Are You Believing Lies About Love?

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The meaning of love is one of the most philosophized questions in life.

With a society that defines love as personal desire, lust, and irrational feelings, it only fosters pain and heartache to an already self-absorbed and broken society.

But the Bible tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8). Knowing this, we can discern all the lies about love and replace them with truths.

Love is not romance.
Love is not a feeling.
Love is not attraction.
Love doesn’t have preferences.
It is not reserved for our family or people that we like.
Love is for everyone, even our worst of enemies.
Love can be hard. It doesn’t always feel pleasant.
Love is not deserved and can never be earned.
Love cannot lie. It speaks in actions yet has no agenda.
Love is fully grace and fully truth.
It is the epitome of pure.
It cannot be tainted.
Love is incorruptible.
Love is the Spirit of God.

It’s not important to be in love, but to have Love in you.


Have you ever wondered why the heart represents love? Because it’s what keeps you alive, what keeps you going. Your highest desire. Let God be your highest desire, not yourself or anything else. Only He can fill the void and give true satisfaction.

Step outside of your selfish borders of love, invite Love into you, and watch your life transform.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

What has God been laying on your heart about His love lately? Comment below.

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“Do You Want to See That He is Risen?”

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Three years ago, I had a dream that really helped boost my faith.

I dreamt I was in a house with a long, dim hall full of doors. A man (or an angel – not sure) said to me, “Do you want to see that He is risen?”

Fighting against the urge to let fear stop me, I quickly agreed and walked with him down the hallway. We approached the third door on the left and arrived at the most hideous door you can imagine.

The door looked like something you’d see from a graveyard scene in a horror movie. It was covered in dirt and roots and looked as if it had been rotting for thousands of years. Fear radiated from it. Behind that door was my doom.

It was terrifying, but I tried to ignore the fear because I knew that if Jesus truly rose from the dead then I shouldn’t fear.

The door opened.

As soon as it opened, everything the door made me feel – intense fear, evil, dread, hopelessness, and death – instantly vanished as a peaceful, empty tomb was revealed. The atmosphere shone with a ray of sunshine from a window, revealing the empty burial cloth and bed.

The tranquility and peace were so immense and pure, that it filled me up with power as if it was the Spirit of God Himself. I knew evil, death or the grave had absolutely no more power.

I began running down the hall to proclaim to the world with sheer joy, “He’s alive! He’s alive!” as if for the first time I truly understood what that meant.

After this dream, I better understood the deep emotions that surrounded Jesus’ death and resurrection – especially that of Mary Magdalene who was the first to hear this good news.

Imagine the anguish and despair she felt. Up in the quiet hours of the early morning – deprived of sleep from crying the entire weekend – to prepare spices to place in the tomb of the Hope that was snatched away from her by an unforeseen murder.

The sting of hopelessness would be final as she would go visit His disfigured body in that cold tomb, sealing the gloom she felt. Evil had won once again. Death had won once again. Her people would never inherit their promise. They would never be free.

But upon approaching the gloomy graveyard, something even stranger happened. The morbid sight she expected to find was not there. She found that Jesus’ grave had been robbed. Little did she know that it was Jesus Himself who robbed it.

“Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you seeking?” Jesus asked her.

Can you hear Jesus asking you the same thing?

“Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” he asks, genuinely confused because He’s standing right in front of you.

Look through the fog of your negative emotions and expectations, and recognize the face of Jesus Christ, who is risen from the dead with ALL power in His possession.

The powers of evil have had their rights revoked.

Sin has no more power. Death has no more power.

You have inherited your promise.

You are free.


Have you ever found yourself looking past Jesus? How did He show up? Comment below.

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When You Don’t Feel God’s Presence

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Until recently, I use to equate feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit with the feeling of being enveloped in extreme love and peace – which actually is the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind that 2 Timothy 1:7 speaks of – but God taught me that those are only a few fruits, evidence, of His presence.

I learned that if we are to be aware of the Holy Spirit’s continual presence, we must be aware of all of His attributes.

