Since God Did It, You Can Trust Him

Holy Spirit is reminding us that we must always “remember the Lord our God’s covenant that He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant that He made with Abraham ~1 Chronicles 16:14-16.

Many may think, that God’s covenant with Abraham was the covenant of circumcision, as given in Genesis 17:10-11, for the Hebrews’ religious practices, practise this rigorously and even Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day.

But the apostle Paul shows us in Romans 4:9-12 that circumcision is only “a seal of the righteousness that Abraham had by faith while he was still uncircumcised ~4:11, and Genesis 17:11 also agrees, that circumcision is merely a sign of God’s covenant.

So, what is this covenant that the Lord our God made with Abraham that king David says, we must remember, and are commanded to remember for a thousand generations?

To find out, we must refer to the very site that the apostle Paul refers to in Romans 4, that is: ~Genesis 15:6 “And Abraham believed the Lord and He counted it to him as righteousness”. For, in this context where the Lord promises Abram a son, the Lord also confirms His promise to Abram for his descendants that they will inherit their lands.

The process where the Lord our God confirms and establishes the covenant He made with Abraham, is simply wonderful and extremely important for our faith.

~1 The Lord instructs Abram to prepare a sacrifice, by preparing five animals and laying them out in order. Some time elapses, as Abraham waits upon the Lord ~15:7-11.

~2 The Lord puts Abram to sleep! A ‘dreadful and deep darkness’ falls upon Abram in his sleep and the Lord speaks to him in his sleep ~15:12-16.

~3 A smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passes through the pieces of the sacrifice that Abram had prepared, and God himself seals the covenant while Abram is still asleep.

How wonderful is that!

There’s all sorts of parallels that can be drawn from the process God used to establish this covenant with us – cp. God commanded that it’s to be observed and remembered for a thousand generations ~1 Chronicles 16:15 – but only one is most important, and that is that God himself sealed the covenant. God took the initiative. God made it, and not man.

No covenant would ever be effective if it was left up to man to establish and maintain it. That very fact – this eternal truth that mankind can never uphold an agreement with God – was proven by God giving us His law, and it was the purpose of the law, to show us that only God can justify anyone. Anyone’s meditaion on Romans 3:19-26 will show us so!

“Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by the works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as the peacemaking, sacrificial offering through his blood, which offering is to be received by faith.

“This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus ~Romans 3:19-26.

If it is God who justifies you, then no man can condemn you! If it is God who has established His covenant in the blood and body of Christ with you, then no man can take it away from you. Just like the smoking fire pot and flaming tourch of Abram’s ‘dreamtime sleep’, the Lord your God ‘did it all while you were asleep’.

For, “the righteousness of God” is “for all who believe” ~3:22.

There is no longer any distinction between Hebrew believers who practice law and others who do not ~3:22-23, because “all have sinned ..but… are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” ~3:23-24.

The “smoking fire pot and flaming tourch” with which God has cut this covenant for us, is that life of Christ that is offered to us for our justification, for the correction of our wrongs – the perfect Life that was lived in our place and was sacrificed for our sins, but was raised by the Spirit of Holiness in order to give us His virtue and position, not ours but His complete and perfect life, postion and virtue, given to us through our faith in Him.

God did it, while we were asleep!

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God’s Child-Play Army

Prophecy’s Title: Cohesion and Supernatural Trust
A Personally Prophetic Dream
Interpreted for the Body and Bride of Christ

Dare to Dream!

Things will not be as they used to be! For I-Am building your cohesion together.

I-Am holding back My people from presumptuous sins and sins of unbelief by My Son’s brotherhood with you. For My heart and passion is for My Son’s bride, that there be no division, but only growth among My people into My Son’s authority and likeness.

You are finding a new way of rejoicing as My people together, as the espoused bride of My Son. You are encased as it were, among a family’s gathering and are finding a new and comforting fellowship with Me among My people, a new unity, a new vibrancy of friendship and a new cohesion of belief in Me. Stay your course! For this is the change I-Am seeking and making.

