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)

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)

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

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.

Foundation

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“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:25, ESV)

The foundation is the base starting point to anything you are desiring to build.

This beginning piece will be an essential factor before you go on to the next levels of your project.


How do we make sure the foundation is built the way we need it to be, to withstand every storm? 


It must be founded on the Rock. This Rock is Jesus.


Whatever your plan is, without including Jesus 1͎s͎t͎ , all else will ultimately fail. 

“Do not just live a godly life…build it.” – The Few

To not have Him in mind first is foolish (Matthew 7:26), because without Him, you cannot do anything!

As Christians, we should learn from our past. I don’t know about you all, but before I had Jesus by my side, my mistakes dug me into a deep hole. One that I wasn’t able to get out of my own, in my own strength. If it wasn’t for my Savior, I would have continued into the depths of chaos and fears. Who knows where I would have ended up!

Thankfully, God met me in my mess. He grabbed my hand and insisted this was no longer a battle I had to fight on my own. Where no one else was to be found in my times of need, He revealed to me that He was. I just had to be willing to finally surrender and lean into His hope.

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:17, ESV

He is the Vine, we are the branches (John 15:5).

To be successful in anything that we do, we must make sure God is first in our lives and we remain in Him.

We have been appointed by God, not to do the things of the kingdom on our own (John 15:16).

If we are not grounded and united with the Father we are more than likely going to fall at some point.

Save yourself the trouble and enter His rest.

Our talents, gifts, and light do not come from our own doing, but from the Maker Himself!

“Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:13, NKJV)

Relationship

“Let the heartbeat of your Bible reading be this simple prayer: ‘LORD, move this from my head to my heart.”
– John Piper

Today let us examine our relationships. Which ones? All of them.

Your relationship with God should be first in your life. If this is not the case for you, then this is one area in your life you must cater to first and foremost. Next, if you have a spouse, you and them have become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). Thus because of this your relationship should also be of importance to you. It should be second on your list. Your parents, your imitate family (if they are in your life) should also be an aspect within your life that you can lean in toward. After all the command, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12, ESV), still applies (Matthew 10:37, Matthew 15:4, & Matthew 19:19). Then everyone else accordingly. (Friends Proverbs 17:17, Bosses/Coworkers 1 Peter 2:18, Matthew 5:16, Colossians 3:22, the government(s) 1 Peter 2:18…..so on and so forth).

These are just some logistics before I begin, but this is not necessarily all we will cover.

Today, I would like to go over relationships as a whole. Meaning, this is something we should be doing in all of our relationships, no matter which one it is.

This ‘something’ is honesty.

“You have no idea the numbers of people that God may want to influence through you.” – Andy Stanley

Honesty is important in every single relationship. When you are not honest with someone, you are even lying to yourself. In reality, it is also relevant to note that when you are not being honest with yourself or the people around you, you are not walking in accordance to the spirit. Walking in step with the spirit means that our hearts and thoughts are aligned with the Father (Galatians 5:25). Honesty gives us a clear conscience.

“Whoever gives an honest answer
    kisses the lips.”

Proverbs 24:26, ESV


Being an honest person means you are being your truest self. Those who are free in Christ are free indeed (John 8:36). If you feel you cannot be honest with the people around you, then you really need to reevaluate who it is you are allowing yourself to be affected by. There are so many questions we could ask ourselves to get us back on track, but the key thing is that we must fix our faults as soon as we recognize them. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get to the solution. Please, allow me to explain.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12, BSB)

As we spoke about in reading, “Sometimes“, we learned that the tough times we go through in this life are no exception to the Body of Christ. IF you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior your life has become new in Him, but that doesn’t mean that everything is picture perfect. Despite now being a child of God, we are still temporally living in the world, but just because we are in the world, doesn’t mean we should respond the way the ones of the world do.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Galatians 5:16-18, NIV

Whether we are being honest or facing honesty, sometimes this can be a hard thing to handle. Sometimes we don’t want to face what is in front of us, but I encourage you today to fight against that. Stop running away from your problems and instead try tackling them and work through them.

By doing this and applying it to your life, you will be walking according to the spirit and will of God.

It might not be easy but that is okay. It may be a fight but it is a fight worth fighting for.

Our spirit is consistently fighting against our flesh, but it is up to us to reason it out (see Isaiah 1:18).

“Learn to do right” (Isaiah 1:17, BSB).

One last thing before you go.

To be honest, is showing you love the one you are being honest with. Is it not?


Thank you for reading. To read more on friendships please click here to read.

If this helped you and blessed you, I pray you will also take the time to be in the Word of God. 1 Peter Chapter 2 maybe! 😊

Giving Seed to Sower

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalms 91:1, NKJV

I felt led to share my thoughts that I had written down from my devotional. I pray it is helpful.

We tend to get so caught up in trying to be Biblically correct, (which can be good), that we miss the ‘mark’ or ‘point’ sometimes.  Knowing all the information that we are feeding ourselves, doesn’t necessarily always give us the fulfillment we need.

