Tag: Loving

Loving Him More Than

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In Matthew, Messiah told His disciples, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Why is that? It’s because it’s not enough to love the Lord, to love Messiah. The Lord calls us not just to love Him, but to love Him ‘more than’. The Lord requires us to love Him more than anything or anyone else. It’s the same thing He asked of Abraham with the offering of Isaac. The reason why we have choices and temptations is so that we can use it to choose God over everything else. If you had no choices, how could you choose God? So, take all the temptation you deal with and see it in a new way, as a way to choose God over it. To put away, forsake, reject, and be done with every sin so that you do not grieve Him, but bless Him. Love God, but don’t just love Him. Love Him ‘more than these’, because He didn’t just love you— He loved you more!

Today’s Mission – Today, examine your heart. If you have anything that has taken precedence over loving God, restore God over that thing as your First Love.

by Jonathan Cahn

Heart’s captive by the Savior’s love

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street” (Isaiah 42:1-3).

This passage is all about Jesus. The Holy Spirit had moved upon the prophet Isaiah to bring forth a revelation of what Christ would be like when he comes and the image that comes forth from these verses is clear: Christ would not come with a loud clamor or noise. Rather, he would come as a tender, loving Savior.

We read the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in Matthew 12:14 where we see the Pharisees planning to kill Jesus because he had healed a man on the Sabbath. When Jesus found out about it, he “withdrew from there.” He did not retaliate in anger or try to get revenge, although he could have summoned a legion of angels to deal with his enemies on the spot.

This tender spirit, Matthew says, reveals the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets” (Matthew 12:19). So, what did Jesus do after he quietly withdrew from Jerusalem? The Word says he immediately went outside the city and continued to heal all who crowded in on him: “Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all” (12:15).

Jesus instructed the people, “Don’t tell anyone about the miracles you see.” Even after healing two blind men, Christ told them to keep it to themselves (Matthew 9:30). You see, Jesus did not want the people following him for his miracles. He wanted their devotion because his tender words had captured their hearts.

Jesus wanted everyone, including every future generation, to know he came into the world as a Savior: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17). Today, focus on the Savior’s love and his great gift of salvation for all mankind.

by David Wilkerson