Prayer Challenge

I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.

“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said to me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You, God, are Holy. Your word is the truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Heart Mania aka Valentine's Day and God

Valentine's Day is four weeks away. 

The celebration of love is already appearing in retail stores across America, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. On a shopping trip last week, masses of red, white, and pink color attracted my attention as I wheeled my shopping cart past the end of an aisle. Heart shaped cookies, heart shaped candy boxes, and heart adorned cards lined both sides of the store aisle. I will admit that I did turn my shopping cart down the Aisle of Love and look at the displayed candy. Did you know that candy corn comes in red, pink, and white for Valentine's Day? As I looked at the wide variety of heart adorned and heart shaped candies, I wondered what God thinks about all of this heart mania. Hearts mean love, right? Following this idea, I decided to see what the Book of Matthew has to say about hearts and love.

 God Loves Jesus

First, at Jesus's baptism, God announced that Jesus is His Son, He loves him, and He is well pleased with him. Later on, God repeated this message to the disciples, but added, "Listen to him!" Sounds like love to me. A father loves his son, approves his son, and lets the important people in Jesus's life know they need to listen to him.

The Pure in Heart

Then, Jesus preached that the pure in heart are blessed because they will see God. Pure in heart is expressed at Valentine's Day by the white trim on the red hearts. I can see where the holiday symbols actually relate to scripture. However, I do not remember ever seeing a scripture based Valentine's Day card.

Love, Prayer, and Persecutors

 Jesus also said," But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," Love and pray for your enemies. You really do have to love Jesus a lot to pray for your enemies. Actually, when I have practiced praying for those whom I dislike, it removed my anger towards them. Hmm I actually have given cards to people because it was the "right thing to do." Last year I saw chocolate praying hands in the Valentine's Day section of a store. Maybe the candy manufacturers are trying to appeal to Christians on Valentine's Day.

Do You Treasure God or Money?

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also...No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Such a familiar scripture. Income issues are when I have trouble staying focused on God. However, I do treasure God more than money.  Valentine's Day does cause me to think about how much I treasure my family. That is one reason for giving your loved ones a card for Valentine's Day.

And Jesus Says...

Later in his ministry, Jesus told a rich young man to "honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself. Again, Jesus wants us to love family and acquaintances. 
Finally, Jesus said the greatest commandment was to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." The next greatest commandment is to" Love your neighbor as yourself."

In Conclusion

The scriptures tell me that God and Jesus want us to love each other all the time, not just on Valentine's Day. Heart mania is okay, but do not forget to carry it through the year.


Matthew 3:17; 5:8; 5:44; 6:21; 6:24;17:5; 19:19; 22:37

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