Let Love Shine ! While They Whine !

I was reading my bible this morning when the Holy Spirit illuminated verses 5 and 6 of the Love Chapter of the Bible, I Corinthians 13.  It is a chapter most believers are familiar with… for it is read at many weddings… but this passage isn’t just for interaction by couples. This passage is telling true believers what operating in God’s definition of love looks like.  It reveals the importance of this attribute being exhibited by a believer in today’s modern society.  As a matter of fact, our spiritual gifts aren’t worth anything without this love being witnessed by society as they look upon each of us individually. Together…we can make a difference…for we can operate in love within our own sphere of influence…and live this definition.

So…let’s read these specific two verses as they describe love:  I Corinthians 13:5-6

Love…. “does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

Here is an easy question for you: Does Society today reflect this kind of Love? 

We can all emphatically say,  “No Way!”

After all, we all just experienced, via the media, the Charlottesville riot this past weekend.

Does Society as a whole behave rudely?  Yes!

Do they seek their own? Yes!

Do they think evil? Yes!

Do they rejoice in iniquity/sin? Yes! Like never before. No one calls sin SIN as the scripture does. Society is uniting in their acceptance of iniquity, and fighting for their rights to continue in it!

What about “rejoicing in the truth“?

Do they rejoice in the truth of God’s word? No!

Do they rejoice in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the Word, who says He IS the way, the TRUTH, and the life? and that no man comes to God the Father but through Him?  No!

Modern society is seeking to deny even basic truths like the institution of marriage, of male-female gender, God’s right to tell them, as their creator, what is good and what is evil? The absolutes of right and wrong are replaced by opinion and societal brain-washing! Evil is continually in man’s thoughts…and it doesn’t take anything to provoke someone to anger and violence! We’re getting pretty far from the truth when we want to erase our own history from existence.

And yet…. Doesn’t Society talk about Love?  … They sure do! … ALL the time!

The fact of the matter is, modern society, while condemning and persecuting believers who stand up for the truth, are calling those who agree with God “unloving”, when in actuality, their definition of love is a lie!  Love is neither tolerance of evil nor acceptance of the evil doer who is harming those around them by their evil ideology or works. Never being allowed to share an opinion different from them is not love.

Society has been operating under a false definition of love and we, as a whole, are therefore being destroyed from within. Not only the USA, but also other countries. They, who for the sake of this “false definition of love” have let people full of hate and division and immorality into their boundaries, which has now lead them to inner destruction. Lawlessness abounds across the land, and believers are really the only group of people who can remain hopeful, joyful, and loving amidst the chaos. Why? Because we have Christ within… and greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. Amen?! (smile)  This is why we can follow verse 7 of love’s chapter: “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  Did not Christ exhibit that kind of love? and we abide in Him…hallelujah!

Love is being kind and patient, not being envious, or proud, or boastful, yes….but this is an attitude of our own hearts God speaks of.  As a nation, we must place love for GOD and for HIS WILL above all “tolerance” of an evil doer. This takes wisdom and knowledge of the truth. Once reborn by the blood of Jesus Christ, we depend upon the Spirit of God and our Bible to be read and understood, to follow after Jesus. It IS a narrow way! And not all who say Lord Lord even are going to find that narrow way, but those who Obey His Will and find their righteousness in Christ. Becoming a believer is free, it is of grace not of works, and totally makes us all “even” in the sight of God. No group is better than another within the body of Christ. We find equality at the humble foot of the cross looking up to Jesus, who alone is worthy of greatness. Yet Believers, we are “higher” than Society, for we are already eternal and seated in the heavenlies with Christ Jesus (as far as our position), and we CAN affect lives all around us, by our own individual life lived in LOVE and OBEDIENCE, for Christ lives in us. We can Shine! We can allow Christ to be glorified through us. Through our life of true love.

John 17 is an awesome prayer, prayed by Jesus Christ to the Father, and he is praying for us, Believers!! He says he “doesn’t pray for the world” but for us! He prays for us, because He is “glorified in us”, not in them. (See verses 8-9 of John 17)

Believers, we, as we let true love grow, as I Cor 13 defines it, and allow our hearts to pray for and build up one other …and speak out for God’s will and edify with words of faith…following after Jesus…we can begin to shine while they all whine!

