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My Shoeology Blog2021-12-04T11:14:00-08:00

“WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?”

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son,
that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”

Valentine’s Day is considered a day for lovers! Well, some of you may not have a spouse, significant other or a special friend that you can share February 14th with. No worries. I want to tell you about the best lover anyone could ever experience! First, let me define the word “love”. Webster says, “it is an intense affection for another person based on personal or familial ties.” There are three degrees/definition of love: Eros is love between a man and a woman (erotic). Phileo is the love of a friend. And Agape is a Greek word for selfless love, the type of love that characterizes God. This love is the greatest and most enduring of all Christian virtues. There are three dimensions of love. When they are present, it causes a reaction. There is the Visual aspect (see) — optical attraction; the Physical aspect (touch) —  affection; and there is the Emotional aspect (feel) — worship and adoration. There are also three dynamics of love. These always prompt action of some sort: Pamper, to treat with excessive care and indulgence; spoil. Provide, to supply needs and secure wants. Protect, to keep from harm, attack, or injury.

When you see, touch, or feel love, it causes you to react – sometimes in a negative manner. But when you act on love, you are moved to do something for that person or thing that is the object of your love. It is so with God. All He wants to do is love you unconditionally – despite yourself. He wants to pamper and care for you all the time. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It feels so good, loving somebody and somebody loves you back. But wouldn’t it be even better if that somebody was Jesus Christ?

Because of God’s love for His creation, He prepared a plan of salvation for humanity, after Adam messed up in the Garden of Eden, with the consequent giving of His son. God knew that He needed to restore humanity back into right relationship with Him. God was deeply grieved because of the direction that humanity was headed. And He desired that His people would be saved and reign with Him eternally. Jesus Christ came to earth to show us the way back to the Father. Every person in this world must come to grips with who Jesus is, and decide whether to trust Him for life, or reject Him for death. God wants His creation to know His love. He wants to reach everyone in the world with His love. And yes, that means you!

The question I pose is, “What’s love got to do with it?” And the answer — Love has everything to do with everything! Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Love is part of God’s character. It is His nature. It is, in fact, his genetic makeup. It is who He is. It is what He is. Therefore, unlike us, He cannot be swayed by passion or diverted by disobedience. He faithfully acts, demonstrates, and shows His love. As God, He is perfect, which means His love is perfect. God demonstrated His love in the most perfect way possible. Without question, the greatest act of love is the sacrifice of a man’s own life; therefore, God sacrificed the life of His own son to save the world.

How much does God really love you? He loves you so much that if you had been the only person on earth, He would have still sent Jesus Christ to die for you. Don’t you understand? God loves YOU! Nobody in this world will ever love you like God loves you! He wants to meet all your needs, walk with you through troubled times, and bless you above and beyond all that you can ask or think. Allow God to show you that you are the apple of His eye. Ask Him for grace to receive the gift of His love every day, and you will experience the joy of being set free from fear and walk victoriously in faith like never before. Happy Valentine’s Day! (Excerpt from 2/11/07 1st Sermon).

BBlessed!                                                                                       Abounding Love Bible Ministry © 2022

 

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IT’S HARVEST TIME!

Galatians 6:9 – “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

Let me begin by saying Happy New Year! God allowed us to close out Chapter 2021 and begin Chapter 2022. Many did not make it, but we are blessed to be one of the ones who did. To God be all the glory!

There has been so much sickness and disease, death and sorrow, fear and uncertainty pressed all around us. But God … brought us through the valley and shadow of death. He brought us over the rough side of the mountain. And He brought us through the dry and desert places in our lives; yet we were not consumed. He was strength when we were weak. He was a way maker when we knew not where to turn. He came through every time we called on His holy and righteous name. And He did it without fail! Everything that we needed, God’s hand has already provided. Because our God is faithful! Be encouraged. If you fell short of the mark on yesterday, God’s new mercies were waiting for you this morning! And they will be waiting for you every morning as long as you live, move and have your being. Now that’s good news for somebody on today!!

Has God commissioned you to step out on faith and experience something totally out of your comfort zone? – Start a business? Return to the classroom? Start a new career? Launch a ministry? Write a book? Purchase a home? Seek God more? Well, congratulations to you. Know that it is a privilege and an honor to be chosen and to be used by God. So stay humble. Perhaps you started that very thing God spoke to you, yet you did not see it taking shape fast enough. But you still got up every morning and put the work in. You wrote the business plan. You went online to see what classes were offered. You submitted the job application for a higher-level position. You prayed for the vision summary that would be instrumental in shaping your ministry. And you were diligent in journaling daily so you would have rich and relevant content for the book you are to write? Bless the Lord. You have sown. Now it is time to reap!

