Love is in the ‘Heir’
Pastor Sean Reed
Monday, February 11
16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
When you became born again, that is exactly what happened, you were re-born. Through His amazing love and sacrifice, you were spiritually and supernaturally made like Him, as if you had never sinned. What this really means in the simplest of descriptions is that your heart of sin was removed and His heart of love took its place. In other words, you received a spiritual heart transplant. You are now a child of God, His son or daughter, and royalty in His Kingdom. You are now tasked with being a carrier of the same love that He has shown you. That love has now become your standard of living. Anything less than living by this love is falling short of the position that He has placed you in. You are an heir to the throne of God, you are His child just like Jesus, your big brother. Love is in the ‘Heir’, and you are His heir. His very own child that He gave up His life for. His love is in you, it’s your job to let it be the controlling force in every decision, response, and situation that presents itself to you. Allow His Holy Spirit to lead you in a love walk that will change the lives of everyone you come in contact with. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.
Tuesday, February 12
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
A simple truth that most people acknowledge with their mouths but fail prove by the way they live is that love is an action, not a thing. Today’s Bible text says that true love is an expressed by how we act, not by carrying and ideal definition of it around in our minds. With all of the so called ‘moral decay’ that the Church is quick to point out in society, one thing that It must understand is that this cultural decline is not going be fixed by pointing a religious finger at it. If that would have worked, the Pharisees and Sadducees would have gotten the job done and Jesus wouldn’t have had to die. Sure, you can pick any given Sunday and walk into any given service and hear the word ‘love’ thrown around inside the walls of the House, but that’s often where it stops. How the individuals act at home, at work, and in their other various activities proves that love has been limited to an ideal, or philosophical mindset rather than the act of reaching out to a world that is in desperate need of a Savior. You have this choice on a moment by moment basis throughout the course of each new day. How are you going to express the love that the Lord has poured into you today? - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, February 13
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The word redeem, or redemption, is one that is thrown around a lot in religious circles but very few people grasp the fullness it’s meaning. Most believers know that they’ve been redeemed, or made new again, by the love that the Father has shown through His Son’s sacrifice. They understand that they now have access to the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity because Jesus chose to die for them, but that’s where their knowledge stops. What has been failed to be recognized is that this redemptive love saw value in people even when those people were extremely unworthy of it. You received love from the Father because He chose to focus more on your potential than the state you were in at the time. He died for the you that He saw by looking through your sin and shame. He died for your potential because He placed great value on the redeemed you even through that wasn’t who you were at the moment. This same love is what should be governing your life as a believer. The redemptive love of God should be the lens through which you view humanity. The only way that you’ll choose to reach out to those who haven’t experienced the love of God is by letting His love place a value on them that you otherwise would not. Make a choice to see the world around you through the same love that the Father chose to see you through. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Thursday, February 14
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day each year people choose to place special emphasis on showing their significant others how much they love them. Flowers, cards, candy, jewelry, dinners at nice restaurants, and many other expressions are used to express feelings that in day to life may not otherwise be shared. As you you put forth the time and effort to show to the love of your life how much you care, take a moment to remember the original ‘Valentines’ day…Easter. On this day, the greatest gift of love ever given was hung on a cross so that your eternal salvation could be secured. Love was expressed in it’s truest and purest form and He bled form the Garden to Golgotha so that you could experience life to the fullest degree. As you have received this amazing gift, the single greatest way to express your love and gratitude is to give it back. The way you do that is by sharing with someone else the gift that you were given. What if every believer made an effort each time Valentines Day rolled around to share their gift from the Lord with someone else? It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the church would grow a great deal and the Kingdom would expend. What gift are you going to give the Lover of your soul this Valentine’s Day. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Friday, February 15
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
Have you ever had a moment where you had the opportunity to help someone in need and didn’t? It would be a pretty safe assumption to say that everyone has been in that position at one time or another. What was it that kept you from stepping up to the plate in that instance. It’s easy, after the fact, justify why you didn’t help that stranded motorist, or offer a ride to the person walking down the street in the rain. After all, they could’ve been a serial killer or just wanting to rob you. By the time you get done justifying your non-response you’ve convinced yourself that you had just avoided the clutches of the grim reaper when in actuality, it was probably just someone who had fallen on hard times and could have used a good dose of the love of Jesus. The Good Samaritan didn’t look at things this way. He operated out of love at the expense of his schedule and resources. People are quick to make excuses in order to keep their schedules from being interrupted. “But the world is not a safe place anymore.”, is the excuse you’ll often hear. While this may or may not be true, it’s the perspective that really needs to change. What if people allowed love to lead them to help and let the Holy Spirit tell them no, rather than waiting for a loud voice from Heaven to force them to do good? If the situation that you’re considering stepping into is unsafe or harmful in any way, do you not think that He would warn you? As a believer, your primary motivation should be the love of God leading you to do good, not your fears or lack of convenience. Give the Lord the opportunity to use you rather tying His hands with your fears or lack of compassion. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Saturday, February 16
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
What is it that motivates you to do good? Are you seeking to bless, or are you trying to impress. If many good works or acts had to be done without being seen, they would never get accomplished. Think about the last time you did something good for someone and the only person who knew about it was the recipient. Did you feel slighted because no one else got to see or hear about what you did? You may have started out just wanting to be a blessing, but after the effort was put out and the work was done, you began to feel like your weren’t thanked well enough or that the recognition wasn’t what it should have been. This is a good indicator that the work was really done by you and not through you. The Lord wants to do great things in and through you…always. But the fact that He wants you to be His vessel should be reward enough. Think about it like this. Almighty God Himself, wants to give you the honor of escorting Him into the lives of those who need Him most. He sees you fit to be His representative to the world. The fact that He sees, recognizes, credits you for what you do is by far the greatest reward you could ask for. He never let’s any act of love go without it’s reward. The next time you have an opportunity to do good, do it, regardless of what may or may not happen on the other side. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
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