WORK IS FUN WHEN YOU LOVE
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her.
To always be trying to find a way out of work is a sign that your love for the One you are working for is not quite there. When you love the One you are working for it is not a bondage to work! It’s a joy! Jacob wanted to work and he joyfully worked for seven years, BECAUSE OF the love he had for Rachel!
There are many church people today who are constantly trying to prove that we don’t have to do anything to receive God’s love and grace. That is true, but why are they still trying to to find ways to get out of the work that needs to be done year after year? Obviously there has been a over emphasis on “Saved by grace” that has kept them in a non-productive place for the Kingdom! They keep proclaiming “Saved by grace” as the reason to not take repentance seriously and to avoid the work that needs done in the church! They can never find the perfect church! They can never submit to authority and they constantly feel the need to gather disciples after them to comfort themselves in their isolation!
Once you are saved and believe in the love of God toward you, there should be a LOVE FOR HIM that compels you to do the WORK He as called you to do! There should be a “LOVE” for Him that turns hard work into an easy thing! Once a person is in the “Loving God” mode, he or she will not be looking for ways to prove that “works” are not necessary. They will joyfully rise to the occasion, and the work will seem easy because of their love for the One they are working for!
BOLDLY SAY - I WANT to work for my Lord Jesus! I know that I am not saved by any work on my end, but now that I am saved, I LOVE HIM TOO! Praise God I am saved by grace! Praise God I GET to work for Him also!
LOVE IS DOING
He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Jesus is not going to manifest Himself to everyone! Studying more and more about Jesus, God and the Bible is not all that there is, if we want to see more of Him. Jesus said that He is going to manifest Himself to a certain group of people: “Those that love Him!” This makes knowing what the Bible says about “loving God” very important!
Being in a relationship with someone does not mean there is always an automatic love going back and forth. It still takes a conscious decision and effort to maintain our first love! Even Believers in Jesus need to make sure they don’t slip in their love for God by getting too close to other people and things that would pull us away from our first love. Revelation 2:4-5.
One of the best descriptions of how to love God is: Doing whatever He says!: “He that has my commandments and keeps them, he it is that love Me.” To say; “I love God” is not the sure indication that we do! It all starts with Believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior, but it also moves into our daily walk with Him by believing that EVERYTHING He says is vitally important, and doing it!
BOLDLY SAY - I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior! Because I do believe He is my Lord, I also believe that EVERYTHING He wants Me to do is vitally important! I go beyond saying that I love the Lord! I also do what He says to me through His Word and by His Spirit living in me!
Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
1 Corinthians 8:1-3
God has chosen to “know” us in a more intimate way when we love Him! Knowing more about Him and His love for us cannot take the place of our loving Him. This Scripture says that no matter how much we know about the Lord, we still will not be able to experience Him in a deeper way until we love Him back. It is possible to know more and more about God and His love for you, and still not Biblically love Him back.
Growing in knowledge of the Lord is great, but it cannot take the place of loving Him right at the level we are at! God would rather we just start loving Him right where we are then to only keep acquiring more and more knowledge.
If we are wanting a more intimate fellowship with God, then we are going to have to know what the Bible says about “LOVING GOD” and get to doing it! “If anyone LOVES GOD, the same is KNOWN of Him.” The word “know” is referring to a more intimate experience as opposed to a casual acquaintance. We are going to have to add “LOVING GOD” to our knowledge of His love for us if we are going to go deeper in our intimacy with Him!
BOLDLY SAY - I will be known more of God as I love Him more! God will reveal more of Himself to me as I love Him more! God cannot reveal his deeper things to me just because I acquire more and more knowledge! God knows me in a more intimate way as I also love Him more!
LIVING ABOVE DECEPTION
But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, HE SHAL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
When a Believer is filled with the Holy Spirt and decides to maintain a Spirit filled life, He or she is way more prone to avoid deception of the devil. Some Believers are actually believing many things that are not in line with the truth of the Word of God. It is so easy for the devil to deceive some Believers with “good words and fair speeches” because they are not continuing to pray in the spirit (in tongues) and feed on the full Word of God.
