Do You Really Love Him?

February 21st, 2011 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

February 21, 2011
She has done a good work for Me —Mark 14:6

If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.

Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to do so, or that there was anything in it for you, but simply because you love Him? Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I’m not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things— things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him. Have you ever created what Mary of Bethany created in the heart of the Lord Jesus? “She has done a good work for Me.”

There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him even small gifts of surrender, just to show how genuine our love is for Him. To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God. “. . . but perfect love casts out fear . . .” once we are surrendered to God (1 John 4:18). We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I of any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. Once we are totally surrendered to God, He will work through us all the time.


February 21, 2011

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

It is a wonder. I never imagined that these repetitive trials would create a stronger bond and connection to my God. Many years ago, when the going got tough I started going…away.  Today the trials are much greater, or at least seem much more severe and yet they are bringing me closer and closer to You Lord.

And God says…”This refining fire can have both results. The fire can heat the silver so that when the impurities are skimmed off the top, the refiner’s reflection can be  clearly seen. If the silver is not heated hot enough, the impurities cannot be eliminated. If it is heated too hot, the ore will be ruined. The fire must be just hot enough, and long enough so that My reflection can be seen. ….

Inside the trials continue to remember that all things work for the good of those that love Me and are called to My purpose. Remember that nothing can touch you that has not first passed through my hands. Be patient in your trials allowing them to have their perfect result.


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