Love – Fruit of the Spirit

Love – Fruit of the Spirit

Loving God and loving others is the #1 Kingdom principle.

One of the first things Jesus will ask you when you get to Heaven is if you learned to love.

Our love walk is vitally necessary when it comes to receiving healing and deliverance, or whatever it is that we are asking the Lord for.

The failure to walk in love can prevent a person from receiving their healing and can block the flow of God’s blessings.

Whatever we receive from the Lord, we receive by faith.

Faith works by love (Galations 5:6).

Without love, our faith will not work properly.

If we are not receiving answers to our prayers, perhaps we need to check up on our love walk.

Unforgiveness and hatred are deadly to our love walk, and these are blessing blockers.

To hate our brother is the same as walking in darkness, according to 1 John 2:11.

We cannot say that we love God and are walking in the light, yet hate our brother at the same time (1 John 1:5-8, 2:9).

Hatred is as the sin of murder, and no murderers will inherit eternal life (1 John 3:15, Revelation 21:8).

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

If you do not have love in your heart for someone, the Holy Spirit can place that love there.

Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

In the Old Testament, there was probably nothing of greater importance than the burnt offerings and sacrifices. Yet love is superior to all of the sacrifices.

David said in Psalms 51:16-17 that God does not delight in sacrifices and burnt offerings, but in a broken and contrite heart.

The heart and attitudes of man is what God is after.

Mark 12:33 (NKJV) says, “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

The law of Moses contains numerous laws. However, if we just walk in one law – the law of love – we will have fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV) says, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.

If you walk in love, you will not break any of the ten commandments.

Jesus commands us to love one another. John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

In John 14:21 Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.

In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

Greek word for “love” = Agape (noun). Sacrificial, unselfish love; benevolence; good will. God’s love for mankind. Our love for God and others. Agape love involves feelings of affection, but is based on a decision of the will. Agape love always gives, and puts the interests of others before its own.

Agape is a term used for the Love Feasts in the early church. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: “At this meal the Christians, in connection with their common Redeemer Jesus Christ, ignored all distinctions of rank, wealth and culture, and met as members of one family.”

Greek word for “love” = Agapao (verb). To regard the best welfare of another. To have preference for one another. To prize and treasure. Love for the brethren. God’s love for mankind as demonstrated by giving His one and only Son. Our love for God demonstrated in affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of benefits received.

Greek word for “love”: Phileo – friendship; to be kindly disposed to one; tender affection; personal attachment; sentimental feelings; to love from the heart.

Greek word for “love”: Philos – a dear one; to be fond of; a friend; an associate; a neighbor.

Greek word for “love”: Philadelphia – brotherly love; the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren.

Greek word for “love”: Philandros – affectionate as a wife; a wife showing affection to her husband. Titus 2:4a.

Greek word for “love”: Philoteknos – loving one’s offspring or children. Titus 2:4b.

Greek word for “love”: Philanthropia – love of mankind; benevolence; philanthropy. Acts 28:2; Titus 3:4.

Greek word for “love”: Philanthropos – love of mankind; philanthropy; humane; kindness. Acts 27:3.

Agape (noun) and agapao (verb) is the highest form of love, and is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).

Without agape love in operation, it is not possible to act in genuine phileo or philos love (love for the brethren, family and friends).

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us a clearer understanding of what it means to walk in agapao love.

Love is Patient (Greek: makrothumeo) – to be long spirited, forbearing, patient; to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long suffering; slow to anger, slow to punish.

Love is Kind (chresteuomai) – to show oneself helpful; to act benevolently; to show oneself mild.

Love is Not Envious (zeloo) – to have warmth of feeling against; to be heated or boiling; jealousy.

Love is Not boastful (perpereuomai) – braggart; to vaunt oneself.

Love is Not Proud or Arrogant (phusioo) – to be haughty; to inflate; blow up; blow out; to cause to swell up.

Love is Not Rude (aschemoneo) – to be (or act) unbecoming; behave unseemly.

Love is Not Self-Seeking (zeteo) – seek; require; demand (one’s own way); selfishness; self-centeredness.

Love is Not Easily Angered (paroxuno) – to exasperate; to irritate; provoke; rouse to anger; to be sharp.

Love Thinks No Evil (Greek: kakos) – troublesome; injurious; pernicious; destructive; baneful; keeping a record of wrongs.

Love Does Not Rejoice in Iniquity (Greek: adikia) – injustice; moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act).

Love Rejoices in Truth (Greek: aletheia) – what is true in any matter under consideration (opposed to what is feigned, fictitious, false); truth as a personal excellence; that candor or mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit.

Love Bears All Things (Protects) (Greek: stego) – to roof over, (figuratively) to cover with silence; to keep secret; to hide; conceal; to protect or keep by covering; to preserve; to bear up against; hold out against, and so to endure, bear, forbear.

Love Believes All Things (Trust) (pisteuo) – to have faith (in, or with respect to, a person); to think to be true; to be persuaded of; to credit; place confidence in.

Love Hopeth All Things (Expect) (elpizo) – to expect; expect the best.

Love Endures All Things (hupomeno) – abide, remain; i.e. bear trials; have fortitude; persevere.