Many are being sent out by this cohesion of My family’s gathering-joy. I-Am infusing you with joy in order that your journey outwards will be with great freedom in the persuasion of who I-Am with you, for you, and against your adversary. My desires for each of you are forged in the furnace of My love for you from before the foundation of the worlds, and you’re becoming weapons of righteousness fit for My glory.

Be aware and pray for the awareness of My sent messengers whom I-Have sent for each one of you. For these are as a child’s play with you, but they are also heavenly beings and spirit-winds whom I-Have commissioned for each one’s protection, honour and forward march in my childs-play army!

For you, these sent messengers are for your joyful play, but for your adversaries, they are an ominous sign of doom, foreboding and destruction; but to the contrary, they are a sign of your salvation, for they carry My signs, wonders and miracles for your speech and command.

I-Have sent My Son as your brother and bridegroom, to court your affections by His Spirit and to constrain you through your divine and eternal knowledge of His comforting, guiding, counselling, consoling and helping knowledge, so that you won’t ‘strike your foot against a stone’, nor crush the ambitions of My people among whom you dwell and rejoice.

Therefore, seek the knowledge of My Son.

Beware of carnal knowledge, My people – that boastful pride that arises from anything else but My sacrificial, enduring and hopeful type of love. I-Am the Lord and there is no God besides Me. It is I-Who court your affections and no other, for My love is not known to any other, but I-Have revealed my love to you who believe in My Son.

Therefore be strong and take courage!

For My global army is praying for your nation and they are desiring with a sacrificial love, that this cohesion of your faith and works, will be effective for what you call revival. For you say that I-Turn-Up, but I’ve never turned you down! So, be strong and take courage for I-Delight in your many prayers and Will answer those who are consistent in prayer.

As you see the times change, whether for good or for evil, remember My goodness and faithfulness, for many changes are afoot, but your manner of conduct and faithfulness in My presence is your guard and your shield against any changes.

Many peoples, nations and governments are in turmoil, but this is the world’s fringe of a border around My elaborate tapestry which I-Have made of you. This fringe will serve the tapestry-covering as you delight in this cohesion I-Am making among you, for I-Have ordained it.

The whole scriptural foundation of this prophecy

is contained in an eBook called

God’s Child-Play Army

The outcome of the whole eBook’s study, is something like this ~Psalm 2:7-8 & 12, TPT.

“I will reveal the eternal purpose of God.
For he has decreed over me, ‘You are my favored Son.
And as your Father I have crowned you as my King Eternal.
Today I became your Father.
Ask me to give you the nations and I will do it,
and they shall become your legacy ~vv7-8.

Fall facedown before him and kiss the Son
before his anger is roused against you.
Remember that his wrath can be quickly kindled!
But many blessings are waiting for all
who turn aside to hide themselves in him! ~v12.

‘Turning aside to hide ourselves in Him’ seems like a clothing exercise – putting on armour! And doing this by “kissing” Him, indicates our worshipful role in God.

But it is He, who kisses us!

For the Son has worshipped us, by taking on our humanity and redeeming us:

“In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the peacemaking (and love evoking) sacrifice for our sins ~1 John 4:10.

The eBook traces these worshipful roles,

showing that we live out our worship & victory by our child-likeness.

Eternal Life in the Garden

I wonder if this really is God’s call to each of us,

as the apostle Paul put it to “his son” Timothy:

“Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! ~1 Timothy 6:12, Passion Translation.

And Paul gets even more emphatic, later on in this same paragraph to Timothy: “I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus … that you follow this commission faithfully” ~1 Timothy 6:13-14. It’s definitely a commission! a commission of divine origin, as is evident by Paul’s zeal.

In Timothy’s case, “the multitude of witnesses” may have been a company of people, for Paul himself laid hands on him and commissioned him ~2 Timothy 1:6; but it may also be “the great cloud of witnesses” mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 which follows immediately the “heroes of faith” -chapter, which are past saints – those who have passed on to glory but who are somehow present as witnesses.

