Is everybody enjoying their summer? Well, as we enjoy the weather let us not forget that we need to remain in prayer for the land that we live in. I’m sure some of you have heard of the Colorado fires going on in the US? The landslides in Uganda where those who lived in the slum have lost their homes, the summer drownings that seem to be a seasonal thing that keeps happening in Ontario, Canada every year (Canadians need to learn to swim seriously 😦 ). There is so much going on in different parts of the world and we just need to remember to keep our nations in prayer, AMEN!
Ok so I have a video here today for us to contemplate on what we do and how we live before God’s measure of Faith. I said in a previous post a while ago that God doesn’t measure deeds, He measures our HEART. Man always looks at the outward appearance as a standard of good behaviour, but God always looks a our hearts. When you think of Saul – the people-pleaser in the Bible…you’ll recognize that his heart was always in the wrong place and was therefore rejected from being King by the Lord Himself, which consequentially offended him greatly and moved him to be filled with hatred and jealousy to God’s new Candidate David the little shepherd boy. David was exalted because his Heart was one of a true worshiper who worshiped in Spirit and in Truth and is always described as the man after God’s Heart. Even when David sinned against God, he repented with great remorse because he truly loved God and realized how much he had grieved the Lord with his sinful actions. It didn’t matter how faithful he was in deeds prior to his sin of adultery, because God was always looking at David’s heart. If we focus way too much on deeds without cultivating a heart of love in our actions walking in the spirit of truth and humility, then deeds alone don’t count for anything. Faith without Works is dead (James 2:14-26) as are works without faith and love are dead also. Faith and Works must be held together if we are to walk in Righteousness since the Just live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:16; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:26; Hebrews 10:38).
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”.
It’s amazing to see how deceived people can be when they think that deeds count for something more than the heart. JESUS is always looking at our hearts all the time. Let’s learn from the story about Ananias and Sapphira in the book of (Acts 5:1-11). Not every story has a happy ending and the story of Ananias and Sapphira is once such story. Their story is a warning for all believers to take God very seriously and to not think or consider lying to the Holy Spirit. God shall not be mocked.
We can try and fool people with self-righteousness and deeds but if we have not LOVE, then it is useless and we are most definitely operating in a false sense of humility. Such a display of this false faith in action is nothing more but pride in action.
Love is an important character that we need to cultivate since AGAPE – “God is Love” is the very character of God. I know for sure that the Holy Spirit shows me areas that I lack it, but I still make an effort to strive to love like Jesus did. I admit that there are individuals who rub me the wrong way sometimes and I’m sure we all do have some in our lives, but the most important thing is to always purpose to operate in love. True Humility operates in Love at all times and it is never self-seeking nor is it pretentious.
When I see others who operate with a high level of Love, I always get challenged because I’m thinking…”wow…you know this person is against you, but you still treat them with the utmost love that I find to be quite profound”. My Grandpa and Grandma are really good at displaying this type of love…and sometimes I think it’s over the top because there are some things that I consider to be things that really need to be addressed and called out on with regards to some people in their actions. However, I remain amazed at how they can still fellowship with all kinds of people especially their enemies and still maintain that spirit of love despite knowing what they are all about even in circumstances where these same people plot harm against the family.
Love is real when it is in action and Love can only grow through Faith. Faith is tied to LOVE. The more faith you have the more love you have. The more Godly love you have the more Faith you have. Faith and Love go hand in hand in God’s Hand.
For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for us and for our sins so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish like Ananais and Sapphira did, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
It is clear to me that Ananias and Sapphira lacked faith and operated without the fear of God because the believed they could pretend humility in a self-seeking manner as a reaction to their jealousy toward their brother in Christ which is not characteristic of Agape-love at all.
As we learn from the grimm story of Ananias and Sapphira we must look back and ask ourselves what do we believe in? Do we believe in the powerful Love of our Lord Jesus Christ? Will we choose to operate in Love just like our Lord Jesus? or will we pretend humility and lie to the Holy Spirit?
When you have faith in God, you believe in His love that He has for you when you get saved; however, our faith in His love is demonstrated best when we love others in return as He has done for us as well. So Today, focus on increasing your capacity to love people as Christ loves the Church and all the people of the World. When you demonstrate your love, you show God that you have faith in Him. God Expects us to do likewise in our conduct as He has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ at the Cross. Let’s think on purifying our Hearts so that we can Love people as God loves us and Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth rather than end up unfaithful and deceitful like Ananias and Sapphira. God shall not be mocked by self-righteousness so we must reverentially Fear Him as we walk by faith with fear and trembling ensuring that humility is our garment of Praise. Let’s renew our spirits and ask God to cleanse our hearts of anything that doesn’t resemble Godly love in character though our actions, thoughts and deeds, AMEN!
I have a song by Donnie McClurkin called Create in Me a Clean Heart. May it minister to your heart today. Have a Blessed day everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
“Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Hebrews 10:19-27 (NKJV)
Hold Fast Your Confession
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
The Just Live by Faith
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)
The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.