Deliberate Love
Priscilla Van Sutphin
Dec 23rd, 2005
Prov 3:3-7 Amp Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart. [Col 3:9-12.] 4 So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man. [Luke 2:52.]
5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. [Prov 8:13.] 
Matt 5:43-46 AMP You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; [Lev 19:18; Ps 139:21,22.]
44 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [Prov 25:21,22.] 45 To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that?
Prov 25:21-22 NKJV If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
Fire: symbol of presence, burning judgment of God, purifying and testing.
“Do you see it? Do you see that when you deliberately CHOOSE to love rather than to hate; to forgive rather than take vengeance, that it brings fire on the heads of those you purpose to love? When You hold on to your rights to not forgive, you are not doing anything but binding yourself and them to bitterness, hatred and resentment! So YOU MUST PURPOSE in your heart to forgive and to love those around you, regardless of what they have done to you. “
At this point I remembered a story I read in a brother’s newsletter on the persecuted church in China, and how this young woman was arrested for participating in a house church. She was put in prison, but within 6 months there, the whole section of that part of the prison was converted! Then they felt she was too much trouble so transferred her to another part of the prison, and again she set to PRAYING in that section of the prison, and eventually a couple of the guards in the yard were saved along with that whole section of the prison. It truly was a humbling thing to read. How her heart was set on pilgrimage. Her heart was like Jesus’ so much that every time she could she was worshipping God and praying for the others to KNOW Him. She was more concerned for their salvation than her own comforts and life. 
Then I remembered the story of another person who was asked to go to Europe with a lady, but didn’t get a visa, that was required because she was NOT a U.S. Citizen though having lived her a long time. She had not checked proper resources, so ended up the whole week in prison. In that prison were
Many from other nations as well. However this one was complaining how she’d been gipped out of her ability to preach, and do what she came for. She totally missed her opportunity, because she was too busy looking at her own dilemma, instead of rejoicing and using the circumstance to bring true glory to God. It is an age old story in perspective.
Then I went back to listening to what else the Lord might want to say.
“Diffuse, and marvelous are My ways with the sons of men! I am always looking for opportunities to show and demonstrate My glory and LOVE to the nations. But people get distracted from the true purpose of My KINGDOM,
By trying to build one of their own. Are you here on earth to learn to love and to share that love with others, or to serve yourself? For the Son of man, came not to serve Himself, but to do the will of the Father. Thus those who truly LOVE others, will be concerned for their ETERNAL life, and not just for what is going on in this life. This world is passing away, but My LIFE, and MY LOVE, and MY WORD will never pass away! I AM the ETERNAL ONE! My LOVE endures FOREVER and EVER, and EVER!!!
Will you ask ME for perspective in the midst of trials and troubles and ask for MY WISDOM, so that you will get a new perspective, a new PARADIGM shift for what I AM wanting for you to understand, learn, or do? It rains on the good and the wicked in this life. It is HOW you go through the trials that makes a difference.
Will you stop praising ME?
Will you stop worshipping ME in spirit and in truth?
Will you continue to PRAISE ME, even when the going gets rough? Will YOU CONTINUE TO PROCLAIM MY GOODNESS in the midst of storms and losses, and changes in the world, that will rattle the best of the people of this world? For I am training you in the midst of the trials. I want you to COME TO ME, for MY PERSPECTIVE on what is going on. LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE, and pick up MINE! ASK and you shall receive, pressed down and flowing over will I give into your bosom, SO THAT, MY KINGDOM will be EXALTED.
 The Son of man never exalted HIMSELF! If I , Your KING and SAVIOR, never sought the approval of man, nor to be exalted, then why do you continue in your idolatry to man and things in this life? Why do you seek after accolade and self aggrandizement? Is it not that YOU want to be in charge and on the throne instead of ME?
Do you think I am unfair? Do you think you’ve had it too hard My beloveds? I tell you that many nations are in WANT and famine, and lost without HOPE. Do NOT give in to the discouragement for it leads to FEAR! DO NOT give in to the enemy’s traps to keep IN THE WORLD. YOU ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD! YOU ARE IN MY KINGDOM NOW. THIS IS NOT YOUR HOME! THIS IS ONLY YOUR TEMPORARY ABODE
I AM WITH YOU, and I will soon be with you even MORE! I am going to POUR, and POUR, and POUR! So make a choice this day whom you will serve! 
Will you serve self and mammon? Or will you serve ME? I would that all My people were prophets! I would that you were all given to time spent with ME, over time in this world and all it’s possessions. For I am far more lovely than anything in this world. I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. If you are IN ME. Then you are a recipient of ETERNAL LIFE, MY ways, and the TRUTH that comes with true relationship.
If I was your husbandman, and I am, - but I mean in this world, and you ignored me and abandoned me for doing so many other things, then how would I know that you loved me? If you never communicated with me, how would I know how you felt?
Believe me when I say, I hear every whispered “I love You” given me, from your mind, or from your mouth! Nothing is hidden from ME. I AM never , never, never, not there for you! I am ALWAYS LISTENING! All you have to do is turn your mind towards ME, and I will keep you in perfect PEACE.
So come away My beloveds, and make your heart known to ME! I LOVE YOU immensely and will never leave you nor forsake you. My heart is EVER turned towards you, NO MATTER WHAT MISTAKES YOU MAKE! My GRACE is SUFFICIENT for you!”
Priscilla Van Sutphin
Upstream Ministries,