To the Heart
In The Devine
I would like to share with you a new book we are writing for Heaven
Ministries. It is all about love and how to receive "real
love" for yourself.
The source work for this comes from the Holy
Word and my own heart.
The wisdom you find in between the
lines and the fantastic reward you can receive for yourself can make a
substantial difference in your life. The hard part is accepting it and
then CARRYING IT OUT.
While many marriages and families are
struggling to bring harmony into their chaotic lives, God has a simple
solution. A solution that has been staring us in the face for
The first two chapters of this book on love is
you know what love is? How would you define love?
Listening To the Heart
Maybe you think that everything you need to know about love has
already been given to you from your parents. After all, they raised
you, cared for and loved you, didn't they? Some of you probably
have your own spouse/family to love, care and tend to. Of course, you
know what love is.
With all this learned wisdom under you belt, you are now sharing what
you know about love to your own family and others. It could be that
every spare moment you have is in the giving and sharing of yourself
to those you love. You might even feel overwhelmed at times because
you give so much of yourself that you don't have time for yourself.
I felt like that before. I was running myself ragged trying to please
everybody I loved. But I didn't feel good about it. I wanted to feel
good about loving people, not resentful!
Experiencing love for ourselves and giving love to others should bring
us contentment and peace of mind, not resentment. Many of us do not
feel contentment in our lives. So what's the problem?
The foundation that many of us base love on is in error.
I believe we need to accept and choose real love for ourselves before
it becomes a reality in our heart and mind. When we surrender to love,
we are totally with God, not with the world. Real love comes from the
process of giving without wanting or expecting anything in return.
Many of us have already made a choice on how we will love by choosing
the love/hate attitude and the conditional love behavior that has been
given to us and learned since childhood.
To define "real love" is to give up of oneself just like
Jesus did for us. Jesus gave us all of who He was, so we could learn
to love with the same passion as He did. Jesus left us
His spirit as our guide to loving others. This sacrificial event left
to us by Christ is the true foundation to follow in understanding all
about "real love".
What foundation do you base how you love upon? What sustains that love
when problems and issues arise within your life? Does love suddenly
stop when things arenít going the way you think they should and
start back up again when you feel the time is right to start loving
again? Do your moods dictate how you will love your spouse, friends
love, which is also called unconditional love, complete love, and
whole love is obtained from the Spiritual aspect of who we are. If we
are not in tune with the Holy Spirit, then we are obviously loving
through our own understanding of what we think love is. In other
words, If we do not utilize the love that Jesus left us, how can we
love others properly?
Many people say they love, but do not do anything to show that
love or when they do show love, feel resentful about it. You
cannot love in its completeness and to its fullest if you have not
accepted the Spirit of Christ for yourself.
Complete love does not have time for negative feelings.
Complete love overrides bitter thoughts, angry outbursts, and
rebelliousness to the truth. This same love does
not have obligations and conditions placed upon it for the receiver to
meet. It is, to its fullest extent all you need to
live a happy and peaceful life. It is so full with its goodness that
it somehow takes away all worry, frustration, sorrow, strife and
contention. God is that love.
We all have some degree of love to give others; its how we give it
that matters. Love, and how we express it is a personal feeling and
act that we carry within our heart and generate back out to those
around us. Love comes from the heart, and our actions eventually
speak for that love.
John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to
love one another.
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one
another, God lives in us, and His love has been perfected
in us. 13 By this we know
that we live in Him, and He in us, because He has given us
of His Spirit
God lives in us, and His love has been perfected in us!
What a beautiful testimony. We have been given the opportunity
of a lifetime. All we need to do is allow God into our heart, mind and
soul; God will then give us the ability to give unconditional love to
others. It sounds too grandiose to believe. And all we need to do is
accept Christ as our personal Savior and complete love will be ours!
And so here lies the answer to all the heartache, unhappiness,
contention, misery and strife burdening the world. But
most of us already know this. Itís been right here in our face all
along. So whatís the problem? Maybe some of us donít truly believe
that such a magnificent thing could actually be so.
