The Integral Weave of Love

Are you and I consistent in the manner in which we choose to conduct our lives? How we choose to live, move and have our being will most definitely chart out a course that determines what we display in the way of character that indeed touches every life our life touches. What goes out from within us indeed does come back around to greet us, does it not when all is said and done. Consider the gravity of such a statement and the impact it has upon the very world in which you and I conduct life.

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. As the love of God and His goodness envelopes and encompasses one’s heart truly then as “captured and consumed” are we in His holy drawing embrace and all that is not in alignment “with” is “imprisoned”. A prisoner of the Lord being a most blessed place indeed is one of a freedom unknown truly to many today.

In God, all are called; “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
How are you and I responding to this call or are we responding at all? To gather together in the presence of God in worship, word and for the building up and edification of one another in our most holy faith can shift our very lives in that time together, however if when we come out of assembly what does it profit if we go right back to our comfortable, convenient and familiar way of life that we are so accustomed to maintaining which may the “same ole same” repeated over daily from sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday? What will that instill into our home, community, city and surrounding territory of our lives?

The church does not consist merely of what takes place within the walls of a building or facility during given hours of the week. It is to be the catalyst for setting the atmosphere of our neighborhood, our work place, the market place, the business place and civic center for social climate nurturing.

For anyone who hears the Word of God but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like, according to James 1:23-24. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer, will be “blessed in what he does”. Are we being effective men and women of integrity and purpose whose lives honor God and one another? We are to bear the presence of God and naturally this is meant to be cultivated and multiplied repeatedly through the course of our lives.

Are we living to love and thus fully loving life to it’s fullest in our living? Why not? Jesus reminds us; “The most important is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.”
In thus we fulfill the royal law. “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7)

God’s plan for living to love does make wise the very simple basics that keeps life integral, intact, flowing and honors Him and every one of His sons and daughters. This is sure, true, tried and tested. So why does it seem to be not enough for some? Why go wanting and looking for more when all of the highest fulfillment is discovered within, right in front of our eyes. May we choose to love, always, every time.

“To fully love is to Know”

“It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

This is my prayer for you all this morning as it was with the apostle Paul for the church at Philippi. Over the last couple days I have experienced such an overwhelming sense of being consumed and enveloped within the love Jesus has for you and I; His bride. Yesterday there seemed to be too much before me, being held in my heart to even put into words and therefore I was somewhat restrained from writing yesterday. Confession is good for the soul it has been said, so I’m simply being very transparent here. What can I say and what can I do when overwhelmed as such in the presence of my Saviour? Oh, how He desires that we come into a fullness in knowing Him. Oh how He loves us!

I sense that I experience somewhat like Paul, a thorn that prevails in my flesh to this day. I still experience incomphensible limitations from time to time in my body that come and go even though I am walking in absolute belief and trust that I am fully healed from nearly a decade of chronic illness that taught me and instilled within a grace and strength that I could not have gained any other way other than to go through the pain and suffering that I have and the periods where my faith and believing in God was seemingly pushing the envelope of what I thought I could bear.

The grace of God carried and brought me through it all and continues to do. I believe all of this has and had to be so that I would not become too confident upon my own strength and understanding. This has away of instilling a wisdom beyond one’s years. I do not boast here on behalf of my self at all; please understand that to God, I ascribe all the honor and glory.

What is required of me, I recently asked? The answer came right away and it was “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 ESV) This He has shown me indeed.

Open the eyes of my heart O Lord, even more, that the eyes of my understanding are ever being enlightened, more and more with each passing moment. This is my heart’s cry. To be holy and blameless before him in His love, beyond human understanding, to go the extra measure, predestined for adoption to the Father as a child of God through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.

This he has blessed us within the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.

Through such God has been making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. This is what the Cross fulfills for you and I. It is all done by Jesus for us at the Cross. The only that remains is for us to walk it out in loving faith; will you believe God?

I close this writing out this morning with the following prayer for the body of Christ; “may your love be built up in your most holy faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, increasing more and more unto perfection in Him towards the moment of his return.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.

May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.

Jesus, being far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come; shall have all things under his feet and be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. All to the glory of God the Father though His so Jesus Christ, and Yes to every Amen, may you and I reflect such in Jesus’ name”. Keep yourselves in the love of God and “be this” in all you do and with all you meet in the way of this adventure called life. It is a priceless gift; don’t ever take it for granted and allow it to just be spent and waste away. Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt. I love you and may you have a blessed day my friends.

