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  • 06 Jul 2020
    Today in AMFBeM Newsletter: Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Please tick this link here>amfbem.com thank you.
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  • Today in AMFBeM Newsletter: Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Please tick this link here>amfbem.com thank you.
    Jul 06, 2020 5
  • 06 Jul 2020
    Inspirational Readings by A.B. Simpson Days of Heaven on Earth Monday, July 06, 2020 If the household be too little for the lamb. . . . What does all this mean for us as redeemed men and women? Surely, this-that we have no right to claim the purchase of the Savior's blood for ourselves alone, and that we are guilty of selfishness, dishonesty and base in gratitude if we can be content to be saved without having done everything in our power to give our fellow men an equal opportunity of eternal life. Have we understood this? Have we lived it? But who is the neighbor with whom we are to share God's Lamb? He is spoken of here as the one that is next to us, the one in closest contact with us. Surely, that means that God brings people into touch with us in order that we may be stewards of His grace to them. The people in our families, the fellow traveler, friends in our social circles and people with whom we work-these are the neighbors to whom we owe a spiritual responsibility. Have we met it according to our utmost ability?   Did'st Thou love and die for A sinner like me? Then, Master, I will take More thought for the perishing Souls I may meet If it's only for Thy sake. Scripture If the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls —Exodus 12:4
  • Inspirational Readings by A.B. Simpson Days of Heaven on Earth Monday, July 06, 2020 If the household be too little for the lamb. . . . What does all this mean for us as redeemed men and women? Surely, this-that we have no right to claim the purchase of the Savior's blood for ourselves alone, and that we are guilty of selfishness, dishonesty and base in gratitude if we can be content to be saved without having done everything in our power to give our fellow men an equal opportunity of eternal life. Have we understood this? Have we lived it? But who is the neighbor with whom we are to share God's Lamb? He is spoken of here as the one that is next to us, the one in closest contact with us. Surely, that means that God brings people into touch with us in order that we may be stewards of His grace to them. The people in our families, the fellow traveler, friends in our social circles and people with whom we work-these are the neighbors to whom we owe a spiritual responsibility. Have we met it according to our utmost ability?   Did'st Thou love and die for A sinner like me? Then, Master, I will take More thought for the perishing Souls I may meet If it's only for Thy sake. Scripture If the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls —Exodus 12:4
    Jul 06, 2020 5
  • 06 Jul 2020
    The Chaldean Witness Monday, July 6, 2020 In the Book of Kings, the mighty Assyrian Empire decided to lay siege to Jerusalem. The fierce Assyrian army camped around the walled city and threatened to destroy it as it had countless other cities. The Assyrians were known to be the most savage of ancient armies. Entire cities would surrender out of hand in their presence rather than risk their cruelty. The situation looked hopeless. Just then, an angel of the Lord went out and struck down over a hundred thousand of the Assyrian army. Another miracle of the Bible the world finds hard to believe. Two ancient historians, who weren’t believers or from Israel, bear witness to the miracle. One was Berosus, a historian from Chaldea. He records that the Assyrian army was besieging Jerusalem. While they were camped around the city, ready to take it at night, a miracle happened. The Assyrian army was struck down by an invisible hand. This is amazing - a non-Jewish ancient historian confirming the veracity of an incredible and miraculous salvation. God saved His people from a certain calamity of a hopeless situation. How much more will He do the same for you? From Message #164 - The Threat Of Assyria   Today's Mission When you're afraid, facing an impossible situation, know that the Lord is a God of the Impossible.   Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:20   Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
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  • The Chaldean Witness Monday, July 6, 2020 In the Book of Kings, the mighty Assyrian Empire decided to lay siege to Jerusalem. The fierce Assyrian army camped around the walled city and threatened to destroy it as it had countless other cities. The Assyrians were known to be the most savage of ancient armies. Entire cities would surrender out of hand in their presence rather than risk their cruelty. The situation looked hopeless. Just then, an angel of the Lord went out and struck down over a hundred thousand of the Assyrian army. Another miracle of the Bible the world finds hard to believe. Two ancient historians, who weren’t believers or from Israel, bear witness to the miracle. One was Berosus, a historian from Chaldea. He records that the Assyrian army was besieging Jerusalem. While they were camped around the city, ready to take it at night, a miracle happened. The Assyrian army was struck down by an invisible hand. This is amazing - a non-Jewish ancient historian confirming the veracity of an incredible and miraculous salvation. God saved His people from a certain calamity of a hopeless situation. How much more will He do the same for you? From Message #164 - The Threat Of Assyria   Today's Mission When you're afraid, facing an impossible situation, know that the Lord is a God of the Impossible.   Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:20   Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