Galatians 5:22 tells us the evidence of God’s Spirit includes:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Other parts of the Bible tell us more on who the Holy Spirit is. He is:

A few years ago when I was discouraged and wanting to feel His presence, I heard Him say to me, “The truth is my presence, and my presence is the truth.” And today I’m still learning the depth to those words.

God is the Spirit of Truth – the Living Word. In the midst of every trial and temptation, His presence is that voice of Truth and Wisdom, telling you the righteous route to take. He’s the Power, reminding you of your strength and authority in Him. In the face of grief and adversity, He’s the small voice counseling you and telling you it’s going to be okay. He’s the Patience and Gentleness telling you to handle that rude person in a different manner than your flesh wishes to.

He’s the Spirit of Glory, whose beauty we see all around us in nature. The Spirit of Life, in whom “we live and move and have our being” – the One who’s presence we can never escape (Acts 17:28).

God may not always choose to manifest Himself through overwhelming feelings of love and peace, or by speaking to you. Sometimes He wishes to impress on your heart. After all, that’s what He’s always been after.

So as children of God, let’s look to the Holy Spirit and His continual presence by remembering who He is and what He does. Then may we better understand His omnipotent presence.

Have you ever felt that God wasn’t as near as He used to be? How did God reveal to you that He was still there? Comment below.

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What Can Your Bad Dreams Teach You?

jeremy-thomas-63102You know the kind of dreams you have where you can’t run? Where your teeth fall out? Or where the ground suddenly becomes unstable?

I recently had a dream where I was walking around a lake and the ground started shifting and turning sideways. I had to try and hold on and climb up it without falling off. It was chaotic, scary and impossible. It seems that’s how existence would be if the universe was all directed by random chance.

Imagine gravity being randomized or the earth drastically changing and morphing every other second. But they are not. There are physical laws set in place, which point to God’s perfect control. And I am very glad there are.

Aren’t you glad you wake up every day and look like the same person? And that your teeth don’t suddenly fall out? Or that the earth doesn’t flip on you as your walking down the street?

Since there are definite physical laws and promises in this life, then we can be certain that the other laws and promises that God has also given us are definite as well. We are given these promises and expectations through the Word of God, the Bible.

So as Christians, why do we fear? Why do we let our minds go crazy and worry like we don’t know what our future holds? Like the sky is going to turn upside down from the weight of our problems?

Wake up! It’s just a bad dream.

The Bible says, “Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalms 23:6). So stop fearing and believe His promises! Like physical laws, they are unbreakable.

Fear not, for I am with you; Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and I will help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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God Print #3: The Influence on Civilization

god-prints-treeEaster just passed and I can’t help but think of how much the Bible has influenced society.

If it wasn’t for the Bible, we wouldn’t celebrate our favorite times of the year, like Easter and Christmas (they have been commercialized and mixed with other traditions, but still).

We wouldn’t have 7 days in the week if it wasn’t for the Bible. It wouldn’t even be the year 2017, but we count from the time of Christ’s birth.

Most of us wouldn’t even have our names if it weren’t for Bible.

My name – Kylah (spelled Kaila), Aaron, Abigail, Adam, Andrew, Anna, Ariel, Barack, Candace, Chloe, Christian, Claudia, Daniel, David, Diana, Elijah, Elizabeth, Ethan, Gabriel, Hannah, Jacob, James, Jared, Joel, John, Jordan, Joseph, Josiah, Julia, Leah, Lois, Lucas, Luke, Lydia, Mark, Micah, Michael, Nathan, Paul, Philip, Rebecca, Reuben, Sarah, Seth, Simon, Steven, Tamar, Thomas, Tim, and the list goes on.

And after your parents named you, a certain medical procedure was done to you if you’re a male, which came from the Bible. (… I’ll leave it at that).

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Speaking of medical, I personally don’t think we would have the symbol of medicine if it weren’t for Moses’ story about healing via the snake on the pole.

We wouldn’t even have the most fundamental laws that keep us safe, which are founded on “thou shalt not kill, steal, lie,” and the rest of the 10 Commandments. Our businesses are even closed on Sunday because of the Sabbath day commandment.