Believers are not match for the devil and his sly deceptions in their own power. Satan and demons have been around for thousands of years. They know how to trip up even the most dedicated believers who are not praying in the spirit and living a spirit filled life. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and communicating with God on a daily basis through speaking in tongues, gives us the advantage when it comes to recognizing the devils deceptions. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will teach us ALL things and guide us into all the truth. Obviously, when we are living a Spirit filled life, we are going to be more aware of the truth, and deception will be uncovered and cast aside.
BOLDLY SAY - I believe the Words of Jesus! I purpose to live a Spirit filled life! I realize that I am no match for the devils deception on my own! As I choose to live a Spirit filled life through daily speaking in tongues and fellowshipping with God, I will know the truth, as opposed to just what feels like the truth!
Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1 Corinthians 13:8
Some people who don’t believe in speaking in tongues use this Scripture to try and prove their stance. “Tongues shall cease” must be read in context and the contest says until we see Jesus face to face, speaking in tongues is in effect. If tongues has ceased then knowledge should also have ceased according to our Scripture text. Knowledge has not ceased and neither has “tongues.” Who has the authority to say one of the three has ceased and the other ones have not ?
Speaking in tongues is a gift from God to the end time church. It’s so disappointing to hear many believers talk down on something so wonderful that our Lord gifted the church with. God was wanting to bless the entire church with a very important gift to help us through these last days.
Isaiah chapter 28:12 talks about God wanting to give to His people the gift of speaking in tongues, “yet they would not hear.” God wanted to give His end time Church a supernatural means of refreshing and rest to meet the challenges of the days we are living in. So many Believers are lacking this means of supernatural rest and refreshing simply because they have the belief that tongues are not for today.
BOLDLY SAY - I believe the Bible! Jesus said every Believer can and should speak in tongues! Every Believer includes me today! I am a Believer and I shall speak in tongues and I will experience the the divine rest and refreshing that comes only from the Holy Spirit!
COMPREHENDING THE SUPERNATURAL
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14
People who are not filled with the Holy Spirit tend to criticize those who are. It’s difficult to believe in the full power of God when you are not living a Spirit filled life. When believers live to much in the natural realm only, the things of the Spirit seem distant and foolish. Things like “casting out demons,” and “Speaking in tongues,” and other supernatural sings Jesus said should follow Believers in their walk down here. The above Scripture says plainly that those who are in the natural more than filled with the Spirit of God are going to think and say that the things of the Spirit are foolish.
Did you ever notice that the same people who criticize speaking in tongues also criticize the casting out of demons! Those who think they are filled and are not tend to believe that miracles and healings are not for today, and that all the gifts of the Spirit are somehow not the same today as they once were. I learned a long time ago that miracles and healing have not passed away, but in many circles, FAITH for healing and miracles has passed away and that’s why they never see any!
It’s hard to comprehend supernatural restoration, healing, miracles and provision when you are not filled with the Spirit of God! Many have given up in their hope for perfect victory, and one main reason, is because they are not living a Spirit filled life where perfect victory is so real and so available!
BOLDLY SAY - I will maintain a Spirit filled life! Perfect victory is real and it’s for everyone! I believe in speaking in tongues, casting out demons, supernatural restoration and all the gifts of the Spirit! Miracles are for today just like they were for 2000 years ago!
FILLED AND FREE
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Paul told Believers to “Be filled with the Spirit! Just because you are “Born” of the Spirit doesn’t mean you are “Filled” with the Spirit! There is a greater measure of the Holy Spirit to be received by all who are born of the Spirit.
Many people have problems in their life BECAUSE THEY HAVE ROOM FOR THEM! What if you were so filled with joy that you had no room for depression? What if you were so filled with satisfaction from God that you had no room for the lust of this world? What if you were so filled with peace that you didn’t need to turn to worldly intoxication to relax? Being filled with the Holy Spirit increases our joy, peace and love in this messed up world! Being filled with the Spirit is the Believers way of being refreshed and renewed!
Living a Spirit filled life is the answer to so many problems that believers face every day! So many are trying to live a victorious life WITHOUT being interested in “Be filled with the Spirit!” God never intended that we go through this earth walk without times of refreshing! God has provided a spiritual “High” that nothing in this world can even come close too!