A Greater Glory

I am who God says that I am, not merely who I may believe I am. Who I think I am can change and shift with the moment. “All things are possible for one who believes”. (Mark 9:23b

However belief is a lifestyle. Our daily choices and our passion matters and so does running the right race. I must believe more in who God is than in who I am. It is believing Jesus to the point that where my life becomes lost in His heart. It is there that I can let go of my ways as I simply do not find the way back to them readily. As I get lost in His love most all else has a way of growing strangely dim. I wake up in the morning and wonder what is happening to who I have been for so very long? I am overwhelmed and consumed by a presence that my mind cannot wrap itself around nor explain. I can hardly wait to sit in the presence of Jesus where I can be real and true and release any and all shame, blame or regrets because those have a way of melting away as I sense how near He truly is. This has become my story in recent days and the song in my heart. One I can’t entirely explain in words however this is what and how I choose to be. An all consuming desire to be a conduit through which His love can flow.

A love that heats up my passion that it has driven me from passivity to an all- consuming desire and compulsion to push on anything in life that can a releasing agent or catalyst of expression through which the goodness of God can flow and touch the life of another with whom my life intersects with. What brings greater joy than this? Nothing in my opinion can even begin to compare with the glory that awaits to be revealed. May you come to see that the glory of God is His goodness being made manifest. This is what we are wired for, this is God’s divine plan for each and every one of us is it not?

The Hebrew Shema which is found in Mark 12:29-31, is my premise which I begin and end each day with. In it, Jesus said is all the Law and prophets are fulfilled. Love God with all heart, mind, soul and strength and love each and every other person as I love myself. This level of love truly covers all in life. I encourage you to put it into practice daily.

You see we cannot truly have a fulfilled life apart from it. Something will always be missing. This is what our hearts truly long for. So why wait? Be the love that God is and we in his image are designed to be as well. O Lord, open the eyes of our hearts that we may truly see you high and lifted up and shining through the light of your glory; holy, holy holy! Through our lives O Lord, through our lives; may you come and may we be bearers of your glory, right where we live life, engaging life. A loving faith in relentless pursuit to multiply within each eclipsing moment with each person we meet and greet. As God is, so may we be in this world!

Living the Love by Faith

Jesus, when He went to the Cross for you and I brought Heaven down to earth, that we might experience “the all” of living, moving, and having our being fully “in Him”.

I’ve been sensing that “a new Hosanna” is coming to the Body of Christ. A new level of awareness of who Jesus is to you and I, to as many as who can receive this.

I see the King of glory coming into the atmosphere of our worship unto Him with fire and the whole earth shakes as we begin to gain a new awareness of His glory and presence, which is His goodness made manifest.

I believe that God designed us to bear this in the very life we walk out. In more ways than we may be able to conceive now.

I see a generation rising up to take their place with a selfless love. A love that begins with loving Him with all of heart, mind, soul and strength. And then loving every person we see, know and connect with, as we love ourselves.

A new Hosanna is birthing for the King of Kings and Lord of lords; Jesus. This I believe and experience rising up within my being right now. The fulfillment of vision is one of moving and walking out with every breath I take.

He was the Word at the beginning, one With God the Lord Most High, His hidden glory in creation is now revealed in Jesus our Christ. What a beautiful Name it is; the Name above all names, at which every knee on earth will one day bow in reverence and awe. What a beautiful Name it is; nothing compares to this.

He didn’t want heaven without us, so Jesus brought heaven down and I can testify that my sin was great, but His love love was greater and so what could separate us now?

Death could not hold Him, the veil was torn, He silenced the boast of sin and grave, hallelujah! The heavens are roaring at the praise of His glory, for in Jesus we are raised to life again! Truly; can you fully “believe with me” and “live as” we believe this? A love so radical; this is true transformation and this and only this will shake all that can be shaken, so that only the unshakable, the eternal, shall remain and stand the test. The refiner’s fire of a love that is well beyond the comprehension of most of us, brings us to who God says that we are in Jesus. I pray that divine self revelation come to each of us now in Jesus name.

He has no rival, no equal. Now and forever, Oh God You reign.
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory, Yours is the Name, above all names; Jesus!

I say “shout unto the Lord with a voice of triumph! Glory; may we sing Allelujah unto our King! May a new Hosanna now birth forth from each, that names the Name of Jesus as Lord and King; let this resound and ring.

“Oceans and Rivers Abound”

For freedom Christ has set us free to liberate you and me. He who the son sets free is free indeed.

Deep inside there is stirring; a current and a tide arising.

Overflowing from the throne of God, heaven surrounds my earthly gait and for what do I wait?

There is a fountain of joy that drowns out the sorrows of yesterday. There is an ocean deeper than any and all fear.

Rivers of living water bursting forth from the former dry and desert places. Up from the ground, I come alive in the river of His love.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”
(Revelation 22:17 ESV)

“Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers. Others We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.”
(Song of Solomon 1:4 ESV)

God will give me my heart’s desire as long as I continue to live for and delight myself in Him (Psalm 37:4). My eyes are fixed on Jesus. My faith is strong. My heart’s full. And, my heart’s wide open too.

