Wednesday, May 14, 2014

First Love's Manifest; Love, Out of Me‏

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One of the reasons I have almost weekly guest posts (along with sermon videos) is my schedule.  I'm writing devotionals and books, besides my blog posts.  Plus, I have some other things I do.  But there's a more important reason.

I'm not the "end all and be all".  If you've ever had a chance to be out in places like our illustration from the Appalachian Mountains, you get the sense of how much more there is than just yourself.  At least I do.  The resulting outlook is important. Although it's the intro to today's guest post, it's important enough to continue after the break.

When I write, blog or preach, I can look at the end result in one of two ways.  I can think "Look at what God has shown me.".  Or I can think "Look at what God has shown me.".  The difference is the emphasis.  And the difference is called humility.

As you may have gathered from the frequency, one of my favorites is Todd Parsons.  Todd is someone who loves God.  He's not a professional in any of the areas that one would use the term "professional" to describe his relationship to Scripture and our Lord.  But there is Bible college because of a great love of God.  The emphasis is on God, not "me".  He does share his morning meditations with a few friends, but it's in the sense of sharing, not publishing.  I asked him to be included in the email group and I had to ask to share  some of his brief studies.  Which is why Todd is going to be a regular part of our spiritual life and this blog.  So, let's see what he has for us, this week.

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But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you, James 4:6-7.

Yesterday morning (Sunday), the subject of worship was expressed in the Havre de Grace, Md. breakfast rap. James 4:6-7, came to mind, that as we humble ourselves to God, giving ourselves wholly to Him; it is God who resists the devil. The nature of the devil is pride and arrogance, humiliation is a tough pill for him to swallow. So he runs, when we pay him no mind and our thoughts are given wholly to the Lord. Looking to the Lord we will find His perfect love that will capture our attention, and the closer I look, the greater definition to the treasure I have found, thus the greater my attention's concentration I give, as a response...

Meditate on these things; give yourself wholly to them, that your profiting may appear to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine.  Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you, 1 Tim 4:15-16

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil, 1 John 3:8b

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, 1 John 4:9-10.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love, 1 John 4:18.

 We love Him because He first loved us, 1 John 4:19.

I love...because He first loved me...

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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