“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
I Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV
Last summer I was guilty of this. I was preaching, speaking in tongues, talking about my faith, & doing all kinds of charity work but in my heart I had hate towards a sister in faith. & I couldn’t understand why God was silent towards me. I continued to ask God in prayer to reveal to me what I’m doing that He doesn’t approve of, and in the mist of my search for God’s heart, He gave me a vision & in the vision I saw hate flowing from myself. I knew deep down I was facing these emotions of hate but I was so deep in the hate that it felt natural and became immune to it: fooling myself by the works I was doing. I didn’t need God to give me a vision-all the signs were right in front of me but I didn’t want to see them because of my stubbornness. I knew I needed to break these emotions. So, I began fasting and praying more for my sister in faith, asking God to restore us and bless her, not me. It took months but God did it. Friends, what I’m trying to say is we get so caught up in our emotions & think because we have faith we are strong. But the truth is, only when we love we are strong. You see, we can’t love without God. I believe the reason God revealed this to me was to show me that I need to lean on Him not on my own understanding of love. The world teaches to love when you are loved in return. But God says, love, love those very people that persecute you. I feel many of you are struggling with this and God is calling you to repentance. God is calling you to seek HIS love, not your own understanding of love. ♥️ Paul helps us out by letting us know in the upcoming verses what love should feel/look like. We all know this passage, but draw back and reflect your life according to it.
Do you love?
In Exodus 6, God proclaims Himself to the nation of Israel for the first time. He reminds the people that He is the God of their father Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. This is very first mention to the Jewish people about the covenant God has made with them through Abraham. God clearly and emphatically declares that He intends to free them of slavery and give them the Promised Land. But Israel responds like so, Ex 6:9 “they did not listen… because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.” A Christian often finds himself in the same situation when battling sin. We know that we are of sin nature, it has become synonymous with human identity since Adam. We know its powerful and destructive nature, it is the only thing that can separate us from God. We in our rebellion against God have become slaves to sin and our spirits are broken due to this harsh slavery. Despite seeing Gods handiwork in our lives in the form of great miracles or pillars of clouds or fire; we tend to forget God rather easily.
But we are fortunate that our God cares for us and has heard our cry. And like for the enslaved Israel has provided a lamb to die for us, so that on the day of judgement He may pass over us for our sins were paid in blood by Him.
Then brothers and sisters do not let the heavy burden of slavery weigh you down, if today you are weary with sin then come to Christ and He will give you rest for He is gentle and humble and His yoke is easy and his burden light. You are washed and sanctified by the blood of Christ.
If you find that this battle with sin is about to overwhelm you then obey God when he instructed Moses saying …
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” - Ex 14: 14
Beloved, let us love one another for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God” Jeremiah 31:3 “Create in me a clean heart. O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
I love you.
It's you that I see,
I know your love is real,
it's you that I feel.
Your love makes my heart warm,
you can calm any internal storm,
you love me Father,
and my heart is forever yours.
He says that he loves me.
But you, he does not see.
He says his love is real,
but you he does not feel.
He says he's going to stay,
so to you Lord, I pray...
Change his heart Father,
For I know you have the power.
Shine your light through me, onto him,
For his lost soul is oh so dim.
Show him your love Father.
God, it's been a month since I've spoken your name,
My heart is heavy and full of shame.
I'm sorry I haven't kept in touch,
but this boy has become my crutch.
Father his smile makes my heart warm,
he can calm any internal storm,
He loves me father,
but his soul still wanders. “It is better to trust in the lord than to put confidence in Man” Psalm 118:8
Lord it's been 6 months since I've called for you.
He left me
He said he could never believe,
Now my breaking heart must grieve “God pick up the pieces. Put me back together. You are my praise!” Jeremiah 17:14
Lord, take these broken pieces and put them back together,
I now know that your love is true,
You're all I need.
You're my first and one true love.