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  • 06 Jul 2020
    Jesus: That Great Shepherd of the Sheep Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20   There are many roles for the Great Shepherd of the Sheep. Jesus is the Shepherd who takes care of us (Psalm 23:1). All the sheep have to do to receive the Shepherd's care is to keep in good relationship with Him. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep (John 10:11). Just as a shepherd sacrifices his family time and the comforts of home to be with his sheep, Jesus gave up Heaven for us. Jesus is also the Great Shepherd who said, “I lay down my life” (John 10:17).   Lord Jesus, You are my Shepherd who has died for my sins. You are my Shepherd who leads me daily and takes care of me.   Jesus is also called the Great Shepherd of the Sheep because He safely delivers His sheep to Heaven. The basis for the complete and final salvation of His sheep is first His blood, which forgives the sheep; and second, the resurrection of "our Lord Jesus from the dead” (Hebrews 13:20), which gives eternal life to the sheep. Because salvation is complete, the Shepherd can “make you complete in every good work to do His will” (Hebrews 13:21). That means you can complete the Father’s will. How can that happen? Because the Great Shepherd of the Sheep works “in you what is well-pleasing in His (the Father's) sight” (Hebrews 13:21).   Lord Jesus, I am complete in You. You have taken away all my sins; you have given me eternal life; You have worked in my life to help me please the Father. Amen.   Go Deeper: Hebrews 13   The Great Shepherd of the Sheep is great because He delivers me to Heaven.
    9 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • Jesus: That Great Shepherd of the Sheep Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20   There are many roles for the Great Shepherd of the Sheep. Jesus is the Shepherd who takes care of us (Psalm 23:1). All the sheep have to do to receive the Shepherd's care is to keep in good relationship with Him. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep (John 10:11). Just as a shepherd sacrifices his family time and the comforts of home to be with his sheep, Jesus gave up Heaven for us. Jesus is also the Great Shepherd who said, “I lay down my life” (John 10:17).   Lord Jesus, You are my Shepherd who has died for my sins. You are my Shepherd who leads me daily and takes care of me.   Jesus is also called the Great Shepherd of the Sheep because He safely delivers His sheep to Heaven. The basis for the complete and final salvation of His sheep is first His blood, which forgives the sheep; and second, the resurrection of "our Lord Jesus from the dead” (Hebrews 13:20), which gives eternal life to the sheep. Because salvation is complete, the Shepherd can “make you complete in every good work to do His will” (Hebrews 13:21). That means you can complete the Father’s will. How can that happen? Because the Great Shepherd of the Sheep works “in you what is well-pleasing in His (the Father's) sight” (Hebrews 13:21).   Lord Jesus, I am complete in You. You have taken away all my sins; you have given me eternal life; You have worked in my life to help me please the Father. Amen.   Go Deeper: Hebrews 13   The Great Shepherd of the Sheep is great because He delivers me to Heaven.
    Jul 06, 2020 9
  • 06 Jul 2020
    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Too many times I find myself, or I notice others becoming concerned about what someone else is or is not doing.   Some people will complain and refuse to go out of their way or beyond the call of duty to do a great job, or tackle a problem head-on, or meet someone's need.   Others are discouraged when they are not recognized while someone else gets a pat on the back or an unexpected gift.   Whatever the case may be, Father, help me to be mindful of what I should be doing.   Help me be on guard and reject my drifting into negative attitudes, selfish thoughts, and wrong actions.   What I do each new day that You give to me is most important, how I treat others, how well I do the tasks at hand, how I use the spiritual gifts which You have given to me in the ways that You intend, and the image I portray as Your child living in this world.   May I live above reproach and remain on guard.   Thank You for Your strength for me each day.   In Jesus' name, I pray,   Amen.
    9 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Too many times I find myself, or I notice others becoming concerned about what someone else is or is not doing.   Some people will complain and refuse to go out of their way or beyond the call of duty to do a great job, or tackle a problem head-on, or meet someone's need.   Others are discouraged when they are not recognized while someone else gets a pat on the back or an unexpected gift.   Whatever the case may be, Father, help me to be mindful of what I should be doing.   Help me be on guard and reject my drifting into negative attitudes, selfish thoughts, and wrong actions.   What I do each new day that You give to me is most important, how I treat others, how well I do the tasks at hand, how I use the spiritual gifts which You have given to me in the ways that You intend, and the image I portray as Your child living in this world.   May I live above reproach and remain on guard.   Thank You for Your strength for me each day.   In Jesus' name, I pray,   Amen.
