I John 5:1-4 says, "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burden-some. For whatever is born of God overcomes"
Lord, help me to love and share Your love today.
I like to read the end of a book first and then read how it all transpires into that conclusion! I am sure some of you like to do that as well, for there are many movies in which we see the ending segment, then we jump back to the beginning and watch the plot unfold. At times I like to start in the back of a Scriptural letter and read chapter 5, then 4 then 3....etc. This process gives me new eyes as I've read through the Bible on a number of occasions and especially the New Testament. So this week, I began reading the three Johns right before Jude and Revelation. As I finished chapter 5, I submitted the prayer you see above and off I go through my day. Not until the evening time, after an emotional day did I realize that indeed the Lord made a direct answer to my prayer as He gave me an opportunity to love and be loved by a past relationship that sorely needed mending. I had no intentions that day to have such conversations, but He deemed it necessary for me in order to answer my prayer. It is not what I would have chosen for me to "love" that day, for surely I could have chosen a "flowery, fun" love that resembled something warm, cozy and fuzzy (which I would have preferred), but alas, that was not the case for me. Do not overlook those times that seem like distress, for it most definitely has the hand of the Savior all over it! I was emotionally spent for the evening, but the reflection was sweet.
I John 4:1-6 says, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God: and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error."
Lord, help me to test all spirits and not speak as the world speaks.
Next, I prayed prayer number 2 after reading I John chapter 4. It so happens that I was making my normal rounds of "second-hand" stores and giving them the info concerning our upcoming barn sale next weekend as these are my usual store stops and each have purchased items from me in the past. So I wanted to let them know what was approaching. I did my usual greetings, "Hi, how are you?" And, "How are things going," when the floodgates opened and a heart was exposed right in front of me. A story was told of a recent death in the family, tragic and many questions with little closure; and some "mystical" things shared about the loved one. And there you have it! "Testing a spirit," was not on my personal agenda for that day, as I had 3 stops to make to let them know about my upcoming sale and the Lord stopped me right in my tracts. The establishment was empty and we had a heartfelt conversation about the Lord and His peace that transcends into real life. We then prayed and I offered my services (as she knows where I live) and if there was anything that we could do to help in this continuing grieving process. I offered VGF as well for a home church.
I John 2: 15 - 17 "Do not love the world not the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also it's lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever."
Lord, help me this day to not love the things of this world.
So you can imagine that with eyes wide open, as I prayed on Friday prayer number 3..."What will the Lord transpire this day to share with me His heart for not loving the things of this world?" We attended calling hours and funeral for a sweet friend. We wanted to see our dear friends, support them and love on them as we've been praying for the wife/mom for quite sometime. It was like "old home week" as we saw many friends from our past, we chatted about our dear loved one, we chatted about what the Lord has done in our lives and in their life and had some reconnecting times of sweet tears. But viewing the large screen with all the precious pictures, the events, the travel, the past history of our friend, it hit me hard! This life is fleeting, we are here for just a moment in time and if our love for Christ is not foremost and in first place, the things of this world will pass and fall away. Our love for those things of this world will vanish and only what's done for Christ will last for eternity. I trust that your eyes are open to the prayer focus guided by the Lord. It's amazing to see Him throughout each day.