Set Free

“Let the Voice of God, and not the validation of man be your seat of motivation.”

I believe in digging deep, deep into the Father Heart of God and allowing His Spirit, to in turn, dig deep within the crevices of my own mind, soul and spirit. More often than not, each time I yield and allow Him to gain access to these spaces on the inside of me, He not only heals and restores, strengthens and makes whole; but also burns a desire in my heart to want to extend the same invitation to those that are around and about me. The Word puts it like this,

“When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

The world today is submerged in grave issues like human trafficking, poverty, famine, environmental degradation, racial discrimination, bullying, violence and the list seems endless. The situation may seem hopeless, but for a people who have been entrusted with The Spirit of God, it is the right hour to wake up from our slumber and get going so we can redirect traffic and set people on a street called straight. It is for such a time as this that God has raised up His Sons and Daughters: to shine as lights in dark spaces, illuminating everything around and warming everything within.

However, responding to the call of God on our lives at such a critical time in history will require something of us. It will require us to put selfish ambition on the altar, and instead, devote our time and resources to fulfilling Godly ambition, an ambition that is rooted in what His heart beats for: love, kindness, mercy, compassion, understanding , justice and restoration. I understand that when we look at the magnitude of the problems confronting us, it is easy to get discouraged or even complacent. It is easy to entertain thoughts like, “what difference can I possibly make?” But the truth is that we are all a part of The Body Of Christ for a reason. I love the analogy The Bible gives us. The foot cannot be a hand, and the ear cannot be an eye. As each organ in the human body has a specific role, so it is with us. The unique contribution YOU can make, whether it is praying for your nation, contributing to abolishing slavery, having conversations with your children to create awareness, speaking words of Truth and affirmation over a struggling teen, volunteering some time at a nearby NGO, reading The Bible to a prison inmate, or simply hi-fiving that kid you just crossed paths with for no rhyme or reason; are contributions that ONLY you can make in the way you can make them. And when you really set your heart to it, the opportunities will present themselves. All that you need to do is say, “Yes!”

At times, obedience to God can look like rebellion to man. But if you know deep down that it is the Voice of The Father that is beckoning you to step outside your comfort zone and take baby steps or make gigantic strides to advance the cause of The Kingdom, then my encouragement to you is simple. Say yes.

And as you do, hold this truth close to your heart. Your efforts may be unapplauded, but they aren’t insignificant. You may seem obscure, but you’re fully known by The One who doesn’t miss a thing. You may not be affirmed or validated by man, but you can be rest assured that Heaven is cheering you on.

Pursuing the purposes of God in our generation is made possible when we have really done the work of going deeper within ourselves and identifying answers to questions like, “what draws me,” “what defines me,” “what inspires me,” “what motivates me?” If the motivation is authentic, the fruit is glorious. The applause of man remains inconsequential as our soul is set free to soar in the direction we know God is calling us to.

I also believe that when we truly follow His Voice and allow Him to be the sole reason behind doing whatever it is that we do, rewards follow. The Word assures us that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. He is a Father who honors the obedience of His Children. But He is also a Father who tests the motivations of the heart. He does this because He wants our souls to continue to prosper in the freedom that Jesus purchased for us at Calvary. Our corresponding responsibility also rests in allowing Him to prune and heal those areas of our soul that still seek the validation of man in order to feel inspired to do that thing He has called us to. Because the ONLY thing that ought to ever inspire us towards something is The Spirit of the Living God. Earth needs to align with Heaven, and not the other way round.

Friend, I believe God has you reading this for a reason. You were born for greatness, but not necessarily in the way the world would define it. Greatness is often birthed in a manger. Jesus exemplified this truth. Wrapped in humility, nearly three decades of His Life were in absolute obscurity and hiddenness. The accounts we have of His impact are from the three years of public ministry that have forever changed the course of history. I can’t help but wonder had He succumbed to the various temptations that came His way, we would have had a very different story. He was neither swayed by the fleeting praises of man nor moved by their rejection. He knew who He was and whose He was, and I believe that’s what led Him to do all that He did. And as we are His, let us too follow the model He has set for us. It is for our good and His Glory that we allow Him to work within us in a way that sets us free to be who we were designed to be in order that we may do all that we are called to in our lifetime, a work so expansive in its scope that the only way to do it is bit-by-bit and step-by-step, led not by external validation which is here today and gone tomorrow, but by the still, small voice on the inside of us that promises to never leave us nor forsake us.