St. John wrote, God will give us of His Spirit, if we would all just
love one another. Let me understand this better, if we
have been given the Holy Spirit and we utilize the power of it within
ourselves, we will feel real love and can provide real love to others?
This is getting better all the time! But this
sounds too easy. Why then is there not more love in
Many of you, Iím sure, love God. You certainly love your families.
You go to Church every Sunday, give your tithes and donate things to
those in need. Isnít that being loving? What else is there?
All of these things are being loving. But how do you feel about
it? Do you feel the need to second-guess your actions? Do you feel
good about yourself when loving others?
To be the perfect loving person God wants you to be, you need to seek
out the proper foundation that is already built from love, which is
Jesus Christ. Your complete trust and acceptance of Him must be
established first within your heart. It doesnít matter who you are
or where youíre at in life, complete acceptance of Him must be
attained before you can understand and utilize the power of real love.
The character and nature of Jesus does not make use of any
religious or political connotations; Jesus was neither of these
things. He was sent to the world from God to receive and save
the world. That is all about it! To confuse and diminish the love
of Jesus into politics and certain religions actually confuses folks
even more, and carries with it, bitterness, hatred and egotism. This
is contrary to all that Jesus is. You either believe in Jesus Christ
or you don't. It's that simple!
Whoever you are, you can receive eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Receiving Christ usually happens while alone and in the privacy of
your own home. It has been shown that the participation in Church in
front of a crowd of gazing onlookers impedes true humbleness. The act
of revealing your failings to Christ is not only a very personal one,
but one that takes determination and humbleness on your part to
accomplish it correctly. Therefore any distractions could very well
spoil your true intentions. Coming to Jesus is a personal commitment
that should not be made into a public performance.
With the realization that Jesus Christ is your personal savior, Christ
will guide you in your growth process. This involves effort on your
part. Read the bible, study it, and learn. Be prepared to meet
challenges in your life and to deal with them according to what you
read, studied and learned.
This is your new life.
Before you know it, the tiny seed that was planted when God created
you will sprout and finally blossom into a magnificent flower, full of
the beautiful character and nature of Jesus Christ. This spiritual
experience is the fulfillment and purpose of your life. Because you
have a real purpose to attain, you will always be growing spiritually
and learning to be the whole and complete person you were intended to
As you grow out from within your old self, you will lose the old
thought patterns, and way of life, while consuming the love of the
Holy Spirit. Remember, anything that is not of or is against the
nature and character of Christ while in the growth process will hinder
your potential to learn and to love.
If you are unsure of how to allow Christ to guide your life, you may
find that thousands of temptations will get in your way. Some of these
temptations will be hard to deter, but God knows your heart, even more
then you do, and if you truly want to follow Him, temptations will be
taken from you.
If you do not have the full understanding of how all this works, know
this, thoughts and actions need to stay consistent with what you truly
believe in. Jesus Christís life is your life and your life is His.
He has given you of His Spirit and you must allow it to guide your
path as much as you possibly can. You cannot do one thing and say
another. Go with what you believe in and do not falter.
A fallacy that many people believe is when they are reborn into
the life of Christ they donít have to do anything else and they are
saved. ďOkay. Iím saved, Iím good and Iím goin to heaven!Ē
But this is not so. They just donít get it. If they did, they
wouldnít react with such overconfidence. It's really all about love,
and what you can do to bring love into the lives of those who are
thirsting. And the first thing you got to do is to love God. You
cannot do anything without that.
God does not want you to stay dormant with your new way of life and
beliefs in Him. What is that anyway? Itís downright selfish. God
wants you to always consume His goodness, glory and power and never
stop gaining more and more wisdom for yourself.
It is through your life, and what you do with it that shows
others there is more to life than the doldrums they now have and
hopefully they will come to Christ as well. They want what you have.
Give it to them. Go ahead, give them all the love that Christ has
given you, and you will be living your purpose.
you have reached the level of spiritual growth that God sees
appropriate, He will make use of your services for His purpose. So you
best be available when the time comes. He will make known to you,
which some call a ďcalling from GodĒ what you are to do and how to
go about it. Basically, all of the goodness and wisdom you have
received from Christ will be given onto others who are thirsting for
knowledge, just like you were when you first came to know and accept
Christ. This is where real love comes in.
