‎"The deeper the hurt, the more love fills in"


I just finished writing this today on a post in a friends 'facebook' page. Sometimes I write and go with the flow that I just enjoy the way that God seems to say what he wants me to hear even when I am writing to others. And in those "special moments", I too read the words as though someone else wrote them and I am just enjoying what that someone else had to say.


‎"The deeper the hurt, the more love fills in"

Have you ever seen a little child, hurt? Where does the heart of the child run to? Where does the little one go? They run to the one who loves them, the one who has shown them the only love they have known.

I have watched children play. I have seen the little ones who hurt and are comforted. I see the way a man or a woman will take a child and cause the loved one to forget the pain, safe in the care of the arms of the one who has just the right answer at the time.

It sounds so simplistic I know, but you and I are children by comparison to how well, how much, how deep and how personal God really is in regards to our faults, failures, scars and tears.

If it were not true, why did He say He would wipe away every tear?

It is not for children He wrote those words and made that promise to you and me. It is for the mind of the man and the heart of the woman who has felt the pain and takes the scars that were never intended to be His Will for us, but God has designed the Love that is real that can only be felt by those who have been hurt, who have cried, who bear, like He does, the scars that are produced when you really dare to Love as He does.

If you do Love as God loves you, you will be hurt, and so it should be; because the deeper the hurt, the more love fills in.

And in the end my friend, face to face, while in his embrace, God will wipe away your tears, and you may touch His.

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CCM Daily Devotions | Good News, Bad News – A Two-Sided Coin

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Good News, Bad News – A Two-Sided Coin 


Based on “How Jesus' Birth Changed Everything, Part 5” by Pastor Mark Balmer;

1/1-2/11, Message #MB445; Daily Devotional #4 -
“Good News, Bad News
A Two-Sided Coin”

 

Preparing the Soil (Introduction):  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)  Before leaving this earth to go back to His heavenly Father, Jesus gave this command to His disciples – to be His hands, His feet, and His mouth to the world.

 

Planting and Watering the Seed (Growth):  It is important for Christ followers to remember that this mission is like a two-sided coin.  There is the “good news,” and there is the “bad news.” Each of these is critical to the salvation message.  People need to understand the bad news before they can understand their need for the good news.  They need to know:

 

§ Everyone has sinned. (Romans 3:23)

§ The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

§ Hell is a real place. (Matthew 5:22; Matthew 10:28)

§ There are no second chances once we die. (Luke 16:26)

 The other side of the coin is the Good News:                       

§ God’s salvation is available to all through His Son, Jesus. (John 3:16)

§  Jesus died on the cross and took the wrath of God for us. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

§ Jesus’ death on the cross frees us from the penalty of sin. (Romans 6:23)

§ Every Christ follower has eternal life. (John 3:36)

 

 Harvesting the Crop (Action/Response):  Jesus has asked His followers to be His ambassadors in presenting both sides of this coin to others.   In its totality, the year 2011 will have 365 days, which is 8760 hours or 525,600 minutes.   A few days, several hours and many minutes of this New Year have already passed. This serves to remind us of the need to take advantage of the opportunities God puts before us to take this two-sided coin and share it with those in need.  Ask God to open your eyes, your mind, and your heart to the opportunities He gives you to be His hands, feet, and mouth to the world around you.   

  

Cultivating (Additional Reading):  2 Peter 3:9

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A.W.Tozer: Jan7

 

 

January: Personal Life

Some things may be neglected with but little loss to the spiritual
life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we
cannot afford it.

The Root of the Righteous, page 9



January 7

Personal Life: The Call of God

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. --Hebrews 12:11

"Your calling," said Meister Eckhart to the clergy of his day, "cannot make you holy; but you can make it holy. No matter how humble that calling may be, a holy man can make it a holy calling. A call to the ministry is not a call to be holy, as if the fact of his being a minister would sanctify a man; rather, the ministry is a calling for a holy man who has been made holy some other way than by the work he does. The true order is: God makes a man holy by blood and fire and sharp discipline. Then he calls the man to some special work, and the man being holy makes that work holy in turn....