Love Never Fails (or Falls) (pipto) – to fall; used of descent from a higher place to a lower; used of descent from a standing to a prostrate position; to fall from a state of uprightness; i.e. to sin; to come to an end; cease.

Galations 5:13 says, “For you have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love SERVE ONE ANOTHER.”

To serve means to minister to others, attending to and waiting upon others, caring for others, serving the welfare of others.

To be a servant one must have a spirit of humility.

Servanthood is putting the best interests and needs of others before oneself.

A servant attitude is one of meekness, kindness and gentleness.

A servant leader leads by example.

To serve others is to show honor, preferring one another (Romans 12:10).

To serve others is to esteem others higher than ourselves.

Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Jesus defines greatness as that of being a servant.

Before God exalts a person to leadership, He looks for a servant heart.

Mark 10:43-44 says, “Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”

A servant leader seeks to be a good example to others. They lead by serving, and their followers learn to serve by observing their leader.

Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant leader.

Mark 10:45 (NKJV) says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” John 6:38 states: “For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

Jesus is our role model of how to demonstrate servanthood to others. Jesus left His place at the head table to wash His disciples’ feet (John 13:5). Jesus also displayed humility by ministering to the needs of people around him. He healed people and went about doing good.

Jesus and the Bride of Christ serve one another.

Jesus serves the Church by demonstrating His unending love, humility, mercy, goodness, kindness, graciousness and faithfulness.

Jesus leads by example. There is no selfishness in Him. He is concerned about the needs of His Bride.

Jesus laid His life down for His Bride, and He wants us to lay our lives down for one another.

Jesus is very patient. He is not harsh, sharp or easily angered.

Jesus cherishes His Bride, fostering her with tender loving care, with the implication of brooding over her like a hen would brood over her chicks, keeping them warm and safe.

Jesus nourishes and nurtures His Church.

There is a distinction between being a church-goer and being the Bride of Christ.

A person can be religious and not even be saved.

The Bride is in love with Jesus and seeks to do His will.

The Bride serves her Bridegroom (Jesus). She finds out what pleases Him the most and then does those things.

Agape love and servanthood means to show honor, respect, courtesy and consideration to one another.

Honor is defined as: high regard or great respect given, received or enjoyed; dignity; repute; esteem; to treat with deference and courtesy.

Respect is defined as: to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard; to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard; to show consideration for; courteous regard; to avoid intruding upon (such as respecting others’ boundaries and feelings).

The term “deference” is defined as: a yielding in opinion, judgment or wishes; courteous regard or respect; honor.

In certain passages of the Bible, some translators use the word “respect” while other translations use the term “reverence”.

Reverence is similar to respect, except has deeper meaning. Reverence implies deep respect together with love.

To revere is to have high esteem or awe for; to venerate. Reverence suggests a regarding with great respect, affection, honor and deference.

Love edifies others.

Romans 14:19 says, “Therefore, let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”

Romans 15:2 says, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, for his edification.”

Edify is defined as: “to build up (as in the idea of building a structure); a builder; an edifice; an architect; to construct; to confirm; to establish; to be a house builder; to rebuild; to build up from the foundation; to restore or repair.”

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon further defines “edify” as to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness and blessedness.

The opposite of edification is to tear down, to damage, to destroy, to injure, to harm, to break, to weaken, to put others down, to discourage or depress, to destabilize, to undermine, to demoralize, to cut away by unkind remarks or actions, to crush, to deflate, to diminish or reduce, to shred into pieces, to belittle, to humiliate, to criticize, to disdain, to be negative.

Remember the “3 E’s”:

Edify

Esteem

Encourage

Love never fails. If things are failing in your life, then check your love level.

Love is not just an attribute of God, God IS love. God is not faith, but He is full of faith. God is not mercy, but He is merciful. However, God IS love. That’s the essence of who He is.

There are no limitations to those who walk in God’s love.

The revelation of all possibilities is in the understanding of my love identity.

The Church has been in the state of reason and emotion for a long time. They feel good, and may run around, yet don’t have the success or victory rate you should have if you got the revelation of His love. When you’re in a real fight, you have to know how to use the Sword of the Spirit and be led by the Spirit. The Church needs to go to the reality of who you really are in Christ and what you have on the inside of you and be able to use the Sword of the Spirit accurately and skillfully.

Ephesians 3:14-21 – Love Identity. How do I access or activate this kind of love identity?

Love is the highest you can go in the realm of the Spirit. Love is higher than faith, and even higher than the blood of Jesus. Love is God and God sent the Blood. Love is higher than the Gifts of the Spirit.

Love is the most excellent way.

God is love and love is God’s whole identity. When you love God, you got all the promises of God, from Genesis to Revelation. You have the fullness of God.

Love makes you more than a conqueror. Romans 8:20. Anything defeating me is only temporary.

Ephesians 3 (prayer Paul prayed for inner strength to be bold, strong, victorious, joyful).

Romans 5 you can be in the greatest battle. We glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. And hope makes not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. “Hearts” is referring to your soul. The love of God is shed abroad in my mind and emotions, and I am conscious of the fact that God will never leave me or forsake me.

