Deliverance From Spiritual Captivity, Sin And Bondage – Spiritual Reading

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Deliverance From Spiritual Captivity, Sin And Bondage – Spiritual Reading.



In this place I would say a plain word or two to those who understand the method of justification by faith which is in Christ Jesus, but whose trouble is that they cannot cease from sin. We can never be happy, restful, or spiritually healthy till we become holy. We must be rid of sin; but how is the riddance to be wrought? This is the life-or-death question of many.


The old nature is very strong, and they have tried to curb and tame it; but it will not be subdued, and they find themselves, though anxious to be better, if anything growing worse than before. The heart is so hard, the will is so obstinate, the passions are so furious, the thoughts are so volatile, the imagination is so ungovernable, the desires are so wild, that the man feels that he has a den of wild beasts within him, which will eat him up sooner than be ruled by him.


We may say of our fallen nature what the Lord said to Job concerning Leviathan: “Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?” A man might as well hope to hold the north wind in the hollow of his hand as expect to control by his own strength those boisterous powers which dwell within his fallen nature. This is a greater feat than any of the fabled labors of Hercules: God is wanted here.



“I could believe that Jesus would forgive sin,” says one, “but then my trouble is that I sin again, and that I feel such awful tendencies to evil within me. As surely as a stone, if it be flung up into the air, soon comes down again to the ground, so do I, though I am sent up to heaven by earnest preaching, return again to my insensible state. Alas ! I am easily fascinated with the basilisk eyes of sin, and am thus held as under a spell, so that I cannot escape from my own folly.”


Dear friend, salvation would be a sadly incomplete affair if it did not deal with this part of our ruined estate. We want to be purified as well as pardoned. Justification without sanctification would not be salvation at all. It would call the leper clean, and leave him to die of his disease; if would forgive the rebellion and allow the rebel to remain an enemy to his king.


It would remove the consequences but overlook the cause, and this would leave an endless and hopeless task before us. It would stop the stream for a time, but leave an open fountain of defilement, which would sooner or later break forth with increased power. Remember that the Lord Jesus came to take away sin in three ways; He came to remove the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and, at last, the presence of sin.


At once you may reach to the second part-the power of sin may immediately be broken; and so you will be on the road to the third, namely, the removal of the presence of sin. “We know that he was manifested to take away our sins.” The angel said of our Lord, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.” Our Lord Jesus came to destroy in us the works of the devil.


That which was said at our Lord’s birth was also declared in His death; for when the soldier pierced His side forthwith came there out blood and water, to set forth the double cure by which we are delivered from the guilt and the defilement of sin. If, however, you are troubled about the power of sin, and about the tendencies of your nature, as you well may be, here is a promise for you.



Have faith in it, for it stands in that covenant of grace which is ordered in all things and sure. God, who cannot lie, has said in Ezekiel 36:26:
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
You see, it is all “I will,” and “I will.” “I will give,” and “I will take away.” This is the royal style of the King of kings, who is able to accomplish all His will. No word of His shall ever fall to the ground.




The Lord knows right well that you cannot change your own heart, and cannot cleanse your own nature; but He also knows that He can do both. He can cause the Ethiopian to change his skin, and the leopard his spots. Hear this, and be astonished: He can create you a second time; He can cause you to be born again.


This is a miracle of grace, but the Holy Ghost will perform it. It would be a very wonderful thing if one could stand at the foot of the Niagara Falls, and could speak a word which should make the river Niagara begin to run up stream, and leap up that great precipice over which it now rolls in stupendous force. Nothing but the power of God could achieve that marvel; but that would be more than a fit parallel to what would take place if the course of your nature were altogether reversed.


All things are possible with God. He can reverse the direction of your desires and the current of your life, and instead of going downward from God, He can make your whole being tend upward toward God. That is, in fact, what the Lord has promised to do for all who are in the covenant; and we know from Scripture that all believers are in the covenant. Let me read the words again:
A new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give an heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19).


What a wonderful promise! And it is yea and amen in Christ Jesus to the glory of God by us. Let us lay hold of it; accept it as true, and appropriate it to ourselves. Then shall it be fulfilled in us, and we shall have, in after days and years, to sing of that wondrous change which the sovereign grace of God has wrought in us.



It is well worthy of consideration that when the Lord takes away the stony heart, that deed is done; and when that is once done, no known power can ever take away that new heart which He gives, and that right spirit which He puts within us. “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance “; that is, without repentance on His part; He does not take away what He once has given. Let Him renew you and you will be renewed.


Man’s reformations and cleanings up soon come to an end, for the dog returns to his vomit; but when God puts a new heart into us, the new heart is there forever, and never will it harden into stone again. He who made it flesh will keep it so. Herein we may rejoice and be glad forever in that which God creates in the kingdom of His grace.



To put the matter very simply–did you ever hear of Mr. Rowland Hill’s illustration of the cat and the sow? I will give it in my own fashion, to illustrate our Saviour’s expressive words–“Ye must be born again. ” Do you see that cat? What a cleanly creature she is! How cleverly she washes herself with her tongue and her paws! It is quite a pretty sight! Did you ever see a sow do that? No, you never did. It is contrary to its nature. It prefers to wallow in the mire.


Go and teach a sow to wash itself, and see how little success you would gain. It would be a great sanitary improvement if swine would be clean. Teach them to wash and clean themselves as the cat has been doing! Useless task. You may by force wash that sow, but it hastens to the mire, and is soon as foul as ever. The only way in which you can get a sow to wash itself is to transform it into a cat; then it will wash and be clean, but not till then!


Suppose that transformation to be accomplished, and then what was difficult or impossible is easy enough; the swine will henceforth be fit for your parlor and your hearth-rug. So it is with an ungodly man; you cannot force him to do what a renewed man does most willingly; you may teach him, and set him a good example, but he cannot learn the art of holiness, for he has no mind to it; his nature leads him another way.


When the Lord makes a new man of him, then all things wear a different aspect. So great is this change, that I once heard a convert say, “Either all the world is changed, or else I am.” The new nature follows after right as naturally as the old nature wanders after wrong. What a blessing to receive such a nature! Only the Holy Ghost can give it.



Did it ever strike you what a wonderful thing it is for the Lord to give a new heart and a right spirit to a man? You have seen a lobster, perhaps, which has fought with another lobster, and lost one of its claws, and a new claw has grown. That is a remarkable thing; but it is a much more astounding fact that a man should have a new heart given to him. This, indeed, is a miracle beyond the powers of nature.


There is a tree. If you cut off one of its limbs, another one may grow in its place; but can you change the tree; can you sweeten sour sap; can you make the thorn bear figs? You can graft something better into it and that is the analogy which nature gives us of the work of grace; but absolutely to change the vital sap of the tree would be a miracle indeed. Such a prodigy and mystery of power God works in all who believe in Jesus.



