Music Download: Fill My Cup, Lord
|LOVE YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER AS HE LOVES HIS
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." I feel that in serving Him with "all thy mind,"
that you will cover all of your being, including heart and soul, because you are what you think.
And how do you do that. I heard Reverend David Jeremiah give an interesting
thought, as he listed the active verbs in the Psalm 119, the longest Psalm, with its150 verses. In our grammar, verbs are
what we call "active words," and there are so many in Psalm 119, that I won’t attempt to hold your attention
through all of them, but for starters, God says of His Word, we should "walk in it, keep it, respect it, praise it, learn
it…we should not sin against it, we should teach it, declare it, rejoice in it, meditate on it, respect it," and
it goes on and on.
you question what God is telling us about loving the Lord? And I collect all of that into our minds, which control our hearts
and our souls. We should have Him in our thoughts as we "rise up in the morning," and throughout our days, thanking
Him for last night’s rest, and for the new day He’s bringing to us. Thanking Him for the food He has provided,
with the portions possibly coming to us from all over the world, if we consider each part. "From the store" is
not the answer!
when we love the Lord with all our mind, I believe it will cover our heart, soul, and all of our being. "Study to show
thyself approved" (2nd Timothy 2:15).
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.