LOVE SERIES #5: ILLUSTRATED LOVE

ILLUSTRATED LOVE

“Wherefore the Lord said, forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.” (Isaiah 2913).

Call me naïve or even foolish if you will, but I will confess with my mouth and my heart that I truly love the Lord! I believe in God’s divine Word; and I pray in the name of Jesus, and I try to always call upon the assistance of the Holy Spirit for guidance.  I gave my heart and my life to Christ. I put all my trust in the Lord.  I am consumed by the Holy Spirit.  He has moved into my heart and has taken custody of my soul! Most importantly, I really love and welcome God’s presence in my heart! I pray that the Lord will never withdraw himself from me.  According to the Word of God, this is the spiritual mandate all Christians are called to attain in Christ. I believe all who truly trust in the Lord will follow his instructions in love and display his example of Illustrated Love.

“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:13).  Jesus Christ our Lord “Illustrated Love” when he stretched out his arms and died on Calvary!  Christ gave his life that we may live with our Heavenly Father and have everlasting life. How is it then, there is so much division, jealousy, hypocrisy and contention among Christians?  We are called to be the salt of the earth!  “Ye are salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to cast out and to be trodden under foot of men”. (Matthew 15:13).  Have we become good for nothing and just give God lip service and deny him our heart? Where is the Illustrated Love that the Lord requires?  “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

Please indulge me a few more moments… don’t stop reading or block me or unfriend me…hear me out brother and sisters.  Illustrated Love is love in action, it is not lip service.  Sometimes saying “Amen” is not enough.  There has to be an Illustrated Love after the “Amen”.  God wants more than an “Amen!”  An “Amen” without works is good for nothing. “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”  (James 2:18).  God wants us to illustrate to him that we love him by obeying him and doing his will.  Many keep the form of religion, but they withhold the Illustrated Love.  The outward expression of love for God, is denied by neglecting to do what is holy and righteous!  Yes, they gather into the church buildings and say “Amen!” However, they rarely do more than say “Amen!” God wants more than lip service, he wants your heart.  He wants our Illustrated Love!

How many of us are holding someone’s blessings because we don’t want to illustrate love or we are afraid they may have more than us?  God has blessed us so that we can bless others.  But we keep our hands balled up in a knot because we don’t want to release what we have in our possession.  Many are afraid that someone will have a little more than them or receive more recognition or praise! How sad and ungodly is this saints? Someone maybe holding on to an old car that they never drive.  It is someone’s blessing.  What about those clothes you will never lose weight to wear again!! It is not only about our second hand possessions that God wants us to release, but also a job reference, a preaching invitation, or a room for rent.  Illustrated Love is expressed in countless ways, but many will continue to be selfish and give lip service.  God wants us to show up in LOVE, in his name!

Here’s a confession…when I first joined Facebook I wanted to sell my book, “MY JOURNEY TO PATMOS”, which I still believe is a great book. But I was frowned upon and many unfriend me or blocked me because I was asking for Illustrated Love.  I was devastated because I believed that my brothers and sisters would help me spread the Gospel, but only a few people on Facebook ordered my book. There were all the “Amen!” and “God bless you!”, but no Illustrated Love. I needed my Christian family’s support!  Afterward, the Lord spoke to me and asked me to be his Scribe and write for him on Facebook and other media venues.  I accepted his offer, and I now show my Illustrated Love by writing Christian articles and sharing posts to people I do not know because the Lord asked me too!  The reward I receive for illustrating love, is knowing so many are being comforted, encouraged and counseled and healed.  I started out on Facebook with lip service, but I ended up responding the God’s will and exercising Illustrated Love! It is my joy to serve the Lord with my whole heart!

Jesus is God’s Illustrated Love.  Jesus is God’s sermon to the world.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).  Because Jesus Illustrated Love, God said, “This is my son whom I am well pleased!” Because Jesus loves his Father, and his heart is in God, he is now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

It is time for the Church to stop giving lip service and start really loving God in Spirit and in Truth!  Illustrated Love is what the Lord requires. Show God that you love him and show your brothers and sisters that you love them. For God sake, after the lip service show an Illustrated Love! God bless you and keep the peace of God in your heart! Amen.

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

Love Series #4: What’s Love?