[Devo:] @kaylur04 [📸:] @kaylur04
How often do we wake up in the morning ready to fall on our knees and wait on Jesus; ears open to all god has for us as we begin our day. I LOVE this scripture! I have had it on my mind all week. I LOVE the part that says joy will brake forth within you as you listen for what I say. .
What do you find the hardest about listening and waiting on Jesus ?! What helpful habits have you adopted to wait on him well at the beginning of your day?! Comment on this post below. .
I love that this scripture points away from us and directly points to the fact that, as we wait in his wisdom; JOY will literally leap forth within us as we listen for what he has to say.
A few weeks ago, I started an in depth study in one of my journaling bibles that I’ve been “saving”. I decided to just start at Genesis and go back and forth with the New Testament. I’m using a bunch of different study materials to learn a lot about the text. There is so much to learn in Genesis. I make a point to look up every cross reference in the New Testament and I always learn something that I would not have learned otherwise. A little time consuming but also fun. #imabiblenerd 🤓✏️📖
Happy Saturday lovelies 💞
I really wanted to share our latest post about having self-love in truth from a biblical perspective but unfortunately I have been debugging my website since Valentine’s Day and still working on fixing a broken plugin. Pray for me, 🙏🏼 coding can be so challenging. In the meantime, I want to share with y’all a discussion I had with a Jewish brother. He told me that I will never be in favor of the Lord because I wasn’t born in the blood line and kept saying ‘I shouldn’t even be talking to you because you are a gentile.” I was extremely discouraged for a long time and battling with these words-a few weeks ago, God stumbled me upon a devotion (I posted it last night on my stories), and the Holy Spirit enlightened me that the only reason God chose Israel was because of the faithfulness of Abraham and through Abraham’s line Israel was formed. I started searching passages in the Old Testament about God expressing His love for the world not only Israel; y’all, God revealed His truth and friends, God has chosen all nations to serve Him and love Him. The Holy Spirit broke the barrier and Paul and the rest of apostles went forth preaching the Gospel to all nationalities, not only Jews and that my friend is the power of Christ’s Love. Though I’m a gentile, I know I’m a fool for Christ’s sake 😍🙌🏼 1 Cor. 4:10
Ephesians 3:20 ~Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.
•I don't have to worry about asking God for big things!💯
••Because, God is able to do so much more than i can ask or think according to his power that is at work within me.🤗🔥
•••God's power is inside me and within me, i abide in him. His grace is flowing over and through me at all times.😄♡
••••So i can accomplish big things through him for his glory. It's not for me it's for him, for his purpose and his glory.😇🙏🏾
“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” - 1 Corinthians 7:31, 35
Well, it’s that time of year again... It is Valentine’s Day. Today, many will show their special someone or spouse how much they love and care about one another. Sometimes, one will go to extreme lengths to please them on this day. However, today I would like to share an important truth that I think many of us (including myself) often forget.
No matter whether you are married or single, Jesus commands us in Matthew 22:37-38 to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” Though we will never be able to do this perfectly in our fallen state, we must strive with the help of the Holy Spirit to make this a priority and reality in all of our lives...And as Paul goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 7, pursuing marriage or being married can potentially be a hindrance to us actually living out this command fully.
Now, please hear me out. I am not saying that marriage is wrong and that pursuing marriage is a bad thing at all. In fact, marriage is a beautiful creation of God, thus it is both commendable and good. In fact, I desire to be married myself. But Paul’s concern for the Corinthian church is one that I share as I see it within my own life if I am not careful.
I think Paul’s main worry in this chapter is that our desire for marriage or for our wife/husband can grow greater than our love for Christ, which must always be our first love. Are we more concerned about marrying than we are about Christ? Do we care more about our spouse than Christ? It must not be this way. No matter whether we are single or not, our first priority in life should be to please God above anyone else. May this be a caution to us all on this day.
O God, may we be a people who desire to please You above all else!