Like an Arab merchant, we haggle and wheel and deal to get the best we can, all the while, the Lord just wants relationship, not a deal. Our gimmicks don't work.
Though I have come open hearted in giving love, my love was not clean. I was looking for Love in all the wrong places and with a wrong motive.
Prayer and sovereignty are uniquely entwined while appearing to be seemingly contradictory. So if God is sovereign, what is the purpose of prayer?
How far will our God go to make Himself known and to love us? I can never underestimate the lengths to which God will go in assisting me to know Him. His reach and pursuit is often shocking.
A lover isn't motivated primarily by self-satisfaction but by relationship. A lover is focused on the one they love.
The one talent servant said, "I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth." I can clearly see how I can run to the world and hide my talents.
How about seeking to focus my attention on loving God rather than always seeking to always BE loved by Him?
Though most of us fight the transitory nature of our relationships, it remains our living reality. So what does God say about all the lonely people?
Not a single time did the Lord excuse a sinner because of their circumstances. He had grace but never excuse. There's no get out of jail free pass because of circumstances.
“If one loves God truly…he is known by God…and he is owned by Him.” Part of truly loving God is loving the ones He loves, as He wants to love them. Do we?
I've often struggled with claiming the promises in the Word as my own. But what I am learning is it is about me because my life is about He not me.
I am not the owner of my body or life; I am merely the steward. I don’t have the right or the ability to care for myself.