Uncomfortable Love

    A dad who walked out of your child’s life without footprints that will lead her to him.
    A family member diagnosed with an illness that makes you question if God is all that “loving.”
    A co-worker who deliberately miscommunicates your work to the team lead, causing others to trust your abilities.
    An employee who intentionally attempts to sabotage your leadership skills.

It is one thing to know a principle; it is another thing altogether to apply it.

When trying to love real people, in the real world, love is the last thing that crosses our mind.

What do you do when loving someone is uncomfortable? When the love is misinterpreted or not reciprocated?

Consider this:

You may think that it is difficult to love who you would feel is unlovable but consider how God demonstrated His love towards us (AND CONTINUES to) when:

  • We are the most difficult.
  • We question His existence.
  • We question is decisions.
  • We call ourselves getting upset with Him.
  • We blame Him for evil- when He has nothing to do with the evil.

Even in the midst of our rejection of Him, our wicked thoughts and polluted verbiage, He still loved us, when it was uncomfortable.

Oh, so you say He is God and He has no feelings? Sure He does. Why would He have been hurt (grieved) to His heart for making man, contemplating the thought of destroying everything?

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (Genesis 6:5-6, KJV)

It hurts to love someone and they do not love you back. Rejection hurts. Love covers what the mind cannot comprehend. If you are seeking for a model of unconditional love. Look no further. Imitate Jesus.

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG

Pick Up the Phone

How can my situation change?

When will it change?

How will it change?

I’ve been in this or that for so long, why should I believe that it will ever change?

If it could change, why is it taking so long?

Have you ever had any of these types of questions run across your mind? If you’re not careful, you begin to question the very presence and ability of God. I cannot stress the importance of prayer. Prayer is your contact with God, through the Holy Spirit.

Praying is our communication piece. If we don’t do this continually, our spiritual life suffers. We often view prayer as a means of obtaining what we desire and what we need, but there is so much more to prayer than just your personal requests.

  • Prayer is the way we get to know God for ourselves.
  • Prayer is His invitation to get to know Him.
  • Prayer is our spiritual mobile device, allowing us to have direct contact with our Father to ask Him what HIS desires are, what HIS purpose is, and what HIS will is for situations that arise in our lives.

God allows us to approach Him. Are you serious? To have the ability to approach our Creator and speak with Him directly should not be taken lightly.

You have daily access to speak to GOD! Think about that!

Prayer is a privilege. God is far above us, completely holy above everyone and everything.

Prayer changes the results of bad news.

Prayer gives a solution to a problem.

Prayer lifts the heavy burdens.

Prayer keeps us more purpose driven.

Prayer keeps us more spiritually minded.

Prayer increases our faith in Jesus.

Prayer makes us honest with who we are and what we need to do.

Prayer makes us examine ourselves.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1 NLT

Okay Jesus. Let’s pray:

Father in the name of Jesus. Lord I just want to thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to come before you and speak with you. I am humbled that you would allow us the ability to actually have a conversation with you. To be in your presence, to experience your glory- as much of you as you desire to reveal to us, oh my God we are not worthy. But here I sit as a weak and humble vessel. I thank you for who you are. I thank you that you love us and continuously show us what genuine love looks like. It’s amazing that we come to you with our personal petitions for some things but feel we can handle the matters of our own heart…until those things do not work out as we planned. It’s amazing that we want to prove to you that we are adults and can handle things ourselves, until we have to return and fall back on our knees to ask for your mercy. Lord you are the king of kings and the Lord or Lords. You are unlike our earthly parents. For they teach us until we become of a certain age to prove we are mature enough to handle situations, have a family of our own and impart morals and standards into them. You never let go of us, always showing us that we will forever be your children regardless of how old we become. I thank you for giving us an opportunity to be with you. If we be honest, it’s rough out here. The enemy sees us all as one target. Not only is he attacking men – which has always been but also women and children. Lord continue to keep your people. Let those that serve you KNOW that one of the benefits of serving you is protection. Let them understand the difference between temptation (something we give in to because we wanted it) and trials (suffering we go through spiritually for a designed purpose). We know that the power the enemy has was given for a season. We also know that you have power over him and your power is from everlasting to everlasting. We also know that we give him power. BUT OH GOD – JESUS!!! We have declared and decreed that when the enemy begins to roar, we are roaring back, standing firm and boldly on your word. I’m not trying tell you what you said because you know what you’ve promised. But you said you would rebuke the devourer for us. Rebuke means put him in check. JESUS can you check him please? Let Him know who you are and whose we are. Those who have not yet surrendered and have not made the decision to live for you, I ask that you allow them to connect with your true believers. Allow them to recognize that everyone is not hypocritical. You have children that listen to you and live so that your glory can be revealed through them.

