Love is the only thing that can destroy evil completely, so it is time for this nation to unite and do what is good and right by helping each other.
Does that mean that people should abandon the belief systems that have been passed down for centuries, or that people should ignore or overlook what society deems as good or evil? Yes, I believe that it is time for all people to awaken to what is actually good and right, and to stop criticizing or condemning others for their shortcomings. The truth is that no one, NOT ONE human being aside from Jesus Christ has ever been found to be perfect, and since the only perfect person was killed by all of the imperfect ones to prove to the world what LOVE is worth, maybe it is time we all turn our hearts toward love.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. God is love. When people say they know God, but have never known God, the world looks like chaos, confusion, strife, bitter, abusive and complacent mixed with greedy, angry, condemning, shameful, disrespectful, overachievers, doubters, haters and a few believers. Even though people may not know God, He knows all of us. He longs to reveal himself to those that have been forgotten or overlooked by the world. He wants everyone to know love, and He is love.
Romans 13: 1-14
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Fulfilling the Law Through Love
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Perfect love drives out fear, and God’s love is perfect, because He is Love. My Father in Heaven has loved me with an everlasting love. He is well pleased with my life, and He calls me His beloved daughter. He surrounds me with supernatural protection and He answers all of my prayer requests, because He delights in blessing His children.
He doesn’t require me to starve myself or to spend years being taught by anyone else about who He is. He shows me daily and He teaches me all that I need to soar above this world. He has given me the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth and He has opened up the Heavens to pour out blessings so great that there isn’t room enough to contain it.
When you abide in love, you abide in God. God doesn’t ever speak negatively about His creation. He speaks life words that produce good results, and He encourages me with His loving kindness that leads me into His presence. In His presence, there is fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. Most people have no idea that everything that is written in scripture is the Truth, and the experiences that people had in the past are still available today.
Love is something that becomes part of a person. God has become so real to me that I don’t doubt if he hears my voice, because I know that He lives with me, and we share our lives together. I can’t separate my thoughts from God, because I have been given the mind of Christ. I go to sleep thinking about God, and I wake up thinking about God. I want to experience everything that He has for me, and I don’t want to live a boring life that is focused on things that will not last. My greatest aim is Love. What does it look like to obey God (which is how we show that we love Him)?
Cory was 27 years old in the photo above. He was living in a stairwell in the City of Chandler’s parking garage for City workers and Council members. His grandmother raised him, but she had recently passed away when the Holy Spirit led my family to help him that day. Cory couldn’t read or write, so he was unable to get a job without the skills to fill out the application. I brought food and other supplies to Cory as often as possible. He ended up going to jail for a year or more, and was released for a short while, but I haven’t seen him for a few months, so I assume he is back in jail.
Cory is not a criminal or a bad person, but he has spent time in jail for minor issues that stem from being homeless. Since Cory has no money or means to bail himself out of jail, he has to stay locked up as long as it takes before his case has been resolved. Cory’s life seems to have no direction or value by the world’s measurement, but God was so concerned about Cory, that He led my family specifically to find and help him that day, and numerous others. Here is what Cory said to me that day when I sat down to talk with him. “I didn’t think that people like you talked to people like me.” I asked what he meant, and he tried to explain that most people just pass right by him on the streets of Chandler, and don’t even give him a friendly smile or a courteous hello. He believed that he was invisible to the typical middle class citizens of Chandler, Arizona, because that was how the people treated him. I know that God wanted me to hear those words that he spoke that day, because it was necessary to understand how a person can become so insignificant in their mind after being rejected and invisible to the people that pass by daily too focused on their own importance in the world to consider the needs of another.
I share that story, because I want people to grasp the heart of the Father, and understand that it isn’t about what we can get, nor is it about creating projects and plans to “fix people”. Cory might not look like he has much of a life, but his life was of great value for God’s plans and purposes in this time. God wants all of His children to learn how to move in the compassion that Jesus shared, because it is in that compassion that miracles are possible. God is seated in heavenly places, but he is also with the lowly and contrite in heart. He revives the languishing soul, and heals the wounds of his people.
Don’t pass by others without so much as noticing that they have value and need to be recognized too. Say hello and smile with a sincere heart of acceptance for all people to feel welcomed. God accepted all of us even though we were not worthy or of much use to anyone else. We were given great value when we accepted Christ and received a new heart. People don’t understand that in Christ, they are no longer the beggar on the streets, but they are able to receive all that Jesus paid for us to live an abundant life. How about we share the Truth with everyone everywhere we go from this time forth?