If you yield yourself up to His divine working, the Lord will alter your nature; He will subdue the old nature, and breathe new life into you. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will take the stony heart out of your flesh, and He will give you a heart of flesh. Where everything was hard, everything shall be tender; where everything was vicious, everything shall be virtuous: where everything tended downward, everything shall rise upward with impetuous force.


The lion of anger shall give place to the lamb of meekness; the raven of uncleanness shall fly before the dove of purity; the vile serpent of deceit shall be trodden under the heel of truth.
I have seen with my own eyes such marvellous changes of moral and spiritual character that I despair of none. I could, if it were fitting, point out those who were once unchaste women who are now pure as the driven snow, and blaspheming men who now delight all around them by their intense devotion.


Thieves are made honest, drunkards sober, liars truthful, and scoffers zealous. Wherever the grace of God has appeared to a man it has trained him to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world: and, dear reader, it will do the same for you. “I cannot make this change,” says one. Who said you could? The Scripture which we have quoted speaks not of what man will do, but of what God will do. It is God’s promise, and it is for Him to fulfill His own engagements.


Trust in Him to fulfill His Word to you, and it will be done. “But how is it to be done?” What business is that of yours? Must the Lord explain His methods before you will believe him? The Lord’s working in this matter is a great mystery: the Holy Ghost performs it. He who made the promise has the responsibility of keeping the promise, and He is equal to the occasion.


God, who promises this marvellous change, will assuredly carry it out in all who receive Jesus, for to all such He gives power to become the Sons of God. Oh that you would believe it! Oh that you would do the gracious Lord the justice to believe that He can and will do this for you, great miracle though it will be!


Oh that you would believe that God cannot lie! Oh that you would trust Him for a new heart, and a right spirit, for He can give them to you! May the Lord give you faith in His promise, faith in His Son, faith in the Holy Spirit, and faith in Him, and to Him shall be praise and honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.


Excerpt From – All of Grace By Charles Haddon Spurgeon.



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The Depth, Height, Weight, Breadth Of Love – Rethinking Love In Today’s World

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The Depth, Height, Weight, Breadth Of Love – Rethinking Love In Today’s World.


A few weeks back, I got onto twitter and started tweeting about LOVE. That particular morning a few weeks back I had just re-read Paul’s letter in 1 Corinthians 13 with new eyes.


See, at that particular point in time, the notion of love really confounded me (In all fairness, I’m still confounded and learning).


I had movie definitions, dictionary definitions and novel definitions etc.
Anyhow, in my confusion, I read that chapter a few times and yet I still couldn’t get it. How could Paul say love never fails and yet I (mistakenly and supposedly) saw it failing all time? I was pathetically failing to grasp the slippery nuances of this verb or is it noun or is it emotion and thought it very powerless and a waste of precious time.


I mean how dare Paul write assertively, unperturbed and so assuredly about love walloping mighty, tough and hardened faith and hope? Was Paul for real?


Which world was Paul living in? Did Paul know about our current world? Did he even have any inkling at all about the various pressures we faced on a daily basis?


Hadn’t Paul heard people saying love was for the broke, weak and pathetic?
Hadn’t Paul heard that love doesn’t put food on the table?
Was there no pain during Paul’s time? Were people not killing each other over mundane things during his generation? Were the separation/break up/divorce rates not on the rise during his days? Were children not being abandoned, mistreated, thrown into toilets and onto the streets when he lived? Were there no starving and poor people during his age? Theft, robberies, abuse, pride, fear, insults, violence, gossip, slander, rage, deceit etc. Was Paul aware of such plagues or was he just waxing lyrical because he never got to live during the information/knowledge age?


I had too many questions (and no one to answer them) because most of the people I knew were too busy doing one thing or another to try and indulge me in my proclivities. I thus decided to put 1 Corinthians 13 aside.


Another reason was that the more I read that chapter, the more of a fraud I felt like. And wanting to save my skin and mind from dissonance, I decided to shelve it and to dwell on more promising aspects of life.


Anyhow, as God work’s sometimes one cheery morning without me even trying to, I finally got my EUREKA moment! And I went like! BINGO! That is it! This is in fact what Paul was saying when he wrote that famous chapter. It finally started dawning on me why Paul was waxing lyrical.


Paul’s letter says many things but I will share two today:


  • It doesn’t matter how well you communicate/speak/write etc. If you don’t have love, you are kidding yourself.
  • It doesn’t matter how prophetic, knowledgable, intelligent, talented and wise you are; If you don’t have love, don’t pamper yourself.
  • It doesn’t matter how much money/things/time/benefits you give to those less fortunate than you: If it’s not done out of love, you better keep your riches and enjoy them alone.
  • It doesn’t matter how much pain and abuse you can endure at the hands of tormentors. If you are not enduring out of love, please re-think your strategy.

In essence Paul is cautioning us thus:
All those sweeping, dramatic, public displays we keep engaging in, sometimes even with Videos, T.V’s, newspapers, the media helping us to record etc, don’t really matter if we are just doing them for appearances and are not doing it out of love, true humanity and humility. 


I feel the chapter screaming:


  • Forget the public shows.
  • Forget the frivolities.
  • Forget the superficiality.
  • Forget the extravaganza.
  • Forget the plastic surgery.
  • Forget the revisions and correction.
  • Forget the spectacle and displays.

Just forget it all. Instead! Lets go DEEPER!


  • Don’t give me the facade.
  • Don’t show me crocodile tears.
  • Don’t show me your perfection.
  • Don’t show me the nice, decent clothes.
  • Don’t even bother with the manicured nails.

Show me your scars and wounds.
Show me the crevices and cracks.
Show me where it hurts the most.
Show me where you need healing.
Show me where I can attend to you.
Show me the dirt beneath your nails.
Show me your fears and vulnerabilities.


BUT


Show me the beauty too!
Show me the laughter, humor and fun.
Show me the whimsical plays and dreams.
Show me the delicate, cute and pretty lines too.
Show me the guffaws, chuckles, grins and smiles.
Show me YOU, in whatever hues and colors you are created.


Colored, black and white, sepia, with filters, as a portrait or as landscape, with borders or without, with a Lomo effect, HDR or Bokeh.
The applications don’t really matter.
As long as it is you and not a person/picture with no soul!
Some people are breathing but they have no souls. Show me a soul!


BUT please!
Don’t lament to me about other people’s realities.
Don’t share with me another person’s weaknesses.
Don’t tell me other people’s stories without their permission.
I don’t want those stories, myths, tales, fabrications.


Tell me your stories.
Tell me your realities.
Tell me about YOU!


