Love and Selfishness

6 06 2012
Arm Wrestling

Power of Love

Love and Selfishness:

*The two most powerful forces on earth.

*Two forces diametrically opposed to one another.

*Two forces consistently battling one another for total domination.

*Each are the catalyst of dynamic results.

*Each stands available as choices every second of every day.

In the Bible, the book of James, chapter four (all) begins by asking us “Where do wars and fights come from among you?” James, the brother of our Lord Jesus is definitely not stuck for an answer. In fact, James gives us stinging detail throughout the next seventeen verses.

The Reverend Al Green made a popular song, ‘back-in-the-day’ called, “Love and Happiness.” In that song, one verse stands out: “Love and happiness… Love, it makes you want to do right…”

You see, only the word of God [Love] can overcome the works of the flesh [sin/selfishness] so that we can accomplish the plan of God in each of our lives…
it makes you want to do right…”

The Apostle John, who is the Bible’s own Head Curator of love; tells us in his letter: I John 2:15-17 how we can hang on tight to the love of God while the world-system crashes and burns all around us.

15 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. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Note:                                                                                                                                       “But he who does the will of God abides (lives/stays with Him) forever.”                So then, love is a choice, and an action that our very lives depends upon.

Yup, that’s ‘the power of love…”   Have a smile and visit with Rev. Al Green

Be Blessed!

FEAR NOT! Part I of II

10 01 2012

Within a short online search, we find the phrase “Fear Not” to be recorded 365 times in the Bible. That’s one ‘fear not’ for every day of the year. Naturally, there are opposing records of 366 times, 62 times and 100 times; all depending on which translation or phraseology one uses. However, for this little missive, we will use the popular 365 times to “Fear Not.”

Faith and fear are equal in their dimension: both demand fulfillment. Both move from the internal and unseen realm and are ultimately expressed in the external or observable realm; even if microscopic.

In my studies of the spiritual roots of disease;  fear shows up repeatedly as an underlying component in most disease equations. As humans, we are equipped for defense from attack biologically (antigens), and physiologically (‘fight or flight’). However, what of the spirit-man? The one thing that nourishes the human spirit is faith:

Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

DiagramNow faith is the substance of things~ we could stop right there for a lifetime to drink deeply from that well of understanding. Let’s move further along, “What things?” Things hoped for. {And it/faith is} the evidence of things… What things? Things not seen.  Something I call, “Deep down knowing.” This is my attempt to lightly guide you to think deeply. I do not want to fill you up with what and how I think about anything. In the Psalms, you see the word “Selah” concluding some passages. Loosely the word means, “To pause and reflect.” This is my desire for you, Dear reader.

We are told that the Mayan calendar ends at the year 2012. What if the Mayan that chiseled that calendar decided to put down his tools, stroll off into the sunshine and think about and do some of those things he had written about for so long? I believe 2012 is a time to reflect, regroup and renew our mind through the word of God.

Mic Check:

God spoke the world into being. Throughout Genesis chapter 1, we repeatedly read, “God said.” By verse 27, God made man in His own image and in His own likeness; male and female created He them.” Additionally, the Apostle John points out this very thing as we read in John chapter 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…

Can we doubt that Divine mind, Divine thought and Divine Word spoke the world into being? Hang in there with me just one moment more, because if we are made in His image and in His likeness; doesn’t that mean we are ‘like’ Him?

Who can deny that any one of us has had a wonderful, inspiring thought and our whole day was brightened by it; just by the expectation of something we look forward to doing or a place we imagine visiting? We walk around ‘chipper’ all day and say really upbeat things that reflect our upbeat mood. Conversely, who hasn’t been around someone who (for no apparent reason) went from neutral to stormy or dejected in their attitude? When they speak, it comes out irritated and grumpy (to say the least).

We see it all the time in little children. Perhaps one child gets a Popsicle and before you can return with another for the other child; the one without the Popsicle is sad, or even angry and yelling. Why? Their faith locked in to believing that they were not getting a Popsicle. They “Feared” that they were being deprived of something they had ‘hoped’ for.

In Genesis chapter 3:1-7 we read that it was actually the suggestion of a “thought” for a false desire and fear of deprivation that Satan peddled his rebelliousness as a “thought” to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Nothing occurred until Eve ‘took up that thought’ by faith and then shared her tainted faith with Adam who submitted.

How does that tie with Fear and disease? Come back for Part Two. Be Blessed

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