Godís intentions for you is that you become all that you can be. You
cannot do this without Godís assistant. He is in the sidelines
cheering you on and giving you infallible moral support and comfort
whenever you need it. This guarantees a watertight solution to all the
weight that has been added upon your shoulders. God has given you a
purpose in life. Your purpose in life will be to show others that you
have been made into a complete and whole purpose through Jesus Christ.
This is shown by how you live on a day-to-day basis. Your life will
proclaim a personal, walking, talking message and it will be backed up
by real love, the love of Jesus Christ.
The new person you will become will not behave proud in spirit, or
filled with self-righteous indignation, as if you already know it all;
because honestly, no one knows all of the great plan that God has set
out for us and all that He has to offer, and never will. The reason
behind that is so you will always be hungry for more of His wonderful
wisdom filled words. If you donít eat, you
a newbie in the life of Christ means you have to give up selfish ways,
which is the old unhappy way of life and become all that you can be.
God wants you to follow His will and learn to be a new giving and
loving person without wanting anything in return. And if you want to
gain the benefits of eternal life, you will always need to put Him
first in your life. Loving Him with all your heart, mind and soul.
Anything else just isnít good enough. You cannot love God with all
your heart and mind if you do not put Him first in everything that you
do. But this does not need to be a problem; take
Jesus with you wherever you go. If you want to take
a vacation out of the country, take Jesus with you. If you want to go
camping, take Jesus with you. Take Jesus to work with you to help you
get through the long day. Take Jesus to bed with you at night and say
a prayer together before falling to sleep.
of your life like this. You are on an exploratory journey with Jesus.
And in everything that you do while on your journey will help you in
the understanding of your connection with Him. You have a bond with
Jesus Christ that cannot be severed unless you do something to sever
it. On this journey you will grow spiritually into
the loving character of Him, and you will feel what real love is
within yourself so you can finally give that same love back to those
Itís like this. When you were saved from the clutches of bondage,
you believed in Him with all your strength, all your might and all
your soul because you allowed Him to come into your world and organize
it for you. You fully trusted in Him to take care of everything for
All you had to do was accept Him as your Savior because He gave His
life for your life by suffering and dying. But Jesus came back. And
what did He do? He weeded out the bad ingredients and explained to you
Through His mighty word what needs to be done to keep out other bad
ingredients from entering.
The tricky thing is, you need to continue to believe with that same
gusto that you were saved with in the first place. After that
everything else falls into place. So whatís so hard about that? The
greatest commandment of all is to love God with all you heart and mind
and then to love others. If you have done that then everything else
falls right into place because it has already been met!
So now you have gained the knowledge to know that choosing to base
"how you will love" from your own understanding of what you
think love is and should be, is not utilizing the full potential of
what love really is. Your own thoughts and feelings on love must be
perfected through the Love of Christ before you can give real love to
others. The suffering and physical death of Jesus Christ should be all
you need to know to acknowledge and comprehend what real love is.
I told a good friend of mine that I had this inspiration to write this
book on love. She stammered back to me with, ďwow! What a big
project. I guess youíll have to define love first.Ē But for me
defining love has not been the hardest part on writing this book. The
hard part has been in how I will relate the message of love to my
readers so they will understand it and want to go after it.
It is like pursuing a dream and yet this is reality and it is
so real, but you have to break those old thought patterns before it
becomes real for you in your mind.
The cycle or pattern of the world pretty much works like this: If
you do not accept the perfect LOVE of Jesus Christ into your mind, you
reject love for yourself. Because you do not FEEL love yourself, you
cannot love others. You might become so in need for love yourself that
you will not know how to provide love to others. The only real
way to free your self from this negative pattern is to accept the Love
of Jesus into your own life by utilizing the greatness of the Holy
If you want to give real love then you will need to build a foundation
of love within your self first. You must decide on what you will
base your feelings of love on? You can choose to love the
way you have been conditioned to love, which is through your own
understanding of what you think love is, or you can base your love on
the character of Jesus Christ, who loved you so much that he suffered
and died for you!
