Habakkuk 2

Then the Lord replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Free in Christ

What does it mean to be “free in Christ”? Truly it means our sins are forgiven and we are no longer under condemnation. Amen. And, if we are in Christ, by faith in him, we, thus, have the hope of eternal life with God in glory. But, is there more to this freedom than that?

The Lord Jesus led me to read Galatians 5 (Select vv. ESV).

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. V. 1

We read these words in Romans 6:6-7:

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.

Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are not only set free from the punishment of sin, but we are set free from slavery (bondage, addiction) to sin. We die with Christ to sin so that we might live with Christ to righteousness. The old has gone, the new has come. Now we walk according to the Spirit, and no longer according to the flesh; no more to gratify the sinful cravings (lusts) of our flesh, for if we walk according to the flesh, we will die in our sins.

You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. Vv. 7-10

But, how many of us are actually walking in that freedom? How many of us are really living what we say we believe, that Jesus gave his life up for us to set us free from slavery (addiction) to sin? How many professing Christians, who began well with Christ, have since fallen by the wayside, and have adopted the ways of the world again? And, are not living much differently from those who make no profession of faith in Christ Jesus at all?

What voices are we listening to? From what sources are we getting most of our input? You certainly know the saying, “garbage in, garbage out.” What we allow into our minds every day is what helps to shape our thinking and believing. It is what shapes our morals, attitudes and actions, as well.

Yet, understandably so, some of what has shaped our thinking and beliefs has come from what was put into our minds early on in our lives, over which we had no control. But, even then, now we can ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wrong thinking and believing to us, to show us the lies we have been believing, and to open our minds to what is truth, so that we can put off the lies and put on the truth; so we can put off the wrong thinking, and put on right thinking, which will result in right actions.

But, this is why we should not be unequally yoked (joined) with unbelievers, either in face to face relationships, or via online relationships, or via what we choose to watch (view) and/or listen to on TV, the internet, video games, or via the music we listen to, etc. And, this includes the churches (the organizations) we attend, as well. Not everything going by the name “church” is the body of Christ, the bride of Christ. So, be wise!

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. Vv. 13-15

Many preachers and teachers of the Word these days, at least here in America, are giving the notion that faith in Jesus Christ does not require repentance or obedience to Christ. They are teaching a diluted gospel intended to appeal to human flesh.

Thus, they have, in essence, removed the cross of Christ from the gospel message, because they do not teach that Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. They don’t teach that faith in Jesus Christ means we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, and that we are resurrected with Christ to newness of life, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. And, they don’t teach that if we walk (conduct our lives) in sin (sinful practices), that we will die in our sins.

So, many professing Christians have this notion that they have heaven guaranteed them when they leave this earth, but that they don’t have to change their lifestyles or get rid of their sinful addictions, because, they believe, that is all now covered by God’s grace.

But, God’s grace to us is not free license to continue in sin without guilt and without remorse. His grace, which brings salvation, instructs (commands) us to say “NO!” to ungodliness and worldly (fleshly) passions (lusts) and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we await Christ’s return.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. vv. 16-21

Another lie which is being promulgated throughout the church is that we are all still living in Romans 7, but they forget, or they choose to forget, that Romans 7 is in the context of Romans 6 and Romans 8. Jesus already won this battle for us! He set us free from our addictions to sin via his blood shed on a cross for our sins. We can live in freedom from slavery to sin. Satan no longer has power over us! Jesus Christ made the way of escape! We just have to take it! We just have to put on that armor of God daily!!

Since so many profess faith in Christ, but have never been crucified with Christ in death to sin, that explains why so many professors of faith in Christ are not walking in freedom from slavery to sin, because they were taught they didn’t have to. They were taught they could just acknowledge Christ, accept his forgiveness, claim heaven as their eternal destiny, and go on with their lives. But, we cannot walk in the Spirit if we don’t have the Spirit, and we don’t have the Spirit, if we have not been crucified with Christ and then raised with Christ to walk in his righteousness.

