LOVE LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN HURT DEVOTIONAL BY JENTZEN FRANKLIN

Love Wins—All the Time

Scripture:  John 21:15-17

Love is the answer to the broken home. Love is the answer to the addict. Love is the answer to fractured relationships. Love is the answer to being offended. Love is the answer to heartbreak. Love is a weapon that can shatter division and rebuild what has been broken.

What is happening in your life right now that tests you in the way you love? Did you just discover that your spouse has been cheating on you? Do you want to reconnect with the daughter you haven’t spoken to in months? Did your son just tell you his girlfriend is pregnant? Is your teenager suffering from an addiction that is overwhelming not just his life but every single person in your family? Has your adult daughter declared she’s a lesbian and she’s done with the whole God business?

Different dynamics and complexities characterize each of these situations. But they’re real. They’re hard. And they hurt.

I wonder what would happen if we decided that, with God’s help and in His strength, we are going to love like we’ve never been hurt. Instead of withholding affection, staying bitter or seeking revenge, we love.

God will begin, little by little, to release you from the past if you will reach for a new day.

It takes a lot of love and forgiveness to hold a family together. Love never fails. Keep on forgiving. Keep on loving. Keep on reaching. Keep on talking.

The Big Idea:  The ones whom you love the most can hurt you the most. Love them anyway.

LAND THE LORD HAS ALREADY GIVEN ME!

“I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

As I read this passage this morning joy just welled up in my spirit, a song of praise burst forth from my mouth because it just dawned on me that everywhere my foot goes is already mine. I am not asking for it, I am not begging for it, it is land my God has already given me! Past tense! I am not about to receive it, am not planning on getting it. It is Land my God has already given me!

Divine health is land my God has already given me!

Abundance is land my God has already given me!

Protection and security is land my God has already given me!

Whatever thing I need and require is Land my God has already given me!

Glory Alleluia! My God has already given me all that I could ever need or ask for!

It is mine already!

Alleluia!!

FOOD FOR THE MASTER

““Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. See to it that they are brought at the appointed times and offered according to my instructions.”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭28:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Are we careful of the offerings we bring to God? The offering of our lives of our substance, of our time. Are we mindful that it is His food? How do we serve Him our Master the food? Cold? hot? well prepared? Tasty? Nonchalantly? With love? With disdain?

If we love Him truely and faithfully then our offering will be a pleasing aroma served with love and reverence. Any other thing is not acceptable.  Whatever we give to God must be borne of LOVE! That’s all

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING FOR?

Two men were walking down the sidewalks of Manhattan, one a Native American and the other a born-and-bred New Yorker. The noise was incredible: cars, buses, horns, sirens, people talking loudly in the midst of chaos. Suddenly, the Native American said, “Listen! I hear a cricket! Do you hear it?” The New Yorker was incredulous. “No way! You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket on a Manhattan sidewalk during rush hour.” His friend disagreed, and to prove his statement, he bent down and retrieved a chirping cricket from a crack in the sidewalk. “How could you hear it?” the New Yorker asked. “Easy,” said his friend. “I’ve lived outdoors all my life. I can hear a cricket over any other kind of noise. That’s not amazing. If you want to see amazing, watch this!” And with those words, he reached into his pocket, pulled out a quarter, and dropped it on the pavement. As soon as he did, heads began to turn. It seemed as if every Manhattan-ite for blocks heard the coin as it hit the sidewalk. He had proved his point: you hear what you are listening for. Our ears pick up the sounds to which they are tuned. Let me ask you a question. What are you listening for? Do you hear God’s voice amidst the cacophony of everyday living? Do you see his hand at work all around you? Is your heart tuned to sing His praise? We can either listen to the din of the world, or strive to hear the voice of God. The choice is ours.

Copied from the Youversion bible plan : Everywhere I go: Learning to see Jesus

THANKS

A life of thanksgiving prepares and opens our hearts to see the path of the Lord and to follow it. It shines a light in the dark places and our feet are aligned to the way we should go.

Are you living a life of thanksgiving? Is your heart continually open to the Lord? Or do the cares of this world becloud your vision! Let praise and thanksgiving rise up in your heart even right now to the God who is able to do exceeding abundantly far above our expectations!

You are God from beginning to the end, there is no place for argument, You are God all by yourself!!

“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭50:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

““It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the Way, I’ll show you my salvation.””
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭50:23‬ ‭MSG‬‬

“He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him], I shall show the salvation of God.””
‭‭PSALM‬ ‭50:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

 

THE BLESSING

“This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭32:24-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬
What was Jacob actually asking for when he said I will not let you go unless you bless me? Was it riches? No he had an abundance of cattle and goods. What Jacob was asking for was simply For God to give him the power to do that which he was designed or intended to do. He realized that he couldn’t achieve anything on his own Andy needed the power and ability of God to achieve greatness. Are we seeking a true blessing from the Lord or are we seeking for material things? The blessing that matters and that completes us is the power and ability of God to fulfill purpose!