Have you ever come to the realization that a lot of work that we do in the body of Christ we do it with so much sacrifice and effort and most of the time it amounts to nothing. According to principles when you put something to work, you are supposed to get the result. But why don’t we get the result? All the believers of the world represent faith that our Lord Jesus Christ gave to us. How is that we are not able to get the desired result?
All what people play politics or do religiosity in the name of the Lord Jesus will amount to nothing. Truth prevails in every situation. If we were living perfectly according to the truth, it will survive now. Does it cut across your heart that God is a great physician and why is the healing of His mighty hand not manifesting now?
In the book of Acts, people carried faith and that is the only proof of their Christianity. Today, is faith the only proof of Christianity? If yes, then what shows your faith is genuine? Love shows that your faith is genuine. Galatians 5v6;” For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Is your faith working by love? Believe that your faith doesn’t give you destruction because faith has the power to give whatever we desire.
Looking at the situation today how can a Christian be what Christ has left for us? How can we witness that supernatural healing power of God glorifying God in this dark days?
John 13v34-35; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." In today’s world, people love the world as Christ loves us. He told us to love one another as He loved us. The blood that is thicker than water has to necessarily be related to covenant, sacrifice etc. When Jesus was a man, He was limited but God gave him the highest name, so he wasn’t limited. After his death, burial and resurrection, he was crowned with highest name and Father gave Him the glory which He has with Him that Jesus’ name will be higher than any other name. Jesus was sent to His people and not to any other nation. And God had a plan that His people reach out to the world but that plan was dishonoured by His people. John 1v12-13; “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. “
Apostle Edmonds said from one corner of the world Africa, he believed Jesus. When he believed he became joint heir with Him which means equal rights. Blood is thicker than water means love is God. Human love can turn to hatred in one night. When you love based on the word of God, you accept the people the way they are and you don’t try to change them even though you know they can live a better life and have more productive and successful life. Look at our Lord. He never forced anybody even though He knows we can live a righteous life. This is the spiritual reality.
Love of God is not like love of people. People find it difficult to accept and understand this. Unless people understand the ultimate nature of God created in the human spirit and submit to it, love can turn to hate overnight. The ultimate is the love of God. Jesus said in John 13v24’ “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
What makes missionaries “missionaries”? What makes them to live a life of sacrifice? It is not the knowledge but the love of Christ. John 3v16; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This is the hope, light for us. 1Cor 13 says everything without love is nothing. A new commandment – love another. If you assassinate someone’s character and have no trust, how can you preach the gospel without trust? He did not consider anything for us. He laid everything for us.
Love can be misrepresented but not for a long time. The single most important instruction for a believer is to love one another. Keep your prayer and give your love. Keep your fasting, keep your money, keep your words and give your love. If He said “By This” all men shall know you are my disciples. He didn’t say love others but said love one another.
Today churches are categorized by denominations. Why? Absence of “This”. If honorarium becomes a determining factor to preach the gospel then where is the love? There is no evangelism or healing or prosperity greater than love. Protecting your name, you have displaced yourself from love. Nothing is greater than love.
(Message by Apostle Edmonds, extracted by PR)
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