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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Well, according to Tina Turner it’s a ‘sweet old fashioned notion’. But love is so much more than that. Love is timeless. It never goes out of style. In light of February being the month of “love”, its only right that this month we talk about LOVE! What pops into your mind when you think about love? Your spouse? Your parents? Your friends? That failed relationship that left you thinking you would never love again? Does God immediately pop in your head?

Most people are always so focused on receiving love, they chase after it, demand it and sometimes would do anything for it, but I wonder how many lives would be changed if instead of focusing on receiving love, we focused on giving love. When we truly love one another, we give each other permission to be ourselves, to be vulnerable, to admit our faults and shortcomings without regard of what someone may think, and we are able to do this because perfect love cast out fear! When we truly love someone and we are loved, we feel like we can conquer anything, and even if we make a mistake we know that we are loved beyond our faults and because of that we have no fear with trying again.

We underestimate the power of love, and how the love that has been given to us should be extended to those around us. If you ever wanted to test how much love resides inside of you, take a look at how you treat those around you. In the book of Proverbs chapter 12 it reads

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs.

Some might read this and roll their eyes because what they’ve seen of love has not been beautiful, it has not been uplifting, it has not given them courage. Its important that we don’t shun the notion of love, or never extend love to others, especially if you’re a person of faith. John 15:12 puts its quite simply

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

No metaphor, no parable, this is a straightforward command that because He loves us and has shown us how to love, we are to do the same.

Tina Turner kept asking over and over what love had to do with it. And the answer is, it has to do with EVERYTHING! We were made to love and to be loved.

How do you like to share or show love to others? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

-Kiara Janai

Next Week: Let’s talk about Self Love

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Submit To Him

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Submission. When many people hear or read that word they often have a negative thought in their mind, but I find it beautiful in the right context. When we submit to God we are letting go of our old viewpoint and our own agendas to come under His. We have full confidence that He will lead us in the right direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). Whether you’re a new believer or you’ve been walking with Christ for years submitting to God’s will is such an important part of your journey. Now, I won’t say that its easy because if we’re honest we often want to be in control of everything, at least I know that I do. But when you know that the Father wants nothing but good things for your life you will begin to realize how much your life changes.

Submitting to God now is also important for other areas in our lives. I hope to one day be married and when I get married, I must be willing to submit to my husband. On the flip side of that a man must be willing to submit to God before marriage so that he can properly lead His family and so that his wife is okay with submitting to him because he has submitted his life to the Lord. If I struggle with submitting to God and allowing Him to lead my life now, how can I think I will be able to do that in a marriage with a human man who is flawed and imperfect? Now, I’m not saying to submit so you can get married, but this just shows how submission now, helps us in other areas of our lives in the future.

-What is God asking you to submit to Him?

– What is keeping you from fully submitting to Him?

Make the decision today to give up your will for His perfect will (Romans 12:2)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Romans 8:7

I love you and Jesus loves you more!

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Check Your Motives

 

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As apart of human nature we all want something. Some of us want to be rich, we want a fancy car, a big house, marriage, success, the list could go on forever but we all want something. As believers we know that when there is something we want or need we ask God for it. Throughout the Bible we see scripture after scripture giving us permission to ask God and it also tells us we will receive it.
Mark 11:24 ‘ Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have recieved it, and it will be yours’
Matthew 7:7 ‘Ask, and will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’
John 14:13-14 ‘ Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.’
John 15:7 ‘If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.’
But what happens when you don’t receive it?
We spend so much time asking for this or that and we don’t check our hearts and our motives behind what we are asking for. Then we get upset at God or lose faith when things don’t go as we’d hope! But did you check your heart before you presented that request to the Lord?
James 4:3 says it plain and simple,
‘When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.’
We’re focused too much on our own satisfaction, our own happiness, our own feelings and not focused enough on glorifying God and being in His will. We must remember that God is not here for us, he’s not a magic genie that will grant our wish! He is truth and we’re here for Him, to do His work in the earth! We can’t expect to get the true riches and promises of God when our hearts and our wills don’t line up with His. His will is perfect, ours is flawed! When we follow Him he makes our paths straight.
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A few things to ponder before asking something of God:
Is it to put me on a pedestal? Or God?
Does it line up with Gods word? If you aren’t sure, open your Bible and see what God says regarding the topic/issue.
Father, I pray that as your sons and daughters seek you in prayer, that we come to you with humble hearts and pure motives. Your word reminds us time after time to ask for things in your name and they will be suppiled. Thank you for loving us even when we fall short and still providing our every need. We ask that you continue to cleanse and purify our hearts. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I love you, and JESUS loves you more!

 

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