God Loves You Like This

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  1. I have to say it's so great to be back on CFS and enjoying some fellowship here so I thought I'd share another little sermon for some 'food for thought' hoping that it's on the correct board. If God IS Love and His primary command is for us to love one another then it's pretty important we know the true definition of Love as it's the first fruit in which the Lord desires we grow. Now just in case there are any young believer reading this, the below is an explanation of the true definition of God and His Love in 1st Corinthians 13 and you might think that you're almost nothing like that when it comes to loving others but please don't worry. The only way we can grow is by the leading, teaching and transformation of the Holy Spirit and since our secondary call is to Grow in The Grace of God, it's up to the Holy Spirit to birth this kind of love within us. Most experienced Christians will agree, it can take some time...

    The below is barely even a glimpse of the breadth and depth of his love, it’s a love which is above all callings (and yet I show unto you a more excellent way) and any gifting, it’s a love He has for every individual and the love he wishes to express through his body, the church. So, I hope my feeble attempt to explain God Himself will encourage you but more than that here's a thought. If God, wants us to display this kind of Love I'm about to write, then surely this is the way He is and feels toward us? He'd be contradicting Himself wouldn't He if He didn't feel this way toward you. GOD LOVES YOU LIKE THIS.......

    “…Firstly Paul said “Love suffers long” The word long describes something that will burn for a long, long time, like a candle that will not burn out, like passionate feelings for someone which don’t easily run dry but instead just keeps going and going even if it’s not responded to. Agape love, God’s love, doesn’t easily throw in the towel and quit on someone. In fact the harder the fight, the longer the struggle, the more committed God’s love becomes. God’s love is slow to anger, slow to wrath, this is the divine love of God which transforms lives.

    Secondly Paul said “Love is kind” The word here means to be adaptable to the needs of others. Rather than demanding people be like you, God’s love bends over backwards to become what a person needs them to be. God’s love has a willingness to serve and change to meet the needs of others which is contrary to human nature which is self-centred and selfish. We must look in the mirror and ask ourselves, do we become what others need us to be or do we demand others be like us. God’s love is always reaching out, thinking of the needs of others, God is always a God who becomes what people need him to be, if one needs a Father, a Brother, a Saviour or a Friend, God will meet those needs and more. (1 Cor 9:22) “…..to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews…..to the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak, I am made all things unto all men, that I might by all means save some…….”

    Thirdly, “Love envy’s not” The word envy here means to be radically consumed with one’s own desires and plans, willing to sacrifice anything or anyone to get what it wants. This describes someone who is self-centred and ambitious who is consumed with himself without the thought for others. Real Agape love, God’s love, doesn’t think of itself first but is always thinking of the other person rather than itself. Real Agape love asks, am I committed to seeing others blessed or is my own cause above everyone else? The Love of God will always seek to see others blessed.

    Fourth, “Love vaunts itself not” The word vaunt simply means a lot of self talk. This describes a person who promotes himself and exaggerates his own virtues even to the point of lying. Vaunting carries with it the implication of a hidden agenda, to receive bigger gains or positions. God’s love doesn’t behave itself like that, God’s love is so sure, so confident that it doesn’t need to speak of itself or its own accomplishments. The love of God would not act in this way, rather it would focus on another’s accomplishments to build them up and help them feel strong and secure.

    Fifth, “Love is not puffed up” The phrase puffed here means to be proud or swollen or to be full of hot air with very little substance. This describes a person who can believe that their feelings and revelations are so great that they are in a separate realm. Agape love has a willingness to submit to others and allow others to have attention and receive glory. God’s love never wants to see others put down or be the centre of attention, agape love seeks the joy of others.

    Sixth, “Does not behave itself unseemly” The word used here is the Greek word for “ugly”, the love of God would never behave itself in an ugly manner. Christian lives are a public message, the unsaved listen to what we say and watch what we do. If Christians say they care and yet their actions prove the opposite, it’s unlikely God’s love is present.

