On the last day of the eleventh month of the year, I’m excited for those of us in transition between prophecy spoken and prophecy fulfilled, between promises released and promises realised; for this is a song that declares we are ready to cross over.
Cross over from our wilderness into our vineyards of fruitfulness, spiritually and naturally.
As the last month of 2019 dawns upon us, let us declare that though we may have walked through fire and flood, the times and the tides are both changing.
For our good and His Great Glory!
“God’s Perfect Love, and therefore being perfected in God’s love.”
Our God is a God of Encouragement. To me, the term, “encouragement” means to infuse with courage. It takes love to pour courage into someone, and paradoxically, it takes courage to truly love. This has been my story and journey with Jesus thus far.
So above all else, I thank God for His Perfect Love each day. There is nothing I can do that can make Him love me more, and there is nothing I can do that can make Him love me less. Simply because that is who He is – Love. In His Love, He has poured encouragement upon encouragement in my life. It is a revelation of such Agape Love that has given me the courage to love Him back. This cycle of reciprocity has cultivated a depth of intimacy with Him that enables me to obey Him when He asks of me to love first, myself; and then, others in the way that He does. This isn’t something I can do in my own strength, but only in the strength of His Spirit.
Of late, He has laid the following passage on my heart. Though we are all quite familiar with it, I believe it is something that we will be walking out in increasing measures as we continue to walk out the wonderful process of our “becoming.”
“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.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)
These Christlike virtues make for a quick read, but take a lifetime to truly walk out. Therefore, it becomes vital for us to first come to God each day and simply receive. Receive His Love like a much loved Child of God. Receive His Mercy like a much loved Child of God. Receive His Forgiveness like a much loved Child of God. Receive His Compassion like a much loved Child of God. Receive His Grace like a much loved Child of God. Receive His Strength like a much loved Child of God.
For we cannot give what we do not have, and what we do have, no one can take away.
We can extend the Love and Light of Christ to those that God has called us to love only to the extent that we have first allowed God to pour into us. He asks us to be loving, gentle, kind, gracious, forgiving, generous and compassionate. However, as I write, something I recently heard comes to mind,
“Jesus first became like us before He asked us to become like Him.”
Stunning, isn’t it?
This tells me that God would never ask us to be something that He first doesn’t demonstrate firsthand in our own unique personal walk with The Lord. If He asks us to become an extension of His Love, then we can expect Him to first reveal Himself as Love that comes with no strings attached – the kind of Love that can never be earned for in Christ, it has been freely given. Therefore, the exhortation,
“Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8, NIV)
Which brings me back to what I wrote earlier on in the post,
“For we cannot give what we do not have, and what we do have, no one can take away.”
We can freely give with the confident assurance that what we do have, The Living Christ within us, an inexhaustible source of Love that heals, redeems and restores us every single day, is a gift from God that no one can take away. What we give of ourselves, He is Faithful to replenish. What we cannot give, He is Faithful to help us with.
If in essence, God is Love, it naturally follows that our journey would mean that we have been embarked upon a process of becoming love. Good fruit grows only in bad soil, and we are encouraged to love the unloved. This is something that needs us to be bold, courageous and supremely confident in the Perfect Love of God which casts out all fear, till all that is left is our willingness to go the extra mile and have our hearts echo with the resonance of a resounding, “Yes!” because we have tapped into our Identity as much loved Children of God who know that the way to live is to die, and because the very source of Eternal Life is within us, we are now free to die.
So, if Perfect Love casts out all fear, Perfect Love brings about courage. The courage to love and the courage to being willing to be perfected in love, slowly but surely with the radical confidence that even when we fail, His Grace shall cover us and His Mercy shall prepare our hearts again. We cannot fail, because Love never does.
Past the midnight hour, ushering in the dawn of a new day. We call it “thanksgiving,” for as surely as one chapter of our lives is coming to a close, taking a moment to lift our heartfelt thanks to The One and Only whose Love and Faithfulness have not, will not and shall not ever fail us, gives us a magnificent opportunity to not just revel in His Presence but even hand over the keys for what is yet to come; a new chapter endowed with new beginnings and new blessings:)
Suffice to say,
Just the song to sing when our hearts and voice reverberate with a crescendo of worship that moves the very heart of Heaven!❤️
With Thanksgiving just 8 days away, I thought it appropriate to seize this time frame as an opportunity for us to individually and corporately, remember the times that we have tangibly experienced The Goodness of God this year.
Times where we felt lost only to know that in Him, we really never are.
Times when we thought there was no way only to see Him make one that in the limited confines of our natural human comprehension, we perhaps would have never even conceived of.
Times when we found ourselves between a rock and a hard place only to experience Him as our Comforter.
Times when we felt it was the end of our own ability only to have God reintroduce us to the power of His Sovereignty.
Times when we felt we had reached a dead end only to see that it was an invitation to a new beginning.
Times when nothing in the natural satisfied till Heaven breathed again and His Voice brought us back to life.
Times when we felt our times were out of control only to have Him gently whisper, “Your times are in My Hands and the steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord.”
So friends, as we sense a much anticipated change in the air,it’s perhaps only natural to let our praise pave the way towards the new era that God is ushering us into, an era of fresh blessings and favour that will leave us in awe, wonder and astonishment at The Greatness of Our Great God!
All my love across❤️