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The Call to Selfless Love

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Daily God Walk for Monday, January 28, 2013

The Call to Selfless Love
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” – John 21:16

Peter had failed Jesus. Jesus had told him that before the rooster crowed declaring the morning had come he would deny Christ three times. Just as he denied Jesus for the third time the rooster crowed and Peter was immediately overcome with shame and guilt.
He was still hurting over his failure when he said to his fellow disciples, “I’m going fishing, anyone want to go?” So they all went out and fished all night, but they caught nothing.
Then Jesus called to them from the shore and told them to throw their nets out one more time. When they did they caught an abundance of fish.
Later, sitting around a morning fire eating the fish they had just caught Jesus asked Peter, “Do you truly love me?” “You know I do,” Peter responded. Then Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” It was no coincidence that Peter denied Christ three times and Jesus asked him affirm his love three times.
Three times he asked him, three times Peter responded that he did, and three times Jesus called him to a commitment to serve. Jesus seemed to be teaching Peter that love is more than an emotion – it is a commitment to a principle that is greater than ourselves.
Declaring our love for God is not enough. We must show our love by being committed to serving God and others. We should all examine ourselves to see if our love of God is about what God can do for us or about what we can do for him. Something to think about.

Prayer: Lord, help me to love you and service in the kingdom in the selfless way you love me. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Love Triangle

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Daily God Walk for Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Love Triangle
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

When we think of a love triangle we usually think of an unhealthy relationship getting ready to explode. This devotion is not about that kind of triangle. It is about three components to a healthy Christian walk.
Faith, hope and love are as connected as the three sides to a triangle, and each is integral to the other. When Paul had finished instructing about the importance of love in the life of a believer he concludes with this summary: “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love.”
Our relationship with God begins by hearing, hearing leads to believing and believing leads to faith. Faith then is spurred on by hope. Faith is valueless if it is not accompanied by hope.
Faith is the motor which drives hope and hope is the tool which releases love. It is possible to have faith and hope without love, we see that often shown in despotic leaders of nations and people – but it is impossible to have true faith in God and hope in his promises without having his love released into our hearts.
James says, “Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18). My question is this: What was driving James to do good deeds? It was the love which accompanies faith and hope.
Here is my question to you: Does your faith and hope produce love for others? What is the expression of that love in your lifestyle? Faith and Hope produce a love driven purpose for our lives.

Prayer: Lord, help me to allow my faith and hope to be driven by your love. I don’t want to be a two sided triangle. Release your love into my heart. In Jesus name.

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Love Yourself

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Daily God Walk for Friday, January 25, 2013

Love Yourself

Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:37-39

In this interesting passage Jesus gives three objects of love: God, neighbor and self. We have often emphasized loving God, and that is a correct understanding of this passage. We have also emphasized loving our neighbor which is a noble calling.
It is this third object of love that I want to address today. Some have said that we must love ourselves if we are to love our neighbor, and there is some truth to that, but I don’t think that was what Jesus meant.
When Jesus said to loved our neighbor as ourselves his emphasis was on the neighbor, not on ourselves. It was a given that people would love themselves and Jesus was saying that we should give the same respect and consideration to others as we expect to get from them.
It is difficult, though, to love another if we do not have a proper respect for who we are as an individual. Sometimes we lose ourselves in serving and become frustrated with the lack of response by those we are serving and begin to resent what we feel forced to do for them.
That is often what comes from not caring enough about ourselves to keep a balance in our life. Even Jesus had times when he knew he needed to get away to recharge his emotional and spiritual energy.
Don’t be afraid to love yourself – you will serve better.

Prayer: Lord, I need a healthy love for myself so I can serve others in the way you have ordained. Give me wisdom to serve as you served and to retreat when I need it. Amen.

