Let Love Be My Motive

Reflecting The Heart Of Jesus

Are you in a season of waiting?

🌱God is the creator of time and his timing is perfect. We can be assured that our season of waiting is NEVER wasted.

🌱Our waiting season is GROWING something

🌱He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do. Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness. Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.🌻Romans 4:19‭-‬25 CSB

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There has been a common theme over the course of my walk with God. That being, he desires us to take him at his word. Over and over we are put in positions that require us to put hope in the things unseen. We need ever-increasing faith. Faith is God’s warranty that what he has said will come to pass. It is putting complete hope and trust in God himself. Somewhere along the way, we allow fear and doubt creep in. I have learned that these doubts and fears do not always look like themselves, they are often disguised as something else. Such as, impatience growing because it hasn’t happened yet or expecting things to go one way and it goes another way.

There are two people in the Word of God that the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention that took him at his word, Mary (the Mother of Jesus) and the Centurion found in Luke 7. Both of these people said one phrase in two different ways.

“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” -Luke 1:38 NKJV

That is why I didn’t even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.” -Luke 7:7 CSB

Say the word.

Let it be done to me according to your word.

I have been treated for mental illness that I was told would never go away, but I was challenged to take God at his word. Now I have been set free, healed, delivered from what oppressed me for almost 4 years. Why? I took God at his word. I was told we would never conceive a baby without fertility treatments. Yet, the Lord promised me that we would get pregnant in January. He was once again faithful to his word. There have been times where we did not know where money was going to come from after we were in two car accidents. Because we took God at his word that he rebukes the devour and opens the floodgates of heaven and will pour out a blessing there is not room enough to receive as we tithe our first-fruits…We now have two cars paid off in our driveway and lack nothing. Just like he spoke through is word, all came to pass.

So many times we can put God in a humanistic box. We think because God did not do it yet, he does not want to do it. When the truth of his word says if he gave us Jesus, what won’t he gives us? He does not give us anything reluctantly and surely if we ask him for bread he will not give us a stone. Many of these doubts and lies come from people when they have let us down. We automatically see God as someone who could fail us or maybe does not want to do what he said he would do. We put him in a humanistic box when really he is a Good Father and he will never let us down, nor fail us.

Rest assured, if his word SAYS it, it IS his WILL for it to happen in your life. We must interrogate our thoughts as they come in. If they do not line up with what God has promised, make them obedient to Christ. The word of God is our weapons for the tactics of the enemy that try to make us doubt God’s goodness. The sword of the Spirit is the Word Of God. Do not think it is a concidence that the enemy works hard to make the bible seem like just a book. He knows that the name Jesus has more power than he could ever imitate. The devil knows that when you take God at his word, there is nothing that can hinder you. Then you are walking in authority as God has called you to. There are several more instances throughout the Word of God where we are told the power of the Word of God.

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” -Isaiah 55:11 KJV

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”” -Luke 1:45 NKJV

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” -Hebrews 10:23 NLT

Over and over again we are met with God’s faithfulness. We must refuse to partner with doubt, fear, or anything else that is trying to make us waver. We must take God at his word, understanding he never breaks a promise that he has spoken.

What are you putting faith ON right now? WHO are you putting faith IN?

Faith is God’s warranty that he will do what he said he will do! Unlike worldly warranty’s, we have full access through our forerunner Jesus Christ! What has been promised has already been sealed through the blood of Jesus. He has went ahead and given us the victory.

Go before God with expectancy. He will do things in an order that you cannot comprehend. And no, things are not always going to be easy. However, he won’t ever break his promise. Place your expectancy in HIM. Release the need for control of how you think it may happen and be obedient one hour at a time. He is the one directing your steps. Above all else, never be ashamed, afraid, or reluctant for taking God at his word.

God is not a man, so he does not lie.
    He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
    Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

Numbers 23:19 NLT

Book Information:

If we miss the reality and the depth of our sin, we miss out on the grace of God. As long as we think I’m not that bad, grace will never seem that good.

Kyle Idleman (Grace Is Greater)
  • Title: Grace Is Greater God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story
  • Author: Kyle Idleman
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 0801019419
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Book Review:

Grace is Greater is another heart transforming book by Kyle Idleman. The best way to describe all the books I have read by him so far are convicting yet, comical and relatable. I was able to read Grace is Greater through Kindle Unlimited for free. As I read the book I was humbled to see areas that I needed to repent in but also encouraged through a deeper understanding of what Grace is. So often at church and even in Christian circles we throw around grace loosely. However, Grace is Greater is an excellent tool for all those in every walk of life. Kyle Idleman not only defines grace but talks about the need we all have for it and the way we must display it in every day life. I appreciate the continual vulnerability that Idleman has in all his books by sharing his life experiences. Because he shares the need he has for Grace, this invites you in to look at the times you have overlooked the need for grace in your own life.

