KEY VERSE: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. —1 John 4:7 (NKJV)

Love toward your city

There is a real maturation to breakthrough in our Christianity when we come to the realization that we should love our city (town, county, etc.).  Few believers understand this.  This type of love truly requires selfless devotion and vision through the loving eyes of God.  God loves people—all people.  He desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  He desires to see our city/town transformed into a public place of devotion to Him.  He needs believers to hold this desire of His heart as a desire of their own hearts.

Learning to love our town is the first stop.  Walk its streets, declare in the heavenlies that this town belongs to God and darkness is not welcome here.  Declare that because you live here, salt is here.  You are God’s covenant partner to be an avenue for life to come into your town. Yes, it depends on us caring and doing the works of faith.  His eyes are looking to and fro for someone to stand in the gap and pray!

Prayer is the breakthrough your town needs.  You are the prayer agent for the breakthrough your town needs.  Be a change agent!  Be one of the faithful ones God can trust to stand in the gap for your city.

Confession: I love [name your town] with the love of the Lord.  I declare Jesus is Lord of [name your town].

Prayer: Father God, open my eyes to loving [name your town].  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Do I pray for my town?  If not, what’s keeping me from doing so?

Resources: Books: Loving Your City into the Kingdom, Jack Hayford; Taking Our Cities for God, John Dawson

Key #27: I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.—John 17:20 (NASB)

Love as your Mission

We are representatives of Christ.  As the world came to believe on the Apostles’ words, so through the centuries it has come down to us now in our generation that the gospel goes forth on our words.  Men will come to Christ through our words.  Our mission is to lift Christ high, that all men would be drawn to Him.  Our mission is to make disciples.  Our mission is a mission of love.  Our mission is to love first the church and then the world.

Do you view your mission in life as a lover?  A lover of God and a lover of men’s souls?  Love must be our mission.  All that we do must be motivated by and through love.  Doesn’t Paul show us that without the agape love of God we are nothing?  Regardless of our role in the Kingdom, without love, we are nothing.  God is not impressed by how much we know and by how highly others esteem us in their eyes.  He is taking notice of our actions of love.  He is blessed by seeing lovers show His nature of love.

When love is our mission in life, we are saints bringing breakthroughs to the lives of others. When love becomes our mission, we bring the living Christ to all who come in contact with us. Why?  We shine the nature of the Father brightly: that God is agape love who has revealed Jesus, crucified, risen and coming again!

Confession: Love is my mission.

Prayer: Father God, may my mission of love be seen by all, as I live as a written epistle of Christ read by all men.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Is love my mission?  How will I carry out this mission?

Resources: Book: New Kind of Love, E.W. Kenyon; Lord, Teach Me How to Love, Creflo Dollar

Key #28: But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.—1 John 3:17,18 (NASB)

Love in Action

Here’s a simple but profound thought: love in action means love with actions associated with it!  The Apostle John clearly shows us that our love must have actions that show we love.  God is results-oriented and is interested in the fruit we bear for Him.  Real biblical love leaves fruit behind, an abiding fruit that brings change to people’s lives.  And, real love will cost you.

If love is your mission, then love actions must follow.  There will always be opportunities to show love in tangible ways that touch people’s lives.  Don’t pray about it—do it!  God is looking for lovers in deed and not word only.  As the Holy Spirit leads us, we show the love of Christ in ways that show God is love.  We are the flesh extension of Christ to this world, and our love actions will love people into the Kingdom of God.

Be a breakthrough lover!  Our love actions are gospel breakthroughs to all we come in contact with.  Yes, there is a cost to this.  There is a cost in time, personal inconvenience, dollars and cents, and personal belongings.  Consider, however, when we’re in heaven at the believer’s throne of judgment, judging the works that brought a cost into our lives, I’m sure no one will say “I knew I gave too much!”  Rather when our eyes are opened in eternity we’ll say, “I knew I should have given more!”

Confession: I act in love to everyone I meet.

Prayer: Father God, may my mission of love have actions of love.  Lead me by Your Spirit in my love walk.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: What does love in action mean to me?  Am I holding back love actions because I don’t want to pay a personal cost?