    Seventh, “Love seeks not its own way” Agape love would never seek its own way, human nature through the flesh can be selfish and manipulative, seeking its own way all the time and quite often at the expense of others. A person who seeks their own way tends to be dishonest, having a hidden agenda, speaking half-truths and white lies. God’s love would never act in this way, God’s love would never be secretive, speak half-truths or demand its own way. God’s love is open, kind, gentle and trusting.

    Eighth, “Love is not easily provoked” Easily provoked here means to be touchy, irritable and easily offended, attributes which all mark the human nature. People who get offended can withdraw from others and get upset from not receiving from others what they expected. God’s love would not think in this way, God’s love expects nothing because instead of wanting and wanting, God’s love just wants to give and give.

    Ninth, “Love thinks no evil” Thinks no evil in this sense is a book-keeping term which means to keep a record of wrongs. God’s love can’t flip back the pages of past offences, it cannot remember grievances, like God it chooses to forget and not bring them up again. Human nature can have a hard time releasing those who have wronged them, with God’s love we can forgive, set things at peace and make things right.

    Tenth, “Love bears all things” The word bears here is like a roof top cover or a foundation which supports a house. God’s love wouldn’t expose the flaws in others to put them down. God covers them, conceals and protects them, real Agape love gets under them and supports them. This means God’s love would never speak behind others backs or expose another’s weak places even if it knows bad things about them.

    Eleventh, “Love believes all things” The phrase in the Greek here means to believe the very best in every situation or to reach forward and believe with all might. That doesn’t mean God’s love is naive and blind but rather than dwell on the negative things it prefers to strain to see the good, to see the best in a person rather than focusing on their flaws. Human feelings can see men with criticism and picking apart, God’s love just keeps believing in them and believing in them no matter what.

    Twelfth, “Love endures all things” Endures all things here means it will never quit, that means it will never be offended to the point of saying I am finished, I’m out of here. God’s love chooses to say that I am here whether you appreciate me or not. The real love of God says that I’m committed to you, to stay with you, to work it out no matter how long it takes."

    GOD LOVES YOU LIKE THIS!!!
     
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  2. Yes indeed!!!!!!
     
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  3. What if god doesn't give us enough grace. To grow? After my church experience I find it hard to really go back...id love to but.. I just feel god doesn't care for me much.. Out of all the members there I felt I was picked on most and i just get angry at God..bc I tried to come back and each time it was made hard for me(they'd keep purposely offending md..) and at one point I decided I deserve to be treated with respect as the others were... So I stopped going.. While I was away from that church, I tried to read and pray ...i did every now and then.. But I felt nothing, and just felt like god frankly doesn't give a damn about me.. For me to be treated the way I was while everyone else wasn't... I even tried to come back to him by praying but id get no response.. So I'm just one of the few people he doesn't realm care for. And I did ask god numerous times to take the anger and pain away and still nothing happened ..so I gave up.

    So idk if ita possible for me, but I do believe in it for others.
     
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  4. Hello Pancakes and I hope you are well. I'm so sorry that you've been hurt within an assembly and I'm sorry those individuals have reflected God in the wrong way. The Teaching I just shared on love is what you should have experienced within a Family but all too often there are true victims like you. It's a sad fact indeed when an assembly doesn't care for the one's who need it most and God forbid I ever do the same!

    I'm not sure if I'm on the right track with you here but it sounds as though you suffer from Depression maybe? If so, let me share with you that I have suffered with depression all of my life and it's only been in recent years that I've found the joy that all these Christians go on about. There were times, long periods of time where I felt God had no need for me, praying didn't help, reading the Word didn't help and even the kindest words made absolutely no difference whatsoever. People who haven't experienced real dark depression just don't understand.

    After that, questioned the Lord, in a respectful way of course saying, so is that Grace only available to normal people with balanced emotions? Am I doing something wrong? Am I missing something here? Do you even like me at all? Do you hate me? If my attitude and my actions which are caused by depression are sinful, does your Grace cover me? It took some time but I asked Him one final time. Does your Grace cover me like every other Christians. The Lord said to me - "Even more so." Pancakes if you have struggles like me, then let me totally assure you today whether you feel it or not - you receive more Grace than most because this is what Grace is designed for, our weaknesses. God absolutely adores you and from experience I know, when you're going through a dark time, you are receiving more Grace than most because God understands you and let me tell you, He is the only one who understands you. People may turn away from you and distance themselves from you but God never would and even the most supporting family member or friend can't support you and put up with you like God does.

