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A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” - John 3:14-16

Today's heart-warming article was written by Zalihta Pegeese, my Kingdom partner and honey bee.

I was blessed and honored to have started the New Year, 2014, off at The Sanctuary in Whitewater, Wisconsin, founded and directed by Apostle Dr. Pernell H. Hewing. The Lord put me in the room called "The New Jerusalem-The Bride of Christ." After entering into the ministry of that room, I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that this was a divine appointment with the Lord. Of course, we are all called to be brides of Christ. It is a great call because everything you loved in the world is replaced with the love for God. I don’t know if you caught that—replaced with the love for God. I didn’t say, replaced with the love of God because that is graciously given.

God is love. He loves us unconditionally and it’s everlasting. Those who have experienced the love of God can agree with me that there is no way to describe it; you have to experience it for yourself. But God now wants to experience our love towards Him. It will never be to the degree He loves us, but we should be striving to reach that degree because of what was done for us on the cross.

When I entered the room, I could feel His presence, and it was so beautiful. I thought about how a bride would feel on her wedding day, this is what it would be like. I felt loved, beautiful, honored, and important. I knew when I entered that room, I would encounter the Lord in an amazing and new way. I felt like a true bride. I hope to one day experience it in the natural (hint hint :-) ), but I know it will never be the same in the spirit, nor am I expecting it to be the same as if it was coming from the Lord.

After a couple of days in the room, I was sitting in a reclining chair and that is when the Lord poured an amazing revelation into me about being “in love” verses loving. He showed me a screenshot of a movie I saw a while ago of a man and woman at their wedding rehearsal dinner and the bride to be was giving a speech. The first thing that came out of her mouth was “I’m so in love with this man.” Now the Lord wanted me to particularly pay attention to her saying “in love” and how passionately she looked at him when she said it. Her eyes showed an intense adoration toward her husband to be.

Whether in a movie or real life, have you ever noticed one say or you yourself say that they have NOW fallen “in love” with a person so NOW he or she can move forward in the relationship. The Lord asked me, “How can someone move from loving to falling in love with someone? What is the difference? Who made the phrase ‘falling in love?’”

If you yourself or someone else you know, just like in the movie described above, notice the difference in one’s demeanor when saying “I love you” verses I’m “in love” with you. You can say it’s pretty intense. The Lord says that the latter should be reserved only for Him.

If you say I once loved such and such but now I’m in love, what would the reason be? Could it be because you know that person better than you did before? But how could that be when only God knows us better than we know ourselves, so how much “better” could you really know someone else when you don’t really know yourself? When was the last time you told the Lord that you are in love with Him, or did you just tell Him that you love Him? You can feel the profound difference in the adoration and passion just by reading that sentence. The Bible says to “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul (might), and strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV).

When you move from loving someone to being “in love,” then you are putting that person on a very high pedestal and putting forth an expectation that a human being can never reach. Then comes disappointment, stress, and bitterness toward that individual because all your needs you thought he or she could meet are not met.

Usually what happens after that? You move on to being “in love” with someone else. That adoration and passion you once had for someone is now gone and moved on to someone else, just like that! How can this be? It can’t, because God should be the only One on that pedestal; the very One Who is responsible for every beat of our heart. God commands us in Exodus 20:3 to not have any other gods (idols) before Him. I hope you can get this family. God should be the One and Only on the throne of your heart.

Are you crying out to be truly in love, my brother? Do you long to be touched by authentic love, my sister? Are you ready to encounter the Love of all loves, family? Then join me here for tomorrow’s conclusion, at the foot of the Cross, as we allow God to take us in, to the heart of the matter, which is His great and enduring love toward every single one of us.

Lord, we thank You that even while we were yet sinners, You sent Your only Son so that we may be saved because of Your great love for us. We repent now for our confession of being in love with someone and putting them higher than You. We forsake and break every soul tie created by that confession of being in love, and choose to rest in You because we know Your love for is unconditional and everlasting. We confess today that it is You, Lord, that we are “in love” with. We abandon every worldly idea of what love is, and walk in a place of trusting that Your love for us will never fail. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we love you because You first loved us (1 John 4:19). Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Allow God, Who is love (1 John 4:8), to do that necessary and deep work in your heart. Give the Great Physician permission to circumcise your heart, and heal the damage done by wrong relationships and false loves. Call out to the Father to breathe His transforming love upon you this and every day. And continue to fight the good fight of allowing the Author and Finisher of your life to love you like no one else can; for God, your Love Language, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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