PONDER THIS… The unconditional love of God
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Eph 3:17 vs. 19
The love of Christ surpasses knowledge. We can never really grasp how deep the love of God is toward every one of us. When He opens our spiritual eyes, we love Him because He first loved us. (1John 4vs19) When we stand at the foot of Calvary, the place where the love of God is fully focused and caught up, the scales drop from our eyes and our own love flames in response. Don’t try to manufacture love. Linger in the shadow of the Cross. The love of God finds its most burning expression there. Meditate on it. Contemplate it. Remember that heaven knows no higher strategy for begetting love in mortal hearts than by granting us a vision of how much we are loved, a vision strong enough to evoke a response in our hearts, and by that answering love begotten in us by the Holy Spirit, we are freed, purged and saved.
Take some time to meditate on what Jesus Christ did for you before and on the cross. Meditate on God the Father’s love, a love that surpasses knowledge, a LOVE that caused God to give up His only Son as a sacrifice for our sin. It is there forever recorded in history as a demonstration and visible testimony to how much He loves us. ‘Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.’ (John 15:13) And it continues to act as God the Holy Spirit leads, protects and provides on our behalf. God loves us so much that He pours His Holy Spirit into us (Rom 5:5) Thank God for His great love for you. Give yourself to Him afresh. Take some time just to worship Him – He is LOVE. Ask God to give you a greater understanding of His love for you.
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else,
just as ours does for you.” Theses 3 vs. 12
Pray this scripture over the families in your nation – that God’s love will increase and overflow to one another- especially between husbands and wives. Pray for God’s love to bring healing in the many broken families of your nation. Pray that 1 Pet 4:8 will be manifested in the lives of all Christians in your nation: ‘Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.‘ Pray for a fresh outpouring of God’s love over your nation and continent.
NATIONS – Conquered by the love of Christ
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”
2 Corinthians 5vs14
After many centuries God is still busy changing the lives of countless people through His love. Many of these people are called to go to different nations of the earth to proclaim the Good News of God’s love for us.The difference between Christianity and other religions is the love and grace of God, embodied in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His offer of redemption to each and every soul. Many people are risking their lives and are being persecuted for preaching the Good News of Christ’s love. The love of Christ compels these people and carries them through. God gives us as Believers a spirit of love and power (2 Tim 1:7) to face even death in proclaiming the Good News. The 12 apostles suffered tremendously and eleven of them died as martyrs of Christ. Through the many centuries millions have been martyred and are still being martyred for Christ. These precious brothers and sisters knew that eternal glory awaited them beyond this world. Some examples of Christ’s love spreading to different nations: “During the dark years of Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ (launched in 1958) and ‘The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution’ (1966), multitudes of Christian leaders were killed and imprisoned for their faith, and many others spent years in hard labour camps. The Communists thought they were destroying the Church, but it was really like they were stepping on the head of a dandelion. The Church in China sprang quietly to life like a freshly sown field. Led primarily by elderly women who had escaped the Communist purges, small house churches sprouted all over the country. Their very existence was and still is illegal. Fifty years of oppression and persecution has seen this Church grow from around one million believers in 1949 to 70 – 80 million today.” (Religious Liberty Prayer List, No. 081, 7 Sep 2000) (In 2009 the Chinese Church has grown to 100 million)
Burma’s population is 57 million people, 51 million are Buddhists – and one percent of this population are monks. Myanmar was known as Burma up until 1989, when the ruling military junta changed the name of the country. There is a monastery in most villages. Children are often educated in monasteries, so even if they do not actually become monks themselves, they have been thoroughly indoctrinated with Buddhist beliefs and practices. The monks have always had a very strong influence in Burmese politics and government. One of the ministries from Burma reports in their website 4,700 Buddhist monks were led to Christ through their ministry over the last three years. It appears that the Holy Spirit had urged these monks and nuns to call the evangelists to come and share the gospel of hope and love. After several intense discussions, close to 80% of the monks present in each of the monasteries raised their hands to accept Christ, and then kneeled down to pray and receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. Baptisms are being done discreetly – no more than three at a time for the sake of the safety of the converts as well as their workers.
Pray for the many missionaries across the world, (name the ones you know), that God’s love would strengthen and compel them to spread the Gospel across the nations of the earth. Pray for the Christians across the world to awake and to become vessels of God’s love to a broken world. Pray for new creative ways for the Christians to spread the love of Christ amongst the nations. Pray for the missionaries and Church in Myanmar and China that God would lead and guide them in His perfect love.
TESTIMONY – God’s love changes people
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4 vs. 10
The Spanish Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), was one of the most influential women in the Roman Catholic Church, both during her lifetime and ever since. Teresa was a gifted organizer endowed with common sense, tact, intelligence, courage, and humour, as well as a mystic of extraordinary spiritual depth. She purified the religious life of Spain and, in a period when Protestantism gained ground elsewhere in Europe, strengthened the forces that reformed the Roman Catholic Church from within. In 1555, after many years marked by serious illness and increasingly rigorous religious exercises and prayer she experienced a profound awakening, involving visions of Jesus Christ, hell, angels, and demons; at times she felt sharp pains that she claimed were caused by the tip of an angel’s lance piercing her heart. She tells how she was going into the oratory and saw a picture of our Lord being scourged before His crucifixion. She must have seen it hundreds of times, but in that moment of revelation she saw it as she had never seen it before. She saw God suffering, suffering for love and suffering for her. The revelation sent her to her knees sobbing in pain and wonder, and when she arose, she was a changed woman. The revelation of Calvary’s love was the great divide in her life. She said she arose with a sense of ‘unpayable debt’ and went out to share God’s realized love with others.
Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2007, http://www.treasuresofgrace.com/catholic/saints/teresav.htm Every day with Jesus Bible by Selwyn Hughes.
Pray for a greater revelation of Calvary’s love on the continent where you live. Pray that because of this revelation many will turn from darkness to the Light and Love of Jesus Christ. Pray for many more women like Teresa to passionately share God’s love with others.
Be blessed as you pray & spread the good tidings of the gospel of Jesus Christ!!!
Psalm 68 vs. 11 “The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host…”
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