Love

God IS Love

Have you ever crossed paths with a person who believes in God; However, their “idea” of who God is- in nature is similar to that of a dictator? They have this idea of God sitting on His throne, high up in the Heavenly sky, separated from the World. From the beginning of time He has been forcing upon us His laws, taking account of every wrong committed and holding all of humanity accountable for their sins. The most powerful dictator to reign is deciding who, what, when, where and how His wrath and judgement will be brought down upon the Earth. Do you know someone with those “ideas”?  Maybe you even agree that GOD is a dictator, rather than your Heavenly Father, whose LOVE for you is perfect.

This “idea” must cause a disconnect internally and spiritually in the hearts and minds of many people and hindered so many of our brother’s and sister’s in Christ from walking in TRUTH, POWER, COMPLETENESS and FREEDOM, all benefits to us out of God’s love!  While these “ideas” may be in part correct; they are NOT necessarily TRUTH. We know from scripture that God is sitting on His throne, reigning high in the Heavens (Isaiah 66:1), sin does separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and we will be held accountable for our sins on the day of judgement (Proverbs 29:26; Hebrews 9:27): BUT GOD who SO LOVED THE WORLD, He gave His only son Jesus (the perfect sacrifice), to pay the ultimate price for all sin, so that ANYONE who believes in Him will NOT die, but have everlasting LIFE! (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13).

The barrier between God and man, symbolized by the veil over the Holy of Holies, is ripped by God from top to bottom. After the sacrifice, God opens wide the way into his presence and invites us to draw near with boldness.” (click here for full commentary)  

God is NOT a dictator, God is LOVE.  (1 John 4:16; 1 John 4:8; 1 John 4:19)

What is LOVE by definition in the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary?  a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. Click link for full defintion

What is LOVE according to the Bible? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails.

So, combining what we know about love from the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, what the Bible tells us about love-as God intends and believing we are sanctified by God’s word, and is the TRUTH (FACTS) upon which we stand (John 17:17), let’s begin to reflect on who God really IS!

God’s affection and love for YOU, arising out of His personal tie to mankind as our maker (Genesis 1:17), and kinship through Jesus Christ, is STRONG and can not be broken.

“GOD IS LOVE and GOD LOVES YOU”

He admires YOU, desires to do good toward you and shares in your interests. He is able to remain calm with you, He is not annoyed by you and He will wait for a long time on you.  He is willing to bear your pain and will do so calmly and without complaint. He is gentle in His care for you and is considerate of you.  He does not resent you and does not consider Himself more important than you. You are not a disgrace to Him and He does not want to hurt you. He forgives you and It’s OK. He is so happy when He looks at you. You are a reflection of His glory and goodness, through the blood of His only son Jesus, and freely gives you His special favor. He is covering you, and He is your defense!  He will never change and His love for you will remain constant, continually occurring. In spite of your opposition, counter influences and discouragement He will carry on and hang in there with you until the very end.  His love for you will not weaken, fade away, and will succeed!

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Love

“Take Over”

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with emotions that your day seems to be one dramatic “moment” after another, ending in a self-centered, emotional train wreck?  Well,  I have been allowing my struggle of self centeredness and selfishness, to be the basis of every “moment” in my day; leaving my spirit tired, miserable, scared, lonely, angry, frustrated and confused.

Why? I guess I could blame my life getting busy, my husband, the stress of finances or my “hurt feelings.”  That’s the easiest thing to do when in a selfish rut…BLAME EVERYTHING and EVERYONE ELSE!

Well, I’m not going to do that…..I am going to be honest.  I have stopped meditating on the goodness’s of God and only focused on my “feelings.”  I have allowed negativity to consume my mind; Therefore, shifting my focus from Him and towards my fears, failures, shortcomings, offenses and hurt.  I have allowed the mountains in my mind to OVERTAKE my mind.

1 Peter 5:7- “Cast ALL your cares onto Him, for He cares for you.”

Why do I so often forget that? He cares for ME and I am His child. His heart is for me to cast ALL my burdens on Him and rest in His True and Perfect love.

I want to share with you a lyric from a song that my husband wrote recently, (ironically titled “Perfect God”), because I have been singing it over and over in my mind…..

“There on the cross dying for us,
you chose to stay for our freedom”

Wow, just ponder on that for a second…..it’s an overwhelming thought for me.  “You CHOSE to stay for our freedom.”  

“Heavenly Father forgive me of my selfishness.  How could I ever doubt You and Your perfect plan for my life?  Help me to continue to grow in You, continue to teach me how to show True Love-as You intend as I am reminded of your True and perfect love, for me.  Thank you for your grace and mercy.  Thank You for choosing to send your son Jesus to die for my freedom.   May all that I continue to do be a reflection of you…. I give myself away, TAKE OVER HOLY SPIRIT.”

– In Jesus Name, Amen

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I’m Getting Old!

I am getting OLD and I am FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT IT!

Ok, I totally understand that turning twenty-eight, is not old; However, I am experiencing the personal growth that comes when a woman matures from her twenties and into her thirties and it’s AWESOME!  I am more patient with others (even myself), understanding, caring, passionate, responsible, loving, wise and truly….. way more beautiful!  My soul has been renewed and my mind is being transformed. This season in my life is incredible!

It has been a while since my last blog, I know.  I have been busy living and experiencing a FULL life of LOVE- as God intends, happiness, success, personal growth and most importantly spiritual growth!  It just wasn’t the right time to share with you.

WELL, THE TIME HAS COME and I am so excited to share this new season God started in my life, almost two months ago!  My husband and I were driving on a trip, when he asked me to tell him what God had been teaching and showing me.  The only words that came out of my mouth were….  “Honey, God is calling me for an Upgrade.”   I knew that it was time to make a strong stand against old patterns, cycles, thought processes, speech and behaviors that I believe was keeping me from completely stepping into TOTAL freedom, in Christ!  It was time to “Upgrade” to a “New Woman,” a “New Version,” of Jenn!

I wanted to write a new blog immediately, but I chose not to.  I decided that it was best to focus on allowing the “Upgrade” process to begin to take place, first!  I wasn’t sure when the time would be that I should share again,  until I was sitting in Church, this past Easter Sunday!  The service was at the end and they began to show a video, describing the new upcoming series.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and then saw on the screen!  An entire series titled “Upgrade!”  I about fell over in my chair, as I looked to my husband, in total and complete awe!  What I had been feeling and personally experiencing was RIGHT ON and CONFIRMED!  I mean come on the same word even that God placed in my heart, two months ago….”UPGRADE!”

I still am not sure what this all fully means and I certainly don’t have it all figured out; However,  I want to tell you that I CAN feel a huge difference in my heart!   I have, with all my heart and soul, started focusing on “Upgrading” and becoming more like Jesus, in all areas.  This new season has been very revealing of pretty much all my weaknesses,  but I am overcoming them!  I am really enjoying the new and “Upgraded” version of ME!

Looks like I will have lots to share with you, over the next few months!

If you want to follow this new series with me, then you can watch LIVE online at www.oasischurch.tv

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