It’s about unconditional love <3 Beloved<3


I know that people really don’t believe in unconditional love. But, it does exist. I would like to share more on that. I am going to start by talking about being beloved.

I am going to explain the word BELOVED: as it is mentioned in the Bible. God said that we are His beloved,that is so deep and stirring.

Beloved in Hebrew-הֶאָהוּב (he-ahuv)

in Hebrew means ‘beloved’ literally (derived from the root ’hb, ‘love’.) It is often used of people but can be used of other things too. A common pet name for one’s lover is ahuvi (m) or ahuvati (f), ‘my ahuv’. Works nicely in literary or informal contexts. This word, additionally, is the one that could stand on its own (as an adjective standing for a noun) the best. (Definite: he-ahuv.)

Beloved in Greek-Agapetos

in Greek means beloved, esteemed, dear, favourite, worthy of love

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:1-2 ESV

One of my favorite words in the Bible is the word beloved. It doesn’t appear in every version, but I think it’s a correct word for a key principle God is trying to teach us about His kind of love.

Often one of the hardest things for a person to do is to accept unconditional love. Perhaps it’s because the world is so void of that kind of love. The world often displays a love that is contingent on the recipient’s behavior or form of repayment of the love. It is a give and take kind of love…a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” kind of trade-off for love. Sadly, many marriages share this kind of conditional love, where spouses agree to love each other as long as they are given equal or greater love in exchange.

That is not at all, however, the love of God the Bible teaches. The word beloved in the previous verse literally means “ beloved, esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love”. It’s a word indicating an action on the part of the one doing the loving. The God of the universe, the same God who paints a sunset, shapes a mountain and plans the waves at the beach, has chosen to love us, not because of who we are, but because of who He is. Our role in this is to BE-LOVED.

Are you struggling to accept that kind of unconditional love? Have the circumstances of life caused you to question God’s love? Will you do me a favor? Take some time today to read Job chapters 38-42. Job was experiencing more heartache than any person should ever experience and he was questioning his situation and ultimately God’s love for him at the time. In these chapters, God answers his dilemma. It’s a challenging and encouraging read.

You and I may never fully comprehend the love of God, but for today we can be encouraged that we have been called “beloved” and we can anticipate learning about and receiving more of His kind of love.

In the New Testament “beloved” used exclusively of Divine and Christian love, an affection begotten in the community of the new spiritual life in Christ, e.g. “beloved in the Lord” (Romans 16:8). The beauty, unity, endearment of this love is historically unique, being peculiarly Christian. “Brethren” in Christ are “beloved” (1 Thessalonians 1:4 1; Corinthians 15:58 ;James 1:16; James 2:5). Many individuals are specified by name: Timothy (2 Timothy 1:2); Philemon (Philemon 1:1); Amplias, Urbane, Stachys, Persis (Romans 16:8, 9, 12), etc. The aged John is the conspicuous New Testament illustration of the depth and tenderness of Christian love. In his epistles alone he addresses his disciples 12 times as “beloved.” Paul terms “God’s elect” “holy and beloved” (Colossians 3:12).

The term rises to still Diviner significance as an epithet of Christ, whom Paul, grateful for His “freely bestowed” grace, terms “the Beloved.” This is the word used repeatedly to express God the Father‘s infinite affection for Jesus His “beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 12:18; Matthew 17:5 Mark 1:11; Mark 9:7 Luke 3:22; Luke 20:13).

So through it all remember that you are loved deeply and unconditionally. Times and things might not always be easy or appear that you are not alone in this life. But, I can tell you from my life and experiences that God is always there even when we can’t see or feel Him.

 

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Just Talkin’ #1: Looking Back


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So much to say, don’t know where to begin. There are so many things that I can think back on and say wow I didn’t know that then or see it like that. There are number of stories I can tell about my life that I can now see how God was there and moving on my behalf, when I had no idea and it might not have felt like He was. I know without a doubt that I can’t do anything without Him. I am so grateful that He loved and still does love me and wanted me for Himself. It is an amazing feeling to be truly loved. To be truly loved and know that the ONE that loves you will never hurt you, never leave you , never let you down, will always be there, will always hold you up when your down or you can’t go on. It wasn’t until I was seeking after the deeper things of God that I began to realize these things. Like I said earlier I now can see how God was Always there with me, sometimes I would shove Him away I didn’t know if I could believe in this and if I could trust Him like it talked about in the Bible. I later on realized I couldn’t go on without Him. He was everything to me and the passion that drove me. He was always the peace that I felt inside. I needed Him and the peace He gave me cause I had none anywhere else, everything was chaos, and falling apart.

Hungry…What Kind Of Hungry Are You?


I am sure that we all know what it feels like when we are hungry. When we feel that hunger we do whatever it takes to satisfy that hunger. Let’s look at the word hungry for a minute. Hungry means having a desire,craving,or need for.Some more meaning are strongly or eagerly desirous, lacking needful or desirable elements, aggressively ambitious or competitive. This can be applied to the Spirit. God wants us to be absolutely hungry for Him. He wants us to seek and do whatever it takes to get more of Him in us,filling us up. We should strive to always be hungry for God and push ourselves to be filled more and more with Him and His ways.

