I would like to share a beautiful — for me anyway — Revelation that The LORD just shared with me, and He wanted It shared with you.
‘You’ are those who are struggling, as I have, with being able or concerned about Loving as God Loves, especially my ‘enemies’.
Most of us are familiar with 1 Corinthians 13, The Love Chapter. I have read this many times, determined to own each of love’s attributes. As of today, after years of focusing on these Fruits of Love, I am still stuck on the first two, Patience and Kindness.
Not a very good progress report, but thanks to Jesus for His Forgiveness and Grace.
Now that The Signs of The Times are increasingly occurring, especially concerning violence in the U.S.A., the command of Jesus, to love our enemies, (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27,35) has been very much on my heart and mind.
I am concerned about how I will react when confronted by demonically challenged people. I unfortunately know how my flesh would like to respond.
This gives me pause as to how I believe Jesus would have me deal with those ‘in my face’.
Another aspect to this is found in the following Scriptures:
“Also the word of The LORD came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that The LORD of hosts has sent me to you. For who has despised the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:8-10a.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God,” Philippians 1:3-11 emphasis mine.
It has to do with Jesus, our Master Builder, Whose Spirit is constantly at work in me to create me Into His Image and Likeness.
He is The Potter and I am the clay. My responsibility is to remain supple, in the water of His Spirit and Word, and obedient, so that He may prepare Himself a body for willing sacrifice (Hebrews 10:5 emphasis mine).
Trusting The LORD for “Big Things” has been growing in me throughout the years, by two major factors that work together.
First, through my ongoing Love Relationship with Him. My faith in Him has been energized through our mutual love for each other (Galatians 5:6).
As He has proven to me and taught me to lean on Him for EVERYTHING, my love for Him grows and grows.
Secondly, already mentioned, He has been and Is faithful to me for all things! It has been through the ‘small’ things, needs, etc. that He has proven Himself to me.
These small things of mine may seem foolish and insignificant to others, BUT, over the course of my lifetime, has produced a faith for the greater things up ahead.
I still remember as a little boy, growing up in a denominational Church and a non-Christian home (both taught me to “say my prayers”), praying to God about things.
One was a prayer for lost toys. Ha! Well, guess what? The LORD would always help me find my toys! This lesson has come in very handy, as I get older, losing and misplacing keys, etc.
Love, agape and phileo, because He is my closest friend, waters the true seed, Faith, bringing me great Peace and Joy in the good and not so good times.
He truly works all things together for good for those who Love Him and are called according to His Purpose, (Romans 8:28).
As the old Hymn says,
“Through it all, through it all, I have learned to trust in Jesus I have learned to trust in God.”
OK, back to His Sweet Revelation for me and maybe for some others.
As I was reading this morning some prophetic words about coming persecution that old, subtle, concern starting bugging me. Then His Spirit reminded me, (John 14:26) about the birth of our first born.
My wife and I had planned not to have children for the first 5 years of our marriage so we could enjoy each other. During that time I was, again, very concerned about having children and loving them.
I wasn’t a big children fan. The concept of loving a child as a father was totally beyond me. My wife was a school teacher and loved kids. I tried to learn from her and watching others. I even took a class about family relations and I prayed about it!
Well, this concern stayed with me right up to our daughter’s birth. I was in the delivery room when she was born. My wife was out cold because the doctor had to do an emergency C Section. I was left with following my baby girl to where the nurse could clean her up.
I remember as the nurse was carrying her out, BAMM! It was like being saved and filled with The Holy Spirit again. (I never though that would happen to me either!)
I felt The Love of The Father go directly into my heart. It was an amazing miracle for me, and It Has never left me either. I was totally changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
Now, fast forward 15 months. My wife was pregnant with our second. Here came this old concern again, in another form. (I’m sure demons were at work.)
This time it was, “How can I love #2 as much as I love #1?” Was there enough ‘room’ in my heart for this additional child?
Well, He did it again! I had and have more than enough room in my heart. This Love of The Father continues to spill out of me to (almost) all children, (some are harder to love than others) but especially babies and toddlers.
My wife calls me a “babe magnet”. I am also loving being a grandfather, with three, 9 yr, 3 yr, and 8 months.
What I believe The LORD is saying, to me anyway, is that in that hour, He will supply all I, and anyone else, needs to Glorify Him!
Praise God! I am still working on 1 Corinthians 13, but I am assured, more than ever before, He will complete that which He has Started in me. He Has and Is SO Good To me.
“And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him. When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say,” Luke 12:8-12.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” Matthew 6:25-34.
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world,” 1 John 4:4.
~ Doug MacCallum