Let me ask you, “Can you stand to be blessed?” I mean are you ready? Ready to walk in your purpose and your destiny? Ready to overcome the very thing you thought would be your demise? Ready to walk worthy of the call? Everything you have been praying for, everything you have been working for, everything you have been hoping for, and everything you have been believing God for is on the way! You have planted, your dreams have been watered, and God is now ready to give increase! Increase on your mind! Increase in your finances? Increase in your relationships? And increase over your health! He has seen your faithfulness in managing the skimpy. And He is ready to bless you now with plenty!

Do not let this harvest pass you by because of doubt, fear, and insecurities. Your adversary, the devil, seeks to plant those seeds. He wants you to give up. He wants you to give out. And he wants you to give in right at the cusp of your breakthrough. You have got to go through it to get to it. Your deliverance, your anointing, and your blessing is on the other side. The devil knows that if you hold on and make it to the other side of through, that there is nothing he can do to block you, stop you, deny you or delay your breakthrough any longer.

If God spoke to you, He is not capable of going back on His word! Rest assured that with every vision he pours into you, provision is already there! You can stand on it! I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. The Word of God tells you not to get tired of doing what’s good, what’s right, what’s pleasing, and what’s acceptable to the Master. God is omniscient. He sees everything you do. He hears everything you say. And He knows everything you think – whether good or bad – right or wrong. So, for everything you have done to please the Father, He honors the fruit of your labor and the work of your hand. It is not in vain. You will reap a harvest if you faint not!

 

BBlessed and Let Love Abound!

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“GUARD THE GIFT!”

Isaiah 9:6: – “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,

 

This Holiday season will not be like any other we have ever seen. The one thing I’m sure we will all try to continue to do is give gifts. Even if we can’t be there. I guarantee either you will be the giver, or you will be the receiver of an unwanted gift! It may or may not be intentional, depending on the allotted gift budget, the nature of the relationship and the time designated for shopping. But it does happen.

I love and serve a God who knows exactly the perfect gift to give. He knew humanity would need a Savior, a Redeemer, a King, a Lord, a Friend, a Shepherd, a Comforter, a Deliverer, a Counselor, a Provider, a Healer, a Banner, a Victor, a Shield & Buckler, a Battle-axe, a Way out of no Way, a Strong Tower, and a Rock in a weary land. Jesus Christ is the that special gift. Please make sure he does not get lost!

The mentality of society nowadays, is the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Jesus is able to provide everything you need. In a world where our youth have fallen so far off the mark that they neither respect another person’s property nor another person’s life, He is the way, the truth and the life and no man can get to the Father, but by Him. In a world where the economy is so bad, unemployment is at an all-time-high and hope is nowhere to be found, He is our hope for tomorrow and our joy in sorrow! In a world where there are fewer people than ever before who no longer worship the true and living God and who have turned completely away from His precepts and examples of Godly living, He is still the living Word that changes not! In a world where family values and family ties have been replaced with an increased number of dysfunctional families, He is our brother and joint heir to the inheritance of God. He will stick closer than a brother! He is the gift that keeps on giving!

Often gifts that we receive at Christmas will break, tarnish, lose their functionality, spoil, melt, turn colors, and tear. They are gifts that are either too big or too small, something we like or dislike, something that we want or not want and even something that we feel was too cheap or much too expensive for our taste or budget!

This very special gift was given over 2,000 years ago. I officially received my very special gift when I was seven years old, although I believe deep in my heart that I have always had a love for Jesus as far back as I can remember! I never once have been dissatisfied with my gift! And I honor it daily as if I received it for the first time. He brings me joy when I’m sad! He lifts me when I’m down! He keeps me company when I’m feeling lonely! He protects me when I’m in harm’s way. He loves me when I didn’t love myself. He fills me with his power! He covers me with His blood! He gives me peace when there is confusion all around me! He gives me hope when I want to give up and throw in the towel! He is the best friend I could ever have! He will never change, even when I’m wrong; He will never leave me even, in the midst of trouble. He will never betray me, because He wishes above all things that I prosper and be in health, even as my soul prospers (3 John 1:2). Who wouldn’t want a gift like that?

