Thursday, July 3, 2014

RADICAL LOVE / He Came To Love

This is the 4th of seven devotions 
with the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:5 
"Love Does Not Insist On It's Own Rights"


RADICAL LOVE


Song: He Came To Love

(Adapted from Matthew 5; 1 Corinthians 13:5)


Jesus has just formed his ministry team. He has just been baptized where the heavens opened and the voice of God spoke. The Holy Spirit has settled on him. And He has just fasted for 40 days and passed the character test of his moral fiber. These were major spiritual breakthroughs and it appeared to the crowds that Jesus was set up to establish an earthly kingdom.

Crowds were following Him. They were watching and listening. They anticipated a radical king taking his earthly throne and leading them all to triumph over their enemies. They were looking for a king to sweep them to victory.
But the next thing Jesus did was not what they expected. He sat down on the side of a mountain to talk and teach. The crowds gathered, probably expecting major instructions on what was going to happen next. Jesus began to teach them about giving up their rights. He taught them to relinquish their rights and practice walking in radical love!

“You are blessed when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you
and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
Be happy about it! Be very glad!”

Jesus' teaching was not familiar to them. Most people lived by the law and the law said that a Roman soldier could demand that anyone carry a load for them for one mile. It was also a law that the soldier could demand no more than a mile. Jesus said,

"If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles!"
Jesus could have continued,

"The first mile is obligation.
The second mile is to renounce your rights.
The second mile is love!"

Lord, just like the crowds on the mountainside wanted you to do radical things in their lives, I want you to do major things in my life. But I understand that the power lies in giving up my rights and walking and living in radical love. I am willing Lord; help me to recognize radical love and walk in it.

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Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley



HE CAME TO LOVE
Devotion: Radical Love
(Adapted from Matthew 5)
Verse
They were looking for a redeemer
Who would overthrow the Romans
And reclaim the throne of David
They ignored the Scriptures
That revealed a suffering Savior
Who would redeem their souls from sin
Chorus
He didn’t come to rule
He came to love
He didn’t come to overthrow
He came to undergo
The greatest expression of love ever given
He didn’t come to rule
He came to love . . .
Bridge
And He said, “Love the way I loved
Turn the other check
Go the extra mile
And He said, “Love the way I loved 
And relinquish your own rights and ways
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF HATE / Leave The Way Open

This is the the third of seven devotions
with the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love Does Not Insist On It's Own Rights


(Adapted from Romans 12:19; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

We hear it on the news.  We read it in the paper every day.  Someone has been violated.  The victim then gets a gun and kills the one who has violated them, taking the law into their own hands.  Now, not only has the victim been violated, but they themselves become a violator. 

The above is a worst case scenario.  Someone loses his life because of resentment and retaliation, actually getting even with their avenger.  Getting even is actually a form of insisting on your rights.  There is a cycle of hatred that can take hold in a person’s life if he will not give up his rights and allow God to be his avenger.  This cycle of hatred starts small in little resentments and violations.  When the cycle of hate is left to turn over and over in a person’s life, destruction always occurs. 

The Book of Romans gives clear, precise instruction concerning vengeance.

“Never avenge yourselves, 
but leave the way open for God’s wrath:
 for it is written, vengeance is Mine, 
I will repay, says the Lord.”

There will be times in our lives when we are violated.  If we attempt to take revenge in our own rights, we too, become a violator.  When we take the seat of accuser, judge and executioner, we close the door for God to deal with the one who has harmed us.  And more important, we lose the grace to forgive. 

Father, I commit my way to love today.  I break the cycle of hate that has tried to develop in my life by insisting on my own rights.  I relinquish my own rights and roll all of my care over on you.  I will not seek revenge when someone wrongs me.  I will forgive and I will walk in love with grace from my Savior.  Thank you Father, as I take this stand, you will remove wrong thinking in my heart and flood me with grace and power to forgive.

© LoveWalkPublishing 
Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley 



(Adapted from Romans 12:19; 1 Corinthians 13:5)
Verse
We hear it on the news; 
We read it in the paper every day
Someone done somebody wrong
So they went and got their gun 
And started shootin’
Chorus
Beloved never avenge yourselves, 
Don’t get back, don’t get even, 
Don’t retaliate 
(repeat)
Leave the way open for God’s wrath, 
He chastises those who are His, 
He chastises those who He loves
Leave the way open, 
Leave the way open for God’s wrath, 
Leave the way open for God’s love.
© LoveWalkMusic 
Words&AndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 

Monday, June 30, 2014

THE PLUMB LINE OF LOVE / GodIsLove (LoveIsNotInsistent)

This is the 2nd of 7 devotions and music videos
with the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Does Not Insist on It's Own Rights"



(Adapted from 1 Cor. 13:5; Matthew 5:41-44)

Love holds accountable, but in the process, love requires us not to be insistent and demanding of our own way or our own rights, refusing to yield.  God’s love in us is not self-seeking.  It is not touchy or fretful or resentful and it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.  When life happens, it provides us with opportunities to walk in love.

