Do not lose heart. This is the reason that I am praying for you and speaking God's word over your lives. I want you to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in your inner man. I want you to be rooted and grounded in love so that you can comprehend and KNOW the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God. I want you to know that He is able to do exceedingly, ABUNDANTLY ALL that we ask ACCORDINGTO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US.
This is one of Paul's prayers for the Ephesian church (myparaphrase ck it out at Eph. 4: 14-20). Notice that he wants us to know we are loved and be grounded in that love. He wants to understand that we work WITH HIM. He is able to do ALL that we ask but it is the power that works IN US. We know that we have the power of God living in us, resurrection power. How do we access it? Love. It the next few verses, Paul tells us "therefore walk in love". When we look at 2Timothy 1:7,we see that God gave us a Spirit of power and love, they are connected. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. He wants us to know we are loved, that He has given us a Spirit of love and in order to walk in the fullness of God, we need to learn to give love to all people.
So, it sounds easy huh? All we gotta do is love everyone. Yep, that's it, love your neighbor. Remember the word of God is talking about bible love, agape love. It takes time to learn how to love others. Sometimes its hard to love that spouse who is getting on our nerves, or the one who lies to us, about us or hurts us. It's hard to love some people but it is not about how we feel, it is about how we act, what we do. Take a step today and then another tomorrow. It might not be easy at first but it gets better and you'll get better at it. GO CHURCH!
Danny & I love you guys and we are here to serve you, how can we help you? Call us and let us know, ok?
Thursday will be a day of prayer in my household. I will be praying for all of you and many others. If you have a prayer request,you can email it to me or give me a call.
I encourage you to attend Wednesday's service. I know it can be hard; its during the week, work, kids, etc. But it will be worth it, I promise. I am teaching this week and we are going to look at some of the myths and unbiblical traditions that define who we think is our God.