As you celebrate the birth of our long-awaited Messiah this Christmas season, please be ever so thankful that God loved you so much that He gave you this very special gift that you can richly enjoy and cherish on your Christian journey. Jesus Christ is that special gift which I offer to you today! Will you receive the gift and live with Him forever? Merry Christmas to you and your family! And guard the gift!

BBlessed And Let Love Abound!

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“GIVE THANKS”

1 Thessalonians 5:18: – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

When I was a child, I remember my mother teaching me to say, “Please” when I asked for something and “Thank you” when I received it. She taught me that this was a way to let the giver know that I was grateful for what I received. Even if the gift was not something I liked, I was taught to still say “Thank You.” She told me that no one has to do anything for me, but if and when they did, to always say, “Thank you.” Well, the day arrived, and I too became a Mother. I instilled the same values in both of my children. When they asked for something, I would hold on to the object that my son or daughter was reaching for until they said, “Thank You.” Then I would release it and say, “You’re welcome.” And off they would go!

The month of November is here. We are already thinking about the delicious turkey dinner that we will be preparing. But let us not forget to give thanks. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. There is no unnecessary pressure, no gifts to buy, no packages to wrap, no credit card bills to pay 365 days after the fact, and no end of the year deadlines to meet at work. It’s the time of year when you can easily stop, turn from your everyday hustle and bustle and turn toward God and see his mighty handiworks. The weather changes from summer to fall. The color of the leaves begins to turn from green to orange then brown. Some trees shed their fruit and flowers begin to fade away. It is simply breathtaking! It’s almost like watching a giant sunset! Psalm 118:23 says, “This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”

This is the season where we, as bible-believing Christians, can actually reflect on the goodness of God, and how in the midst of chaos and adversity, He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks! We should still be determined, no matter what, to open up our mouths, lift up our hands, raise our voices and thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing even now, and what He is yet going to do in our lives, in our finances, in our relationships, in our physical bodies, in our minds, in our spirits, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our churches, in our communities, in our cities, in our states, and yes, even in our country! Life’s circumstances do not always unfold as we would like them to, but He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks!

When your spouse works your last good nerve and your kids are about to make you lose your mind “up in here, up in here,” remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks because there is someone else who would love to be married with children, but has no spouse, no significant other or even a prospect in the radar zone nor do they have the physical capability to ever conceive children. When your boss always points out your errors, but never gives you credit for cleaning up his/her mistakes, remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks because there is someone else, possibly that you know personally, who has no job to go to. When your body starts telling you what it will and will not do when you thought you were controlling it, remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks  because there is someone else who has a body that does not function without some assistance, or their mind does not function in a way that it can communicate to the body what it should do! When you’ve come to the end of your rope and feel all hope is gone and there is no way out, remember He is still God, He is still good, and He still wants us to give thanks because He promised to keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Him because you trust in Him.

I challenge you this month to come in agreement with me and let’s make November a month of Thanksgiving. Let your mind be free and think on all the times He brought you out, all the times He made a way for you, all the times He came to your rescue, even in the ninth hour, and all the times He never let you down! More importantly, think about the great sacrifice He made just for you because He loved you so much and wanted you back in right relationship with God the Father. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Do not ask him for anything; just give Him thanks for everything. Happy Thanksgiving!

BBLESSED AND LET LOVE ABOUND!

 

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THIS IS HOW WE DO IT!”

2 Peter 2:17– “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” It is our duty and responsibility, as believers, to share the love of God in any situation and in every situation we find ourselves. It is a mandate that is on our lives as Christians. Even when the hatred is targeted at us! Now I know that is pushing the envelope a bit, but God needs us to rise above our circumstance and let His love shine through at all times and in all places! The text gives explicit instructions on how we are to share that love with the Brotherhood. Before I share the instructions, let me quote what the Urban Dictionary had to say.

 

“Brotherhood” is the epitome of good will and faith. As humans we are not defined by our faults or sins, but by the capacity for love that we have for one another. When one is within the brotherhood, one abides by the law of the word. We all raise our fist when we hear the call. We are all equalized under this truth, and the supremacy of the call’s benediction binds us. What an interesting concept.