WHAT’S LOVE?

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

I know, you are now quoting 1Corinthians 13! No, I’m not going there! We are going to take a different path to understand “What’s Love?”  We want to believe that we have mastered love because we smile all the time and say kind things to people. Let’s not forget that we feed the hungry and give to the poor.  Now we believe we have hit the nail on the head by our standard of what love is, right! Wrong! We have still missed the mark of the love that Christ displayed on Calvary! Godly love requires sacrifice that breaks every rule of our tolerance! The question again is, What’s Love? The answer is found at the cross of Jesus!

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy time seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22).  I suppose after Peter heard Jesus reply, he thought to himself, “How will I track of the offences? How sad that we keep record of people’s sins and their wrong doings.  Do you keep records of who insulted you or did not do what we thought was right?  I think that is a very pain staking process of so called love.  I mean, you wouldn’t waste your time on a stranger to record of their sins against you, would you?  Therefore, it would probably be someone who you care about. For instance, we would care if we were offended by a family member or a longtime friend.  These are the people we judge so harshly.  Let us notice that Peter was asking about a brother! He was not talking about a stranger. “Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold mother and my brethren!  For Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:48-50).

How many of us are not speaking to a family member because they have insulted us or have stolen something from us? Some members have even had the nerve to lie on us!  We have disconnected all communications and resigned that they are not worthy of our forgiveness.  Let’s not forget about the Church family, which is considered by Christ himself, our primary spiritual family.  We attend church each week and do not speak to half the congregation because of something that happened twenty years ago or even last week. We didn’t like the way he or she spoke to me! I suppose Jesus would turn over in his grave “IF HE WERE THERE!” However, Jesus eyes are upon us ever moment and he reminds us in his word that “While we were yet sinners, he died for us!” In other words Saints, while we insulted and offended God, through his DEATH, he FORGAVE US!

What’s Love? It is FORGIVENESS!  It means that we forgive our offenders and pray for them. Whether it be mother, father, sister or brother, friend or enemy. “But I say unto you, LOVE your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.”  I know this seems impossible, but let’s revisit the Cross of Jesus, who died for our sins, we are GUILTY. Yet he stretched out his arms and died to prove that he loved us and God the Father through our faith forgave us all our sins! What’s Love? FORGIVENESS! I urge you to forgive those who have sinned against you and become a true child or God.  Let your offended know that you have forgiven them, so that you may be free and they may be free! Throw the record book away and breathe, because keeping track of seventy times seven will make us judges and not children of God.

If you need an example of forgiveness, read the four Gospels and review the testimonies of Jesus’ disciples, who were witnesses of his REDEEMING LOVE! Now, let’s start showing true love by forgiving our offenders.  We can start by praying and asking the Lord to forgive us for being hard hearted.  Then we can reach out and say, “I’m sorry for being angry with you, please forgive me.” I promise you a burden will be lifted off of your heart.” Thank God for Jesus and God bless you! Amen.

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

 

REFLECTION: THE BEGINNING OF THE REVELATIONS AND VISIONS

THE BEGINNING OF THE REVELATIONS AND VISIONS

PART 1 OF 5

INTRODUCTION: MY TASK AS A PROPHET

“Do two people start traveling together without arranging to meet?

Do a lion roar in the forest unless he has found a victim?

Does a young lion growl in his den unless he has caught something?

Does a bird get caught in a rap if the trap has not been baited?

Does a trap spring unless something set it off?

Does the war trumpet sound in a city without making the people afraid?

Does disaster strike a city unless the Lord sends it?

THE SOVEREIGN LORD NEVER DOES ANYTHING WITHOUT                                                                REVEALING HIS PLAN TO HIS SERVANTS, THE PROPHETS:

When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid?

WHEN THE SOVEREIGN LORD SPEAKS WHO CAN KEEP FROM PROCLAIMING HIS MESSAGE?”

Amos 3:3-8 (GNB)

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LOVE SERIES #3: PURPLE LOVE

PURPLE LOVE

“And they clothed him with purple and platted a crown of thrones, and put it about his head.” (Mark 15:17).

