Love moved First


As we head into Valentine’s day weekend the theme of love came to mind. All morning before I got before my computer the song by Casting Crowns kept playing in my head Love Moved First. As I was getting ready to head up to write the ideas around how much God loved us, even though we weren’t even alive yet, that He moved first and sent Jesus, He gave His one and only Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but would have everlasting life. As I was getting ready the idea of how God is love and there is no darkness in Him came to mind. As I was getting ready the thought of God is Love and so that means that God is patient, is kind, He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud, He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs, God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.

So as we prepare for this day, will we move in love, will we act in love, will we speak in love, will we prepare in love, will we plan in love, will what comes out of us be from the overflow of love? Will we fill ourselves with love so that the overflow into the lives around us will be love? From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks!


Hope you have a GREAT day and a Happy Valentine’s Day weekend. Choose love! Remember, Love moved First! Let’s listen to the song before we continue…

Love Moved First by Casting Crowns

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God’s Peace Plan


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 29:11

‘The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Peace, what do you think it is? How do you think you can get it?
  • Peace with God – do you have it?
  • Peace of God – do you have it?
  • Peace with others – do you have it?
  • The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Peace with God comes through faith and brings justification!
  • Peace of God requires action and is impacted in how we live our lives. Imagine if we lived out our lives like Philippians 4:4-7 and how we would be filled with and so connected to God that we could feel that peace that surpasses all understanding.
    • ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ — Philippians 4:4-7
  • Peace isn’t the absent of war.
  • Peace isn’t the absent of hassles.
  • Peace is found in the wonder and awe of God.
  • God in the midst of storms can bring peace by calming the storm or by calming the storm in us, walking us through the external storms of life.
  • Through faith we can find strength and peace through God.
  • In the midst of the storms, the winds, and the waves, God is able to bring in us a peace that surpasses all understanding.
  • He will bring us peace in spite of the troubles, trials, and storms of life.
  • If we focus on God rather than the storm then His peace can comfort and strengthen us!
  • If we focus on how great our God is rather than how big our problems are then His peace can comfort and strengthen us!
  • God is love! Let’s never forget that God is love!
  • So are you facing troubles, trials, or storms of life? Are you focusing on how big they are more than how BIG your God is? Change your focus to be on God’s wonder and awe! When we focus on God, His peace can fill us! So let’s praise Him! Let’s worship Him! Let’s live out our today as living sacrifices in order to bring Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!
  • Let’ take hold of God’s peace plan by staying in connection with Him and keeping our focus on Him and remembering He is bigger than any trouble, problem, or storm of life that can come our way!
  • Let’s allow our faith to grow by focusing on His greatness!
  • As we do, our peace will grow too!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What’s the connection between wonder and peace?
  • When we focus on God rather than our problems we can find peace!
  • When we remember the wonders and awe of God our problems pale in comparison and so His peace that surpasses all understand can guard our hearts and minds.
What are somethings you can do to increase your sense of wonder at God’s power?
  • Consider God’s creation!
  • Consider the beauty of the sky He created!
  • Consider the beauty of nature that He created!
  • Focus on how GREAT He is!

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God takes life’s broken pieces and gives us unbroken peace.”

Wilbert Donald Gough

Found this incredible picture in my searches for links for today’s quote and so sharing it and a link to the source:

“Unbroken Peace” – Pinterest

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Exodus 30
  • Exodus 31
    • Do you realize the skills, gifts, talents God has given you?
    • Are you ready to use them for a purpose greater than yourself?

So are you ready for love? Are you ready for God’s peace? Are you ready to let God take life’s broken pieces and receive unbroken peace?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Sinner’s Prayer

Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


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