One of my favorite quotes from the book gave me a real reality check and conviction from the Holy Spirit concerning me extending grace to to to others.

People need us to raise a hand, not point a finger.

Kyle Idleman (Grace Is Greater)

If you are looking to grow in the area of understanding what Grace is, the need for grace in your life, and how to extend grace to others…Grace is Greater is a wonderful book to digest. I could cruise through Kyle Idleman’s books because of the humor he uses with his footnotes will have you on the floor laughing. However, the meatiness of text is one that you will need to digest and take your time through.

Grace is Greater is a 5/5 stars. Through all the laughs and personal conviction I felt through ingesting this wonderful book, it deserves nothing less. I highly recommend Kyle Idleman’s other books if you have already read this book such as, Not A Fan and God’s At War.

If God can altar the chemical composition of an iron ax to make it float through the prophet Elisha…

“As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Oh, my master, it was borrowed!” Then the man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, the man of God cut a piece of wood, threw it there, and made the iron float. Then he said, “Pick it up.” So he reached out and took it.” 2 Kings 6:5-7 CSB

If God delivered me of abuse and trauma and into the wholeness of his love. If he healed me of mental illness leaving me not longer dependent on medication and entrapped in suicidal thoughts, depression, and anxiety.

If he spoke light into existence and still know the numbers of hairs on your head. Can I remind you that nothing you have going on right now is too big or too small for God to handle?

Chemical compounds of the ax were changed and made to float through a man by the power of God. The same Holy Spirit, that same power that lives in us can bring us into victory. Not based off of good behavior or performance. But based upon the faithfulness of God.

The ax was borrowed in 2 Kings 6 and the country was in great turmoil. Yet we see once again, the provision and faithfulness of God.

Whatever you are going through, God has the ability to bring you through it hand and hand. Do not resist going the places he would lead you to go or the choices he would lead you to make. Even if you run into trouble, he will bring you through.

What may be impossible to man is not impossible to God.

We serve a big God that makes our big problems seem pretty small in comparison to the wonders he has done and will continue to do.

There are many people who walk around that believe what they do has no value or importance. I myself felt this way and maybe you have too. Because I no longer held the title, I was no longer *fill in the blank*. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, the bible and the world have completely different views on being a great leader and that does not always include a title.

Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 10:26-28 NKJV

Jesus did not come to the earth and sit on a throne. Jesus washed feet and ate his last meal with the one who would betray him. He served. When he was on his way to perform a miracle, if someone needed him he met them there. You can see this in the examples he left for us in the Gospel’s. Like the time he was on his way to heal Jarius’ daughter or the time Jesus stopped to acknowledge the woman’s faith that made her well (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43). When he was passing through Jericho, Jesus chose Zacchaeus to stay with even though the crowds looked down upon him since he was a tax collector (Luke 19:1-10). These are just a few examples found in the Gospel’s where Jesus displays his servant-hood and it barely scratches the surface of looking at the servant Jesus is.

Are we really what it means to be a Christian, a little Christ? Are we just calling ourselves ministers but not understanding what it actually means? Having ministered really means to serve. In the Greek “to be ministered” is the word diakonéō which means, caring for the needs of others as the Lord guides in an active, practical way.

Jesus did not let the busyness of his schedule effect those who needed his help. He continually throughout his life (his ministry) met people’s needs. Jesus did this even when it may have felt inconvenient to us if we were put in that circumstance. He continually displayed true ministry through allowing people to get to know him, healing, prayer, encouragement, or even a rebuke. He even displayed service by cooking the disciples breakfast (John 21:9-13).

We are called to be the light and the salt of the earth every single day. As “little Christ’s” we must imitate him through having the heart of a servant. Servanthood simply put is meeting people’s needs in God’s timing and ways. Are we willing to be interrupted to serve? Are we willing to do the things no one else is willing to do? Are we as the church going to serve with the motive of serving and not man’s applause? These are all questions we must ask ourselves. Then, we must put love into action.

God desires us to display his love through practical ways. Ministry does not have to be on a stage. Most often, it is behind the scenes for only God to see. We can see a glimpse of heaven on earth each and every single day if we take those little steps of obedience he has called us to take. Never underestimate the power of what the world calls “ordinary ministry”.

More Scripture To Meditate On:

  • For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you demonstrated for his name by serving the saints—and by continuing to serve them. Now we desire each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the full assurance of your hope until the end, so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance. -Hebrews 6:10-12 CSB
  • And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. -Galatians 6:9-10 ESV
  • Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. -Matthew 6:1-4 NLT

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