For Paul instructed Timothy about his calling: Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses!

That’s something like we do, in church, in our prayer meetings and as oft as it happens, daily! – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! and laying our hands on, or taking hold of eternal life.

Could it be, that Timothy’s father in the faith was instructing him that this is his whole duty and honour in this, his lifetime? – to ‘lay hold of eternal life and celebrate through faith in God before the multitude of witnesses’.

I know by experience that Holy Spirit’s presence comes to such worshipers, and it’s heavenly for sure!

We are called to “hold” eternal life, which is “a given” from anyone’s reading of John 17:3, Hebrews 7:16 cp. Romans 6:4. The power of an indestructible life such as Hebrews says is ours, through God’s gift to us by the resurrection ~Romans 6:4.

Also 1 John 2:17 makes it more plain: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever”. The term: ‘lives forever’, is equal to ‘lives eternally’ in the original Greek wording. Therefore, eternal life is here-and-now, a real and true ownership and possession of the believing one, life-long!

But the presence of heaven’s great cloud of witnesses, each one would have to decide on, through our experience in worship and through our ‘walking with Him in the garden’.

For has God or has He not, perfected our righteousness and sanctification? ~Romans 5:17 and ~Hebrews 10:14 as examples; so that we can walk with Him ‘in the garden’ as Adam and Eve did, pre sin? ~Genesis 2:8-15 cp. ~3:8. For it was the Lord’s habit to walk with His made-people, in the “breeze of the day”, in the garden in the evening.

Will we walk with the Lord by holding onto eternal life, walking in the presence of His heavenly witnesses? Has God called us to this, as our main ‘lifeline’ in this world? I believe so. For where else do we belong, since we are strangers and pilgrims in this world, but to heaven’s presence and to an everlasting life through our worshipful lifestyle?

In my eyes, we need to consider these things as now-time truth; if we are ever going to walk in them – eternal life and a presence of heavenly witness. For, wasn’t it Stephen the martyr in the early part of Acts, who ‘saw heaven open’? ~Acts 7:56 as though it was already there, but it only appeared to comfort him as he was being martyred.

While we’re here, throughout this pilgrimage, we fix our eyes on the things that are unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal ~2 Corinthians 4:18. Therefore, we have an enchanting “garden-walk” with Holy Spirit that captures our hearts with God’s will and heaven’s immediacy, where He captures our hearts with all goodness, love, mercy and truth so as we are enabled to walk upright, confident and ‘in command’.

Take a walk in His garden, won’t you. The apostle Paul says we’re called to it, by God! and that it’s our very life’s stay and stability, this stay of our now-time knowledge and walking in the way of Eternal Life, and our conviction of the Presence of Witnesses, whether natural or supernatural; as this coupling of our commission “here on earth as it is in heaven”.

The ‘coming together’ of this post and article was inspired by:

Brian Simmons’ prophetic post as posted on Facebook on Wed. 18th Oct. 2017

The old order is quickly passing away

The season of change you have anticipated has now come, My child. It will be your love for Me that will see you through the most difficult of times. Disruptive revelation that brings the shocking truth to the media, to the government, and to My church—disruptive revelation that overturns the tables of religious profit—will bring about My righteous ways.

New mission strategies are coming to you in dreams and through prayer. Great understanding of My mysteries are coming to those who sit with Me on My blood-sprinkled love seat. The old order is quickly passing away, and a new breed is arising. They will be known as daybreakers and dawnmakers. They belong to Me and to Me alone. As My fiery servants, they accelerate the changes I am bringing to the earth. They will bring back My ways of holiness and passionate love.

Have I not called you to love with all of your heart and all of your passion? This is the day of all, not part, My child. You will see all of My love and all of My power at the disposal of those who have sought My face with all of their hearts.

