Once you are saved, you are a new creation, you will start thinking differently, seeing things differently, and speaking differently. When you read the bible it will be with a whole new understanding. When you pray, you will feel God is with you. As time goes by, this newness may seem to fade unless you do something to keep it refreshed. This is a lifetime commitment, a marriage so to speak, until the end of time. You will be tried and tested and if you remain faithful to the end your reward will be greater than your wildest expectations. Every day in your walk with God should be a time of refreshing, newness, feeling closer to the Father, through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ who died for your sins and mine. Feeling His Holy Spirit inside your heart and mind, learning to know Him and growing to love Him more every day.
Putting God First In Your LIfe
Putting God first in your life will change every aspect of your life. Before you can truly love someone else, you must really know the love of God because God is LOVE. Many of us spend a considerable amount of time and effort seeking out relationships so we can feel loved and love someone else in return. It is a great feeling when you find someone and think that it is love, isn't it? How devastating it is when it does not work out for whatever reasons and what a sense of loss we feel when we realize it was not really love. Oh the heartache we could be spared if we only knew how to find true love! When you think about the Lord and how you feel about him..do you ever get that overpowering rush that you felt the first time you thought you were in love? Well, you should. God loves us so much that He sent His only son to die on a cross and shed His own blood just to save us! Now, I don't know about you but I can honestly say that I could not sacrifice one of my children for anybody but the Lord loves us that much! Pretty intense love, I would say and yet we are so busy living and loving the world he created for us that we do not take time out to love Him back! How heartbreaking it must be for God to love and not be loved or appreciated in return for the gifts and sacrifice He made for us because of His love for us. The Lord made the ultimate sacrifice because He loves us so much. He gave His only Son. I John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. I John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. Until we learn to recognize God's love and learn to love Him back and really feel it, there is no way you can love someone else until you know what love is. What is Love? God is love. God is love. People who do not feel love in their hearts do not know God. Those of us who have known, felt, and believe that God loves us are inspired by Him and know that His love lives inside them and as a result show love towards others.
1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1 John 4:16 - And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
God's love is so intense, so strong and so deep that He gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins so that we can have everlasting life.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Why do we love God? We love God because He loved us first. We love Him because we know that He loves us.
1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us.
Many people do not know or do not realize the extent of God's love and only call on Him when they are in need. Many of us try to control our behavior, lives, our surroundings, environment and others. Things start to go wrong when we control our own lives and other peoples lives. When we surrender our lives and our control to God, things start going right. What happens when things go wrong? When things go wrong we pray for help with our problems and then we want God to take over and fix everything that we did wrong or overlooked. The sad part is that many of us do not even think about God unless we need or want something. Think about it..in your darkest hour..who did you cry out too? What we should do is give everything to God, then-He can control our life. You can be sure if it is His He will take care of it better than you ever could. When you love Him they abide in you.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23
Letting go and Letting God is something that is easier said than done and one of the hardest things I have ever done but once I did I realized how merciful God is, how great His love really is. Every day as I pray and seek Him, I feel refreshed, closer to the Father, loved by God. Every day I learn something new. Every day is a new step in my walk with God, a new beginning. Ephesians 2:4 - But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, What is the Spirit of Love? Love is joy (a feeling of great pleasure and happiness), peaceful (not causing problems, tranquility, calmness), longsuffering (showing patience even during times of trouble), gentleness (being kind, tenderhearted, and mild mannered), goodness (morally good and virtuous).
Galatians 5:22 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
God does not forget when we do His work as a labor of love by ministering to others.
Hebrews 6:10 - For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Perfect love casts out fear. We can love God without fear if we are following His will and laws. We only need to fear Him if we are not doing what He expects of us.
1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Once you do you will experience energy, peace, joy and a perfect love like you have never known!If you do not know what love is then you do not know God because God is Love!
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
Renew your relationship with the Lord in prayer and study every single day. Make every day a time of refreshing, a new beginning in your walk with the Lord.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7