Leighton Ford had this little tidbit to say about love, ďGod loves
us the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.Ē
This is so true! God wants you to be all that you can be! But
your potential for happiness and spiritual growth is stunted because
you have not yet realized the full capacity of real love for others
and yourself. God wants you to employ the full potential of yourself
by loving Him, loving yourself and finally giving love to others.
14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is
he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved
by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself
Myself to him! That means you will know when Christ spirit is within
you. Wouldnít that be great to feel the presence
of Christ within you? He will show you His love and somehow make known
His presence to you.
When you take in the loving nature of Christ into your own
heart, which will eventually replace old thought patterns with new
ones, you will definitely see a great improvement in your life,
marriage and other relationships.
Why is that? When you understand the love of Christ and why He loves
you so dearly, the old ties that once bound you to certain things and
circumstances will also be released from within your mindset. Old
negative harbored feelings get washed away too. You will not feel the
need to go out looking for love within the standards of society
because you have found it within your heart. In other words what you
had found, and felt you needed before to fulfill your purpose just
wonít matter anymore. When you release the bond that controlled your
behavior before you will understand how to find love, cherish love and
preserve it in a way God wants you to.
you do not choose love for yourself or if you do not choose to love
the way God wants you to love, what will you do? Where will you
What you believe in has a lot to do with how you will love. What you
think creates what you believe and what you believe will create your
thoughts. If these thoughts are negative ones, unpleasant feelings get
in the way of loving properly. This is why conditions are placed upon
love when loving yourself and others.
conditions are based upon how you are feeling at the moment, how you
have been treated, and overall outlook on life. But conditions miss
the whole idea of what real love is. Basing love on negative feelings
closes the heart to experiencing genuine love.
Love conditioned feelings such as, bad attitude, anger, fear, guilt,
selfishness, bitterness, rebelliousness and addiction, etc, change
love into hate. Sometimes you don't even realize that you are basing
love on your feelings, because you're so used to feeling a certain
way. But they are used as weapons.
Here's how it works. Your thoughts make you feel a certain way
and those feelings control you. Basically, you are seeking an improper
source to heal emotional burdens. That improper source is your self.
You rely upon those feelings so much, they control how you love
yourself and how you love others. Eventually you create ideas and
believe certain things that help you to justify negative behavior that
is generated from those feelings.
Everyone needs something to base his or her actions upon. If you
canít find someone or something to take the blame for your actions,
eventually you will create your own basis for justification, which is
not real. Without a basis for your feelings, you couldnít justify
your actions. Certain ways you might behave towards your spouse, for
instant donít pop up out of nowhere. Some people
rely on their feelings so heavily that eventually those same feelings
come out in a rage like manner and possibly violent outbursts. Other
people may resort to an addiction to make it all go away. And then
others hold everything inside while it endlessly mounts up into more
and more grief for themselves and those around them.
These things are only temporary fixes and in the long run end up
hurting you and your loved ones in the process. Realize that if you
conduct your life through negative feelings, which is by your own
understanding, your mental and spiritual outlook will become distorted
and hazy; never really seeing clear enough to discern from right or
wrong; whatís false and whatís true.
would like to share with you a great and wise proverb. ďTrust in
the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths
straight. Proverbs 3:5
Thatís the whole idea here on love. When your feelings dictate how
you will love, you are relying on your own understanding. When pride
stands in the way of your heart, you are relying on your own
understanding. I know because I allowed both to stand in my way on
many occasions. Pride and selfishness is what keeps us from coming to
Jesus. It keeps us from wanting to accept that we can change the way
we think and feel.
