Come Away

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. [So I went with him,and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. [My heart was touched and I fervently sang to him my desire] Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom. [She said distinctly] My beloved is mine and I am his! ~ Song of Solomon 2:13-16, Amplified

Come away. Daily we can climb into that sheltered and secret place in Him. During His earthly walk Jesus often went away by Himself into the hills to pray. At times it said He prayed all night. We may not often hide ourselves away to pray all night, but we must take time to steal away with Him daily, even if it’s only for moments at a time.

How do you steal away with Him? Find a quiet time and place and set all your attention, all your focus, all your love on Him and Him alone. Take your Bible, some worship music, a notebook to jot down your sweet communion with Him. Take the communion elements and meditate on His love. Take your favorite daily devotional. Read it and then talk to Him about it. Ask Him questions. Let Him hear your voice. Let Him see your face. For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely to Him.

In an ealier post I spoke of God being the Potter and us being the clay. We saw in 1 John 4:18 that we are to be made perfect in love. Also, in Hebrews 13:21 that God makes us what we ought to be (Amplified). We must yield ourselves to Him in order for Him to do this. He is a Gentleman. He will not force Himself or His ways on you. But He will make you and mold you if you let Him.

Now, in verse 15 of this passage in Song of Solomon it says, “Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love]” (Amplified). As we spend time in His Presence through the reading of His Word, communion, prayer, worship, or quietly sitting in His Presence, we give Him time to take those things in our lives that will spoil our love walk with Him. In those times He can show us changes that need to be made and then make them in us if we are willing.

Max Lucado wrote a childern’s book entitled “You Are Special”. In this story of a little wooden man, the main character discovers the joy and glorious benefits of sitting with Eli, the woodcarver that made him and loves him. When he first meets Eli, Eli says to him, “Every day I’ve been hoping you’d come.” This may just be a children’s story, but it contains the cry of Your Father, Your Creator’s heart.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day… the Lord God called… and said… Where are you? ~ Genesis 3:8, 9, Amplified

Come to Me… ~ Matthew 11:28, Amplified

America

We are in a very interesting and intense time in this nation. Times look hard. People have taken sides and are pointing fingers. Seeds of division are being sown all around. Unfortunately, more and more this is the way things are in this nation, but more so at election time. But one thing needs to remain clear, regardless of what side we are on, and what the other side is doing, it is not an excuse to step out of love. It is not an excuse to disregard and break the commandment we received from our King.

Does that mean we have to agree on everything? No. But even in disagreement we must remember that love is patient and kind. We must remember that love is humble and courteous. We must remember that it is the love way, God’s way, that never fails. He did not tell us to love so that we would be trampled on and overcome by evil. No, He was telling us the way to overcome is by love.

If the enemy can get us into fear, out of faith and love, he can and will overrun this nation. Please know that I am not talking about a particular party or candidate. I’m talking about an enemy that hates what this nation stands for: “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all”. The enemy knows a house divided cannot stand. He is hoping to divide this nation and watch it fall. Refuse to be divided in your heart from this nation or the people of this nation. Whether you agree or not, you can and still must love.

I was praying over these things yesterday. I wasn’t praying in fear, but in faith and in love and from my heavenly seat of authority. And God dropped a familiar phrase into my heart. “Fear not. Only believe and she shall be made whole.”

Fear not. Only believe. And she, America, shall be made whole. Remember it is love that casts out all fear. Yield to love. Trust God, Who is Love. Believe to see the goodness of the LORD, hesed – God’s love, in the land of the living (Psalm 27:3). If we in the Body of Christ will fear not (stay out of divisive hate, doesn’t mean you have to agree); only believe – trust God, believe to see His goodness in America; she, America will be made whole.

I voted today. I voted from a place of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (faith), gentleness (meekness, humility) and self-control. I cast my vote in love and love never fails!