Because:


Love goes deeper.
Love goes to the core.
Love doesn’t float on the surface.
Love is not conventional.
Love runs the extra mile.
Love doesn’t make sense.
Love is overwhelming.
Love beats logic and thinking.
Love goes further and longer.
Love removes bandaids and deals with wounds.
Love is not interested in the flowers, it wants the roots.
Love swims to the deep end and then submerges
itself and lets the torrents crash over it.
Love is grit, gentleness, grace all meshed into one to produce a tapestry of unimaginable dimensions.


And that is how this pathetic, seemingly, disturbing thing called LOVE manages to trump the ferocious, predominant, popular and powerfully menacing giants called Faith and Hope.

Thats how love beats knowledge, wisdom, beauty, talent, money, education, degrees, fashion and all the other trappings we have grown accustomed to.


For a moment, yes, take a pause please and:


  • Forget their names and locations!
  • Forget how people dress!
  • Forget how stinky their breath is!
  • Forget the tattoos on their bodies!
  • Forget the alcohol they drink!
  • Forget the drugs they binge on!
  • Forget the color of their skin!
  • Forget their religion and ideologies!
  • Forget their sins and favorite pass times!
  • Forget they haven’t taken a shower in days!
  • Forget the language in which speak or worship God!
  • Forget how pathetic and weak they look!
  • Forget the disfigurement and lack or refinement.

Forget all that! Forget all that! Forget it!


Now change your lenses;


Imagine this person was you. Imagine their story was yours.
Picture their reality as yours (I know this is too difficult for some people).
But still!
How would you want to be treated if the tables were suddenly turned (And this can happen at any time and to anyone).
Imagine for a moment you found yourself on the other side of the divide.


Hindus talk of reincarnation. Sometimes I wonder how people would behave if they knew that their present actions may get them reincarnated as something much lesser in another life. I wonder if this would influence how these folks treat others.


I will summarize by saying: Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church is saying that Love:


  • It is patient.
  • It is kind.
  • It doesn’t envy (e.g how come the pastors/corporations/other people are so successful and I’m so poor yet I do a, b, c etc. It’s just not fair).
  • It doesn’t boast.
  • It is not proud (I can never do that! My standards are too high).
  • It does not dishonor others (those who like exposing other peoples secrets, secluded battles, nudes and other private information for sinister motives without permission).
  • It is not self seeking (Me! Me! Myself and I kind of philosophies).
  • It is not easily angered (doesn’t mean it doesn’t get angry. Just means the tempers are even and not short).
  • It keeps no record of wrongs (Lord help our memories).
  • It doesn’t delight in evil.
  • It rejoices with the truth.
  • It always protects.
  • It always trusts.
  • It always hopes.
  • It always perseveres.

Love never fails.


Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8


Jules


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New age has really preached and spread this idea. The notion that, “God loves sinners and it’s only their sin that he hates.”

We hear it all the time. Even some priests, pastors, reverends throw it around during their services.

In fact a man I knew once used to tell me this every time I asked him to stop a particularly wicked habit.

He would go like, “Who are you to tell me to stop my evil vice when God loves me as a sinner? It’s my sin he doesn’t like but he loves me very much.”

Well, maybe it’s high time we took a rain check on some of these popular adages we are used to applying in everyday life.
The last time I checked the Holy Bible , God says it’s the unrepentant sinner he will throw into hell. He didn’t say he will throw the sin into hell and leave the sinner to enter heaven.
He clearly says he will throw people, coupled with their sins for added effect into hell.

43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 44 where
Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.’
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched— 46 where
Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.’
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’
Mark 9:43-48

Let us not fool ourselves. God hates sin, abominations and iniquity. We should stop being baby believers and start being mature, spirit filled and let men and women of God.

We should endeavour to live righteous and godly lives before God. We should pursue holiness and godliness. Let us leave sin behind us.

Jules

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Whitney Houston (God bless her soul) sang a famous song titled, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” Many of us have experienced heart ache in one way or another and had our hearts broken.

Is it possible to have an unbreakable heart?
Imagine if they sold such hearts, wouldn’t most of us love to purchase one so we wouldn’t feel the stings and arrows that life and people throw our way?

For a long time, people often accused me of feeling too much. Of wearing my heart on my sleeve. Of having a soft heart. Of being mushy! Of being an incurable romantic! Of seeing too deeply and refusing to leave things.

For a long time, I could not understand why other people’s pain affected me. Why when I cared I really cared to the point of destruction. Why most times I could only swing between two extremes, hot or cold but not lukewarm.

It often felt like I was too hot! I was too passionate! I loved too much! I gave too much! I was too sensitive! And for years I battled with these labels assigned to me by people.

I would often go to Jesus and ask, ‘But Jesus, why?’
‘Jesus, why don’t you just give me a stone heart like others?’
‘I hate feeling pain, why do you allow me to feel pain like this?’
‘And Lord, how can some people be so unfeeling and so hard and tough?’
‘Why don’t you make me like that?’

Looking back now, all I can say is, what utter foolishness on my part. I thank Jesus:

  1. Because he refused to hear my ignorant and selfish prayers.
  2. He opened my blind eyes to the truth.

And this is how it happened.

I was going through a particularly difficult period in my life where my heart was being tossed around the place like a Yoyo when I came across Prophet Ezekiel‘s words.
At first, his words didn’t register but as the weeks went on and I kept mulling on his words, my light bulb and eureka moment arrived and I remember jumping around the place like I had found a treasure field.

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

Ezekiel 11:19

Let’s break this scripture down further:

  1. Heart of stone: When we think of stones, we think of hard, cold, unfeeling, insensitive, uncaring objects. Dead objects.
    Do stones break? All the time. And very easily too. Ask people who work in quarries or remember the last time you broke a very fragile yet hard feeling drinking glass (since glass is made from the same chemical elements as stone).
  1. Heart of flesh: When we think of flesh, we think! Soft, malleable, flexible, warm, feeling, sensitive, caring. Alive! Physiologically when you especially take the differences between smooth muscle, skeletal muscle and heart muscle then this even becomes more profound.

If you need to experiment, for the non-believers and those who love to experiment, why not get a glass cup and then a piece of meat.

Throw both on the ground and see which one will break and which one will stay whole.

Many of us have gone our own ways and abandoned God who was our first love. And because we abandoned and forsook him, our hearts have turned hard and bitter.

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Revelation 2:4-5

Jesus is calling us back home. He is calling us to return to his every lasting love and embrace.

What God offers is a heart that cannot break.

A heart that is beating, feeling, working and sensitive.
A heart that keeps living and giving and being.
A heart that will stay in truth despite the pains of life.
A heart that will carry on loving and forgiving despite being betrayed, hurt and deceived.
A heart that stays whole despite being flogged, tossed around, taken for granted, despised, insulted and abused.
A heart that stays open and refuses to close itself off in high towers of bitterness, pride, anger, despite all the storms life throws at it.
A heart of flesh! A heart that is alive. A heart that knows right and wrong! A conscious heart!

