LOVERS OF GOD 1. “I cannot, but You can” (On 2. Timothy 3)

Welcome, lovers of God!

I especially welcome all spiritual mothers and fathers who are willing to unite under the purpose of nurturing and equipping the “babies” in the Body of Christ together! You want to stay faithful to the tribe and give up your life for the Kingdom of God and this is why you’re here!

(If you wonder why this specific welcoming message, please note my introductory post on this series #elephants).

Over the next few weeks we want to ask God to reveal to us the next steps we can take to become more devoted lovers of God! As a starter I want to pray according to 2. Timothy 3:15-17:

Father, I thank you for the Holy Scripture which is God-breathed and able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus! We ask you to teach, rebuke, correct and to train us in righteousness, so that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work and equip others as you have equipped us. We want to love you as you command us first, with all our strength, all our mind and all our heart. Amen.

Today, I want to share one revelation I have had a few days ago about loving God. I am certain that this is a good first step towards becoming more faithful lovers of God; it can be summarized as follows:

“I CANNOT, BUT YOU CAN.”

Do you ever wonder when you will be finally liberated from a certain sin you have been struggling with for decades? Do you feel guilty and condemned because you never seem to be able to break free? Do you get discouraged and feel like God cannot love you the same still? Believe me, I’ve been in the pit of such thoughts. It can be so discouraging when you thought you are over something and then it resurfaces as if it was trying to mock the victories you have had so far.

About a week ago, I was asking God why this happens and I waited a few days for His answer. Then, all of a sudden, I realized that I am still in bondage because I try to love God with my own strength when I cannot! Is the human heart not deceitful? I wasn’t relying on His strength and grace to help me to love Him better but had become self-sufficient and prideful regarding this matter! He needed to take over.

I know that quite a few people need to hear this right now. You have come to the end of yourself. You cannot go further with yourself and your pride. You desire to love Him more but you just cannot. However, this is just the beginning. An exciting adventure awaits us because God has good thoughts for us! Blessed are you when you believe!

Blessed are you when you believe that He will help you love Him more! He gave you faith and He will increase your faith. Amen?

Come, let us surrender and start anew with the refreshing forgiveness which He offers to us! Lead us on a new adventure of drinking from the pleasures of You, my Father, our only one and beautiful King!

Teach Me To Love, Jesus!

“Teach me to love, Jesus!”

Every once in a while I don’t know how to love anymore. Every once in a while I reach my limits where my old way of loving does not work anymore. This is the most painful part where I literally have to die again to be raised up anew. It’s all about faith. ‘Cause without a greater measure of faith, I cannot pull the weaker out of the fire. The Lord will increase it as I submit under His mighty hand.

“Teach me to fear you, God. And I shall not doubt but remain in my calling. I shall not lose focus but obey.”

“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.

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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For 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.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1. Corinthians 13 NIV