The invitation is open to whosoever will say “YES” and follow after the One whose name is above all names; Jesus. Come if you will.

No Greater Love

I find myself in recent days asking the question, “how can I justify thinking of any other human being as an enemy?” I can’t really. Being created in the image of God my character aught to by all means aspire to align with His should it not? I may not “like” certain people due to their actions that they may reflect, however there is no justifiable cause for me not to “love them”. Yet the love that God has for each and everyone that walks the earth, is certainly beyond comprehension of the human mind.

John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This surely means that God is loving all and offering all eternal life without exception or condition. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1 ESV). Note that the Father clearly states we “should be called children of God and so we are”. Some just do not know it yet.

What does it means for the pure love of God to flow out through the heart without imposing conditions upon it’s expression?

Let us consider Jesus’ example; that which led him to and through the Cross for you and I. “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
(Philippians 2:1,2 ESV) I am to be of the same mind as He; following in His footsteps, am I not?

I must therefore purpose to do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than myself. Not looking only to my own interests, but also to the interests of others. Having this mind, which is mine in Christ Jesus; I consider Him, keeping my gaze fixed upon Him, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

He was found to be in human form, humbling himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV)
Walking in this level of humility is not easy by any means due to our human nature; a heart that is effected by sin; yet is not Jesus sufficient and does not His love cover all? He most certainly is and does. Then it comes down to the surrender of our own will unto His, doesn’t it?

This changes everything does it not? Why I choose to do what I do with this life that God has given me addresses a reordering of my priorities. This is mind blowing for most of us is it not? Yet to what do i affix my passion in life? What to I choose to give myself over to?

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31 ESV). What shall we say to such? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, nothing separates us.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:37-39 ESV)

So my highest goal in life in all things and in every circumstance must be to “love as He loves”. To this I aspire and count the cost of bearing my own cross and taking up His. It comes down to a reckoning of will does it not and this is walking out my divine story and what truly is more fulfilling than this?

The Chalice of Love and Goodness

What is it that you and I love most in life? Where our heart is, there shall our treasure be discovered and found. There shall the very declaration of where we put our focus, form our thoughts and thus become the words that we find ourselves speaking.

This is what we end up manifesting in life, do we not? What are we giving our passion to? What fuels your passion in this very moment and hour? Are you in fact even passionate about anything in particular? Are there times and perhaps it is now where you may be feeling a sense of being dead to life or maybe your life is lacking a vibrancy that was once present or one that you know has or longs to come forth with at least a greater sense of fullness?

“I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. (Revelation 3:1-3 ESV)

I reference this in kindness as a way of remembering. Perhaps we go about to take back territory in our spiritual life to then only release it once again unawares. Don’t go back to sleep my friend; be aware of the tactics of the adversary of your soul who seeks to kill, steal and destroy. One must remain vigilant and cannot afford to become careless. As I stated yesterday in this blog; passion and practice calls us consistent attention.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever”. (1 John 2:15 ESV)

Is the Father’s love prevailing in your heart and life right now? It is ever present and never wavers or fails but are you embracing it?

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 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, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Are you intentionally keeping yourself in the love of God?

With the love of God, comes the bringing forth of the fruit thereof which is the “charis” or grace of the goodness of God. This comes into play in the bearing of His presence or His glory. Are we truly possessing our vessel in the holy presence of God? “Charis” defined is, grace that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, grace of speech, goodwill, loving-kindness, favor of the merciful kindness by which God brings the attributes of the person of Jesus though into our expression thereof of the goodness of God. I don’t know about you but I so long to exude such from my being and for this to be shed abroad into the hearts of those whose my life touches. One who truly and openly displays and lavishes upon others the fruits of the Spirit. This display of love is truly infectious is it not? It takes considerable resistance to overcome and push away it’s presence.

A favorite musical composition I am deeply touched by is “Ubi Caritas” (“Where Charity Is”) which has evolved into many iterations and compositions. It’s message is as follows; where charis and love are, God is there. A bonding exists between the love of God and “charis”. It is the glue by which all consists in God’s creative plan. I’d like us to get this picture into our hearts.

The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice in Him and be glad.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love as one.

Where charis and love are, God is there.
At the same time, therefore, are we gathered into one:
Lest we be divided in mind, let us beware.
Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease.
And in the midst of us may there live Jesus; His heart, life and breath.

Where charis and love are, God is there.
At the same time we see that with the saints also,
His face in glory, O Christ our God:
The joy that is immense and good, unto the
World without end. May it be so!

In Jesus we are “the salt” of the earth. Has the saltiness lost it’s savor? This is a question that we might ourselves right now. May our passion and practice bring forth from within our being an expression of the very best that we can be in and through Jesus.