The Gift of Love
The gift that surpasses all wisdom and understanding lies in the knowledge of JESUS LOVE. To know this love is to know who he is, and what he has so freely given us in Himself. His Love consists of an understanding that we ourselves are like sheep that cannot defend ourselves from the whim’s of the evil-one and our gullibility to believe what comes our ways with smooth cool words to entice us astray. Easierly swayed to see only the glitter and gold and how good the enticement will make us feel and look in the eyes of those around us. Our ego’s get the better of us, causing us to pay any price. We just must have it, it’s allure befuddles us into a false need. How do we overcome this lust for what glows and shines.
In Ecclesiastes 5:10 it says, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This is meaningless.”
This scripture was written by the richest man in the world at his time and was considered the wisest man in the world too. So we see the alluring effect of the world and it’s evil enticement does not make man happy but rather empty. He longs for something much deeper that will satisfy the longing within his soul. Thinking the allurements of the world will fulfill the void within him he strives to have it and once attained finds he is still hungering after that quest to fill the void within himself. What will fill this void their is only one person who can fill it he is the one who came to give life to you and me.
Jesus in his own words says it like this in John 10:10-11,
“The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and it to the full. I am the Good Shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
What has a thief – killing and destroying got to do with this picture I am painting. Well everything.
You see as we long for things in our lives our eye’s lust after them, so just like Eve in the Garden of Eden looked at the apple and saw that it looked good to eat. She just need a little push to help her disobey God’s warning to Adam not to eat of it, as when they did the would die. All that was need was someone to tell her that what God was doing was withholding from them the ability and wisdom to know about ‘Good and Evil’ God was restricting them from this knowledge. Can you imagine someone coming to you and telling you the good news is been withheld from you. what would, you do? That apple holds within it the secret God doesn’t won’t you to have. It’s looks to good to be true to resist. That lingering voice within you says, don’t do it. But it’s just to good to resist, you pass it onto the one you love and together you find that that to good to resist has now turned into the greatest disaster you ever made. Death arrives in your spirit and you mind is filled with darkness and fear. Instead of joy you once knew now everything around you is naked and bear.
That thief is the one who helps you satisfy your own lusts, by encouraging you to have what in your spirit you knows is not right. But to go without it makes you feel inadequate and poor. The need to be seen and held in esteem by one’s peers, is what often causes us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. Recognition and our own lust’s causes us to deflate our ego into a false need, awakens greed to drive us into a must have, which in turn make us feel unfulfilled, until we attain our hunger is fed. Our world paints the picture that to go without it to be a looser. Who wont’s to be a looser and unpopular. No one. So at the cost of our better judgement we dive in. Our reasoning is everyone else is doing it, why can’t I? What’s the harm? falling for the trap or lure of our desire we plunge in. What happens next, is we’ve fallen for the trap and we lose our ability to consciously make good decision Now, learn, how to compromise, instead of been honest with ourselves and those around us. Thinking we’re doing ok, but slowly we lose every time you compromise we lose a little more of yourself until you get to the place where nothing seems to work out. Mentally, physically and spiritually we die a little more each day. How could this have happened? At one time you where doing so good but now nothing seems to work out as you had hoped.
That’s the thief who came to kill and destroy. He has no respect for you only to lure you and me into a false sense of security until he has you trapped in him pit with him as his slave.
Now what did Jesus say to us earlier in John 10:10-11, here it is again to remind us.
“The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and it to the full. I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”
and in another place he says to us in John 14:6
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
and he says in John 16:33
” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
How did he overcome the world and fulfill all the requirements written in the Law of the Jews. Through obedience to His Father as it was written in the Law to the letter. Laying down his life for you and me, taking our sin upon Himself and dying to sin on our behalf at the Cross. He was buried in a rich man’s tomb, guarded by Roman soldiers. As he predicted on the third day, the earth was shaken and the tomb burst open, as, he rose from the grave it couldn’t hold Him prisoner.
The first person to see Jesus Resurrected was Mary of Magadala, she was forgiven when accused of adultery now she represents, the first, Eve. Jesus breaths is Spirit into Mary and restores her, as Eve in the Garden, setting her in right standing once again before God The Father. Then, later doing the same for Adam. Now, both Adam and Eve, are in their former state as, in the Garden, their spirit’s ignited and renewed, free, no longer held in bondage through the seed of Good and Evil. Jesus’s act upon the Cross and Resurrection defeats the evil-one’s ploy to rule over God’s image in Adam and Eve, which is by the way, also, You and me.
The Love of Jesus gives us the greatest GIFT of all. Blessing us and bringing us into right standing before God, The Father, held in love in the heart of Jehovah el-Oheim. Our Everlasting God who is our Jehovah- el-Shaddai meaning our All Sufficient, Extra Ordinary, Supernatural God.
What does this all mean for you and me, but that with God all things are Possible, His Love for you and me is beyond our comprehension and even in our vulnerable state, like sheep, he is able to draw us and keep us in His Loving care. The Good Shepherd will carry us and lead us into His pastures green, where we can eat of His Goodness and drink from His river of life, which restores us and fills us with His Living Water. We need never fear when we put our lives in his hands he has the ability to bring us out of every and any situation and circumstance, we find ourselves in. By His Great Love and Sacrifice he will do anything and everything for us.
The only thing we have to do in return is follow His lead, trusting and believing in Him. Abba’s Joy is made complete when he looks upon us seeing Jesus’s Blood covering us in His Love for you and me. We are the apple of his eyes, jealously watching over our coming and going. We receive the Gift of The Holy Spirit within us. He is our Great Teacher and Guide, taking from what belongs to Jesus and making it known to You and me.
I hope you have been blessed by what I have written and encouraged to look up into the Beautiful Face of our LORD JESUS. If, Jesus is not your LORD and Savior, then today is the day of Salvation for you. Call upon his Name ask him to be your Savior and repent of your sins and he will receive you in His Agape-Love as His Beloved Bride.
This is my prayer for you, Beloved Dear Reader;
The LORD Bless you and keep You;
The LORD make His face to Shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The LORD turn His face towards you
and give you His Shalom-Peace.
meaning: Pure, Whole with Nothing missing.
Amen in Christ Jesus Name.
GOD BLESS YOU, BELOVED, AMEN.