Let the Children Come

“But Yeshua said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
(Matthew 19:14, TLV)

It has been a couple of months since our last post. I hope this time “apart” has given you opportunities to replenish, renew, and time to make both for your families and most importantly the Lord. Today I wanted to take the time to write a bit about the gift of children (Psalms 127:3).

Since working as a daycare/preschool teacher in the past year, I have gained a lot of understanding. While I am their teacher, they sure are teaching me a lot as well. The Holy Spirit of God has a way of doing things. When first coming to this job, I came with the intention of these reminders, ” Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (from Colossians 3:23) and “Let all that you do be done in love” (from 1 Corinthians 16:14). This was very rewarding, because I was not just working for myself and my family. I was now doing this on the behalf of the Lord. My job here on earth now became a Kingdom duty. Many people complain about their weekly jobs. They groan and moan of the people and tasks that surround them day in and out. Yet for me, I no longer have that issue. Since I put effort standing in truth, I don’t have the feeling that most people do when they enter the field.

Through children, I learned that they need the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. Without any of these traits, they will not learn the way that they should go. They won’t realize the right way to treat one another or know how it feels to recognize the love of God. While the children I care for are still very young, they are no fools. They pick up on things very quickly and have an eye on habits. Which brings us to another task I have been given.

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” – C.S. Lewis

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

(Proverbs 22:6, ESV)

Training the children I have been given.

While we are not God, He has given us the opportunity to work for Him and His divine plan. His precepts have shown us how to walk the way He walks and move in a way He does. Not to mention, giving all thoughts eternally, children are not just children. They are body, soul, and spirit, just as you and I. And the best example I could give comes from Pastor Tim Henderson. One of his most famous lines is, “There is no such thing as a small Holy Spirit”. How true is that? God is no respecter of persons, and this very well includes children! We must teach children while they are young right from wrong. How else will we have a rising kingdom? How else would His kingdom come? His will be done? On Earth as it is in heaven? While God is God and does not ‘need’ us to accomplish anything (He can do all things on His own), He CHOOSES to use us. Also while I am not the parent of these beautiful human beings, I take the responsibility of their well being an honor and endearment to my heart.

There is so much more I could continue on to say, but we will save it for more conversations to come. I would love to hear from you all and listen to your input on if you would like to read future posts on topics such as this. It would be my utmost joy to do so. I also hope that this encourages you on your walk. That whatever your career is, your home life, or whichever, that you can use the encouragement and wisdom of God in everything you do.

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11, ESV)

Heart-felt Gratitude

What is something you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Perhaps your family members, your pets, your job, things such as this? As you ponder on that question, I want to share with you something I am thankful for. Our dear Lord put it on my heart to express to you my gratitude for God-given friendships.

True friends are difficult to find. So much so that you cannot find them; they are given to you. Do you know who gives them to you? Our Creator and Sustainer, God almighty, presents them to us. They often stick closer than family, and even know you better. They pray bigger things for you than which you pray for yourself. They believe for you when your faith is weak. They make space and time for you when life falls apart, and they rejoice with you when all is well. Most importantly, true friends remind you in every season Who and What is most important above all else. This Christian relationship is a gem, because it helps us cling to our greatest Treasure: Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Bread of Life, our Living Water, our Light, our Resurrection, our very Life. The greatest danger to our souls is that we might abandon abiding in Him, following Him, and finding our joy in Him. Therefore, the best gift a friend can give is a commitment to fight for our joy in and communion with Christ.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17

Companionship always furthers joy, in my experience. Some of my most dear memories in life are of those spent with a friend. But of all the joys of life, God is the greatest! We were made for Him — to enjoy Him and center our hearts and lives on Him. And like any other delight, our delight in God will be the fullest when we share it with other people. Godly friends help us enjoy our Father by enjoying Him with us.

