THE ROAD TO LOVE

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All of us on this road of life are searching for and needing love. Unfortunately what we find is, love is not easy. A more familiar expression we experience is rejection and it comes from the ones we love the most.

There are so many forms of rejection we experience. I am learning that looking for love in and through people is a road of hurt, disappointment, insecurity, self doubt, low self esteem, depression, and a loss of true identity.

I believe love was and has always been meant to be found in and through our Savior Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

You see Gods love is perfect! When we seek Gods love and learn His patients, grace and commitment to us, we will be forever changed in the way we view love, especially the way we view it in this broken world full of broken people who only know how to give broken love!!!

As we begin to understand God and His love for us and how His love deals with our broken love. We will begin to know how to love others with a Godly love and learn how to receive broken love as He does.

Simon Peter, Do You Love Me?
John 21
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (21:15–17)

Anyway, using the Greek words (in their anglicized forms), here is a summary of the passage.

VERSE 15:

Jesus asked Peter if he agape’d Him

Peter responded that he phileo’d Him

VERSE 16:

Jesus asked Peter if he agape’d Him

Peter responded that he phileo’d Him

VERSE 17:

Jesus asked Peter if he phileo’d Him

Peter responded that he phileo’d Him

The argument made by the scholars is that Jesus asked Peter if he had the highest form of love for Him. However, Peter could only say that he had the lower form of love for His Saviour. Finally, the third time He asked the question using the word for the lower form of love. This showed that Jesus was satisfied if Peter could only love Him with phileo love.

The reason we reject and are rejected is that we only know the lower kind of love phileo.

Our call from God is to first recieve His love, (agape love) which is a higher form of love that is perfected in Christ! Then in return practice giving this kind of love to God and others that our desire to be loved and to love others will be fulfilling!

God bless you today, I hope this was a word of encouragement and healing!

CALL ME YOUR OWN

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I call to you from the depths of my soul
Remember the promises, you once told
Of your everlasting covanant
Your love spoken to the lost and the needy
I want the new life, that is given freely
The gift of the cross
So many times I have found myself lost
Strayed from the path
Pick me up once again and spare me from the wrath
I know i deserve
Lord father, I want to return
To the place of rest
The arms of my savior
Remember not my fleshly behavior
Once again give me favor, and
Call me your own

WHEAT WITHOUT WEEDS

A MOMENT IN HEAVEN

There I stood at the wheat gardens edge
As I stood looking over the hedge
I noticed something odd with the wheat
I took notice because there right at my feet
Weeds were growing, they were there without me knowing
Only when they are full grown, their differences are shown
It caused me to ponder with thought
About the weeds in my own life
Full grown I take notice and strive
To change those things in me that don’t belong
If not dealt with they take over becoming strong
And hard to pull out
Their seeds blow and grow even more
Until they grow out of control and life is torn
By my poor choices
Though when I notice and fight to pull them out
The wheat of my heart rises and shouts
Of the bread to eat
It’s so sweet
Wheat without weeds

I AM REDEEMED

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I stand arms stretched out wide
Palms facing upwards, towards the sky
Sun shining down upon me
Tears of joy gleaming, as I cry
From the deep love I feel inside
Of the truth, I can no longer hide
My savior has set me free
I am redeemed

I lift up my voice to the sky
My love I can no longer hide
My spirit leaping from inside
To be close to you
Jesus my savior, it’s true
My savior has set me free
I am redeemed

As I lift my voice in song
My heart opens and longs
To draw closer to you
You are my shepherd, my rock
The door that opened, when I knocked
My savior has set me free
I am redeemed

I now stand in awe, of your grace that falls
Your spirit washes over me, and calls
My heart to receive, as I worship my king
The lover of my soul, who excepts me
As I am, you stand, confirming
My savior has set me free
I am redeemed

THE MOUNTAIN

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I started my journey up the mountain
The purpose was to find the fountain
The testimony of so many, whom searched and found
I was told as I search, to listen for the sounds
Of waters overflowing, a river rushing and pouring
living water, a spring of life, formed by sacrifice
It wasn’t long as I started up the steep ravine
I ran into the person of sin, his darkness was clearly seen
Instantly I began to stumble and fall
Frightened and full of fear, I heard an echo off the wall
Of the mountainside, a voice cried out, walk this way
There I saw the person of grace
He spoke to me about being covered from my stains
He told me to keep climbing, It is soon to rain
He told me of the person I was next to face
He said to climb as to win the race
Not to far up I saw the person of Wisdom
As He told me to come
Then He showed me a book, A map, a guide, directions to the brook
In which I was seeking, It was like a holy meeting
Because He shined like the sun
He told me these words written, is how the battle is won
If I am to overcome the mountain, I must follow the words of the Son
He spoke of truth guiding my way, and warned of one who betrays
Then I saw him, the person of lies, he was in disguise
To trick and deceive, he highlighted all my sin, and looked at me with piercing eyes
He told me to go back, I can’t reach the top, no matter how hard I fought
There was no way I could win, and then again he had me focus on my sin
I remembered the person of grace, and how he said I was covered from my stains
It then began to rain as Wisdom said, I drank and I was ready to climb
To my surprise there it was to find, the peak was in sight
As I reached the top, I was tired from the fight
As I looked out from the mountains top, I could see many valleys and peaks
There in the far distance a river overflowing in my sight and in reach
The beauty was like nothing I have seen
It was then a breeze came, with a voice saying
The peaks and valleys will help you grow
The peaks and valleys will help you come to know
The purpose of the one who created you, so His love will show
On the journey up, The Mountain