And there’s so much more. If we took the Bible and its principles out of everything, society wouldn’t be left with much. 

Your name might not be in the Bible, but it could be in the Book of Life. Learn more here. 

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Contradiction #3: God is Invisible

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People say God must not exist because you can’t see Him, but there are lots of things we can’t see and we still know they exist:

  • Oxygen. Something we can’t survive without.
  • The wind.
  • Gravity, magnetic forces, and other forces that influence us all.
  • Some gasses, which are still very powerful and explosive.
  • Radio waves, heat waves, UV rays, x-rays, and other forms of radiation.
  • You can’t see reason, intellect, or thoughts.
  • Love, anger, sadness and other emotions we experience.
  • We can’t see WiFi or a song playing in the air, but we still know it is there and something is causing it.

But why doesn’t He just show Himself to us?

Well, He did. His name is Jesus Christ and they killed Him because they didn’t believe Him. But then He rose again on the third day. And He did this all so we can know and have a relationship with Him, and no longer be blinded to the knowledge of Him because of our sinful nature.

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Colossians 1:15

“Faith is the evidence of things we can’t see.” Hebrews 11:1

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5 More Things My Cat Taught Me About God

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I’m always so amazed at how much God can teach us through the most ordinary things in our lives. For me lately, it’s been my cat, Boots.

Here are 5 more things my cat taught me about God:
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Our hearts melt at our pet’s sad eyes when we leave home in the morning. There’s a whole other melting when we return and they happily greet us at the door. These are the most precious moments to us, because it displays how they willfully love us – without us having to bribe them or pull them out of their hiding spot.

Pets may not always listen and do what we want them to. But if we commanded 100 percent of their actions, they wouldn’t be our loving pets – they’d be smartphones. And we don’t love our smartphones. Because they are just material items that can’t love us back. In the same way, God gave us free will because he didn’t want robots. He didn’t want to force people to love or obey Him. He wanted it to be a choice so it would be true love and not force.

“God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:27

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Cats can have the biggest mood swings. One second they’re purring on your lap and the next they’re biting your arm because you pet them wrong. But that’s just how cats are. They have their likes and dislikes, but they don’t essentially change. They don’t go through long periods in life where they forget about you or decide they don’t love you anymore. Our pets stay the same. And so does God.

What you experienced with Him yesterday or several years ago, you can experience today. He is still the same. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Knowing that we humans are the ones that change, we can examine ourselves if we feel a negative difference in our relationship with God.

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My heart was broken the times my cat Boots was in physical pain or when he was depressed after he was separated from his sister. We may feel silly or dramatic for feeling this way and think it is something that God wouldn’t care about.

But, again, we are in His image and He has the same emotions. God loves animals more than you or I or anyone at PETA ever could. He created animals. If we feel horrible when bad things happen to them, then imagine how much more it hurts Him.

“The creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay … And we believers also groan … for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” (Romans 8:21, 23 New Living Translation)

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Once, Boots snuck outside and was lost for three days. He thought he was having the time of his life chasing lizards and girl cats around the neighborhood. He didn’t know his life was in danger and that he could die from lack of water, a larger animal, or get ran over by a car. He could have come back home anytime or came to my voice when I went calling him.

Though I knew he didn’t really want to, I still searched for him intensely because I didn’t want him to be harmed. Because I love him and didn’t want to be separated from him forever. When I finally found him and he saw me, he wouldn’t stop yelping in joy. In the same way, God seeks us even when we don’t know we’re lost.

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

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Sometimes Boots meows and follows me around begging for my attention or a treat and I love every minute of it. Because cats usually have such an independent, do-things-on-my-own attitude, I enjoy the times he willfully comes to me and needs me.

I think humans are the same way – so independent, trying to take everything on ourselves. But when we look to God for help and He has our full attention, He is delighted by our gesture and blesses us.

“If humans, being sinful, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?” Matthew 7:11

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Though God searches for us intensely, He will never force Himself in our lives. He gave us free will so that we could choose to know and love Him.

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Read Part 1: 5 Things My Cat Taught Me About God

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