So, first we must come to Christ, humble ourselves before him, repent of our sins, and turn to walk in obedience to him. All this is the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we yield control of our lives over to God and we choose to make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives. Then, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, and he will empower us to walk by his Spirit and to not fulfill the sinful cravings of our flesh. We just have to let go and let God. We just have to yield to the Spirit’s control, and follow our Lord’s leading, and do what he says. Then, we will not fulfill the lusts of our flesh.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Vv. 22-24

When we are walking according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh, the fruit of the Spirit should now be evident in our lives. I am not saying we will instantly be perfect, or that we will never sin again, but that, as we yield control of our lives over to the Spirt, and by the Spirit we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, the fruit of the Spirit should be what shines through in our lives, and more and more as we are daily yielding to HIM.

My Prayer 
An Original Work / May 30, 2011

“Fill me with Your Spirit;
help me to love others;
Let me know Your power;
be an overcomer.
Show me how to follow
Jesus Christ, my Savior;
Be His faithful servant
to obey Him always.

“Lead me with Your presence;
help me know the right way;
Teach me love and kindness,
generous compassion.
Give me grace and courage
to be Jesus’ witness,
Teaching His salvation
to a world who needs Him.”

Won’t you come and follow
Jesus Christ, your Savior?
He died so you’d be
free of control of your sin;
Free to follow His ways
in complete surrender;
Living sacrifices –
let His grace transform you.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:02 a.m. – Thank you, Jesus, for this teaching from your Word. Thank you for the freedom that is ours, in Christ Jesus, our Lord, from the control of sin over our lives, and that we can now walk in victory over darkness, and in the light of your truth. Amen!

All For Good

 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rom. 8:28 NASB

If it had not been for the things I have gone through in my life, I would not be who I am today. God would not be using me in the way that he is in the lives of others, in spreading his gospel message throughout the world, and in comforting and encouraging the abused, the downtrodden, the lonely and the afflicted.

Because of the suffering I have gone through in my life, I have also learned God’s heart. I felt and feel what God feels via me going through the kinds of sufferings that Jesus had to endure, and by suffering, at the hands of my beloved, what God has often endured from his bride, his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Whenever the Lord would have me write on passages of scripture, such as the major and minor prophets, or many of the New Testament books, where God’s people were being addressed concerning their lack of love for God via their disobedience and rebellion, I knew what God felt, because I had experienced the same from my husband. So, that is why I often identified with Hosea.

Sovereignty of God

I know that my God is completely sovereign over all that he has made. I also know that he is fully loving, kind, merciful, compassionate and forgiving. But, for a good portion of my life, although I knew this in my head, I did not really believe it in my heart. For, what I went through in my life, first with my dad, and then with my husband, taught me that God was limited, that he could do nothing about my circumstances, and that Satan still had power over me.

So, following that time of moral failure in my own life, and the revival that my Lord took me through, he taught me several very significant things:

1.   I was believing a lie that God was not completely sovereign over my life, and that Satan still had power over me, and that there was still a question as to who was going to win this battle for my life and my mind.

2.   I still had unforgiveness in my heart, but the only name, at that time, that the Lord gave me was Jesus. Deep down inside me I had held it against Jesus that he did not protect me from it all. So, I had to let go of that hurt, and forgive my Lord, although he had done me no wrong, and I had to accept God’s absolute sovereignty over every aspect of my life.

3.   I had been resisting Satan like an abused child resisting her dad’s advances, with arms crossed over my face, hoping to not get hit, but knowing the hits were going to come anyway, so with a defeatist approach, that did lead me, at times, to give up and to give in.

4.   Satan did NOT have any power over me, for Jesus already won that battle for me at the cross. I just had to live like I believed that, and I had to put on the armor of God daily with which to fight off Satan’s evil attacks against me. I had to use the offensive weapons of the Word of God, and truth, whenever Satan would lie to me and tell me that I was helpless against him.

I can tell you now that believing these things in my heart and acting on them, accordingly, radically altered the direction of my life from that moment on.

This is not to say that I have not battled fear, for I have. This is not to say that I have not ever believed Satan’s lies again. I have, at least for a time, until God opened my eyes to see the truth. And, then I rejected the lies, put on the truth, and moved forward.

I believe so many of us end up living defeated lives because we believe the lies and not the truth, in the depths of our souls, which is evident by what we do. We have to remember here that Satan is an angel of light, a deceiver, and so his lies are not always going to be obvious to us.

