Friday, March 29, 2013

Love Is An Action

1 John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

If you say that you love someone and yet talk about them behind their back then your actions do not show love at all. A red flag should go up anytime we hear someone being critical of someone else. That is what they do to us when we are not around.

A lot of us think that we are good people because we don't break the commandments. I find that most people don't even know the 10 commandments. Some of us could recite them but do we really understand what they mean. The two most important commandments are Love God and Love Others. If we are not able to grasp those two then what makes us think we are okay with the rest of the list?

It's easy to love those that are lovable and difficult to love those that are not so lovable. Don't go by your feelings but instead by your actions. If you have someone in your life who is not so lovable are you being critical of them to others with your words? Are you just tolerating them because you have to? Those are actions that have more to do with hate than love. What actions can you do to show love to those who you find unlovable? God will provide a way for you to do this in their life if you will just ask Him. Don't miss out on a great blessing by doing what God has done for all of us on the cross. †

  I took this picture at sunrise in the mountains of Spain in 2007.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Best Plans

Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. Genesis 6:14 

God asked Noah to plan ahead by building an ark which measured over one and a half football fields long and took the best part of one hundred and twenty years to complete! I would call that a "long term plan!" Noah didn't focus on the problems and circumstances of the day but instead just reported for duty. I find that my prayers are more about the circumstances of life instead of the plan God has for my life! Satan uses circumstances to take our focus off of what we should be doing. 

Let's pray each day in spite of the circumstances about the plan God has for our life. Let's not let circumstances dictate our lives. God can overcome any and all problems and do something in us and through us that we did not know was possible. It will build our faith as we follow Him! 

As a parent, we see the endless possibilities for our children. We encourage them in their training, lessons and education to grow in areas where they are gifted. It is so easy for us to see how their dreams can be achieved even before they do because of our own knowledge and experience. God is our parent and He wants to do the same for us. We have to be eager to listen and obey! God will direct us in the same way a parent does their child. 

Let's be open and receptive to God's call on our life!
Like Noah, God has called us to change the world. Take a step today to bridge the gap between your present circumstances & where you need to be.....

This picture was taken of me with my youngest daughter at Stone Mountain in 1999.