The Language of Love

Open Book On TableThis is the month when our hearts begin to turn toward the ones we love, or are very fond of. It is a time when we do special things; a time when we give chocolates and wonderful inspiring cards that convey a great message of love to one that we have great feelings for. It is the one time of year when we stop to convey our love and appreciation for that special someone in our lives. Sometimes we get so busy with work and our daily routines that we either forget to share what is in our heart for that person, or we take them for granted and convince ourselves that they know how we feel and therefore do not need to express it. But love needs to be communicated; it doesn’t need to be assumed.

Words make a great impact on our lives. With special thanks to the book “The 5 Love Languages” written by Gary Chapman, we have become aware of the 5 most common Love Languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch. There are different languages simply because people respond differently. What is so beautiful is that God knows what language you speak, and He is able to show His love for you and me in a language that we understand.

With this understanding, doesn’t it stand to reason that the enemy of your soul would desire you to no longer feel that love from the father expressed upon you? Wouldn’t it be an accurate assumption that he would love for you to feel isolated, despondent, hopeless and alone; feeling as if no-one loves you much less even knows you exist?

I believe this is one of the greatest attacks that Satan has launched!

I have attempted to be very transparent with you over the past several months sharing some of the things I am learning. As I have shared with you, I have been in one of the toughest battles I have ever been in since June of last year. And as I have began speaking of the lessons I have learned while going through this deep valley, I have connected with countless ministry leaders going through the identical scenario which ironically began in June of last year. Coincidence? I think not!

You see, when you go through things
there are two choices that you can make.

For some, they choose to increase their activity and leave no room for quiet time. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they leave the television going, they surround themselves with people and activity. Their thought process is that if they keep themselves busy, they will not think about their situation.

For others, they choose to withdraw from the social spheres. The pull back, get quiet and fade into the shadows. Their thoughts then become overwhelmed with questions, anxiety and worry, so much so they often feel as though they are suffocating.

Both of these responses are equally bad simply because we do not understand what the root cause of the problem, and therefore we are never able to deal with the real underlying cause.

Much like many of you, my dilemma came when things that I had been holding on to and praying for over the past 20 years seemed so close then right before my eyes, suddenly disappeared. Prophetic words that had confirmed some of my vision could have been easily thrown to the side when certain hopeful things left the realm of reality. I wish that I could say that I simply prayed in the Spirit for 3 days and then picked myself up and went on to conquer the next and greatest battle. Instead I find myself holding on to the promises I cannot see, because I know they are still on God’s timeline!

I truly believe that some of you have been holding on to specific promises from God; prophetic words that have been spoken over you, and dreams that God has placed in your spirit, yet you have not seen that dream manifest or that word come to pass.

DON’T GIVE UP!!! HOLD ON JUST A LITTLE LONGER!!

1 Kings 17 tells us the story of Elijah and how he had been used to give the word of the Lord to King Ahab. After giving the word that there will not be rain nor dew for 3 years, God told him to go to the brook Cherith. That seemed like an interesting place to be didn’t it? Why would he send him to a brook…a place of water….when there was to be no water for the next three years?

God never called us to understand.
He called us to trust Him and obey His voice.

As Elijah followed the instruction of the Lord, he went to the brook for this season of depending upon God’s provision. The word of God says that God provided the water from the brook and the ravens to bring him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening. It was in this season seemingly in a desert place where God showed himself as Jehovah Jireh.

Laura Story has written a wonderful song called, “Blessings”. The verse

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
we pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.

CHORUS:
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise.

The song continues with another verse and two choruses pursuing this same thought. Such a poignant song to challenge our paradigm isn’t it?

  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as healer if we never got sick?
  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as provider if we never had lack?
  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as Prince of Peace if we were never afraid?Today, I want to remind and encourage you that God Loves YOU! God has a plan for your life. God has a unique destiny upon your life and mine; one that no one can accomplish upon planet earth unless we choose to lay it down and walk away.

    With the challenges you and I face today, let us learn Him by His name. Is He Jireh, Shalom, Rapha? What are you going through today?

    Let me remind you that He speaks your love language. He knows how to communicate that He is for you and not against you. He knows how to speak his words of love and encouragement to you in such a way that you understand. Perhaps it is simply a matter of stopping long enough to listen to His voice, and not your own thoughts.

    Today, do not allow Satan to silence your voice. Do not allow what you are walking through today prevent you from sharing what He has placed in your heart. Do not allow today’s challenge prevent you from sharing hope and encouragement to someone else- regardless of whether you feel that you have something to give or not. Perhaps it is only one word that you can share. Proverbs 25:11 says that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Jesus used only one word, “Peace”. The winds and waves obeyed His voice. One word!

    If it is only one word than you can get out, release that one word. Do not allow Satan the joy of silencing your voice. You are a gentle lamb, a lamb who knows the voice of their shepherd. A lamb doesn’t always know which direction to go; but this is the beauty of a shepherd. The lamb doesn’t have to know where to go; it simply has to follow the leading of the shepherd. Today, follow His leading. Speak what He says to speak…even if it is only one word, and watch what He will do for you.

    God knows your love language. Watch today for Him to speak to you and receive His love, His peace, His encouragement and expect the great joy that comes as a result of your obedience today.

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The Greatest Gift….YOU!