MADE TO BE HEALED

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MADE TO BE HEALED

My heart cries out, from the pain I’m in
Wounded from this life, I can’t seem to win
The days grow colder, As I struggle fighting the tide
I’ve come to give and reveal, what’s deep inside
I’ll give you all I have concealed
I was made to be healed

The troubles I face, I know you can relate
You have walked in my shoes, Lord help me choose
To walk like you, help me carry my cross
Help me lay down, all that I have lost
Deep inside my heart, your love instills
I was made to be healed

The tears I cry, cleans me from the inside
The fountain over me, is setting me free
Your spirit washes the pain away
Your still small voice says, I’m here to stay
Your love in me has sealed
I was made to be healed

I feel your love setting me free
I feel your joy coming over me
As I climb this mountain
Bring me to the fountain
So my heart can be filled
I was made to be healed

TO OUR FLAG

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Ruby red, the color of the stripes He bore
Draped across, waving glory, at attention I adored
White Crystal color, were the stripes and stars
Displaying his presence and light
A symbol that lights up the night
Ocean blue the water that cleanses our souls
The back drop to the stars we’ve come to know
His banner over us, flaps in the wind
I hear the words, the little boy said
One nation under God, as his tears fell
For his father he lost, fighting for our freedom
It’s the reason a hero is declared
Prepared for us the life we now live
What one lifes sacrifice can give
I see a symbol of God, laid over his father
As to say you are honored
He gave His life for us, as did Christ
The ultimate sacrifice and glory
Leaving a longing, a pride that pushes us through
What he gave, he knew
A story that will never be forgotten
A symbol representing the only begotten, Son
His banner that blesses our nation
Reminding us of the purpose of our creation
So we might unite as one
In relation to Him, the Son
The hope that carries us through
The true meaning of the red, white, and blue
There it stands, as I listen to the band
Playing the star spangled banner
To Our flag

THE CHERUBIM

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  • Here I was, standing just before the gate
    Trembling, and I would have to say, I was in awe
    It was like nothing I have seen at all
    I was struck by the cloud that hovered over the courtyard
    Just inside the gate
    The glowing metal of the Iron gate
    Was covered with sapphires and rubies
    There could be no mistake of it’s beauty
    On each side of the gate, whirling wheels
    Covered by so many eyes that held me still
    Inside the wheels, coals covered with fire
    Yet they seemed as though they were not burned
    Then my attention was turned, as my eyes looked up from the wheels
    Standing so tall and glorious were Cherubim so magnificent
    Stood as a messenger before the gate, I was covered in chills
    I saw four faces, the face of a human, an eagle, a cherub and a lion
    Then I saw the glory of the Lord appear in the courtyard under the cloud
    It was what appeared to be a rainbow in the clouds
    A voice rang out “Glory to Zion”, from the mouth of the lion
    “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed
    He is worthy to rely upon
    Then from the mouth of the eagle
    Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength
    They will soar on wings like eagles
    They will run and not grow weary
    They will walk and not be faint
    Then what looked to be a human hand stretch out from behind his wings
    In his hands an eagle. He placed it on my back and wings formed to me
    With his other hand, a lion that formed into a sword
    He placed it in my hand and the human face said ” carry this in one accord”
    He placed a belt around my waist, a helmet on my head, a breast plate on my chest
    He then placed a robe of many colors around me and said “rest, you are redeemed”
    Place these sandals on your feet, and this ring on your finger
    So you will always remeber your a son to a king
    Then the face of the Cherub gave a message from the Lord
    “Now go and set the captives free”
    The Cherubim smiled at me and said
    “There is a battle to win, so fight”
    Then the voice of the Lord rang out from the courtyard
    “I am with you”

    In conjunction with my last post (The River Of God) I believe the message of the cherubim is, on the highway to holiness, for my walk to produce the river of God, I must fight to be a better husband, father, friend and servant of God to all those Gods puts on my path! I’m sure if I do, before I enter heaven, every face on the Cherubim will smile at me before I enter!

    Inspired by Ezekiel chapter 10