A Love Grown Cold

Cold Love

John 21:15-17 (ESV)

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Ask yourself these questions?

  1. Do you say you love Jesus but people don’t see it?
  2. Are you excited about the mere mention of Christ name?
  3. Are you asking Jesus to make you more like him?
  4. Is He the priority in your life?
  5. Are serving Him at work, at your church, in your community?

Go back to the day you were saved.  Do you remember how you felt?  Most of us could hardly wait to get back to church the next week.  We read His word, talk about Him to everyone would listen and we wanted to know every thing we could about Heaven and Jesus.  So what happened?

  1. Romans 3:23 (ESV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    We forget we are sinners in need of Christ forgiveness.  Either we are living in sin or we begin to judge others sins not our own, thinking that WE are ok.  We no longer pray for God to remove the sins in our life.

  2. We have become one or more of these things:  2 Timothy 3:1–4 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
  3. We have lost faith because we have stopped asking God for impossible things.Matthew 17:20 ESV He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
  4. We forgot how much He loves us.  Romans 5:8 (ESV) but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 If your heart has grown cold for Jesus it is time to TURN THE HEAT UP!  It is time for your SOUL TO BE ON FIRE AGAIN!!

Ephesians 3:17b-19, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV)

Make Jesus Great Again

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Philippians 3:7-9a NLT – I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.

Some of you may be offended that I used anything similar to our Presidents words in todays title. If you are offended then be sure to read yesterdays post then come back and read today’s post. LOL. Seriously, I have had this scripture and this title on my mind for days now.

Did you know that Rock Hill has a population of 69,103 residents and is the 5th largest city in South Carolina? Did you know that there were 8051 churches in SC as of the most current statistics? That’s a lot of churches. A lot of people who attend church. If you dig deep into the statistics you can see the number of people in our city who go to church, what they believe about God and what required to be a Christian. Ultimately, the statistics show that there are a lot of people who do not go to church and/or are not saved in our city.

The scripture says everything is worthless when compared to knowing Christ. EVERYTHING. If we want to make Jesus Great Again we, the Christians have to believe He is great. Our actions and our words must show that He is great. Things that are important to us take priority in our lives. The important things are in our conversations and we make time for them. I can assure you every one that knows me and spends any time talking to me knows that my grandkids are important to me. I talk about them every chance I get. I rearrange my work and personal life for them. I take their phone calls and/or face time calls. I go to their special events and love to celebrate them on birthdays and holidays. My grandchildren are great!

This scripture also says “For His sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.” Ladies, there is nothing as important than Christ and our relationship with him. As a young mother and new wife I struggled with this thought. The love we have for our family, especially our own flesh and blood, is indescribable. I used to think it was unimaginable to love someone more than them. But as I have grown older I realized that God loves them more than me. Really. Hard to believe, because I love them all so much.

If we want to make America Great Again, we have to make Jesus Great Again. He is great right? Do you show it? Are you saying it? These are not questions for you to necessarily answer in this post but to internalize. We live in a time where there is much brokenness in our world. Jesus is the answer. I believe it. I have seen the miracles of families restored, marriages saved, bodies healed, forgiveness given, and entry to heaven granted by those accepting Christ as their savior. He is the greatest and He deserves our praise, our worship and He deserves to be number one in our lives.

The great news is that if you do not know Jesus you can come to know Him today. If you do know Him and you are not sharing the good news, you can decide to do it beginning right now. Ladies, we can make a difference in this world and we start in our homes. As an old saying goes, “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Making Jesus Great Again begins with one person. That person spreads it to their home, their work, their friends, their family and their churches. You can do it. I believe in you! Lets make Jesus Great Again!!

Jesus Loves Me This I Know

Jesus Loves Me

Today’s Truth

Ephesians 3:16-20 I pray that he will use his glorious riches to make you strong. May his Holy Spirit give you his power deep down inside you.  Then Christ will live in your hearts because you believe in him.  And I pray that your love will have deep roots. I pray that it will have a strong foundation. May you have power with all God’s people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is.   And may you know his love, even though it can’t be known completely. Then you will be filled with everything God has for you.  God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.