So where should broken heart’s go?

Broken hearts should go to Jesus so that he can heal and restore them.

God wants to take out our stony, dead hearts and give to us hearts that are living.

Prayer:

I pray that the Lord will take out all the dead and stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh.
Jesus give us soft hearts that will obey you.
Jesus give us a heart like yours.
A heart that is devoted to doing what pleases you, the father and holy spirit.
Jesus a heart that lives for you and does your will.
Forgive us for the times we have chosen ourselves and the world over you. Forgive us our sins.
Lord, we forgot you as our first love. Help us return to you with the passion we had in the beginning.

Let us treat you with anticipation and excitement like going for a first date.
Jesus let our love for you never tire or grow weary.
Help our feebleness in loving you and living for you.
Help us return to you because you are our first love and you always will be our one true love.
Lord in a world that pressures us to live for ourselves instead of living for you, please help us to choose living for you always.
Cover us, our loved ones and our families in your precious blood and keep us in your embrace always.

Amen.

Bible Verse:

18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.
19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord. ”

Ezekiel 11:18-21

Jules

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For a long time we have been told and taught that, “Home is where the heart is found is.” Another variation to this idea was the notion that home was a place or a location.  Some place to put our heads when exhausted and tired. Some spot to put our legs at the end of a long day. A refugee away from the cares of life. An area to find peace and to relax.

For a long time we have been told and taught that, “Home is where the heart is found is.” Another variation to this idea was the notion that home was a place or a location.  Some place to put our heads when exhausted and tired. Some spot to put our legs at the end of a long day. A refugee away from the cares of life. An area to find peace and to relax.

Yet other people told us home was a soul. And the idea and philosophical school of thought on soulmates especially philosophized by Plato and his friend Aristophanes was popularized by literature. We started thinking that home was a  soulmate. We therefore started searching for soul mates. In the hope that when we finally found our soulmate, we could finally find home and thus belonging and understanding.

But home is not a heart, it is not a mind, it is not a soul or a body.

Home Is A Spirit.

And the spirit is so strong that you don’t have to be in the same location with another person to feel the electromagnetic waves and forces of it’s might and work in action.

The spirit is able to find another individual anywhere in this world. You cannot hide from the spirit.

I mean are there no couples who share the same house, sleep in the same bed, but are strangers? Couples who speak to themselves daily but they can not understand themselves or are unable to communicate?

Of course this kind of disequilibrium often leads to unhappy homes full of chaos and confusion because there is often misunderstanding and a lack of communication.

And in some instances these differences lead to cheating and unfaithfulness even when the said couple share three meals a day and sleep together at night.

Because while their bodies maybe in the same place, their spirits are communing with another spirit.

However in the same vein, we have couples, physically away from each other for various reasons but with the most beautiful kind of connections because their spirits commune with each other.

Believers in Jesus Christ of Nazareth have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is home for believers in Jesus. He is everything we need. When you have the Holy spirit, there is nothing you can lack. The Holy Spirit brings peace, self-control, joy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, forbearance, meekness and love.

The Holy Spirit is the one who keep’s believer couples glued together for life. The Holy Spirit is the one who helps couples manage to overcome the various storms of life together as part of a team. Without the Holy Spirit holding families and relationships together, they invariably crumble.

What the Apostle Paul greatly summarizes in Galatians as the Fruit of the Spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:22-26

On the other side of the divide, the same way we have the Holy Spirit, we also have evil spirits.

Evil spirits keep occult couples and unions together. It sounds unbelievable but it is what it is.

There are two Kingdoms in the spiritual. The Kingdom of light and the the Kingdom of darkness.

There are occult couples who stay together for life. They too are able to communicate in the spirit. How? Through evil spirits who are a counterfeit to the Holy Spirit.

I understand this leaves a third category of individuals. These are the people who are blind or asleep.

What side do they belong?

Well, that is why there is a raging war and battle in the spiritual.

It is to determine where these individuals will end up.

In the Kingdom of light or in the Kingdom of darkness.

Jules

Is Lying To Those We Cherish Part Of Love – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Is Lying To Those We Cherish Part Of Love – Exploring Love In The New Age.

Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius say a song titled, “Lying In Love With You.” One of the lines in the song goes like, “Won’t hurt to tell a white lie or two . When I’m lying in love with you.”

“The idea that lying occurs in all intimate relationships may be hard to accept. What may be even harder to acknowledge is that some of those lies may actually be necessary for love to thrive.” writes Dr. Randi Gunther a clinical psychologist and marriage counselor in an article where she seems to be justifying and encouraging lying in relationships and marriage.

Love has become a very misunderstood concept in today’s world and the new age.

In New age teachings of these times, the different kinds of guides will keep giving people pieces of advice like, “If you love someone and telling them the truth hurts them then you are better off lying.”

These kinds of counsel  are wrong on all levels because they condone and justify deception.

Once we start justifying sin and making excuses for it, it doesn’t take long before it becomes a habit, a culture and the norm.

Furthermore, many feel lust and assume it’s love. Many are infatuated and call it love.

The people of Corinth in Paul’s time were confusing love with other phenomenon and this chaos is what compelled Paul to write them 1 Corinthians 13 to explain what love is.

If it lacks truth, then it’s not love.

If it’s filled with deceit then it’s not love.

If you find yourself constantly telling lies, then you don’t have love.

Love is Truth. If it has no truth, then it is another phenomenon.

God Is Love
God Is Truth

The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8
And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

1 John 4:16
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6

Let us stop justifying sin and calling it love! Let us not allow the enemy to defile and pollute godly unions, relationships and marriages.

I pray we can all walk in the Power of Love which is Truth.

Jules

Your Love Should Be Zealous And Passionate – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Your Love Should Be Zealous And Passionate – Exploring Love In The New Age.

In the new age that we live in, love has grown cold and numb. Often times, most people just go through the motions of loving others. People who love passionately are often shunned and called denigrating names like radicals, fanatics, weirdos etc.

But love should be passionate, hot and zealous for it to be effective and long lasting.

In fact God’s love is passionate and zealous. And the bible verse below which is found in the book of Isaiah, show’s us what things hot, zealous and passionate love can accomplish.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
Wonderful,
Counsellor,
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom,
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice
from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

Power, earth transformative changes can occur when we do things passionately and zealously.

There is a lot we can learn from God on how to love passionately and with zeal.

God’s zeal and passion for mankind led him to leave his heavenly throne and become a man.

What honor he bestowed onto us.

What a gift he gave us.

What a privilege to be so loved by him.

