December 3, 2019

The Lord Loves Israel. - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Deuteronomy 23:5 “,   Nevertheless the Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee because the Lord Your God Loves You.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, from the above context we understand that our God loved Israel. Those whom the Lord loves are blessed. Hence the Lord turns the curse into a blessing through the very mouth of Balaam. For both the tribes Ammonite and Moabites had not met the children of Israel with bread and water while they were on their way to Canaan the promised Land. Balak hired Balaam to curse the people because whatever He spoke was wonder struck.  The Lord over ruled his tongue and put such words into his mouth in such a manner   that instead of cursing he blessed Israel.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, God delighted in David and wished to set him on the throne, of Israel because the Lord loved Israel for ever.   He made him King of Israel to do justice and righteousness. The Bible says, When Israel was a youth I loved him. And out of Egypt, I called My son.  Because God loved Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the fathers of Israel, he set his love on their descendants too after them.

 My Dear Brothers and Sisters, the Psalmist says, God shall choose our inheritance for us. So we submit our will, our choice, our desire wholly to Him. Our Heritage here and hereafter, we leave to Him. Let the Lord do with us as seems Him good.  The Excellency of Jacob whom he loved, He divided their portion according to their tribes. God was the glory of Israel. He loved His people, and became their greatest glory.  God loves us and He shall be our exceeding joy. As for the latter days, may our portion be in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our beauty, our best treasure, lies in having such a God to love us.

My Dear brothers and Sisters, Love is a fundamental part of God’s nature. We are able to love Him or anyone else because He first loved us.  God expects us to love Him with our whole heart and from our whole soul, and from our whole mind, and from our whole strength. In fact God wants us to love Him with our whole being. God is love and He became a man, Jesus Christ. When we receive the Lord Jesus Christ We receive all that He   is into our spirit. The good news for us is that we can turn   our hearts to Him as He is in our spirit.  God commanded    us to love Him absolutely. Our Love for God actually originates from God Himself. It comes from His love within us which is higher than anything we can generate.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Have you tasted that the Lord is good? If not taste and see that the Lord is good. Feel the kindness of God in your life and His love for mankind. Evidence of God’s love is all around you in the beauty of sunshine, the kindness of a friend.  Receive Christ into your life and trust Him as your Saviour. God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we are grateful to you for the Love you have displayed on the cross of Calvary. Help us to love You with all of our soul, heart, mind and strength. Teach us to love Him with pure love. May we make the Lord the treasure of our life. Let God be our exceeding joy in our life.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

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