“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”
John 15:9 KVJ

Walk in Love

Walk (def.) – 1. To go on foot at a moderate pace 2. to follow a certain course

As we see from the Webster’s definition, to walk in any path, we need to plot a cautious course and have a set destination (whether physical or spiritual) in mind.

Love (def.) – 1. Strong affection or liking for someone or something 2. a passionate affection of one person for another

Love is one of the most allusive and ambiguous terms in language. A person can say they love a pizza and use the same term to describe the feeling they have for their mother. It is important to know that for the Christian, love is defined and exemplified through Christ and his relationship with the church (John 3:16).  Christ built his bond with us through sacrifice, mercy, kindness, chastisement, and love. Is it then right for us to think that we can relate to each with less?

We have to follow a path of love in dealing with those that have, and have not, experienced God’s grace and mercy, since we are the true ambassadors in a sin sick world that is in desperate need of God’s grace. Just like when we walk naturally, we have a destination or purpose in mind, so also should we be equally purposeful when we endeavor to show God’s Love. Make it a point to use love to combat those that use and betray you. We can’t just love those that love us (Luke 6:32), but if we are to pull someone from the clutches of hell then we have to be willing to follow God’s lead and show love first (I John 4:19).

Min. Damon Allen
, Author

November 10, 2010

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 2Cor 4:7

Having spoken of the obligation to make the message plain, the Apostle Paul now thinks of the human instrument to which the wonderful gospel treasure had been committed. The treasure is the glorious message of the gospel. The earthen vessel, on the other hand, is the frail human body. The contrast between the two is tremendous. The gospel is like a precious diamond that brilliantly shines every way in which it is turned. To think that such a precious diamond has been entrusted to such a frail, fragile earthenware vessel!

Why has God ordained that this treasure should be in earthen vessels? The answer is so that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. God does not want men to be occupied with the human instrument, but rather with His own power and greatness. And so He deliberately commits the gospel message to weak, often uncomely human beings. All the praise and glory must go to the Creator and not the creature.

There is something very wrong when the vessel robs the treasure of its glory. Only when human instruments are broken and yielded to the Lord can the gospel shine forth through us in all its magnificence.

October 15, 2010

"Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." I Peter 5:9

'Nobody knows the trouble I've seen....'. How dare we??!!
There are few things the devil likes more than to get you believing that you're the only one going through a tough time. He wants you to feel alone, forsaken, and forgotten. If he can pull it off, you will drop your guard, lower your shield of faith and be wide open for his more tireless assaults. Don't let him win, my sister! Keep a firm grip on your faith, my brother!

Peter goes on to say, "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. " (1 Peter 5:10). The next time you're feeling all alone, and deep down inside you hear the rumblings of that old song — "O nobody knows the trouble I seen" — stop right there. EVERYBODY knows! We are all going through it with you. Stop your whining; it's embarrassing.

We have to let the world see that Christians have the upper hand. We must let them see that we are more than conquerors thru Him that loved us. Paul and Silas were in a dungeon chained to the wall and surrounded by rats. They started singing PRAISE TO GOD and the devil started shaking in his boots! He shook so hard that an earthquake happened, which broke the chains and opened up the prison doors — setting Paul and Silas free.

So the next time you feel like belting out a 'woe as me' hymnal, remember Whose you are. Instead of moaning about your troubles, start singing praise to God — you just might be the one that causes a prison break for the rest of us!

October 8, 2010
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

In biblical times, if a lamb wandered away from the flock, the shepherd searched for that lamb until he found it. The shepherd sometimes broke one of the lamb's legs and then carried the wounded lamb on his shoulders until the leg was healed. The lamb developed such a close relationship with the shepherd, that when its leg was healed, the lamb would never again wander away from the one who had rescued it and cared for it so tenderly.

The Scripture, "Come unto me and I will give you rest," will motivate you beyond your emotions make you want to give in completely to despair and depression. Try to visualize yourself being carried in the arms of Jesus. He is always there, urging you on, whispering in your ear to never give up, pulling you as close to Him as you are willing to come, all the time saying, "Come closer, my child; depend on Me completely, and I will see you through this, no matter what happens."

If you sometimes feel like one of those lambs with a broken leg, just know that if you ask, the Savior will pick you up, hold you tightly, and carry you until you can stand again. Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, will forever call us to come closer, never pushing us away.  Even when life comes at us like a hurricane, we know we have the hope of Jesus Christ. We know why we are here on this earth - to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him - so that we can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Cling to the hope that can only be found in knowing God. Let’s endeavor to share that same hope with those who are hurting, broken and looking for a Savior.
September 23, 2010

"Trust in Him at all times." Psalm 62:8

Serve God with integrity, and even if you achieve no success, at least no sin will lie on your conscience. When we trust in our own ability, we sail this way today, and that way the next, like a vessel tossed about by the fickle wind. He that trusteth in the Lord is like a vessel propelled by steam, cutting through the waves, defying the wind, and making a beeline to her destination.

Be a person of principles and never bow to the varying customs of worldly wisdom. Walk in your path of integrity with steadfast steps, and show that you are invincibly strong in the strength, which confidence in God alone can give. Then you will be delivered from worry and anxiety, you will not be troubled by troublesome reports, and your heart will be fixed, because you are trusting in the Lord.

There is no better way of living than a life of dependence upon a covenant-keeping God. We have no care, for he careth for us; we have no troubles, because we cast our burdens upon the Lord. Simply, we should rely entirely on the Lord at all times.

September 22, 2010

"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning." (Proverbs 9:9).

Has there ever been a time in your life when you thought you knew more than God? You are probably thinking 'NO - who would ever say that they know more than God!'. However that's exactly what we are saying when we try to take control of our lives and make decisions without consulting our all knowing Heavenly Father.

Regardless of where we are in our Christian walk, the number of years we've been saved, the number of theological degrees, etc., we should never make decisions independent of God's leading. Instead of resenting criticism, a wise man takes it to heart and thus becomes still wiser. A just man benefits by increasing his store of useful learning.

Let's always be mindful that God is a patient Teacher, and He will tell us when to stop, yield, or go. Yield to His wisdom and allow Him to take control.





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