Winter is not yet releasing us into spring, snow in April? It’s just flurries, but still we are waiting and waiting for the warmth.
The forsythia started blooming anyway, it snuck its bright yellow flowers incrementally out with every degree of temperature increase…. It’s time to bloom, no matter the impending snow doom. The forsythia will get noticed for its boldness of color.
But oh! Wow, when we do get that big warm-up, wow EVERYTHING is going to bloom all at once!! Watch out my allergy-suffering friends, get ready to be overwhelmed, big time…
Our faith is that the blooms of spring will come eventually… Our faith is also in God, but that’s a fraction of God’s faith in us! God’s faith is that we ourselves will bloom in His Love for His Love. God wants us to awaken from our winter of life and see the NEW life in Him… God desires that we will recognize Him and feel how much He loves us. The warmth comes from WITHIN.
God waters the seeds of our faith like He waters the earth. Our faith could and will grow like the flowers of spring, some folks have faith that eeks out incrementally and noticeably early like the forsythia, some folks slowly wake to bloom with taking the time to grow their stems taller and their roots deeper, and some get a shock of faith bloom all at once…. and maybe like those dealing with allergy-inducing pollen bursts from the trees, some folks have to adjust to a new explosive faith that shakes them up and REALLY gets their attention… ACHOO!
Bloom, all God intercessions are for HIS Garden… “He who lives in you…”
God wants to bloom in you. Why? He’s planting and pruning His Garden (John 15).
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1John 4:4
Why???? Why does God want to bloom His LOVE thru us? Because we are the branches of His Love sent into the world today. We are to bear His fruit and share that SPIRIT of LOVE.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1John 4:7
LOVE will bloom, spring will come, and God will nurture us and all for His harvest… Let us pray for a new robust season to yield yet another future crop of seeds generated then joyfully spread for God’s future watering…
The SPIRIT of LOVE will burst thru the cold winters of faith. The Garden will Grow…
HOW? We need to tend to and strengthen our faith, develop our boldness, believe,
AND WE WILL BLOOM…
1 John 4 (below)
1John 4 KJV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The Consummation of Love
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.
Obedience by Faith
20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.