I happen to believe if our light, collectively, becomes brighter, and our love more visible, that the lost will come to us to find the answers in this dark world and find hope and freedom in Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

To conclude:

Does society today reflect true Love? NO!  Even unbelievers are realizing that Trump is not the blame for everything in society that is going haywire! Although he is continuing to be blamed for every evil work. What he has become is an excuse for lawlessness, and a license for others to go their own way, for they can blame someone other than themselves, the evil of their own hearts, and their own lack of true love.

It’s time to stop the blame game and start the love from above!

Believers, Make a loving stand! Know your word! Tell the truth! Be true to yourself in Christ! Don’t deny the truth to be falsely loved by them. Don’t be bullied into embracing their false definition of love! All this compromise has produced nothing good… so let’s try another strategy! Let’s love them to the truth! Let’s share the true definition of love with them!

Love never fails! (I Cor 13:8)

Let’s allow Christ’s love to show outward to all. We won’t be behaving rudely…we won’t seek our own…we won’t be easily provoked…we will think no evil…we will not rejoice in iniquity…we will rejoice in the truth.  Amen?!! (smile)

Now is our time to shine! While they whine!

Don’t let them condemn you, a believer, saying that you do not know how to love, just because you speak the truth! Love rejoices in the truth! Amen?!!

I am writing this article to dispel the lies/confusion of the “love” that society is speaking of!  Believers, let’s not get sucked into a false definition of love.  We just observed from these two verses alone, that society as a whole is not operating in God’s definition of love. Men have become lovers of themselves! They know how to whine! Not shine!

But I say, Let us SHINE, and While they WHINE!

II Timothy 4:18 gives you a promise to hang onto. Remember this verse as you look around you and things seem to be completely lawless, chaotic, and fear would like to replace love within you:

“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

Written by Beth Ann Smith, August 17, 2017

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Warning-Alert: MCD – Manipulative Communication Deception

MCDThis is a post of a previous article I wrote in April 2005, about how The Enemy often uses prophetic words to deceive. They are to be authenticated, then received. Revisited for its application NOW, in this hour.

April 3, 2005     I had a very interesting morning as I sat at the feet of my now-deceased husband David, and he taught me saying:

I worked in “Intelligence” while in the US Army and we, and the enemy, used a tactic called MCD.  This was our mission. This stands for Manipulative Communication Deception.

M – Manipulate Truth  (take what you know to be true, manipulate it just enough to let the enemy think it may be true, and not “suspect” a lie, with the purpose of throwing them “off the right track”)

C – Communicate (you have to find some subtle way to get your enemy to receive this “manipulative truth”…bring it to them through some back door way…or let them eavesdrop, or just send a messenger to them that blatantly tells the lies to them. The best way to do this is to let the “messenger” believe he has the truth…that way he will really “give out” the message convincingly. The lie will be accepted, and acted upon.)

D – Deceive  (this is the end result of what we want to accomplish.)

Our target to deceive?                        Ans. Their Source of Intelligence.

(If we deceive their Intelligence Source we get the rest of their operation easily for their plans are based on their Intelligence Source.)

Then he asked me: “Who is “Source of Intelligence” in the Body of Christ?”  He proceeded to tell me it was the Office of the Prophet, or Prophecy as the gift, or simply people speaking as if they are speaking with the authority given by God; pastors, teachers, etc.

He added this:

The prophet is to hear directly from God and speak only WHAT and WHEN as instructed by God. Many, however, who walk in the gift of prophecy receive a “message” with error. MCD has occurred.  The Enemy has intervened, and False Intelligence has been transmitted.  This is why there is a multitude having received prophetic words which have almost destroyed their lives.  Prophecy as “Real Intelligence” is of such value, that it can’t be ignored or abandoned by the Body of Christ. Communications with God must continue.  Real Intelligence must get past enemy lines.

So how does one know whether a message they receive is from God and true, or is from the Enemy and is a lie?  The answer. What the intelligence agencies MUST DO: AUTHENTICATE!

