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The Great Warning Of Apathy Through The Book of Jonah

I was reading the Book of Jonah this morning and Jonah’s heart posture stood out to me in greater measure than ever before.

(If you haven’t read the Book of Jonah, I encourage you to stop reading and go do so. This will help tremendously as you continue to read. )

What I came to see was that after Jonah had reluctantly obeyed God and after Jonah had been shown mercy, He had a really hard time dishing out to Ninevah what He has just been given. In fact, Jonah was angry at God for forgiving the people of Ninevah so much so He wanted to die. But, God came back with a question and I believe it is important for us to ask ourselves too.

We need to ask ourselves this question, do I have a right to be angry about this? Or is this what God has ordained?

We should never look at someone angrily because of a repentant heart. It doesn’t matter the weight of the sin, God looks at murder, gossip, and a white lie all the same. It is sin that needs to be forgiven. And truth be told, we all have fallen short and are in need of forgiveness.

You see, Jonah had became apathetic towards God’s own work-God’s people. We can learn from Jonah’s example that it is important to watch ourselves for pride or a biased expectation in the way we believe things should go. We must watch when we attempt to take place of God in judgment if we are not looking through the same heart of love God has for who He has created.

Rather, we should have an eagerness to willingly obey God and trust Him for whatever results obedience may bring. He desires no one to perish. We must look at everyone through eyes of love, mercy, and forgiveness.

If we cannot do this, we must check to see if our hearts have grown cold towards the very thing God loves most, His creation, His people.

When we are going through conflict we should remember these two things:

1. As God asked Jonah, do we have a right to angry about this? (See Jonah 4:4)

2. We also must remember the heart of the Father.

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Psalms 86:5 NKJV

Unlike the example of Jonah, let us willingly obey the Lord without reluctance or apprehension and through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, give what God has delighted to give us.

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Continually Bearing His Image

Five minutes into scrolling into your news feed you are filled with 10 different media outlets interpretation on one story. Aunt Lucy is yelling at someone she has not talked to since high school and someone just went live to give another end time word. Social media can be used for the good or it can be used for evil. We can use the words we speak to bring life or death and we get to choose.

Let Your Light Shine

As Children of God, we are called to bear the image of Christ. In fact, the term Christian is known as being a ‘little Christ’. We live in a fallen world that desperately needs your light to shine for the world to see. It is as simple as speaking what God told you to speak. Bearing his image is biting your tongue and asking God what he thinks about someone rather than lashing out like Aunt Lucy. Being the light and salt of the earth is praying for those who are spiritual blind to be set free. Being a little Christ is freely extending the same grace and mercy you so undeniably need.

Renewing Your Mind

In order to do this, we must not rely on our own strength but the power and might of the Holy Spirit. The only way we can really reflect him and his nature is by spending time with him. We do this by what the word of God speaks as “renewing our mind”.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2 ESV

As we renew our mind, we will be able to know what is true and what is false is through a filtration of the Holy Spirit. This type of wisdom is also known as discernment. When the end time prophet gets on or we see the 10 news stories all with different twists due to bias views, we will be able to test the spirit. When we test the spirit, we are able to know if what they speak is true or false by already knowing the truth.

Not only are we able to discern, but we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. We are being transformed to look more and more like him, the light of the world, and less like the rest of the world. You are called to stand out and be a bright light that was not meant to be hidden!

Go & Bear His Image!

How do we go out an be ‘little Christ’s’? Being a Christian starts with your own personal relationship with the trinity itself. Not investing in your relationship with God is like any other relationship, it grows stagnant. We are able to be the light of the world and speak life by knowing the light and life of the world himself! We must get back to the secret place, a true place of intimacy with the father. God has given us assignments to bring heaven to earth. We can only fulfill these purposes and plans he has for us by sitting at his feet.

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I Should Not Have Said That-Power of Our Words

Show of hands, how many of us have spoke something and immediately regretted what we spoke? Yes, me too. Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace! On the flip side of things, I have also felt Holy Spirit shut my big mouth. If you are wondering how, continue to read! There is one scripture I declare every single day, if not multiple times a day. It is…

“Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips” -Psalm 141:3 CSB

Do not get me wrong, I have made my fair share of mistakes. I think we all have. However, through this simple prayer, Lord put a door over my mouth so I may not speak thoughtlessly. I have felt the Holy Spirit come alive and shut my mouth so I didn’t say anything I would later regret. My pastor once said, “Do I want to eat the fruit of this later?”. As we speak, even as I write, we need to have an awareness that the words we speak are going to produce something. Are we going to choose to speak life or death?

