A Warriors Life
A WARRIOR IS FIGTHING A CAUSE GREATOR THAN SELF PRESEVERANCE.
Yeshua is asking a question to every warrior. “are you My friend, willing to lay down your life?”.
No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, I chose you; and I have commissioned you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever you ask from the Father in my name he may give you. This is what I command you: keep loving each other
Yeshua said that a friend give his life willingly for a friend because he loves him. We as friends are so used to being a friend that we seldom remind ourselves of the reason we said yes, to Yeshua’s question. The love we once had became duty and the Friend we knew became our master.
I received this messages from the Lord in Revelation 2:4-5 But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place- if you don’t turn from your sin
I had to ask myself the following question, do I remember the One I surrendered my life to, the One I loved, or who loved me first. The One to whom I said I will willingly lay my life down for Him so that He can get the reward for His suffering.
The way we see God, to a large extent, determines how we relate to Him. To know the Bible, does not mean we know God or Yeshua the Messiah, it simply means we know about Him. Yeshua said that a slave do not know what his master is about. To know what God and His Son Yeshua are about is not to know the Word of God, it is to understand the Word of God. When Yeshua said that He did not come to abolish the law, but came to fulfill it. He said He come to reveal to truth of the Word, the heart of the Father.
So where do we start, how do you see God when you consider the Word of God. Does the way I see God encourage fear, reverence, obedience and service, or does it encourage love. We all know that we should love God, but do we really love Him? Not as a duty, but as life’s greatest pleasure and privilege.
It can be related to a marriage, when the husband look at the wife, or when the wife look at the husband. The reaction within determine the resulted action. If we see fear we react in obedience, if we see duty we act because we are obligated but if the husband and wife see love they react in love – I give myself willingly. As Paul said the love of the Messiah compels him.
God desires love, closeness, communion and intimacy. In Jeremiah 31:31 “Here, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI:”I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.
God said He will write it on our Hearts, the heart is an expression of love, He did not intend for us to know the Law only He wanted us to know Him from within our hearts, not from within our mind. God desires a relationship with us. The Bible says, God is love (1John 4:8) and love longs for intimacy.
Is our concept of love influenced by our culture or by Scripture? The media and our culture express love as an act of receiving. The Bible on the other hand express love through giving, “for God so loved the world that He gave”. A love relationship with God is not about receiving but about giving.
Love is emotional so even in our relationship with God we need to release the emotion of love as many saints have done through the years: Teresa of Avila prayed; “I am yours, you made me. I am yours you called me. I am yours, you saved me. I am yours you loved me. I will never leave your presence.”
God’s love for us is unconditional, forgiving, merciful and without limits. His love enables us to love, for it influences and purifies our love. 1Jn 4:19 We love because he first loved us. The closer we get to God the more impartation there is of His perfect love into our hearts.
Intimacy implies vulnerability, and sometimes we are fearful of allowing ourselves to be vulnerable because of the possibility of being hurt and disappointment that can come when we open our inmost beings to somebody, even to God. We fear being hurt, being rejected once we are seen for what we really are. One the one side our hearts yearn for communion, for belonging, for a sense of being ultimately safe, free from past guilt and future worries. Yet, we fear the idea of getting so close, and being vulnerable for rejection. Ironically, we fear vulnerability and yet it is when we stand completely exposed and naked before God, stripped of all pretense, honest about our sins, our needs, all defensive walls down, that we have the greatest experience of God presence and freedom to love.
A love relationship with God is an ongoing, growing experience. As our love for God intensifies our desire for more grows. Then, the more contact we experience the more we get to know about God and our love increases to the point where we desire communion, real deep intimate communication, which in turn strengthens our love.
When we view prayer as communion between lovers, many of the common questions about prayer becomes irrelevant. Questions like; Does prayer really work? How do I know God hears my prayer? Because the questions become irrelevant, for in relationship it is no longer a question of what I can get out of this communion, but a shared experience with the One you love.
Richard Foster said, “To be effective prayers we need to be effective lover. Intercessory prayer will never again be a duty, because I will be sharing the burden of the world with my Beloved. We will truly be partners in building the Kingdom of God.
A love relationship with God differs dramatically from a love relationship with another person. We can always count on God. Another human being can betray us, hurt us or fail to keep a promise or commitment. Not God. We need never fear failure, betrayal or desertion from God. Rom 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord