Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Walking in Love is walking with The Holy Beloved.We have been given a decree to love one another as we have been loved (John 15:12). When we live and step forward for the sake of love it means that we make a promise to live with hearts that are devoted, forsaken – given up in surrender to the will of God with a gaze set beyond what the mortal eyes can see.
When our own hearts are “forsaken”, it means that we renounce and leave behind whatever we cling to that would separate us from the Love of God. We place whatever must “die to self” (Galations 2:20) with gladness and pray that sacrifice is granted. We cannot move forward while grasping to what is behind us.
When we do something for the “sake” of another means for the benefit of another or on the account of another. In the Bible, the words “for Jesus sake”, refer to the truth that all is done on the merit of Jesus, that we have none of our own.
In the same way, when we long to move forward in Love and walk in The Love of God we need to renew our Hearts. Yet we cannot “see our own hearts” by our own ability. This is one of our greatest obstacles to walking forward. We need the Power of The Holy Spirit that enables the wisdom of God to help us. We ask for revelation in prayer and seek redemption so that we can walk more closely with the Lord.David’s prayer in Psalm 139:23 (Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my concerns) is a perfect example of calling to God for the ability to know one’s, own heart.
It takes courage to encounter this kind of bold truth. Yet how can we live with anything less than truth? We pray for the strength and courage to rise above our dependency on false strength, the kind that pulls us back into a sense of power over circumstances and our own abilities rather than being true warriors of The Spirit, ones that serve God. (Romans 8:5, John 3:30, Deut. 6.5) This servitude is one that lives with hearts “forsaken” to the Truth.
because only The Truth will ever set us Free.
John 8:31-32 If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Scripture on Loves’ Decree
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Leviticus 19:18,34 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD…
Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
John 15:17 This is My command to you: Love one another.
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.
Romans 13:8 Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.
Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.
Galatians 5:14 The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Ephesians 5:2 and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Hebrews 13:1 Continue in brotherly love.
1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.
for The Sake of Jesus Christ
Holy Father, I run to you in worship today with awe. My heart offers praise that lifts all to the Heavens that You alone have made. I cannot fathom the beauty of the worlds that Your eyes can see or the vastness of life that Your heart beholds. I am small and here- and Father, You from the Throne of All. Your Love is planted within my own heart and promised from the beginning.
You are my Redeemer, the Faithful One, our Healer, the Restorer of our Souls. Your Love is more powerful than all of the tides of the oceans at sea. It weathers all of the storms of life. It is my rock and my fortress. You sustain me through all seasons. I pray that you hold my heart, all hearts with protection against the forces of this world. Father, Lord keep us safe with you in every hour.
Give us pure hearts, Lord. I pray that Your Spirit reveal new ways that I need to grow; help us all to see. Show me the impurities of my heart in this hour, keep us apart from what binds us to sin. Help me in my need to repent and surrender, let us find humility as we bend to You. To return with gladness and rejoicing to your lap of Love. Renew my faith and give me the perseverance to walk with courage and leave behind all that would keeps me apart from You.
You are our watchtower, our protection night and day. Your strength upholds us, the righteousness of Your heart gives direction and boldness to ours.Your Spirit indwells and prompts as our cause. Lord, we stand, walk and move only because of You.
Fasten our Hearts to Yours. We walk forward with You and for the sake of You. Our hearts beat and breathe because You. You have given us first breath. I praise and breathe gratitude from all that I am. For the sake of Christ Jesus. Let Love Be. Let it walk forward in me.
As my heart is turned towards Christmas this year, I am filled with gratitude for the many ways that God has answered prayer. While this year could be counted as one of great trails, it can also be seen as one that has revealed the power of God’s love and faithfulness.I have witnessed many miracles and healings in my community. Though there were difficult times and deep valleys to walk for all, it has been a journey that caused us to call out to the Lord, to seek His counsel like never before and to follow Him faithfully- perhaps to learn what our faith was really about.
I am grateful that we can speak words of hope because we worship and pray- even in new ways. God’s Church poured like His river into media. Separated was never alone. We gathered together in new ways that became sweet joy. Prayer meetings were sublime calls to God. Fellowship online became an artform; now it is a cherished treasure. I am grateful for the hours that brought me to my knees in surrender and humility. They brought me to the Altar of Jesus. And ultimately, again to the peace of living in the everlasting joy of His Love. My prayer is that hearts everywhere know Him. May His Love and Peace be born into this world, into heart mangers everywhere this Christmas. –L.Willows
And those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. –Isaiah 35:10
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. –Romans 15:13
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.–Galatians 5:22
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. –Psalm 30:5
Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy. The best way to show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen. –Mother Teresa
How divinely full of glory and pleasure shall that hour be when all the millions of mankind that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God shall meet together and stand around Him, with every tongue and every heart full of joy and praise! How astonishing will be the glory and the joy of that day when all the saints shall join together in one common song of gratitude and love, and of everlasting thankfulness to this Redeemer! With that unknown delight, and inexpressible satisfaction, shall all that are saved from the ruins of sin and hell address the Lamb that was slain, and rejoice in His presence! –Isaac Watts
I choose joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God. –Max Lucado
Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I was delivered from the burden that had so heavily suppressed me. The spirit of mourning was taken from me, and I knew what it was to truly rejoice in God my Savior. –George Whitefield
The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him. –Dwight L. Moody
Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the shadow of the cross. –S.D. Gordon
Joy is Strength. –Mother Teresa
Joy is the serious business of Heaven. –C.S. Lewis