I crown you with my love.
Unconditional love. Radical grace.
“Self-dependency leads to death, God-dependency leads to life.”
I want to know the depth of your love and your grace Lord. Allow me to press into you.
How great is your love for the broken, lost, and the weak.
Jesus, thank you for giving me worth. Thank you that you call me yours.
You are worthy of all praise. Thank you for your unconditional love.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.
God, thank you so much.
I can hear You. You’re calling my name.
The ocean between us erased and salvation pours down like rain, flooding my walls til I break. I give my life to you, my heart to you. You’re all I need. Come and make me new. I abandon the weight of my sin, the weight of my loss and my pain. Relief swells like air in my lungs and freedom releases my shame.
Jesus Christ, take my life. I won’t waste another day.
Holy God, fill my heart. I won’t ever be the same.
Elevation Worship: Give my Life to you.
One simple way to measure whether you love well is to examine how you look out
for the interests of others.
As a pastor, I have to forge an unwavering vision to do this. I am charged by
God with a call to stir my people to action and to relentlessly pursue the
mission he has given us. The truth is, I can go about this in one of two ways:
through my own ambition, pushing to achieve my individual goals; or to adopt
the heart of Christ and make my mission to love.
If my church grows to ten thousand and I don’t have love as my vision…if
our church sends out 1,000 missionaries but doesn’t have love…then we are
failing in our calling as a believing body. We are raising up false ambassadors
and exporting a weak brand of watered-down Christianity empowered by something
other than love.
How about you? Are your prayers or spiritual ambitions locked in a world of
your own wants, needs and desires? Are you bothered or irritated when others’
genuine needs interrupt your goals?
What is the remedy for selfish ambition? Paul wrote to the Philippians, “In
lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians
2:3b). Paul doesn’t say not to esteem yourself, your vision or your life
mission. But he does say others also have vision, purpose and a mission. If you
will esteem them, you will not just be helping them but also strengthening them
in their calling—and perhaps affecting many lives.
Think about the power of Paul’s statement. Imagine what might happen if every
Christian radically obeyed this truth. We would all have deep, world-impacting
interests in others—and none of us would be immersed in our individual goals.
The whole body of Christ would be so other-centered we would empower one another
in our many varied callings.
If each of us is looking only to interests of our own making, our testimony
will be limited at best. But if we all are looking in love to build up others,
every God-ordained mission will have more than ample support to be
That is what I call a way to live. It is a campaign I want to start
today—living for, being in and serving those around me for the glory of God.
THE CHURCH’S MISSION: TO LIVE FOR OTHERS
by Gary Wilkerson
Refocused and pumped to yield and obey by His grace. Thank you Jesus!!!!!
“The image of God carries with it the right to not be mistreated or harmed. All human beings have this right, this worth, according to the Bible. Notice that neither Genesis nor James limits the prohibition on abusive behavior to “good” people. Regardless of their record or character, all human beings have an irreducible glory and significance to them, because God loves them, indeed, he “loves all that he has made.”(Psalm 145:9,17). He loves even those who turn away from him (Ezekiel 33:11; John 3:16). This bestows a worth on them.” - Generous Justice:Timothy Keller
Lord, forgive me for the judgements I make. Break me Lord so that I may mirror your goodness and love those around me.
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:13-14
I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE YOKE OF CHRIST.
Jesus beckons us, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30). In Jesus’ time, the law was a yoke on God’s people. The Jews had more than 600 manmade ordinances and the leaders laid those rules heavily on the people. It was a yoke they weren’t able to bear.
When Paul preached “salvation by faith alone” the Pharisees challenged him: “There rose up certain of (them)…saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses” (Acts 15:5). Paul and Barnabas refuted this yoke of bondage, having “no small dissension and disputation with them” (verse 2).
I believe these godly men were acting on Jesus’ words: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden — all who are bound by legalism, who think they can be saved by rules, who are burdened down by dress codes for being holy. Take my yoke upon you, for it gives rest.”
You may ask, “What is Jesus’ yoke? What is his burden?” It is the simplicity of Jesus himself. He urges us, “By faith, come to me for rest. Bring your burden of sin to me. Let there be no more striving about it. You don’t need some deep doctrinal training. I have revealed these truths to babes.”