Every person should see to it that he is fully cleansed from all sin, entirely surrendered to the whole will of God and filled with the Holy Spirit. Then he will not be known as what he does, but as what he is. He will be a man of God first and anything else second. We Travel an Appointed Way, 59-60.

"You've called me to be holy, Lord, not famous; to be holy, not successful. Keep me focused today on being the person You want me to be, no matter how significant or insignificant the work You ask me to do. Amen." 

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Look upon us with Thy favor, O Lord, while we behold "The land that is very far off" and yet so near to the seeing eye and the listening ear.

Wait. Wonders are unfolding. Tremble with awe. No man can stand upon the threshold of Eternity unshaken. I give unto you Eternal Life. A free gift, a wonderful gift - the Life of the Ages.

Silently comes the Kingdom. No man can judge when it enters the heart of man, only in results. Listen quietly. Sometimes you may get no message. Meet thus all the same. You will absorb an atmosphere.

Cultivate silence. "God speaks in silences." A silence, a soft wind. Each can be a message to convey My meaning to the heart, though by no voice, or even word.

Each word or thought of yours can be like a pearl that you drop into the secret place of another heart, and in some hour of need, lo! the recipient finds the treasure and realizes for the first time its value.

Do not be too ready to do, just be. I said, "Be ye therefore perfect" not "do" perfect things. Try and grasp this. Individual efforts avail nothing. It is only the work of the Universal Spirit - My Spirit - that counts.

Dwell in thought on this, more and more, saints have taken a lifetime to grasp it.

Be still, and know that I am God.  Psalm 56:10


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Friday, January 07, 2011

Jesus: 'Can You See It?'
by Rick Warren

 

We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen. The things which are seen are temporal and the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

"When we believe that reality is confined to only what we see, we become prisoners to our perceptions."

This week Pastor Rick is teaching us to live by spiritual sight and the certainty that comes through faith. We must learn to see with the eyes of faith as we follow Jesus into this Decade of Destiny.

When people approached Jesus to tell him about their circumstances, he’d often say something like, “You’re looking for a drink of water, but look past your circumstances because I’m the living water. I can quench your thirst for eternity, not just in this moment. Can you see it?”

Or, “You want to see bread right now, but I want you to see that I am the living bread. I can feed you for this one meal, but—Look!—I can feed you for all eternity. Can you see it?”

In one of those grand, mysterious paradoxes of our faith, Jesus says we should see the unseen. The way to do that is to stay intimate with him and to let the Holy Spirit direct our sight, both our physical eyes and our spiritual eyes.

When we believe that reality is confined to only what we see, we become trapped into thinking the only truth is what we see. We become prisoners to our perceptions. Time and time again we see Jesus moving the focus from the seen to the unseen. He knew that for those who walk by faith, appearances are never the ultimate reality.

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)

(This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals  and author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's ‘The Cost of Discipleship.’)

 

 

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Faithful Andrew

He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ).—John 1:41

Andrew could be the patron saint, if you will, of relatively unknown but faithful followers of Jesus. Andrew was the first of the disciples to be called. In fact, he was called even before his brother Peter. It was Andrew who brought Peter to Jesus. Andrew obviously knew Peter. He knew that Peter was a force of nature, the kind of a guy who, when he walked into a room, would light it up. He would dominate the conversation. He was a natural leader, the guy that others looked to.

Andrew, on the other hand, flew under the radar. Andrew was more soft spoken, more quiet. He even may have been tempted to think, You know, I am tired of always living in Peter's shadow. I don't want to introduce him to Jesus. He will get all of the attention, and I will be overlooked. But the first thing Andrew did was bring his brother Peter to Jesus.

In fact, that is always what Andrew was doing. There is also a story in the Gospels about when some men from Greece wanted to talk to Jesus. They went to Philip, and then Philip took them over to Andrew, who was the go-to guy to get to Christ. And it was Andrew who brought them to Jesus. That was Andrew: always bringing others to the Lord.

There is no end to what can be accomplished if we are willing to get the job done and not worry about the accolades of others, but simply work for the glory of God. Andrew is the model for all Christians who labor quietly where God has called them. We don't know their names as well as we may know the names of others, but they are known and greatly loved by God. 

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