Morning by Morning, Friday 11-12-10 ¯ Simply Love.
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Draw me close to You. Pour into my heart and mind and soul and strength Your love and power. Make me more like You each day. ¯
¯I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another¯ (John 13:34-35).
What if it really is as simple as that? What if it really is all about love? What if all the law, all the prophets, all the spiritual principles of life are based upon love? (Matthew 22:40; Galatians 5:14) What if discipleship is learning to love? What if healing is releasing the power of God¯s love? What if salvation is embracing the love of God through the means of love God has provided for everyone of us? (John 3:16) What if being Spirit-filled is being filled with God¯s love in our hearts? (Romans 5:5) What if we are created by God to love, because God is love and God created us in His image for the very purpose of growing in a relationship of love with God and with one another? (1 John 4:7-12)
What if every challenge we face is an opportunity to love? What if every circumstance is another chance to choose love instead of something else and something less? What if every struggle and battle is precisely calculated to crucify and crush everything in us that is not love? What if spiritual maturity is growing in the nature of God¯s love, who was crucified and crushed in Christ for us? And what if the disciples are to be like the Teacher, the servants are to be like the Master, and the sons and daughters are to be like the Father¯giving our best out of our love? What if the most spiritual and holy thing we could every do was to choose to live our lives as best as we can and all by Your grace ¯loving one another deeply from the heart?¯ (1 Peter 1:22)
What if our highest calling is to ¯pursue love¯ (1 Corinthians 14:1). What if the more passionately we pursue love, the more passionately we pursue God? What if the more passionately we pursue love, the more passionately we pursue the life we are created to live? And the quality of our life is the reflected in every way by the quality of our love¯our love for God, our love for one another, our love for ourselves? What if the Word of God turns out to be true, that, ¯the only thing that counts is faith working through love?¯ (Galatians 5:6) Could it really be that simple? And if it is, how would I be willing to let that truth change my life today? In Jesus¯ name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, please Save the Date of December 10th for our Messiah Ministries' Celebration and Christmas Party! We'll share stories of God's glory and all He has been doing at home and abroad in the life of our ministry. Please come join us in Lexington and bring some friends to know more about Messiah Ministries --"Preparing the Way of the Lord ... Ministering the Healing Love of God!"
Please keep us in prayer for our Messiah Ministries' Level II School of Spiritual Ministry this week. We've had a largest registration ever and God is moving in very deep healing ways in spirit, soul, and body as He equips us! Please come join us for one of our intensive, four day schools or consider ordering the dvd's if you can't. God bless!