We too can take from the example of Jesus. We can choose to love God and other people passionately and with zeal. Let’s not allow the world or our circumstances to make our love grow cold.

Let’s not become lukewarm in a world that tries so desperately to extinguish the fire with in.

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.

Revelation 3:15

Jules

Questions And Answers About Marriage – Holy Matrimony – Wedlock

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What is the current definition of being married?

Our definition of marriage: A formal union, marriage is a social, and legal contract between two individuals that unites their lives legally, economically, and emotionally. … Being married also gives legitimacy to sexual relations within the marriage. The Spruce 


What is the original definition of marriage?

Etymology. The word “marriage” derives from Middle English mariage, which first appears in 1250–1300 CE. This in turn is derived from Old French, marier (tomarry), and ultimately Latin, marītāre, meaning to provide with a husband or wife and marītāri meaning to get married. Wikipedia 





What are the basic functions of marriage?

It is a social contract of two opposite sexes for the satisfaction of physical, biological, social, psychological and spiritual needs of males and females. It leads to the formation of family and the procreation of children. Sexual relationship and production of children are the basic aim of marriage. Study Lecture Notes 


What does marriage legally mean?

Definition of MarriageMarriage is the legal union of two people, who are joined together after they obtain a marriage license from their state and take part in a ceremony. … In some states, couples can become legally married without a license or ceremony. Nolo 


What is the true meaning of marriage?

Five Facets of the True Meaning of Marriage. … But generally, everyone understands that the meaning of marriage is when two people make a public pledge or commitment to live together and share their lives in a way that is recognized legally, socially and sometimes religiously. Marriage


What does marriage symbolize?

Probably the most obvious of all marriage symbols, the engagement ring and the wedding band represent commitment and the faithful love two people share. The circle, an international symbol of marriage, represents infinity or everlasting love. Everyday Health 





What is marriage life?

A happy marriage constitutes of two people who love each other very much and are committed to bringing out the best in each other. A great marriage also has an environment of positive energy where gratitude and appreciation for each other are freely flowing. … A happy married life is what is in for store for you. Marriage 


Is a marriage religious?

Marriage has historically occurred to join two people and two families. In many cultures, it’s more of a business transaction than being about love and commitment. … The wedding ceremony is often based on religious belief and practice, but marriage itself is a civil institution. News Times 


What are the keys to a happy marriage?

  • Love/Commitment. At its core, love is a decision to be committed to another person. …
  • Sexual Faithfulness. …
  • Humility. …
  • Patience/Forgiveness. …
  • Time. …
  • Honesty and Trust. …
  • Communication. …
  • Selflessness. Becoming Minimalist 

What does marriage mean in the Bible?

The Bible Defines Marriage as a Covenant. God sketched his original plan formarriage in Genesis 2:24 when one man (Adam) and one woman (Eve) united together to become one flesh: Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. ThoughtCo


What are the types of marriage?

In general there are two types: civil marriage and religious marriage, and typically marriages employ a combination of both (religious marriages must often be licensed and recognized by the state, and conversely civil marriages, while not sanctioned under religious law, are nevertheless respected). Wikipedia 





What is a happy marriage?

happy marriage is a cocktail of open communication, honesty, hard work, and a whole lotta love. … “In a happy marriage, two people share things equally,” says another married woman. “It doesn’t sound romantic, but I’m honestly happybecause my husband does the dishes and the laundry as often as I do. Brides 


What is marriage blessing?

The Blessing of the Marriage is the conclusion to a wedding ceremony and comes just before the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife. OfficiantEric 


What is the importance of marriage?

It also provides an opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your wife and children. Marriage is more than a physical union; it is also a spiritual and emotional union. This union mirrors the one between God and His Church. AllProDad 


What are the characteristics of marriage?

  • Ownership: Taking Responsibility. Often, couples believe their problems are the result of the other person’s actions. …
  • Hope: Believing that Good Ultimately Triumphs. The foundation of hope is belief. …
  • Empathy: Walking in your Spouse’s Shoes. …
  • Forgiveness: Healing the Wounds. …
  • Commitment: Loving for Life.  Mark Merrill 

Is marriage an institution?

That is, marriage is the union of a man and woman as husband and wife to provide any children of that union with a father and a mother. … As Roberts explained: “When the institution of marriage developed historically, people didn’t get around and say let’s have this institution, but let’s keep out homosexuals. Heritage





What are the forms of marriage?

  • The main forms of marriage are: Monogamy: …
  • There are three basic forms of polygamy:
  • (a) Polygyny: It refers to plurality of wives or having more than one wife at the same time. …
  • (b) Polyandry: …
  • (c) Group Marriage:  Your Article Library 

Are you legally married after living together for years?

Despite much belief to the contrary, the length of time you live together does not by itself determine whether a common law marriage exists. No state law or court decision says seven years or ten years of cohabitation is all that is needed for a common law marriage. It’s only one factor the court may consider. Nolo


Do married people live longer?

Men, marriage, and mortality. … Men who have marital partners also live longerthan men without spouses; men who marry after age 25 get more protection than those who tie the knot at a younger age, and the longer a man stays married, the greater his survival advantage over his unmarried peers. Health 


What are the benefits of getting married?

  • It makes you richer. …
  • There are better tax benefits. …
  • There are health insurance benefits. …
  • Married people have lower stress. …
  • Married couples are less likely to be depressed. …
  • People with a spouse are less likely to engage in risky behavior. …
  • They have better outcomes after major surgery. …
  • They are more likely to survive cancer.  The List 

Are you legally married with just a marriage license?

marriage certificate is a document that proves you are married. Typically, couples obtain a marriage license, hold the wedding ceremony, and then have the person who performed the ceremony file a marriage certificate in the appropriate county office within a few days. … This is often done just after the ceremony. Family 


What does getting married in a dream mean?

Getting married in a dream. To dream you are getting married may represent your commitment to or partnership with someone or something. May represent a union or merging of the masculine and feminine aspects of yourself. May be wish fulfillment, if you desire to get married in waking life. Dreamscloud


Do you pay less tax if you are married?

Taxes and the Family. A couple incurs a marriage penalty if the two pay more income tax filing jointly as a married couple than they would pay if they were single and filed as individuals. Conversely, a couple receives a marriage bonus if they pay less tax filing jointly than they would if they were single. Tax Policy Center 





What is a purpose of marriage?

The Purpose of Marriage is Not Procreation. … Having children, therefore, is the fulfillment and meaning of marriage. A natural response is to ask about the legitimacy of marriages for infertile couples, given the assumption that procreation both defines and fulfills marriage, and the Declaration has an answer. Huffington Post 


How can I propose marriage?