    I think you'll find that you have a deeper relationship with God than you think and I can assure you that He doesn't approve on how you've been treated but you'll notice that each time I've written Assembly I wrote it instead of Church. Because these are just assemblies of Christians professing to be saved, The Church is the worldwide Body of Christ and Jesus knows who are His. Please don't blame Church, it was an assembly and I hope God will give you the strength to forgive them...
     
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  5. #5 godbe4me, Jan 16, 2016
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    Hello Pancake,

    Never ever give up. That is what the Devil wants you to do. So, if you do you gave the victory to the Devil. Read 2 Cor. 12 where Paul had a thorn in his side. What that thorn was is not described but it could be a sickness, but whatever it was it was a trial. Paul inquired of the Lord three times to remove that thorn from his side. Then God said in the 9th verse, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” And Paul said, Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. It is very unfortunate that people act certain ways but you must know that it is not going un-noticed. God sees and he says, "Vengeance is mine." So, you don't let anyone run you away or make you feel that you don't belong. Knowing that God is with you and showing you something and working through you. You don't worry about what they say because God got that situation but you must stay strong and as Paul says, boast about your weakness in that you know that God is with you so that Christ power may rest on you. Delight in the insults and hardship knowing that God is with you for it is when you are weak that you are really strong. So the grace of God is for all his children and he does not show favoritism. Just continue to say, "thank You Jesus for Your Grace."

    Try not to stay in that space because that space was not created for you by God. Try getting involved in something that takes your mind off of how you are feeling. Get involved with helping others,
     
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  6. School and studying helps take my mind off, I'm trying to hurry and get my license so I can find another church to go to..but ill try yet again.. :/ hopefully everything goes well..but you're right in what u said.
     
  7. Wow this was very encouraging as all the questions you had I have had and still have... Especially god not liking me or something..or doing something wrong.. I love the answer God responded with.. That's great news, I love what you said about God understanding me BC ...they(church members) really didn't..but I'm just now realizing that all people whether apostle or church member are only human and maybe god is alot kinder than they make him out to be.

    So thank you for these kind and encouraging words.
     
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  8. Dear @pancakes,

    Do you believe the word of God? If you do, then read this:

    I POSSESS WHAT I CONFESS

    I CONFESS THE FOLLOWING THINGS FROM THE WORD OF GOD SO I KNOW WHAT I POSSESS

    I CONFESS JESUS AS MY LORD, SO I POSSESS SALVATION.
    ROM 10 KJV
    8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
    9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.​
    ROM 10 TLB
    9 For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.​

    THE WORD SAVED IN THE GREEK IS “SOZO” WHICH MEANS SAVED, HEALED, HEALTH, MADE WHOLE, DELIVERED, PRESERVED.

    I CONFESS THAT WITH HIS STRIPES I WAS HEALED - IF I WAS, I AM HEALED-SO I WILL NOT BE SICK, SO I POSSESS HEALING.
    ISA 53
    5 But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed--and we were healed!​

    MATT 8:17
    "He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses."​
    1 PET 2:24
    24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.​

    I CONFESS THAT THE SON HAS MADE ME FREE, I POSSESS ABSOLUTE FREEDOM
    JOHN 8
    36 So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free--​

    I CONFESS THAT THE LOVE OF GOD IS SHED ABROAD IN MY HEART - SO I POSSESS THE ABILITY TO LOVE EVERYONE

    ROM 5 TLB
    5.we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.​

    I CONFESS THAT THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BOLD AS LIONS - SO I POSSESS LION HEARTED BOLDNESS IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE AGAINST THE DEVIL.