God’s love is shed abroad in your emotions. Say “touch me Lord Jesus”, and He will.

God can shed abroad His love into your imagination. Can you imagine what would happen to your life?

Romans 12:2 cannot work without love. You cannot fully renew the mind with just the Word, but you need the love of God to renew the mind. The perfect will of God means love.

The love of God is shed abroad in our will.

Perfect love casts out fear. 2 Timothy 1:7. The power, love and a sound mind cannot work without love.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee with My right hand.

Ephesians 3:14, inner man is your soul.

The root of the Spirit is love. Everything else is the fruit.

When you get out of love, you get into the flesh and into pride.

Your first works is love.

Love is the master of the Spirit world.

When you are all upset and walk out of love, you are not as powerful as you could be.

The love walk is not an emotional love walk. It’s triumphant.

Satan downplays love because he knows how powerful it is. This world demonstrates weak love.

Be rooted and grounded in love.

Love surpasses knowledge.

Love surpasses facts. I’ve got something in me to stir up miracles.

Love is supernatural.

Your life will be transformed by God’s love inside of you.

You have to be strengthened in your inner man by God’s love, before you qualify for the next verse. Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …”

The richest attribute of God’s Glory is love.

Galations 5:6 says faith which works by love.

Love is the ground wire.

The stagnation and frustration you’ve been going through is over. Love makes grace show up.

You will be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life, because of a deeper love relationship between you and God.

Love will never let you down, even when you make a mistake.

“The past won’t last.” Whatever you need wiped out can be wiped out by the power of love.

Love gives. “For God so loved the world that He gave …”

“God so loved the world” … that’s you and me. He loves us just the way we are. He just wants you to surrender yourself to Him and receive Him as Savior and Lord.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit involves tongues, but is a baptism of the love of God.

Works don’t replace love.

Return to your first love and first work (Revelation 2:1-7).

All limitations can be crossed by love.

We are called in Christ to make marks which cannot be erased, and love makes those marks.

Because of love I will live and declare the glory of the Lord.

Love brings results to our prayers and faith.

“Lord, spread Your love through my imagination.”

Love heals the broken heart.

There is no greater love on earth than being a grandparent.

Love can be stirred up. Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”

Love is greater than faith. Though I have all faith to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Love is greater than tongues and prophesying. Without love, I am as a clanging symbol and am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-2).

Love is greater than giving away all your money and goods to the poor, or giving yourself as a martyr, for without love it profits me nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).

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Pt. 12 – The Christmas Story (The Birth of Jesus the Messiah)

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

In those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census be taken of all the inhabited world. The King James Version says “taxation”, while other versions say “census”. Maybe it involved both things. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

Everyone was on his way to register, each to his own city of lineage. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of King David. (King David’s birthplace is Bethlehem.) Joseph registered, along with Mary his wife, who was in the later stage of pregnancy.

While they were there in Bethlehem the days were completed for her to give birth. There were no rooms available in the inn since there were so many people in Bethlehem during that time to register for the census.

The only available shelter they found was a stable or cave where the animals were kept. Mary gave birth to her firstborn son; she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger—a feeding trough (Luke 2:7).

In the same way that there was no room in the inn for the Messiah to be born, many people today make no room for Christ in their lives. They have room for others and for things, but no room for Jesus. May we make room in our hearts for the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus should take first place in our lives.

Jesus was born in “humble” surroundings although He is a King. He was not born and raised in a palace like kings of this earth. He wasn’t even born in a hospital or a house.

He was raised in Nazareth and worked in the family business as a carpenter along with His father. He was a King, but was not raised in a wealthy and influential family, although He was not poor either. His family had a prosperous carpentry business. He did not grow up in a prestigious city. God chose who His parents would be not based on economic status, but on their blameless character and righteous living.

Jesus’ disciple Nathanael said in John 1:46 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” The city of Nazareth was held in great contempt by the people of Judaea, because the people of Galilee spoke a crude dialect and were less cultivated. Also, the Galileans were held in disrepute because they were largely influenced by the Gentile heathen who mingled with them, and also because of their lower type of moral and religious character. The people of Nazareth and the Galilee region were less educated.

Jesus left the wealth of Heaven to come to earth. On earth He was poor in comparison with Heaven’s wealth. But He was not poor according to this world’s standard. His family owned a business. Jesus owned a home in Capernaum. Jesus had a treasurer in His ministry. When Jesus died on the Cross, lots were cast for His seamless tunic.

Most of Jesus’ disciples were from the region of Galilee. They were rough around the edges, but the Lord used them powerfully.

On the Day of Pentecost, the 120 who gathered in the Upper Room were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in languages they had never learned before. In Acts 2:7, devout Jews from every nation who came for the feast of Pentecost were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?” The Galileans were uneducated and yet began to speak fluently in languages they had never learned before. Another significant thing is that the Galileans, who usually spoke rough and rude, began to speak with eloquence and gracefulness.

This goes to show that God can raise up a person who feels like a nobody from nowhere—from any neighborhood or economic situation—and prosper them and use them for His glory.

Jesus understands the financial pressures that most people go through. God wants us to be blessed and walk in abundance, having all of our material needs met and be able to pay all of our bills, and have money left over in the bank, plus have investments and assets, because He bore the curse of poverty on the Cross.

