Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Assume Love

Jesus said, we will know His disciples by their love for one another.  If you know God, you are born from love.  You have been born again of an imperishable seed.  You are a child whose Father is LOVE.  And your Father has poured out His love into your new heart.  You have love.  You are filled with love. You exist in love.

So how do we love?  We love because He first loved us.  He says, therefore, love one another.  But the first commandment is this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength.  Then love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus says, abide in My love.  Abide.  Put your full weight upon it.  Abide in My Word.  Rest your full trust, full belief in God and His Word.  Abiding within the reality of who you really are and the completed work He did in Christ.  Abiding has to do with fully believing.  Not trying to believe. Not trying to love. Not trying to become.  Abiding has to do with knowing who you are, not just mentally, but with your whole heart, fully embracing God and what He has said about you.

He says you have everything you need for life and godliness. He says you are designed to love. You have been given love as a gift.  You love.  In the core of who you really are as a new creation in Christ, you love God and you love others, and you love yourself.  Abide in His love. Abide within the reality He declares.  His reality is the true reality.

And others, if they are believers, transformed by the Living God, they love you!  In the core of who they really are as His children, they love you.  The expression of this love is realized by belief, not trying to love.  Assume love. Assume a believer in Jesus Christ loves you.  And you love them.  Walk in this love.  Regard no man according to the flesh.  We are growing in maturity in expressing and walking in this love.  We grow in love by resting in the finished work of Christ at the cross.  We are beings who love.  There is no excuse not to love because God gave us Himself, filled us with Himself, and works within us through His Spirit. Nothing will separate us from His love.  We are born from love.

We love because it is who we are, not who we are trying to be.  This is a central difference I believe.  We love through abiding in Christ.  His love pours into our hearts and out through our hearts as He brings us around others whom He wants us to love.

Assume love. Assume God's children love you, even those who do not express that love accurately yet.  If they are born of God, they love you.  If it's not functioning fully, there are truths not yet believed.  So we love and disciple each other to grow up in the full expression of love, just as Christ laid down His life for His friends.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Many Voices

There are many voices. Voices of friends. Voices of co-workers. Voices of complainers. Voices of those who think they know the way. Voices of family members.  Voices of anchor men and women. Voices of other media.

We have many many voices we hear every single day.  Jesus said, "If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed, and you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free."  Jesus focused our attention on His word, which proceeds from the mouth of God, the word revealed from the Father through the Holy Spirit to us.  The Holy Spirit reveals the thoughts and heart of God, teaching us the ways of God the Father.  He reveals the Mind of Christ, which we have in Him, so we all begin to think alike, in the unity of the Spirit within us and through us, connecting us all together as One Body.

We are One in the actual reality of who we are in Christ.   We become one, in experience, as the body of Christ, the Church, with the same thoughts, and the same will, all originating from the one Spirit in Whom we are sealed.

How do we filter out the many voices around us?  We listen to the word of God. We abide in it, abiding in Him and loving Him alone.  We look for His voice, His interpretation of events and circumstances.  We look for His interpretation of what people say to us, whether is it of flesh or spirit.  We look for the will of God alone.

Not everything everyone says to us is important for us to hear. Only what God says is important is for us to hear and act on.  Other information is just information.  Just as events that happen are just events.  God directs us into the events and the information He wants us to involved ourselves in. Otherwise we have no business being involved.

Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak." John 12:44-49