    PROV 28
    1. But the godly are bold as lions!​

    I CONFESS THAT HE HAS SAID I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU - SO I POSSESS CHRIST WITH ME EVERY STEP OF EVERY DAY.

    HEB 13:5-6
    For God has said, "I will never, never fail you nor forsake you."
    6 That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, "The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me."​

    I CONFESS THAT I AM THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD - SO I POSSESS ALL OF THE PROMISES OF THE LORD EACH DAY AS I GO.

    PSA 107:1-2
    107:1 Say thank you to the Lord for being so good, for always being so loving and kind. 2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has saved you from your enemies.​

    I CONFESS THAT THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY ONE IS IN ME - SO I POSSESS YOKE DESTROYING RESULTS BY HIS ANOINTING.

    1 JOHN 2:27
    27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, in your hearts, so that you don't need anyone to teach you what is right. For he teaches you all things, and he is the Truth, and no liar; and so, just as he has said, you must live in Christ, never to depart from him.​

    I CONFESS THAT IN THE NAME OF JESUS I CAN CAST OUT DEMONS - SO I POSSESS THE AUTHORITY FOR DYNAMIC DELIVERANCES

    MARK 16
    17 "And those who believe shall use my authority to cast out demons, and they shall speak new languages.​

    I CONFESS THAT I CAN LAY HANDS ON THE SICK AND THEY WILL RECOVER - SO I POSSESS HEALING POWER FOR THOSE OPPRESSED BY SICKNESS.

    MARK 16
    18 They will be able even to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them; and they will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.​

    I CONFESS THAT MY GOD SHALL SUPPLY ALL MY NEEDS - SO I POSSES ALL MY NEEDS HAVE BEEN MET BY CHRIST JESUS.

    PHIL 4:19
    19 And it is he who will supply all your needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us.​

    CONFESS AND POSSESS. THE WAY IS TRULY MARKED IN THE WORD. YOU SHALL HAVE WHAT YOU SAY - GOOD OR BAD THEN BEGIN TO CONFESS WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST AND YOUR LIFE WILL BEGIN TO CHANGE

    WE ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST

    2 COR 5:17-18
    17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
    18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,​

    WE ARE DELIVERED FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS

    COL 1:12-14
    12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
    13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
    14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.​

    WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD, JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST.

    ROM 8:16-18
    16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
    17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
    18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.​

    WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH CHRIST

    ROM 8:37-39
    37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.​

    WE ARE BLESSED WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST

    EPH 1:3-4
    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
    4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,​

    WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

    1 COR 3:16, & 6:19
    16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. ​

    1 COR 6:18-20
    18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
    19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
    20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.​

    TRULY THE MIRACLE IS IN YOUR MOUTH, YOU HAVE TO SAY WHAT GOD SAYS. IT MAY NOT HAPPEN IF YOU SAY IT ONCE, BUT IT WILL NEVER FAIL IF YOU KEEP ON SAYING IT. IT CAN NOT FAIL IF GOD SAID YOU CAN DO IT. SO KEEP ON SAYING WHAT GOD SAYS.

    HEB 13:8 SAYS GOD NEVER CHANGES
    8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
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    GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES AND HE NEVER CHANGES, IF YOU DO NOT SEARCH OUT GODS PROMISES AND CALL HIM INTO REMEMBRENCE OF HIS PROMISES YOU WILL LIMIT GODS POWER IN YOUR LIFE. LETS LOOK AT JUST SOME OF THE MIGHTY PROMISES GOD HAS MADE US. WE NEED TO SAY THESE THINGS TO GOD, THE DEVIL, TO THE PAIN, AND SICKNESS AND IF YOU WILL, YOU WILL SEE GOD GO TO WORK IN YOUR LIFE.

