Michael Colunga (15 March 2011)

Hello, John and Doves,
God truly commands us to love Him and to love one another--to say nothing of loving our
enemies (whether perceived or actual).
But it's all good, for God's commandments include His provision.
Moses is giving a pep talk to the second generation before they enter the promised land:
    "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
    "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
    "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
    "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
                                                                                            Deuteronomy 6:6-9
    "AFTER the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying:
    " 'No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
    " 'Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
    " 'This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.' "  Joshua 1:(1,5,7-8)
Now this is what I call a recipe!!  However, we need assurance that we can maintain focus on
God's word.  The LORD has this covered.
His Word says,
    "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
    "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
    "For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
    "For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
    "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it."  Isaiah 55:6-11
Not only does the LORD say that His Word shall prosper in us, He also tells us by what means:
    "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure."
                                                                                                                                                            Philippians 2:13
And God will ensure that all His saints are ready for the Rapture:
    "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ...."  Philippians 1:6
In HaShem,
Mike C.
Paul N. F. (12 March 2011)


        By A. W. Tozer

        Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they
        may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in
        through the gates into the city.

        --Revelation 22:14

            The command to love God with our whole being has
        seemed to many persons to be impossible of fulfillment,
        and it may be properly argued that we cannot love by

            Love is too gentle, too frail a creature to spring up at
        the command of another.  It would be like commanding
        the barren tree to bring forth fruit or the winter forest
        to be green.

            What then can it mean?

           The answer is found in the nature of God and of man.
        God being who He is must have obedience from His
        creatures.  Man being who he is must render that
        obedience, and he owes God complete obedience
        whether or not he feels for Him the faintest trace of love
        in his heart.

           It is a question of the sovereign right of God to require
        His creatures to obey Him.

            Man's first and basic sin was disobedience. When he
        disobeyed God he violated the claims of divine love with
        the result that love for God died within him.

            Now, what can he do to restore that love to his heart

            The heart that mourns its coldness toward God needs
        only to repent its sins, and a new, warm and satisfying
        love will flood into it. For the act of repentance will bring
        a corresponding act of God in self-revelation and
        intimate communion.

            Once the seeking heart finds God in personal
        experience there will be no further problem about
        loving Him.

        Yours in Christ,
        Paul N. F.