As a rule, if what a person communicates to another is:

  1. Speculation
  2. Feelings
  3. A Belief
  4. Opinion

IT MUST NOT BE CONSIDERED A WORD FROM GOD!

 

If you cannot say: “Thus saith the Lord”, then you have nothing to say.  If you are going to speak as from the Lord, then you must clearly, without any doubt, know that the Lord has spoken directly to you.

One of the greatest errors made by believers is to receive a minister’s OPINION as if it is Gospel!  Another is for a minister not to realize that his position gives his words a “connotated seal of approval from God”.

A true prophet or minister of God will say to himself, “Unless I KNOW it is FROM GOD then I DO NOT SPEAK IT FORTH.”

The rules that a Godly minister or would be prophet say, “Speak WHAT God tells you and Nothing Else”  And “Speak WHEN God tells you to and no other time”.

If it is a speculation, a feeling, a belief, or opinion it must be “authenticated” by going directly to God, (the written word and the Spirit in perfect agreement) and getting TRUTH firsthand.  Do not speak it (if you’re at the giving end) or receive it (if you’re at the receiving end) until God, himself, authenticates the message.

He gave me an example.  This is a fictitious name I use.  Let’s say Joe Ryan is in some major transition in his life.  He is under great tension. He knows change has to be made and is coming.  He needs to hear from God.

Now well-meaning people, want to:

  • Encourage
  • Help
  • Aid

And Joe Ryan is:                     Open to suggestions (he desires to hear from God)

In the middle of these is

  • GOD, Wanting to make His Will known
  • Satan with the MISSION to MCD

What happens is this:

People with all good intentions:

  • Cause Confusion
  • Aid in Error
  • Confirm a Lie
  • Mis-Direct

BECAUSE  of M C D

(they received and gave out a message without authenticating it! They speak it to Joe Ryan as if its truth, for they themselves don’t realize the difference between the False Intelligence and the Truth which is of God.)

I asked “Why can MCD happen? Both the receiver and giver not knowing the message has met with MCD?”

His reply?

Because though in their hearts they want to be a blessing, they are being led by

  1. Their mind
  2. Their belief in their heart
  3. Their desire to be used by God
  4. Feel they have a responsibility to help
  5. Feel obligated when asked for “a word” (even when they have not been given anything from God to give out. Altar ministry can be a specific place this MCD occurs, especially between the immature.)

My interjection, “Well, what if it HAS BEEN authenticated as truth. It is even the Word?”

My husband’s reply: God said in the Written Word:  “Those who are led by the Spirit are called the Sons of God… NOT those who speak the truth.

Many who speak the truth out, without being LED BY GOD to do so, are destroyed by Satan. Even the giving out of truth, authenticated intelligence, must be done as led by the Spirit of God, or Satan can intercept the message with MCD.  This is what happened with Job’s friends.  They saw circumstance, perceived their truth in their mind, it sounded like God, but it was mixed with MCD. It wasn’t TRUTH. It didn’t accomplish what they desired and meant to do. God sent the Real Intelligence, and Job went to God Himself for the authentication, which God gave.

Why am I sharing this teaching I received at my kitchen table?

In this hour we all are to be more alertmore determined to get our direction directly from the Lord himself, less apt to speak our words as if they are God’s, and less panicked when we don’t know what to do.  It’s better to WAIT ON GOD for a clear message, then to receive an unclear message for the sake of movement…to make our “tension” cease during transition, etc.  Be careful what books we read as truth, what advise we take as truth, what impressions/thoughts we have that aren’t of God but are MCD messages. Authenticate!  Authenticate! Authenticate!  Then when authenticated, receive and do the Will of God “wholeheartedly” without doubts and reservations! The Spirit will bear witness with our spirit. Then the true sons of God, those led by the Spirit of God, will arise!

BE WISE FOR THE DAYS ARE EVIL.

May God bless you with this, as he has me.

I thank God for my previous husband David (*deceased), who, alongside my father, was one of the wisest men I ever knew!

Elizabeth

PS   Feel free to pass this along to anyone you believe could be blessed by what I’ve been taught that day. I don’t believe this is just for me, but is indeed truth for this Hour.