The season of change has come, My child. You have heard it before, but know I declare it again: you will never be the same again, for I have placed My hands upon you, My church, My bride.

“Timothy, you are God’s man, so run from all these errors. Instead, chase after true holiness, justice, faithfulness, love, hope, and tender humility. There is a battle raging, so fight with faith for the winner’s prize! Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling—celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! So now, I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus, the Anointed One, who demonstrated a beautiful testimony even before Pontius Pilate, that you follow this commission faithfully with a clear conscience and without blemish until the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.” ~1 Timothy 6:11–14.

Landscape of our Heritage

Methuselah lived 996 years, there being no ultra violet radiation before the world-wide flood and therefore limited ageing, for the globe was watered with a sun-protecting mist.

What will be your longevity?

Throughout life, we stand on land, in the lands and depend on land for our welfare and survival. Where has your life prospered? Our faith in God also has a spiritual landscape that courts our attention, charms our life and captivates our obedience or following of God.

The eternal gospel is a scandal by nature:

We preach Christ crucified, preaching which to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block that springs a snare or trap, and to the Gentiles – meaning all other nations’ peoples and lands – our preaching appears absurd and a load of unphilosophical nonsense! But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek Christ is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.
This is because the foolish thing that has its source in God is wiser than men, and the weak thing that springs from God is stronger than men. For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters ~1 Corinthians 1:23-26, clarified Amplified Version.

Methuselah was called “when he dies, it comes”, which is the literal meaning of his name in Hebrew. And when he died, the world wide flood came! Judgment is not a popular word, but it is when anyone knows that they’re called of God.

Any reader may like to see here, for a couple of God’s most gracious and merciful judgments, and they’re made entirely for our sakes.

Imagine in those times before the flood, Methuselah’s mother calling him for dinner as a child, for she’d literally be saying: “when he dies, judgement comes”, dinner’s ready! Have you heard the voice of God calling you and do you know if He’s chosen you? This is our whole security, stability and victory in all of the landscape of life.

If you’ve heard God and followed God by hearing His voice – the voice of the nurturing, consoling, healing and nutrifying Holy Spirit; just like Methuselah’s mother’s voice – then you will know that He’s called you and chosen you, for He cannont lie when He calls you by name: “John”, “Cyndie”, “Terry”, “Joel”, “Harmony” or whatever.

Because then, you know that He knows you.

But then, where do you stand in the landscape of life? Do you stand on a mountain top, courting His right stance and judgments? Do you stand on a hillside, ready to slide or still climbing? Do you stand in a deep, dark valley of woe, or in a fertile valley of delight?

Ages may pass, and it seems like no one cares or has cared, but you’re called by God, and you know He cares, even though you’ve been living a scandal. It’s alright, because God himself is scandalous, He’s used to you, because He knows the exact place in the landscape that you’ve traversed and are now standing in. He can speak to you there.

Interesting! When Methuselah was born, Adam was still alive, and would have easily comprehended Adam’s creation naratives as an adult. So, what if this Bible narrative is true? Will it fit your age?

For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters ~1 Corinthians 1:26 – for it’s ageless and it’s in the landscaper’s hands by the calling and choosing of the Ancient of Days.

So, for a sense of agelessness, please read this scripture. It’s a heavenly mist. I may need it to become a foundation stone for me, hence-forth!

Heirs of the World

It seems a common case to me, for “we-as-Christians” to lose our vision in God’s kingdom, and just “rattle around at the bottom of the barrel”, by losing our hope in eternal things.

This may help.

And yet: What do you value?

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, for he will make me to walk upon my high places” ~Habakuk 3:19

As the author of this post, I’m not intending to explain in detail, what I mean by quoting these scriptures, for the revelation of scripture comes with meditation – see Psalm 1:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 2:13-15, also John 3:5-8.

Therefore, let the reader meditate prayerfully on the comparison colored words. Orange, is for God’s promises; green is for God himself, and purple is for our faith in God and it’s aims in this world, or our own personal faith’s vision and it’s clarity or hope.

