ABOUND IN LOVE
July 20, 2016 (Wednesday)
[Updated July 26, 2016]
“12And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13But he endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24: 12-13 NKJV
This morning I was doing the inventory and while doing inventory I was also scanning parts of those books that I liked the title and/or author.(#Library things) The books I was able to scan was all about the end times, stories of prophecies and prophetic preaching on the end times. So that was when the pattern started.
And then in the afternoon, my internet connection was restored/ fixed after 2 days of no internet connection.(The wires for the internet was struck by lightning last Saturday.) When I opened YouTube the first video I saw was that of an end-time video collection. This was the second time for that day that I was faced with things about the end times.
The video was HARSH with all the bad things the enemy has done and is continually doing in the world. And another video was about a research institute that found/created an entry point at another dimension. I was not able to finish it but when I saw the next video I concluded that it was an opening to another dimension we do not know of. I don’t want to conclude but it might be a man-made gateway to something really bad.
After watching that I was very troubled and I felt my spirit was in an uproar.
While at the jeep (Philippines public transport), I still felt uneasy and I really wanted to read my Bible to encourage myself. We have a Midweek Service at church and I was assigned as a back-up worshiper. So “This can’t be happening!”.
At this moment God made me realize that my heart was not prepared to watch those videos (and I forgot to pray over it before watching, SORRY LORD!) so it made my heart really troubled.
When I arrived at church, I read my Bible on verses to encourage me and calm me. I read Psalm 23, Psalm 30 and other Bible verses about joy (since our worship songs were about joy). And that was not enough, I still felt uneasy although it calmed me down a little. So I went on the balcony and spoke in tongues because I believe that he who speaks in a tongue edifies himself (1 Corinthians 14: 4a New American Standard Bible) . So I declared on myself, I prayed for joy, for preparation, for peace, for calm spirit.
I needed to do that because I was going to minister in songs and I knew my heart has to be sanctified and prepared for worship OR ELSE I will not be a blessing to the Praise and Worship team but a burden. I did not want to be burden.
I continued reading the Bible and speaking in tongues while waiting for the service to start. So when the praise and worship started I was about ready. And I believe I was a partaker of that great move of God especially because I prepared more thoroughly because of what I felt a while back.
[NOTE for MYSELF:Now another challenge I have been struggling with is HUMILITY. Because I knew I was a partaker, I knew I was part and somehow the move of God was partly a response to my intercession. That was where humility comes in. I knew what I did, I knew what God was doing at that time and I also knew despite my efforts I CANNOT TAKE THE GLORY OF GOD FOR MYSELF. I had to give it all to God. (Ezekiel 36:22, Psalm 115:1) And that was my struggle. Because every time I remember that I was a partaker, my pride wants to step in and take the glory for myself. And so I had to constantly remind myself that it was NOT ME BUT GOD. I had to bring my focus out of my self-recognition and bring back my focus to God who I was singing praises to. And I know God will continually help me in this aspect of my life.]
After the worship, the opening verses were read and it was taken from Matthew 24: 4-13. And when I turned my Bible into it, the heading was “The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age”. WOW! I said to myself, I thought I was done with these things, I thought that was the end and that God was done with that topic for me for the day. But NO, GOD HAD MORE.
And God turned it around. Instead of that sharp and serious topic of the End of Age, it was a topic on LOVE. So all of that unsteadiness was after all a preparation for this word I was about to receive.
Matthew 24:12 speaks of the LOVE that would grow cold in these last days.
For me, after all the end-time signs I watched where LGBT mock Christians, where they cheer and clap and laugh at Christian antics and teachings like it was nothing. I felt disheartened and so discouraged with these people.But after listening to the preaching, or more timely, while on the process of making this devotion God reminded me of LOVE. God reminded me that these people may not love me, may not deserve love in my perspective, and may not love God but because God loves them despite their actions I also have to show love as He did no matter what. (John 13:15) And I cannot say that I know and am striving to know more of God if I do not show love because God Himself is love. (1 John 4:8)
So God said LOVE. Love especially those who do not deserve love. These people who blaspheme the Lord in their words and actions are still worthy of love. That I believe is what God wanted me to realize.
And Matthew 5: 43-44 says,
43” You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I (Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. NKJV