People have the choice to love or to hate, The Creator of all life sent His only begotten son into the world to show mankind how to walk the earth with one another in a right way. The religious leaders in Jesus’s day were doing the same things that the extremists are still doing today by exalting themselves above others and creating division and hatred towards those that don’t fit into their ideal box of acceptable standards. Jesus however triumphed over them when he willingly laid down his life in obedience to the Father. That one selfless act of love, opened a doorway for people in the world to either follow and enter into eternal life, or to ignore and deny Jesus as the righteous One by continuing down a path of self-serving destruction that ultimately leads to outer darkness away from the Creator.
Jesus made known what type of people would be granted access to eternal life with God, and also who it was that would be cast away due to their treatment of others in Matthew 25:34-46. Jesus separates the good from the bad by what each individual did for those that could do nothing for them. The people that helped the “least of them” were granted access into the eternal Kingdom of life, while those that refused to share their food, water and clothing, or welcome or visit the “least of them” went away into eternal punishment away from God.
God is perfect love, and He created us to be partakers in that divine love by being in union with Him, but those that have no love for others have never known the only True God and Creator of all good. God is so good that He even gives the evil person a chance to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior no matter how much they did or didn’t do right in their lifetime. We read this in the scriptures found in Luke 23:39-43 when the two criminals were hung next to him on the cross; one his right and one on his left. The criminal on the left mocked him, but the one on the right knowing that he was being paid back his just penalty of death asked Jesus to remember him when he comes into his kingdom, to which Jesus replied, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
A person that thinks they are righteous or good enough without Jesus will never make it into eternal life, because no one was found worthy enough with their own human ability to escape the bondage of corruption in the world. That is why God sent us a Savior into the world. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and be transformed by renewing your mind in the Word of God. I am not referring to religion as a means to eternal life, but a personal relationship with the Creator. When a person knows who they are as a child of God, and how greatly they are loved, it is impossible for that person to not want to share that same love with those that are broken and hurting in the world. At least that has been my own experience since discovering a life with God’s Holy Spirit leading me.
I had a personal encounter with God on Good Friday, March 2016. God told me that He wanted to answer my question that I kept asking in prayer. My question was how could we stop the evil that was destroying the children and families so severely at that time in AZ. He said, “Only one thing can destroy evil completely and that is love.” I thought that was too simple, but then I realized that man had made something so simple into such a difficult burden by polluting the world with so much wrong thinking. In order to destroy evil with love, it requires people to understand what love actually is, and what it isn’t. Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Faith, hope and love will remain; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13.
During my encounter with God that afternoon, I asked Him if anyone would believe that He visited me and shared many things with me that I would not have otherwise known, and He said this; “You might be surprised to learn that most people that say they know me, have never known me.” He was correct of course, and I quickly discovered that most religious leaders couldn’t accept that God would show up in all of His glory to have a conversation with a woman that really didn’t go to church, but pours out her heart in prayer for all of the hurting children and individuals in the world. God not only came and spoke to me, He also answered all of my prayers and He transformed our state in to one of the best in the nation when it comes to the treatment of our children, the oppressed-homeless, addicted, in prisoned, and the “least of them”. Thank YOU Jesus!
There are many areas that still need focus and help in our state, so I encourage everyone to begin praying for the things that need divine intervention. I believe that issues like sex trafficking, child abuse, drug addiction, sickness, mental illness and more are all coming to an end. The numbers might say differently today, but I watched and prayed every step of the way for the transformation of our Foster Care System since 2015, and God moved every mountain out of the way in order to fulfill those prayers and provide a better path for the children of our state to know love.
God does hear our prayers, because He told me that all of my prayers had filled His bowl and He was arousing Himself to come and trample down my enemies. My enemies are the same enemies as everyone else in this world. They are demonic spirits that are working to destroy people with division, hatred, bitterness, greed, lust and anger. Don’t pray that your life will be better, pray that blessings will come to all those that have hurt you! I realized one day while stuck in traffic with angry, stressed out people all around me that if I ever wanted to see good in this world, all of these people around me would need to be blessed and know that they are loved, so I began praying for every single person in the miles and miles of traffic each day. That was what caused God to come and visit me. Maybe I was a bit extreme, but it takes radical love to see radical changes, so I gave it all that I had, and believed that God could do what we were never going to be able to do on our own. Melt the hardened hearts by pouring out love everywhere!