ‘kitimoto’.

Waislam hao walivamia kituo cha polisi  baada ya kupata taarifa za Imamu huyo kudaiwa kuiba nguruwe ambaye anajua ni najisi kwenye dini ya Kiislam.h

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Prayers

New PictureDear peoples of God, we would like to explain openly to you that we love you so much.

Thats why we are currying up the responsibility to for you day and night. As we are too busy concerning service and our daily life too, we sometimes open lately the prayer request box, while there is some peoples needs prayers immediately.

So in case to get connected with us as quickly use our direct text line: +255755961270 don’t call because we sometimes not answer while we are on the altar, but just text we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Jesus’ loveness be with you forever.

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