Courageous Love

 

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1 John 4:7-12 “Gods Love and our identity”

1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

As humans we seek after love and acceptance within our lives and leadership. We seek to have our love bucket filled to the brim to find security and identity. We all long for unconditional love, acceptance, security and identity and as seen within these rich verses  we can see the key foundation truth that comes from the love of God. When we truly comprehend the love of the father we can courageously know our worth and value is found and formed within the Love of God. In this we can then truly operate in the love of God to courageously lead a generation to the love of the father.

 

When we feel our love bucket is on empty we feel isolated, vulnerable, broken or alone. So the question that burns in the heart and soul is where do you go seeking Love and acceptance? To be courageous, it all starts with the love of the father within our lives. Knowing and believing that God loved us before we even loved him. Knowing that the love God has for us is not based on us first loving God, but that he LOVED us so much while we were still sinners, the love  that he had for us was in the gift that he gave through His son. Through the death of his Son, Gods love is what bridged the gap. When we truly grasp the love of the father through the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives we can courageous live and lead in total obedience in the plan and purposes he has for us.

There is HOPE.. God always gives us hope… Hope to know that…YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED!!! loved by the creator of this world who designed your perfectly. When we fill this love in our bucket we are filled to the brim and overflow with security, identity and courage. So lets look at these verses and the impact this has on our life and leadership.

1. Love so AMAZING : vs 9

  •  when the world shows no love // God showed his love among us
  • When the world shows no hope //  God sent his son into the world that we might live (hope) through him
  • the love beyond human comprehension // AMAZING

 

2. Love in ACTION : vs 10

  •  love is only true when it is put into action, not just on empty words.

This is LOVE:

  • Not that we loved God first
  • But that he Loved us ( in action)
  • sent his son as our atoning sacrifice for our sins
  • He bridged the gap to our brokenness and dysfunctional
  • The love that was the Ultimate ACTION plan and purpose for all time.

 

  1. Love in ACKNOWLEDGE 
  • Jesus as our Lord and savior ( Gods Love sacrifice)
  • God lives in us ( Holy Spirit seals )
  • We KNOW and RELY  ( on the love God has for us)

 

Ephesians 3:16-19 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

  • strengthened in Gods love
  • Power through his spirit in your inner being
  • Christ dwell in your hearts
  • Rooted and established in love
  • To grasp : how wide, long, deep, wide // the love of Christ
  • This love fills your life and deepens your leadership

 

APPLICATION:  

  1. God is love ( he loves you first in your broken, dysfunctional state)
  2. God sent the ultimate love gift ( in the person of Jesus Christ)
  3. Love made complete among us ( so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment)
  4. There is no fear in love ( perfect fear casts out fear)
  5. We love because he first loved us
  6. Courageous lives and leadership comes from the love of God.

 

 

AMAZING : Gods love is amazing // beyond this worlds comprehension

ACTION : love that was made into action to bridge the gap on our broken dysfunctional sin

ACKNOWLEDGE: we need to relieve the gift of salvation, accept , know and grasp the love

 

REFLECTION:

  1. Know that you are loved
  2. Your identity comes from this love
  3. You operate in leadership through the love of God
  4. You belong through the love
  5. Your HOPE is in this love

 

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?
What do i feel God is saying to me?
 What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?
How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

 

 

 

Wednesday Worship Playlist 


Your Unfailing Love /// WATCH CLIP HERE

Psalm 13:5-6 But I trust in your unfailing Love:my heart rejoices in your salvation

Today I worship God for his never changing unfailing Love over me. When I sit and stand in Gods love, the joy of my salvation, my life explodes with overwhelming love and sercurity in Him.

When we look to God for our total identity and sercurity we can stand firm in our salvation. There are many times when in our lives we feel the darkness fill our senses and our perspective is not as clear as it should be as children of God. Times when our burdens of life keep us doubting, and the wedge between us and God is the unconfessed sin that keeps us from that close relationship with God. 

Today dose your heart overflow with rejoicing for your salvation? In Gods unfailing love over your life? 
Today worship God in spirit and truth for his unconditional love over us. Confess sin, and choose today to see life through Gods eyes of perspective. His love is unfailing over you!

Your Unfailing Love”
when the darkness fills my senses
when my blindness keeps me from your touch,

Jesus come

When my burden keeps me doubting

when my memories take the place of you

Jesus come

And I’ll follow you there

to the place where we meet

and I’ll lay down my pride

as you search me again

Your unfailing love, your unfailing love,

your unfailing love over me again

Courageous in Discouragement

Joshua ch7 overview…

Ch7 we see a vast contrast to chapter 6. From a complete surrendered faith in ch6 we see in ch 7 the disobedience to faith and the sin that entered in the camp. The promise land was described as “a land of hills and valleys” (deut 11:11). The description was of a vast contrast of the hilly landscape of Canaan and the flat landscape of Egypt. The geography also paints a picture of the life of faith the nation Israel experiences in Canaan. 