For too long we have taken the ability to converse with you to lightly as if we earned access to come before the throne of grace. Forgive me Father. Your presence is better than life. Your love is more precious than the rarest of jewels. Your power is stronger than the mightiest of armies. I love you forever. Jesus, I thank you for loving me enough that you were willing to stand in the middle. I am not worthy to approach God personally, but you were willing to make that sacrifice. Thank you for taking this prayer to our Father. You are the best big brother ever. I long to see the day where I get to meet you personally. I don’t know if I will fall to my face or pass out. By no means am I rushing the formal greeting. I still have some raising of children to do; but you’re always in my heart and on my mind. It amazes me all the things you do for me…and I’ve never seen your face. I’m getting so teary-eyes I can’t see these words on the screen. So I’ll end this prayer for now as I humbly ask that you accept this prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Pick up the spiritual phone and talk to your Father. He will always answer.

Get Up!

How can a fall be good? Isn’t this like an oxymoron- contradictory? A fall hurts, provokes pain- so then how can a fall be good?

When you’re in a position of imbalance, unable to stand, you need assistance.

It’s unfortunate that your heart was broken. It’s unfortunate that you loss your job.

It’s unfortunate that your child strayed from the morals and values you instilled.

It’s unfortunate that your life was threatened – but your life was not taken.

A fallen posture means that you needed some assistance.

Now your ears are no longer dull of hearing the word of God.

Now your heart is open to receive correction.

Now the veil of sin can be removed and your spiritual eye is open to see the works of the flesh and the works of the spirit- just like Paul.

The fall prepares you for victory.

The Bible just man can fall 7 Times, but don’t count me out (Proverbs 24:16). Bae baeee…that 8th time, when I get up, I’m getting up in victory. I’m getting up in power. I’m getting ip in strength.

Why? Because the number 8 signifies resurrection and regeneration.

8= 7+1

…and since the number 8 comes just after seven, which itself signifies completion, 8 is also associated with the beginning of a new era or that of a new order.

When the prodigal son was in a pig pen, he fell to the shame of his sinful ways but when he came to himself, he stood up, and went back to his father.

You may have fallen, but don’t stay there. Get up! That fall was good and so was the ground you fell on.

Who Is Leading You?

What drives you? What provokes you to react? Consider these statements below:

The thoughts that you had that were from a kingdom but not THE Kingdom.

  • The verbiage that you spoke with negative intentions.
  • The revengeful actions you took.
  • The conversations you participated in, which were predicated on heresy.
  • The temptation that you gave into anyway…
  • The dispassionate effort you give to be a living sacrifice.
  • The complaints that you make- not recognizing the blessings that you have.
  • The confusion and discord that you caused.
  • The unseasoned, graceless words you spoke (Colossians 4:6).

Would we be entangled in any of these things…if God was right there? I mean literally, standing on the right side of us?

Well, He is.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”John‬ ‭14:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If we place The Lord (and His word) in front of us, we would not succumb to the things aforementioned.

“I always put the LORD in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side.” Psalms 16:8 CEB

Who is leading who?

Jesus, Are You Sure?

Have you ever felt scared, uncertain, and nervous about your present and future?

Well, ain’t no use in me lying…I have. I know the feeling. You know what you have been chosen to do, but the very fact that you were chosen is humbling in itself- especially…when it stretches you beyond who you thought you were and what YOU thought you were supposed to be doing.

