Fall in Love

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Are you… Falling in Love? or Falling in Religion?

Why do we do the things we do? Why do we devote our time, money and effort towards the things we enjoy? There is a difference between the things we want to do and things we have to do? The difference is LOVE!

Falling in Religion
Falling into Religion is being “tied down” to a set of rules, practices, sacrifices, deeds or commitments. That no matter how much you try, it will never produce true love. These set of rules or traditions may be followed out of fear. Fearing rejection from ones loved ones or peers. Others by doing so set at ease their conscience here on earth regarding eternal things. Relationships are a great example of falling in love or falling into religion.

I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.

Following vows of marriage or commitment to another person cannot be free of burden, if we don’t have true love. Any vow without love becomes a law that cannot be followed faithfully. This is to big of a burden to carry and even follow through without Jesus. The good news is that God did away with all our burdens and placed His law in our hearts, through Jesus Christ. So that we all can willingly and whole heatedly follow through.

Falling in Love
Love practices no constraints. It has no boundaries or limits. It goes beyond what we see, it always hopes & breaks down the rules that bind us all. God’s love sets us free! When we are in love it’s not hard to be faithful, stay committed, be honest, hope, trust, sacrifice, apologize, be patient… etc.

When love is absent any relationship becomes burdensome & those things we so easily did when we were in love are difficult to follow through.

Remember the next time you say, “I you love!” Are you willing to love them the way Christ loved you… and above all things?

  • How is your relationship with God and others?
  • Do you serve Him and others out of religion or out of love?
  • Do you want to fall in love?

Jason Gray – More Like Falling In Love
Shawn McDonald – All I NeedJESUS>RELIGIONI DO…

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Sacrifice + Service

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” -Romans 12:1 (KJV)

Read or listen to 1 Samuel 3:1-10: v1. “The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” -1 Samuel 3:1-10

  • Ask yourself! Am I anywhere near serving the Lord? What does that look like? Where do I begin?
  • Now think about those things we have asked God to change in your life. Is that thing, emotion or habit, anywhere near being committed to the service of the Lord.

In the old testament all the sacrifices were brought to the temple and offered to God. From possessions, to animals/food and even people. In 1 Samuel 1:11 the mother of Samuel made one of the biggest sacrifices any mother could ever make. She sacrificed, offered and kept her word. What is yours? Samuel’s mother dedicated her only son to the Lord and the temple is exactly where she made Samuel’s dwelling place. She knew God would honor her sacrifice and He did. God’s desire is that we sacrifice from the heart and with a broken spirit. What are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to put your sacrifice up for service? You just have to be willing to surrender and God will take care of the rest. When God began to call Samuel he did not know him yet or at personal level. God want us to be ready for His service! His desire is to reveal Himself to each and every one of us. We just have to take those steps of faith so when he calls we can confidently say, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

How does service look like?

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to

  1. offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, …
  2. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
  3. Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,
  4. 9 Love must be sincere.
  5. Hate what is evil; …
  6. cling to what is good.
  7. 10 Be devoted to one another in love.
  8. Honor one another above yourselves.
  9. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, …
  10. 12 Be joyful in hope, …
  11. patient in affliction, …
  12. faithful in prayer.
  13. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
  14. Practice hospitality.
  15. 14 Bless those who persecute you; …
  16. bless and do not curse.
  17. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; …
  18. mourn with those who mourn.
  19. 16 Live in harmony with one another.
  20. Do not be proud, …
  21. Do not be conceited.
  22. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
  23. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
  24. live at peace with everyone.
  25. 19 Do not take revenge, …
  26. “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; …
  27. if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
  28. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12 (NIV)

Are you willing to serve and fight the good fight of faith? All He needs is YOU!

Who You Are – Unspoken

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green