Be Transformed by Renewing Your Mind by Tony Maden

Today’s shows from our podcast – Holy Spirit Ethernet is here (the podcast show name changed a few times and might change again as the Spirit continues to fit me into the body but for now, Ethernet is the best description of who He is and how He works). Its the humor of God!

Ether = invisible; Net = Network

So much has happened in just one week.

Now, the Holy Spirit answers before I’ve even finished my request exactly as the promise in Isaiah:

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

In this episode I sing a spontaneous song “You’ve got a phone call from above” and “heaven is your mind“.

That leads to sharing about the fact there is no separation between us and God. He’s not ‘out there’, or ‘up there’, and we ‘down here’ – thats a lie from the liar:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

Todays recording is a winding road journey with the Holy Spirit and if you choose to listen you can see how everything is connected.

Finally, I’m waiting on the Holy Spirit for flights/rail to join other members of the body of Christ in Japan to share the Gospel in June/July.

Its been an amazing ride.

Lord as usual pour out your Holy Spirit on all who listen.

(Sorry my usual backing track 'Kyoto" is missing from my testimony today because I haven't learned how to add it to recordings not made inside Anchor app).

The Power of Love by Michael Curry

Hear again ‘Power of Love’ sermon at Harry and Meghan’s wedding @KensingtonRoyal by @PB_Curry #RoyalWedding2018 #HolySpirit #HolySpiritJesusChrist #Gospel

God wash the world daily with the Holy Spirit that they are each touched by your #livinglove, Amen.

“The Power of Love” by the Most Rev. Michael B Curry for The Marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales & Ms. Meghan Markle Saturday, May 19, 2018

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Songs 8:6-7

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “We must discover the power of love the redemptive power of love.

And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”

There’s power in love. Do not underestimate it. Anyone who has ever fallen in love, knows what I mean.

But think about love in any form or experience of it. It actually feels good to be loved, and to express love. There is something right about it. And there’s a reason.

An old medieval poem says it: “Where true love is found, God himself is there.”

The Bible, 1 John 4 says it this way:

“Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; Everyone who loves is born of God. Whoever does not love does not know God For God is love.” (1 John 4:4-8)

There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. Love can lift up and liberate for living when nothing else will.

And the love that brings two people together is the same love that can bind them together, Whether on mountaintops of happiness and through valleys of hardship.

Love is strong as death

It’s flashes are flashes of fire.

Many waters cannot quench love

Love can see you through! There’s power in love.

But the love of which we speak is not only for couples getting married or just for interpersonal relationships.

Jesus of Nazareth taught us that the way of love is the way to a real relationship with the God who created all of us, and the way to true relationship with each other as children of that one God, as brothers and sisters in God’s human family.

One scholar said it this way:

“Jesus had founded the most revolutionary movement in human history: a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world and the mandate to live that love.” (Charles Marsh’s The Beloved Community)

And in so doing, to change lives and the world itself! There’s a reason.

An old spiritual may suggest why:

“If you cannot preach like Peter,

And you cannot pray like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus,

How he died to save us all

There is a balm in Gilead

To make the wounded whole

There is a balm in Gilead

To heal the sin sick soul”

“Just tell the love of Jesus, how he died to save us all.”

He didn’t sacrifice his life for himself, or anything he could get out of it, He did it for others, for the other, for the good and well being of others, That’s love

How does St. Paul say it?

Love is not jealous, rude, or boastful.

Love does not insist on its own way.

Love is unselfish, sacrificial, kind and just.

Love seeks the good and the well-being of the other.

Love makes room and space for the other to be. (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

This love, this is the way of Jesus. And it’s game changer.

Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way.

Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way.

Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way.

Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way.

Imagine our world when love is the way.

No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that

Poverty would become history in such a world as that.

The earth would be as a sanctuary in such a world as that.

We would treat one another as children of God, regardless of differences.

We would learn how to lay our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more.