Mighty Conquerors

Just because people may treat us badly, abuse us, use us, betray us, cheat on us and lie to us, does not mean we have to succumb to those messages which say we are nothing, we are defeated, we are hopeless or we are helpless. For, if we are children of God, we are not any of those things! We are mighty conquerors through Christ Jesus who loves us, and who gave his life up for us! Amen!

So, we can walk in victory over sin, over Satan and over doubts and fears. Daily we can put on that armor of God with which to fight off Satan’s evil attacks against us, and we can walk in victory, and not in defeat.

If we are truly in Christ Jesus, through faith in him, we have everything we need in Christ to walk by faith and not by sight, to walk in freedom, and not in bondage, to be overcomers, rather than to be overcome by evil. We can resist Satan, flee temptation and draw near to God in full assurance of faith.

We can forgive those who have hurt us, and we can be free of the deep wounds in our hearts brought about by mistreatment, abuse, persecution, etc. And, we can love our enemies with the love of God, and be merciful to them, and be compassionate towards them in helping them to know Jesus Christ and the freedom that is in him from bitterness, unforgiveness, sinful addictions, and fear of what others might do to us, etc.

And, a big part of this healing will come when we accept God’s absolute sovereignty over our lives, and we submit to his will for our lives, and truly believe that he is going to work all things for good (for what is in our best interest) for us who love God, who are following in his footsteps, and who are called according to his purposes. We have to let go and let God if we are going to find true freedom in Christ Jesus and know his perfect peace, and to be able to have joy in our hearts even in the midst of some of the most difficult situations we will ever face.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Free Indeed

Do you ever feel like what you have done is so bad that you could never be forgiven? Are you afraid to tell the truth for fear you will be rejected? Or, out of fear of other consequences? Do you remain in sinful addiction because you have given up hope of ever changing?

The Lord Jesus led me to read John 8 (Select vv. ESV).

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” Vv. 1-11

When you are following the Lord Jesus Christ with your life, and you are teaching the truth, you should expect that there will be people who will oppose you and who will even try to trip you up. And, don’t be surprised if some of those people are within the church, and even from among the church leadership. So, we need to be watchful and be on our guard, and be ready to respond to such opposition in the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. For, He will give us the words to say, if we will listen to him.

The religious leaders within the temple of God were Jesus’ strongest opponents, and they often did things to try to trip Jesus up and to show to others that he was not who he said he was or that he was in error in some way. So, their bringing this woman before Jesus had nothing really to do with following the law and maintaining righteousness. They used that woman to get at Jesus, and Jesus knew that. He had their number.

So, he bent down to write something in the ground with his finger. Many people have speculated as to what he wrote. Not one of us really knows. I have a sense that he wrote something revealing about each one who was accusing this woman, perhaps not by name, but by sin, and in a way that they recognized that he was talking about them.

This makes sense to me, because next he said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” So, I think there was something Jesus wrote in the ground that convinced them that they were not without sin, because these Pharisees were very self-righteous, and I don’t believe Jesus’ verbal statement would have been enough to convince them to throw down their stones and leave. I believe, therefore, that what he wrote was incriminating to them, and they knew it.

Sometimes we have to be humbled, and we have to be faced with the reality of our own sins, before we put down our stones we want to throw at others because we believe they are such horrible sinners while we are not. But, the Bible says there is none righteous, no not one, not of ourselves, anyway. And, it says that all have sinned and have come up short of the glory of God. It also says that it is only by God’s grace that any of us are saved, and that this is not of ourselves, lest any of us should boast, but it is a gift of God.

I don’t have to look very far into my past to see some of the horrible things I did. And, when I think about the grace of God, and his patience with me while I wandered from my pure devotion to him, for a time, how can I not show that same grace and love to others that he showed me?

Now, grace is not an excuse for sin, nor does it ignore the sin and pretend it doesn’t exist. Jesus didn’t stop with, “neither do I condemn you.” He said, “Go and sin no more.” His forgiveness of our sins is not freedom to continue in sin. His forgiveness is so we will “go and sin no more.” This is why he died, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness,” not that we would remain in our sinful addictions, still in bondage, and still under the control of Satan. His message of grace is one of freedom from slavery to sin, not just freedom from the punishment of sin.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” V. 12

If you want to be a Jesus follower, you can no longer walk (in lifestyle) in sin. You cannot be one who makes a practice of sin. In fact, the Bible teaches that if we say we have fellowship with God, but we walk (conduct our lives) in darkness (in sin), that we are liars. It says, too, that if we walk according to the flesh, that we will die in our sins, but if, by the Spirit, we are putting to death the deeds of the flesh, then we will live. And, it says that if we make sin our practice, that we don’t have the hope of eternal life with God, but a fearful expectation of judgment. We need to take this seriously!