Because when we are moved by the Voice of God and not the validation of man, we will have tapped into another dimension of our being, a version of ourselves that refuses to be defined by the world, rather letting what defines us define that which is around and about us. This is a journey which will see us lose shackles of wanting to gain acceptance and approval, rather letting the acceptance and approval of Jesus lead us into all that He has called us to touch and transform, a call that I hope and pray each one of us will honor in our lifetime, starting this moment on with a sonorous echo of a truth that continues to reverberate in my spirit,

“Let the Voice of God and not the validation of man be our seat of motivation.”

Selah.

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The Joy set before us

“It’s the Process that makes me who I am, not the Promise.”

The Bible is a book full of the Promises of God which are in Christ, “Yes” and “Amen.” I find this very fascinating and will try my best to unravel that which is on my heart today.

I believe God gives us promises not only to ensure that we will, as His Children, have legit access to a life that is abundant, prosperous, purposeful and successful; but to simultaneously embark us upon a journey where He will transform us from strength to strength and glory to glory. The verse from Genesis comes to mind,

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.”

Our Destiny demands that we become a blessing in order that God may use our lives to, in turn, bless others. That is the purpose, a purpose that is realized only to the extent that we allow God to do a deep work IN us before He can birth a great work THROUGH us. This Purpose is intimately connected to our alignment with a series of Promises that God gives us personally in and through a relationship with Jesus Christ, a series of Promises the fulfillment of which depends upon our willingness to surrender to a Process that Our Maker and Molder will have to take us through in order to make us a vessel fit for The Master’s use.

In my experience, if we wait upon God to bring about the manifestation of a Promise in our lives without yielding to His Process, we will find ourselves frustrated. Conversely, if we readjust our perspective and bring it in alignment with that of Heaven’s; we will be able to recognize, that what The Father really wants to do, is to transform and conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus. The degree to which we allow God to do this work WITHIN us will determine the fruit that comes forth FROM us and flows into the world AROUND us.

The Promise, I believe, only acts as a catalyst to initiate these changes on the inside of us, which otherwise, we would have resisted. The Promise serves as the motivation to tap into the courage required to undertake a journey which will require us to walk on water and tread the territory of the unknown. The Promise inspires us to believe that God wants something better for us, and if He does, why can’t we? The Promise cultivates within us a holy confidence that recognizes that if we abide in Him and He abides in us, anything is possible. The Promise gets us to our knees which is the very place we get to taste of the beautiful divine exchange that can happen between Heaven and Earth only through a personal relationship with God. The Promise is what makes us pregnant with God-given Destiny. It is the conception of the new, but it’s in the Process, that the birthing of the new creation we are called to be takes place.

It took me quite a while to grasp this Truth, but once I did, I have learned to place more value on the Process than anything else. Breakthroughs are inevitable, but it is the Process where we transform and evolve into a higher and better version of ourselves, a version of ourselves that is strong enough in its foundation to bear the weight of the Promise, once it manifests. Often marked with highs and lows, valleys and mountaintops, uprisings and down settings; The Process is a tool in the Hands of The Potter to test us, prune us and forge the character of Christ in us. At times disappointed and at times, exhilarated; we will discover that The Process is the grand adventure that Jesus promised to take us on. In a way, The Process is a promise towards The Promise.

Clearly, The Process is demanding, but we are encouraged by the Truth that along every single step of the journey, He is with us. Whether we fail, falter or fall; He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will keep us and keep working within us what is in accordance to His Will. Perhaps, it is safe to say, that of all The Promises we have or will ever receive in our lifetime, The Promise of His Presence is the most reassuring.

In my own walk with Him, I have come to realize that the encounters with His Presence in the process is what changes me, matures me, transforms me, marks me and positions me to lay hold of all the promises that He has for me. His Presence reveals to me the essence of His Character, that which He is interested in shaping within me so that I can perhaps be a good steward of the blessings that He has in store for me.

If this Truth goes for me, then friends, my guess is that it goes for you too. Romans 8:29 is an exquisite revelation indeed;

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

The more we yearn to encounter His Presence, the more like Jesus we will become and THAT is the purpose of The Process which is a destined prerequisite to the manifestation of The Promise. It isn’t always a comfortable place, but if we learn to trust Him enough, we will realize that this is the believer’s norm. We weren’t called to be comfortable but effective, and The Process does a mighty good job of teaching us that. Once we yield and surrender to whatever it is that God wants to work within us through The Process, the closer our breakthroughs and the culmination of the eagerly awaited Promise, the birthing of which is sure to catapult us into believing for another.

To me, this mystery unraveled reveals the glory of a life in Christ. A revelation of our true Purpose in life inevitably draws us into The Promises of God to receive the fullness of which demands that we unconditionally yield and surrender not just the reigns of our future into His Hands, but also The Process that it entails. I’m reminded that even Jesus took The Cross because of the joy that was set before Him. If Jesus needed joy to motivate Him to take that Cross, and found you and me as the source of that joy; then surely we too can take our cross for the joy that is set before us, a joy too great to be contained in things like process and promise when it is firmly tethered to the Person and the Presence of Christ Jesus.

Who is ultimately our everything: the unveiling of our Purpose, the reason for our Process, the manifestation of our Promise.

As I hasten to a close, I would like to urge you friends, that wherever you are in your walk with Him, let the joy of The Lord be your strength as He takes you deeper and leads you on. I’m believing for your promises with you because our real Promise is not even of this world.

If He bankrupted Heaven for us and secured Eternity, then as The Word assures us, how will He not also give us all things?

I’ll leave you with these thoughts as you continue to embrace The Process towards not just The Promise, but The Promised Land which is saturated with The Presence, the joy set before us.

Selah.




The Last Word

“Let Love have the last word, because love never has to have the last word.”

Agape Love is usually defined as the unconditional Love of God that comes with no strings attached. It finds us just the way we are, joyfully accepts us and gently molds us. We have all tasted of it and it has undoubtedly bought our hearts over. But to me personally, an expression of The Father’s Love is also the truth that He fights for us. He goes to war for us. He works behind the scenes all things together for our good and His Glory. He never quits. He never gives up. He is a Fighter.

As His chosen ones, we have the unique privilege of being vessels that get to carry and extend this love in our spheres of influence. Ours is a message of Love, Grace, Hope, Mercy and Eternity. We may share this message with the best of intentions, but may not always receive the desired response. In fact, in the beginning, we may just be met with sheer indifference or perhaps even rejection. However, will we let such responses that are subject to change whenever He so desires deter us from continuing to love?

The Bible says,

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

I love the fact that love never fails. When we look up the fruits of The Holy Spirit, the first to be mentioned is love, and the kind of love that really reaches the hearts of our near and dear ones is the kind of love that simply loves without ANY agenda. It is the kind of love that meets people where they are and helps them at their point of need. It is the kind of love that fosters trust and creates an atmosphere of safety that inspires vulnerability from both sides. It is the kind of love that never forces its way into another’s life, rather presents itself as an open invitation to a greater encounter. It is the kind of love with which Jesus loves us.

Safe. Secure. Stable. Sound. Steadfast.

A natural expression of this love would be to share The Good News and point our people to the Truth which is able to set them free. But in our haste to get across, let us not lose ourselves. Let us simply accept we are only instruments in the Hands of God, who loves His People more than we can fathom. The Word says we were all formed and created for His Glory. He desires them and is well able to draw them close. As I write, I’m reminded of what the very well known worship leader, Steffany Gretzinger shared in one of her podcasts. Speaking of her anxiety to usher in the Presence of God in a room flooded with His flock, she heard Jesus’s gentle whisper calm her distraught soul,

“I’m so much better at being found than you are at introducing me.”

To carry out our mandate in the Earth, we will have to take to heart both, the simplicity and the profundity of this simple revelation from The Lord. Seekers will always find, and those who don’t, we will love nonetheless because, as I often say, love is not what we do. It is who we are.

In our interactions with our loved ones, let us make use of every opportunity to point to The One that has sent us in the first place. He is Immanuel – God WITH us. So, no matter what the outcome of our exchange looks like in the natural, we can trust that the supernatural is already at work. Jesus promises us,

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

It is not just us going in the strength of our human wisdom, but it is us going in the power of His Anointing that counts. As His Children, we are backed by Heaven’s resources, Heaven’s Protection and Heaven’s Favor. Our part is to love our people enough to point them to The Truth, and trust God to do what ONLY He can do. The Bible tells us that He is constantly at work. Hence, we can rest.