I want to be honest with you. True, godly pals expose the sin that is keeping us from growing closer to God. Sin deceives us. Our spiritual enemies use it as an attempt to darken our understanding and make us foolish. To the very extent that we may be walking in sin and convinced that we are obeying God. This is why we desperately need friends. We need them to lovingly show us our sin. We need friends to help us see our blind spots. We need them to speak with brutal honesty (Matthew 18:15) and tender compassion (Galatians 6:1), telling us the truth about ourselves even when we don’t want to hear it (Ephesians 4:15). Comrades like this are such an undeserved, rare gift.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

“True friendship knows no distance.” You may have heard this saying before. I have come to know personally that it is quite true. With certain people, the miles between you really don’t matter all that much. There’s a certain spiritual depth about close friendships that transcends time and space. The miles between you don’t affect you too much, although you do ache to see each other in person. Not the time zones or differences, not the way one wakes up earlier while the other sleeps, or how their two schedules hardly overlap. Because even in the complications, the two hearts are forever tied. True friendship knows no fear. God did not give us the spirit of fear! Not when it comes to standing beside one another, fighting against your enemies together. Not when it comes to people standing in the way. Not when it comes to truly being there, to never letting either one feel like they’re alone. Even when life gets complicated, it remains strong, because of the One in us giving us His strength.

Do you remember David and Jonathan? The friendship of Prince Jonathan and Israel’s future king, David, is one of the most amazing friendships ever recorded, in my humble opinion. After David defeats Goliath, Jonathan is drawn to him. He makes a covenant with David, stripping himself of his robe and armor – his privilege and position – and hands it all to David. He loves David “as himself” (twice mentioned in 1 Samuel 18:1-3). In this way, he is an example of the Bible’s greatest commands: to love the Lord your God wholeheartedly and to love your neighbor as yourself. Jonathan is committing himself totally to his friend David, who does the same, and he had evidently befriended him when David served in King Saul’s court and whom he recognized as God’s anointed future king of Israel. The former is astounding when you think of what the latter meant. Without knowing what would happen in the years to come, Jonathan willingly confers his right to the throne to his friend. What remarkable, self-sacrificing love! David never forgot his vow to Jonathan and honored him by composing “The Song of the Bow” and instructing all the children of Israel to learn it. After Jonathan’s death, David also took in Jonathan’s disabled son as part of his own family. The true friendship between Jonathan and David is a shining example of Christ-like love and loyalty.

“I knew that when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” Winnie the Pooh

I pray you have a friend such as this. If you don’t, I hope one day you will. But also, be reminded that Christ is the best friend any of us can ever have. Still, I thank God for the “Jonathan” in my life. She is a blessing that I hope I never take for granted, not even once. Our precious bond offers solace during hard times and laugh til-your-face-hurts gladness during other times. There are so many things I could say, but all I really want to say right now is this: my heart is full. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

God’s Covenant Love

“I will maintain My love for him forever, and My covenant with him will be firm.”
(Psalms 89:29, TLV)

More than ever, I feel it is of importance to bring our minds the remembrance of the expanse of God’s Love.

Our Father is faithful to us.

He rewards us openly, all because of His loyalty toward us.

Although, if we are unfaithful in our covenant with Him.. “If his sons forsake My Torah, and do not walk in My judgments”..(Psalms 89:31, TLV), then we will face chastisement (See Hebrews 12:7).

“We must allow the Word of God to correct us the same way we allow it to encourage us.” – A.W. Tozer

YET despite this correction. God does not change.  He will never not love us.