Resources: Book: Love: the Way to Victory, Kenneth Hagin





Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. —1 John 4:7 (NKJV)


Key #22: And He said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and foremost commandment.—Matthew 22:37-38 (NASB)


Love toward God


Without exception, as Jesus points out to us, this is the greatest commandment! In fact, the entire first half of the Ten Commandments falls under this command. How do we love Father God with our whole heart, whole soul and whole mind? It is by Him owning us in Christ, and by us not claiming ownership of ourselves. It is seen by our actions and not by our lips only.


If He owns me, that is, if I have been bought out of the bondage of sin, paid by the highest price possible—the precious blood of Jesus, then I submit to Him in all the actions/behaviors of my life. First, His Word is His revealed will. Second, Jesus is the will of the Father. That is, when you look at the Son you’ve seen the Father. And lastly, scripture shows us that Jesus and the Word are one! We need to take the guidance of Holy Spirit through the Word of God to be the standard for all our behavior in life, thus showing love for the Father by submitting to His Word no matter what it costs us!


Unfortunately, this is not how it is in American Christianity. The majority of Christians in America live for themselves and love God with their lips only. Oh, do we need a breakthrough! This breakthrough comes by our reckoning ourselves as dead to self, consecrating ourselves to Him, and letting the Holy Spirit direct our paths. Will we die to self, daily as Paul says? Will we consecrate our plans and pursuits to Him? Therein lies the breakthrough for America. Will the real Christians please stand up?



I am dead to self and live for Christ, and for the praise of His glory.



Father God, help me by Your Spirit of Grace to love and live for You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.


Journaling Question:

Do I love the Father with my whole being? If yes, how would anyone know it by how I live my life? Where in my life am I alive to self? Where in my life have I not allowed Jesus to be Lord?


Resources: Book: Loving God With All Your Mind

, Elizabeth George


Key #23: The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” —Matthew 22:39 (NASB)


Love toward your Neighbor


Without exception, as Jesus points out to us, this is the second greatest commandment! The entire second half of the Ten Commandments falls under this command. Scripture tells us that we cannot love God whom we have not seen with the naked eye and, at the same time, not love our neighbor whom we can see with our eyes. The point is: you don’t love God if you don’t love your neighbor! Make no mistake on this point! Of course, if we do love God, we will love our neighbor, because the love of God shines through us toward our neighbor.


And so the tough question is, how do I love my neighbor? When the man asked Jesus this in terms of “who is my neighbor?” Jesus pointed to the Good Samaritan and told him to go and do the same. The Samaritans were hated by the Jews in the first century, and yet the Samaritan showed love toward his Jewish neighbor.   Jesus’ illustration was that first, love is shown by actions; second, love is shown even when it costs us something; and third, love is unconditional even toward those who hate us! You love your neighbor because the love of God compels you to do so.


Wow! Do we need a breakthrough in this area! Most tend to love only the loveable, or those who give love in return. Most tend not to reach out to those that hate us. Most tend to love to the point of little or no personal cost and discomfort. We need to grow in love. We need actions that show that we have been with Jesus, our example of a surrendered, submitted love for the Father.



I am a lover of men’s souls.



Father, may I please You in loving my neighbor. Teach me and show me how I would be an example of Your love to everyone I meet. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.


Journaling Question:

Do I love my neighbor? How would anyone know that I do?


Resources: Book: Love Your Neighbor,

Melody Carlson


Key #24: For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?—Matthew 5:46 (NASB)


Love toward the Unlovable


Recall in Key #23 that Scripture tells us we cannot love God whom we have not seen and, at the same time, not love our neighbors whom we have seen. Here in Matthew 5:46 we see Jesus’ instruction to His disciples on this issue of love.


Our love as believers must go beyond the church pews and reach out to those no one will love. Mother Theresa clearly pointed this out in her ministry. There was nothing of value in what she did in men’s eyes, but there was great value in it to heaven’s eyes. Perhaps a better way to put this is to ask yourself, “Will I reach out to the unlovable?”


We get a breakthrough in love when we reach out to those who cannot bless us in return. Food pantry service, clothing ministry, homeless ministry, and prison ministry are only a few areas where we meet those who society has pushed aside. Perhaps it is a deep personal question we must ask of the Lord: “How do I love the unlovable?” A greater and higher dimension of our Christianity awaits us as we become doers and not mere talkers of loving the unlovable. Maybe, as Mother Theresa once said regarding our ministry to the poor, we might meet Jesus there.