Remember Me Affectionately

“Contemplate the love of Christ, and you will love.” ~ Henry Drummond, The Greatest Thing in the World

As I sit here this morning I am doing just that. I am contemplating the love of Christ in one of my favorite ways. I am sitting with the bread and the cup of the communion meal. The bread which is His Body broken for me. The cup which is His Blood shed for me that continually cleanses me of all unrighteousness. I’m contemplating the love of Christ and falling more in love with Him.

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies… (Psalm 103:1-4, KJV)

Who forgiveth all my inquities. You died and shed your blood so that I could live and have eternal life. It’s because of this precious blood that I am now in rightstanding with God. When I take this cup I receive cleansing of all unrighteousness. Because of this Blood I can and will love. 

Who healeth all my diseases. “By His wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24, Amplified). Jesus, You yielded Yourself to the Roman soldiers’ whips embedded with metal and glass and allowed Your flesh, Your body, to be broken so that mine would be healed. Just as Your blood was not shed in vain, Your body was not broken in vain. When I take this bread I receive healing of all my diseases.

Who redeemed my life from destruction. “You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back” (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified). Because You hung on that tree I am redeemed from the curse of the law and am now blessed! (Galatians 3:13-14).

Who crowns me with loving-kindness and tender mercies. It’s because of Your mercies (hesed) that I am not consumed. They are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). You crown me with your unfailing love (hesed) and compassion! Surely, only goodness and mercy, and unfailing love, Your hesed, will follow me all the days of my life (Psalm 23:6). 

No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. (John 15:13, Amplified).

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her… (Ephesians 5:25, Amplified)

You need do nothing more to prove Your love to me. (But He proves it to me daily). This Body and this Blood says it all. Thank You for loving me with all Your heart, all Your mind, all Your soul and all Your strength.

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come. (1 Corinthians 11:26, KJV).

Do this in remembrance of Me. “Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance” (1 Corinthians 11:24, Amplified).

A Lamp Unto My Feet

Today I just want to make a recommendation. I highly recommend reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 everyday.

In Psalm 119:105 David said, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (KJV). In Proverbs 6:22 it says, “When you go, they [the words of your parents’ God] shall lead you; when you sleep, they shall keep you; and when you waken, they shall talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp…” (Amplified).

As you daily read the words of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 you will find that those words will begin to speak to you in your heart throughout the day and night. When you are tempted to be impatient or unkind, the word of God in your heart will remind you that love is patient and love is kind. His words will show the path to take that will keep you walking His way… the high way of love.

Beloved

Yesterday I wrote about King David. I spoke of his confidence as he faced the giant Goliath. The entire army of Israel feared this giant, but David faced him without an ounce of fear. What was it about David that made him so fearless? The name David means ‘beloved’. David was not only named ‘beloved’, but he knew he was loved – loved by God.

He was a man who understood the covenant he had with God. He understood that covenant was based on Hesed, God’s unfailing, passionate love for His people. David himself was possessed by this love in his covenant with Jonathan. And this love made him fearless.

First John 4:18 says, “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” (KJV). David said in Psalm 23:6, “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life…” (Amplified). The word ‘mercy’ is the Hebrew word ‘hesed’ – passionate, unfailing love. He knew of the Father’s love for him.

Let’s take a look at another man who knew the love of God. “And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight” (Matthew 3:17). Could you imagine hearing those words? Oh, how they must have blessed Jesus. (Blessed = empowered to prosper). The Bible says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. After hearing these words Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and fasted for forty days. He lived off those words. I am His Son. He loves Me. He delights in Me.

I heard a pastor make an important point about the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. He pointed out that each time the devil addressed Jesus, he said, “If You are the Son of God…” He was tempting Jesus to doubt that He was God’s Son, but he didn’t dare mention the word ‘beloved’. God had called Jesus, “my beloved Son” (KJV). But the devil knew that he couldn’t defeat Him if He knew He was loved. The enemy operates by fear and there is no fear in love.

He does the same with us. How many times has the enemy brought up thoughts that caused you to lose confidence in the Father’s love for you? His love is unfailing. He always has and always will love you. He may not love the things you do, because He wants the best for you, but He never stops loving you.