Many Christians today are burdened with a self–imposed yoke of condemnation. In Jesus’ day people who disobeyed a law lived under great guilt and condemnation. Today, the message is, “Come to Jesus. Confess your disobedience. Trust the Holy Spirit for grace and power to get back on track. Don’t go another hour condemning yourself. Cast your burden totally on the Lord.”
Thank you for your continued support of our many missions outreaches around the globe, as we minister to the poor, the needy and the fatherless. For more information, go to our website:www.worldchallenge.org.
(letter written before his death)
I absolutely love the book of ephesians. Thank you Jesus.
Jesus, when I am just completely enthralled by your love and beauty, is when I stop setting up laws on myself. I set up laws and rely on my own ability when I forget the works of your hands and how glorious you are. Forcing myself to obey and believe is a result of not knowing all that you are. So, show me your face because you know how much I desire to rely on my own performance and understanding. Humble me and show me your glory, just a glimpse of your beauty, a taste of your presence will have my cup ever overflowing.
There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain.
There are just some bizarre things that you do Jesus. It is beyond my understanding why you do things the way you do.
“And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.” Mark 7:33
“And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.” Mark 8:23-26
Now, clearly these people who were being released from darkness… being restored.. once lived in humiliation and utter torment.. not only from the forms of oppression but also by the people around them. How immense was their desire to be healed? All I can see through these passages is their childlike faith, their desperation and at any cost, they were willing.
After studying first couple chapters of Mark.. the words “faith” and “unbelief” are resounding in my spirit. Fear is overcome through faith. In Mark 5:36 “But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Being offended at the way God is working is a result of unbelief. Mark 6:3-5 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could not do a mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on the a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.
Mark 8:15-21 “And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus aware of this, said to them, “What are you discussing the act that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the 5000, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up? They said to him, “Twelve.” And he seven for the 4000, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
This passage astounds me because I can completely relate. How much is accessible to those in Christ Jesus? Are we not able to understand that through Christ’s blood we are cleansed? Are we not able to believe that the Holy spirit who dwells within us is changing us as we behold our Lord? Do we not yet understand that He is the very bread of life? Are we still in unbelief that Jesus is the messiah and the son of God? And is it because of our unbelief that we set up laws, trying to uphold them like the pharisees. Jesus warns us about this.
Deuteronomy 8:3 ” …man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Lord, though I do not understand the way you do certain things… I still believe. I will believe in what your word says. Unveil my eyes and just like Mark 9:24 in the areas I have unbelief, increase my faith! Help my unbelief! I not only ask of this for myself, but for your global church.
Last one.. but this is from OT and not specifically done by jesus but I believe through Holy spirit in the prophet, Elisha.
“When Elisha came in to the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.” 2 Kings 4:32-35.
(This is definitely prophetic because it reveals how Jesus will take the death we deserve. Limb for limb, eye for eye.. through Christ we have been redeemed fully. All we must do is believe.)
“Revelation”, as its name plainly teaches, is an “unveiling”. But it is not merely an unveiling of the pieces of a puzzle; it is the unveiling of the completion of God’s plan. Scripture teaches that God’s main plan is salvation, the means by which man can be restored to a right relationship with God. What began and failed in the Garden in Genesis is finished and restored in Revelation, which is characterized by a series of peeks into what is taking place in heaven in parallel to the culmination of events on earth. As conditions on earth worsen, each return to the heavenly perspective reveals greater praise and joy until, finally, heaven and earth come together forever in Christ and the worldly is forever removed. The “unveiling” of the seals, trumpets and bowls is not the point of Revelation, but rather it is the completed work of salvation for Christ’s bond-servants. The greater teaching is not the wrath of God as expressed in those judgments, but the fulfillment of His promises for those exempt from them.
A heart faithful to the fundamental teachings of Christ and the Apostles reads Revelation and is drawn to what is taking place in the heavenly realm and latches on to the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises for them in the coming kingdom of Christ; the struggling faith obsesses over the signs and judgments and whether time is running out. An intellectual faith becomes obsessed with the details and misses the greater message behind them. True bond-servants are no longer concerned for themselves but the Master’s business alone, and the Master’s business as revealed to His bond-servants in Revelation looks very inviting to them.” —Jacob Prasch. Moriel Newsletter