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Vv. 31-32

What does it mean to abide? It means to stay, to remain, and to endure. It also means to stand, to take, and to accept without objection. We have to be in the Word daily, drinking it into our minds and hearts, listening to our Savior speak, and then we must follow in obedience to what it says.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God (is God-breathed) and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person of God might be complete, fully equipped for good works (See: 2 Tim. 3:16-17). But, not all scripture is applicable, in its strictest sense, to the church today, so we must always read the OT in light of NT teachings and our new covenant relationship with God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I note this, because I want to point out that we, as believers in Jesus, are not under all the Old Testament laws, like stoning people for committing adultery, but we are under the law of grace. But, grace is not soft on sin. God’s grace instructs us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly (fleshly) passions (lusts), and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we await Christ’s return (Tit. 2:11-14).

So, how does the truth set us free? We have to be in the Word, learning what it teaches us, and then we have to obey the truth and tell the truth and it will set us free, because obedience is what frees us from our bondage. Thus, we no longer walk in darkness, but we now walk in the Light.

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Vv. 34-36

If you are still holding on to sinful practices, you are not walking in freedom. If these sinful practices are what you live by, then you are still a slave to sin. And, if you are a slave to sin, then you are not alive in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

BUT, if Jesus has set you free, meaning you have died with him to sin, and you are living with him to righteousness, not necessarily in sinless perfection, but sin is no longer your master, and Jesus is truly your Lord, then you are free indeed, but not just from the punishment of sin, but from the control of sin.

Again, Jesus didn’t just tell the woman that he did not condemn her, but he told her to go and sin no more. That is true freedom! Not just forgiveness, but deliverance from our sinful addictions. Then, we are free indeed!

My Prayer  
An Original Work / May 30, 2011

“Fill me with Your Spirit;
help me to love others;
Let me know Your power;
be an overcomer.
Show me how to follow
Jesus Christ, my Savior;
Be His faithful servant
to obey Him always.

“Lead me with Your presence;
help me know the right way;
Teach me love and kindness,
generous compassion.
Give me grace and courage
to be Jesus’ witness,
Teaching His salvation
to a world who needs Him.”

Won’t you come and follow
Jesus Christ, your Savior?
He died so you’d be
free of control of your sin;
Free to follow His ways
in complete surrender;
Living sacrifices –
let His grace transform you.



Monday, January 15, 2018, 2:22 a.m. – Thank you, Jesus, for the freedom that is ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord, because you have set us free!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

I'm Writing a Book

The Lord Jesus recently impressed it upon my heart to write a book and to place it here on the internet. “I Married My Dad” is a book being written by Sue J Love, from the perspective of a wife of a recovering sex (lust) addict. It is being written for the purpose to be an encouragement to others, like me and my husband, who have gone through this battle, or who are presently going through this battle of sex (lust) addiction and the affects that it has had or is presently having on individual lives, and on many marriages.

The book is in process, so each new post will be a new chapter, following my husband’s forward, which he is presently writing for this book.

It is my prayer that God will use our story to give hope and healing to the many men and women who are presently suffering the wounds of sexual addiction, either as those who are the sexually addicted, or as those who are married to those who are sexually addicted. There is hope and healing through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, for he died on a cross many years ago, and he was resurrected from the dead, too, in order that you and I might die to our sins and live to his righteousness. By his stripes (his wounds) you can be healed! (1 Pet. 2:24)

You can read the book here:



If, for some reason, you are not able to access this website, and you would like to read the book, please email me at cfservant@gmail.com. Thanks! Sue

Love and Acknowledge

What does it mean to acknowledge someone? Can this be merely intellectual or emotional recognition? Can this be merely verbal confession? Does any of that count as true (complete) acknowledgment?