“But I will not withdraw My lovingkindness from him, nor will I betray My faithfulness. I will not violate My covenant, nor alter what My lips have uttered. Once for all I have sworn by My holiness —surely I will not lie to David— his descendants will endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me, and as the moon, established forever, and a trustworthy witness in the sky.” Selah

(Psalms 89:34‭-‬38, TLV)
“The secret of Adonai is for those who fear Him. He makes His covenant known to them.” (Psalms 25:14, TLV)

To understand God’s covenant love,  is to fear Him. You will take the time to seek Him out,  spend time with Him, and hear what He has to say. In the verse above, Psalms 25:14, the word for fear is from the Hebrew word יָרֵא ‘yare’. You can find it in the Strongs concordance (3373) and it means fear or reverence. When it speaks on these terms it is referring to morality. As human beings, we ourselves have come up with moral codes to stand by in our society. Such as telling the truth, do not steal, and keep your oaths. Actually, a lot of these values we hold, stemmed from a Biblical origin. If you take a look at the Ten Commandments for example, you will see many similarities between what God had instructed man to carry out and what our current civilization expects. So ultimately, we know there are things we must follow accordingly if we want this life to go as smoothly as it can. Unfortunately though, there are too many who have gone astray and do not have the fear of God in them. Some fear man but not the One who made man in the first place.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but one who trusts in Adonai will be kept safe.”

(Proverbs 29:25, TLV)

God’s Love is how I know He has not given up on me. Personally,  I am undeserving. He has been faithful during my times of faithlessness. Unwavering, when I have been moved. And comforting when I’ve been pushed by every side. Have you experienced the same in your life during the trials? All of these traits are signs of the Holy Spirit in our lives. While God may be unseen to the naked eye,  He is shown through His actions, love, truth, and creation. I hope this encourages you to see His love for you and everyone around you again.

that the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, our glorious Father, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in knowing Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the richness of His glorious inheritance in the kedoshim, and what is His exceedingly great power toward us who keep trusting Him—in keeping with the working of His mighty strength.”
(Ephesians 1:17‭-‬19, TLV)

Still Growing

Hello there!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Hannah. Sky is a very dear, close friend of mine and she has so generously invited me to be a co-blogger along with her here on Love Never Fails. To begin,  allow me to tell you a little about myself. I’m a Kansas girl, born and raised in Wichita. I’m from a family of seven, my parents, my four brothers, and myself. I am 28 years old. I was born into a Christian household, I have known about Jesus my whole life, but I didn’t really come to know Him for myself until I was a teenager. I love Him with all my heart and I pray that my love for Him will continue to grow over the course of my life. And I pray that your love for Him will also continue to grow. If you don’t know Him or love Him, I again pray that you will come to know Him and love Him shortly.

Actually, today I would like to speak about growth, and I want to do that by mentioning a familiar name, Moses.


“Moses grew and became a man. One day he visited his people, the Hebrews. He saw…”
(Exodus 2:11), besides being a part of the great account of God delivering Israel out of bondage from Egypt, it gives us some glimpses into the character of Moses, the meaning of maturing and the little miracles that play into the big ones. Hence, “Moses grew…” It’s almost ironic, but Moses did not come out of the womb, nor was he drawn out of the river, equipped to fulfill God’s plan for him. Moses grew. That is probably the best thing that can be said about any of us – not that we have become – but that we are continually becoming. Growth is a sign of life, and if Jesus said that He came that we might have it, then it must be a good thing.

Moses’ growth did not happen as we might think: after becoming a man, he would still experience  anger, worry, fear, and all those things we’d rather outgrow and not feel anymore. These flaws, these sins, along the way make it difficult to measure growth, and that difficulty makes it tempting to give up. But to give up – to refuse to grow – is to perish in a way. “…and became a man. One day he visited his people…” The mature person is one who is ready to see themselves in a context bigger than themselves. Many of us believe that we need to find ourselves – a notion that may be true in a limited sort of way. Many of us think that we must define or invent ourselves – possibly equally true but in an even more limited way. When Moses visited his people he was beginning to accept himself, not as the Egyptian prince he once was, but as the heir to something far greater than a crown made by human hands. He was beginning to accept himself as being a part of a people, a “chosen people” (1 Peter 2:9). The identity given to him by the palace could never give him what someone truly needs – a sense of who we are. Only God can do that. Only our Heavenly Father could ever give us a true identity and purpose.