I am a lover of men’s souls. I show the love of Christ to the unlovable.



Father, broaden my view of whom I am sent to love. May I put no barrier between Your love in me and another’s soul. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.


Journaling Question:

Do I love the unlovable? Do I care? Am I willing?


Resources: Book: Love Your Neighbor,

Melody Carlson


Key #25: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.—Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)


Love toward the Church


We are called to love all men. Love is seen in our actions and not merely by lip service. Yet we have instruction from Scripture that we are to show a special dedication of love first to the household of faith—the Church. The Church is our family. How you treat the household of God is how you treat Jesus. Unfortunately we live in a Christian culture that wants to separate Jesus from His Church and not look at them as one. They are one. The Body is connected to the Head.


You are the Church. Your brother and sister in Christ are the Church. Your love toward the saints is your love toward the Church and directly related to how you show love toward Jesus. Jesus’ authority structure in His Church is also connected to this. You and I cannot escape this truth that in this life, we are connected to Jesus’ Church as much as we are connected to Him! Now that’s a breakthrough thought for some!


Love towards the Lord’s Church is seen by our service of ministry. It is seen by the fruit we leave behind as believers. Love toward the Lord’s Church is seen in our active participation in the Body of Christ. There is a breakthrough here—we need to get busy with the Lord’s work in the Lord’s Church and not live for ourselves. There are no lone ranger saints. There is an army of the Lord marching forward. I wouldn’t want to explain to God one day why I was AWOL in His Church Army! Would you?



I love the Lord’s Church. I’m in the Army of the Lord.



Father God, may I have a deeper understanding and commitment of love to Your Church. May my service be acceptable to You and to the brethren. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.


Journaling Question:

Am I submitted to the Lord’s Church (Hebrews 13:17)? Am I a fruit producer in the Kingdom? Is my love for the Church seen by my actions?


Resources: Book: My Church My Family,

James Richards








In part one we looked at: The health of the tongue, The health of your lifestyle, and the health of your eye and ear gates. We will proceed with:


Key #19: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. —Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)


Health To Your Heart


In Key to Health #18, we examined the importance of our eye and ear gates, because they go directly to the heart of man. It is the heart of man that directs health to his whole being. In Proverbs 4:23 above, we see being on guard is of paramount importance:

“above all else …”

The heart is our very wellspring of life. The heart of man is where our spirit and soul touch. It is where the Word of God goes, and where our intentions come forth. A heart full of God’s Word and rich in communion with Father God is healthy and thriving. The intentions of that heart will be pure, undefiled and godly.


Hearts need healing when impurities and defilements have crept in. Darkness is the source. The vehicles of this dark source can be the occult, sexual sin, unforgiveness and bitterness; pride of life; embracing the lusts of the flesh; defiling things like pornography; and loving the world age we live in. Allowing such things as these in us is not keeping a watch over our eye and ear gates and certainly is not guarding our hearts. When the wellspring of life gets contaminated we need healing and deliverance. We need a breakthrough.








Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. —3 John 2 (NKJV)


Key #15: Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.—3 John 2 (NIV)


The Will of God in Health: Health is Related to the Soul’s Attitude


Getting a breakthrough in health is directly related to what you believe regarding health. Health in the Scriptures is a concept far more encompassing than just getting healed when sick. It is a state we should dwell in daily. It is a covenant right that belongs to us which Christ purchased with His blood at Calvary. We must hold fast to the established eternal fact that sickness was dealt with by Christ on the cross according to Isaiah 53. We must believe this in our hearts, and not just mentally assent to it.


Dwelling in health starts with the attitude that this is my mindset. The NASB translation in the above verse says “…just as your soul prospers.” The soul is the hinge on which the gate of health swings. If your soul prospers in God’s Word, it is filled with God’s thoughts and God’s words. When we are filled with God’s will (His Word is His revealed will in the person of Christ) we are prospering beings, filled with health spilling out into our bodies.