From My Heart to Yours

Probably everyone reading this blog today knows the famous children’s song “Jesus Loves Me”.  The words ring so true to me.  Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so.   I began to think today about baby Christians as I think about this song.  Do we teach them this song and the truth behind it regarding their relationship with Christ.  DO WE REALLY TEACH THEM???

A long time ago I saw a news report on babies in orphanages in Russia.  The news was highlighting how there were so many babies in Russia in the orphanages that was not enough manpower for the nurses to hold and nurture the babies.  The problem was, according to the media, that in the first year of life the baby needs to be cuddled and talked to if it is to develop properly as a human being.

When someone we know accepts Christ are we doing our part to make sure they are getting the love they need to grow healthily?  Here are some facts about love and how it impacts a both a baby and a baby christian.

1.      He is happier and calmer. A child/baby christian who is loved is at peace with the world, and is able to bear disappointments better. Without love, the world is bleak.

2.      He is more confident of himself. He knows that he is worthy of being loved, and that is a great boost to his self-esteem.

3.      He can form better relationships with others. A loving relationship with the parent/other Christian’s and Christ makes him a kinder, more loving person. Lack of love hardens the heart, and he could become less prone to showing love for others.

4.      Has a positive outlook on life. A child/christian who is loved looks at the world with enthusiasm. He will be eager to try and experience new things.

5.      He will be more responsive to what parents/Christ tells him. Reproaches and scoldings become bearable when he knows he is loved.

The bible is clear that when we are saved we are just babies in Christ.  As a new christian  he has been adopted into God’s family.  Those of us who are more mature in Christ have a responsiblity to care for the new baby christians.  Are we like the nurses in the Russian hospitals doing the best we can to provide what the baby christians NEED only to survive or are we taking the time to show the LOVE that is needed to grow healthy Christians?

Lets Pray:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for the love that you have for us and that you loved us so much that you sent your son to die for our sins.  Help us to Lord to love others as you have loved us and create in us a desire to love and nurture the new baby Christians that you put in our paths.  In Jesus name.

Excited About Church

Psalm 57:7
I Will Sing and Give Praise

Today‘s Truth
My heart is confident, O God.
My heart is confident.
I want to sing and make music. Psalms 57:7 (GW)

From My Heart To Yours
I don’t know about you but I am ready for Sunday morning praise and worship at my church. Even though I had the flu all week and been stuck in bed I can’t wait to sing, pray and fellowship with my Christian family tomorrow.

How are you praising God? Are you spending more time talking about what is going wrong in your life than focusing on what good things God is doing for you? It is so easy to fall into the negative mode. We need to take time to sing God’s praises.

Here are few things that the Bible says about praise in the Psalms:

Psalm 22:25 My praise shall be of you in the great assembly
Psalm 45:17 …the people shall praise You forever and forever
Psalm 71:6 …My praise shall be continually of You
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day I praise you
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord

Have you been too quite in your praise of God lately. I challenge you to take Psalm 119:164 and use it this week to help you focus on singing God’s praises.

If you are a negative person, and you know if you are, then your task is for every negative comment you make in the next week you have to say 7 good things that God has done for you. The challenge is to do it every time and for an entire week. If you really want to change your habit of being negative take the time to write the negative comments and the 7 good things God has done for you.

Maybe you aren’t a negative person but you have a hard time praising God out loud. Your challenge this week is to find a way to say out loud 7 times a day something God has blessed you with. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to other people about it then start by just saying it out loud to God, your spouse or your pet. The more you praise him out loud the easier it will get. For you to really change your habit I encourage you to write 7 things at the beginning of the day and check them off your list as you say them out loud.

God is so good to us. He has blessed us with salvation, families, food, shelter, health, a church, freedom and the list goes on. We were created to praise Him. Don’t let this week go by without taking time to praise him.

Let’s Pray
Father, we thank you for loving us as you do. Forgive us for the times we fail to praise you. Help us each day to open our eyes to see how you are blessing us. Led us to share your praises with others to help encourage them. In Jesus name. Amen.

Why wait. Is there something you feel led to praise God for now? Share your praise with everyone by leaving a comment below.