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Saturday, February 13, 2016

True Love

Here are three entries for February from my WIP (Work in Progress). I hope they minister to you. I'd love to hear what you think! Though they don't directly speak of love, they show how we can know the love of God when we trust Him and have such joy.

13. “Trust in the Lord with all our heart” (Proverb 3:4).

            When you trust in Me, your heart will be glad. You will have a lightness of spirit the world cannot posses. The world’s happiness is based on temporary gain. True joy and gladness of heart reaches deep into the soul and spirit. You can rejoice both in difficult circumstances and abundance when you trust Your Holy Father to provide for all your needs. “Your paths will drip abundance” even in lean times because you heart will be filled with the My fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control and perseverance. These are yours for the taking as you trust Me. When you are tempted in any area, remember to lean on Me in child like trust, and I will supply what you are lacking.

14. “He shall be like a tree, Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth fruit    in its season (Psalm 1:3).

            How does spiritual fruit grow? Look first to the natural world, then you will understand the spiritual. First the seed is planted. It is watered and given the proper nutrients. It is shielded against harm. Ample sunlight is provided. The seed is the truth of My Son planted in the soil of your heart, the seat of your emotions and soul. In order for fruit to grow, you must nurture it. Feed it with the nutrients of My Holy Word. Water it with My rain of the Holy Spirit. Protect it from those who would destroy it by daily putting on your spiritual armor: cover your head with the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of My righteousness, the shield of faith, My sword of the Spirit—the Holy Word of God, the peace of good news wherever you go. Walk in obedience to My Word and listen to what I am telling you. Endure the heat of the summer and the floods of spring with the proper clothing and equipment. Stay rooted and grow in Me. After a time you will produce fruit. Given more time and various trials, your fruit will ripen as you are planted in Me. Then it will then become nourishing, truly sweet food for a hungry world. Nothing artificial about it.

15. “Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory (Psalm 98:1).

            The bird sings its song whether it is rainy or sunny. The song comes from within; let that be a lesson to you. I have told you before to be of good cheer. There is much to be cheerful about. Your name is written in the lamb’s book of life! Angel rejoice over this truth. You know My Son. He did everything for you and endured all things so that you might have freedom. He paid the penalty for your sins. Do you understand the depth of freedom He secured for you? You can have victory over your circumstances, and over the power of sin and death. That is something to celebrate every day of our life, even when the sun is blocked by clouds. Into everyone’s life, a little rain must fall. Let the rain soften your heart, so that the seed I planted can sprout and produce a song of victory!