Happy Mother’s Day!

Today I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day not only to those women who have given birth to or adopted a child, but I also want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to those who haven’t given birth or adopted, but long to one day be a happy mother of children.

This morning I am holding close to my heart in prayer, those women who may find this holiday difficult due to infertility. You are not alone and you are not without hope. No matter how many miscarriages. No matter how many years of infertility. None of that changes God or His Word.

In the beginning, at the earth’s creation, when God made man, He spoke a blessing over man.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth… (Genesis 1:26, KJV)

Now I’ve heard many teachings on this passage of scripture and one of the things I hear the most is, “This isn’t just about having babies.” They are right. The blessing God spoke over man, isn’t just about having babies, but that is most definitely a part of it.

In Exodus 23:26 God spoke to His people and told them what to expect when they followed and obeyed Him.

You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst. None shall lose her young by miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. (Exodus 23:26, Amplified)

And from the book of Psalms we see more of His heart on this subject.

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful of children. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 113:9, KJV)

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward… Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! (Psalms 127:3, 5; Amplified)

I like that it says, “He maketh”. Hannah didn’t maker herself a mother. Sarah didn’t make herself a mother. Rebekah didn’t make herself a mother. Elizabeth didn’t make herself a mother. And Mary, the mother of Jesus, most definitely did not make herself a mother. God made each of these women and many more mothers.

It says of Sarah,

Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word. (Hebrews 11:11, Amplified)

Today, have faith in God. Believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Trust yourself and your dreams to Him and let Him make you what you ought to be, a happy mother of children! (Mark 11:22; Heb 11:6; Heb 13:21)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. (Psalms 37:4, Amplified)

Free to Love

I AM FREE by the Newsboys:

Through You the blind will see
Through You the mute will sing
Through You the dead will rise
Through You all hearts will praise
Through You the darkness flees
Through You my heart screams, I am free!

I am free to run
I am free to dance
I am free to live for you
I am free

Freedom! There’s nothing like it. The enemy of our souls would love to shut us down by putting us in bondage, but too bad for him, Jesus came to set us free. And the enemy is no match for our King!

So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32, Amplified)

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. (John 8:36-37, KJV)

His Truth will set you free. In the Amplified Bible John 8:6 says when He sets you free “you are really and unquestionably free.” No question about it, you are free!

The whole Bible is the Truth. Today I want to share a little of that Truth and I believe it will help set you free from those things that have tried to hang on. Your part is to make a place for His Word in your heart and in your life. I like what one minister says, he says “Make the word of God final authority in your life.”

The truth is you are righteous if you have accepted Jesus into your heart.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21, KJV)

He was made sin and you were made righteous. You are in right standing with God here and now and nothing is going to change that! He took your sin and gave you His righteousness! One minister says, “In life I got an F, but Jesus got an A. I got His report card!” (Leif Hetland, You Were Created for Love)

How did you become righteous?

But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and Prophets. Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe… He Himself is righteous and… He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-22,26; Amplified)

You were made righteous by your faith in Jesus! Nothing more, nothing less.

You were forgiven of all your sins and your enemy has been defeated. Your enemy is a hasbeen!

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:13-14, KJV)

He forgave you of your sins and He “cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us.” He also “disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them” in Christ by the work of the cross! (Colossians 2:13-14, Amplified)

Your enemy has been defeated and disarmed!

Two more truths to set you free.

Giving thanks to the Father… [Who] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, In Whom we have redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins. (Colossians 1:12-14, KJV & Amplified)

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! (1 John 4:18, Amplified)

Because He loved you He sent His Son. Because of Love the Son died in your place and cleansed you of your sins and defeated your enemy. Because of His love He seated you in heavenly places, in Christ, far above all principalities and powers. You have been transferred from the dominion of darkness and into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. Now let His love run full course in your life. Humble yourself and submit yourself to God. Submit yourself to Love. Receive His Grace! Resist that defeated hasbeen, the devil, and he will flee from you in stark terror. (Jn 3:16; Eph1:21; Eph 2:4,6; James 4:6-7; James 4:7 )

Now you are free to love!

Earnestly Desire

But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all — love]. (1 Corinthians 12:31, Amplified)

I think about this scripture often. I think about the gifts of the Spirit: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, wonder-working faith, gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues and interpretation. And I think a lot about love.

Now many of you are right there with me. Doing just what the scriptures tell us to do, earnestly desiring and zealously cultivating these gifts, these graces. Some on the other hand, may believe that these things have passed away. I can tell you from experience that these gifts are still alive and well, as can many others who have simply believed and obeyed God’s Word.

