Good morning! I pray you are all doing well.
Word of Advice: Whenever you find yourself pouring out to people, make sure you take time to have the Lord fill your cup. It’s important to find time and rest in God while He restores to you all that you give to others! AMEN!
TFTD: Love God More
Luke 10:27 (NKJV)
I know some of you may be reading the title and thinking, “I DO LOVE GOD MORE!” Well, I don’t doubt that you love God; however, I believe we could all love God more.
I believe there is a rising epidemic of believers who are failing to give all they can give to the kingdom of God. I believe that the kingdom is suffering because believers aren’t giving God the love He desires, and as a result, ministry is suffering. You see, Christians love God, but they love themselves more. And I’m not talking about the sacrificial love that God gives to us; I’m talking about that lustful, selfish ambition fulfilling, flesh feeding love. I’m referring to that overwhelming hunger to feed and please the flesh by any means necessary.
Maybe I’m not talking to you, but you know that Christian who attends church every Sunday, quotes every scripture, attends every bible study, but never experiences spiritual growth? Or maybe I am talking to you and you are the one who is comfortable in your inactivity in church or even your misplacement in ministry because “at least” you are doing something. I believe some Christians are stuck in a stagnant state due to their excessive love for themselves.
Allow me a moment to break it down. God has called you to serve in a ministry that is lined up with His will and purpose for your life, but it means you will lose the title that you currently have in the ministry you “lead”. You love your flesh so much that you are willing to remain misplaced all so you can feed your flesh. God requires you to walk away from living a promiscuous lifestyle, turn away from alcohol, give up cursing, stop stealing, and the list goes on, but you love your flesh so much that you refuse to give it up. Or perhaps, God has been tugging on your heart-strings to forgive those who have misused and abused you in order for Him to carry you to the next level, but you love the way you feel when you are angry and you won’t forgive. You love yourself so much that you are willing to be disconnected from God. I could go on and on with examples of how believers choose to love themselves more. The word tells us that we won’t gain anything if we seek after the world (Mark 8:36).
Children of God, I encourage you to love God more than you love yourself. The word tells us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind. If you aren’t where you want to be in Christ, I urge you to examine your love relationship with the Lord. Are there areas in your life that you need to give up in order to grow closer to God? Will you choose to love God more? Actions speak louder than words and it’s time to give up somethings, attitudes and beliefs. It’s time to fall in love with Christ and out of love with your flesh.
I pray you have a blessed day! I’m on a mission to love God more!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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