    Jul 06, 2020 9
  • 06 Jul 2020
    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20
    17 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20
    Jul 06, 2020 17
  • 26 Dec 2016
    Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    251738 Posted by CINDY T
  • By CINDY T
    Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    Dec 26, 2016 251738
  • 07 Apr 2019
    What Makes Christianity Different? By Billy Graham   •   April 7 Share22K+ Tweet Home Daily Devotion What Makes Christianity Different? He is not here, but is risen.—Luke 24:6 Something distinguishes Christianity from all the religions of the world. Not only does it carry the truth of the redemption, by the death of our Savior for our sins on the cross, but it carries the fact that Christ rose again. Only the Christian faith claims that its Leader died and rose again and is alive at this moment. Many gravestones carry the inscription, “Here lies . . . ,” but on Christ’s tomb are emblazoned the words, “He is not here.” Christianity has no shrines to visit, no dusty remains to venerate, no tombs at which to worship. Many good men have lived, and still live, in the memory of those who knew them, but there is only one Man who conquered death—Jesus Christ—and He will live forever. Listen to Billy Graham explain the resurrection in one minute. Prayer for the day The account of Your resurrection never ceases to bring me joy, Lord Jesus.
    74329 Posted by Donald S
  • What Makes Christianity Different? By Billy Graham   •   April 7 Share22K+ Tweet Home Daily Devotion What Makes Christianity Different? He is not here, but is risen.—Luke 24:6 Something distinguishes Christianity from all the religions of the world. Not only does it carry the truth of the redemption, by the death of our Savior for our sins on the cross, but it carries the fact that Christ rose again. Only the Christian faith claims that its Leader died and rose again and is alive at this moment. Many gravestones carry the inscription, “Here lies . . . ,” but on Christ’s tomb are emblazoned the words, “He is not here.” Christianity has no shrines to visit, no dusty remains to venerate, no tombs at which to worship. Many good men have lived, and still live, in the memory of those who knew them, but there is only one Man who conquered death—Jesus Christ—and He will live forever. Listen to Billy Graham explain the resurrection in one minute. Prayer for the day The account of Your resurrection never ceases to bring me joy, Lord Jesus.
    Apr 07, 2019 74329
  • 23 Jul 2016
    Once again, I have had several instances of a recurring theme show up, getting my attention. In this case it revolves around a shoe. You see, ever since I broke my leg, the time I spent recovering and healing, I found myself truly diving into Gods word for solace and comfort. I also spent a great deal of time painting, (although the paint was digital, just me and my iPad) I was playing around one day and just happened to start a free-form painting, something that looked like a woman's high heel shoe emerged, so I went with it. It came out fantastic, it pleased me so much, that it became the first in a series of shoes. I thought later on about it that perhaps it was because I was injured and desirous of being able to return to such attire (which seemed really far off, if ever at all).LOLRolling ahead, I've recovered, but keep painting my fancy shoes amongst other works of art. Incidentally, over over the last few weeks, I've been drawn to several passages in the Bible, all of which revolve around a shoe or shoes. I watched the movie, the Story of Ruth from the Bible, (Ruth 4:7) who became the wife of Boaz, (the Great Grandparents of David) I read about Moses being instructed to remove his shoes, as he was standing on Holy ground (Exodus 3:5) and the same thing for Joshua (Joshua 5: 14-15). Further research uncovered yet other mention of shoes, such as (Amos 2:6) which refers to Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery! (which speaks to the injustices of this world, those who sit in high places who have dominion and power, supposing to be in good standing, who are not)Every account mentioned above, has different meanings, different connotations attached, one meant concession (forfeiting their possession or rights thereto) another meant humbleness, in standing before God and yet another stood for symbolism of an injustice (where money, possession and power were favored over the kinship of blood and brotherhood). So what is the underlying unifying theme to all of this. It is obedience, obtaining it, remaining in it or the lack of it!I think of a baby, walking around with no shoes, barefoot and it conjures up thoughts of trust, being carefree and cared for. God wants us in spirit to be barefoot to Him, like a baby. We see the loss of a shoe, as symbolic, this applies to anything you might have lost in your life; if it's yours and meant for you, worn by you, what use is it to anyone else?! In all honesty those that take from others will find that their spoils are as useful as one shoe, in other words useless! That which is taken from us wrongfully, will surely have to be returned or counted to us for restitution. Then we have the conscious and intentional forfeit, isn't that a picture of dying to this world for the gain of Christ Jesus?! Having the Lord dwell within us, shouldn't we allow Him to fill our shoes? To order our footsteps and keep us on that path?! Blessed are the feet of those who spread the Gospel! Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! I hope that gives you some new insights on the significance of walking with the Lord and staying in step with the rhythm of obedience! Have a Blessed week!Heavenly Father, I plead the blood of the lamb protection over me and mine, over the family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord. let our footsteps always be in proper alignment. Keep us on the path to attaining Your righteousness, go before us in all things preparing the way. Help us to stand strong in Your will and walk swiftly away from anything that is not pleasing to You. Steady us in our endeavors and bless us as we carry out your commands in this life as well as the one promised to us, which is coming soon! In Jesus Yehushua Mighty name, we pray amen!Amos 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;Joshua 5: 14-15 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.Ruth4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.Isaiah 52:7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!*´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ® NOW on Podcast!http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_monday_message_by_susanmarie_z The Monday Message Blogwww.TheMondayMorningMessage.comThe Monday Message of FBhttps://www.facebook.com/MondayMorningMessageThe Eternal Body Of Christ on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/TheEternalBodyOfChrist