  1. Make sure that you’re both ready for marriage. Before you take the plunge, you should know if you’re really ready to be with your special someone for the long haul. …
  2. Pick the right ring. Before you propose, you have to choose the right ring. …
  3. Pick the right time. …
  4. Pick the perfect location. …
  5. Ask the right way.  WikiHow 

What it means to be married?

What Does Commitment Mean In A Marriage? … It’s a commitment to be willing to do whatever it takes to make the marriage work, and that means there are going to be many times when you’re just not going to get your way. And you’re going to have to be OK with it, they say. Huffington Post 


What a marriage is all about?

All About MarriageMarriage is the process by which two people make their relationship public, official, and permanent. It is the joining of two people in a bond that putatively lasts until death, but in practice is increasingly cut short by divorce. … And no marriage is free of conflict. Psychology Today 


What is meant by early marriage?

Early marriage, or child marriage, is defined as the marriage or union between two people in which one or both parties are younger than 18 years of age. … Parents often feel that a young girl is an economic burden and therefore wish to marry off their young daughters before they become an economic liability. K4Health


How can u make ur husband happy?

  1. Show respect. Make sure your husband knows that he is your number one. …
  2. Show interest in his hobbies. This doesn’t mean you have to be with him every time he plays basketball with his buddies. …
  3. Have sex. …
  4. Do something unexpected. …
  5. Be yourself, all the time. …
  6. Let it go. …
  7. Take care of him. …
  8. Don’t nag.  PairedLife 

How do I make my wife happy?

  1. Tell her you love her. Cliché, you say? …
  2. Build her up. …
  3. Give her some space. …
  4. Look nice for her. …
  5. Don’t make her hangry. …
  6. Be faithful to her. …
  7. Know what she (really) likes. …
  8. Think about her.   Famifi 

How can I have a successful marriage?

  1. Remind your partner (and yourself) that you appreciate them. …
  2. Say thank you for the little things. …
  3. Practice honesty, even when you’re ashamed. …
  4. Take care of your appearance. …
  5. Foster relationships outside your marriage. …
  6. Watch your words. …
  7. Put away the jumper cables yourself. …
  8. Relish the silence.   Huffington Post 

What qualities make a good wife?

  • She shares your beliefs. When it comes to finding your wife, I’ve heard “equally yoked.” …
  • She makes you a better man. …
  • She’s trustworthy. …
  • She has ambition. …
  • She’s selfless. …
  • She’s attractive. …
  • She’s smart. …
  • She loves you unconditionally.   Goodguyswag 

What does Bible say about marriage?

Ephesians 5:25: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.” Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”  The Knot


What is the definition of marriage vows?

The promises a couple make to each other in a marriage ceremony. The aim would be to make couples think more seriously about their responsibilities before they make their wedding vows. Collins English DictionaryCollins Dictionary 


What is the meaning of ghost marriage?

In Sudan, a ghost marriage is a marriage where a deceased groom is replaced by his brother. The brother serves as a stand in to the bride, and any resulting children are considered children of the deceased spouse. Wikipedia 


What is the most common type of marriage in the world?

Monogamy. Monogamy is a form of marriage in which one man marries the woman. It is most common form of the marriage found among in the societies around the world. Sociology Guide 


How do you keep your marriage alive?

  1. Break your routine.
  2. Surprise your spouse.
  3. Don’t get bogged down with chores.
  4. Ditch the distractions for an hour.
  5. Try new things together.
  6. Stay connected.   Live About 

How long is a church wedding?

A Guide to a Typical Wedding Timeline. A very simple ceremony with no readings, special wording or photographs can be as short as 10 minutes. However most ceremonies usually take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Most couples tend to have photos at the Church after the service. GTB


What is the concept of marriage?

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity (in-laws and other family through marriage). Wikipedia 


What are the characteristics of a healthy marriage?

  • Mutual respect. Respect is one of the most important healthy relationship characteristics. …
  • Spending time together. When you have free time you look for ways to spend it with your mate. …
  • Open communication. …
  • Sexual compatibility. …
  • Support. …
  • Trust. …
  • Confidence. …
  • You like each other.  Marriage 

What is the meaning of love marriage?

Love marriage is a term used primarily in South Asia, especially in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, to describe a marriage where the individuals love each other and get married with or without consent of their parents. There is no clear definition of love marriage. Wikipedia 


What is the meaning of void marriage?

void marriage is a marriage which is unlawful or invalid under the laws of the jurisdiction where it is entered. A void marriage is “one that is void and invalid from its beginning. It is as though the marriage never existed and it requires no formality to terminate.”  Wikipedia 


How many types of Hindu marriages are there?

There are eight different types of Hindu marriages according to Manusmriti, the law of Manu although not all of them have religious sanction. These marriages are: 1.BRAHMA VIVAAH: Considered to be the best marriage where the boy and girl belonged to same varna and came belonged to good families.  Quora 


Who ordain’s marriage?

A clergy person (minister, priest, rabbi, etc.) is someone who is ordained by a religious organization to marry two people. A judge, notary public, justice of the peace, and certain other public servants often solemnize marriages as part of their job responsibilities.  Bustle 


What are the health benefits of marriage?

  • Less chance of heart attacks. Credit: Alamy. …
  • Encourages safer behaviour. Credit: Getty. …
  • Less chance of strokes. Credit: Getty. …
  • Lower stress levels. Credit: Alamy. …
  • Higher chance of recovering from major surgery. Credit: Alamy. …
  • Less chance of developing mental illness. Credit: Getty. …
  • Better sleep. Credit: Alamy. …
  • You live for longer.  Telegraph 

What does Levirate marriage mean?

Levirate marriage is a type of marriage in which the brother of a deceased man isobliged to marry his brother’s widow. The term levirate is itself a derivative of the Latin word levir meaning “husband’s brother”. Wikipedia 



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Questions And Answers About Love

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Questions And Answers About Love.


What is the definition of God’s love?

Love of God can mean either love for God or love by God. … The Greek term theophilia means the love or favour of God, and theophilos means friend of God, originally in the sense of being loved by God or loved by the gods; but is today sometimes understood in the sense of showing love for God. Wikipedia 


What is love in the Bible?

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


What are the different styles and kinds of love?

“Eros” or Erotic Love. The first kind of love is Eros, which is named after the Greek god of love and fertility. …
“Philia” or Affectionate Love. …
“Storge” or Familiar Love. …
“Ludus” or Playful Love. …
“Mania” or Obsessive Love. …
“Pragma” or Enduring Love. …
“Philautia” or Self Love. …
“Agape” or Selfless Love.  LonerWolf 


What are the signs of love?

  • Give and take in love. …
  • Pure happiness. …
  • Pain and anger. …
  • You make sacrifices for their happiness or wellbeing even if they may not realise it.
  • The right effort. …
  • You can’t hurt them. …
  • You keep your promises. …
  • When you truly love your partner, you see them as part of your life and your future.  Risings 

What defines love in a relationship?

