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In the 5th century, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates from his English home as a youth and sold into slavery in Ireland, which at that time was a fierce land controlled by warring tribes. After a number of years, he received a vision from God telling him about a ship that would take him back to England. Patrick walked many miles across terrain he knew nothing about, being led by the Spirit of God, until he came to the ocean shore and he saw the ship of his vision. And this ship did indeed return him to his home.
But God then told him that he was to go back to Ireland and spend his life preaching across the savage island. Because Patrick forgave those who had enslaved him, he was able to go to them with the love of Jesus, with no bitterness or impediment in his heart. As a result, he baptized over 120,000 Irishmen — and the reverb of this throughout the ages has, I imagine, led millions to a heavenly destiny. He was a Revolutionary of Love. Join the Revolution!
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“If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
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“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;” (John 6:51)
What are you most hungry for? Where are your hungers and desires taking you? Whatever we are most hungry for will define our lives (You are what you eat!). Hunger is as hunger does. Whatever we make time for in our lives is a good litmus test of what our true hungers and desires are. I remember years ago thinking about prayer and fasting, and God told me that the day I wanted Him more than I wanted food, I would fast.
“It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
Now is the time to press in for more of Him. No other food will sustain us in these days.
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“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
To avoid sin only because of its self-destructive
consequences is to create a me-centered Gospel.
The main reason we should not sin
is because it grieves the heart of God.
And a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day
would be to walk in the Grace He has given us (1 Corinthians 10:13)
and resist temptation because we love Jesus so much!
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“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)