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We all are faced with the commercialization of the Christmas Holiday Season.  We have seen the Facebook posts and emails arguing over the political correct verbiage vendors use to market their goods.  This season set aside to celebrate the Birth of Jesus the Christ has now become simply a paid holiday vacation for many.  The season of Glad Tidings and cheer is choked out by Black Friday, Cyber Monday and a barrage of commercials focusing on all the latest “must –have” gadgets and toys.  But the greatest gift is not something that can be purchased or acquired online.  It is not found in department stores or even wish lists.

The Greatest Gift is found within you.  To be more specific, the Greatest Gift is YOU!

Contrary to popular belief, it is not he who has the most toys or “stuff” who is successful.  Rather, it is he who has emptied himself on others who is truly successful and happiest of all.  Deep within, people are not satisfied with material possessions.  Well, they are for a while…until the newest upgrade comes out and then they chase after the upgraded model.

It has been said that the wealthiest place on planet Earth is not the stock market and banks.  Rather, the wealthiest place on Earth is found in the Cemetery.  A cemetery is filled with books that were never written, songs never sang and inventions never created.  These individuals never released their gifts and talents entrusted to them.  Many never pursued these efforts because they felt that what they had to offer was not good enough or too small for anyone to appreciate.  And because their fear was greater than their faith, they never attempted to pursue the possibilities.

We have become the product of our environment.  We have been taught that you will spend a lot of money on a gift if you truly want someone to feel special.  Because we listen and are influenced by our environment, we often give good gifts not always for the right motive.  Sometimes we give a good gift because we want to receive a good gift.  Of course you and I know that the Ultimate Gift is that of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ which produces a transformation in our individual life.  Yet within you is resides the Greatest Gift that can be given.  You posses a great wealth of knowledge gained from life experiences.  Within you are also spiritual gifts that have been deposited to be released into the lives of others as well.  Your gifts and talents are needed not only within the Body of Christ, but also within your community and circle of influence.

Perhaps you have convinced yourself that you have nothing to offer anyone.  I tell you that is a LIE from Satan to keep you silenced and trapped within yourself.  Satan would love nothing more than for you to die having all these gifts bottled within you.  That MUST BE BROKEN!

You posses three valuable gifts that I want to call to your attention.  These three gifts are valuable and needed within the Kingdom of Heaven, but also serve as a threat to Satan.

TIME

There are many latchkey children growing up within the United States who come home from school to an empty house- just the way it was when they left earlier that morning.  They are not orphans but home because both of their parents are away at work trying to make ends meet for their family.  In the midst of all the stress trying to pay the bills and survive within the economic climate of the current day, we must not loose sight of our greatest and most valuable commodity….our TIME.

Our families need us to find times to step away from our work mode.  Sometimes we need to step away from our ministry mode, get unplugged from FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube and Pintrest and simply spend time with them.

This will not be another “cost” that will show up on your credit card bill or bank statement, but rather an investment into a healthier family relationship.  Your time IS your greatest investment.

TALENT

You also possess talents that need to be released.  I do not mean to suggest that everyone can sing or play an instrument.  But your talent may be sports, or crafts, woodworking, hunting, fishing or maybe even Scrabble.  When you share your talent with others, you find a release while others are able to enjoy the talent you share with them.

There is something mutually special when I am blessed to lead worship.  I experience the presence of God in powerful proportions, yet people are blessed and their lives impacted while they receive from my talent being released to the Lord.  The really cool thing is that many of them experience a divine download while in that atmosphere of worship.  Thus, every is blessed and impacted because I release my talent.  This is how God wants to work in your life when you release your talent.

TREASURE

Immediately, when we hear this word TREASURE, we think of money.  And although this is the case for some, not everyone thinks that way.

Michele loves to shop at Thrift Stores like Goodwill, Disabled American Vets, etc).  We have often heard it said, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”  Based upon some of the amazing discoveries she has found, I believe it.  Many of you have seen some of these great treasures when she wears them at Throne Zone.

As a side note:  The next time you clean out your closet or garage or attic, please entertain the thought of gifting it to others….provided that it is still in workable and proper functioning condition.

But your treasure also includes your wisdom and learning.  You have gone through life experiences that others have never journeyed before.  Your wisdom shared can help ensure they will complete their journey and not fall as a casualty of the trip.

You are the Sum Total of all your life experiences.  You hold a piece of the equation that can help someone who is desperately searching for that particular piece of the puzzle.

Many were in search of the Messiah who would come to overthrow the Roman Empire and fix all the mess the government had created.  Because they were searching for the wrong thing, they missed their appointed time with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Jesus gave of his time by learning the craft/trade of Joseph, attending Temple and Jewish Holidays and Feasts.  Yet, when He was launched into His ministry, he still gave his time to others.  He shared this in the parable of the Good Samaritan, in talking with the woman at the well, with the woman caught in the very act of adultery, and with spending time with Mary, Martha and Lazarus.

Jesus flowed with His talent as a teacher and prophet illustrating the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.  He worked signs, wonders and miracles while at the same time using his talent to teach so others could discern and learn how to become citizens of this Kingdom of Heaven.

But the treasure that Jesus was the sum total of His very being. His treasure was life everlasting.  His treasure was becoming sinful man, paying the ultimate price for our sin so that we could walk in the forgiveness of our sins and experience eternal life.  His treasure is and will always be, free to all who receive Him as their Lord and Savior!

In this busy Holiday Season of Christmas and New Years, be sure to keep Christ in Christmas.  Remember Christ is the Ultimate Gift, but YOU possess within you the Greatest Gift you can give…..YOUR TIME, YOUR TALENT AND YOUR TREASURE.

Merry Christmas!