Notes on message of love/What Is Love?

The question here should be, ‘Who is love?’ For God is love, and we cannot know love without knowing who love is. So who is God? He is known by many names, Yahweh, Jehovah, El Shaddai, Lord, God, and the Great I Am, are just a few of the names that we call Him.

He is also known as our Heavenly Father, our Husband and our Maker. The focus of the message today will be on God the Father. Many of you are parents. As a parent you can relate to how He loves us as a Father. As a mother or father you love your children unconditionally. Some of you who are parents have adopted children and you love them as much as if you gave birth to them. You provide shelter, food, clothing, and love. You may not always understand your children, and they do not always behave, but you still love them. This how God loves us. He provides for us and loves us, and even though we may not have been born to Him, He has adopted us, and made us His children.

We have all sinned and this has not stopped Him from loving us. It His love that redeemed us and cleansed us from our sins. There are those who had parents who had abused, neglected and rejected them. Our heavenly Father will never hurt you, leave, you or reject you. He faithful and true. His love is eternal and will never die. He is the Father who sacrificed everything for all of us. Sending His Son to pay the price for our sins.

He is patient and long suffering, loving us as we are. Not demanding that we love Him but inviting us into His family. Waiting for us to turn to Him and love Him in return. You do not have to believe me but believe in His Word. Read these scriptures and see how He loves you.

God is love; 1 John 4:7-8 and 16, Deuteronomy 7:9

Unconditional love of God; Romans 5:6-8,Titus 3:4-5, Matthew 5:43-48, 1 john 4:9-10

Made children of God; 1 John 3:1, Matthew 5:19, John 1:12, Galatians 3:26, Romans 8:15-16, 2 Corinthians 6:18

He is faithful; 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Hebrews 10:23, 2 Timothy 2:13, 1 John 1:9, Psalms 119:90

His love redeemed us Ephesians 1:7, Job 33:28, Psalm 103:4 1 Peter 1:18, Galatians 3:13 Luke 1:68

Need A Hero?

Look around the world today and you know there is no way we are going to make it without a hero. We have all the fictional heroes that you can imagine. Marvel and DC comics, and mythology has given us a long list to choose from. Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Supergirl, Thor, and Hercules to name a few.

The problem with all of these characters is they can’t save you. They are not real. They are creations of someone imagination. We all see the need for help, and the danger and violence that consumes this world.Unfortunately most of us do not see the True Hero. The One and Only Savior Jesus Christ. It is sad, that many would rather believe in a work of fiction than a real living God. We live in a fallen and broken world created by our sin then we turn in anger and blame the One who loves us so much He sent His Son to pay the price of our wrong doings, our sins. There is only One true God and there is only One way to the Father. Jesus is the real hero and He is coming back! Get ready because you won’t know the time, but you don’t want to be like the lazy virgins who missed the Groom. Don’t turn to the world for your help. Hold out for the One Who gave His life for you.

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Isaiah 43:11 – I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Savior.

1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

 

 

Miss them for a day they will come home

If you are a parent and your children have begun school, you know the anxiety of that first day you send them off to school. They are no longer under only your care. You have sent them off into the world and you will not be there to hold their hand. Now think about the first weekend they went to spend at a friends house, and then to summer camp. You want them to have fun and enjoy themselves but you worry about them getting hurt and not being there. Now think about God. He is our Heavenly Father. Jesus our Savior is His Son. Think about the day He sent Jesus to born to Mary. Jesus wasn’t going to be gone for a day, or a week, or even a month. Luke 3;23 states Jesus was 30 years old when He began His ministry. They spent over 30 years physically separated. Yes they both knew the other was there and Jesus prayed to His Father, but you know the difference in a conversation over the phone and one that is face to face. They must have missed each other in ways we could not imagine.

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They sacrificed their time together not so that Jesus could go off and have an enjoyable trip. He was not on vacation. He didn’t come here to ski or surf. He didn’t plan a shopping trip or stay in some five star hotel. He didn’t eat at restaurants that you needed a reservation only to be waited on by some snobby waiter.

No He left His Father’s house to come to be with people who would hate and reject Him. Who mocked and ridiculed Him. Who plotted to take His life. Who beat and spit on Him. Who falsely accused him. Who abandoned Him. Who crucified Him.