    JER 1:12
    12 Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word."​

    JOHN 10:35
    35 "If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),​

    PSALMS 66:18
    18 If I regard iniquity (SIN) in my heart, The Lord will not hear.​

    2 COR 1:18-20
    18 But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No.
    19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us; by me, Silvanus, and Timothy; was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.
    19 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.​

    MATTHEW 18:19-20
    19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
    20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.​

    MATTHEW 21:21-22
    21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
    21 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.​

    MATTHEW 14:
    29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
    30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
    31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?​

    MARK 11:22-26
    22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. ABSOLUTE TRUST
    23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
    24 Therefore I (JESUS) say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
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    25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
    26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.​

    MARK 9:23
    22 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."​

    JOHN 14:12-14
    12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
    13 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.​

    JOHN 15:7-8
    7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
    8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.​

    JOHN 16:23-24
    23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
    23 "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.​

    MARK 16:17-18
    17 "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
    18 "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."​

    JAMES 5:14-16
    14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
    15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
    16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.​

    SO WHERE IS YOUR MIRACLE, IT IS IN YOUR MOUTH AND YOUR HEART. SO START SAYING WHAT YOU WANT FROM GOD AND HE WILL GIVE IT TO YOU.

    ISA 53
    4 Surely he (JESUS) hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
    5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.​

    MATT 8
    17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself (JESUS) took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
    1 PET 2
    24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.​

    PROV 18
    21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.​

    THE POWER OF WORDS. YOUR MIRACLE OR HEALING IS IN YOUR MOUTH, SO START CONFESSING GODS WORD TO HIM AND SEE YOUR MIRACLE.. IT CAN NOT FAIL BECAUSE GOD SAID IT CAN’T. PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS WORD.

    MOST SICKNESS AND DISEASE IS A EVIL SPIRIT FROM SATAN. YOU WILL HAVE TO DRIVE HIM OUT WITH YOUR MOUTH. JESUS TOLD US AS HIS CHURCH TO CAST OUT DEMONS AND THEY WILL LEAVE. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY BOLD TO THEM. THAY ARE STUBBORN AND DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE. BUT IF YOU KEEP COMMANDING THEM TO LEAVE IN JESUS NAME THEY WILL HAVE TO LEAVE. SO DO NOT GIVE UP. THE LORD HAS PROMISED YOU ABUNDANT LIFE. REMEMBER, YOUR MIRACLE IS IN YOUR MOUTH. PRAISE THE LORD JESUS


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  9. Great!!!! You are going to hear what thus saith the Lord. Don't worry about how they look at you or what they are murmuring behind your back. Remember, the Holy Spirit is living inside you. So, when they talk about you and mistreat you, they are doing that to God. So, it may be hard but tell God that you forgive them. And, you will see that God will take you to another level of knowing and experiencing him. You will begin to experience him in many different ways like:

    You will know him to be your,
    Elohim - meaning God's power and might. You will begin to see the power of God working on your behalf
    EL- ROI - meaning the strong one who sees - Those people deeds are not going unseen. God sees what they are doing.
    Jehovah- Shalom - meaning The Lord is peace - He will give you peace.
    Just a few names

    So, put on the whole armor of God read Eph. 6:10-18,
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
    11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
    12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
    14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
    15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
    16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
    17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

    Pancake, you must believe. If you don't believe in the power of God's word it will not work. You must have faith. Get in the word and read the above Eph. and the way people treat you and talk to you will bounce right off you as long as you keep the armor on. Will some darts get through? It absolutely will if you don't wear your armor....but when it does, just put that armor right back on. And remember God says, I will never leave you nor forsake you. He will give you the strength you need each day that is his grace.
     
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  10. Ofcourse I believe in god..its just believing in his power for myself. Will take some time..it'll take time to truly restore my faith to what it once was.
     
  11. If someone asked me to describe to them God using words it would be these verses.

    1Cor 13:4.. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
    1Cor 13:5.. or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
    1Cor 13:6.. it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
    1Cor 13:7.. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    1Cor 13:8.. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

    These descriptions are not actions that we do, these are the actions God does through us. There is big difference when we try, and emulate these actions as apposed to God working these things though his Church. Man could not possibly imitate God's love, as it must be God himself working that love through us.
    As it is written, "the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit" (Romans 5:5) It takes God himself in us to love another person, anything else would be a "counterfeit"
    "God is love"
     