In Psalm 34:8 it says, ” O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. ” In this scripture it states that we have to TASTE and see that the Lord is good, which implies that we were hungry and the only way to cure hunger is to eat. So, we are to seek Him. The ways we are to seek Him is in prayer, reading His Word(The Bible), and fasting. This is how we will taste and see that the Lord is good.

In Psalm 107:5 it says, ” Hungry and thirsty, their souls fainted in them.” Fainted means lacking strength, clarity,boldness,or courage. This is another reason we have to seek God and He will feed us who are hungry and fill us up and make us strong in Him and His Ways.

In Psalm 107:9 it says,”For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Goodness means state or quality of being good, moral excellence, virtue,kindly feeling,kindness,or generosity. Our souls long for the things of God. We were created in His image which is Spirit. We were created to have fellowship with Him daily.
In Psalm 34:10 it says,” The young lions do lack,and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”When we first got saved we had a desire and hunger for God unlike anything we had experienced. We lacked the knowledge and strength that God would give us from seeking Him. It was something that we had to walk into, it didn’t just happen. If we seek God we won’t desire just things but the things of God no matter how pleasing they may seem.

In Luke 1:53 it says,”He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.” There are people that call themselves seeking God but it is just a show and they won’t be rewarded or filled with the goodness of God. Those who truly seek after Him will receive the good things He has to offer them. He loves to see the devotion of His people to Him. God loves to be exalted above everything and that is how it should be.

There are a lot of souls out there that are hungry for God and don’t even know it. They know they are searching for something and haven’t figured out that it is God. That is why us as the “church” or “body” are to be out doing things and telling people about the God that we love and hunger after. People should see the hunger that we have for God and it should just be contagious. We should be showing them how to fill up that hunger with Him and not the things that please our flesh. Then there are those of you who have become complacent and have allowed that hunger to pretty much die out. You have killed it and your Spirit is suffocating. You need a good shaking to make you hungry again.

Just think about how privileged we are here in this country. We can openly serve God and most people try to hide or suffocate the God in us. They say to themselves it is okay to be a Christian and serve God openly on Sunday and at church but not during the week or out in public, people might talk about me and not like me. This is a lot of people’s mentality today. In other countries they can be killed for talking about God, praying,meeting at an underground church, or having a Bible, these are all things that most of us take for granite. Those people have a hunger for God and they don’t let anything stop them from being filled up with God. They have a true passion and desire for God and His Ways. We should all get to that place.

If your married, you remember when you first met your spouse, that you desired to spend all your time, energy, effort, and love with them and studying them. We should be experiencing the same things for God. We can always give God more, even if you think you have given it all to Him. I can assure you there is something or someplace in your life that He wants you to give Him. We are to be so hungry for God and His ways that we surrender our ways and thoughts and take on His.

You Have A Calling…


God‘s got a call on each one of our lives. God is calling you to do the things that He has planned out for you and your life before you were born. In Jeremiah 1:5 it says this:

Jeremiah 1:5 NLT“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”

 

This shows us that God has a unique plan for us. He has allowed us to make the decisions that will lead up to what He has had planned out for us all along. We go through things to be able to relate and testify to others who are going through the same stuff that we have been through. We are then proof that God can bring you out of the situation and turn it all around for the good. But you have to really desire God and what He wants for you and your life. God will reveal to you the area that He has called you to. He will not call you to something that He hasn’t prepared you for.

 

There is a price to pay for the calling and truly walking in it. You have to truly want it. The journey for it will not be easy but it will be worth it. In all things remember what all Jesus paid for us. We are so unworthy compared to Him. So, the things we will face are so small in comparison but are worth it also. We will have freedom in God and we will help lead others to that freedom. So we need to always look to God even when we are paying the price for the call on our lives. It can be tough,I know. There are times that you might just want to quit. That is when you have to push yourself and think about the one person that is relying on you to tell them about Jesus so that they won’t go to hell for all eternity.

 

The narrow road that says a lot in itself. There are a lot of things that can’t be taken down the narrow road. The Bible talks about the narrow road in Matthew 7:13-14 it says this:

Matthew 7:13-14 NLT

 

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. 14 But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.

This tells us that we have to life holy sanctified lives to make it down that narrow road. The sacrifices that we make here on earth will be rewarded far more greatly in heaven.

 

Talk to God today and listen to Him. He will talk back and see what He has planned for you and your life.

Words…Can Hurt?


The tongue is a very powerful weapon.It says in Proverbs 18:21(NLT) The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

You can build someone up or tear them down  by the words we say.The words we say can really hurt someone. You know the saying “Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Words Can Never Hurt Me“. That is a complete lie! Ask anybody that has been hurt by what someone said. They would have wanted the person hit them than to have said the things they did. Words are planted in us. Negative or hurtful words stay and linger with us, they cause more damage. Then, every time  the words come back to remembrance, it causes a new deeper pain/wound. We should only speak the truth. Also, only speak things that will glorify God.

