Love Is……

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  – John 13:34 NIV
Love is the new commandment Jesus gave under the New Covenant. The love walk is a liberating lifestyle because it sets us free from self. 
Love is a sacrifice-it costs. Every time we love someone, it costs us something. Time, talent, money, or pride may be the cost.
Forgiveness is love; it costs pride to forgive. The flesh is basically lazy and passive; it always wants effortless benefits. Love is effort.
There seems to be a lack of joy among God’s people; one of the major reasons is that we often become passive, looking for an effortless lifestyle. 
Love is involvement. It is impossible to have true relationship without involvement. Involvement requires commitment; commitment requires work; work is effort.
Love is an effort; it is an effort to walk in love.
Love is involvement, not isolation. Love requires reaching out. Love says, “I’m sorry.” first and initiates the move that can bring restoration and understanding.
Love involves sacrificial giving. Love doesn’t do the right thing to get something; love does the right thing because it is right. Love is healing; love restores.


Do You Feel Rejected?

All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].  – John 6:37
God gave me a word for a meeting I was preparing to lead. It is for anyone who needs to receive it:
“Many of My people are in prison because they won’t accept themselves. Many of them are gifted and talented, but they won’t express themselves because they fear rejection. They fear man. They fear what people will think.
“I want to love My people, but they hold Me at arm’s length and won’t let Me really love them because they have been hurt by others. They fear I will reject them, as others have, because of their weaknesses. But I will never reject them.
“Tell them I love them.
“Tell them to stop trying so hard to be acceptable to Me and to realize I accept them as they are. Tell them I don’t want perfect performance from them. I simply want them to love Me and let Me love them.”
God will not reject you because of your weaknesses or mistakes. He desires to heal you from past hurts caused by rejection. He wants you to know He will never reject you.


Beauty For Ashes

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes… – Isaiah 61:3 KJV
Multiplied thousands of people have been hurt severely in their lives. They come from broken relationships or abusive backgrounds that are still producing bad fruit in their personalities.
God wants to send the wind of the Holy Spirit into our lives (Acts 2:1-4), to blow away the ashes that are left from Satan’s attempt to destroy us, and to replace those ashes with beauty.
The Lord has taught me that consistently bad fruit comes from a bad root. No matter how much we may try to get rid of the bad fruit, unless the root is dealt with, more bad fruit will crop up somewhere else.
God created us to be loved. He wants to love us; He wants us to love each other, and He wants us to love and accept ourselves. Without this foundation of love and acceptance, there will be no joy and peace.
Some of us need to be transplanted. If we started out in the wrong soil, Jesus will transplant us so that we can get rooted and grounded in His love, as the Bible teaches.
Know that you are valuable, unique, loved, and special. When this is your foundation and your root, you will produce good fruit. 
Ask God to give you beauty for ashes.
 


God Loves You!

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believed in (trust in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.  – John 3:16
John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son as a sacrifice for it.
God loves you! You are special to Him. God doesn’t love you because you are a good person or do everything right. He loves you because He is love. Love is not something God does; it is something He is. It is His nature.
God’s love is pure and ever flowing. It cannot be earned or deserved. It must be received by faith.
In Ephesians 3:19 Paul prays that we may come to really know this love. When we do, we are strengthened in our inner man. When we are strengthened inwardly, outward difficulties cannot defeat us. 
Unless you have received it yourself, you cannot give love away. Let God love you. Receive His love for you. Bathe in it. Meditate on it. Let it strengthen you. Then give it away.


Things To Remember

Faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Hope has no substance; it is only a goal-setter.
Faith works in the heart; hope works in the head.
The heart produces that which the goal is set on. Set your goal on the solution, not the problem.
Learn the language of success and practice it.
Dial your goal-setter to prosperity and success, then keep it there!


Do These Things To Make Your Way Prosperous

Set your goal on prosperity by knowing God’s will for your success. 
Recognize the Kingdom as the Source of supply.
Seek the Source (Kingdom) instead of things.
Sow good seed in the Kingdom.
Obey God’ Word by doing the sayings of Jesus.
Be a giver and not a grabber.
Don’t take thought by saying wrong things.
Continue to speak God’s Word concerning prosperity.
Begin to apply these principles today. Then you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success.


The Three D’s of Business

1. Don’t curse your own fig tree.
Don’t speak against your finances, your car, or your business.
 
2. Don’t substitute faith for good business practices.
There is an element of common sense that must be included. Don’t forget it.
 