About twelve years, a friend of mine gave me this proverb on a
bookmarker, and I didnít think anything of it. I read it, stuck it
in my book and forgot about it. A couple of years later, my husband
gave me this very same proverb, and it struck a chord with me. I read
it, and read it, thought about it, went to the bible and studied it,
and eventually forgot about it. About a year ago, I was clearing out
some old books in my attic; low and behold the first book I opened had
that bookmarker in it. For some reason I couldn't get this verse out
of my life. At this time in my life I had already come to Christ, but
I believe this was not in coincidence that this same proverb kept
coming back to me. I now keep the proverb framed on my computer desk
where I can read it and remember it everyday. Obviously that was
[is] an area in my life that I needed to improve on and God
made it known to me by His personal messengers and finally by my own
I was relying to heavily upon myself.
I still, at times, rely upon my way of thinking and am usually in
error. So what do I do? I open the bible and find circumstances that
are close to the issue at hand and see where I should have used the
wisdom of God instead of my own understanding. This is a hard habit to
break, but just with the realization that there is other ways of
dealing with lifeís moments is the protection and security I need to
continue loving in the way I am supposed to love. The burdens and
frustration go away so I can love! I donít have to worry about
anything because I let God take over. It changes everything! If God
says it, then that is the way it should be.
The whole burden of unhealthy attitudes and bad feelings derive from
how people direct their lives and through what they know, have
experienced, and have been taught and conditioned to know Ė Which in
essence is generated from their own understanding of the way they feel
they should live their life. Most people just do not know of a
different approach for dealing with emotions and everyday living
I know married couples that are just down right bitter people, they
are unhappy about everything. Consequently, this kind of
marriage ends in divorce where often times the couples remain unhappy,
lonely and heartbroken. Couples are literally trapped within their own
feelings, unable to climb out because they donít know how to get
out. Their own understanding canít get them out. And of course
couples like this do not love themselves. How could they with feelings
of bitterness controlling them?
There is a way out for folks like this, but they donít go after it.
Itís as if they enjoy living in their feelings. Their own
stubbornness and pride actually keep them from seeking out any other
alternatives. What they know is what they believe and so
they believe their way is the right way to deal with their marriage.
What are the alternatives?
On the opposite end of the stick, you might find the happy-go-lucky
marriage where both couples seem to have a smile on their face;
everything in their life seems to get done with great smoothness, and
organization. They maintain a consistent and structured family life;
each of the children knows what their duties and responsibilities are.
This family is one to write home about and is overall very happy. And
they still have so much to give away to others. What are they doing
thatís so different? I personally know this family, and what they
have is a rock solid foundation built upon trust, love, respect and
faith. Its leader is Jesus Christ. In everything that they do for the
marriage, Christ comes first.
By recognizing that you might be using negative feelings when dealing
with marital issues, or when giving love to others will help you to
stop trying to justify a bad behavioral outcome. It is realizing when
you are doing it that you can stop and say, "hey this is not how
I should be loving my spouse/family." At this point you might
want to pray, get your bible out and find out what Jesus would like
you to do. This is the Holy Spirit working for you.
is acceptance. This is giving up that part of self that wants to rule
your heart, mind and soul. It is so easy to think that we already know
it all, it is a condition of life that we are used to. But, there is a
better way. Let Christ direct your actions by asking yourself how
would He like you to deal with life's issues. Always remember to ask
yourself, ďAm I basing how I will love on my emotions? This is the
spiritual effort I talked about earlier. You do have a choice. The
choice is up to you
When you choose to love this way, you will feel your spiritual self
open up and understand the concept of loving with Jesus Christ. You
will feel closer to Jesus in your heart and more open to humbling
yourself to others. Christ will direct your heart, not your emotions
or feelings, but the love of Jesus Christ.
someone is the most important thing you can give to another. Always
remember that it is your purpose in life to love others with real
love, even if it takes much effort on your part. The greatest thing
about it is you have chosen to love.
created you and He is your source!
The life of Jesus Christ flows from God in you. Jesus is in the
Father, you in Him, and He also in you, according to the power of the
presence of the Holy Spirit. This most precious and blessed gift from
God must be accepted by you as a REAL before you can receive love in
In The Devine
everyone says they love God. But I donít think He believes them.
