My deep thought for today:
If we are going to declare that we are to speak life and love instead of hate and condemnation, the same would also apply to those ministries or areas of ministry that may rub us the wrong way. How can we profess to love God and to speak love to and over others if we are busy cursing ministries? What makes us judge and jury over how a ministry is run, or what it does or who gets “in”? Nothing does, actually. God is the supreme leader over every ministry and when we bless ministries, God moves. We cannot expect to curse a ministry and see anything amount to it, nor can we curse it and expect Godly change to occur.
When God gave me the mandate to pray over jars of dirt as a prophetic act for the nation, His one specific directive was to tell the jar how much I love it. Every. Day. Not one curse word is to come out of my mouth over that state’s jar of dirt. And you know what? I love what this is doing in ME. And if speaking love and life over a jar of dirt is making my heart bigger for love and life, then imagine what it will do over the state? Nothing else matters – not the state or national government, not the corruption, not the crime, nothing – because when we begin to declare God’s love with power, passion and purpose, the spirits hindering the work of God begin to shake and tremble for they know their time is up. The real work comes when they push back, but it is a weak push back when the foundation of love has been laid. “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
So, set aside your doctrinal and denominational differences, set aside your personal preferences, set aside those things you repeat out of habit and simply LOVE. Speak LOVE and LIFE over that which disappoints, that which rubs you the wrong way, that which you don’t personally agree with, declare God’s love and life in the Spirit over them. And then watch what God does.
I dare you!
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse (Romans 12:14 NKJV).
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:7-8).
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can[c] he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also (1 John 4: 20-21)