Abide, Then, In Perfect Love

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to make our Lord, Jesus Christ the one abiding presence we are conscious of all the time.  This means we need to abide, then, in perfect love; because that’s what Jesus is.  God is love, and Jesus said when we see Him, we’ve seen the Father.

The message tells us that it is God’s eternal life flowing through us that is the miracle working power. Please read the message at twolisteners.org –  it’s a powerful one.  When we have that life eternal flowing through us, we have wholeness within; real life within.  Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  (John 17:3 -NIV)  This spills over into every aspect of our lives, and touches the lives of others.

Fear is the greatest obstacle to remaining in this consciousness of God’s presence.  Why?  I believe it is because we do not know God personally.  We try to be good Christians; but forget that we are Children of God.  He’s our Daddy!  As I’ve read, especially in the Psalms and Prophets, I’ve seen more and more clearly God’s heart for us.  In Jeremiah 4:19 God says: “My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!  Oh, the pain in my chest!  My heart pounds within me; I cannot be silent.  For I have heard the sound of the horn, the alarm of battle.” (BSB)  That battle is the battle against fear and condemnation, against doubt, and detachment.  Nothing can separate us from the love of God; but we can, and do stray-especially when we’ve done something wrong and are afraid.  But  Jesus said, “”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.” (NIV)  

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1John 4:18-NIV)  Being made perfect in love includes knowing our Heavenly Father’s deep, deep, steadfast, and awesome love for us!  The more intimately you know Him as Father-I call Him Daddy-the less fear you will have in your life!   The more, peace, joy, and power you will gain.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 3, 2020, 11:37 a.m.

 

Practicing The Presence Of It

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God is a good God.  He is also eager to share His Goodness, and all good things, with us.  We are bid to taste and trust that goodness, and to hold fast to it, even in times of trouble.

When I read about God sharing His Goodness with us, I think about things like the fruits of the Spirit-because God is Spirit.  I also think about His love for us.  He gave His only begotten Son to save us.  That’s a pretty extravagant gift; don’t you think?

So, in order for me to experience and grow in trust, or faith, and intimacy with God, I must practice the presence of His Goodness.  I must receive it within myself; cultivate it in my life, my home, my relationships, etc.

That means, first, I recognize that I am worth dying for.  I am worthy of the best.  That means I will make good choices for myself, I’ll go the extra mile-(put that vase of flowers on the dinner table, or light that candle, etc.).  I will also be deliberate about creating my spaces, my surroundings, when possible.  Look at the way God created the planet, the Garden of Eden, etc.  The Bible says God devises ways to restore us to Himself.  That’s a clue on how we ought to view our relationships with one another.  We’re also told that God blesses us richly, and adds no sorrow to it.  (Proverbs 10:22)  -“The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”  I like the Berean Study Bible version; it says the blessing of the LORD “enriches…”

When we seek to enrich our daily living experiences, even something like just a meal, we can turn it into a feast for the soul.  God seeks those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  It stands to reason then, that God would love to enrich our soul, our spirit.  When we seek to do the same to others, life takes on a much more beautiful hue.  As we practice the goodness of God within, and bring it out around us, trust that God’s Goodness is always present becomes solidified.  Before you know it, nothing can shake it.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 19, 2019, 2:59 p.m.