BOLDLY SAY - I will be filled with the Holy Spirit! I will live a Spirit filled life! Thank God that I am born of the Spirit, but the Bible also says that Believers can and should be filled with Spirit too!
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Everyone needs to renew their strength once and a while. Thank God it can be done! As we wait upon the Lord in times of fellowship with Him in His Word and prayer, we will be strengthened and renewed to accomplish all we are called to do. No one has to burn out and stagnate in their walk with God. No one has to wear out and sit on the sidelines because of exhaustion. There is a supernatural refreshing that anyone can tap into, but it only comes from spending quality time with the Lord!
After thirty years of ministry, Carla and I have needed to renew our strength more than once. Thank God we are ready to go another thirty years! However, if we did not know this truth of “waiting on the Lord,” we would have never made it this far. Not only do we need a continued time of renewal for the work of the ministry’s sake, but to even get through the personal challenges, this renewal has been vital.
If you are feeling like your walk with God is not where it should be or that your serving in the Church is becoming mundane: It’s time to wait on the Lord! Make the time you need to just fellowship with the Lord in prayer! Listen to those teaching that feed your spirit until you are energized and stirred up again! Then maintain a Spirit filled life every day, and you will mount up with wings as eagles. You will run and not be weary. You will walk and not faint!
BOLDLY SAY - I know how to be renewed! I don’t need someone to pray for me to be renewed! I wait on the Lord! I put aside those things that will give me time to fellowship with my King! I wait on the Lord and I renew my strength!
FRUIT NUMBER FIVE
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
When you understand the truth about being made the righteousness of God in Christ, you will see power start to show up in your life! The gospel Paul was referring here that has power connected to it is the gospel of being made righteous! “For therein…” is talking about the righteousness of God revealed! POWER is the result of this righteousness being revealed! As you look into this righteousness, power to be healed, deliverance from bad habits, power over fear and all bondage will show up in your life!
Paul said that the power of God unto victory is a revelation of the righteousness of God! We have been MADE righteous! The more we realize this one truth, the more power we will see in our lives! There is no disease or demon force that can stand up to a Believer who knows he is the righteousness of God in Christ!
Get your mind off of all your shortcomings! Quit looking at all the times you failed and see who you ARE in Christ! If your mind is constantly on “sin,” than your mind is not on “HIM!” Learn to walk in the spirit where righteousness is a reality and you will stay out from under condemnation! Go over and over these truths on righteousness that we have been studying. Live in the world of God’s Word where righteousness and victory are a reality! IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER IN JESUS THEN YOU ARE ALREADY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST!
BOLDLY SAY - The righteousness of God is revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This revelation of righteousness is the power I need! Power over sickness and disease! Power over fear and doubt! Power over sin and lack! I BELIEVE what is revealed in the Gospel and it is powerful! I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST!
FRUIT NUMBER FOUR
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
One translation of the latter part of Romans 5:17 says: “…they shall live their lives victoriously!” There is great benefits to receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior and one of the greatest is being MADE righteous! This righteousness is supposed to affect us in this life! Notice how our reigning in life is connected to this righteousness that we have in Christ. When Believers understand that they already ARE righteous in Christ, they will stop putting up with sickness, disease and fear! They will realize that THEY can do something about all these problems!
God made us righteous so we could go to heaven, but He also made us righteous so WE could stand against the devil and demons down here and expect the same result Jesus had when putting them in their place! This is how we reign in life! Instead of being run over by all these dethroned powers, we can now tread on them, however, people will not rise up and do any treading if they still see themselves as victims and unworthy sinners. SEE YOURSELF RIGHTEOUS!
Jesus made us masters over all the forces of evil! It’s time to take our rightful place and rebuke these powers and expect them to obey us just like they obeyed Jesus! We are the righteousness of God in Christ!
BOLDLY SAY - I resist disease and fear in Jesus name! I boldly expect great results! I am the righteousness of God in Christ! I have a RIGHT to reign in this life and I do reign through Christ Jesus my Lord!