What does it mean to love people as Christ loved us - with God-like love? Can we love people and not feel love for them? Or, can we have feelings of love for them and not truly love them? And, can we truly love God and yet treat people with hate (as defined by God, not culture)?

The Lord Jesus led me to read 1 John 4 (Select vv. NIV).

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. Vv. 1-3

What is a spirit? It could be a demon or an angel, the devil or the Holy Spirit, or some type of mystical force or influence present in the universe. It could also be the soul, essence, inner self, heart and life of a human being. Or, it could be someone’s disposition, temperament, attitude, nature, character and/or personality. It can, as well, be someone’s fortitude, guts, determination and/or their moral fiber.

So, we are to test these spirits, all inclusive of what is mentioned above, to see whether or not they are of God or of the antichrist. So, what is the measurement for this test? It is whether or not they acknowledge Jesus Christ, who he was and is, and what he did for us in dying on a cross for our sins, and in being resurrected from the dead victorious over hell, sin, death and Satan.

Well, to acknowledge means to admit, recognize, allow, accept, confess, answer, respond, or rejoin. The opposite of this is to ignore, i.e. to snub, disregard, discount, pay no attention to or to dispense with. I believe that says a lot! What it says is this is NOT a mere intellectual assent nor is it a mere formal declaration or a public confession that someone exists or even of who they are and of what they have done.

What this is saying, I believe, in its fullest extent, is that we should test not only people’s words, which could be “just words,” but we should test their character, attitudes, actions, behaviors, their morality, temperament, and lifestyles, to see whether or not, in these areas, they allow for, receive (agree, consent, say yes to), answer to, join with and follow Jesus Christ, or if they deny, reject, disregard and dispense with him and his Words and the truth of why he gave his life up for us, which was to free us from our chains.

And, first and foremost, we should be testing these things within ourselves.

Outward, verbal confessions of Christ do not necessarily equate true heart and life transformations, in other words. Not saying we will all be perfect, as you know, or that we will never sin again, but that our overall attitudes, behaviors, words, and actions give more testimony as to whether or not we truly are following Christ or if we are following what is antichrist.

This is why scripture stresses so much that we must be walking according to the Spirit (God’s spirit) and not according to the flesh, if we want to have eternal life with God. We must, by the Spirit, be putting sin to death. We must be walking (in lifestyle) in the Light, and no longer in darkness, for if we profess to be in fellowship with God but we are still walking in darkness, then we are liars (1 Jn. 1:5-9; cf. Rom. 8:1-17; Lu. 9:23-25; Gal. 5:19-21).

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. Vv. 4-6

So, if we are in God, by faith in Jesus Christ, we have overcome the spirit of the antichrist, i.e. that which is opposed to God and his Word and his character, will, purposes, morality, truthfulness, righteousness, and holiness, etc. Thus, we are now accepting of what is of God in the way of truth, holiness, righteousness, justice and mercy into our moral fibers, characters, personalities, temperaments, attitudes and behaviors, etc.

The reality of what Christ did for us in dying for our sins, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, should now be reflected in these areas in our lives, not in absolute perfection, for we are all in the process of sanctification, as followers of Christ. But, they should be reflected in our lives in an obvious heart transformation away from resisting, refusing, ignoring and dispensing with Christ and his witness to our hearts, to an apparent desire for the Lord which is evidenced by our receiving, obeying, saying yes to, and our cooperating with his work of grace in our lives.

If we, who are now in Christ by faith, who are overcomers through Christ who loves us, are now living the truth, walking the truth, and speaking the truth, in love, then those who are of God and who are also acknowledging him by their attitudes, heart, behaviors, and morality, etc. should listen to what we have to say. There should be an immediate recognition in their spirits that what is being said is of God and that what is being said is truth.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. Vv. 7-12

The way we are to love one another is with God-like (agape) love, which centers in preferring what God prefers, and is divinely persuaded as to God’s will, morality, righteousness and holiness. This kind of love will do no harm to another, not on purpose, anyway. This kind of love is looking out for what is in the best interest of others, i.e. what is God’s perfect will for them. So, this love will not lie to, cheat on, steal from, gossip about, or take advantage of others. It will, instead, speak the truth in love to them, show them the way to true peace, joy and fulfillment, and encourage faithfulness, holiness and godliness, even if the one loving is treated despitefully, in return.

