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Complicated Biblical Principle.. Love! ---a Mini Sermon -- Written by: ME
by Ebony Lowe on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10:32pm
By: Ebony Lowe
1Chr. 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.Cry out, "Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise."
Love, to many is a difficult word to describe, but the Bible is very specific about love. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not enve; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave badly, does not seek its own, is not provoked thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things"
To break this down, Love is something that has no limits or conditions. Either you love someone or not. This is where we run into sin because the bible commands us to love each other. In Leviticus 19:18 the Word says, "You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord."
We are commanded to love each other. We are not to bully people or hold a grudge against another person. Although, the bible is written in perfection, we must do our best to live by the guidelines God outlines for us. No one says that you have to be best friends with someone, but we are supposed to show brotherly love to everyone by treating them with basic human dignity and respect.
God also commands us to forgive our enemies. In Colossians 3:12-13 the Bible says, "Therefore, as the elect of God; holy and beloved, put on the tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do." God also tells us to love our enemies. In Matthew 5:44-48 it says, "But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." "For if you love those who love you what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" And Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect."
This is a lot to take in. Even for me it is extremely difficult. Being that I my self struggle with an anger control problem, I oftentimes have rage that builds up against people. As I learn the biblical principles of love, I am learning that usually the people I harbor hate for have a lot of problems in life. Instead of hating them, I need to be loving them and lifting them up in prayer. By doing good to others, God will also do good to you.
Loving someone requires a kind spirit and an understanding attitude. The scripture says in Romans 12:9 (ESV) to "Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good." So this means saying you love somebody and meaning it in your heart are two different things. We must actively seek God on how to love wholeheartedly everyone. If Jesus can love all the people that nailed him to the cross, we can love others. It just takes work.
In John 15:13 it says "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay his life down for his friends." (ESV) We are commanded by this scripture to advocate for others even at our own expense. This is the kind of love that God commands of us. Even if it means you stand alone.
John 13:34 says that "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Beauty of Healing.... It is a process
by Ebony Lowe
on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 4:50pm
The concept of healing is very controversial in the Christian faith. So, I refer back to the Word for guidance.
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
The Lord can heal the people that society deems as unhealable, and deliver those who are perceived as undeliverable!
15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. 20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
So believe it, in Jesus Name!
I have struggled with this concept with the recent course of events in my life lately, but the seed that was planted in my heart about the love of Jesus is still imbedded with in me and I truly believe in the healing of Jesus. I believe with Christ anything is possible. We may just not need healing in our physical bodies, but emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. I have been delivered from so much in my lifetime and I can only attribute it to my Lord. The bible promises us healing, its about time we stood on it. I am preaching to myself as well. Sometimes, I forget the times the Lord has pulled me through.
In Exodus 15:26 it says “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you."
The fact is, God wants to heal all of us and he has the power to do so if we decide to put our trust only in him. We have a free will choice to serve him. He is a gentle God. We have the choice to stand and humble ourselves in the presence of the Lord, to repent and to receive our healing in Jesus name.
In Exodus 23:25 it says “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
Serve your Lord and believe me I can tell you from experience that he will serve you even when times are hard. Even when you fell like you have no faith left. Even when all men have left your side. He will watch over you and protect you in things that to the world seem impossible. He will heal your situation, your circumstance, a relationship, anything that you ask shall be done.
It says in Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
No matter what it is as long as it is within the will of God, he will provide. I have been praying for restoration of a friendship and I know that God will do this. Not in my time but His. I stand on this promise that he will bring peace and restoration.
Now you ask how do you get healed? Sometimes it can be miraculous and sometimes healing is a process.
In Matthew 21:22 it says "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive".
In Jerimiah 30:17 it says “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord." I know that the Lord will heal me of my bipolar disorder because I stand on that promise. In Psalms 147:3 it says “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord. Whether it is a physical or emotional imparment or you are in need of restoration of a job or relationship God can do it. However , you must choose to believe.
How do you get healing you ask? Start speaking your healing into existence. In Prov. 13:3 it says "He that keepeth his mouth keepth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction." Stop speaking the negative in your life. Times may get hard, but I have learned that when you meet resistance in this world turn directly to the Lord.
You are very aware that Jesus died for your healing and your sins. In Mark 5:25-28 it says" And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up;and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague."
So like the woman with the issue of blood, touch his cloak.. In other words get Jesus in your heart. You can touch Jesus wherever you are. Even if you are sitting in a homeless shelter. Jesus touches all things and he loves you more than life itself. So reach out and touch Jesus and don't be ashamed. Get down on your knees wherever you are and praise him and thank him for the miracle he is about to do for you. I don't care if you are sitting in a hospital psychiatric ward or behind bars Jesus can meet you anywhere and any place at any time.
I Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
So believe, ask, and praise him. Start proclaiming your healing in the mighty name of Jesus.
It's so nice to finally being getting my head above water. For the past couple weeks all I have been doing is struggling to keep my bills paid and I had to move into my own apartment. I was deathly afraid of making the same mistakes again that I was literally tip toeing around everything and everyone. In reality, I am starting to learn to allow God to handle my problems. I don't always need to try to fix things or make it right. Sometimes if you are just quiet, problems sometimes tend to heal themselves.
I wish I had learned that lesson a long time ago...
I had the craziest experience this morning. I was doing some praying and so forth and was really feeling the Holy Spirit this morning. I went to get on the bus and their was this guy about 10 feet away from me, glaring at me and walking back and forth as if he were possessed. In my mind, I was rebuking Satan and asking for the Lord's protection. I go to enter the bus and this guy was no where to be seen...
Then I get on the bus and this other dude starts glaring at me with his eyes all bugged out. Again, I started to rebuke Satan... The guy got off the bus...
Then I looked to the back of the bus, I was a little scared at that point. This other dude was looking straight down at the floor with a black hoodie over his head. Again, I knew I was dealing with evil so in my mind I began to rebuke Satan again.. He immediately got off the bus..
Then there was one more girl on the bus. I was almost sure she was ok till I looked at her and her eyes were bugged out too. That time I told Satan to get out of that girl and I binded every form of evil in the name of Jesus and the girl immediately exited this bus.
I prayed in my mind so no one knew I was praying. I have been studying about discernment of the spirit and I'm so glad I did because I caught the evil head on.
It was still dark in the morning so Satan knew that was when I was vulnerable. I hate the dark. But I had prayed this morning and was prepared. I binded Satan before I even left the house.
Many of you won't believe me unless you've experienced it. And that's ok. You don't want to experience what I did. I think God is preparing me for something.
It has been a hard month, but with God I know all things are possible. I am sitting at school right now preparing for my English Class at 2pm. I finished my paper thank God.
Things I am struggling with are moving on. I am still lost in the past. I want what I used to have. I want people in my life that I used to have.
What I'm failing to realize is that its a NEW SEASON! God has put really good people all around me to support me and to build me up. My heart still hurts that I have, by my own doing, lost some great supports.
I'm just kinda angry still because someone I love with all my heart as a friend said she would always be there no matter what and broke her promise.
I feel like I'm left alone in the wilderness searching for the direction in which to go.
I still love this person and I always will, but my heart is still breaking. This person was not only my former pastor, but a mother figure to me. I feel so bad about the part I played in causing it. A part of me wants to go back and fix everything.
That's not possible though. Praying for restoration.. in God's time I guess.
I am a little lost lately. My anger has caused me to literally lose all the friends I have. I'm having to start over with new people, new places. I am feeling a bit lost. I'm in search of delieverance from this. I'm in school for Human Services so I know that I need to seek God on a way to work through this anger.