  12. Everyone believes in God, but that's not enough. The question is, do you believe God.

    James 2:19 (KJV)
    Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. ​

    Isaiah said:
    Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
    Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ​


    Paul says:
    Romans 4:21 (KJV)
    And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. ​

    If you first do not believe the word of God as 100% accurate and that it is indeed God's word, then how can you claim all the promises I quoted to you? You can't. It's called faith for a reason. But faith isn't blind, it's evidence. This is why Isaiah says "let us reason" - figure out - together what the truth is. Then Paul says you must then be "fully persuaded". No one can do that for you. You must go to God and repent (change your mind) about Him. You've allowed what the evil men have done to be what God does, and that's wrong. You must change your mind about God. He died for you, why would He not also give you all things? It's a promise. Do you believe God?
     
  13. Dear pancakes, this is why you hear nothing/feel nothing:

    Proverbs 6:2 (KJV)
    Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
    Matthew 12:36-37 (KJV)
    But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

    So believe the word of God and declare His grace is on you. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, the Lord replied only with the word of God! So believe and quote this:

    Mark 11:24 (KJV)
    Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. ​
     
  14. I believe God will do it for other people, I've seen it ,so I believe he has power to do what he says he can...but I believe it for others rather than myself.. Like I posted b4 , I wasn't treated the best, I dont know where god was in the midst... But my faith will take time to regrow.
     
  15. Indeed, but don't blame God for man's wrongs. Trust God and claim His promises. Have faith.
     
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  16. Hi Pancakes
    Mark 11:25
    and when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

    1. being offended is holding ought against some one
    2 holding on to that offense is sin

    You cried out for respect. Chances are no matter how they would have treated you when you went back it would not have been good enough For -----You Still Had "Being Offended in your Heart"

    See we are commanded to forgive and love. When we hold onto offenses we hinder our entire being. This will stop the flow of God into any situation. When we forgive and then love and bless even in prayer for those who offended us then God will get involved in the situation. Sometime what we feel is an offense against us really is not.

    Also take note of Luke 6:36-38 and you will see that by holding unto any offense has repercussion coming back at you.
    We must learn to be obedient in all things - strive to be obedient - Notice I did NOT say we must be perfect but put forth honest effort and God knowing you heart will truly know if you are serious or not.

    Pancakes you mean to much to me to simply talk at ya like you might wish to hear But I will talk at you with what I had to hear and learn from God the Father and Creator of His system or ways.
    You can do this Pancakes
    Blessings
    James
     
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  17. The biggest hurdle that I had was believing He lovedid me as much as the Bible says He does. But as I read John 17:23. And found out that God loves me as much as He loves Jesus, and I began to build trust in Him, that truth became a reality and like the Bible says...the truth made me free :)

    God bless you! And know you are always in my prayers!
     
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  18. Well Pastor, I have to say that was another good sermon! I hope it's OK that I copied and pasted it into a word doc for me to read offline.

    Something I thought I would bring up for anyone who may have had, or have trouble being a co-dependant or a people pleaser like I once was, is that this law of love does not mean being a doormat, or not having personal boundaries. And it does not mean that if God calls one to go to a certain place that one listens to friends instead, or places people before God. When this is done we are kind of making people an idol. And we know that God is very jealous of us and will not allow that idol to compete with Him.

    As Matthew 6:33 says...seek first God's kingdom and all the things you need will be added unto you. But the most important part is to put God first. When we put God first, then He will lead us and guide us to how to respond when others say we'll I am your friend and the Bible says that we lay down our life for our friends. Which is quite different than people make it out to be.

    Thank you again.
    God bless
     
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  19. Hello Cturtle and thanks so much for such a lovely sermon, I fully agree. There's just so many angles and dimensions to God's Love isn't there so thanks for adding to these word, I've got the feeling you could talk about God's Love all night. Seems you have a very firm grasp of who He is. And yes, I don't mind you copying and pasting! x
     
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  20. Hello Pancakes and thanks so much for your response, it really encouraged me! You and I obviously know how difficult low times can be so maybe we could encourage each other, it might be me needing your help next time!
     
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