This chapter we see the introduction of the changes and challenges that the leader Joshua was about to face, the hills and valleys of leadership in leading a nation. Joshua once on the hilltop of life and leadership in the courageous conquest of Jericho is now descending to the valley of defeat and Discouragement due to the sin that has entered in through disobedience of one man. This sin is seen to effect the whole camp and hence becomes the valley moment Tha Joshua has to face in leadership before God. The valley of defeat at Ali and the sin of man that has consequences on the whole nation of Israel. 

This chapter shows us the experiences that Joshua faced can teach us what causes defeat and how we must handle sin, and Discouragement of life and leadership.

“But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel.” (Joshua 7:1)

In our own lives we claim our inheritance in Christ, we to experience hilltops and valleys. The hilltop of victorious victories and valleys of discouragement. We as Christians don’t always live on the hilltop moments of life and leadership. We don’t always have the praise moments, we also have the pain moments within the valleys of discouragement. We cannot have hilltops  without valleys. It’s the geographical make up in the landscape that God uses to help develop us, define us and also discipline us to make us refine and complete in Him.

We cannot live on the hilltops, like Moses he encounter God on the mountain, but always came down to the valley to walk to talk that God had with him during the mountain encounter. What God displays on the hilltop, he develops within the valleys. It’s the moments where we have to walk the talk, define the development and deepen our faith. It’s through the valleys that we are being transformed to go and enrich Gods world.

Have you had a hilltop encounter with God, that you now have hit the valley? Is God calling you to develop courageously through the Discouragement of the valley to refine your character, integrity and soul connection with God?

As we look next week into the deeper context of chapter 7, prepare your heart, mind and soul before God, and see what he is working on you during this valley season.

Always know that just as you hit the depth of the valley, comes the uphill climb to the hilltop encounters with God. God never leaves you in the valley, he builds you in the valley to climb the hilltop to encounter his plans, purposes and promises in your life and leadership. Today, seek God out, serve God and surrender yourself in the valley to see God work on the hilltop. 

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?
What do i feel God is saying to me?
 What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?
How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

Resources from: “Be Strong” Joshua Commantary . Warren W. Wiersbe, 1993

Wednesday Worship Playlist 

Lord Of Lords // WATCH CLIP HERE
Today I worship the Lord of Lords… No matter what you are going through in trials or testings, he is the Lord of Lords. He sits on the throne next to the “Great I Am” God. Because he conquered the grave in victory we to can conquer. Through the Lord of Lords we have the King of kings who interseeds for us to the father when we go to him in humble surrender and worship.

Today worship the Lord of Lords for he sits on the throne, he deserves all the glory and honour and praise. All of creation resounds with the song in Worship and praise Him The Lord of lords. 
No matter the trial or testing your going through this week, lift up your eyes and voice in worship and see the new perspective through the Lord of Lords eyes. 

“Lord Of Lords”
Beholding Your beauty

Is all that I long for

To worship You Jesus

Is my sole desire

For this very heart

You have shaped for Your pleasure

Purposed to lift Your Name higher
Here in surrender

In pure adoration

I enter Your courts

With an offering of praise

I am Your servant

Come to bring You glory

As is fit for the work of Your hands
[Chorus 1:]

Now unto the Lamb

Who sits on the throne

Be glory and honour and praise

All of creation resounds with the song

Worship and praise Him

The Lord of lords
Spirit now living

And dwelling within me

Keep my eyes fixed

Ever on Jesus’ face

Let not the things of this world

Ever sway me

I’ll run ’til I finish the race
[Chorus 2:]

Now unto the Lamb

Who sits on the throne

Be glory and honour and praise

All of eternity echoes the song

Worship and praise Him

The Lord of lords
Holy Lord

You are holy

Jesus Christ

Is the Lord

Courageous Unity

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Courageous unity we see in Joshua ch 6

Last blog we looked at the conquering of the city Jericho. Reflecting on this passage this week God brought a new fresh perspective on the courageous unity that this nation had to have to conquer this city. The task at hand was such a crazy way to conquer the city in a human mind perspective. We see that Joshua listen to God and his commands as the nations leader. Joshua had to communicate the message to the leadership team, communicating the plan to the team of priests and together in unity connecting the plan and promises to the people.