Being a parent would you knowingly send your child on a trip where you knew without a doubt they would be hurt? You would say ‘No!’ If you had a choice of laying down your life to save your child’s you would do it in a split second. Yet if it was a person who hated you and made your life miserable and even tried to take your life, would you sacrifice your own life, or the life of your child? Once again the answer is ‘No! Yet that is what God, our Heavenly Father, and Jesus have done for us. God did not say no to Jesus leaving Heaven, and Jesus did not beg to stay in the comfort of His own Home. A home free from sin and hate. He left home not for a day, a week, or a month. He was away from His home for years, and they were not comfortable or easy ones. He said He didn’t even have a place to lay His head in Luke 9:58. Look at all the beds that are sold today. We have all the man made comforts because we don’t like to be uncomfortable. Headache? Take a pill. Muscles hurt, rub some icy-hot on it. Want something to eat and in a hurry pop something in the microwave or go to a face food restaurant. Jesus did not wait for the luxuries we now have. He came when the earth was your bed and there was no running water. No X-box or Nintendo to entertain the kids. How Jesus loves the children. He even rebuked a disciple for trying to send the children away. He told them let the children come to Him. Luke 18:15-17.

How much love they must have for each of us to know the life He would have on earth and all the pain and suffering that He would endure because of us. Yet this knowledge did not stop Him from coming the first time. people get ready He hasn’t given up on us and He is coming back to take us home. Now that will be a homecoming of a lifetime!

A little note for those who have children who have gone on to be with the Father and have left you here. I have not forgotten about you. This for you is written with reverse roles and my prayers are for you.

Psalm 119:28

Psalm 119:28 (ESV) 28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!

God gives me strength through His Word.
When I feel discouraged and too weak to take even one step forward,
I can read His Word and find the strength to go on.
When all seems hopeless,
I can read His Word and find the hope I need and not give up.
When I feel rejected and unloved,
I can read His Word and know that He loves me and will never leave or reject me.
When I feel like a failure,
I can read His Word and find the victory in Jesus Christ.
When sorrow and grief overwhelm me,
I can read His Word and find comfort.

Everything that I need God gives to me. I need to not lean on my own understanding but seek the Lord and trust in Him. He blesses me every day, even when the world lies to me and says He doesn’t because the world will tell me He does not care for me and that is why I face troubles and loss. This is a lie because His Word tells me to count it all joy when I face trials and temptations because the testing of my faith produces perseverance and He is making me mature.
I have days when I feel overwhelmed and depressed but the joy of the Lord is my strength and tells me not to give up because my Heavenly Father never gives up on me. His love sustains me. When I do not have the strength to hold on He holds me tighter.

Whatever it is you are going through He is with you. He feels your pain, and cries with you. He wraps Himself around you and will comfort you.
It may seem hopeless and you may want to give up, but trust in the Lord and seek Him with all your heart and all your mind and you will find Him. He will never leave you of forsake you. He is faithful and true and He loves you more than you can ever know.
Never give up, never surrender!

Hope

Hope

Hopeless would have been a better term to describe myself. I am not going to go into all the dark details of my life but I will say it has had some dark and even scary times. For any of you who have had a painful past you I am sure understand my meaning here. I lived without hope for most of my life, and for the most part I didn’t even believe in myself. I got to the point that I even wondered how terrible a person I must be to have so much pain in my life. I degraded myself and had no self-esteem. I cannot number the times I thought of death but I did try to take my own life and thank God I failed. I have faced some very serious trials in the past few years and dealt with a great deal of loss and admit I had wanted to give up many times. Yet here I am! I get up everyday and some days are good and some days are not, but I am alive. The pain I feel may not be pleasant but at least I can still feel. How can I find anything positive in any part of my life? My hope comes from the Lord. The things I have lived through even though there was much pain it can be used to do good. For one I can see things in ways that someone who did not understand true pain would. This helps me to be able to love someone I see hurting. This kind of love is a choice. It is not based on the other person pleasing me and doing everything I like but seeing the other person both the good and bad and loving them as they are, Understanding that when people are hurting they do not just hurt others they more often hurt themselves the most. I learned this by learning of the love of Jesus and His sacrifice. He didn’t wait for you and me to get perfect before He died for us. He knew what we would do and still loved us. When I read of His life on earth I see how badly He was treated. He was mocked, rejected, abandoned by His friends, beaten, and crucified, and He did all this because He loved you and me. This is my hope, and this is what gives me the strength to face the day even when I don’t want to. My Heavenly Father loves me even if no one else does and this love is what I truly need. He took me from being hopeless and has given me a hope no other ever could, He has the same love for you as well. Find your hope in Him.