The Foundation Of Success Is A Heart Established In The Love Of God

The “heart” is a figurative description of the underlying motivating driving force of a human being, the “real us” so to speak. The “heart” is not a costume, mask, set of bullet points or some other superficial, surface or outwardly manifested thing. The “heart” is the inner core, center of being, foundation and root of a human being.

In Proverbs we read…

Pro 3:1  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

It is via the “heart” that one is implored to keep God’s commandments. Consider that Jesus taught the first and greatest commandment was to “love the Lord thy God with ALL THY HEART, and with ALL THY SOUL, and with ALL THEY MIND.”

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 

Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.

The second was then to “love they neighbour as thyself” and it was upon those two commandments which hung “ALL the law and the prophets.”

Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 

Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 

In other words, the central theme of the law (ie. God’s rules) and the prophets (ie. admonition to forsake evil and follow God’s rules) is the fundamental principle of the “real us,” being our “inner core, center of being, foundation and root,” TRULY being established in the love of God.

The consequence of this, in the context of “cause and effect,” would be…

Pro 3:2  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

This is because a life lived in accordance with genuine love produces good fruit. Diligent, productive and responsible living with an eye out for the well being of others. Benefits like optimal health due to responsible self care (ie. healthy diet and exercise). The benefits of good relationships due being patient, honest and caring. The benefits of being a productive member of society due to good work ethic, not injuring others, and always moving forward. The benefits of being a good example to others in that when things go wrong or are difficult one remains positive, hopeful and thus is NEVER defeated by the trials and tribulations of life.

A “long life” is certainly not definitive in the context of every individual (ie. tragedies occur) but it is certainly definitive in context as a general theme. Healthy and responsible living results in better outcomes than unhealthy and irresponsible living. Therefore a life rooted in a foundation of God’s law (genuine love) is profitable.

The Apostle Paul summed it up in these words…

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:4-9

With that in mind contemplate on the wise words of Proverbs chapter 3… 

Pro 3:1  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 

Pro 3:2  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 

Pro 3:3  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 

Pro 3:4  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

Pro 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 

Pro 3:8  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Lead To My Deliverance!

“I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” Philippians 1:18-19 (NLT)

When things are falling apart, don’t try to work it out yourself. Let God put the pieces back together.

If you’re facing a problem, you’ve got two options: You can worship, or you can worry. That’s it! This is what I call the faith factor.

Paul says in Philippians 1:18-19, “I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance” (NLT).

In that one Scripture passage, Paul reveals several sources of strength for staying positive and happy in tough times. 

First, you have to keep God’s perspective about your problems. Paul says, “For I know . . .” It’s what you know that keeps you going. Paul knows God is working in the midst of his struggle, and he keeps God’s bigger perspective that helps him see past his problems.

Second, Paul has people praying for him, and that keeps him going. Knowing you have the support of other believers is like having wind to fill your sails. It keeps you from giving up.

Then he says, “The Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me.” The Holy Spirit also keeps Paul going. And the same Spirit that keeps Paul going is the Spirit that is working in you and helping you persevere as a follower of Jesus.

Finally, he says, “This will lead to my deliverance.” Paul has faith that God will work his problems for good. God is going to do his good work, no matter what you decide. But he also wants to see you growing in faith and showing him that you believe he can do it.

Because he has God’s perspective, the prayer of friends, the Holy Spirit, and faith, Paul chooses to “continue to rejoice.”

Make the choice to rejoice.

Quality Christian Living

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”James 5:7-8

We are living in a fast moving world and we always compete with each other and whoever is the fastest wins the race. Today, innovation is evolved around speed:- Our airplane, train and car are faster compared with the past and fast-food restaurants are mushrooming because people are rushing.

We definitely save time if we work fast and we are less tired if we travel by plane than by car. If time is the essence, it will be very productive because we achieve the expected result. On the other hand, from a life development perspective, doing things fast may not always be good. If we are on a fast lane but that happens to be the wrong lane, it can bring us grave consequences.

It can be a painful experience for someone if we asked them to wait and be patient. When we were children, we probably would have been counting the days when we could finish school, becoming adults and starting to earn money. However, there are stages that we need to go through if we are to develop properly as a person. These stages or phases of lifetime development are natural progression if we are to become strong mentally and physically.

