I teach about Gods plan for you. God has a vision for you way bigger than the vision you have for yourself. When he is removing the blocks in your life it may seem unpleasant but it is because he sees you the way he saw you before the foundation of the world. He has predestined you and is working His truth in your life.
I convey our deep desire to return to the Lord and abide in His presence. God jealously desires the spirit He has made to dwell in us and the spirit in us desires to reconnect with Him. His love is the only thing that can satisfy this yearning hunger within us. By faith we open our hearts to receive and reconnect with the pure love of our Father.
I link the parable about forgiveness in Matthew 18:21 to the fundamental teaching on love from Luke 6:27. Love your neighbor and relate to them the way you want God to relate to you. By the grace of God we must start relating with compassion and truly forgiving one another.
Last week I brought a practical message about why we celebrate the Biblical Feasts. It is not about do’s and don’ts, it is about relationships and God’s Unchanging Love. This will not work in isolation, but in our unity. We need to receive and be a channel of God’s unchanging love to one another.
I express the need for us to worship. Worship is the most important thing we can do because it is what God is looking for. It is not about engaging in a religious routine, but rather entering into an intimate relationship with our Father. “God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
I believe it is so important for us to always be aware of our spirits and of how we are growing and moving in what God has given us. I often ask myself these questions: “How am I walking with God?” or “Am I applying God’s word in my life in a practical way?”
I would like to share a practical thing we can all do as we grow and mature in our relationship with our Father. Focus your spirit in praising the Lord and being thankful in all things. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). This is a principle that works in all areas of our lives. It will keep our spirits anchored in the word God. When we practice this attitude we create our own immunity, keeping our spirits engaged and in tune with the Holy Spirit.
When we exercise this principle we will avoid complaining, criticism, and the bad habit of giving voice to negativity. Focusing our spirits on expressions of faith and love towards God and our neighbors. We read in Proverbs 16:32 that “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” This is a verse I have memorized and it keeps me accountable for watching over how I react to things I hear and see.
One practical way to maintain this control and rule over our spirits is to be careful with what we say. Even if things are not going the way we expect, murmuring and complaining will never solve the issue. Too often our first reactions are negative and can lead us to have regrets, but if we pause and take control of our reactions we can avoid letting simple incidents ruin our day and atmosphere.
Here are some more passages that I read while I was meditating about this. I pray it may help you in a very practical way.
“Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit” (Proverbs 25:28).
“A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11).
“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
I explain Jesus’ teaching from Luke 10. Jesus reminded the disciples that the first and foremost commandments are to love the lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Trying to justify who is or is not our neighbor is an excuse to not do what we are supposed to. When walls of division come down and we remember that being right is never more important than our relationships we can see that everyone is our neighbor.
I bring a message about God’s love for us. We need to open our hearts and receive God’s love which surpasses knowledge and is filled with strength and power. Once we become rooted in God’s love and fully accept it, nothing can separate us from it.
I continue teaching about God’s unconditional love for us as expressed in Luke 15. Wherever we are, we can choose to return to our loving Father and he will greet us with open arms.
In the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31), Jesus describes three ways of thinking: how we think about ourselves when we have done something wrong, how we think about ourselves when we have done something right, and how God thinks about us.
The younger brother knew he had messed up but he chose to return to his father’s house and beg to work as a slave. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20). There was no hesitation from the father. The moment he saw his son he began expressing his love. God is this loving father. It does not matter how much of our inheritance we waste, or how long we wander without Him, the moment we take a step and return to Him, He will run to us with loving arms. He will clothe us with the robes of his nature, give us his ring with authority, place new sandals on our feet so we can learn to walk in a new way, and kill the fattened calf for our abundant joy. When we come before the Lord He has the best for us, He is not holding anything back.
The older brother thought he was doing everything right. He worked diligently to please his father and earn his inheritance. However, when he spoke to his father he had a slave mentality. He was jealous and angry because his brother got a party when he didn’t, but it was never his father who limited him. The father’s response was the same for both sons, “All that is mine is yours.” No matter what you think you did, or have to do, to deserve the Fathers love, you are wrong. The only thing you have to do is come before Him. All that the Father has is yours.
I expound on the oneness of the early church as described in Acts 2 through 5. Our drive to walk in love and oneness is a key to bringing forth the restoration which is taking place in the church today.
I dive into what it means to be a Christian. When we refer to ourselves as Christians, we should think of ourselves as anointed ones being sent on a mission to love one another. We receive God’s love for us through Christ and reflect that love to those around us.
I expand on my explanation of the sower and the seed parable from Luke 8. The soil has to be prepared to receive the seed of the word from God. If we prepare our hearts to receive the word, then it can be planted and activated in our lives.
I explain the parable from Jesus Christ about the sower and the seed in Luke 8. The seed that is spoken of in this parable is relating to the word from God that we hear. How we listen to and use the word will determine if it bears fruit.