“He saw…” When Moses saw, he had come to a place where he was able to set aside his own constructed world and enter into the one that existed independently of his plans for himself. What he saw in Egypt would be stretched by what he would come to see in Midian, but here was the beginning of what would end with his view of the promised land. He reached that place where God wanted him.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

I want to tell you something that Sky, my now fellow blogger and best friend, once told me. It is related to this example of Moses. She said, “Imagine your heart within you having roots. It is within that secret place of the heart where God is. We need to make sure our roots are growing deeply into Him and His Word. We need to be deeply rooted in Him and make sure there is nothing that is weakening our root system.” Moses became deeply rooted in the Lord over time. Everything God did in his life went hand in hand. Also, just as everything in scripture goes hand in hand, so they do in our lives as well today.

God is doing good things, amazing things! Do you see this? We are temples of a Being far greater than ourselves, temples being brought to life. Though we may not understand the process, our Builder does. We are His workmanship and the place where He lives. I have no doubt that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Therefore, I encourage you, to keep on growing. Though you – like Moses, myself , and everyone for that matter – have flaws. It’s okay to have flaws. If we didn’t have any flaws, then we wouldn’t need to grow. But we do. I hope that you will learn that you are a part of a chosen people, and I also hope you recognize that the Lord is indeed good, and that He loves you. Thank you for reading. God bless you!

Much love in Christ,

Hannah

Surprise

Hello everyone

As you know, I previously made an announcement that Love Never Fails would be discontinued. Well, I was getting multiple notices saying that my domain was expiring (yes those of us who have a . blog or a . com or anything other than something that says WordPress in it in the url pay for the name). WordPress told me if I didn’t respond or update by a certain date in July then my domain would be gone. They unfortunately went behind my permission and took out the money to re-instate it. One of the reasons why I considered leaving, is the factor of finances. For your sake loveneverfails.blog seems to be remaining because of their mistake. Don’t get me wrong, it is not as if I did not enjoy your accompanied readings, but for a while I was not feeling called to the blog and there were many things occurring in my life that just required plenty of prayer and strength from God. I never want to post something that comes from the wrong heart placement. Even if my intentions are good, I cannot put love into something if my heart is aching. I hope you all understand. I also hope I am putting all of this in a wording you may all grasp. All in all, I will eventually post future blogs. Just have to talk to the Boss upstairs first ;). Love you all and thank you for sticking around.

-Sky

WHAT WE’VE BEEN USED TO

This week, I challenge you to not be like Ruby Gillis. Don’t chase after trivial, unimportant, and wind carried tasks and attitudes until you are faced with death. Live in a way that reflects Jesus in everything you do, and in a way that brings a little slice of heaven down here to earth.

WHAT WE’VE BEEN USED TO

From Love Never Fails: “What you face each day and who you face each day are opportunities to serve. Please enjoy reading this excerpt from The Few. ” “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4, ESV).

The Good News Everyone Needs To Hear

(Bring your Bibles to Romans 1)

God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.

The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.

This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

Today on this Easter Sunday, I encourage you to serve and praise the Creator Himself. He is worthy for He alone created all things. He alone made it possible for mankind to have a personal relationship with their one and true God. Even though His creation (Adam and Eve) were the ones at fault for their disobedience and distrust from the beginning. Which made sin corrupt this world and into the land we know today. With strife, deception, and lawlessness.

Once again He is inviting you to become His child. To be apart of His unfailing eternal family. He has been patient with all of us to turn away from these destructive paths and instead run into the arms that know best.

The only way this world will see the goodness of God, is by us surrendering to Him once and for all. Surrender who we have been, and become who we are truly meant to be.

It is never comfortable talking about sin. But it must be faced. Unless we are aware of the seriousness of our sin, we cannot comprehend the greatness of God’s grace.

Dr. Barry Chant

It is true, we cannot change the past,  but we can be forgiven for it. Are you ready to be forgiven? To be free at last?