In other words, love is not a feeling or an emotion, at least not in this context. So, it is possible to “feel” love and yet not love because we are not acting in love towards others. It is also possible to not “feel” love because of how someone has treated us, and so we don’t have fuzzy feelings about them, but we love them by showing love despite how they have treated us.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. Vv. 19-21

Hate is the opposite of love. Love is giving. Hate is taking. Love is kind. Hate is unkind (defined by God, not by culture). Love is self-sacrificing. Hate is self-centered, thinking only of self, and despite who gets hurt in the process. Love considers the other’s needs and heart, whereas hate considers only the wants of self, without regard for other’s needs or their hearts. Love does no harm to another, whereas hate has no difficulty sinning against others, stomping on their hearts, and doing what is evil against them. Love is willing to be hated for doing good, whereas hate thinks only of self and complains or lashes out if confronted with sin.

Basically, God is love, the devil is hate, and love and hate are opposites. So, if we are acting in opposition to love, then we are acting with hate, most likely. So, we need to examine our hearts, our attitudes, our behaviors and our characters, and we need to ask ourselves, before God, if our lives reflect the love of God or hate for God and other humans, and if they reflect true acceptance of Christ and his Word, or if they reveal that we are ignoring God, disregarding his truths, and thus dispensing with him and them.

My Prayer  
An Original Work / May 30, 2011

“Fill me with Your Spirit;
help me to love others;
Let me know Your power;
be an overcomer.
Show me how to follow
Jesus Christ, my Savior;
Be His faithful servant
to obey Him always.

“Lead me with Your presence;
help me know the right way;
Teach me love and kindness,
generous compassion.
Give me grace and courage
to be Jesus’ witness,
Teaching His salvation
to a world who needs Him.”

Won’t you come and follow
Jesus Christ, your Savior?
He died so you’d be
free of control of your sin;
Free to follow His ways
in complete surrender;
Living sacrifices –
let His grace transform you.



Sunday, January 14, 2018, 9:58 a.m. – Thank you, Jesus, for this teaching from your word. I pray we will all test our own spirits to see if they reflect Christ and his Word or if they reflect our flesh, i.e. what is antichrist.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Journal Entry 1/13/18

Journal Entry 1/13/18, 2:10 p.m.

Five days ago my husband professed to me that he had trusted Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life, and that he had given his life over to the Lord.

The following day I was battling fear in my mind and heart. What if this is not the real thing this time? What if this is another false confession? What if I just placed my heart out there once more to be stomped on? Satan was attacking me fiercely. I was battling doubts and fears, and for good reason, mind you. For, I had been down this road before many times. He had made many false confessions before, coupled with insincere tears. So, how could I be sure this one was real?

The thing of it is, I can’t! I am hopeful. I am supportive. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt, but there are no guarantees, which is why I stated in my previous journal entry that I couldn’t be 100% certain, and that I realized that my trust had to be in the Lord, not in man, for man may fail me, but God will never fail me.

So, as I battled these fears, and I was praying them through, the Lord Jesus brought this song to mind:

When I Am Afraid / An Original Work
October 17, 2016 / Based off Psalms 56-57

When I am afraid, Lord, I will trust in You.
Your Word, Lord, I praise. I yield my life to You.
Enemies pursue me, slandering Your Name.
Lord, have mercy. I trust in You. Hear my cry today.

Lord, I love Your Word. It comforts me today,
As I look to you, and bow my head and pray.
You are Christ, my Lord. You saved me from my sin,
That I may walk, Lord before You, purified within.

Steadfast is my heart, O God, I sing of You.
I will praise You, Lord. To You, I will be true.
Oh, how great Your love. Your faithfulness endue.
Be exalted, God of heaven. Glory be to You.


That song kept playing through my mind throughout the day as I kept yielding to the Lord, giving my fears over to him, trusting him with my life, with my marriage and with my husband, and letting the Lord fill me with his peace. And, the peace did come, too, and it has remained steadfast.

The next few days we were both sick with some kind of bug, maybe a type of flu. I was barely functional. I would get up and write and then go back to bed and sleep. My head was in a fog and I just felt really awful all over. So, I prayed that through, as well, and trusted the Lord to help me to write what he wanted me to say, even though I didn’t feel I had much of a functioning brain at all. God is amazing though! Sometimes when I feel the worst he is able to do marvelous things through me, so that he definitely gets all the glory.