Majestic is the color purple in the Holy Scriptures.  The radiance of the color purple represents holiness, royalty and high ranking authority.  God himself designed Aaron’s robe with the color purple, which exhibited holiness and symbolized the spectrum of God’s glory.  When the color purple is displayed on a man, it is a representation of his nobility and an emblem of his high spiritual or earthly birth.  Our Lord Jesus was dressed in a purple robe as a mockery of his heavenly kingship.  His spiritual birth and authority were rejected by imposters of love. However, the purple robe of scorn that was placed on Jesus bloody body was truly a robe of Purple Love for all of humanity.

Jesus wore his Purple Love in the highest honor to God the Father.  He suffered all the way to Calvary, with blistering scars on his back a crown made of thorns piercing his head.  This kind of love is like the red crimson, and blue and purple veils that covered the holies of holy.  Purple Love is an unconditional and powerful love that displays majesty beyond any human understanding.  Jesus wore this purple robe in the present of sinners who dared to mock the God of Creation!  Jesus displayed his nobility not with gold or silver or self-praise, but in humility. True love is purple and radiant and undenialably beautiful!

Jesus was unique in wearing his royal Purple Love.  He gave his life, unlike, “A certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, fared sumptuously every day.  And there was a certain beggar name Lazarus, which was laid at his gate full or sores.  And desiring to be fed with crumbs, which fell from the rich’s man’s table.” (Luke 16:19-21).  This rich man did nothing to comfort Lazarus, as long as his belly was full and his household taken care of, Lazarus did not matter to him.  Unlike Jesus, who said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord”. (Luke 4:18-19).  Jesus dressed himself with Purple Love and went to Calvary that we may have the opportunity to be forgiven for our sins and not perish and be condemned to Hell!  He did not ignore our sinful condition.  Jesus saved us through the power of love.  The greatest power on Earth and in Heaven.

Many believe people that if a person puts on a purple robe, that they are noble.  This is not true.  Many wear gold crowns on their heads and are decorated with a purple robe, but their love for God’s people are none existent.  I am not talking only about kings and queens by title, but I am talking about the rich, the self-appointed mega church ministers and the elite in society.  They snatch all they can and ignore the hopeless, helpless and the homeless.  Instead, the rich gather together and make rules and laws to keep their wealth, while the Lazarus’ of the world suffer! But the Word of God states: “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.  And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:22-23).  Those who are rich and spiritual gifted in this life and do not have Purple Love like Jesus, but wears his purple robe for grandeur and not love, will truly meet hell’s torments at the end of their reign.

Thank you Lord Jesus for wearing the purple robe of humility and displaying true and unconditional love, which I call Purple Love. A love that is beautiful, radiant and an emblem of your holiness, royalty and spiritual beauty.  If I may just touch the hem of Jesus garment, I will be made whole by his Purple Love. God bless you and Amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

 

LOVE SERIES #3: PURPLE LOVE

 

PURPLE LOVE

“And they clothed him with purple and platted a crown of thrones, and put it about his head.” (Mark 15:17).

Majestic is the color purple in the Holy Scriptures.  The radiance of the color purple represents holiness, royalty and high ranking authority.  God himself designed Aaron’s robe with the color purple, which exhibited holiness and symbolized the spectrum of God’s glory.  When the color purple is displayed on a man, it is a representation of his nobility and an emblem of his high spiritual or earthly birth.  Our Lord Jesus was dressed in a purple robe as a mockery of his heavenly kingship.  His spiritual birth and authority were rejected by imposters of love. However, the purple robe of scorn that was placed on Jesus bloody body was truly a robe of Purple Love for all of humanity.

Jesus wore his Purple Love in the highest honor to God the Father.  He suffered all the way to Calvary, with blistering scars on his back a crown made of thorns piercing his head.  This kind of love is like the red crimson, and blue and purple veils that covered the holies of holy.  Purple Love is an unconditional and powerful love that displays majesty beyond any human understanding.  Jesus wore this purple robe in the present of sinners who dared to mock the God of Creation!  Jesus displayed his nobility not with gold or silver or self-praise, but in humility. True love is purple and radiant and undenialably beautiful!