So, as this scripture has instructed, many of us have desired these gifts. But it says to do so earnestly. Let’s take a quick look at that word earnestly.

It means to burn with zeal, to be zealous in the pursuit of good, to desire earnestly, to pursue, to exert one’s self for one, to be zealously sought after (www.blueletterbible.org).

The other day as I read this scripture it struck me how to do what this passage says. How to pursue these gifts earnestly. And that is to desire them for no other reason, with no other motivation, but that of love.

I spend much of my week in hospitals and nursing homes. I teach classes where the sick come to be healed. I get calls from a friend of a friend who has a terminal disease who heard that I might be able to help them. I see and hear from a lot of sick and dying people and because of my overwhelming desire to see them healed, I have an overwhelming desire to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. I have no other motivation.

I don’t care to be seen or known. I care about seeing sick and dying people set free to the glory of God. And there are times that the only way that’s going to happen is by the operation of one or more of those gifts.

So it is His love in me for these people, His love alone, that drives me to my knees in prayer. It is His love that causes me to fast and pray. It is His love that causes me to study, search and meditate the scriptures earnestly looking for how to minister God and His healing power to these sick and dying people.

I truly believe that this is the only way, love is the only way, that we can ever really earnestly desire and zealously cultivate these gifts the way He intended.

For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us… (2 Corinthians 5:14, Amplified)

Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. (2 Corinthians 5:14, Message)

The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. (James 5:16, Amplified)

Oh, How I Love Jesus

The other day as I was praying, I began to see the faces of a few people, brothers and sisters in Christ, that I don’t always get along with. No real trouble between us, just personality differences that cause us to rub one another the  wrong way at times. Always nice and polite with one another. But not always feeling very patient and kind or believing the best of one another.

As I saw their faces, I could tell I was not loving them the way God loves them. Remember our commandment from Jesus.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34, NKJV)

Their faces did not stir in my heart an unfailing, overflowing love, which is how He loves me, so I knew I was falling short here. I began to repent. I asked the Lord to forgive me for not loving them the way I should. As I prayed something happened in my heart, and I realized I began to say something else. I began to say, “Father, forgive me for not loving You.”

It became so real to me in that moment, that when I don’t love others, it’s Him I’m not loving. We are the Body of Christ and when we don’t love one another, it is a part of Him that we do not love.

For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members (parts) of His body. (Ephesians 5:29-30, Amplified)

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32, Amplified)

We are one with Him and through Him we are one with each other, a body, His body.

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, KJV)

He also is the Head of [His] body, the church… (Colossians 1:18, Amplified)

Now this may be a difficult pill to swallow for some, but know this, that He would not ask us to do something that He did not give us the capability to do. In His words to us, in His instructions to the church, in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, is His grace (the power of the Holy Spirit) to do what we He has called us to do, which is to love one another as He has loved us.

Ask Him to teach you, to lead you, to guide you. Ask Him to change you. Yield to His Word and His grace that live in you. And as you go from glory to glory you will look more like Him and you will love more like Him.

But concerning brotherly love [for all other Christians], you have no need to have anyone write you, for you yourselves have been [personally] taught by God to love one another. (1 Thessalonians 4:9, Amplified)

He Washed Their Feet

…Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father… And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him… He [Jesus] riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (John 13:1-5, KJV)

Jesus saith to him [Peter], He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. (John 13:10-11, KJV)

We’ve all read this account. We’ve all seen this precious moment when the Son of God humbled Himself and washed His disciples’ feet. But just the other day, something from this account struck my heart.

Jesus knew His time was come. He knew Judas’ heart was turned against Him. He knew this man that He had loved, that He had poured His life into, was about to betray Him.

Have you ever been betrayed?

Here, Jesus knew this man was about to betray Him and what did Jesus do? He washed Judas’ feet.

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. (John 13:14, KJV)

Jesus washed the feet of the man that was about to betray Him into the hands of the people that wanted to kill Him. His instruction to us is that we are to wash one another’s feet. His instruction to us is that we are to love one another. He said He left us an example. Not just an example of humility. Not just an example of servant-hood. Not just an example of love. But an example of being humble enough to love and serve those that do not deserve it.

Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved… (Ephesians 2:5, Amplified)

His favor and mercy which you did not deserve. Thank God He didn’t give us what we deserve. Now be like your Father and give others what they don’t deserve… love, forgiveness, mercy and grace.

…freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8, KJV)