Monthly Archives: July 2011

This is Discipleship

~Love Without Feeling~

Love is not a feeling. Nor is it an emotion. Love is a commitment of devotion that is directed by your will. You must be able to love without experiencing any emotion. Love is a choice, an act of your will, not something you do in response to some emotion. If you can’t love without feeling you will have a hard time believing without seeing.

~Who’s Yo Daddy?~

When was the last time you crawled up in God’s lap to just love on Him and be close to Him?

I have three sons of varying ages who are completely different from one another in their personalities, their likes and interests. Each one is unique and I thank God that He made them that way. I love each one equally and show no partiality to any one of them. They all know that I love them and I know that they love me. This is an understood fact and we all express that love to each other all the time. We live with an awareness of that love and we are conscious of the fact that the love we have will never change. There comes a time though, as they walk through their day-to-day life that the knowledge of that love is not enough.   They need to experience it.

 They need one on one, face-to-face interaction. They need to be touched, they need to share thoughts and emotions and spend intimate personal time with me. They need to know that THEY are special to ME and that my love is for THEM. There is a wonderful exchange that takes place in these times. I become sensitive to their needs and desires and they reaffirm my love for them. It solidifies our bond and our faith in each other and strengthens the relationship that we have.

Each of my children likes to experience this love in different ways. As they age and their interest changes, our time together begins to look different also. My 13-year-old likes to go to the gun range and I teach him about shooting techniques, safety and responsibility, preparing him for manhood and the challenges that are ahead of him.

My 10-year-old likes swimming, nature  and art. We enjoy each others company and I see the joy in his face when we are alone together. I encourage him to develop his gifts and artistic talents. My youngest, the 6-year-old, likes to crawl up in my lap and play silly little games. These games may seem insignificant to some, yet to this child it is one of the most important parts of his day and if we miss that time together he tells me about it. This time together is very important to him … It is also very important to me.

As believers we need this intimate time with our father God. It is not enough to walk through life just knowing about the Love of God, we must experience it. The most important relationship that we have is with our creator. If we invest in this relationship, it
pays dividends in all other relationships making them richer and stronger.

These times I described with my kids are all very important to me. Your personal time with God is very important to Him too. Is it important to you? As you grow as a Christian these intimate times with God will change and evolve to match your level of maturity and the life lessons that God knows are important to you at the time. No matter where you are in your walk with God, always approach Him as a little child.

Luke 18:17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.

~Are You a Turkey?~

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” God has placed in you gifts, talents and abilities to make you successful in this life. If you don’t use and develop them, you will never reach your potential. Surround yourself with people that bring out the best in you and stir up those gifts.

~ “Remember, a peacock who sits on his tail is just another turkey.” ~

~ Heart Health ~

To ignore the condition of your inner man is the same as planning to fail. Neglect is enough to bring ruin. Why can’t some Christians understand this? When hard choices arise, having a strong inner man makes the decisions easier and the direction clear. The strength of your inner man has a direct impact on your ability handle the difficult things that life throws at you.

Proverbs 4:23 ~  Keep your heart with all diligence,   
      For out of it spring the issues of life. 

Your first ministry is your own spiritual progress. That is where you recieve the life flow from God. The inner man, your spirit (and I will include the soul), grows very much the same way that the human body does. It needs nourishment, water, excersize, light and rest. The food, water and light comes from the word of God. The excersize comes from walking out what you learn in Gods word and worship. The rest comes from abiding in Him and taking up His burden and His yoke.

In the old testament the priests were to always keep a fire burning on the altar in the temple. Now YOU are the temple and this is a type of your new testament responsibility as kings and priests.

If you will make yourself flamable, GOD will light your fire! You have a resonsibility to stay spiritually healthy, and the flame on the alter of your heart burning bright.

JC

~The True Joy In Life~

This is the true joy in life:

Being in intimate relationship with God, being used for His divine purpose; Being thoroughly satisfied at the end of your life because you know in your heart that you fought a good fight, you ran a good race; Knowing that you were a force that shook Satan’s kingdom and made devils shake in fear.

Doesn’t that sound better than being a feverish, selfish little flesh bag full of ailments and grievances, complaining because the world cheated you and would not devote itself to making you happy.

~The ACT Of Love~

Love is tied to your will. We must make a choice to love. By choosing love we have automatically chosen to give something of ourselves. Love is an act of your will, without action it is not love.

The Greek word for Love: agapeo = Love, a verb. “the commitment of devotion that is directed by the will…and can be commanded as a duty”.

The chief expression of love is giving. You really don’t learn about love until you actually do it. Love is selfless. If you say you love and are not giving anything of your self, you are decieved. Until you have given and invested yourself in the act of love, there are realms of understanding you will never attain in the love department.

~Building A Stronghold Of Faith~

~ Mark 11:23 ~ For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Just because you’ve tried faith confessions for a few weeks and didn’t see any results, doesn’t mean that nothing is taking place.

You released creative power the first time you spoke the word, the creative power that builds faith in the human spirit, the power  to establish a mighty stronghold of faith in your own heart.

Before you see any manifestations in the physical realm, you must first get the word established in your heart. The heart is the first place that you will notice results from confessing truth. Furthermore, things are always won in the spirit before they are seen in the natural. Gods Words are SPIRIT and LIFE. When you speak His Word into any situation you are speaking to the spirit realm and giving life to the situation you are speaking to and giving life to the faith in your heart.

If you make a decision to confess God’s word consistently, and not just “try it” for a few days or a few weeks, you will see God’s power begin to remove the mountains in your life. To establish truth in your life, you have to keep after it, no matter what you see, and no matter what your situation looks like.

     Consistent confession produces the  stronghold of faith required to move your mountains.

~ Snow Day ~ poem

SNOW DAY

Stuck in the house with snow on the ground,

It stormed all night and its still coming down.

The temperature dropped to 20 below,

The pot bellied stove has a nice orange glow.

 

We sit around waiting for the storm to unwind,

As stir crazy children drive us out of our mind.

We really weren’t thinking when the cocoa was made,

That caffeine and kids could be trouble in spades.

 

So next time it snows and we’re all stuck inside

With three crazy kids with eyes opened wide,

We’ll make better choices about what we shall serve,

So three crazy kids are not on my last nerve.

JC

~The Most Powerful Faith Confession You Can Make~

~ Because the love of God is in my heart, I am patient and kind. I do not envy or boast and I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered and I keep no record of a suffered wrong. I do not delight in evil but I rejoice in the truth. I always protect, hope and persevere. I am always willing to believe the best of every person. I never fail. ~

1Corinthians 13:4-8 ~ NIV

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8 Love never fails….