Second Corinthians 8:9 (AMP) says, “For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied).”

If we be Abraham’s seed, we are heirs of the promise or the covenant (Galations 3:29). In the Abrahamic Covenant, one part of it is that God would bless us and that we would be a blessing to others. You can only bless others if you have it to give. God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. He wants to bless us.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP): “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”

About Love #96-146

  1. Love never fails. If things are failing in your life, then check your love level.
  1. Love is not just an attribute of God, God IS love. God is not faith, but He is full of faith. God is not mercy, but He is merciful. However, God IS love. That’s the essence of who He is.
  1. There are no limitations to those who walk in God’s love.
  1. The revelation of all possibilities is in the understanding of my love identity.
  1. The Church has been in the state of reason and emotion for a long time. They feel good, and may run around, yet don’t have the success or victory rate you should have if you got the revelation of His love. When you’re in a real fight, you have to know how to use the Sword of the Spirit and be led by the Spirit. The Church needs to go to the reality of who you really are in Christ and what you have on the inside of you and be able to use the Sword of the Spirit accurately and skillfully.
  1. Ephesians 3:14-21 – Love Identity. How do I access or activate this kind of love identity?
  1. Love is the highest you can go in the realm of the Spirit. Love is higher than faith, and even higher than the blood of Jesus. Love is God and God sent the Blood. Love is higher than the Gifts of the Spirit.
  1. Love is the most excellent way.
  1. God is love and love is God’s whole identity. When you love God, you got all the promises of God, from Genesis to Revelation. You have the fullness of God.
  1. Love makes you more than a conqueror. Romans 8:20. Anything defeating me is only temporary.
  1. Ephesians 3 (prayer Paul prayed for inner strength to be bold, strong, victorious, joyful).
  1. Romans 5 you can be in the greatest battle. We glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. And hope makes not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. “Hearts” is referring to your soul. The love of God is shed abroad in my mind and emotions, and I am conscious of the fact that God will never leave me or forsake me.
  1. God’s love is shed abroad in your emotions. Say “touch me Lord Jesus”, and He will.
  1. God can shed abroad His love into your imagination. Can you imagine what would happen to your life?
  1. Romans 12:2 cannot work without love. You cannot fully renew the mind with just the Word, but you need the love of God to renew the mind. The perfect will of God means love.
  1. The love of God is shed abroad in our will.
  1. Perfect love casts out fear. 2 Timothy 1:7. The power, love and a sound mind cannot work without love.
  1. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee with My right hand.
  1. Ephesians 3:14, inner man is your soul.
  1. The root of the Spirit is love. Everything else is the fruit.
  1. When you get out of love, you get into the flesh and into pride.
  1. Your first works is love.
  1. Love is the master of the Spirit world.
  1. When you are all upset and walk out of love, you are not as powerful as you could be.
  1. The love walk is not an emotional love walk. It’s triumphant.
  1. Satan downplays love because he knows how powerful it is. This world demonstrates weak love.
  1. Be rooted and grounded in love.
  1. Love surpasses knowledge.
  1. Love surpasses facts. I’ve got something in me to stir up miracles.
  1. Love is supernatural.
  1. Your life will be transformed by God’s love inside of you.
  1. You have to be strengthened in your inner man by God’s love, before you qualify for the next verse. Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …”
  1. The richest attribute of God’s Glory is love.
  1. Galations 5:6 says faith which works by love.
  1. Love is the ground wire.
  1. The stagnation and frustration you’ve been going through is over. Love makes grace show up.
  1. You will be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life, because of a deeper love relationship between you and God.
  1. Love will never let you down, even when you make a mistake.
  1. “The past won’t last.” Whatever you need wiped out can be wiped out by the power of love.
  1. Love gives. “For God so loved the world that He gave …”
  1. “God so loved the world” … that’s you and me. He loves us just the way we are. He just wants you to surrender yourself to Him and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
  1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit involves tongues, but is a baptism of the love of God.
  1. Works don’t replace love.
  1. Return to your first love and first work (Revelation 2:1-7).
  1. All limitations can be crossed by love.
  1. We are called in Christ to make marks which cannot be erased, and love makes those marks.
  1. Because of love I will live and declare the glory of the Lord.
  1. Love brings results to our prayers and faith.
  1. “Lord, spread Your love through my imagination.”
  1. Love heals the broken heart.
  1. There is no greater love on earth than being a grandparent.