There would be a new heaven, a new earth, a new world. A new and beautiful human family.

The very dream of God

Love is strong as death

It’s flashes are flashes of fire.

Many waters cannot quench love

The late French Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was at once a scientist, a Roman Catholic priest, a theologian, a true mystic. His was one of the great minds and spirits of the 20th century.

He suggested that the discovery and harnessing of fire was one of the great technological discoveries of human history.

Fire made it possible to cook food, thereby reducing the spread of disease.

Fire made it possible to stay warm in cold climates, thereby marking human migration possible.

Fire made the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution possible.

If you drove here this morning, you did so in part because of harnessed fire.  I flew here from the U.S. due to controlled burn of fire.

Fire is involved in broadcasting this wedding around the world.

And we can text, tweet, email, and otherwise socially engage one another due to fire.

Fire was one of the great technological discoveries of humanity.

In light of this, de Chardin said that if human beings ever harness the energies of love,  then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire. Love is the very fire and energy of real life!

Dr. King was right:

“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”

My brother, my sister,

God love you, God bless you.

My brothers, my sisters,

God love you, God bless you.

And may God hold us all In those almighty hands of love.

Amen

Transcribed by the Evening Standard, London, UK

This Thing Is From Me By Laura A. Barter Snow

Daily Thoughts

This Thing Is From Me
By Laura A. Barter Snow

“This thing is from me.” 1 Kings 12:24

“Life’s disappointments are veiled love’s appointments.” Rev. C. A. Fox.

My child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear, that it may gild with glory any storm clouds which may arise, and smooth the rough places upon which you may have to tread. It is short, only five words, but let them sink into your inmost soul; use them as a pillow upon which to rest your weary head. This thing is from me.

Have you ever thought of it, that all that concerns you concerns Me too? For, “he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of mine eye.” (Zech. 2:8) You are very precious in My sight. (Isa. 43:4) Therefore, it is My special delight to educate you.

I would have you learn when temptations assail you, and the “enemy comes in like a flood,” that this thing is from Me, that your weakness needs My might, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.

Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you, who never consult your taste, who put you in the background? This thing is from Me. I am the God of circumstances. Thou camest not to thy place by accident, it is the very place God meant for thee.

Have you not asked to be made humble? See then, I have placed you in the very school where this lesson is taught; your surroundings and companions are only working out My will.

Are you in money difficulties? Is it hard to make both ends meet? This thing is from Me, for I am your purse-bearer and would have you draw from and depend upon Me. My supplies are limitless. (Phil. 4:19) I would have you prove my promises. Let it not be said of you, “In this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Deut. 1:32).

Are you passing through a night of sorrow? This thing is from Me. I am the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. I have let earthly comforters fail you, that by turning to Me you may obtain everlasting consolation. (2 Thess. 2:16,17) Have you longed to do some great work for Me and instead have been laid aside on a bed of pain and weakness? This thing is from Me. I could not get your attention in your busy days and I want to teach you some of my deepest lessons. “They also serve who only stand and wait.” Some of My greatest workers are those shut out from active service, that they may learn to wield the weapon of all-prayer.

This day I place in your hand this pot of holy oil. Make use of it free, my child. Let every circumstance that arises, every word that pains you, every interruption that would make you impatient, every revelation of your weakness be anointed with it. The sting will go as you learn to see Me in all things.
Laura A. Barter Snow

“This is from Me, the Saviour said, As bending low He kissed my brow,
For One who loves you thus has led. Just rest in Me, be patient now,
Your Father knows you have need of this, Tho’, why perchance you cannot see.
Grieve not for things you’ve seemed to miss. The thing I send is best for thee.

Then looking through my tears, I plead, Dear Lord, forgive, I did not know,
Twill not be hard since Thou dost tread, Each path before me here below.
And for my good this thing must be, His grace sufficient for each test.
So still I’ll sing, Whatever be, God’s way for me is always best.”

From Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman

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