Ephesians 4:29-32 (NKJV)

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have talked to people who are new in Christ and still have trouble cussing. They asked if I knew a good way or how did I stop cussing. I told them to every time a cuss word comes to mind replace it with something good like, Praise God, I love Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Hallelujah, or other good things,etc. Something bad might slip but when it does immediately say something positive, and ask for forgiveness and help from God. Also, read your Bible and pray. It says in, Matthew 15:18 (NLT) But the words you speak come from the heart–that’s what defiles you.

So, cleanse your heart from the filth and replace it will holiness. It says in, Matthew 12:36 (NLT) And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak.

 

So, in ending, please be careful in the words you say. It says in,Proverbs 21:23 (NKJV)Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.

Think before you speak. Ask yourself would it hurt you if someone else told you what you are about to say.


Do You Promise?


Promises,promises,promises. Lord I promise…Why do we ask God to help or deliver us,just to receive it from God and then they run. God draws us and we answer that call. Then we decide this isn’t what I want to do. So we go ahead and let a little sin creep in and we are fine with it. It don’t convict us because we have put up blinders on our eyes. We have made too many things more important than God for far too long. Most people think in life the most important things are: money,family,jobs,cars,etc… but these things will all fade away. In Ecclesiastes 5 it talks about us making promises to God.

Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 (NLT)

v.4 So when you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him.

v.5 It is better to say nothing than to promise something that you don’t follow through on.

v.6 In such cases, your mouth is making you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved.

So, we need to put God first. There are many Christians who put God second or third or even further back on their list because they are living after the flesh out of their own desires and not God’s.

Jeremiah 2:20-22 (NLT)

v20 “Long ago I broke the yoke that oppressed you and tore away the chains of your slavery, but still you said,’I will not serve you.’ On every hill and under every green tree, you have prostituted yourselves by bowing down to idols.

v21 But I was the one who planted you, choosing a vine of the purest stock-the very best. How did you grow into this corrupt wild vine?

v22 No amount of soap or lye can make you clean. I still see the strain of your guilt. I, the Sovereign Lord. have spoken!

 

I hope that this wasn’t the state you are in but if so I hope that this has helped and opened your eyes. God is not a play pretty. He is an almighty and powerful God, who doesn’t tolerate foolishness. So please serve God fully. Make Him your number 1!

Raise Me Up


Lord raise me up to the high places where Your glory never stops flowing. Break me Lord. I just want to be Your humble servant. I only want to do the things that glorify and please You. I desire the deep thing of You, God. Lord, You have told me that I have a pure heart. It sometimes feels as if I am total opposite. God, I don’t want to feel that way. Through mercy, grace, and love I am Yours. I am so tired of things holding me back. I want the fire to continually flow through me. I want an unsatisfiable hunger for You and Your presence. Guide me Lord into the things and places that You want me to go. Give me the words to say. I love You and You complete me Father God. Help me to guard the pure heart that You have given me. Strengthen me Lord. Through it all Lord I will give You all the praise and honor You deserve.

Break The Chains Of Bondage


There is some much stuff that people have become bound by in their lives. Whether it be lust, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, lying, stealing, cheating, killing, self-hate, and many other things. We don’t have to be bound to all those things that weigh us down Psalm 107:14 (New International Version)He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.For Jesus can deliver you and set you free from anything if you want Him to and allow Him to work in you. He doesn’t want to see you go through these things, but the decision is yours to make. Ask Him to deliver you and serve Him or do things your way and deal with them. Some people are so consumed in these chains that they don’t want to part from them because they have been together for a long time. But Jesus is there if you just want Him. All you have to do is call out to Him and receive Him into your heart.

Thoughts And Words


There are so many ways that the enemy tries to creep into our lives.It could be a negative thought about someone and if we think on it sooner or later it will become word curses coming out of our mouths against that person and their life. There is so much power in the words we say. The Bible says in

Proverbs 18:21(King James Bible)
Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

We need to be on guard and aware of the enemy and the things he tries to slip into our lives, minds, and hearts. We should strive to be in a godly frame of mind at all times ( to have on the Mind of Christ and the armour of God). Also, think about how we should LOVE everyone regardless of who they are and what they have done.  If we have our eyes open to the things of God we will be able to notice the traps of the enemy and will be able to avoid and overcome them.

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Psalm 141:1-10
(New Living Translation)

 


1 O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry!

 

Listen when I cry to you for help!

2 Accept my prayer as incense offered to you,

and my upraised hands as an evening offering.

3 Take control of what I say, O Lord,

and guard my lips.

4 Don’t let me drift toward evil

or take part in acts of wickedness.

Don’t let me share in the delicacies

of those who do wrong.

5 Let the godly strike me!

It will be a kindness!

If they correct me, it is soothing medicine.

Don’t let me refuse it.

But I pray constantly

against the wicked and their deeds.

6 When their leaders are thrown down from a cliff,

the wicked will listen to my words and find them true.

7 Like rocks brought up by a plow,

the bones of the wicked will lie scattered without burial.

8 I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord.

You are my refuge; don’t let them kill me.

9 Keep me from the traps they have set for me,

from the snares of those who do wrong.

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,

but let me escape.

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