About Love #55-95

  1. Galations 5:13 says, “For you have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love SERVE ONE ANOTHER.”
  1. To serve means to minister to others, attending to and waiting upon others, caring for others, serving the welfare of others.
  1. To be a servant one must have a spirit of humility.
  1. Servanthood is putting the best interests and needs of others before oneself.
  1. A servant attitude is one of meekness, kindness and gentleness.
  1. A servant leader leads by example.
  1. To serve others is to show honor, preferring one another (Romans 12:10).
  1. To serve others is to esteem others higher than ourselves.
  1. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
  1. Jesus defines greatness as that of being a servant.
  1. Before God exalts a person to leadership, He looks for a servant heart.
  1. Mark 10:43-44 says, “Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”
  1. A servant leader seeks to be a good example to others. They lead by serving, and their followers learn to serve by observing their leader.
  1. Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant leader.
  1. Mark 10:45 (NKJV) says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” John 6:38 states: “For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
  1. Jesus is our role model of how to demonstrate servanthood to others. Jesus left His place at the head table to wash His disciples’ feet (John 13:5). Jesus also displayed humility by ministering to the needs of people around him. He healed people and went about doing good.
  1. Jesus and the Bride of Christ serve one another.
  1. Jesus serves the Church by demonstrating His unending love, humility, mercy, goodness, kindness, graciousness and faithfulness.
  1. Jesus leads by example. There is no selfishness in Him. He is concerned about the needs of His Bride.
  1. Jesus laid His life down for His Bride, and He wants us to lay our lives down for one another.
  1. Jesus is very patient. He is not harsh, sharp or easily angered.
  1. Jesus cherishes His Bride, fostering her with tender loving care, with the implication of brooding over her like a hen would brood over her chicks, keeping them warm and safe.
  1. Jesus nourishes and nurtures His Church.
  1. There is a distinction between being a church-goer and being the bride of Christ.
  1. A person can be religious and not even be saved.
  1. The Bride is in love with Jesus and seeks to do His will.
  1. The Bride serves her Bridegroom (Jesus). She finds out what pleases Him the most and then does those things.
  1. Agape love and servanthood means to show honor, respect, courtesy and consideration to one another.
  1. Honor is defined as: high regard or great respect given, received or enjoyed; dignity; repute; esteem; to treat with deference and courtesy.
  1. Respect is defined as: to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard; to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard; to show consideration for; courteous regard; to avoid intruding upon (such as respecting others’ boundaries and feelings).
  1. The term “deference” is defined as: a yielding in opinion, judgment or wishes; courteous regard or respect; honor.
  1. In certain passages of the Bible, some translators use the word “respect” while other translations use the term “reverence”.
  1. Reverence is similar to respect, except has deeper meaning. Reverence implies deep respect together with love.
  1. To revere is to have high esteem or awe for; to venerate. Reverence suggests a regarding with great respect, affection, honor and deference.
  1. Love edifies others.
  1. Romans 14:19 says, “Therefore, let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”
  1. Romans 15:2 says, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, for his edification.”
  1. Edify is defined as:  “to build up (as in the idea of building a structure); a builder; an edifice; an architect; to construct; to confirm; to establish; to be a house builder; to rebuild; to build up from the foundation; to restore or repair.”
  1. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon further defines “edify” as to promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue, holiness and blessedness.
  1. The opposite of edification is to tear down, to damage, to destroy, to injure, to harm, to break, to weaken, to put others down, to discourage or depress, to destabilize, to undermine, to demoralize, to cut away by unkind remarks or actions, to crush, to deflate, to diminish or reduce, to shred into pieces, to belittle, to humiliate, to criticize, to disdain, to be negative.
  1. Remember the “3 E’s”:

1) Edify

2) Esteem

3) Encourage

About Love #1-54

  1. Loving God and loving others is the #1 Kingdom principle.
  1. Our love walk is vitally necessary when it comes to receiving healing and deliverance, or whatever it is that we are asking the Lord for.
  1. The failure to walk in love can prevent a person from receiving their healing and can block the flow of God’s blessings.
  1. Whatever we receive from the Lord, we receive by faith.
  1. Faith works by love (Galations 5:6).
  1. Without love, our faith will not work properly.
  1. If we are not receiving answers to our prayers, perhaps we need to check up on our love walk.
  1. Unforgiveness and hatred are deadly to our love walk, and these are blessing blockers.
  1. To hate our brother is the same as walking in darkness, according to 1 John 2:11.
  1. We cannot say that we love God and are walking in the light, yet hate our brother at the same time (1 John 1:5-8, 2:9).
  1. Hatred is as the sin of murder, and no murderers will inherit eternal life (1 John 3:15, Revelation 21:8).
  1. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  1. If you do not have love in your heart for someone, the Holy Spirit can place that love there.
  1. Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
  1. In the Old Testament, there was probably nothing of greater importance than the burnt offerings and sacrifices. Yet love is superior to all of the sacrifices.
  1. David said in Psalms 51:16-17 that God does not delight in sacrifices and burnt offerings, but in a broken and contrite heart.
  1. The heart and attitudes of man is what God is after.
  1. Mark 12:33 (NKJV) says, “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
  1. The law of Moses contains numerous laws.  However, if we just walk in one law – the law of love – we will have fulfilled the law.
  1. Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV) says, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
  1. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
  1. If you walk in love, you will not break any of the ten commandments.
  1. Jesus commands us to love one another.  John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  1. In John 14:21 Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.
  1. In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
  1. Greek word for “love” = Agape (noun).  Sacrificial, unselfish love; benevolence; good will.  God’s love for mankind.  Our love for God and others.  Agape love involves feelings of affection, but is based on a decision of the will.  Agape love always gives, and puts the interests of others before its own.
  1. Agape is a term used for the Love Feasts in the early church.  The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: “At this meal the Christians, in connection with their common Redeemer Jesus Christ, ignored all distinctions of rank, wealth and culture, and met as members of one family.”
  1. Greek word for “love” = Agapao (verb). To regard the best welfare of another.  To have preference for one another.  To prize and treasure.  Love for the brethren.  God’s love for mankind as demonstrated by giving His one and only Son.  Our love for God demonstrated in affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of benefits received.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Phileo – friendship; to be kindly disposed to one; tender affection; personal attachment; sentimental feelings; to love from the heart.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philos – a dear one; to be fond of; a friend; an associate; a neighbor.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philadelphia – brotherly love; the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philandros – affectionate as a wife; a wife showing affection to her husband.  Titus 2:4a.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philoteknos – loving one’s offspring or children.  Titus 2:4b.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philanthropia – love of mankind; benevolence; philanthropy.  Acts 28:2; Titus 3:4.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philanthropos – love of mankind; philanthropy; humane; kindness.  Acts 27:3.
  1. Agape (noun) and agapao (verb) is the highest form of love, and is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
  1. Without agape love in operation, it is not possible to act in genuine phileo or philos love (love for the brethren, family and friends).
  1. In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us a clearer understanding of what it means to walk in agapao love.
  1. Love is Patient (Greek: makrothumeo) – to be long spirited, forbearing, patient; to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long suffering; slow to anger, slow to punish.
  1. Love is Kind (chresteuomai) – to show oneself helpful; to act benevolently; to show oneself mild.
  1. Love is Not Envious (zeloo) – to have warmth of feeling against; to be heated or boiling; jealousy.
  1. Love is Not boastful (perpereuomai) – braggart; to vaunt oneself.
  1. Love is Not Proud or Arrogant (phusioo) – to be haughty; to inflate; blow up; blow out; to cause to swell up.
  1. Love is Not Rude (aschemoneo) – to be (or act) unbecoming; behave unseemly.
  1. Love is Not Self-Seeking (zeteo) – seek; require; demand (one’s own way); selfishness; self-centeredness.
  1. Love is Not Easily Angered (paroxuno) – to exasperate; to irritate; provoke; rouse to anger; to be sharp.
  1. Love Thinks No Evil (Greek: kakos) – troublesome; injurious; pernicious; destructive; baneful; keeping a record of wrongs.
  1. Love Does Not Rejoice in Iniquity (Greek: adikia) – injustice; moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act).
  1. Love Rejoices in Truth (Greek: aletheia) – what is true in any matter under consideration (opposed to what is feigned, fictitious, false); truth as a personal excellence; that candor or mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit.
  1. Love Bears All Things (Protects) (Greek: stego) – to roof over, (figuratively) to cover with silence; to keep secret; to hide; conceal; to protect or keep by covering; to preserve; to bear up against; hold out against, and so to endure, bear, forbear.
  1. Love Believes All Things (Trust) (pisteuo) – to have faith (in, or with respect to, a person); to think to be true; to be persuaded of; to credit; place confidence in.
  1. Love Hopeth All Things (Expect) (elpizo) – to expect; expect the best.
  1. Love Endures All Things (hupomeno) – abide, remain; i.e. bear trials; have fortitude; persevere.
  1. Love Never Fails (or Falls) (pipto) – to fall; used of descent from a higher place to a lower; used of descent from a standing to a prostrate position; to fall from a state of uprightness; i.e. to sin; to come to an end; cease.

Can a Christian Go To Outer Darkness (a section of hell)?

A Christian’s salvation is eternally secure as long as he or she does the will of the Father and lives in holiness, and bears good fruit in their lives.

Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Some Christians have forfeited their eternal security in heaven by living a lifestyle of disobedience and lawlessness. Some examples include:

  1. Not walking in love; hatred; prejudice; murder; malice
  2. Abuse of any kind, and causing strife and discord
  3. Bitterness (which defiles many) and unforgiveness
  4. Any form of witchcraft, sorcery, horoscopes, etc.
  5. Any form of sexual immorality, including porn addiction
  6. Embezzlement, stealing, corruption, lying, deceit
  7. Pastors and leaders leading the flock astray through their teachings or being bad examples
  8. Demonstrating irreverence (through words and deeds) to the Holy Spirit and His Anointing and Anointed Ones
  9. Pride and rebellion
  10. Lifestyle of drunkenness, gambling, carousing, vices

The Lord said in His Word that those who practice such things cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has a two-fold definition: 1. God’s system of doing things 2. Heaven.

Revelation 22:14-15 talks about those who will want to get into heaven, but the gates will be closed for them and they won’t be able to enter in.

Revelation 22:14-15 says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Galatians 5:19-25 gives examples of the works of the flesh, and then says that they which live in such a way cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Then it lists the fruits of the Spirit, and encourages us as Believers to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:19-26

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The thing that the majority of Christians struggle with is offense. People hurt you and did you wrong. Then it leads to anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness.

In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus tells us the story of the man who had an enormous debt and could not pay it back. He was facing prison time if he didn’t pay back the debt, and his children taken as slaves. He begged for mercy and the creditor had pity for him and canceled the debt owed.

