LOVERS OF GOD 4. “The Known” (On 2. Timothy 3)

(Sorry it took me a long time to post, guys! I was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago due to an emergency situation and needed time to rest and recover. I’m doing good by God’s grace and held by Him. He loves me deeply and I know He loves you the same. And because He first loved us, we can return His love to Him and others❤ May this teaching bless you!)

Here it comes:

Do you know that you are fully known by God? He created you and He knows you.

There is a difference, though, to be fully known by a God who IS the very definition of love (1. John 4:16). Let us read about His following characteristics and keep in mind that we are fully known by Him.

“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 …

now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

1. Corinthians 13:4-7, 12 NIV

Do you realize how God treats you? How therefore we should treat others? Do we not all need a revelation of this kind of love in our lives so that we can love others as He has loved us first? I pray that the eyes of your heart will be opened to see the vast measure of God’s love for you and the family of Christ!

Stay in His love! Be still before Him. Abide in Him and remain in His presence as much as you can. For otherwise, it is easy for the enemy to tempt us to love God less than we do now! No, let us love Him more and more. Let us pursue Him more and more.

When you don’t let the Word of God teach, rebuke, correct and train you in righteousness, you will resemble the people of the last days who will: love themselves and money more than God; be boastful, proud, abusive towards Him; be disobedient, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal; hate the good, be treacherous, rash, conceited, and love pleasure rather than God. (2. Timothy 3:2-4)

No, those who love God are patient with Him and kind to Him. They are not proud before Him or dishonor Him. They are not self-seeking and easily angered by Him; they don’t hold a grudge against Him. They rejoice with Him and mourn with Him. They always protect, always trust, always hope and always persevere.

They know Him as they are known by Him.

LOVERS OF GOD 3. “The Godly” (On 2. Timothy 3)

Today I want you to focus on Jesus.

Just close your eyes for a moment and meditate on the Son of Man. If you have forgotten how He is like, open the Bible and read through the four Gospels again.

But fix your eyes on Him for this.

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How are you feeling now?

I don’t know about you, but whenever God reveals His Son to me, I become very still before Him. I have nothing to say! What could I say in the presence of such a beautiful, godly man? Who am I, really, compared to Him?

Isn’t it crazy that this Jesus lives in us?

The One who loved,
The One who told the truth.
The One who lived a godly life.

The One who was hated for telling the truth,
persecuted for living a godly life,
and nailed to the cross for love.

“In the last days, people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, … lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.

Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

2. Timothy 3: 2a, 4-5, 12-13

How about you? Are you being persecuted? Do you live in the power of godliness?

Or do you compromise, live in bondage of sin, having only a form of godliness and being hated by noone for the sake of truth?

Jesus came to set you free. The truth sets you free. Do you believe? Do you believe that He loves you and is mighty enough to save? Do you believe in the power of godliness that is found in Jesus Christ who is IN you?

Love God with all your strength, all your heart and all your mind! Start afresh! Let Him help you be the standard who pulls the weaker out of their “best” into the better that God has for them! Believe first, ask God to help you believe and learn to THRIVE in the power of godliness! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!

The start and end of it all is Jesus. It will always be Jesus. Let Jesus increase in you. Decrease, deny yourself and take up the cross. Suffer with Him, be persecuted with Him. It will all happen naturally when you love Him more and more.

Oh, let us love Him, people of God!

LOVERS OF GOD 2. “The Grateful Ones” (On 2. Timothy 3)

Welcome to Part 2!

Narrow is the way that leads to life (Matthew 7:14) and God is the one who helps us remain on this path. Today I want to highlight one characteristic of people mentioned in 2. Timothy 3:2, which we are going to encounter increasingly more in the future, even in the Body of Christ.

First read the following verses!

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people”

2. Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

The word God highlighted to me this time is “ungrateful”. In the last days, people will be ungrateful. Let me share a vision God gave me last week to help me understand the meaning of this truth to me.

In this vision, I saw myself as a beggar on the street. I was almost dying of thirst. A noble man noticed me, got me a bowl of clean water and kneeled down to help me drink. It was a very short vision but I knew instantly who the noble man was. One could not miss the compassionate eyes and the graciousness of this man.

How does this vision speak to you? I felt tears running down my face as I realized who I was and what God had done for me. When you love God, you don’t forget about His mercy. You don’t forget how He saved you with His Living Water.

His invitation is still open today:

Come, all you who are thirsty.”

Isaiah 55:1 NIV

Will you come? If you have, will you remember and give thanks to Him?

Just Rest

Jesus was sleeping in the boat when His disciples were trying so desperately to survive in the storm. I could do the same if I trusted the Lord! I could just rest with Him because I know He is there and He is able to save.

I see this tired little girl resting her head and her body on her Father’s chest. He holds her tight and shows her a small blue bird to make her smile. He sings her a lullaby so that she can fall asleep.

And I know she’ll be fine. I know she’ll be alright. That’s what Abba shows me since yesterday.

Bible references:

“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”” (Mark 4:35‭-‬41)

“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.”
(Psalms 42:8)

“But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. … Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”” (Isaiah 43:1‭-2, 11-‬13)

A Word for Those Who Are Transitioning

Right now it’s time to praise in the middle of the mess!

Is God transitioning you into something new? We all know that there is a time for transitioning and then a time to rest and to enjoy the new. So no wonder that you’re in a mess right now! It’s like cleaning up a full-packed drawer in your house. You first need to draw out all things! You need to sort things out, discard some of them, if necessary, and then it will look all good and tidy in the end. Clarity will come, but you won’t have it now. It’s not time yet, so why rush ahead of God? You can ask God for clarity, for sure, and it’s good to do that, but don’t expect all puzzle pieces to fit together now. Ask God for faith and patience in the process instead.

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which He is to be praised.

Isaiah 63:7a NIV

In all their distress the Lord, too, was distressed. It was no envoy or angel but His own presence that saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Isaiah 63:9 NIV

About a month ago, God showed me that Isaiah 63:7 was the sword of the Spirit to use in prayer against heaviness and hopelessness. When we brag about our Lord and all the things that He has done for us according to His compassion and kindnesses, depression is slain!

Isaiah 63:9 also encourages us to believe that God is going to come save us, no matter what. Are you afraid of making the wrong move? It’s good to strategize but not to overdo it. What does the Holy Spirit tell you? Just do that, nothing more, nothing less. And even if you make the wrong decision, you are still His beloved child. You will only need to cry out to God and He will come save you. He will lift you up and carry you, again and again.

Oftentimes, when we get caught up in worries that we might make a mistake, we end up not seeing clearly. On the other hand, when we are still before God and know who He is and who we are in Christ, we see enough to base our decisions on what’s most important.

You are His precious child.

He delights in you.

He is so proud of you for trusting Him and making the move.

He’s got you.

He’s got your family.

He is never leaving you.

So keep praising Him! Give Him all the glory! Keep actively breaking off heaviness and any opposition in the spirit by lifting up the name of the Lord in prayer and worship. It’s not a time to lie disheartened in bed. It’s a time to awake and to reign in the middle of the mess!