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Love Those Who Persecute You

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Daily God Walk for Thursday, January 24, 2013

Love Those Who Persecute You
I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? – Matthew 5:44

An order like this cannot be taken seriously if the one who gave it didn’t apply it to his own life. Luke 23:33-35 records, “When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him… Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
Jesus loved when loving didn’t make sense. He forgave when justice would demand retaliation and revenge. How could he? He could because he was the very embodiment of God. The God who inhabits heaven is the God who was in Christ.
The only way we can truly love those who persecute us and who hurl unmerited insults at us is to be immersed the love of God. It is the God in us who loves those who are not lovely toward us.
Jesus could endure suffering at the hands of his tormentors because he saw beyond himself and saw the kingdom of God.
We must have the same kingdom perspective. When persecuted we must have a kingdom perspective in our response.

Prayer: Lord, help me to have a kingdom perspective and not to respond according to my need but according to the needs of others and according to the effect in the kingdom. Amen.

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What to do when you feel Lonely

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6

Have you ever heard anyone say that the times they feel most vulnerable to temptation is when they feel lonely? It’s like they have a need for comfort from someone or something that is familiar.

It is at those times that most of us just naturally turn to behaviors that are not good for us. For some of us that is comfort foods, for others it is alcohol or drugs. Some just go into a depression or another unhealthy emotional state.

When our hope is in Him, and our trust is in Him, and His Word is our strength and comfort we can go to him in these lonely times and find the strength and comfort we need. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. He is faithful and His word is true – trust him it works.

I have also found that when I’m struggling with an issue, or just feel alone, if I go to a trusted friend and share just where I am emotionally that friend can give me encouragement and remind me that God, and my friend, will walk beside me all the way.

Some folks are lonely even around friends because they have not learned how to open up and be a friend. Here is an antidote for loneliness: Trust God to be your friend then be a friend to someone else. Try it – it works.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I thank you for being there for me. I am grateful that I never have to worry about whether you will leave me alone. Now, grant me the faith to believe what I know. Amen.

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Scripture is The End of Your Search For Life

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me. – John 5:39

Remember that thing that came in a box that said, “Some assembly required?” When you opened the box it was full of pieces that needed to be put together and there was an instruction booklet there to help you put it together.

I’ve done that before, except I thought I was smart enough to figure it out on my own. Just give me the pieces and I’ll figure out how to make it work. I usually wind up with something that does ok – but it doesn’t work quite right and I always wonder what would have happened if I had followed the instructions and used all of the parts instead of just sticking the left over parts in a drawer somewhere.

Then the thing breaks down; and I complain about the company that produces a lousy product that doesn’t work like it is supposed to and breaks down too often.

Wake Up – we’re the box of pieces and our ego is the one trying to put us together without following the instructions. God has given us a wonderful book of instruction on how to gain eternal, abundant, life. Let’s just follow the instruction.

I have talked to many people whose lives are being controlled by addictions and as a result they are living in abject poverty. Yet, when I talk with them they claim to be walking with God. The saddest part of that is they could be living the abundant blessed life if they would only search the scripture to see what it says and follow it.

Prayer:  OK Lord. I think I finally get it. Today I will follow the instructions in the book. Grant me the grace of faith to trust you. In Your name, amen.

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Jesus Is the True Vine

Daily God Walk for Monday, February 27, 2012

I am the true Vine, and my Father is the gardener… Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. – John 15:1-4

So many of us feel so self sufficient that we believe we can make it through the day without anyone else giving us support. So, we start the day with all kinds of good intentions; then, bit by bit our good intentions begin to unravel.

Anger jumps up unexpectedly. Desire for things that we know would not be good for us begin to rise up. And, out of the blue, someone turns up from our old life and begins to talk about the “good old days.” We begin to feel ourselves being drawn away from the vine, the source of our strength.

Does that scenario sound familiar? I think we have all fallen into that trap a few times, but we don’t have to. Jesus said, “remain in me.” What does it mean to “remain” in him?

Each day we must make a purpose to yield ourselves to him. We renew our commitment to follow where he leads and to deny our own tendency toward things that would not be good for us.

It takes effort to stay in the vine, but the rewards of being “in Christ” far outweigh the cost of the effort.

 Prayer: Lord, I tend to begin feeling confident enough to make it on my own, and each time I try it I fall short. I truly do need your strength. Grant me a strong desire to stay in the vine and to do what I must to do so. In Jesus name, amen.

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Paul ”Hope Preacher” Smith

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