Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:37-38, KJV)
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8, KJV)
Double minded, those with “divided interests” (James 4:8, Amplified).
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8, KJV)
The sower sows the Word… the Word sown [in their hearts]… then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. (Mark 4:14, 15, 19; Amplified)
Love the Lord your God with your all. One of the pastors at my church, Pastor Terri Pearsons, made a statement this Sunday that so struck me that it’s been on my mind and on my heart every since. It is something I have lived by, but never could put in just the right words. She said something to this extent. When you love God it draws the Presence. When you love people it releases the Presence. Selah.
I teach classes on ministering healing to the sick. I follow the Holy Spirit in what I do and sometimes find it difficult to express in words what it is I’m doing. I often feel like people want a 1,2,3 checklist for ministering healing and I didn’t know how to give it to them in that form. I asked God about it and He gave me a 1,2,3 list.
- Believe the Love.
- Receive the Love.
- Release the Love.
As we love Him we receive His love. As we love others we release His love. His love never fails. When Jesus released this mighty force called love (when He was moved with compassion) the blind received their sight, the lepers were cleansed, the sick were healed and made whole, the oppressed were set free, the multitudes were fed miraculously, and the dead were raised. Love led Him to the cross to die for us, for you and for me.
This is not something we can be casual about. This interaction with Love takes time. Just like the love between a husband and a wife or a child and a parent can not be expressed and received in just a moment here and a moment there, but in quality interaction over time, so too is our interaction with God. It’s a relationship. Where we sit with Him on a daily basis with His Word in worship, in prayer, in silence. Our hearts turned to Him in love. Where He is loving us and we are loving Him. Interacting with Love in those quiet times and throughout the day. Then taking that Love to a desperate world, a world full of hungry, desperate, dying people.
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19, KJV)
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8, KJV)
That which you have freely received, freely give.