  • 1. A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship.
  • 2. A strong feeling of affection and concern for another person accompanied by sexual attraction. Free Dictionary 

Can you explain love?

Love isn’t the easiest of emotions to describe but here are 20 quotes that will helpyou try! Although love is an emotion that can‘t be easily explained, it is the seed to other growing emotions; whether it’s anger, sadness or happiness. All those emotions are evoked from some type of loveYour Tango 


What is God’s love called?

Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agapē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God“. … Within Christianity, agape is considered to be the love originating from God or Christ for mankind.  Wikipedia 


Is love a real emotion?

Yet real love is a steadfast promise that repeats itself endlessly through life and beyond death. Love does not increase or decrease in response to its environment, and it does not change with the changing winds. Love is not an emotion; it doesn’t behave the way emotions do. Real love is in a category of its own. Karla Mclaren 


What do I love in a relationship?

Attraction without closeness is more like a crush or infatuation. You’re attracted to someone physically but don’t know the person well enough yet to feel the closeness that comes from sharing personal experiences and feelings. Romantic love is when attraction and closeness are combined. KidsHealth 


What are the languages of love?

  • Words of affirmation. According to Dr. Chapman, this language uses words to affirm other people. …
  • Quality time. This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention. …
  • Receiving gifts. …
  • Acts of service. …
  • Physical touch.  SheKnows 

Is love a real thing?

Love has many permutations, but romantic love is very real. It causes us to move mountains and change the course of our lives. It can break up an existing relationship, and can alter your priorities. … Love is a human construct, and therefore is actually a real thing. Quora 


Is jealousy part of love?

Yes it is. Jealousy is a part of Love. It sounds paradoxical and yet it is the truth. It is important not to confuse envy with jealousy though.


What are some qualities of love?

  • Effortless and Eternal Attraction. When we are truly in love with someone, we discover moments of love and affection in the most normal of situations. …
  • Mutual Respect. …
  • Acceptance. …
  • Selflessness. …
  • Trust. …
  • Healing. …
  • Growth. …
  • Companionship.  Elite Daily 

What is playful love?

Or a couple of lovers. There’s something about the playful connection between them – the way they respond to each other, pay attention to each other, lead each other to happy places and people and things – that makes you think of love. They’re having fun together. A very certain kind of fun. A Playful Path 


What is love affection?

Affection, attraction, infatuation, or fondness is a “disposition or state of mind or body” that is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It has given rise to a number of branches of philosophy and psychology concerning emotion, disease, influence, and state of being. Wikipedia 


What is infatuation how does it differ from love?

The difference between infatuation vs love is that infatuation is a short-lived passion for someone whereas love is a deep affection for someone that lasts the test of time. … If you’ve only known the person for a short time, then it isinfatuation vs loveLove takes a while to develop. Ilanelanzen 


What words describe love?


Is love a feeling or a choice?

Love is a Choice More than a Feeling. Most of us tend to focus on falling in loveand use the feeling of love to determine the duration of a relationship. Falling inlove is easy to do, almost effortless, but losing that loving feeling is not that hard to do, either. … Feelings, however, can be fleeting. PsychCentral 


Can you stop loving someone if you truly loved them?

The relationship might have ended, but all the feelings that came with it usually insist on following you around. I‘ve been there, so much so that I never really stopped loving the last person I was in love with. … “[You] may never stop lovingthe person,” says Dr. Brenner, “but you‘re not in love.”  Elite Daily 


Can love be proven?

Here are 6 scientifically proven facts about love. While chemistry and passion are a crucial component of love, they are not enough on their own. … Love is a long-term drive. Lust for one person doesn’t last for hours, months and years without stopping.  The Anatomy Of Love 


Is love a chemical?

Researchers say this is due to the dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine we’re releasing. Dopamine is thought to be the “pleasure chemical,” producing a feeling of bliss. Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and produces the racing heart and excitement.  How Stuff Works 


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God’s Love Is A Holistic Covering Over Your Heart, Body, Soul, Spirit And Mind.

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God’s Love Is A Holistic Covering Over Your Heart, Body, Soul, Spirit And Mind.

Below are awesome bible scriptures to remind you that God’s love is a great covering over our whole being.

God doesn’t love just one part of you. He loves everything about you. You are precious and deeply cherished.

So, anytime you are going through a difficult patch in life or you are feeling unloved, just remember God loves all of you, all the time and for ever.

God’s love over your Heart:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

God’s love over your Body:

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said,

Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,

Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Matthew 26:26-28

God’s love over your Soul:

Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.

Psalms 62:5-6

God’s love over your Spirit:

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

John 6:63

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 14:26

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Romans 8:14

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

God’s love over your Mind:

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 26:3

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.

Luke 12:29-30

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

God’s love over our Soul, Spirit, Body, Mind and Heart:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Zlata

Redefining and Classifying Love – Types of Love – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Redefining and Classifying Love – Types of Love – Exploring Love In The New Age.

Over the years, I have heard love classified a variety of ways.

The most common psychology classification is the one in which love is grouped into seven categories.

I didn’t really believe any of those classifications as they didn’t make sense to me but for a few weeks now, a particular Bible passage has been niggling at the back of my mind.

 

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”

Matthew 24:12

And it’s on the basis of that passage that I have come up with my own rendition on the classification and types of love.

  1. Hot Love
  2. Cold Love

  3. Lukewarm Love

Let’s consider these three types of love further:

Love type number 3:

Lukewarm Love:

I like to think of this as the worst kind of love. People with lukewarm love are the one’s who are neither here or there. They have no idea what they want. They are indecisive and wishy washy. When I consider it, I think it consists of lying and false lures.

Revelations has this to say further on Lukewarm Love.

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:15-16

Love type number 2:

 

Cold Love:

This is love with no passion, ardor or fire. It consists of people who are insensitive, unfeeling and have buried their emotions.

In Matthew 24:12, Jesus is not saying people will not be able to love. They will love, except that their love will be cold.

Love type number 1:

Hot Love:

This is the best kind of love. Jesus wants us burning hot with desire and passion for him, the gospel and other people. Hot love is heavenly, holy, and from the heart. It pushes us beyond our bounds to give our all. It changes people and situations.

Hot Love Liberates, Cold Love Numbs and Lukewarm Love Destroys.

I pray we can all have hot love and burn with passion for Jesus. Let us not allow our love to die.

Jules

It Is Okay To Be Romantic – Romance Was Created By God And Not By The Devil

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It Is Okay To Be Romantic – Romance Was Created By God And Not By The Devil.

