Unsurrendered Love Lives ...

Written by Dot McGinnis

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He got what he wanted. He would berepparttar one to inheritrepparttar 135077 promises, given to Abraham and Isaac, in Genesis 22:15-18. But, it was going to be accomplished according to God’s plan, not his. And what was God’s plan for Jacob? It was for him to have Leah. The only problem was, Jacob wanted Rachel. Still, it was going to be Leah who would bear him a son who would one day headrepparttar 135078 Levitical priesthood. And it would be Leah who would bring forth Judah, a son who would headrepparttar 135079 tribe of Judah,repparttar 135080 tribe from whichrepparttar 135081 promised Messiah would come (Genesis 35:23). Jacob got what he wanted however, he did receive Rachel as his wife but it cost him. He paid a high price for her, because from this day forward there would no longer be any peace in his home. There was always to be a constant bickering between his wives, each vying for his attention, both envious ofrepparttar 135082 other. When Jacob was given Leah as his bride, he’d felt as if he’d been deceived, when in reality it was only God’s way of keeping His promise to him. Jacob was fascinated by Rachel. The Bible says she was “lovely in form and beautiful.” Leah was “tender-eyed and had delicate features.” It was God’s perfect will for Jacob to have Leah. But, his desire was for Rachel--she appealed to his flesh. What about you? Have you surrendered your love life torepparttar 135083 Lord? Are you allowing Him to have His say concerning whom you date, or whom you marry? Maybe you’re like Solomon. God may have already given you a definite 'no' concerning a relationship, yet you’ve chosen to ignore His voice; willing, instead, to sufferrepparttar 135084 consequences. Learn from Solomon and always remember, when you play tug-of-war withrepparttar 135085 Lord, you’ll always come outrepparttar 135086 loser. Or, perhaps you’re like David once was. Ninety-nine percent sold out torepparttar 135087 Lord. yet still clinging to that one percent; refusing to acknowledge His Lordship in this area. We need to always remember that God wants our all, or nothing at all. (Revelation 3:15-16), and learn from David’s experience. Or, maybe you’re like Samson; so caught up in a present love affair that your relationship withrepparttar 135088 Lord has suffered torepparttar 135089 point where it is almost non-existent. We need to always remember Samson and never let anything, or anyone, interfere with our walk withrepparttar 135090 Lord. Or, could it be that you’re like Jacob was, right inrepparttar 135091 middle ofrepparttar 135092 will of God and yet too blind to see it? Your eyes constantly drawn to only those “lovely in form” while God may be trying to say to you, “Look, with me onrepparttar 135093 heart, that’s what is really important;repparttar 135094 hidden person ofrepparttar 135095 heart.” (I Samuel 16:7, I Peter 3:3-6). We need to learn from Jacob and seek to discover God’s perfect will for our lives, instead of demanding His permissive will. Bear in mind that all of these men were spiritually strong and growing inrepparttar 135096 Lord. They all had a close relationship with Him. They all loved Him, wholeheartedly. Yet, they were all unsuccessful in relinquishing their love lives to Him. Notice, also, that both David and Solomon were married men. So, even those who are married must, still, guard against having unsurrendered love. I pray that we can learn fromrepparttar 135097 mistakes these men made and I thank God that we have a forgiving Father, full of mercy and grace: One that will give us a second chance when we fall, if only we promise to once again “set apart Christ" as Lord in our hearts. (I Peter 3:15).

© by Dot McGinnis



Dot is a poet and a published author from Pennsylvania who has served as assistant editor for the Christian newspaper Majesty. She is retired yet continues serving the Lord via the Heavenly Inspirations Ministries.

Call no man Father

Written by Rev Anthony Smith

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“But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father uponrepparttar earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.” Commandments from Jesus. Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrinesrepparttar 135076 commandments of men. Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrinesrepparttar 135077 commandments of men. John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keeprepparttar 135078 commandments. If this were not important torepparttar 135079 association of man to God, Jesus would not have stated these commandments. Our relationship with The Father is based upon our acceptance of Him as, Father, Counselor, Teacher, King, Master, and Almighty God. But when we put man atrepparttar 135080 same level as God then there is a breakdown in our relationship with God. “Howbeit in vain” ” But in vain’ they do worship me! Is your worship of God in vain, does he hear your prayers and petitions or does He turn His back to a adulterous and gainsaying person? Are you calling a man Holy Father, who can neither answer prayers nor forgive sin? {But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut uprepparttar 135081 kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.} these men were destined for Hell, are you? Its time to think and searchrepparttar 135082 scriptures, its time to hearrepparttar 135083 truth before its too late.


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