My reading of the above quoted scripture in Habakuk today, lead me to read this one in Deuteronomy as a comparison:

But the Lord’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him
as the apple of his eye.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
the Lord alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.

He made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.
Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
with the fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats,
with the very finest of the wheat—
and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape ~Deut. 32:9-14.

This verse:

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,

describes how the Lord God trained Jacob, making him into Israel: “Prince with God”.

It’s like the eagle’s training of her young egrets. She throws them off the cliff face! But then, this parent-eagle catches them, and brings them back to their nest, and she repeats this until they learn to fly themselves.

Learning how to “fly” in God’s kingdom – trusting in His promises so that you see them fulfilled by Him, which itself lifts you above your circumstances through faith in God – is a training ground, and will ever be a training ground “this side” of seeing Jesus face to face.

Hebrews chapter eleven, gives us many examples of the Bible characters from whom we can learn, how to trust God as they did, and “fly”. But we each need to learn to lift ourselves up through our trust in God’s word and Spirit.

“I have given you wings”, says the Lord!

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring (that’s us!) that he (and they) would be heir of the world did not come through the law, but through the righteousness of faith ~Romans 4:13.

Hold on! For I think that Mother-Eagle, will be “tossing us off the cliff” until we become heirs of the world. Let’s learn how to fly, aye.

It’s “fair dinkum”, because the scripture from Deuteronomy 32:9-14, is immediately preceded by the contrasting case of “whose portion it is”, by claiming: “The Lord’s portion is His people” (v9), whereas “the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind. He fixed the borders of the peoples” (v8).

So, the preceding verses were all about dividing up land for social, cultural, economic and even for ceremonial purposes; “but the Lord’s portion is His people”. As Christians, our love for others and for God, is quantified by the degree of love we have for each other – see 1 John 4:20-21 – so, besides being Abraham’s offspring, we are our Lord’s portion.

We “fly” in Him, for He has claimed us as His inheritance!

Us! In Our Right Mind

fish-buildingWho in their right mind, would build like that!

This following piece of writing originates from a divine dream, and is for the building up of anyone’s true faith in the true and living God. Here’s the interpretation.

On my pilgrimage and journey in God’s kingdom, I’ve come into a densely inhabited place, with many people having been bought by God into my experience and sight.

Foremost in my vision, is a large, fiercely moving truck, loaded to the hilt! Its towering load seems to be about to topple, but it has passed this trajectory of my experience of God’s people, passing on: virtually out-of-view.

Whilst musing over this large truck and it’s load, being perplexed about its supernatural bearing, I progressed into a constriction – the constriction caused by people’s unbelief of the eternal gospel’s true truth. For such unbelieving people had parked their, otherwise functional cars, here in my view of where this truck had raged.

Abandoned and forsaken, these people’s cars showed their owners and operators’ credentials – stagnation of any truly spiritual faith; their spiritual faith being taken over by complacency; their spiritual zeal and love being abandoned for an earthly and man-pleasing honor.

These people and their service in God’s kingdom had entered the narrow way of a true and godly life, but they’d abandoned their godly service of other people’s needs when their way became narrowed to a straight way, preferring to love their own desires, making up their own estimate of spirituality instead of seeking God’s, and replacing their own will for His.

But the trajectory of my own will in God, bought me close up to the complacent rage and selfish zeal of these people which I calmly pushed aside through earnest prayer. For I continued to believe that my God makes a way where there is no other way to be seen in the natural.

pilgrims-waySo, even I abandoned this scene of devastation caused by people’s religious habits, preferring to seek God’s supernatural way, for the sake of His people. And, as the result, I came into conversation with His Son’s wisdom, through my belief in the divine covenant.

God’s wisdom showed me that this state of His people, whom He’d otherwise own-as-His-own, is about to be tried, for it’s intended to reach it’s full potential, and not to remain stagnant, complacent and rebellious.