Nowadays people prefer shortcut. As a result, a lot of things out there are fake, ostentatious and pretentious; what you see is not really what it is in terms of relationship building. It takes time to build one which is sustainable based on mutual trust and understanding, and getting to know each other well. In perspective, developing true friendship is a long term process. We also need to be patient if we are to aim for personal development. To improve ourselves mentally and spiritually, we need to learn from others and from our own experiences, knowing what our mistakes are and be prepared to make amends.

In doing God’s work, success is not measured by what we see but is about how much we allow God to work in and through us. Success is not only about quantity of work but about how we conduct ourselves as worthy Christians with quality Christian living.
Be patient and persevere! Do not give up but be firm on building sustainable success. By doing so, God will provide us with the rightful reward.

The Winning Soul

And Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the Lord had done to Israel, in that He had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. Jethro said, “Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods, because in this affair they dealt arrogantly with the people.” And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God. ” Exodus 18:9-12

There are many ways in winning souls; whichever the way, the most important thing is the message and what we say to them. Indeed, faith comes from hearing the message of God but equally important is our deeds, the way we behave and how we act lend credit to the things we say.

This passage is about Moses bringing his father-in-law Jethro before God. Moses did not preach but he was more of a living testimony and he witnessed to his father-in-law in his own natural way. Moses was a humble man and his testimony was meaningful:

  • He mentioned about help from the clutch of Pharaoh and the Egyptians
  • He spoke about all sorts of help that he had received while journeying

After Jethro heard about what Moses had said, he rejoiced and believed in the God of Moses. He worshipped the Lord by offering sacrifices to Him and said there was no other god mightier than the Lord. Today there is good news for those who wish to win souls but do not know how to preach and feels uncomfortable in public speaking. We can learn from Moses who instead of preaching talked about his experience.

We can relate our experiences with God and how he has freed us from the burden of sin and how His help and guidance have come in time. People who hear what we have to say will therefore praise the Lord. Although there are people who will hesitate to receive the good news, the seed of faith has nevertheless been sown and one fine day when they encounter problems, they will remember what we have told them. Our duty is to speak the truth and God will do the rest. Let us arise today and be His witnesses.

Christian Salvation – Keep Yourselves In The Love Of God

In the Epistle of Jude we find a very prudent statement.

Jud 1:21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Jude implores the read to “keep themselves” in the “love of God.” The opposite, of course, would be “not keeping ourselves” in the “love of God”

Obviously the “keeping ourselves” is something that we must do, it is not something that another does for us.

Jude connects the “keeping ourselves” to “looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Compare that sentiment to the sentiment of Paul in Romans 2 where he speaks how God is going to render to each person according to their deeds…

Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Rom 2:8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God.

So with Paul we have “eternal life” to those  who “patiently continue in well doing.” So we know that “well doing” is connected to “remaining in the love of God.” Now take a look at this…

2Th 3:3  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
2Th 3:4  And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
2Th 3:5  And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

So here we have the Lord faithfully establishing us by directing our hearts into the love of God, something in which we are to keep ourselves. By keeping ourselves, we patiently continue in well doing as we patiently wait upon Christ.

What are we waiting upon Christ for? The answer is His mercy in granting us eternal life, a hope yet to be reaped.

Tit 1:2  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Tit 1:3  But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Eternal life is for those whom truly love God, those whom endure temptation and yet remain faithful. Very much like a human marriage, faithfulness, fidelity and love.

Jas 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Those whom love God obviously “keep themselves” in the love of God, that love being “manifest righteousness” shed abroad into the heart by the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost given to all those whom obey God.

Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Act 5:32  And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Is not the New Covenant a covenant of the love of God written upon our minds and in our hearts?

Heb 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

…which leads us right back to the mercy of God…

Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Jud 1:21  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Dear reader, can you see how genuine salvation is a manifest state of having been saved FROM sin, to have been delivered from evil itself, to have been established in the love of God, something in which we keep ourselves in remaining yielded to God’s influence whereby we love both God and our neighbour with all our mind, soul and body.

So let’s all examine ourselves in all honesty and with due diligence. Are we keeping ourselves in the love of God, have we even entered into it to begin with?

Please consider.