Ladies, Who Should You Fight For?

Sisters, do you view Jesus as someone totally worth living for, worth listening to and obeying, worth spending time with; worth loving? 

We love because He first loved us. Love literally is not possible in a world where Jesus does not exist. He showed us what love is and it’s Him! Plain and simple: God is love, Jesus and God are one. Outside of them, there is no perfect love. (1 John 4:16-19)

That means there isn’t a single human being on the planet–including yourself–who can “complete” or fulfill or love you sufficiently. 

True love paid the price to forever love you perfectly. Jesus died so if you stopped looking elsewhere for love, and instead trusted in His love, you can be forgiven for every single sin you’ve ever done or thought, and be freely welcomed into heaven where He will faithfully love you for all eternity! 

If He isn’t worthy, then who or what is more worthy than Him? What or who deserves more devotion and attention? 

I’ve been getting this conviction more and more to live to please Jesus. The world, movies, books, TV shows, music, it’s the most popular message out now: you should be pleased, you are number one. Humanism is really all about the human and his or her goodness and worthiness. The problem is, who in the world decides what’s good and why, and who is worthy and why? 

God is the whole reason behind morality. Without God, morality will eventually crumble and decay until there’s nothing left of it. Don’t believe me? Take a look at our society and how much we’ve fallen. We are now becoming evermore what this biblical prophecy described would happen in the last times:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.(Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.)-2 Timothy 33:1-7

Today I will fight the devil and my own selfish desires that shout, “Live for you! Do what you want!” And instead, I will fight to love and please Jesus. Will you?

I Have Feelings For God

Loving God isn’t supposed to be based on emotions, on how He makes you feel when you praise Him or pray. I love my husband, but all those intense euphoric feelings we had during our courtship have faded. If our love was based on emotions, we would’ve divorced after the honeymoon.
Sure there are joyful moments and romantic memories, as there are at times with God. But the Lord knows if our love for Him only lasted because of how He makes us feel, it wouldn’t be real love, it’d be selfishness. We’d only spend time with Him for what we get out of it, for the euphoric feelings we get when praising Him.
So no, we don’t always feel those things. In the five years I’ve walked with Jesus there’s been a handful of times where I experienced what being filled with His Spirit feels like, and it was definitely the greatest high I’ve ever had and quite indescribable, but if He let me experience that every time I prayed and praised, I’d stay at home all day and never walk in the good works He predestined me to walk in. And like I said earlier, my love for Him would be solely based on how He makes me feel rather than the fact that He’s completely worthy of all my love and devotion because He’s my Creator, my Father who has done everything for me and given me everything I need and more through His only begotten Son. I’d ignore His Word if He allowed me to feel the crazy sensations I’ve felt before, and rather than a useful daughter, I’d be a selfish Holy-Spirit-sensation addict. I’m grateful for the times I’ve undeniably experienced a taste of what God feels like, but I’m more grateful that He’s reserved the fullness of that experience for heaven, for when my work down here is finished.
So dear brother or sister, if you’ve based your alone-time with God off of how you’re going to feel when you do, please stop. After a while (if it hasn’t already), you’re not going to feel euphoric sensations anymore and like many, you’ll walk away because your love wasn’t based on who He is, but on how He made you feel. That’s how the world does “love”–it’s all about feelings. How you feel with the person, rather than on what real love is:

Loving God isn’t supposed to be based on emotions, on how He makes you feel when you praise Him or pray. I love my husband, but all those intense euphoric feelings we had during our courtship have faded. If our love was based on emotions, we would’ve divorced after the honeymoon.
Sure there are joyful moments and romantic memories, as there are at times with God. But the Lord knows if our love for Him only lasted because of how He makes us feel, it wouldn’t be real love, it’d be selfishness. We’d only spend time with Him for what we get out of it, for the euphoric feelings we get when praising Him.
So no, we don’t always feel those things. In the five years I’ve walked with Jesus there’s been a handful of times where I experienced what being filled with His Spirit feels like, and it was definitely the greatest high I’ve ever had and quite indescribable, but if He let me experience that every time I prayed and praised, I’d stay at home all day and never walk in the good works He predestined me to walk in. And like I said earlier, my love for Him would be solely based on how He makes me feel rather than the fact that He’s completely worthy of all my love and devotion because He’s my Creator, my Father who has done everything for me and given me everything I need and more through His only begotten Son. I’d ignore His Word if He allowed me to feel the crazy sensations I’ve felt before, and rather than a useful daughter, I’d be a selfish Holy-Spirit-sensation addict. I’m grateful for the times I’ve undeniably experienced a taste of what God feels like, but I’m more grateful that He’s reserved the fullness of that experience for heaven, for when my work down here is finished.
So dear brother or sister, if you’ve based your alone-time with God off of how you’re going to feel when you do, please stop. After a while (if it hasn’t already), you’re not going to feel euphoric sensations anymore and like many, you’ll walk away because your love wasn’t based on who He is, but on how He made you feel. That’s how the world does “love”–it’s all about feelings. How you feel with the person, rather than on what real love is:

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Nowhere are feelings mentioned in the above passage, because like I said, there are moments of that, but that’s not love, it’s a gift from God, a temporary by-product of happiness–or infatuation. But real love “suffers long” and “doesn’t seek its own.” That means when the feelings fade and life gets rough, (or your human spouse messes up), you hold fast and don’t give up, you sacrifice. That’s what real love is: sacrifice without selfish motives. Jesus said it best:

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Jesus actually did this, He gave His own perfect life for us:

… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

And that kind of love–despite how I feel–deserves all of my love.

Know your worth,
Natasha above passage, because like I said, there are moments of that, but that’s not love, it’s a gift from God, a temporary by-product of happiness–or infatuation. But real love “suffers long” and “doesn’t seek its own.” That means when the feelings fade and life gets rough, (or your human spouse messes up), you hold fast and don’t give up, you sacrifice. That’s what real love is: sacrifice without selfish motives. Jesus said it best:

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Jesus actually did this, He gave His own perfect life for us:

… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

And that kind of love–despite how I feel–deserves all of my love.

Know your worth,
Natasha