You can only do it through Jesus Christ. For this is the ultimate reason why He came. He fought and barred the sins of all of us. Have a change of heart produced by the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who has led you to this message. (and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 12:3).

So this is the Good news that you all must hear, because this news will save you: that Jesus Christ died for our sins just as the Scriptures said, He was burried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the scriptures said! Thus because He rose from the dead and died on our behalf so we don’t have to, there will now be a resurrection of the dead. All who belong to Christ will be raised with Him at His coming (see 1 Corinthians 15:23).

After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:24, NLT

All thanks to God, we have been given victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21). So this day, please, call out to Him and accept Him as your living Savior, and you will inherit eternal life.

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Eternity

“No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.”
(Revelation 22:3, NLT)

I’ve thought of the Revelation 22:3 verse before and I pondered on the fact there will be no curse. It says there will be no curse on anything. Which goes to show that this curse is not just on mankind but it is intertwined through most things on this earth. Which is why even creation groans for the new to come. Even creation anticipates God’s promises (Romans 8:22). Also thinking about that this sin caused a curse… makes you realise a lot of the things that trouble us or upset us are not only temporal but are they even really a reality or truth? When you think of someone putting a curse on something its a spiritual thing for sure. An invisible action that caused a physical change.  It reminds me when God says in the future He will bring the people a strong delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11) and they will believe a lie. This sounds like a curse no? Curses are more common that we perceive. Yet when we will be present at the throne of God and of the Lamb it will no longer exist. What a breath of fresh air that will be in itself.

“Hope, in the biblical sense, means certainty and assurance. It is the firm, unshakable, indomitable belief that we will be raised from the dead (as Jesus was) and will be welcomed into out eternal home. That’s enough to put joy in our heart and a spring in our step this day!”

David Roper from Our Daily Bread
“And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, 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 8:23, NLT)

So we have an amazing hope! Hope is defined for us in Romans 8:25. Hope is looking forward to something we don’t have yet, and because we don’t have it yet, we must wait patiently and confidently. Although, do we do this? Do we wait for our hopes in this fashion? I don’t really think we do. We moan, we get tired, and we complain. A few days ago, a friend Hannah and I pondered a thought, “Once we’re in heaven, we’ll wonder why we weren’t even more excited about going there.” I think that’s why God often commands us to be joyful in hope. It often seems hard to celebrate, but when we focus on eternity on high versus temporal down low, it will become a good habit to exhibit.

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
(Colossians 3:2, KJV)

God says it best in His Word,

“For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:3‭-‬6).

I encourage you all to read and pray over this chapter of Colossians. May God bless you and grant you His peace, mercy, and love.

Life

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

There are so many challenges these days. I often feel alone in my faith with God and it truly saddens me. If you have people around you to love God with despite the world’s circumstances be thankful.

Faith is believing the unseen. Faith is standing on God’s word regardless of the right now, because God tells the truth. He cannot nor will not lie (Numbers 23:19). The “right now” is this world and this world is not forever. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35/Mark 13:31).

According to His promise, we are awaiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13/Revelation 21:1). We often forget this very thing … God created all things.

“and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
(Colossians 1:17)

Time, space, gravity, earth, and so on. He created. He is outside of the things that limit us. *Limits us* not Him. For He even created life itself. If it weren’t for Him and Him alone, we would simply not exist.

“How completely satisfying to turn from our own limitations to a God who has none.”

-A.W. Tozer


Knowing this, this Life Bearer, and meditating on this truth, is what uplifts me to continue treading on. It was Him who gave us this life. It was He who chose us from the beginning. Hand picked and hand knitted. He knew where we would be in this very moment. What we have dealt with or are dealing with are of no surprise to the Almighty.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalms 139:13‭-‬16)

“You may not see it yet, but God has all the right pieces to make the puzzle of your life fit together.”

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God knew. He saw our future. He sees our potential. He knows where we will be one day, and it won’t be here. It will be in glory with Him. Reigning for ever and ever in His presence. With that in mind, let us not grow weary. We got this.