    35913 Posted by Susan Marie
  • Once again, I have had several instances of a recurring theme show up, getting my attention. In this case it revolves around a shoe. You see, ever since I broke my leg, the time I spent recovering and healing, I found myself truly diving into Gods word for solace and comfort. I also spent a great deal of time painting, (although the paint was digital, just me and my iPad) I was playing around one day and just happened to start a free-form painting, something that looked like a woman's high heel shoe emerged, so I went with it. It came out fantastic, it pleased me so much, that it became the first in a series of shoes. I thought later on about it that perhaps it was because I was injured and desirous of being able to return to such attire (which seemed really far off, if ever at all).LOLRolling ahead, I've recovered, but keep painting my fancy shoes amongst other works of art. Incidentally, over over the last few weeks, I've been drawn to several passages in the Bible, all of which revolve around a shoe or shoes. I watched the movie, the Story of Ruth from the Bible, (Ruth 4:7) who became the wife of Boaz, (the Great Grandparents of David) I read about Moses being instructed to remove his shoes, as he was standing on Holy ground (Exodus 3:5) and the same thing for Joshua (Joshua 5: 14-15). Further research uncovered yet other mention of shoes, such as (Amos 2:6) which refers to Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery! (which speaks to the injustices of this world, those who sit in high places who have dominion and power, supposing to be in good standing, who are not)Every account mentioned above, has different meanings, different connotations attached, one meant concession (forfeiting their possession or rights thereto) another meant humbleness, in standing before God and yet another stood for symbolism of an injustice (where money, possession and power were favored over the kinship of blood and brotherhood). So what is the underlying unifying theme to all of this. It is obedience, obtaining it, remaining in it or the lack of it!I think of a baby, walking around with no shoes, barefoot and it conjures up thoughts of trust, being carefree and cared for. God wants us in spirit to be barefoot to Him, like a baby. We see the loss of a shoe, as symbolic, this applies to anything you might have lost in your life; if it's yours and meant for you, worn by you, what use is it to anyone else?! In all honesty those that take from others will find that their spoils are as useful as one shoe, in other words useless! That which is taken from us wrongfully, will surely have to be returned or counted to us for restitution. Then we have the conscious and intentional forfeit, isn't that a picture of dying to this world for the gain of Christ Jesus?! Having the Lord dwell within us, shouldn't we allow Him to fill our shoes? To order our footsteps and keep us on that path?! Blessed are the feet of those who spread the Gospel! Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! I hope that gives you some new insights on the significance of walking with the Lord and staying in step with the rhythm of obedience! Have a Blessed week!Heavenly Father, I plead the blood of the lamb protection over me and mine, over the family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord. let our footsteps always be in proper alignment. Keep us on the path to attaining Your righteousness, go before us in all things preparing the way. Help us to stand strong in Your will and walk swiftly away from anything that is not pleasing to You. Steady us in our endeavors and bless us as we carry out your commands in this life as well as the one promised to us, which is coming soon! In Jesus Yehushua Mighty name, we pray amen!Amos 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;Joshua 5: 14-15 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.Ruth4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.Isaiah 52:7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!*´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ® NOW on Podcast!http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_monday_message_by_susanmarie_z The Monday Message Blogwww.TheMondayMorningMessage.comThe Monday Message of FBhttps://www.facebook.com/MondayMorningMessageThe Eternal Body Of Christ on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/TheEternalBodyOfChrist
    Jul 23, 2016 35913
  • 12 Jan 2017
      "Being  a Chrsitian is more than a  instantaneous conversation it is a daily process '' Billy Graham, " This song should be our prayer to be more like Jesus .................... More Like You More like you, Jesus, more like you Fill my heart with your desire To make me more like you More like you, Jesus, more like you Touch my lips with Holy fire And make me more like you Lord you are my mercy Lord you are my grace All my deepest sins Have forever been erased Draw me in your presence Lead me in your ways I long to bring you glory In righteousness and praise Lord you are compassion And never ending love For you have redeemed me By your priceless blood Create in me a clean heart A spirit that is new The joy of my salvation Is only found in you! 