Each one will either be tried and approved by God for their faith, or they’ll be tried and found wanting of any true faith in God. For the fullness of man’s make is by the Creator-Redeemer’s make of any man, woman and child. For our tried-and-true faith in the true and living God, is the only way to make it to completion.

But, having been tried and approved for their faith, each one of these ones will come to know that they are in an unseen but very real and true covenantal union with the true and living God, such as a day-to-day marriage of romantic and genuine love with their God. And, this knowledge, will lead such people to know that they’re God’s answer to the completion of humanity’s rights here on earth as His will is in the earth.

Meanwhile, God himself is not leaving those complacent, rebellious and stagnant people as they are; but seeking to free them from their load of shame, ungodly behavior, misrepresentation of His covenant and backslidden state. And He will do this, but only through such people’s abiding lifestyle in harmony with the blood-and-body Covenant He’s made with each of us, and for such people’s faith.

As for God’s believing and delightful ones, He’s directing us that the Body of His Son’s bride, has not yet reached her full potential, but is well-on-her-way to complete restoration, the make-of-a-mend and continuance of this completion, being threefold:

“My Church belongs to Me”, says the Lord, “So treat her as My Son’s bride, and I-Myself will be taking care of her, for His sake, even through your service of Me”.

Get back to your Foundation! ~see 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 where also the “you” in v16 is plural.

Discern and expose the lie of any claim to a new life, when it’s really the old and sinful lifestyle that’s being shown ~see Galatians 5:19-26.

Therefore, for anyone reading this prophetic testimony, please: Wise-up! through the use and practice of God’s word, especially as your meditation in Proverbs. For what seems to be a constriction or narrowing of your way, is yet your liberty.

Whom the Son – Foundation! – sets free, will be free indeed ~see John 8:36 cp. v35 in this compare state of a slave’s rights as compared with an inheriting son’s rights in a family.

If you feel like a slave, then become a son in God’s kingdom! ~Romans 8:15 cp. Galatians 4:1-7. For this is how we build in God’s kingdom, “in our right mind”, as His true sons, daughters and divine-nature-inheritors, as these inheritors of His ways as He works these through us.

Living as a son or daughter of God, worked-out in us by God’s Spirit working His will through our knowledge and practice of His word, never looked so good!

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:Heart’s-Sight

Does any reader, have a heart’s-sight of this description?

“Wherever we see Christ, he is imparting blessings as the sun imparts light and warmth. While he was here on the earth, he was always reaching out his hand to give a benediction to some life that sorely needed it.

“Now it was on the children’s heads, now on the leper, now on the blind eyes, now on the sick, now on the dead, that he laid those gracious hands, and always he left some rich gift of blessing.

“Then, we remember one day when those gentle hands were drawn out by cruel enemies, and with iron nails fastened back on the cross; yet even then, it was in blessing that they were extended, for it was for our sins they were transfixed thus on the wood.

“As we :see: them thus stretched out as wide as they could reach, the attitude suggests the wideness of the divine mercy. Thus the arms of God are open to the utmost, to receive all who will come and seek refuge. There is room for the worst sinners” ~Dr. James R. Miller.

1 Refuge & FortressQuestion: Would that picture above, be a picture of a refuge, as a place for your security and safety; or a picture of some awe-inspiring majesty, or maybe even a picture of an evil hide-out?

It all depends on the way we :see:

2 PerspectiveEach person’s perspective or point-of-view, is a heart-matter! We see through “the eyes of our heart” and interpret what we see, by the preconditioning of our judgments, and/or by our experiences and our current state-of-heart and mind ~e.g. Ephesians 1:18 & Luke 12:54-56. That is: we may see injustice and react with anger as the state of our heart; or we may see something that’s heart-warming and respond with empathy and compassion.

The Greatest Heart of all, saw us down-through the ages, through His own state of extreme persecution, pain, anguish and contempt: but said: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” ~Luke 23:34. He saw an angry and grief-stricken mob, even from the torment of His cross. But what did his heart see? He saw our need of forgiveness.