Jesus is the greatest romantic of all time. I therefore don’t understand believers who want to separate romance from love. There is nothing evil, wicked, weak and dark about romance.

It’s time we stopped giving the devil platitudes he has never earned.

Which devil has ever created true and genuine romance?
Of course the devil is always in the business of duplicates to dilute the original but it doesn’t take away from the true source.

People let’s be realistic and lets stop cheating God by giving away all his glory.

God created romance. Not the devil.
Forget Saint valentine and what the world, marketer’s and secularists preach and peddle.
Jesus’s romantic skills begin way back in Genesis, even before Man comes on the scene.

Look at the earth. The romance of flower petals and their fragrance. The romantic sounds streams and springs make as they flow by. The romantic whistling of birds chirping in the morning. The feel of a new born baby as you carry them. Our world is filled with romantic gestures created by God. If only we could open our eyes to appreciate his handiwork.

How do people think God continually expresses his love for us?
The evidence of his romantic displays are everywhere but clearly some people lack the ability to see and sense these displays. It is the only way we can explain the muteness, blindness and total lack of feeling to the splendor and magnificence of God’s romantic displays.

I pray that the Lord will open the eyes of the blind so that they can marvel and gaze at his romantic spendor.

Love goes hand in hand with romance. However, I personally believe that love comes before romance but they certainly flow together once they mesh. Not separately.

Now, countless times I have been accused of being sappy and emotional and an incurable romantic.

I used to shun the title, because I wanted to join the club of the unfeeling, insensitive and hard people.

However, one day, the Lord Jesus gently reminded me why he created me as a human being with all the dimensions possessed by humans including an emotional dimensional and not a Nephilim hybrid lacking some human components.

Anyhow, now I wear my incurable romantic label like a badge. I’m glad I can sense and feel deeply. The challenge is not my depth. The challenge is people’s superficiality.

Let’s be serious. A man who can beautifully, descriptively, delicately, creatively and poetically describe how he wants something as unromantic as lamp stands to be designed for him to be labelled unromantic is beyond me. Just beyond me!

Reading the scripture below, we can all certainly pick a leaf from the master romantic on how to be romantic.

33 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.
34 And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.
35 One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all.
36 The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.

Exodus 25:33-36

Jules

Love Disciplines And Rebukes – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Love Disciplines And Rebukes – Exploring Love In The New Age.

I often hear people saying that we shouldn’t talk about hell because it will make people fearful and lead them away from God.

Apparently we should only talk about God’s unfailing and abundant love but we should sweep his wrath under the carpet.

Yes, I also once thought that way. But not anymore.

The same God who was pleased seeing his own innocent son suffer on the cross because he had taken the whole sin of the world and offered himself as a sacrifice?

“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”

Isaiah 53:9-10

That same God who couldn’t spare his only begotten son will spare you with your conscious and deliberate refusal of his gift of love and salvation?

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Matthew 27:46

People should really stop fooling themselves.

We mortals have really taken God for granted but the day he decides enough is enough, I can’t fathom what will happen to this earth.

And he made his grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death;
because he had done no violence,
neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Matthew 27:46

God’s love rebukes and disciplines. This discipline is for our own good. He corrects us because he wants us to be better. It’s a show of his love.

“As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be committed and repent. 20 Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:19-20

Discipline and rebuke is not hateful like New age and secular media would like us to believe. Unfortunately, If we remain indisciplined and refuse to change, God will send us to hell.

I urge you brethren, if you have any sin in your life, please confess it to God, ask him to forgive you and to cleanse you with his precious blood. Repent and ask Jesus for his Holy Spirit to guide you and lead you.

Let us no take God’s love, his mercy, his compassion and his kindness for granted.

Jules

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Do Unlike Poles Attract And Stay That Way In Relationships And Marriage – Exploring Love In The New Age

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Do Unlike Poles Attract And Stay That Way In Relationships And Marriage – Exploring Love In The New Age.

In dating, relationships and marriage, new age says, unlike poles attract and stay that way.
Sound’s nice at first but on deeper introspection it misses a number of principles.

Before marriage, unlike poles attract, kind of like Physics principles. Magnetism and magnetic pole attraction.

Ying-Yang as the Chinese say.
Humans tend to look for people who can give them what they are lacking.
Why else would someone go searching for what they already have most will argue.
It’s also the complimentary principle.
I give you what you lack and you give me what I lack.

If say person A has lot’s of patience, he will seek person B without patience so he can share. If person B lacks joy, they will go looking for a person full of joy to fill them etc.

That is before marriage.
Lock and Key!

After marriage though, unlike poles start to repel.
See, for any long term venture, you need common ground or glue to keep things going!
Because if you lack the glue to go in the same direction, you both start drifting apart.
I guess this is where the famous Bible scripture of two becoming one comes in.

This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.

Genesis 2:24

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Could this phenomenon of people looking for those who are opposite to them also explain the increasing the levels of divorce, separation, mariticide and uxoricide?

If you don’t have enough similarities to be one, then you are headed for chaos especially if you have totally different outlooks on life.
I mean after the differences are filled, there will be nothing left anymore.
Indeed this is where the Biblical question comes in:

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”

17 Therefore,
“Come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”

18 And,
“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

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In relationships and marriage do unlike poles attract and stay that way? Well, after reading the post, what do you think?

Jules

Dear Oprah – Are You Still Searching For The Way To Heaven And Abba God

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Dear Oprah – Are you still searching for the way to heaven and Abba God?

Dear Oprah,

Are you still searching for the way to Heaven and Abba God or you finally found the way?
See, Dear Oprah,

It doesn’t matter what the popular television shows teach.
It doesn’t matter what the famous authors write.
It doesn’t matter what revered people speak.
It doesn’t matter what the secular media promotes.
It doesn’t matter what Bhudda enlightens.
It doesn’t matter what Mohammed instructed.
It doesn’t matter what New Age has come up with.

There is only one way to heaven.

The world can deny him or look for other ways to heaven.

Unfortunately there is only one way to heaven and there is no other.

It is useless searching for other ways to heaven and God when the right way has been shown and taught.

It’s a truth that can’t be argued, debated or even discussed.

It’s an unchanging truth.

And yet it’s a life giving truth.

None of our good works matter.
Our loving hearts don’t count in the equation.
Our generous hands don’t factor in.Our righteousness is as filthy rags to God.

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6 But we are all like an unclean thing,

And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;

We all fade as a leaf,

And our iniquities, like the wind,

Have taken us away.

Isaiah 64:6

There is only one way to God and his name is Jesus.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6

If you are still searching for ways to God and to heaven, I pray the Way himself pays you a visit so that you can have an encounter with him.

Letter Inspired by the Youtube Clip below where Oprah Winfrey is denying Jesus Christ.

You Can Click Here To Watch The Video.

Jules