Praise God: God wants us to look in the mirror of His word and discern those things that He has said He wants to do, and in the prayer of agreement remind Him so that they are released here on earth.
Let us not tire of reminding our heavenly Father to deal with every obstacle to His kind of love, and to teach us to mirror His every move, acknowledging Him in all our ways in Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Shalom: I say this because we all need the kind of spiritual and physical wellbeing that only God can give and He is willing, so Shalom, Shalom, Shalom.
Let’s conclude the message Daniel Murungi started on Sunday during the Upperoom fellowship.
I would that we focused two places today: “You cannot claim to love God if you do not love the people you see on a daily” and “perfect love casts out all fear”.
Daniel shared that without love, faith, hope, joy and peace are unattainable, which is why 1st Corinthians 13 ends thus:
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
But we cannot give what we do not have: Unless we surrender to Christ and give Him the wheels of our lives, we will not be able to love.
God is love. With Him enthroned in our lives, love will come naturally because from the abundance of the heart, live unravels- and God’s heart is Jesus Christ His love and ours.
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Here He tells us how to love: Lay our lives down for our friends as He laid down His life for us.
God never asks us to do anything he will not do with us or through us: Wherever He guides us, He goes before us.
Thus He died first, resurrected and showed us that death is not the end.
To lay down our lives for one another, we must consider everybody else more significant than we are. We must look to our lives as not ours but God’s, to do with as He desires.
Love is not a suggestion but a charge or command: Without love, we cannot honor God because His every command is born of love, and the response from us has to be in kind.
Our love relationship with God is born of a sacrificial love, thus we must live the same way we were born again through the cross.
Had Jesus considered everything He was sacrificing as more important than we are, then we’d still be doomed.
Let’s follow the leadership of Jesus Christ in love.
Here’s a short story I encountered in a book I was reading “The Lost Art of Intercession”
During January 1736, Wesley was on a ship bound for America that also carried a number of Moravian missionaries. He was challenged by their great seriousness and their humility in performing for other passengers the most servile tasks, which none of the English passengers would do. When they were offered pay for this, they refused, replying that “it was good for their proud hearts,” and “their loving Savior had done more for them.” Some of the passengers abused them terribly, even striking them or knocking them down, but they would never strike back or even take offense.
Many perceived these German missionaries as cowards until a great storm broke over the ship. As the main sail split and the sea began to pour into the ship, the English panicked, their terrified screams rising even above the tumult of the storm. Yet the Moravians sat quietly, singing their hymns. Afterwards, when one of the Moravians was asked if he was afraid during the storm, he answered, “I thank God, no.” Then he was asked if their women and children were afraid, and he replied, “No; our women and children are not afraid to die.” Wesley recorded this in his diary and added:
“From them [the Moravians] I went to their crying, trembling neighbors, and pointed out to them the difference in the hour of trial, between him that feareth God, and him that feareth not. At twelve the wind fell.
Loving people right doesn’t mean they will always respond in kind; after all we crucified Jesus even though we’re the ones who deserved to be hanging on that tree.
Do not then be surprised if your love and kindness do not inspire the same response: Again, let’s look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
1 John 4
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Daniel gave us an analogy: Imagine if you and your neighbor hated each other, wouldn’t you end up hurting each other, or overlooking each other’s pain? Say you loved this neighbor and not the other, still, you’re losing out on the great gifts you each might have in you to edify one another.
You could also walk into a situation or office and the help you need can only be given by the person you considered beneath your affection.
I have found this everywhere I’ve been; that the enemy keeps our eyes focused on little petty differences and blinds us to the benefits of true love and friendship because he knows that we each carry the answers that the other needs.
Notice that so many gifted people rarely get along, each believing themselves all-sufficient and pushing away anyone that appears to be an even match, and yet we need each other’s strengths and gifts.
We are one body, and thus the left leg needs the right, just like the hands need the ears.
Daniel shared that love is destiny: Our home is God, thus destiny.
Love is light and vision for us to reach destiny.
As it was in the beginning, before corruption entered the Human heart, when we strolled with God in the garden of Eden, in eternal fellowship and purity and freedom, so it can be again.
Love heals, edifies and restores.
While sin blinds us to God because it elicits shame, unbelief and feelings of worthlessness, Love bridges the gap.
Love is invincible because God is love.
Love is impervious to all obstacles because God is love.
It is not just a feeling, it is the very essence of our creation and the greatest motivation and driver in life.
Heavenly Father, I need you today, more than I did yesterday. Let all the earth worship you Emmanuel, Ebenezar, you alone are God.
Father in heaven, ransom your sons from places of despair, confusion and hopelessness. Turn the tide of time to favor your beloved. End the torment of the evil one, and help us to refine our focus so we shall keep our eyes fixed on you most holy one.
Erase substitutes to all that you offer, erase substitutes to your kind of relationships, erase substitutes to your kind of family and friendships. Erase substitutes and counterfeits to your calling over our lives.
Let your Kingdom be established in every area of our lives in Jesus’s name by your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Let’s please read Isaiah 43:18-19