The two great commands are to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength and loving others as yourself.
It is self-evident that we do all things within the confines of the self. To love God is to love ourselves, and to love ourselves is to love God. We are a reflection of God, created in his image and likeness, we are.
Loving others is loving God. Your neighbor reflects God and is the bearer of his divine nature; love him as you would God, love him as you would yourself.
God the eternal chooses to make his abode in us. We are his temple, in which he is glorified. In him, we exist and have our being. We were in him before the creation, chosen and set apart for his purpose and glory.
Let love be the cords that bind us now and forevermore.
Inspired by: Matthew 16:15-20,1 Corinthians 6:19 and Psalm 133:1
- The Church is not an organization or a function we attend. It is a people; it is who we are.
- The Temple is not a place or a building. It is you, all of you; Mind body and soul.
- Worship is not mere words; it is a lifestyle.
How good and pleasant it is for brethren and sistren to live together in love and unity. The gates of hell shall not prevail against such fellowship. Therefore, live to the glory of your God seated on His thrown at the center of His Temple.
Humanly speaking, the tongue is used for tasting and enabling speech. Spiritually speaking, the tongue is God’s mouthpiece, capturing and extending the spiritual into the natural. Unfortunately, we fail to make use of it in the latter manner. When James talks about taming the tongue, we avoid hurling insults, avoid apt replies, avoid using censored words and then stop there. We then leave the tongue to serve its biological purposes, but not fully serving its spiritual purpose.
One does not have to flip the Bible for too long to see that speech is not devoid of spiritual implications. In fact, in the first pages, you will encounter a repetitive statement, ‘God said…And it was so’. Whatever God spoke, came into being. Few Chapters on in the Second Book, Moses trying to avoid God’s mission of speaking to Pharaoh to let the Israelites out of slavery says, ‘O Lord…
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Inspired by: Hebrews 4:12, John 3: 16 – 2, Romans 2: 13 & John 6: 63
The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; it judges the thoughts, intentions, and attitudes of the heart.
When we hold up the word of God as a testimony, one of two things has already happened.
If we are living in obedience to its teachings, then we have been liberated. Set free from the condemnation, it describes in its pages. But if we are not living by its precepts, we are already condemned.
So hold the Bible aloft; it is the Word of God; it is the Spirit that gives life.
Inspired by: 1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Corinthians 10: 3 – 5, Ephesians 6: 12 & Philippians 2:10-11
I will fight the good fight of faith, to which You called me so that I might lay hold on eternal life.
My beef is not with my fellow man, but with evil philosophies and political and religious ideologies that govern over the injustices and cruelties of this world. I am at war with spiritual forces that are at work in high and low places.
You, God, have equipped me for this fight with weapons for the tearing down of ideological strongholds, and political biases, that place expediences above the people it serves. Your word is quick and powerful for the reproofing of opinions that are in opposition to the knowledge of You, bringing every thought into obedience to You.
I know I do not fight in vain as every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess You as Lord.
Inspired by Psalm 119: 105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. From hearing it, I derive my faith and discover Your methods and learn Your laws.
I hear Your word in the functioning of Your creation; It reverberates clear and pure. It says to me, “I can be trusted, lean on me, I will make your pathway true.” In a shout or a whisper, Your word echoes for me to hear, calling me to a path already prepared.
I need not know where the journey will take me or what I will encounter along the way. I am without fear because I trust in You, who leads the way. So I walk by faith and not by sight. Of this one thing, I have come to know most assuredly that Your love never fails, and that I am never alone.
The flesh is weak, but You are strong. Though the tests and the trials they do come, more blessed are the victories won. Your love, Your mercy, and Your grace provide for me. There is no insurmountable challenge or too costly a sacrifice with which I am not able to cope. Because You have equipped me with patience, faith, power, love, and humility.
I walk on seeking You without fail so that I may discover Your face and finish this race.
I am walking the path already prepared