To what degree do folks love God? On a scale from one to ten, ten
being the most you can love, look at the world and ask yourself to
what degree does the world love God? Rebelliousness
runs rampant in this society and the American way of life has gone to
Are people doing the will of God? Are they utilizing the power of the
Holy Spirit? Have they accepted Jesus Christ?
Did you know that God can liberate your ability to love in its
fullest? God loves you despite your failings. No
matter who you are or what you are doing God loves you. God will give
you the power to love people with absolute love.
However, nothing worthwhile comes without effort. It takes spiritual
resolve to tap into Godís boundless love, when it comes, you will
feel nourished like never before. On the same level you cannot neglect
the source of where real love comes from or you will lose the ability
to love unconditionally.
To love God means to accept His Son, Jesus Christ into your
life by utilizing the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Meaning,
giving up the ways of rebellion, and doing His will instead of your
own and allowing the Spirit to do the tasks it is intended to do. Ironically
when you truly accept this concept with all your heart, mind and soul
and it finally becomes real for you, then of course your main
objective in life will be to go after it with gusto. It's not
hard to acknowledge what God did for you, what is hard is carrying out
the purpose for yourself of why He did this for you.
So why arenít more people drawing closer to God? Why is it so hard
to love God?
of us think we have already received Christ. The misnomer here is that
many of us have acknowledged what Jesus Christ did for us, but
then go on our merry way living our life the way we want. People do
not live their lives according to the will of God but according to
their own will. Acknowledging is the first step, but there is more to
it then that. It is a process that carries with it effort on our part.
The work of the Spirit of Christ is to help free you heart and mind
from the negativities of this world by opening up your heart to
following Him and His design, and above all to love yourself so you
can give that same love onto others.
The whole process of pursuing Jesus Christ is never-ending!
9:23-26 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come
after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily
and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose
it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What
good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose
or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me or my
words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when
he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of
the holy angels.
God wants you to lose your life for Him and then He will save it. What
does that mean? It means to ďgive upĒ yourself,
and (what you are in bondage to) in the world and follow Him. Jesus
Christ did that for you! He gave up His physical
life on earth to eradicate sinful behavior from those who believe in
Jesus prayed to God, asking Him why He had forsaken Him, which means
" to leave" or to " desert Him". At
that time God was a physical man. He was [is] Jesus Christ, and was
not in Spirit. Jesus knew His death was
already planned when he made that prayer to God, but none the less, it
was a moving moment for Him I'm sure. The whole idea behind His death
was designed that way for us! God wants to give us a purpose for
living, and that purpose revolves totally around Him.
Godís love for you is that magnificent and great! Real
love is defined from this act and this act alone. Christ demonstrated
to us what real love is! For real love to come into your own life, you
only need to perfect it through Jesus Christ by giving up yourself
(selfish love) to Him. God wants to make a new life for you; free of
burdens and sinful ways. But you have to show yourself to Him by
letting the old self go, picking up your own cross and following Him.
So the second step is perfecting your life through the Life of Jesus
Christ. This is why having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
is so important. It gives you the connectivity and attachment to Him
that allows you to feel His power within you so that you will
surrender yourself to him. Without that, you are only in
You have to let go of the beliefs (unbelieving self) you now carry
with you and deny who you are if you really want to follow Christ. You
cannot continue believing certain things and behaving in ways that are
contrary to Godís will. The Holy Spirit will not be made known to
you when you do not give up the old self and accept Christ As your
Jesus is The Spirit that resides within you, and if you allow His will
to work through you, you will return His goodness unto others-if you
allow it to be so. This means you must believe in Him and accept
Him to understand your spiritual self. He gives you perfect love and
when you accept that love from Him, you release that love onto those
John 2:4-6 The man who says, "I know him",
but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the Truth is
not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's Love is
truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are
in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus
did. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to
live in him must walk as Jesus did.