Rest in the assurance that as the hands and feet of The One who saved us, we can love our people enough to hear them out, give them their time and space, but continue to pray and believe for them, even when they can’t believe for themselves yet. Tracing back my own journey, Jesus never gave up on me. And He will never give up on you, nor on the ones you’re believing for. They are first, HIS and then ours. Let us always let that truth keep us sober.

I call you and me, “love” with a small L. Our love, at its best, is just that. But what gives us confidence is that Our Father honors whatever it is that we have and backs it up. He sees you and me make strides for His Glory, and He is well pleased. He sees how we reach out to point the prodigals back Home, and He goes to war. I write this because in our various interactions with the people God has brought into our lives, there will be plenty of opportunity to argue, debate or contest. But friends, our world is not a courtroom, but a giant neighborhood full of people that are delightfully different and will inevitably test our patience, needless to say, our love. If we truly trust the nature and character, the power and might, the splendor and majesty, and to put it in a word, the “invincibility” of Our King, we would not be shaken. We would be content in doing our part, and letting Him know that we trust Him enough to let go of that which is beyond us but well within The Father’s Sovereign Reign. We do not have to let our delicate love handle that which only a revelation of His Gigantic Love can do. We get to participate for sure, but that is also where we learn to let go and let God.

A thought which brings me back to what I first began with,

“Let Love have the last word, because love never has to have the last word,”

Selah.

Grace

“But because we have done nothing, we have everything to do.”

The gift of Salvation in and through the blood of Christ Jesus is just that: a gift. It is something we have done nothing to earn or deserve, but have received as pure Grace. A Grace that found us dead in our transgressions, wrapped up in our brokenness, and desperate for a way out. A Grace that found us looking for solutions to temporal problems, but was lavish enough to bestow upon us Eternal answers. A Grace that rescued us from the dominion of darkness and translated us into His Marvelous Light. A Grace that showed us who we are and more importantly, WHOSE we are. A Grace that gave us promises of a new life, dripping with God’s favor and abundance. A Grace that wiped our slate of sin clean, creating a blank canvass for Our Creator to paint on with the vivid colors that was always His Original Design. A Grace that gives us the courage to open up our wings and soar into the clear, blue unknown. A Grace that gives us access to spiritual blessings we would never even had the wisdom to pray for. A Grace that gives us a new Identity synonymous with “Beloved,” a Purpose in accordance with the heartbeat of Heaven , and a Destiny to belong to that which in the feeble strength of our own good works, we would NEVER have had access to.

But Grace.

Grace that came disguised in the Person of Jesus Christ, as He descended from Eternity to Earth, fully God and fully man, to die a gruesome death on The Cross in order that we may be healed, redeemed, set free and on our way back Home. The Word testifies,

“But He was wounded for our trangressions , He was bruised for our iniquities : the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed.”

Grace has bought our freedom for us, and we are no longer in debt because Someone chose to pay it in full.

Clearly, Grace points to the unconditional, uncompromising and unadulterated Love of Our Father. The question then remains is this : what is our response?

Our responses may invariably vary, but I personally believe that the only reasonable response to such Love is to become subtle yet potent extensions of it, extensions which have the potential to touch and transform a lost and hurting world, a world we find ourselves in the midst of, a world that is exhausted by striving in its own strength to make happen that which Grace effortlessly does, a world that is unwittingly looking for answers Grace has already deposited on the inside of us, a world whose Destiny is intertwined with our decision to come into our own. As The Bible clearly states,

“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”

It seems to me that the inference here is to implore each of us to begin to manifest our God-ordained Identity as Sons and Daughters that can be trusted to represent the heart of a Loving Father to a world that perhaps has ideas to the contrary, individuals who know what it is to answer the call of being agents of change and transformation in a mundane and stagnant world, people who know how to love well and live lives that point to The Truth which has enabled them to come thus far, in the first place.

Our decision to manifest our true Identity can find expression in different ways, from something as subtle as praying for a loved one to something as dynamic as proclaiming The Good News on a street corner, something as seemingly insignificant as finding significance in cleaning your baby’s diaper to something as formidable as launching a business that can revolutionize an entire industry, something as heartfelt as reaching out to your widowed neighbor to something as tenacious as daring to tread into the uncharted territory you know you were born to conquer.

