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Are you in love?

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In Reading John Bevere’s book, Good or God, there is a section where he talks about his love for Jesus.  He compares it with dating, where all you do is think about the person you love, all day, every day.

I am sure we have seen couples where all they do is hold hands and look into each other’s eyes.   You can’t pry them apart. They  spend all day with each other, and if that was not enough, they spend the evening talking on the phone.

That is the love John Bevere talks about that we should have with Jesus, continually, every day, ALL. THE. TIME.

So I had to ask myself:  Do I have that type of love for Jesus?  Do I think about what it was like for Him to be hanging on the cross while I was still a sinner, the pain and humiliation He endured for me?  Do I imagine what it must have been like for Him to carry the entire weight of sin on the cross, because of His love for mankind?

Somewhere along the way, the honeymoon turned into a routine.  I pray, read the Bible, pray for others,  go to church,  thank the Lord and start all over again.

Col 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.   Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth

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So where is my mind?

Is my mind on the doing the work of the ministry, or the One that gave me the ministry?

What do we seek?

Do I seek recognition, acknowledgement, or an intimate relationship with Jesus?

I don’t want my love for Jesus to be a routine, where it can get bored and I lose interest.  I want that spice back, to fall in love with Jesus all over again.    I want to set my mind on things above, Jesus, and His love and goodness for me.

As I started to purposely think about Jesus, especially before going to sleep, I noticed a change taking place.  Jesus began to fill my thoughts, not my to do list and worries.

This is certain:   The more I meditate on Jesus and His goodness, the more I fall in love with Him all over again.

Try to purposely think about Jesus and His love for you, and He will invade your heart all over again.

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Are you Unprofitable?

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Have you ever felt or were told that you were unprofitable, or in other words, just not good enough?  Maybe you have heard these words from others, or worse yet, you repeat these words to yourself.

Perhaps you have tried different things throughout your life and  you have found failure.  Maybe you wanted to start a business, a writing career, ministry, a different career path and life got in the way.

Philemon 1:10-11 says: I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.

There was man named Onesimus, and at one time the scripture called him unprofitable. In other words, he was of no use. He was of no use to Paul and to the ministry. But something happened.  The scripture says that Onesimus left, but when he came back, he was profitable to work alongside Paul.  He became so valuable, that Paul says that he is his beloved brother and asked Philemon to receive Onesimus as he would receive Paul.

Imagine that, Onesimus at one time unprofitable, left, and upon his return was profitable to the ministry, to the Apostle Paul and to the Body of Christ.

Onesimus means useful.

I am a firm believer that we need to take some time to  dig deep within ourselves to reflect, find out what our desires are and pursue our passion.   To do that, you have to be brutally honest with yourself and find the answers to what is hindering you.  The worst deception is when you lie to yourself.

 

I do not want to say when I am older,  “I wish I would have tried…… in my life”   Now is the time to act.   As long as I have breath in me, I still have time to do something profitable, and that goes for you as well.

Whatever Oneseimus did, it worked.  He came back focused, recharged and useful.

Don’t let fear, insecurity, unbelief, doubt, lies or others place a shadow on your dreams. Dig deep within yourself to find out what is hindering your passion, and come back profitable.

God can turn your failures into triumph.  Every time you fail, it is something valuable to you, a life lesson learned which cannot be taken away.

Now is the time to be profitable, all you have to do is start.

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Why we should all arise and go into the city

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New York Skyline

Acts chapter 9 relates the story about Saul, (later known as Paul) well known and feared for persecuting the Christians.  As he is on his way to do more harm, he is blinded, and falls to the ground on the road to Damascus.

Saul ask who are you, “Lord?”   Jesus confirms his suspicions. He replies, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

While on the ground, trembling and blind, we see how quickly Saul changes sides.  He goes from persecuting those of the Way, to asking Jesus, “What do you want me to do?”

The Lord replies with ¨ Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what to do.”

This was the first step of obedience that Paul did.  He arose and went to the city.  His change was so radical, that he became a follower of Christ.  Thanks to the Apostle Paul, we have most of the  New Testament written by him.

I saw several things here.

First the Lord can do anything to draw a person to himself.  This gives me hope, because I know the Lord can turn around the most messed up person to serve him in a most amazing way.

Second, The Lord gave one directive to Paul.  Arise and go to the city.

Third, just obey.

The Lord did not lay out his whole life plan at one time.  He gave it to him, one step at a time.

If the Lord had told him his whole life story, about his imprisonment, stone beatings, being shipwrecked, missionary trips, do you think Paul would have backed out?   I think I would have.

I have a secret for you.  We are not supposed to have the full picture.

When we begin our walk with the Lord, He gives us only so much, one step at a time. For that I am grateful.

God´s ways and plans are always bigger than ours.  As we continue our walk in obedience, the Lord is faithful to equip us to fulfill the calling upon our life.

For us to fulfill our calling there are two things we need to do.  We need to ask the Lord what He would like us to do, and we need to arise and go into the city.  It is then He will gives us the next phase of the plan.

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"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.
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