However, there was a person who owed this man (who was forgiven of much) a very small debt and had no way to pay it off. The man who was forgiven of much had no mercy on the man who owed him a small debt and had the person put in prison. When the creditor found out about this man’s hypocrisy, he was filled with wrath. He had the man put in prison and turned over to the torturers.

When we fail to forgive others, then God cannot forgive us. And we need forgiveness in order to enter into Heaven, because we as Believers miss the mark quite often and need God’s grace. There are many Christians in Outer Darkness (a section of hell) today that are there due to unforgiveness and hatred.

The torturers speak of demons tormenting people. Usually offense is the door in which demons enter people’s lives to torment them. Also, every time people view internet porn, it releases scores of hideous demons into their lives and home, and these demons wreak havoc.

Strife in the household, church or work environment is another way demons wreak havoc, and the sheep are scattered.

In the Apostle John’s writings, his three key words he uses the most often are: LOVE, LIFE and LIGHT. These words are interconnected. If you walk in one, you will walk in all three.

John says that if we claim to love God, yet hate our brother, then we lie and the truth is not in us. He also says that those who do not walk in love are in the darkness, and cannot inherit eternal life. On earth, they are living in spiritual darkness, but in eternity the darkness is literal, and it is the blackest pitch darkness there is.

For years I struggled with offense, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness towards a family member who had abused me for around 21 years – primarily verbal abuse and fits of rage directed against me. God gave me warnings through dreams that I was in trouble and headed for Outer Darkness in hell if I died at that time.

I had to turn the pain over to the Lord, and ask Him to put love in my heart and help me to forgive. For me, it’s been a process of healing that has taken many years. When people hurt me, I tend to internalize it, and I’m learning how to let go and turn people over to the Lord.

If you have a root of bitterness in your heart, the Word says it defiles people. However, the Holy Spirit can remove all bitterness from your soul and fill you with His love and compassion. No one is worth going to hell over. Let go of the offense. If not for their sake, do it to make sure you go to Heaven someday.

Years ago I heard the true story of the pastor in Africa who had gotten in an argument with his wife one morning, and then later on that day was killed in a car crash.

He talked about how he went to hell for 2 or 3 days. He saw fellow pastors there, and was shocked because he thought they were in heaven. One was there for stealing the tithes and offerings, and embezzlement. Others were there for adultery, not walking in love, failing to teach people the whole counsel of God and for other reasons. This pastor was there for being abusive to his wife.

After he was in hell for 2 or 3 days, he was transferred to heaven, and shared how glorious it was.

Meanwhile, after he was killed his wife held on to the Scripture in Hebrews 11:35 that says that women received their dead raised to life again. She, along with others, prayed and believed that he would come back to life. His body was even partially embalmed.

Where they live, there was a Rinehard Bonnke meeting going on. They took his body to the meeting, believing that he would be raised to life. They took him in the casket to the basement while the meetings were in session. His wife and brothers in the Lord were interceding for his rising from the dead. He did come back to life. And now he shares his testimony and warns Christians, and especially pastors and leaders, of the reality of hell if you don’t walk in holiness. Pastors, teachers and leaders are held in stricter judgment than others in the Body of Christ.

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us the parable of the children of the kingdom. (The children of the kingdom are referring to Believers in Christ.) Some were cast into outer darkness and everlasting fire, while others received their reward and were granted to enter into Heaven. Jesus said that if you did it (ministered to) the least of these His brethren, you’ve done it unto Him. So therefore, there is a correlation between our works to help others, and receiving eternal life. We are not saved by works, but created UNTO good works (Ephesians 2:10).

In the parables right before this one in Matthew 25:1-30, are the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins. A virgin speaks of the Body of Christ, chaste like a virgin awaiting her bridegroom. Five of them made it into heaven, and five were turned away because when the Bridegroom came, they were unprepared.

Then there is the parable of servants given talents. All of the servants, except for one, invested their talents and had more to present at the end of their lives. They heard the words from Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You were made ruler over a few things, now you will be ruler over many things.”

A talent refers to something we are capable of doing, a natural gifting God gives to us. He wants us to develop and use our gifts, and to end up at the end of our lives with even more gifts.

This one servant was given one talent, but he was afraid and buried it in the ground. When the Master came, he gave the talent back to the Master, but he had done nothing with his talent, nor had he invested it. He could of at least put it into a savings account to earn interest. This servant was called an unprofitable servant, and his talent was taken from him and given to the one who had ten talents, plus he was cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

These are strong words Jesus spoke, but they are eternal realities.

John 15 talks about abiding in the Vine. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, then we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. We can live fruitful lives if we will abide in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Also, abide in the Word of God, which renews the mind, transforms the soul, fills the hungry soul, and is like medicine.

Back to the subject of love, John said in 1 John 3:14-15:

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

It’s time to take an inventory of our soul. We need to ask God to highlight to us if there is any iniquity in our lives, so that we can have an opportunity to repent of it while we still have time on this earth.

Just pray this simple prayer, and begin to seek God with all of your heart.