Scripture tell us that, ďGodís love is truly made complete in
him, to those who obey His words." So that means you cannot
go around doing whatever you want, living your life through your own
understanding, and carrying around negative feelings and such, if you
want complete love. I guess you would want
to strive to do Godís will at all times, and that means to have full
trust and belief in the fact that He is your God. Once your faith has
shown through, and you have given up your old beliefs, God will give
you His complete love. This is where your purpose for living comes in.
A little bit of faith goes along way, especially when all you have to
do is believe in Him and love Him with all your heart, mind and soul.
Whatís so hard about that?
Another scenario goes something like this. If you do not trust
in Him, who or what do you trust? What do you believe in? You
got to believe in something to help facilitate who you are.
I know that without God directing and organizing my own life, the
sinful nature will take over and create a purpose for me, which
consequently becomes sin. Without belief in my Creator and utilizing
the Holy Spirit, I would remain confused and unhappy, carrying around
a bad attitude and rebellious nature to the Truth. But I donít like
to feel like this. I like to know that I have the security and
protection of Christ to fall back on when trouble comes my way. With
Christ protecting and directing my life, it doesnít matter when
circumstances do not go my way Ė It just doesnít matter!
Do you want to bring clarity and truth into your life? Do you want to
be able to understand your purpose in life? Do you want to feel
complete love within yourself? Do you want to provide real love to
Love comes from the Father who in Spirit is the Son who manifests
Himself to you through your acceptance of Him. You will then be filled
up in heart, mind, and soul with His love. The Holy Spirit of Christ
is what gives you the life you need to give your life to others.
The spiritual elements of who you are is Jesus Christ power working
through you. It is through the spiritual self that your actions
speak, and is how you show others the reality of God and His Truth for
the whole world. Your belief in God will begin to
manifest itself to those around you by what you do, and by how you
think. All of these things project who you are to others. When Christ
directs your life, you will be more in control of your feelings,
beliefs and actions more then ever. Your own love will supersede all
that is negative in your life.
else can speak closer to the hearts and minds of those in need, and
who are lost and thirsty then the actions you make from the spiritual
level towards what is not seen, but what you believe and feel in your
heart. Jesus said to St. Peter, ďFeed my sheep.Ē John 21:17
Are you a lost sheep that needs spiritual feeding? Do you feel
insecure and empty inside? Do you feel real love missing in your life?
Ultimately, it is your faith in Him that facilitates humbleness
so you can let go of the old self and grip the Holy Spirit unseen, and
to feel His love and power from within. Undoubtedly,
there are not many people who can feel this complete greatness within
them, but they are out there and God has chosen you to fulfill the
Barry Neil Kaufman said, ďIn order to love others, we must first
give ourselves the experience of love inside.Ē Jesus Christ is that
experience! Without accepting the reality of this planned way of life
from God for yourself, real love will be beyond your reach. Complete
love from Christ is what weíre after here. Itís the only way to
Maybe some of you have a hard time following Christ. And so you
halfheartedly pursue Him when going to Church on Saturday, Wednesday
or Sunday. Maybe you donít want to give up your own ideas of what
you think love is. Maybe you are swollen with pride and you donít think
you need spiritual direction for your life. Or, maybe you donít want
to give up your worldly beliefs. I could go on and on here, but what
for? It doesnít matter why you donít want to give up your stubborn
way of life and walk in love with Christ. What matters are the
consequences of those actions? What matters is that the reasons behind
stubbornness and rebellion are self-directed thoughts that have turned
into beliefs. As long as people continue justifying reasons of why
they do things their own way by cleaving onto self-made beliefs they
will not see what is truth.
Lack of spirituality helps us not see clearly. We become so wrapped up
in self that we actually think we are doing the will of God.
Godís design for man is intentional, predetermined, and is the real
thing. Christís love for you, if consumed with full acceptance of
Him has a bounce-off effect that can become even greater in its
influence with each individual. What beautiful purpose can touch your
soul and then be given to some one else? Love.
Jesus Christ gave you that love. But you have to accept Him before
that love becomes real for you in your life.
It can also work on the opposite side of the coin. When you have not
accepted Christ into your heart, over time, bitterness and hardened
hearts develop. Morals and values get washed away with the tide.