3. Don’t substitute formula for principle.
Don’t just speak your desire, but believe what you say will come to pass. Believe everything you speak out your mouth will come to pass.
When you believe what you are saying you are releasing spiritual forces. It won’t work just because you say it, but saying it is involved in working the principle. 


Learn The Language Of Success

So many times when people pray, they only pray the problem.
“Dear God, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I owe all this money! I’ve lost my job! No money is coming in. Lord, I’ll never get these bills paid! This is a big mountain in my life, Lord, and I pray that You’ll move it out of the way. Please do something about these problems.”
In a prayer like this, the goal is set only on the problem; and as it is prayed, the impulse is released to the heart to produce that goal.
But Jesus said that the Father knows what we have need of, even before we ask Him. (Matt. 6:8.) Our part is to pray the answer.
“Father, in the name of Jesus, Your Word says that whatever I desire, when I pray, believe I receive it and I shall have it. So I am doing that now. I have given, so I believe that it is being given unto me-good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. I proclaim that all my needs are met according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I can pray this, Father, because it is according to Your Word, and I know that Your Word works!”
When you pray such a prayer as this, there will be people around you who will try to talk you out of it. Don’t listen to them. Set your goal on the solution and keep it there!
One lady said she received healing for arthritis after hands were laid on her in the name of Jesus. She was almost totally well for several months. Then people started calling her and leading her into conversations like this: 
“How are you doing?”
“Oh, I’m just doing fine.”
“Well, you know these things come back sometimes. Don’t you feel any pain?”
“Well, yes, there is just a little bit.”
“Yes, that’s what I thought.”
That lady said she began to listen to that until she eventually lost her healing. When she started talking about her problems, her mind was soon back on the arthritis and it came back on her.
I can never overemphasize the importance of the words you speak. Jesus said that we will have whatsoever we say. (Mark 11:23,24.) We cannot talk sickness and disease and expect to walk in health. The same is true of prosperity. We cannot continue saying things like, “We never can afford the things we need,” and expect to walk in prosperity.
It may be true that you can’t afford very much at that time, but don’t talk about it. Instead, keep your words in line with God’s Word: “I have given, so I know it is given unto me. It’s mine now even though I don’t see it. It belongs to me. God said it is mine, so I am going to believe God!” 
God’s faith will never fail and God’s Word will never fail, but you can cause your own faith to fail by getting your eye on the problem. Learn the language of success and practice it.
 


A Double-minded Man Gets Nothing from God

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8
A double-minded man allows circumstances to influence him and keeps changing his goal. He may set his goal on prosperity; but if somebody tells him, “It’s not God’s will for you to have riches, ” he dials back to poverty. 
After he goes to an uplifting meeting, he switches his goal to prosperity; but when he goes back to his church and hears, “You’re never going to get anything in this life,” he turns back to poverty again. He will never become prosperous.
A certain minister tells the story of a paralyzed man who came to one of his meetings in a wheelchair. God healed him, and he walked out of the meeting that night!
The next day his pastor came to see him “to straighten him out.” Though the man walked to the door and let him in, the pastor wasn’t impressed. He said, “Brother, all healing went out with the apostles. This is of the Devil, and you would be better off in a wheelchair than to be healed this way!”
When the pastor left, the man was unable to move from his chair: He had lost his healing! The goal-setter-the impulse to that man’s heart-had been reset for sickness by the words that pastor had spoken.
When he thought, The pastor may be right. It must be God’s will for me to be sick, he became double-minded and the paralysis came back on him. 


Release Your Faith

During the winter months, heat is the thing you hope for, and gas is the substance-the raw material-of the heat you hope for.
The raw material for heating your home is connected to the heating unit at all times, but whether or not that raw material is used is another matter. You have to turn the dial of the thermostat. When you do, an impulse will be sent to the heart of the unit, a little valve will flip, the pilot light will ignite the gas, and heat will be produced.
The gas, the substance, is there all the time; but until the goal-setter signals the release, it is tied up. This is how some people are with their faith-they have it, but haven’t released it.
You must learn to release your faith. Turn the dial of your renewed mind and set it on the goal you want by speaking God’s Word concerning that particular area. It will then release the impulse to your heart and produce the desired results.
As you go about your daily activities, speak words of healing and prosperity. Even while you sleep, your heart is working to produce everything you need. Once the thermostat is set, you can rest assured that it will work day and night until it produces what you programmed into it. 
If you turn the thermostat to 60 degrees, then up to 90 degrees, then back down to 60 degrees, you will probably blow a fuse somewhere. The unit is not designed to function that way. You should set the thermostat at a certain temperature and leave it there.



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