God’s mystery makes us thirst for more. Which I feel He desires. He wants this relationship between us to be equally sought out and genuine. 

When we feel like we aren’t as close to Him,  we can look at all that He has created.  The miracle of life and the very intricate design of each single creation. Thinking to ourselves, were can I find God’s hand here?

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” – Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV


“I love you.”, He says.
He loves us.

I also think we get too caught up in what everyone else says about God or what everyone else says in general.  When we should be seeking our own individual intimate time. 

The internet can be a good resource, but it can also turn into a bad habit.  With all things,  balance is needed.
When we fill ourselves up with His Word and Presence,  effectively,  with no distractions,  we can have His truths. We can affirm for sure what He directly wants us to know.

“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7, ESV

The above verse goes well with today.
He wants to hear everything little thing we have to say. Bottling it all up is no good, for either of us, (God or ourselves), and this is how we get renewed. This is where He can tell us His way versus our own.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;”- Psalms 139:23, NKJV

Embrace God’s mystery and wonder.
It’s okay not to completely know.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34, ESV)


“For we were never made to ponder big questions on our own. We are made to share our thoughts, our questions, our confusions, our frustrations―and ponder them with Him and allow Him to teach and father us into greater understanding.”

From rush via Gather Ministries- “Healing The Hurt”, Renew Your Mindset

Allow God to be God. Allow yourself to be still with Him.

Not just for 10 minutes either. Our relationship with Him matters. It truly does. More than we know.

Did you know that trusting in our Heavenly Father and seeking His Word is healthy not only for our spirits and minds, but for even the bones of our flesh? (see Proverbs 3:8)

Isaiah 55:10-11 shares that God means what He says. When we spend time meditating on what He is saying to us, it is important not to just filter it through and store it as information. His Words bring truth. His Words bring meaning. His Words produce life.

“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13, ESV)

Prayer

“Prayer ushers you into a relationship with your Creator that impacts and reveals who you are as a person at the most profound levels.”- Charles F. Stanley

There is so much one could say about prayer. Prayer can do big things, or small. Prayer is also connection. Connection with the most important Being in the entire universe. How ever big that even is.

With prayer, comes humility. It allows us to lower ourselves and come to a God that is so much more than ourselves. It detaches us from the bustling world and brings us to a quiet space of intimacy.

You may know of the frequent times Jesus had often wandered away to do just that.

“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.”

(Luke 5:16, KJV)

From The Gift of Prayer by Charles Stanley, he says it perfectly, “Your life was made to be an earthen vessel that shines forth His glory (2 Corinthians 4:7). And the more you know Christ and are unified with Him, the more He lives His life through you, giving you His power and revealing His plan for you.”

You see, prayer isn’t just a time for you to ask for all the things you desire. Prayer is a way for you to have the most important relationship of your life! Matthew 6:33 states, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” God and His kingdom come first! Did you know as a child of God you are already a citizen of His kingdom? You no longer belong to the worries of this world.

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is not of this realm.

(John 18:36, BSB)

& although this kingdom Jesus speaks of is not of this realm, we have access to it everyday. Jesus tells us so, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there’! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21,NKJV)

“What other creature exhibits such a capacity or has been given such an honor?”- Charles F. Stanley

Are you in awe yet?

You should be.

I am showing you this passage because it glorifies the LORD. It illustrates His essence. A snippet of who He is and what He has done/does. Isn’t it just beautiful how some One so extraordinary and unfathomable would genuinely want a loving relationship with you and I? What is man that You are mindful of him (Psalms 8:4)? For we are just dust (Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19; Genesis 13:16; Genesis 18:27), yet you cover us in your blood (1 John 1:7), and cloak us with robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).

“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,  you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5)

My message for you all today is, be an opportunist. An opportunist is simply someone who takes on an opportunity. You take the chance that is given to you and take it. Luckily for us, right now we have every single day to seize the opportunity at hand.

P R A Y

Get to know God. Even more deeply than you do now. God insists that you do. He says in Jeremiah 9:24, “But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight”, says the Lord.” <- That is who He is and this is what He wants!

As for myself, I have been exploring my personal relationship with our Father. More so lately. The things I wonder about Him, I seek. The questions I have for Him, I ask. The worries I have, I lay them all at His feet. For He truly cares.

“He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,

He shall see His face with joy.”

(Job 33:26, NKJV)

Taking on this challenge with God has done more than just be therapeutic for me. It is a continual learning process. I am learning how God speaks to me individually. I am learning how He speaks in general. Of what exactly He wants from me while we are here, and becoming more expectant to what He may reveal. It will not come all at once, as we may prefer (see Psalms 37:7), but I hope that this encourages you to maybe reach out to God on a new level. Fight against the distractions, the doubts, lies, or even laziness that is hindering your relationship. Trust your walk, trust where you are, and trust where you are going, because you are in safe Hands (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalms 46:10).

So as my journal says….

“Pray It Forward”