You tell the Lord: “if it’s you telling me Lord, I’ll do it.”

Then we become afraid when the Holy Spirit confirms that it is Jesus.

Peter did the same thing. He asked Jesus – Lord if it’s you, command me to come. Peter became scared, after taking a few baby steps; even though Jesus told Him to walk on the water.

The experience was not what Peter has anticipated. If Peter had any idea that he would begin to sink, would he have done it?

Circumstances caused Peter to question what Jesus told him to do. And as He always does, Jesus reassures Peter that He would never leave or forsake Him.

I’m encouraging you AND myself on this morning. No matter what people say. No matter what it looks like. If Jesus told you to do it, wait for His cue, and DO IT! He made no mistake. Jesus is sure that He called you.

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew‬ ‭14:28-31‬ ‭NKJV

I’m Not Asking For Much

You don’t sing like you used to.

You don’t praise like you used to.

You don’t pray like you used to.

You don’t love like you used to.

You don’t seek like you used to.

What’s wrong?

  • Has the noise of the world drowned the stillness of my voice?
  • Have you listened to the voice of religious folk soo much that my voice is irrelevant?
  • Have your desires for a relationship surpassed your desire to have a relationship with me?
  • Is the love and acceptance of others more important than the love I have given AND shown you?
  • Has your personal desires superseded my purpose for you?
  • Have the cares of this world, most of which you decided to get involved with, put out your passion to serve me?
  • Can You really go hours or days without having any thought of Me or talking to me and it is because of me that you still have hours or days of life?
  • Do you have ANY desire to spend time with me?

Your worship is so “dry.” Your private prayer feels cold and distant. You seem to be more concerned about physical health, well-being, and comfort than about the well-being and condition of your soul. The only thing I’ve done is been guilty of proving how much I really love you.

But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!” Revelation 2:4 NLT

So, as you sit around your tables with your family, smiling, taking pictures and posting them- remember when everyone has gone back to their normal routine, I am still here.

When the comfort food is gone and you are left with your feelings missing “something,” it is because you are. You haven’t given yourself any spiritual food.

I am the something that your spiritual being is craving but you continue to starve.

I am the someone that can give you the fulfillment you crave.

I am the source for your resource.

Stop placing distance between you and I, based on what YOU think I think of you. No matter what you’ve done, I’ll always love you. Now more than ever, I need you to know me. There will come a time when you will seek for me and only the words – my words that you have hidden in your heart, will comfort you.

My enemy is becoming stronger because many have slowly distanced themselves from me and they have no idea. If you do not wrap yourself in my love…he will deceive you and overtake you.

Hurry please. I’ve been ready to bring you into my presence, but if I return now, you will not be with me. So I have delayed my return, just for you.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—” 2 Peter 3:9, 14-15 NLT

Return to me…and I’ll return to you!

Love always,

Your Father- God, from the spiritual imagination of Kimberly Lock.

I. D. Please

Raise your hand if you like struggling?

Even with knowing that the struggle produces the best from and through us, it still does not negate the fact that we do not like struggles.

We must not allow our struggles to become our identity. If we can resist the urge to become bitter, negative and hopeless, the struggles we face today will create the strength that is needed for tomorrow.

Find hope, in a hopeless matter.

Find courage, in a discouraging moment.

Find endurance, in a weak moment.

When every obstacle that is thrown at us dares us to give up, throw faith back at it and handle it! Overcome it. Fight it. Get through it. Rise above it. Stand on it! Conquer it!

Show me your I.D. If you proclaim to be a child of God, or believers in Christ; identification is required. Proof in who you say you are plows through when faced with adversity.

Our eternal family is relentless in their pursuit of not only fighting but defeating the enemy. If we say that we are the heirs of this Kingdom, there ought to be some relational behaviors that we possess – PROOF!

Jesus proved His relation by conquering death. He didn’t leave us alone. He left us some weaponry to fight with. He gave us power to perform greater works than He did, with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the I. D. card.

You are MORE than a conquer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Show me your I.D. It is required to enter this battle and win!

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NKJV‬‬