This blog used to be called Speak Life until Holy Spirit led me to change the name to Let Love Be My Motive. When I first came to Jesus I realized how much of an impact words had on me growing up. The family, friends, coworkers, and others that surrounded me spoke things into me that shaped me as a child. Ultimately, many words that were spoken over me shaped many of the decisions that I would make further on in life.

Our words have power, and it is wise for us (with the help of the Holy Spirit) to keep watch over what we are speaking into people. When people do not have a relationship with Jesus, they do not have any sense of identity. If they do, it is usually made up of what others have said about them. There are still things people have spoken to me years ago that I have to refuse accept lie and replace with God’s truth about who I actually am.

It is essential that Holy Spirit lead the way with what we are speaking. We are to edify one another. Even if Holy Spirit is leading you to correct someone, this MUST be done in love. The words we speak have the power to build up or tear down. Let us be diligent to ask Holy Spirit for help and put a door over our mouthes so we may not speak thoughtlessly.

Do you have any scripture that helps you remember to speak life? Comment below!

More Scripture To Chew On:

  • Proverbs 13:3
  • Proverbs 18:21
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Proverbs 15:1
  • Proverbs 16:24
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Love In Action

In the United States of America, we all have at one time made a god out of comfort. We can see it embedded everywhere in our culture. Many of us have this idea that the next vacation will give us the peace we need, if only we had more time we would find what we are looking for, or if we had that job we have been dreaming of that everything would be great. In reality, would the peace we are so desiring come from the next big thing?

Absoltuley not.

True peace can only be found in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

We live in a day and age where we are always looking for the best best thing. But, did you know that if you make over $2 a day, that your are apart of the world’s richest…

Here in the United States we often get caught up in the trap of comparison. When in reality, we are better off than most of the world. If you do not have to go on a hunt to find clean drinking water today, you are doing better than 780 million people. According to WASH, 2.5 billion people lack access to sanitation. That is 35% of the world’s population.

I want us to look together at the example that Jesus left us when it comes to giving.

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Jesus, the spotless lamb, God in flesh did not come into this world and find comfort. He came into this world and was treated terribly. He was spit upon and accused when he did no wrong, and ultimately beaten and crucified. So, where did we get that life was going to be comfortable?

In my walk with Jesus, I have never been without. He does promise we will lack for nothing and that HE is our provider. I firmly stand on the word of God and that his promises are true. However, if Jesus gave up everything including his own life for us, shouldn’t we be doing the same for our brothers and sisters and even who is our enemies?

I am not saying all of us are missing it. But, I do believe that many of us are. We have made a god out of comfort.

When we see someone in need, do we help them or do we pass by?

The word of God says that we are going to be known by if we love like Jesus. In 1 John 3, it says we are to love in deed and in truth. Which means, we are to put love in action that carries out God’s inner desire and purpose for our life in an undeniable reality that cannot be hidden.

We need to love like that.

In a country we have so much, we should be be giving and giving some more. If God is our provider, why are we scared to give?

As Christians, followers of Jesus, we need to actually follow him and his ways. To love people in the way that he loved. We have Holy Spirit to guide us in how to love in action. But, we must be obedient to what he has called us to do. Will you give up your morning Starbucks to provide a meal to someone today? Will you go and buy shoes for someone who has none? Will you give up your time to the lonely and brokenhearted? Spread the Good News to those who have not heard?

Many times God wants us to be obedient in the small steps Holy Spirit gives us, which in turn make a huge impact.

Let us put love in action today, laying down our comfort, and giving ourselves unto others in a way that people know it is the love of God that they felt.

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Loud Voices & Choices

The Lord has been speaking me over the last several days about The Last Supper and the Crucifixion. (See Matthew 26 & Luke 23 in reference to this post.)

Throughout Luke 23, his word reveals that Pilate told the crowd, not once, not twice, but three times that Jesus was being wrongly accused. He speaks of Herod even knowing that Jesus was innocent, and that is why he was “mocked”, “held to contempt”, and “dressed with bright cloths”. I do want to state here that Herod and Pilate were actually enemies before this. Yes, the enemy will bring people in your life to distract you from what God has planned and ultimately encourage you to do the wrong thing. He even sometimes tries to make you think that this person is the enemy, rather than him. He wants us to misplace our war on what we can see, rather than what is really happening in the spiritual.