    22871 Posted by CINDY T
  • By CINDY T
      "Being  a Chrsitian is more than a  instantaneous conversation it is a daily process '' Billy Graham, " This song should be our prayer to be more like Jesus .................... More Like You More like you, Jesus, more like you Fill my heart with your desire To make me more like you More like you, Jesus, more like you Touch my lips with Holy fire And make me more like you Lord you are my mercy Lord you are my grace All my deepest sins Have forever been erased Draw me in your presence Lead me in your ways I long to bring you glory In righteousness and praise Lord you are compassion And never ending love For you have redeemed me By your priceless blood Create in me a clean heart A spirit that is new The joy of my salvation Is only found in you! 
    Jan 12, 2017 22871
  • 27 Aug 2016
    God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. John Wesley
    21402 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. John Wesley
    Aug 27, 2016 21402
  • 14 Feb 2017
    Love Has to Grow Joni Eareckson Tada, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” -1 Corinthians 13:4, 6-7 Love must grow. It can’t stand still, and it certainly cannot go backward. Love must flourish or else it withers and dies. In fact, growth in a relationship is very much like growth in a tree or flower. If a flower doesn’t bloom, if a tree doesn’t sprout leaves, it signals a problem. Our love for the Lord Jesus is also a living thing. We are intimately united with Him in His body. Remember, love between you and your Lord, like anything that lives, must grow. Just think 1 Corinthians 13 is how God feels about you! We can always come up with good excuses as to why our relationships do not progress and increase in love. But instead of blaming others, ask yourself a couple of direct questions about love. Do I protect my loved one’s reputation? Are my expectations unrealistic? Do I pray committedly? Does my love cover a multitude of the other’s sins? Do I keep Christ at the center of our relationship? Lord, help me to be patient and kind toward others. Help me not to envy those who seem to be enjoying tremendous progress and increase in their marriages. Help me not to boast when I’m right, or be proud when others are wrong. Help me not to be rude to my husband… wife… or friend. I don’t want my love to be self-seeking, or easily angered. And, Lord, convict me if I start keeping a record of wrongs, for I desire that my love will always rejoice with the truth. Help me to have faith, hope, and love ever increasing, ever growing. Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada.
    5409 Posted by CINDY T
  • By CINDY T
    Love Has to Grow Joni Eareckson Tada, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” -1 Corinthians 13:4, 6-7 Love must grow. It can’t stand still, and it certainly cannot go backward. Love must flourish or else it withers and dies. In fact, growth in a relationship is very much like growth in a tree or flower. If a flower doesn’t bloom, if a tree doesn’t sprout leaves, it signals a problem. Our love for the Lord Jesus is also a living thing. We are intimately united with Him in His body. Remember, love between you and your Lord, like anything that lives, must grow. Just think 1 Corinthians 13 is how God feels about you! We can always come up with good excuses as to why our relationships do not progress and increase in love. But instead of blaming others, ask yourself a couple of direct questions about love. Do I protect my loved one’s reputation? Are my expectations unrealistic? Do I pray committedly? Does my love cover a multitude of the other’s sins? Do I keep Christ at the center of our relationship? Lord, help me to be patient and kind toward others. Help me not to envy those who seem to be enjoying tremendous progress and increase in their marriages. Help me not to boast when I’m right, or be proud when others are wrong. Help me not to be rude to my husband… wife… or friend. I don’t want my love to be self-seeking, or easily angered. And, Lord, convict me if I start keeping a record of wrongs, for I desire that my love will always rejoice with the truth. Help me to have faith, hope, and love ever increasing, ever growing. Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada.
    Feb 14, 2017 5409