We see that Joshua did not sway from the clear directions that God had given. We see that a Joshua lead the leadership team with clear communications. For this mission to work the people had to connect to the courageous plan of God. The surrender and submission to the leadership in the battle plan.

The people submitted to the leadership, connected to the mission and with the the clearly seen unity, they were able to as a nation conquer the city of Jericho. In this passage there is a clear leadership unity plan that God has placed to overcome.

1. Joshua was the chosen leader . God communicates the plan to Joshua to lead : 2 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor
The leadership team of priests.

2. Joshua communicates the plan for the nation to lead : 6 So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.”

3.Together in leadership. The team worked together to be obedient to Gods plan : 12 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.

4.Unified in the mission. Together the whole nation acted to fulfill Gods plan: 20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.

To conquer the city everyone had to work within the unity of the mission. If one or two people didn’t want to follow the plan, then the conquering outcome would of not taken place. This passage shows us that God has clear communication roles within the plans of conquering. God is a God of structure and this passage shows us how the leadership structure is in place so that the people could follow to conquer the promises of God.
This passage also shows how a nation submitted to leadership for the battle plan in conquering the promises of God. Unified they stood, walked around the city and through unity and they shouted unified to see the walls come crashing down.

Reflection of this passage, we see a clear importance of a nation standing together in unity to walk in the plans and commands of God to conquest the promises of God. Do we in leadership follow this example of leadership and unity? Do we submit to leadership and follow in unity with the nation? As we move forward to conquer the cities God has for us, will we stand together in unity to overcome?

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?

What do i feel God is saying to me?

What do i need to take from this?

What changes do i need to make?

How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

Wednesday Worship Playlist

Closer Than /// WATCH CLIP HERE
When we go through storms of life, He is closer than we know. Like the disciples on the Sea of Galilee waking Jesus up “don’t you care if we drown”… Jesus was closer than they knew. He was with them in the storm.

Today worship Him in your storm of life and know He is closer than you know.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.

37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” – Mark 4:35-41

 

Closer Than You Know Lyrics
I tempered the storm
Though your faith was small
I prayed while you slept
And the night waged war
We stood in the fire
And we walked on sea
And we drank of the wine
That was made of Me
Don’t turn your eyes from Me
For My love won’t be undone
Don’t hide your face from Me
For My light has surely come
Surely come surely come
I carried that cross
And I felt your pain
I took up your crown
And I wore your shame
And death was a fire
And its teeth were grim
But I left it behind
Along with all your sin
Don’t turn away from Me
For My love won’t be undone
Don’t hide your face from Me
For My light has surely come
Surely Come surely come
Lift up your eyes and see
Heaven is closer than you know
Lift up your voice and sing
Know that My love won’t let you go
And I won’t forsake you

Lift up your eyes and see
Heaven is closer than you know
Lift up your voice and sing
Know that My love won’t let you go
And I won’t forsake you

Lift up your eyes and see
Heaven is closer than you know
Know I’ll never leave you
So lift up your voice and sing
Know that My love won’t let you go

And My light has surely come
Surely come surely come
And I’m closer than you know
And I’m closer than you know

Lord I hear You I know You’re there
Closer now than my skin and bones could dare
Breathing deep within me
You are always with me

I can see You where eyes can’t stare
Brighter now than the sun could ever dare
Breathing all around me
God I know You’re with me here

Lord I hear You I know You’re there
Closer now than my skin and bones could dare
Breathing deep within me
You are always with me

I can see You where eyes can’t stare
Brighter now than the sun could ever dare
Breathing all around me
God I know that You are here

For I’m Yours and You are mine
And my soul knows well
You are here

You are here
And my soul will praise You
And my soul will praise Your Name
Singing Holy is Your Name
Jesus
Jesus

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Courageous Conquest 

Joshua ch6 – Jericho was a wicked city of pagan worship. The sin of this city became the fuel for the holy wrath of God. God conquers the city for the inheritance of his chosen people. The promise of victory becomes the action in motion. 

The city with around twelve thousand people and a city that covered around eight acres was protected by two high parallel walls which stood about fifteen feet apart surrounded the city. It was the sight of cities like Jericho that convinced ten of the twelve Jewish spies that Israel could not have conquered the land. But two saw the promises of God in conquering. (Numbers 13:28)

Joshua, Israel were a conquering people who made no compromise with the enemy, and trusted God to give them victory. The fear of The Lord was their battle plan in conquering Jericho.