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Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. —Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)


Key #12: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.—Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

 The Prosperity of Our Walk

 Our God desires that as we walk with Him in our earth walk, we walk as representatives of heaven, prosperous servants of God. He desires that we would produce fruit for the kingdom. He desires that all we would put our hands to would prosper and succeed. Our earth walk as believers should not be a day-to-day struggle in failure and futility. It should be natural for us to prosper in our lives, marriage, parenting, finances, career, ministry and all that concerns us. Not prosperous as the world would view prosperity, but on how the Scriptures reveal what is a prosperous man. Proverbs 3:5-6 are verses key to this prosperous walk. (Psalm 112 is a description of a man walking in prosperity.)







Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. —Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)

Key #8: …And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”—Psalm 35:27 (NASB)


God’s Will is Prosperity

 Prosperity is a greatly misunderstood topic in the American Church where there have been some very good teachings and some very bad teachings on it in the last 25 years. Prosperity is far bigger than just finances. Finances are only one part of the Biblical concept of prosperity. We have the clear understanding that when Jesus enters a man’s heart, the man changes; first in the spirit realm, and then progressively working out that salvation into the natural. When we come to Christ, we enter into covenant with God in the blood of Jesus’ work at Calvary. God raises us to a level that is beyond comprehension.





Key Verse:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. — Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)


Key #5: I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…— Deuteronomy 30:19



Freedom for the Eye and Ear Gates: Conscious diligence through faith

The eye and ear gates are the ways we receive information and also the filters used to determine what we see or hear. Freedom for these gates comes from being particular about what enters through them. God has given us the freedom of choice and with that freedom we can either maintain our freedom or choose to go into bondage.

What our eyes behold with regularity will have a great influence on what we will become. If we maintain a close relationship with the Word of God, our eyes will serve us well by helping to conform us to the Word of God which will bring blessing into our lives. If we allow our eyes to behold pornography, we choose bondage which will bring cursing into our lives. That which we hear regularly will determine what is acceptable to our lives. If we allow foul language to be a part of our daily lives, before long it will not only be coming into our ears, but out of our mouths. Jesus said in Revelation “Let those who have an ear hear” which means to obey. So when we are truly obeying, we are hearing.





Key Verse: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. —Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

Key #1: The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. —Psalm 9:9 (NLT)

Freedom from Oppression: Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High

We can be free from oppression if we are willing to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  Whenever trouble comes near us, if we are abiding in Him, we are safe.  How do we abide? We stay in the Word of God daily.  It is never enough to read the Word once in a while.  There must be a steady, stable routine of Bible reading and application.  The applying is the abiding, but if you don’t read there is nothing to apply.  To abide in the shadow of the Almighty is to live in continual union with Him, keeping His Word and obeying His voice.  Those who abide in the Lord can live without dread of what the devil will do.  Let’s make this clear though — God’s promise of protection doesn’t guarantee that the devil will leave you alone!  It means that God will give you a way of escape every time the devil rears his ugly head at you. 

Jesus came to set the captives free and He accomplished what He came to do!  If we want to live in that freedom, we need to live the way He lived.  Jesus never did anything unless the Father told Him to do it.  That means He was in constant communication with the Father.  We can be there if we are daily in the Word because the Father speaks through His Word.  If you are afraid of the dangers around you, spend more time in the Word and in prayer until your trust in God overcomes your fear.  Draw closer to the Lord until you are abiding in the shadow of the Almighty and no matter how dangerous this world becomes, He surely shall deliver you!


The Fear of the Lord


The New Testament revelation of God as holy love brings us to adoration and awe but does not exclude the fear of the Lord, which is our fitting and appropriate reaction to any consciousness of His displeasure. The fear of the Lord is reverential awe.

Luke 12:4–5 4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

As in the Old Testament, this denotes reverential awe. Indeed, in the Old Testament the fear of God is a definition of “true religion”:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.


The Second Coming (Part 2 of 2)


The Second Coming (Part 2 of 2)

Review: Jesus is coming again in 2 phases: For His Church = rapture; with His Church = earthly reign. 7 years of human history remains as the age of grace closes at the fullness of the Gentiles and the Jewish “clock” restarts, these 7 years will be the marriage supper in heaven and Jacob’s Trouble on earth.

Revelation 19:7-9 7Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

Rewards will be given at this time for the church:

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Romans 14:10 10 …For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Rapture happens and the “Jewish clock” restarts. Events are now aligning for this season over the reborn nation of Israel:

Amos 9:15 15 I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God.