Please find today’s THREE MESSAGES below!
The titles are:
IS FEAR YOUR MOTIVE?
THE COMPASSION CHALLENGE
TOO TIRED TO LOVE?
love & blessings,lara
Is Fear Your Motive?
I have a long, long history of fear and worry even as a Christ follower, and the Lord is ever working on me to repent when I get clogged up with it and to practice day by day living by faith in Him, putting my trust in Him, purging myself of fear and worry, and making faith-based decisions rather than fear-based decisions.
We should not make decisions in our everyday lives based on fear and worry. We should make decisions based on love for and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Decisions that will please, honor, and glorify God. Decisions that line up with God’s ways as He teaches us in the Bible. Our motives in life for our decisions and actions should not be fear. We are to live by faith!
Sad to say, countless times over the years I have made worry-based decisions without even recognizing that I was worrying! Without even seeing the fear! Instead of putting my trust in the Lord and following Him and His will for me. I am learning to be conscious of my motives. And I am learning to purify my heart continually whereby I get rid of what displeases the Lord.
Please check your motives, friend. Don’t live by worry and fear. Live by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!
I love how this verse associates fear with bondage and then goes on to associate the Holy Spirit of God who lives inside His followers and empowers us and leads us through life with being God’s adopted children and with His being our glorious heavenly Father!
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
When I fall into fear and worry, I am not trusting in the Lord. When I am not trusting in the Lord, my focus is not on Him. When my focus is not on Him, I am forgetting who He is in relation to me. Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Savior, master, and FATHER! When I remember who He is, I am comforted and compelled and inspired to get rid of the fear and worry and to PUT MY TRUST IN MY FATHER IN HEAVEN – forever Lord, Savior of the world, almighty God! Jesus the Christ!
When I am focused on the Lord and the Bible and God’s will for me, I desire to make faith-based decisions. I want for my motives to be pure and pleasing to the Lord. To my Father. I wish I could tell you I wave my magic wand and the fear just goes permanently away. Truth is I’m a work in progress. And the Lord is ever refining me and growing me. He is teaching me His ways. Most especially the way of faith and love!
If you ever find fear to be your motive, friend, TURN TO THE LORD! TURN TO THE BIBLE! Surrender yourself to Him! Repent of the worry and fear. Put your trust in Jesus. Yield yourself to the Lord as He teaches you to live by faith not fear.
Though I believe this verse in context refers to serving the Lord and proclaiming Him to the world, I believe its powerful message is applicable to our lives as a whole. I find great comfort and encouragement in it. Hoping you do as well!
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
The Compassion Challenge
Sometimes the people we should be most compassionate with because they are in the greatest need of love, mercy, and compassion are the ones with whom we are the least compassionate. Sometimes we fall short in being loving and compassionate with them because of how great their needs are, because of their attitudes, because of their lack of thanksgiving, because of their poor treatment of us, because of the stress their needs place on our lives, because of the exhaustion involved in demonstrating compassion toward them, because of the sacrifice involved in showing them care and compassion and because of how overwhelmed, hurt, bitter, worn out, impatient, irritable, and even burned out we feel in showing them love and compassion.
Friend, Jesus’ followers are called to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). We are called to die to self daily (1 Cor. 15:31). We are called to not live for ourselves but for Him (2 Cor. 5:15). We are to be crucified with Christ that He might live in us (Galatians 2:20). We are called to forsake all for Him (Luke 14:33). We are to love Him with all our hearts and TO LOVE OTHERS AS OURSELVES (Luke 10:27). We are to be people of love, grace, mercy, care, kindness, patience, sacrifice, generosity, giving, and compassion. We are not to be compassionate apart from Christ. We are to love and be compassionate in and through Christ.
When we put our trust in Him day by day, even moment by moment, seeking Him, praying to Him, resting in Him, casting our cares upon Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, we can be confident He by His Holy Spirit who lives inside His followers will give us all we need to walk in His love and to be compassionate toward any and all He brings into our lives and to whom He sends us. All for the glory of the Lord, oh yes!
I love how the Lord shows us in the Bible how He had compassion with various people to whom He ministered such as in these cases:
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” Matthew 9:36
“So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.” Matthew 20:34
“Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” Mark 5:19
“And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.” Luke 7:13
Let us believe in the Lord, let us trust in the Lord, let us look to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord, let us seek the Lord, let us follow the Lord, and let us be loving and compassionate as He is. Let us yield to the Lord as the Spirit of Christ who lives inside His followers pours His love and compassion through us! Oh, hallelujah, oh yes!
Too Tired to Love
Ever felt too tired, too overwhelmed, too worn out, too exhausted, too wiped out, too burned out to love someone especially when loving that person isn’t easy in the first place due to their behavior, responses, extreme needs, attitudes, lack of thankfulness, meanness, lack of love, lack of giving in return, struggles, and/or how he or she may be treating you? Or maybe felt too tired because of other things going on in your life whereby you just feel too tuckered out to muster up the energy and ability and resolve to love that person given the state of your own life? Or maybe too tired because the person the Lord is calling you to love is creating a lot of challenges in your life which has simply depleted you? Regardless of the reasons, ever felt like you simply don’t have the strength to love that person the Lord is calling you to love, give to, care for, show compassion toward, be kind to, sacrifice for, etc.?
Friend, tired is no excuse not to love. The Lord’s greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves, and I have yet to see one instance in the Bible in which the Lord tells us we don’t have to love because we’re tired, worn, and weary when it comes to loving that person or people. The Lord’s command to love others is contingent not on us, not on them, not on this world, but on Him! And the Lord who calls us to love when we turn to Him and choose to obey Him will give His followers all we need to love others – including love, mercy, grace, hope, strength, compassion, comfort, encouragement, power, wisdom, endurance, rest, refreshing, peace, and perseverance.
Feeling worn and weary concerning someone the Lord has called you to love? Turn to the Lord! Pray to the Lord! Read the Bible! Seek the Lord! Cry out to the Lord! Seek prayer and encouragement from others if and as He so leads you! Be filled with His Holy Spirit! Be led by His Holy Spirit! Praise the Lord! Worship the Lord! Spend time in His presence! Sing to the Lord! Honor the Lord! Obey the Lord! Humble yourself before the Lord! Be filled with His love! Rest in the Lord! Trust in the Lord! Believe in the Lord! Purge your heart, mouth, and life of anything ungodly and unloving! And love, love, love the Lord with all your heart – and others as yourself. Including the one you feel too tired to love. In the strength of Christ, for the glory of Christ, LOVE, LOVE, and LOVE! Amen!
May your love for the Lord and others abound! May you be filled with and pour out the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, AMEN!
“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity [love]of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;” 2 Thessalonians 1:3