Jesus was unique in wearing his royal Purple Love.  He gave his life, unlike, “A certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, fared sumptuously every day.  And there was a certain beggar name Lazarus, which was laid at his gate full or sores.  And desiring to be fed with crumbs, which fell from the rich’s man’s table.” (Luke 16:19-21).  This rich man did nothing to comfort Lazarus, as long as his belly was full and his household taken care of, Lazarus did not matter to him.  Unlike Jesus, who said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord”. (Luke 4:18-19).  Jesus dressed himself with Purple Love and went to Calvary that we may have the opportunity to be forgiven for our sins and not perish and be condemned to Hell!  He did not ignore our sinful condition.  Jesus saved us through the power of love.  The greatest power on Earth and in Heaven.

Many believe people that if a person puts on a purple robe, that they are noble.  This is not true.  Many wear gold crowns on their heads and are decorated with a purple robe, but their love for God’s people are none existent.  I am not talking only about kings and queens by title, but I am talking about the rich, the self-appointed mega church ministers and the elite in society.  They snatch all they can and ignore the hopeless, helpless and the homeless.  Instead, the rich gather together and make rules and laws to keep their wealth, while the Lazarus’ of the world suffer! But the Word of God states: “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.  And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:22-23).  Those who are rich and spiritual gifted in this life and do not have Purple Love like Jesus, but wears his purple robe for grandeur and not love, will truly meet hell’s torments at the end of their reign.

Thank you Lord Jesus for wearing the purple robe of humility and displaying true and unconditional love, which I call Purple Love. A love that is beautiful, radiant and an emblem of your holiness, royalty and spiritual beauty.  If I may just touch the hem of Jesus garment, I will be made whole by his Purple Love. God bless you and Amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

 

LOVE SERIES #2: LOVE IS JUST A BREATH AWAY!

 

 

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7).

Inhale, now exhale! This is the Breath of Life. It a wonderful gift of Love given to humanity from our Creator.  God’s love and grace gives us the ability to breathe in the Breath of Life. We could not sustain life without it, we would die. It is because of the Breathe of Life that the human body is able to exist in the world.  Yet we taken each breath for granted, as if we have earned God’s wonderful gift of life.  No! It is because of God’s grace that we breathe every breath!  Look around, and witness how many are wasting this precious gift with spiritual obscenities and fleshly monstrous behavior.  Never coming to the knowledge that each breath, is closer to the last.  It is time for each one of us to pause and listen to our heart beating and know that “Love Is Just a Breath Away!”

There are countless people who are now using oxygen tanks to take their next breath.  When they were healthy and able to breathe and fill their lungs with God’s gift of air, many abused their lungs and nostrils with alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and other destructive chemicals.  Now we see them restricted in movement by a plastic cord, and a noise piece and an oxygen tank that dictates to them.  This is not funny nor is it a matter of “I told you so”.  But it is a matter that requires all of us to stop and recognize that we have a Creator, who has given us the ability to inhale and exhale the air we need to survive; and we should be grateful for every breath we take.  The Lord is just a breath away.  When we hear our heart beating, it is witnessing that Love is the giver of life.  It is by the power of almighty God that determines if we will see another sunrise in this life. So, I would say, stop abusing your tomorrows with elements that are destroying your next breath! Give thanks to the God of Love and Mercy.

What about the righteous who are approaching their last breath, you ask?  There are those who are faithful in Christ and are struggling to take one more breath.  Those who spent their lives serving the Lord.  True, however I am reminded that the Apostle Paul ask the Lord to relieve him of his infirmity.  This is written by the Apostle Paul: “And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9).  There is a peace in knowing that Love Is Just a Breath Away for those who know God, who comforts his people during their transition from earth to heaven.  These righteous Saints are not afraid to take their last breath.  They know that Love is right beside them to receive them into His Kingdom.  There is no fear in Love, only the blessed assurance that Jesus is always present.  Joy is the reaction to those who take each breath with thanksgiving and praise.  The righteous knows that this life will end and eternity begins!  They have always known and prepared their hearts for their final breath.  Sweetly they release their final breath and it returns to the Creator.

Inhale, now exhale! Love Is Just a Breath Away!  Remember that every breath you take is because of God’s love, mercy and grace.  “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth”. (Ps. 121:1-2).  Every day we should give thanks to the Lord and always know that as a child of God, our last breath in this life, is a new beginning in eternity. God bless you! Amen.

Written by Jessica L. Matthews