If you ask my dad to define love, he will laugh and say “Love is a feeling you feel when you feel you’re going to feel the feeling you’ve never felt before!” Merriam Webster defines love as “a strong or constant affection for a person. [An] attraction that includes sexual desire; the strong affection felt by people who have romantic relationship.” Love is Like, on a more intense level. Love, when done right, makes you feel happy, light and free. Love makes you want to show someone how you feel in more ways than one. Love doesn’t happen overnight but you will wake up one morning and realize that you have been falling in love with someone. Love is a gradual, slow and patient process. But it’s sooo worth it. Love is so important in our everyday world, that there are countless books, other than the Bible, that explains love. In Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages, he explores the different ways in which we can love someone, and the ways in which we receive, interpret and understand love. The five love languages are Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Gifts of Love, Quality Time, and Physical Affection.
If you plant an orange seed, the tree will bear oranges. Likewise, if you plant an apple seed, the tree will bear apples. If you plant the Holy Spirit in your heart, your character will bear the Fruit of the Spirit. As Christians, we desire to have the Holy Spirit living and dwelling within us. We want The Holy Spirit’s transforming power to exist within and through us. What is the evidence that the Holy Spirit has taken a seat in our hearts? We begin to bear His fruits. Our reaction to stressful situations begin to change, we approach sticky situations with our “Jesus Glasses” on.
Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice, Cup of Noodle Soup, and Kraft Mac and Cheese, what do these foods all have in common? If you add water, or place in the microwave for a predetermined amount of time, you will have a meal. It’s not the most nutritious meal, but it will fill your belly and hopefully keep you satisfied until a better meal comes along. But how does this affect your overall physical health? It’s sodium, sugar and fat content is usually High, has minimal minerals and vitamins and if it’s your only form of nutrition, it can actually make you sick. How does this compare with our spiritual growth?
For the next 24 hours, we will pray ?? for Ryan and his family. We will pray that God orders his next steps regarding his business, personal life, and Spiritual growth. We will ask God to open his eyes so the next steps he takes are ordered by God. We will pray that God grants him peace in the midst of his Storm.
In life we go through hardships and challenges. While these challenges are designed to grow us, they can be mentally, physically and emotionally draining. Sammy, one of our MyGen Team leaders is in the midst of a challenge. He is starting a business, designed to marry sports and God, in a way that will reach the youth of this world. Due to a necessary and untimely surgery, his focus has shifted from building and branding to being as healthy as he can be.
The orgasm, the blunt, the cocktail, the juicy gossip, the “lazy day” you took when you had so much to accomplish, the words you speak which tear others down, the thing you put before God and ministry, the jealousy that drives you to spend what you don’t have on what you don’t need… Is it worth it? Is it worth your salvation? The salvation of your family? The salvation of your co-workers and friends?
What is Faith? What does it mean to you? How do you apply it in your day to day life? Is there a difference between Faith and belief? Is it possible to believe in God but not have Faith in Him? Faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something. A strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Meanwhile belief is defined as “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. Trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.” Based on the definitions provided, we see that there is a clear and distinct difference between the two words. One requires acceptance, and the other trust. Before we can exercise Faith in God and claim His promises, we first have to believe in Him and accept His word as truth.
Contention is defined as “a point advanced or maintained in a debate or argument.” Discord, conflict, friction, strife and disharmony are additional words that can and have been used to further describe contention. The Spirit of Contention is a demonic power designed to damage ministries, the workplace, families and interpersonal relationships. When the enemy sees people striving to work harmoniously together, he will sow the seed of contention, with miscommunication and frustration, allow it to grow and watch as people who once loved each other turn against one another.