Before the challenge: Remember that you fight from victory, not just for Victory (vs 1-5)

Before the challenge, they needed to remember that God fought for the victory. That in the fear of the Lord is where the obedience laid so they could conquer the first stage of the promise land. The promises of The Lord was in the verb of the text. The verb word was important aspect if the promise. ” I have given Jericho into your hands”. (5:13-15) the verb shows the victory that had already been won.

If we are victorious as Christians we need to know and spend time meditating on God’s word, believing the promises. Thought the word of God this generates the faith into action. 

The instructions of The Lord seen in verses 3-5 ” Joshua did not take the city merely by a cleaver, human military tactic.”  Francis.A.Schaeffer. ” The strategy was the Lords”

God sees the walls of Jericho not as a stumble but a surrender to Gods plans. He knew/ knows what he will do in his sovereign plans for conquest. It was not a foolish plan, but wisdom far above others. God delights in using weakness and foolishness of this world to defend his enemies and glorify his name. 

During the challenge : Remember that you overcome the enemy   by faith (vs 6-16,20)

During the challenge Israel needed to remember that God overcomes the enemy by faith (Joshua 6:6-16,20). When we accept Gods plans, we invite God’s presence and this guarantees victory. God is never in a hurry, and we see the the walls did fall down on his schedule. The only way to grow in faith is to accept new challenges and trust God to give you the victory.

After the victory: remember to obey God’s commands and give him the glory. (V’s 17-19, 21-27)
After the victory Israel needed to remember to obey God’s command and give him the glory (Joshua 6:17-19, 21-27). The command to devote the entire city to God (vs17-19), rescue the faithful Rahab and her family (vs 22-26), destroy the wicked city (vs21) and burn the city (vs24).

We see that God wanted all that was within to be devoted to The Lord for destruction. He wanted the people to keep themselves from the wicked things and totally devoted to destruction. Bringing all the precious gems, stones and vessels that are holy to The Lord into the treasury. All that belonged to God he desired. 

We see that the conquest of this city was not just the walls falling down flat, but the total devotion to God. The wickedness destroyed and the purification by fire to burn away the sinfulness. Vs 26-27 we see that the curse of the rebuilding was made clear. He who rises us to rebuild, the cost if the foundations. 

Isreal in conquering the promise had to:


1. Claim the promise : 

– fear of The Lord

– promise of The Lord

– instructions of The Lord.

2. Act of totally obedience :

– during the challenge

– after the challenge 

– during the cleansing 

3. Destruction for sin :

– fire and destruction

– curse of rebuilding n

– cost of not following God.

We see a symbolic remembrance to all generations to come, in the total destruction of Jericho to show that sin leads to destruction. A symbolic remembrance that God claims the victory in the promises of covenants. 

Application:  So how can this apply to us?

1. Count the cost of disobedience – the cost of not following God

2. Claiming the promises of God needs to be in the fear of The Lord

3. Acting in total obedience during the challenges of life and leadership

4. Counting the cost of disobedience – the cost of be national outcomes.

Are we the people of God who are a conquering people who make no compromises with the enemy? Do we trust God to give us victory in our life and leadership? Is the fear of The Lord our battle plan in conquering our walls? Today be courageous in facing your walls, and know that true victory is in and through God.

Application questions to journal with:

What do i make of all of this?

What do i feel God is saying to me?

What do i need to take from this?
What changes do i need to make?

How can i share this with my leadership team verbally and practically?

Wednesday Worship Playlist 


Love Of the father // WATCH CLIP HERE
True worship is lifting up our lives for the father to use daily. As we lift up our voices may we also life up our lives and leadership in praise to the father. He has done great things, and has overcome.

Today worship the father in spirit and in truth as you lift up your voices in song. Sing of the victory and love that is of the father. What are you worshiping God for today?

We are the people of God With the freedom of hope in our hearts How great is the love of the Father.

THE LOVE OF THE FATHER
Lift up your voices and lift up your praise Join with the heavens declaring the wonders of His faithfulness forever

Sing of the victory, the hope of the world The Saviour has risen, the Spirit has come to bring us into love forever  

We are the people of God With the freedom of hope in our hearts How great is the love of the Father

Lifted from darkness and into the light The sons and the daughters are loved at a price our God has made us His forever

This is the song of the redeemed The ransomed and the free Given life at such a price This is love, this is love And when the Father calls us home And we see Him on the throne Hear the voices sing as one This is love, this is love

Wednesday Worship Playlist 


Cornerstone // WATCH CLIP HERE
Today I reflect on the cornerstone which is Christ. Worshiping for the strong foundation in which our life and leadership is being built into. 

you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Are you being built into the spiritual house? 

1 Peter 2:4-12

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 

7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 

8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. –