 

HONOR ALL MEN:  Peter continues to encourage his readers in their Christian conduct. Christians should respond to God’s saving action in Jesus with behavior that honors Him – they should act like they are indeed his people and representatives. All people are deserving of respect, for all are created in God’s image. (See Genesis 1:26-27). Being created in the image of God distinguishes people from all other earthly creation. God’s image is not described as being possessed in part or given gradually; rather it is an immediate and inherent part of being human.

 

FEAR GOD:  We fear God with the fear that a child has for his father. It should be like the tremendous respect and love that a child has for his father or mother and who dearly wants to please them. We should have the fear or an anxiety of offending the one we love, not because we are afraid of torture or even of punishment, but rather because we are afraid of displeasing the one who is the source of security and love.

 

HONOR THE KING:  Although the Emperor may cause them to suffer, believers must respect his/her position. Case in point. Many believers in these United States were not happy when Donald Trump was elected as our 45th President. We were not happy with the policies that were being put in place nor the removal of legislation that has worked in the past. We did not stand behind his decisions nor did we agree with his personal presuppositions and biases. However, we were still held accountable for the things that came out of our mouth about him and judgments that we placed upon him. Like Christ, believers are to be respectful even in the face of insult and hardship, for this gives them the opportunity to show the true character of Jesus.

 

God so loved us. And we are to love one another. The strategy is set… THIS IS HOW WE DO IT!

 

BBLESSED AND LET LOVE ABOUND!       ALB MINISTRY © OCTOBER 2021

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“ONLY GOD CAN DO IT!”

Lamentations 5:1-5; 19

Main idea: continued sin and rebellion against God bring loneliness and disaster, but He is always available for those who seek Him. Let’s see what God does.

I. He remembers (what has come upon us) – Verse 1

the first thing we see in the text is a plea to the lord to remember what is come upon Jerusalem

Jeremiah has a birds-eye view of everything that has happened! And it is happening because of sin. He sees a nation that was once considered a great nation filled with people and consumerism to now being a tributary nation that bows in subordination to other nations. They find themselves isolated, desolated, and miserable. When Jeremiah looked at the temple and the city of Jerusalem – once the center of activity and now empty, separate, solitary and alone — his heart is filled with compassion and he weeps!

Does this sound familiar? Let’s look at our own nation. The United States of America — a nation that was once revered and looked upon with pride and great strength — a place where everyone and anyone who was oppressed and bound by the unjust laws of man, were eager and determined to place their feet on this soil! A land that had opportunities for people to fulfill their dreams of prosperity and liberty! Like Jerusalem, we are crying out to God to remember what is come upon us. Why cry out to God for help in the midst of tragedy? Because only God can do it!

II. He considers and beholds our reproach — Verse 1

 “reproach” is defined as to find fault with, blame or discredit to, disgrace, scorn or contempt

The Lord is angry. He, like a good parent, has given His children numerous chances to do the right thing, to obey His commandments and follow His laws. But there comes a point in that child’s life, if they have loving parents who want to see them do good and succeed in life, when the parent has to enforce some type of punishment in order to correct inappropriate behavior. The more severe the disobedience, the more severe the punishment.

Jeremiah witnesses the wrath of God as He has swallowed up, torn down, brought down in dishonor, cut off every horn, and withdrawn His right hand and purposed to destroy the wall. God refused to protect His people. Their sin brought on this suffering.

III. He forever reigns (remains) – Verse 19

In the midst of the devastation and travesties that are surrounding Jerusalem, there is a remnant of people who recognize that no matter what they see around them, there is a God who still reigns and will remain God forever!

Only God can restore the land to overflow with health, wealth and prosperity! Only God can take a remanent people who love Him, who are willing to obey Him, who will follow Hm, and will turn to Him in prayer and use them to rebuild, to refocus and to reclaim their place in the kingdom! Only God can mend the breach! Only God can restore the years you’ve sown in tears! Only God can return everything the enemy has stolen! Only God can restore your joy when you’ve experienced sorrow! Only God can bring peace in the midst of confusion! Only God can renew our faith when it has wavered under your present circumstance! Only God can reclaim your soul and make you whole again!

When entrenched wickedness leads to agony and continued sin by God’s people brings His wrath, know that only a conviction that God is with us can lead to peace and serenity in the midst of pain.

BBLESSED & LET LOVE ABOUND!                                                                   ALB MINISTRY © SEPTEMBER 2021

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