I started feeling somewhat better yesterday, and I am still improving today, but I am not fully functional yet, but I am walking by faith and not by sight.

Rick and I have been talking, and so far, so good. There are no obvious signs of a relapse, but there are also not outstanding signs of a genuine conversion at this point yet, at least not to me. I know that my husband has been under the power of Satan the whole time I have known him, and even before that. His lifestyle, throughout his life, is evidence of a life given over to Satan, and to the flesh, and to the rule of sin over his life. So, to me, if he now has given his life to Christ, and has made him Lord of his life, I expected a more dramatic change from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God than what I am seeing presently.

I had a devotion the Lord gave me to write earlier this morning. It was taken from 2 Peter 2. The description of these false teachers in this passage is nearly identical to the man I have known as my husband these past 45 years. There is a passage in Jude, too, that is very similar to this one. The Lord many times over the past 11 years, at least, has shown me my husband in the light of these two passages of scripture. And, from what I am reading of the lives of other women in similar circumstances as me, it describes many of their husbands, as well. And, it is not a pretty picture, especially since we are talking about men, most of whom profess to be Christians, and some of whom are pastors or in full-time Christian ministry.

Between 2011 and 2016 the Lord Jesus gave me 173 songs to write. Many of these songs I knew were messages to my husband. God often spoke to my husband through these songs, and he often realized they were for him, but most often they made him angry, because he knew they were speaking to him. One of those songs, the Lord has put in my mind again this morning. And, this is where many of us are right now, in this battle for truth, only the battle is for the lives of our husbands, that they would tell the truth, for the truth will set them free.

The Battle for Truth / An Original Work  
May 18, 2013 / Based off Malachi 1-4

Truth is marching, truth is marching.

I love you. Honor me.
Tell the truth. You’ll be free.
Sing My praise all your days.
I will give all you need.

Truth is marching, truth is marching.

Turn from sin; cleansed within.
Stand in awe of My Name.
Teach what’s true. Walk in peace.
Follow Christ, in His ways.

Truth is marching, truth is marching.

Show to God faithfulness.
Do not be adult’rous.
Do not shed shallow tears.
Do not be insincere.

Truth is marching, truth is marching.

I have sent messengers,
Who have giv’n my address.
They call for repentance,
And they warn of judgment.

Truth is marching, truth is marching.

I, the Lord, do not change,
So return – blessings gain:
Healing comes; joyfulness;
Freedom from your distress.



So, this is where we are, taking this one day at a time. I am trusting the Lord, he has given me his peace, he has taken my pain and suffering, and I am resting in him. I can’t be sure that my husband has truly turned that corner, but I can’t be sure he hasn’t. So, I walk by faith and not by sight, one moment at a time, putting my complete faith and trust in the Lord, and not in man, not assuming anything, but just waiting on the Lord to do in both of our lives what needs to be done for us to be who he wants us to be.

They Heap Abuse

The Lord Jesus led me to read 2 Peter 2 (Select vv. ESV).

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. Vv. 1-3

There are multiple destructive heresies making their way around in Christian circles, but there is one primary one which is leading many people astray and to a false hope of salvation and eternal life with God, based on a lie. It focuses on the fact that, in Jesus’ death, he took our place and our punishment that we might be set free from condemnation, forgiven our sin, and have the promise of heaven when we die. So far so good, right?

Yet, the lie is that they say that all we have to do to have heaven guaranteed us as our eternal destiny is to acknowledge the existence of Jesus Christ and/or his sacrificial death for our sins on a cross, and then all we have to do is just accept his grace or his forgiveness of our sins. Yet, they completely leave out the need for repentance, submission, and obedience to Christ and his Word. And, they completely leave out death to sin and living to righteousness, which was the reason Jesus died for us on that cross, that we might be free from the control of sin and live for Christ (Ac. 26:16-18; Rom. 6:1-23; Rom. 8:1-17; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Pet. 2:24).