Basically, the world constantly feeds off of itself to fulfill the
empty heart and to replenish the mind with new ideas and way of
living. It is through this feeding that people look for love.
Individuals feed off a disguised sweet nectar from each other to seek
out acceptance, happiness and love. But they do not know that this
sweet nectar is poisonous. After eating, their full stomachs are
justified through a belief system that looked good and tasted sweet,
but actually turned sour in the heart and mind. After
awhile they come back for more and more because they are never
satisfied and full with what they got, all the while becoming more and
This deception makes them believe they are justified in eating of this
tantalizing sweet nectar because of the evolving belief system and
social changes of society. Besides that, they
donít know what it is like to get their daily bread from another
source because they have never really attempted it.
Some folks donít know they can choose to not eat of the poisonous
nectar. Eating from this flawed source creates in the heart,
rebelliousness to the truth, which creates a selfish way of thinking.
Love cannot sustain itself through wrong thinking. In
essence, society is slowly poisoning itself through the diseased
hearts of others and most folks donít even realize it is happening.
Think of it like a colony of fire acts. The little devils start to
invade your home scavenging for something sweet to eat. You apply
borax mixed with sugar or some other ant killing method all along
their path and the perimeter of your home. The ants keep coming back
to eat off this sweet concoction because it tastes good. But really
itís poisonous, and before you know it, they bring the poison back
to the nest and eventually kill off the whole colony.
Just like fire ants, people scavenge around to be fed. They have needs
and desires and they are hungry. So hungry that they feel, unhappy,
angry, guilt filled, abused, lonely, addicted, resentful, unloved,
empty and needy. They might feel haughty and proud, self-righteous,
and ready to go conquer the world. The sweet nectar is right in their
path, right in front of their face. They could turn around and not
accept it, but it smells and looks good, so they eat. Why look for
anything else? What else is there?
Acceptance of God and His Son, Jesus Christ is the first step in
becoming all that you can be, a loving and whole person. Once you have
the freedom within yourself to receive love from Christ, you can
experience the giving of real love to others. You will find there is
absolutely no other way to live or to love.
Fire ants do not have any sense. They follow each other, not realizing
that if they just turned around they would find good wholesome food in
the pantry that wouldnít poison them. Are you following the way of
To comprehend why Jesus Christ suffered and died for you is the first
step in recognizing and acknowledging the Truth.
God put Himself forth onto the earth in physical form so the
people could see Him and hear Him speak of His plans for us. Some of
us listened, some of us didnít. Those that listened separated
themselves from those who denied Him. More people denied Him then
those who obeyed Him and soon enough hatred and hardened hearts abound
on the earth. Because there were so many that didnít believe, God
created a plan to reach out to the people and give them a second
chance. (By the way, that is your chance too.) God came to earth as
Jesus Christ and walked amongst the people, teaching about a new way
of life that could free them from the burdens of the world.
All that Jesus said to the people boiled down to one formula, but a
great one, that if understood and utilized could give you everlasting
life. That teaching was on love!
Jesus walked the earth with parables of love. He gave love in many
forms to all people from different walks of life. Still, many did not
love. They could not love because they denied who Jesus was. They
could not accept him. The lack of spirituality was so great that
something else had to be done.
And so to provide evidence on His position on what love is,
and how much He loved us, He planned His own suffering and death for
our sins, which is the Passion of Christ.
Your second chance is here now to proclaim in private, not in a
social setting, but alone, without people watching you, that Jesus
Christ did what He did for your sins to give you everlasting
eternal life in His Kingdom with Him. He wants you to feed off Him for
your life support. He wants you to go to Him when you are in need of
hope, happiness and love. Christ will fill you up
with His complete and perfect love.
And so to love properly, you will need to accept His love for you. His
love becomes your love. There cannot be anything better then this.
Your life is in that one small paragraph above. God works through
others, and they are His messengers. He has angels in disguise working
for Him in all areas of the world. You are not alone; God is with you
at this very moment. Open your heart up to Jesus Christ and free
yourself, Accept Him into your heart.