So, how can we :see: and follow this Great-Heart’s example and life-of-love? Anyone with real faith who’s reading this, has probably seen it already, and experienced the love of God flowing through your own love for people, as you’ve reached out.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you, so that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another ~John 15:13-17.

So that! Great-Heart said: These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

1_Love's Tender TouchYes, this Great-Heart was tested, just like you and I are tested:

For, when the Pharisees heard that this Messiah had silenced the nation’s political leaders by his response to their questions, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments, depend all the Law and the Prophets ~Matt. 22:34-40.

So, our interpretation of all that we see in our outside world, and all that we read – another way of seeing! – in the Holy Bible, depends on how we’re fulfilling these two commands, for: On these two commandments, depend all the Law and the Prophets – love the Lord your God with all that you are; and love your neighbor as yourself.

For, all that we experience in life – our ups and our downs, our torments and our peace, our drudgery and our victory – are all conditioned by the love of God, that’s shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Spirit who is given to us, through our faith in the eternal gospel ~see Rom. 5:1-5. So, our heart’s-sight of the love of God, is right there as the Son of God took our place of punishment on the cross, and this is crucial for us knowing the love of God.

Therefore, in living our lives, we’re in the same position as Great-Heart! For, we have supernatural love, and we therefore have the ability to see all of our surrounds through His love, and so: respond just the same as He does to the heart-felt-needs of our surrounds.

ForgivenessOur start-point is: Father forgive them, for I know you’ve forgiven me.

Then, as we continue in our joyful faith, knowing God’s own forgiveness and the freedom it brings, we’re enabled by the spontaneous knowledge of God’s love, to say along with Christ:

For the Father loves me as His son, and shows me all that He himself is doing ~John 5:20.

So, what about those commandments? Those only two commandments that “are left”, for this guide of our conduct, in love. “Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in Christ, that: whoever says he abides in Christ, ought also to conduct himself in the same way as Christ conducted himself ~1 John 2:4-6.

Therefore, by our great and merciful God’s enabling power of the Holy Spirit’s communication of God’s love to us, all things are possible, for we are enabled by God, to conduct ourselves as Christ conducted himself.

Of course, this love-response, is conditioned upon our state of purity, and upon whether we’ve “crucified our carnal nature, with its passions and desires” ~Gal. 5:24; and/or whether we’ve “circumcised our hearts” ~e.g. Rom. 2:28.  But these are teachings that Holy Spirit must train us in, in order for our characters to be strengthened in love; so that we respond in love, live a life of love, and love others as much as we love ourselves.

Each of us goes through similar trials and tests or through the strengthening of our characters, in these ways; so we therefore have taken-on-board this saying of Great-Heart’s “These things I command you, so that you will love one another”, for we’re all learning together, and being made holy, together – we rejoice with those who rejoice, and we weep with those who weep ~Romans 12:15; so that our love-together is strengthened into His love.

1 Fiery FurnaceLove and uprightness will guide us home, and we are being enabled through our practice of the knowledge of God’s love, to work the works of God whilst-ever we’re here on earth.

Notes & References

Ephesians. 1:16-19 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe

Luke 12:54-56 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming. ’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Romans 2:28 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and true circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart — by the Spirit, not the letter. That man’s praise is not from men but from God.

So: Does God praise people? Yes, as we walk in His ways, He praises us! or similarly: He confirms and establishes our good qualities ~see also, Philemon 1:6.

Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. We will experience being co-glorified with him, provided that we accept his sufferings as our own ~ a ‘marriage’ of the English Standard Version and The Passion Translation.

Romans 8:18 We will experience being co-glorified with him, provided that we accept his sufferings as our own ~The Passion Translation. Does that ‘sound like’ the vision or heart’s-sight of God’s love that we’re looking for, that enables us to conduct ourselves in Christ? It does to me.