In the book of John, believed to be written by the disciple John, he refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (KJV). Nowhere else in the Bible does anyone else refer to John as the disciple whom Jesus loved. But in his own account John is the disciple whom Jesus loved. 🙂 And that’s what mattered most, that he knew he was loved. When the other disciples deserted Jesus, presumably due to fear, John was right there at the foot of the cross.

In 3 John 2 we hear the heart of the Father through the inspired words of the writer, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (KJV). God sending Jesus to take our sins and our sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses through His death is all the proof we need that He loves us (see Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 103:3).

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-10, Amplified)

Beloved… you are His beloved. Take some time to think about that today. Take some time to thank Your Father for His love.

Seek Him

One day as I was spending time in prayer I felt overwhelmed by a desire to not be ordinary. I longed to leave a mark on this world, to do something bigger than myself. I cried out to God and said, “I will never be satisfied unless I do mighty exploits for You LORD”. His response changed me forever.

“Seek Me. You will be satisfied and We will do mighty exploits together.”

In a few words He forever set the course of my life… to seek Him and Him alone. There was nothing I could ever do, nothing I could ever own, no other person on this earth that could ever truly satisfy my deepest need.

King David understood this. He is the first person that comes to mind when I think of mighty men of God who did mighty exploits in His Name. One of my favorite accounts in the Bible is when David slays Goliath. There was no fear, only confidence.

Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. (1 Samuel 17:45-46, Amplified)

David went from a shepherd boy to a giant-slayer and king. How? Before he slayed the giant, before he became king, David spent years upon lonely hills watching his father’s sheep, only he wasn’t alone. Through the book of Psalms we see what he was doing in those hills and what he continued to do as king.

As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God… One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD… When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. (Psalm 42:1; 27:4, 8; Amplified, KJV)

Psalm 27:8 in the Amplified Bible reads, “You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]…” And David did just that. God was what David was after as a lowly shepherd boy and God was what David was after as king. And David did mighty exploits, not for God, but with God.

God Is Good

This past Sunday the message at our church was on the goodness of God. The pastor read from Psalm 27:13 which states, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (KJV).

The pastor spoke about a recent trip he took with an evangelist friend to do some meetings in the streets of New York. The evangelist was constantly noticing the good things that happened to them. Things other people would not have noticed. Things that others would have taken for granted. But this evangelist would proclaim the goodness of God at every opportunity.

God is good. We must believe to see it in this land and proclaim it when we do. “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever… Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men” (Psalm 107:1, 8; KJV). The words ‘mercy’ and ‘goodness’ in these scriptures are both the Hebrew word hesed which refers to God’s unfailing love.

Now I’d like to praise God for His goodness, His mercy, His hesed, His unfailing love and proclaim it to you.

Last night as my husband and I drove home from a dinner with friends, we noticed a young girl about 9 years-old walking down a busy street in our city. It’s not the kind of street you would expect to see a young child walking on alone and especially not at night. My husband noticed that she didn’t have any shoes on. The whole thing just seemed odd. We decided to keep an eye on her and alert the police.

We watched as she continued to walk down this road. Heading into an area that a child should not be in alone at night. Heading toward a major freeway. We watched her as we spoke to the police on our cell phone giving them directions to her location. Finally, the police arrived and we were told that they would call us if they needed anything.

A short time later we received a call from a policeman. He told us that the little girl had been lost for two hours and was a very long way from home. Her mother had just picked her up and wanted the police to thank us for calling them about her little girl.

My husband and I rejoiced over this girl being found instead of becoming a statistic. We talked about God having us at the right place at the right time. My husband happened to come home early from work that day. Our friends called us out of the blue to have dinner with them. We went to a restaurant we had given them gift cards to about a month ago. Everything lined up for us to be where that little girl was that night.

Coincidence? I really don’t think so. I think Love Himself placed us there and Love Himself moved on us to do something about the situation. As I laid my head down on my pillow last night, I couldn’t help thinking about a little girl, who had been lost, that was now laying her head down on her pillow for the night. And I couldn’t help thinking that God is so good.