“Dear Father God,

I come to Your Throne in the Name of Jesus. Show me if there is sin and iniquity in my life, and give me the grace to repent of it and forsake it. I am aware of this sin in my life _______ (and tell it to God what the sin is), and I need Your help to overcome it. I want to live for You. I want to spend eternity with You and my loved ones in Heaven. I want to get right with You. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive every sin. Wash me clean by Your Blood. I receive your forgiveness. Fill me with Your love and grace, and empower me to forgive others who have hurt me. I give You my whole heart. Sweet Holy Spirit, please fill me afresh with Your Presence. I need You in my life like never before.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

The Name of Jesus

The Name of God in the New Testament is Jesus – Lord Jesus Christ. The Name of Jesus (Jesus manifesting the Father and being God) takes the place, in the New Testament, of the Name of Yahweh in the Old Testament.

Jesus is the culmination of all the Old Testament Names of God. It is the Highest, Most Exalted Name ever revealed to mankind. The Name of Jesus is the Name of God that He promised to reveal when He said, “Therefore My people shall know My Name” (Isaiah 52:6). It is the one name of Zechariah 14:9 that encompasses and includes all the other Names of God within its meaning.

To Jesus is given “the Name which is above every name; that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow … and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-10). This is a fulfillment of a Messianic prophecy in Isaiah 45:23 in which Yahweh says, “I have sworn by Myself, the Word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back. That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. They will say of Me, ‘Only in Yahweh are righteousness and strength.’”

Jesus is Almighty God. He is Jehovah (Yahweh).

God’s Name is manifested by Christ. Jesus said in John 17:6, “I manifested Thy Name …”, where Name embraces the whole Divine Nature revealed by the Son.

The Name “Jesus” was a very common name. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states: “It is not the name ‘Jesus’, but the ‘Name of Jesus’ (Lightfoot), i.e. the Name (LORD) received by Jesus. The Greek name Yeshua traces back to the Old Testament Name of God, Jehovah (or Yahweh).

Jesus means Jehovah is Salvation. This is why the angel said, “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name JESUS; for He shall save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).”

Through the Name of Jesus, God reveals Himself fully. Why is the Name of Jesus the full revelation of God? Simply because Jesus is Jehovah and “in Him dwell all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). This is the wondrous mystery of the incarnation. “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16).

Jesus is not just any name, but it carries with it all the power, authority and glory of God. Let us consider what is in His Name.

 

  1. The Name of Jesus is a saving name (Matthew 1:21; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:13).
  1. The Name of Jesus is a healing name (John 14:13-14; 16:23, Acts 3:6,16; 4:7,10,30).
  1. The Name of Jesus is a delivering name. With the authority of the Name of Jesus, demons are cast out (Acts 16:18; Mark 16:16).
  1. The Name of Jesus is above every other name (Philippians 2:5-11; Ephesians 1:21)
  1. The Name of Jesus is the name with all the answers to prayer (John 14:13-14; 15:16)
  1. The Name of Jesus accomplishes all of God’s purposes. The book of Acts is full of the use of His glorious Name.
  1. We teach and preach in the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:17-18; 5:28).
  1. We speak with new tongues (Matthew 16:17).
  1. We receive supernatural power and protection (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8).
  1. We gather together in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 18:20).
  1. We baptize in the Name of Jesus (Acts 2:38) or Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19).
  1. The New Testament church is identified by the Name of Jesus. Jesus said we would be hated among all men for His Name’s sake (Matthew 10:22). The early Church was persecuted for the Name of Jesus (Acts 5:28, 9:21, 15:26), and they considered it a privilege to be counted worthy to suffer for His Name (Acts 5:41).

 

Because of the exalted position of His Name, we are exhorted to rely upon the Name of Jesus in all we do or say: “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17).

For the Name of Jesus to be effective, we must have faith in His Name (Acts 3:16). We must know and have faith in the One represented by that Name (Acts 19:13-17).

The Name of Jesus represents God’s presence, power and work. When we speak the Name of Jesus in faith, Jesus Himself is actually present and begins to work and meet the need.

The most common title given to Jesus is “Lord”. This title indicates His Deity, Sovereignty and Exaltation (Acts 2:36). The Greek word for Lord is kurios. When the Old Testament was translated into Greek (a version called the Septuagint) they used the word kurios as a substitute for the Most Holy, Sacred, and unpronounceable Name of God YHWH (which we pronounce as Yahweh or Jehovah). When Jesus was called “Lord”, in most instances it was a reference to His Deity and Him being the Master.

Christ means “Messiah” or “Anointed One”. Jesus is the Messiah.

Lord = Father, Deity, God

Jesus = Son, Jehovah is Salvation

Christ = Holy Spirit, Anointed One, Messiah

Scriptures make it clear that Jesus is fully God and fully man. Therefore, He is the Great High Priest who understands our feelings and infirmities.

Salvation is in the Name of Jesus. If you are reading this and you would like to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, just pray this simple prayer:

“Dear Lord Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart. I accept You as my Lord and Savior. Wash away all of my sins and make me clean by Your Blood. I give my life to You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer for the first time, you are now a child of God and you are accepted in the Beloved. I would encourage you to get into a good, Bible-based church to grow in your faith. I would also encourage you to be water baptized as a public declaration that you are following Jesus Christ.

Many blessings to you!