What’s Love Got to do With It?
I will give you five reasons…
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.-John 3:16
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. -1 John 4:16
The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. -Jeremiah 31:2
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. -Zephaniah 3:17
I have a mini schnauzer and his name is Pepper. In March Pepper started having seizures. We found out it was common in small dogs. The kids were scared he was going to die and I just could not bare it when he would have one. The episodes went from every 2 weeks, then every week, then every other day, and then he was having them 1x a day. ENOUGH! We were going to do the medicine the vet told us about and then I saw a natural herbal treatment. But then the Holy Spirit came on through like always and said that Pepper is just hyper, and he needed walking each day not just 2x a week. He was being stressed from not going on his walks. We started walking him each day and I can say that Pepper has been 1.5 months seizure FREE! Glory to God!! You cannot go wrong with Jesus!
Little Ways You Can Experience God
We have been preparing our house to sell. There has been this flickering light in the basement. We are not electricians. We know nothing😁. The bulb was not loose and we were disgusted that it was one more thing to spend money on. I was like, "Lord really!?" I am not trying to be out an arm and leg. That bulb has been flickering for months because we did not want to deal with it. When I sat up in the bed this morning the Father clearly said, "DeLonda, ask Sean to change out the bulb. That's all you need to do." I chuckled and was like is that all that's wrong? WOW 😆 I awakened the man of the house and said, "Hey, the Lord said to just change out the light bulb." Not even 20 minutes ago I asked, "Sean, could you change that light bulb because I am anxious to see it not flicker?" He changed it and dun dun dun dun, NO FLICKERING! LOL LOL! I just hollered and said, "Want HE do it!!" --- Yall our Father in Heaven never fails!
Holy Spirit: DeLonda, you don’t trust me.
Me: Oh yes, I do!
Holy Spirit: No, you have treated me like your earthly dad. You don’t believe me until you see it. My promises don’t have weight in your life. You don’t want to be disappointed. I never fail.
Me: Ouch. Lord forgive me.
God’s love for us is so rich. Because He loves us, He will correct and rebuke in the most gracious way. Look at how you view and treat the Lord. Is it a reflection of your past? Allow the Lord to redirect you. You must first come to Him and let Him be your very present help.
One day I had to stop myself. Being that I told you before that I did not grow up hearing that I was loved regularly, I naturally did not expect to hear that from the Lord. I was not sitting down long enough to listen. So, I made time to do just that. I wanted to hear my Father in heaven who said that if sinful people give good gifts to their children, how much more would He do if asked? Well, I asked if He would tell me how much He loved me. HE DID! He will do the same for you. Have you been to busy to hear that the King of Kings loves you? Are you looking for love in a man? Are you looking for love in your children and the carnal things of this world? Every carnal thing and every human being will fail us at some point (whether you like it or not). But praise be to GOD, the Lord never fails. The Lord is faithful. The Lord is near. Take time out today so that you can receive the best love note ever from I AM!
Only By His Grace
I did not grow up in a home where you were told that you were loved every day, not even weekly. You figured you were loved because you had a roof over your head, clothes on your back, a weekly allowance, and you got what you wanted for Christmas.
I was unaware that knowing I was truly loved would change me. In my rebellious high school years, I was heading down a dark road. My mother was dealing with sickness and sat me down and poured out her heart, and with tears rolling down her face, she told me that she loved me. From that point, I pulled myself together to be what I thought was a better human.
For some time after my mother passed, I was in search of love in men and friendship. I loved, I gave, I was loyal, but many times the same was not reciprocated back the way I wanted. It was not until I ran into this man. He changed my life. He asked me one day did I know how much He loved me. I was taken back. Oh, by the way, His name is JESUS! I know we can often talk about how much we love the Lord. The real question is, do we know how much the Lord loves us?
When we understand God's love and accept it, we will see genuine change and fruit in our lives. My eyes tear up when I think about how I can rest in God’s love for me. HE LOVED ME FIRST! Before I said yes to Him and while I was enjoying the pleasures of sin, He loved me and called me His own.
I cannot think of a better reason to give my life as a living sacrifice. I worship you, my Lord!
Join me this month and let us focus on resting in God’s love. Blessings to you all!
Only By His Grace
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