Mark 12:30 All About Love

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30

The world is very quick to point out that people need to love each other. They are even faster at saying it to a believer.

Yet the world has a warped sense of what it means to love. According to the world it is love to allow someone to choose to murder (abortion) a baby. It is love to allow someone to live however they want, even in death-sentenced sin.

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with every part of one’s life.

Many in the church are quick to talk about love, to love God and to love others. However, they talk about love in the same way as the world does, love while allowing for sin.

Loving God with everything within one’s self means that God is put absolutely first in every area of life. It is denying self and living as Jesus lived–holy in every area of life–thoughts, words and actions. In other words–obey God in everything.

It is doing everything one can to turn away from sin. It is doing everything one can to encourage others to turn from sin and turn to serve God. It is allowing God to direct every word, step, action and thought as He sees fit to be needed.

Living like this is not easy. It is denial of self and putting God first. The world and those thinking like the world will not like it and will rebel against it.

Every believer who chooses to love God with everything in him will know the abundant life that Jesus promised. He will see the power of God manifested in his life everywhere he goes.

The commandment Jesus gave to those questioning Him also is given to you. Jesus is also telling you that you must love God with every ounce of your being, physically and spiritually.

As with every person, there are areas you can love God better in. There are areas in your life that you are still holding onto sin and this world that prevents you from loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Give those areas up to God and love Him. It will be worth it all.

Are you loving God with all that is within you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all that is in you; that you will give your whole life to loving God; and that you will know and see God’s great love for you.

Revelation 4:11 God is Worthy

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11

As the living creatures are worshipping God, so are the elders. They continually, day and night, state this verse about God being worthy.

They first state that He is worthy to receive glory. This glory is the fame and recognition of who He is and what He has done. No one in all of history can state that they have created everything by their will and word. Only God has the position.

You have your being because God has willed you to have it. Give God the glory for your existence by telling others about Him and what He has done for you.

Next, they give God honor. This is placing high value on God. It is lifting Him up by telling of what He has done and giving Him that high position that no one else can take.

Think about how valuable God is to you. Some will say that He has nothing to do with them. According to the Scriptures the only reason you exist is because of God. Are you enjoying life? Do you want to be alive? If so, than honor God, because without Him you would not have any life at all.

Finally they give God all power. God created everything you see. How much power does it take to do that? Man cannot create anything from nothing, but that is exactly what God did. He deserves the power.

You may recognize that God has the power of creation, but have you given God the power over your life? Have you given God the ability to choose what you do or do not do?

Many people have no problems with God have power in creation, but they do have problems with Him having power in their life. They want to be like the prophets of the Bible, but do not want to lose the control of their life.
Give God all control in your life. He is worthy of it.

Today give God all the glory, honor and power in and for everything in your life. He earned this position by being God and creating everything there is.

I pray today that you will give God the glory due Him; that you will give God the honor due Him; that you will give God the power due Him; that you will allow yourself to be completely controlled by God; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.