In the mornings I sit with God. What does that mean? What does that look like? Well, I sit in my ‘prayer’ chair surrounded by my Bible, possibly a book or two, my iPad with worship music, a notebook and the communion elements. Then I wait. I sing. I pray. I write. I sit with Him and follow His lead. I sit with Him so that He can tell me about His love for me and I can respond with my love for Him.
…Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2:13, Amplified)
Do I take time to meet my Good Shepherd each day, letting Him tell me of His love, and cheering His heart with my interest in Him? (Footnote to Song of Solomon 2:13, Amplified)
I start each morning not with a list of wants and needs. I start each day not with my cares and concerns. I start each day with Love. Just letting Him love on me and loving Him in return.
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19, KJV)
As I sat with Him one morning last week, I suddenly felt overwhelmed with love for a person that came to mind. I knew she had need of healing in her body and in her soul. I knew she had financial needs. I longed to see her needs met. Why? I was feeling His heart for her. He longed to see her needs met. He longed for the freedom, in her life, to meet her needs.
As compassion rose up in my heart I felt that God wanted me to call her and offer to spend some time with her in prayer concerning her own personal needs. She is someone who prays for everyone else. She is someone who prays for nations. God wanted prayer put forth for her.
I called her and she agreed to meet. I told her that I was coming just to pray for her and nothing else. A few days later I went to her home and together we sat with God and let Him love on her.
She was happy and grateful to receive His love, but she said that her focus was not on herself but to take that love out to others. My response to her was that going out and ministering that love to others is not the root it’s the fruit.
We love each other as a result of his loving us first. (1 John 4:19, NLT)
We are to go out and love others. We are to be moved with compassion towards others. We are His ministers on this earth, ministers of His love. How do we do that? By first letting Him minister His love to us personally.
I sat with Him that morning letting Him love on me and the next thing I knew I was compelled to go love her. I was moved with compassion, compelled by love after first being overwhelmed by His love.
We love, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19, ASV)
…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15, KJV)
And as ye go, preach saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8, KJV)
Go ye. Selah.