I want to show you a piece of Luke 23 (I encourage you to go back and read this whole entire chapter for yourself):

Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate addressed them again, but they kept shouting, “Crucify! Crucify him!”A third time he said to them, “Why? What has this man done wrong? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore, I will have him whipped and then release him. But they kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that he be crucified, and their voices won out. So Pilate decided to grant their demand and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.” -Luke 23:20-25 CSB

The world and the enemy can be REALLY loud sometimes, especially when it comes to going against the perfect will and word of God. Now let me make this clear, I am not saying that Jesus going to the cross was a mistake by any means. Jesus knew long before that he was going to be crucified, we can see this through his prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. However, when it comes to applying this to our own life, the world likes to put on the pressure to do the wrong thing, make decisions based upon emotions, and please them rather than doing what is according to God’s perfect will. They often accuse us of thinking something is wrong, when the word of God clearly states what is right. This is why it is so essential to not only put on your armor for the day but continually get in the Word of God to renew your mind. One cannot do the will of God if they do not know what his voice sounds like or what his will is.

Pilate wanted to release Jesus. He spoke up 3 times to say that Jesus was innocent and had done nothing wrong. Yet, the voice and pressure of the world was what he honored rather than holding true to what he knew was right in his heart. How many times have we done this in our life? Fell into pleasing people rather than following the Will of God?

Jesus knows that holding true to the Father’s will can be hard and there is suffering involved. He perfectly displays this in the midst of these chapters. Yet, do you remember what he said? “Forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing.”

This powerful statement made by Jesus when he was about to take his last breath continually plays over and over and over every single times I am going through trials and tribulations. When we are waging war, we are to pray to God as Jesus gave us the perfect example, “Forgive them father, they know not what they are doing”. Most of the time, the devil has the world so caught up in deception that they are blinded to see what is truly right and pure.

I do want to point out, there is always room to repent until Jesus comes back or our time is up here on earth. This is actually displayed in two specific places in scripture that he has revealed to me within the last couple days. But right now I feel that we are to stick to Luke 23. While Jesus was hanging on the cross, slowly suffering and dying the most painful death ever. There are two other men beside him being crucified for crimes they had committed. They were being justly being punished for what they had done. One of them spoke up and wanted Jesus to get him out of this mess if he was such a great God. As I read this and reflected, I look back at times where I made the mess and then wrongly blamed God for my mess. (Sorry Abba and thank you for your grace and mercy!) But, the other man beside him spoke up with boldness and courageousness.

“But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment? We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”-Luke 23:40-43 CSB

Jesus was willing to forgive, even in the midst of suffering and we are to follow his example.

When we call on us his name with an open heart, he remember us. He makes a place for us in his Father’s house. It does not matter what our past is even if we are suffering the consequences of it right now. Jesus is always willing to forgive. Many talk about as he was raised again and this is great to focus on. But let us not forget what he did ON the cross. He displayed grace and mercy for all.

We are also to stand with Jesus and the Father’s will, despite how loud the world can get. We should not allow the pressure or the loudness of other’s voices take precedent what is TRUE and the PERFECT will of the Father. While many will not understand why you are saying or doing the things you are doing, there are promises that comes during the midst of suffering.

I am not sure who you are or where you are today…

Maybe you are like the man who wrongly accused Jesus of the mess he created…there is grace and mercy for that.

Maybe you are being wrongly accused and are suffering just as Jesus did…there is grace for that.

Are you in the crowd? Believing a lie about who Jesus is and what he has done for you? Maybe you have mocked him and got it all wrong? I have some really good news, there is Grace for that too.

Last but not least, maybe you have been too scared to speak up for what you know is right and just in the eyes of the Father. He has grace for that too!

Abba is always willing to forgive, so do not let your past get in the way of doing what is right. Start today, pray and ask for Boldness and Courageousness to speak up over the loud voices and do what is right even if it feels like the world is against you. Remember who is FOR you! Pray to the Father just as Jesus did, “forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing”. Never underestimate the power of God and what is exchanged through prayer. Let God’s voice and will be at the throne of your heart, despite what the world has to say. The suffering you endure now, does not even compare to the glory that is coming later.

Prayerfully read through these scriptures and see what Holy Spirit is speaking to you today:

  • Luke 22-23
  • Matthew 26
  • 1 Peter 4:17-19
  • Romans 8:18