Since this gospel does not require repentance or obedience to Christ, it gives free license for lasciviousness, and then it even tells its adherents that God is pleased with them no matter what they do, and that he smiles on them even when they are steeped in sinful practices, self-deceived, and living to please their flesh, while ignoring the Spirit of God.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord. But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. Vv. 10b-12

These teachers of what is false also heap abuse on those who are living godly lives and who are teaching the true gospel message. They will either try to convert them to their way of thinking, and will try to get them to compromise their faith and to accept a diluted gospel message, or they will attack them, and accuse them falsely of teaching works-based salvation or of being legalistic or of being self-righteous or hypocritical, etc.

The reason they abuse those who are living righteously and who are teaching what is right is because the godly lifestyles of the righteous expose the lies of the unrighteous, and they expose the sinful behaviors of these false teachers, and that serves as a threat to the chosen sinful (addictive) lifestyles of these false teachers, and so they attack back, to try to frighten the follower of Christ to submit to them and not to Christ.

They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. Vv. 13-16

These false teachers are enslaved to all sorts of evil practices, and they will stomp on anyone who serves as a threat to their sinful lifestyles. Because God has not yet called them to account for their wicked behaviors, they feel empowered to continue in them, and they will even do them out in the open, convinced that they will not be caught. They have no fear of God and no conscience about wrongdoing or fear of consequences or punishment.

They have no conscience about lying, cheating, stealing, gossiping, slandering others, committing adultery, leading others into sin, and leading others away from pure devotion to Christ to follow after lies, etc. They will join in your fellowships, talk like they are genuine believers, pray with you, etc. while they are still holding on to addictive behaviors and living for self, and they have no conscience about that whatsoever.

They are conniving, manipulative, often charming, winsome people who easily persuade the naïve to follow their lies. They may even make a show of following the right way, while they live just the opposite. And, if you serve as a messenger of God in confronting the lies and exposing them and proclaiming the truth, they may, like Balaam, beat you verbally or in other ways in hopes that you will cease in opposing their destructive behaviors.

These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” Vv. 17-22

These false teachers would lead you astray to believe that you can have eternal life with God and be forgiven your sins absent of godly repentance and obedience and submission to Christ and his Word. But, what they mouth are empty words which appeal to the lustful desires of the flesh. The gospel of our salvation has been diluted by these liars and deceivers for the very purpose to appeal to human flesh, and to “make nice” with the world.

They do promise them freedom in Christ based on a lie. They promise them that God will forgive their sins, and that they have the hope of eternity with God in heaven and that nothing can ever take that away from them. But, those are false promises, because they are not based in the truth. The truth says we must die with Christ to sin and live to him and to his righteousness, and that we must walk (in lifestyle) according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh, if we want to have eternal life with God.

There is a warning here to anyone who has made a profession of Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives, but not just a profession, but who genuinely trusted in Christ as Savior and Lord. If we listen to these lies, and we think now that we can be saved and have eternal life with God and yet walk in sinful lifestyles, and that God is going to just sit by and do nothing about it, then we are wrong.

The Bible speaks of judgment beginning with the house of God. We also read in Revelation 2-3 of how Jesus warned 5 out of 7 churches of failure to repent of their sins, that it would result in judgment which would come upon them in some form or another. So, we need to take this warning seriously.

Yet, we should not fear these liars and deceivers who would come against us and who would abuse us because we expose their lies and because we teach what is truth. For, they can destroy our reputations with their lies, and they can say all manner of evil to us or about us, and they can kill our bodies, but they can’t kill our souls. So, we should not fear them or what they might do to us, but we must remain faithful to God in doing what he says and in saying what he gives us to say, even if they do heap abuse on us in return.

When I Am Afraid / An Original Work
October 17, 2016 / Based off Psalms 56-57

When I am afraid, Lord, I will trust in You.
Your Word, Lord, I praise. I yield my life to You.
Enemies pursue me, slandering Your Name.
Lord, have mercy. I trust in You. Hear my cry today.

Lord, I love Your Word. It comforts me today,
As I look to you, and bow my head and pray.
You are Christ, my Lord. You saved me from my sin,
That I may walk, Lord before You, purified within.

Steadfast is my heart, O God, I sing of You.
I will praise You, Lord. To You, I will be true.
Oh, how great Your love. Your faithfulness endue.
Be exalted, God of heaven. Glory be to You.



Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:22 a.m. – Thank you, Jesus, for this teaching from your word. May we take it to heart, and apply its truths to our lives.