It could be something tiny or something huge, but it will always be something of great impact, simply because it is revealing the heart of The One who made you to the ones around and about you, thereby allowing you to manifest your Identity as a Son or Daughter. It is my firm conviction that if every soul does it’s part, what we are talking about here has the potential to evolve into a radical movement till the Earth is restored to its promise of being an oasis of peace, a haven of safety and a spring of love.

Tracing our steps back, it won’t take much for us to realize that even the hope of all this to manifest is made possible ONLY because Grace first pursued us, set us free and and made our hearts so whole that the only possible response remains an echo of what God already says in His Word,

“Freely you have received, freely give.”

Suffice to say that a life that Grace has chosen to set free is simultaneously positioned to make great exploits for The Kingdom Of God, exploits that find both origin and definition in the intangibles we call love, grace, truth, mercy and compassion, exploits that can begin anywhere that God has us and eventually be extended to wherever God takes us, exploits that are of Eternal significance because they create and shift things in a realm Our Father cares deeply about, so much so that He sent His Only Son to die a painful death on The Cross, and by His Spirit, rise again, only so that things would never be the same again, but instead be readjusted to the mandate;

“On Earth as it is in Heaven.”

All because Grace first found us, a true revelation and a rich experience of which will leave us all reverberating with the truth encapsulated in the simple phrase He has led me to share,

“But because we have done nothing, we have EVERYTHING to do.”

Grace be with you.

It’s been a month🎂

For everyone who has ever taken out the time to read my blog posts, leave a message of encouragement and shared with me how it’s speaking to you; let’s just take a moment to celebrate the fact that it’s been a month since the conception of this baby 🎂 Thank you for leaving comments that warm my heart and light up my soul. Praise God 🙌🏻 for the intricate work He has begun in each and every one of our lives, and is Faithful to bring to completion, in Jesus’ Name, Amen👑

Milestone

“I need You, but You want me.”

When we first come to Christ, it is because of one sole reason. We recognize our need for Him. With colossal masses of brokenness and despair threatening to take us out, it is only natural to respond to an invitation of Love that’s unconditional, Hope that extends all the way into Eternity and Mercy that triumphs over judgement. Surrender doesn’t just remain an option anymore. It guises itself as the beginning of a story of redemption that is going to be written by the hands that created the Heavens and the Earth, yet were pierced to give me the promise of a life beyond my past and a Grace-filled future that finds its way into life everlasting with Our Father in Heaven.

This is a faint glimmer of the divine exchange that happened at Calvary, and can be appropriated by literally anyone who finds themselves lost, hurting, empty or in pain. I’m guessing that sounds like each and every one of our stories. I definitely vouch for mine!

Broken cisterns are what we are, but not what we remain because the divine exchange that we have appropriated finds its way into a life of wholeness in and through a relationship with Jesus. That is why we NEED Him. His Grace that manifests as strength in our weakness, His Love that heals our hearts and binds up our wounds, His Mercy that keeps no record of wrongs, His Presence that is our forever-promise.

Clearly, for a life marred with the pain of rejection, abandonment, abuse, addiction, disease, or any other affliction that life has a propensity to through our way; Jesus is the ONLY ONE who is not only willing, but delights in getting His Hands dirty to sort through our messes and mistakes. He accepts us for just who we are and slowly but surely, begins a work marked by Grace. We come to Him with issues of the heart, mind, body and soul that at times, neither man nor medicine have answers for. If you have walked with Him for any length of time, you can join me in praising Him for the way He takes lost and broken souls and makes them salt and light in a lost and broken world.

Who can do this but God?

Clearly, we NEED Him.

But the best part of this dynamic is that we may need Him, but He? WANTS us.

Heaven is His Throne and the Earth is His footstool. So, I asked Him;

“Why do You want us?”

I believe He said because He recognizes our need for Him. He knows we can’t do this thing called life alone, neither were we designed to. We were always meant to walk with Him in “the cool of the day,” and even when we faltered, He already had a plan of redemption in place to restore us back into a healthy, organic and vibrant relationship with Him. He created us, and loves us enough to woo us back into His Presence which is the only thing where we truly come alive, and begin to manifest who we were originally designed to be.

In my own life experience, the more I have journeyed with Him, the more I have experienced His love heal my broken heart and bring it back to wholeness, the more I have witnessed His Spirit touch and transform me in places that I once had no hope for, the more I have seen His Power and Might make a way where there seemed to be none.

