Someone who rules by love is someone who’s ruling by God’s way and will never, ever fail. While ruling by love may sound weak, it’s really the only way that a Christian can successfully operate in who God has created them to be. But to rule this way requires help.
1 John 2:1
We have an Advocate. Sin is no longer an issue if we believe in Jesus.
People should always be looking to change and grow. A person who no longer changes is a person who’s no longer growing. True change doesn’t come from law or self-effort. The law has no power to change us, no power to make us right, and the law has no power to justify us.
The law shows us what we can’t do. Right behavior and right living comes from right believing.
We, as the church, have to be changed ourselves, so that when the world needs the love of God who is in us, we’ll reflect and rule by His love.
If what we read, see or hear is rejecting people, it’s rejecting His love.
Galatians 3:11, Galatians 2:16, Romans 7:6
If we want to serve God, we should be living in the Spirit. We have God living on the inside of us, telling us what we should and shouldn’t do. But this means we have to have a relationship with Him. There is no “app for that”.
We need to stop giving people and other things authority in our lives by listening to what they say. We have the truth on the inside of us. We can’t bow down to things that are beneath us.
Grace, Who is Jesus, did what the law could not; Grace, Who is Jesus, saved us and actually changes us from the inside out.
When we start feeling condemnation, that’s not God. The Holy Spirit will tell us what’s wrong in our lives, and He will tell us the right way to go. But He’s not making us feel worthless – that’s not Him.
Those of us who are saved have freedom, and freedom doesn’t let us feel bad. The enemy can even use the Word to try to deceive us.
We as believers don’t operate by what we see; we operate by what the Holy Spirit tells us. We operate by faith, and faith by definition is what He says, but we can’t see. Faith is a response to what we believe, according to the Word of God.
It requires faith to read while running! We know we’re in faith when we’re moving and constantly receiving while moving. If we are waiting to see the whole picture before we move, that’s not faith! When He says something and we get moving, that’s faith. We need to keep moving, because we trust Him. And the moment we stop because of what we see is the moment we step out of faith.
God’s vision for our lives will be fulfilled. That should create assurance on the inside of us. That should create a comfort that says God has not forgotten about us, or changed His mind about us, and what He’s said will come to pass. It isn’t about what it looks like, it isn’t about what anyone else says – it’s about what He says.
We need to keep listening for instructions from the Holy Spirit. He will tell us specific things we need to do on earth that will help manifest His will. He will tell us, 9 times out of 10, to get out of our comfort zones. We have to be willing to go ahead alone; we have to be willing to trust Jesus. Something on the inside of Peter was willing to trust in the Word of Jesus more than in nature itself, and when he stepped out of the boat, the laws of physics had to change – gravity was no longer in effect. God will change rules and laws and regulations to match His will for our lives. We won’t sink, because we’re trusting Jesus. No weapon formed against us can prosper.
We have to trust God. If we want to change, if we want to be who He’s called us to be, if we want to have what He’s called us to have, we have to make a decision that we will change, and we will trust the Holy Ghost. We will trust the voice of the Father to carry us where we need to be. We need to stop trusting ourselves. We need to stop trusting others and declare, “Lord, Yours is the only voice that matters.”
Points to ponder
Who or what has shaped you into the person you are today? Were any of those voices/events negative? How would you have done things differently if you didn’t have to listen to those influences? Whose voice actually matters? What does He say about you?
Is there something you feel God has called you to do? Are you hesitating or waiting? Why? Have you started but, like Peter, are all of a sudden feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of your calling? Did Jesus allow Peter to sink? Do you think God will allow you to sink?
What laws have existed that have marginalized people? How were these laws made to change? Do laws like these exist today? How will they be made to change? Who has the responsibility to cause them to change?
Take-Home Thought: “When I get before God, I want to remind Him of His goodness, I want to thank Him for his favor on my life, I want to thank Him for His Son’s blood, because the more I speak it and the more I say it, the more I’m reminded of who He is, and now I’m getting to know Him better and better and better, and now I can hear His voice and be led in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake, and before I know it I’m bumping into manifested blessing after blessing after blessing. Why? ‘Cause I’m walking in step with my God. This is how we’re supposed to be living.”
Thank God that He has planned out your life and put blessings in place for you. Thank Him that He has already given you all you need for your life.
Thank Him that through His life-changing love, you have been forever changed, and that the blood of Jesus has cleansed you from every sin. Thank Him that it doesn’t stop at the cross, but that the Holy Spirit lives in you and guides you in each step.
If you are not sure what God’s calling on your life actually is, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Spend time in His company, and really listen while He speaks to your heart.