Suffice to say, the more I have sought Him, the more He has revealed Himself. The more He has revealed Himself, the more I have realized the relentless passion with which He loves us, a passion that some crazy kind of way has found its way into my heart. The net result is simple. Where I once needed Him, I still do; except that with every passing day, I find that “need” now begin to become a “want.”

To me, that’s a milestone!

So friends, if this narrative even remotely resonates with you, then together let us lift our voices to Him with one heart and say,

“I don’t just need You, I want You.”

The good, acceptable and perfect Will of God

“Because what is pleasing to You satisfies my soul.”

I have been walking in the Truth of this revelation for some time now. In my walk with Christ, I’ve come to realize that whenever I try to bypass His process for my plans, I always end up miserable. I’ve also realized that even when I steer of course, He is always Faithful to woo me back into His arms and reveal the truth of the season I find myself in. I’ve come to realize that even though the season maybe painful, challenging or unexpected; the more we yield our will to His, the more we are able to experience the joy that comes from being in the center of His Will. I’ve realized that where God calls you, He sustains you. He is responsible for the outcome, our part is to walk it out by faith and in love.

When The Holy Spirit comes to make His dwelling in our midst, we are given a new nature. This new nature best manifests itself when led by the Spirit, and not flesh. This is when we can sense God birthing HIS desires in our hearts, in order that we may work in a loving and trusting partnership to see His Plans and Purposes burst forth in the Earth, and that too, in and through OUR lives! What a privilege!

It is precisely because of this co-laboring role that we have in The Kingdom that whenever we see a loved one healed, a child restored, a marriage redeemed, a business prosper, a family reunite as a result of our persistent prayers that we sense an indescribable joy in our souls, perhaps a reflection of what Heaven must be feeling : sheer delight!

However, this happens ONLY when we heed the call of God on our lives. If we go on to make plans that are for the sole purpose of our temporal comfort and convenience, overlooking the needs of those God has placed in our environment, will we ever be able to experience such soul satiety?

I’m guessing not.

It is thus, safe to surmise that when God asks us to walk in step with The Spirit, we can rest in the assurance that even though we don’t quite know what the future holds, we know who holds the future. We may not see the outcome, but we can choose to walk in obedience. We may not have it all figured out yet, but we can challenge ourselves to discover the joy along each step of the adventure we have signed up for. We may not be able to see the impact of those tiny things we do in secret, but Jesus said that what we do in secret will be rewarded by Our Father openly.

As I unearth my soul for more answers, I feel God impressing upon me that He is perhaps most pleased with faith expressing itself through love.

The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. For everything He will ever call us to, we will need to exercise faith in order to see it to fruition. We will need to press past our fears and insecurities, and choose to do it anyway. We will need to have more faith in what HE says than what the enemy does. We will need to believe that no matter how impossible our circumstances, we serve a God who says,

“…not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit.”

Something we can put our faith in?

But again. What good is faith if not coupled with love? 1 Corinthians 13 says,

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

So I heard Him tenderly whisper,

“faith expressing itself through love.”

To put it simply, let love be the seat of motivation, and faith be the vehicle that sees the promise to full manifestation. Let us love without agendas or boundaries, trusting that when we do what we can do, He will ALWAYS do what ONLY He can do. Even when that child does not seem to turn around and that marriage seems stagnant, let us continue to press, pray and praise. Let it not affect how we love, because love is not what we do. It is who we are.

After all, agape love coupled with unrelenting faith is a lethal weapon in the hands of Our Master. I write all this because I know what it is when God asks you to believe Him for something you perhaps had no faith for. But as we allow His Spirit to diligently work within us, in time, we will surprise ourselves with our God-given ability to believe for signs, wonders and miracles we once deemed impossible. We will see His Goodness in the land of the living. We will witness and testify that with man, this is impossible but not with God. With God, all things are possible.

And because they are, we can freely abandon ourselves to His careful hand and give Him unrestrained access to birth and cultivate within us those desires that are good for us, and are pleasing to Him; desires which will require us to morph into a hybrid of pure love and undaunted faith; but having taken such form, can rest in the assurance that we have signed up to savor the taste of joy and satisfaction of soul that comes ONLY when we choose to pursue that which keeps us close to His Bosom.

Safe to confess then,

“Because what is pleasing to You satisfies my soul.”