We had been soaking in teaching on love constantly for months and an opportunity to insist on my own rights came up.  We had a verbal agreement with a landlord to do some improvements on her house and deduct the materials from the rent.  She reneged on her agreement and insisted on the full month’s rent.  I went over our agreement and then decided to bless her with the materials and the labor on the improvements.   Shortly after that we moved and blessed her with the full month’s rent instead of pro-rating the amount we owed.  The next house we moved into was completely rent free.  God blessed us with the nicest home we had ever lived in and we did not have to pay rent!  Instead of insisting on our rights, we turned it around and sowed the money in love.  We sowed rent money and reaped rent money immediately!  God is faithful to His Word and to His kingdom principles.

Father, where do I draw the line of holding accountable and not being insistent on my rights?  I want to walk in love but I don’t think I should be walked on.

Child of mine, do not resist the evil man who injures you.  If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn your other cheek to him also.   And if anyone wants to sue you and take what you have, let him and give them more besides.  And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.  If someone keeps begging you for something, give it to them.  You have heard it said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. I am telling you to love your enemies and pray for those who treat you wrongly.  There is no line.  The plumb line is love.  If you will line every action, every thought and every motive on the plumb line of love, you will release my blessings in your life.  That is a kingdom principle that I will not renege on.

© LoveWalkPublishing
Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley



GOD IS LOVE (LOVE IS NOT INSISTENT)

Devotion: Love is Not Insistent

(Adapted from 1 Cor. 13:5; Matthew 5:41-44; 1 John 4:16)

Verse:                        
Love does not insist on its own rights; Love does insist on its own way
Love is not self seeking; Love seeks not its own; I prefer my brother rather than myself
Chorus:
God is love; God is love
He who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God
And God dwells and continues in him
God is love; God is love
I dwell and continue in love and I dwell and continue in God
And God dwells and continues in me; God is love; God is love; God is love

© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 


Sunday, June 29, 2014

LOVE'S INSTRUCTIONS / Debt of Love

This is the first of seven
devotions and music videos with the theme
from 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Does Not Insist On It's Own Rights"

(Adapted from Romans 13:8; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

When someone does me wrong, selfishness shouts, “They owe me an apology!”  But love whispers, “Do not insist on your own rights.  Do good to those who despitefully use you.”  Love instructs me to say “I am the debtor.  I owe every man, including the one who does me wrong, a debt of love.”  Paul stated in the book of Romans,

“Owe no man anything, except to love one another.”

When someone slaps me on the right cheek I owe them the debt of love to turn my other cheek.  When someone asks me to go one mile, I owe them a debt of love to go two.  This concept Jesus taught at the Sermon on the Mount gives practical instruction that as life happens to us, always take action on the side of love.  Our choices to walk it out in love determine whether the windows of heaven will open to us or not.

Father, I examine my life and see where I have fallen short of love’s instructions.  I repent and realign myself with love, so that I may not react to someone else’s actions. With Your help I will respond to every action inside of Your love.  Let Your love flow through me today to everyone I meet.  Help me to look beyond their faults and see their need.  May they see the manifestation of Your love expressed through me today.

“My child, I paid the greatest debt of love on the cross for every man.  I am love.  When you walk in love, you walk in Me, and I am moved and motivated to love through you.”


DEBT OF LOVE
Devotion: Love’s Instructions
(Adapted from Romans 12:17-18, 21; 13:8, Matthew 5; 1 Corinthians 13:5)
Verse 1
Owe no man anything accept to love him
Owe no one anything accept to show them the grace of God
Chorus
Debt of love I owe, Debt of love I’ll pay
When someone does me wrong that’s ok
I’ll pay them back according to the debt of love I owe,
According to the debt of love I owe, according to the debt of love I owe.
Bridge
Don’t return evil for evil, overcome evil with good
Turn the other cheek, go the extra mile
That’s what love says to do.

© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley Devotion by KentCliffordCooley


Friday, June 27, 2014

INTERRUPTIONS / I Rest In You



This is the 7th of 7 devotions with the theme
"Love Is Not Rude”






(Adapted from James 1:19; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

“Let every man be quick to hear, a ready listener,
and slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”

An important aspect of the love walk is to be careful not to interrupt someone when they are speaking. This includes finishing someone’s sentence for them and answering for another person.

Many times interruptions are the results of little spurts of anger or offense. I don’t agree with what is being said so I interrupt with anger, resentment or offense. Other times, it is just selfishness and self centeredness that tells the person what I have to say is more important than what you are saying and you need to be quiet and listen. Even if there is a disagreement that I am attempting to work out, I still need to honor this instruction from the Word and not interrupt or cut someone off that is speaking.

Recently I had an issue with another person. It involved a subtle accusation and it involved my daughter. I knew the exact truth and I knew what the person was saying was wrong and I strongly felt to bring truth and correction over the issue. As I started talking, this person would not listen. She more than interrupted me, she spoke over me and wouldn’t let me even finish a sentence. She dominated the conversation that I started. After about two minutes of this exchange, I got quiet. I let her talk and although it was difficult to listen, I listened. Although I didn’t get to finish expressing my thoughts, I did avoid any more conflict. I would rather be looked at in the wrong than violate the principles of the Word of God.

Father, I know that I have not arrived or even come close to perfecting this principle in my life. But I do give you permission to work Sabbath rest in my heart and train me to be calm in your presence always, whether under distress or attack. I know that I can walk in a place with you where I choose to obey and listen to your voice and walk in peace and calm no matter the situation or circumstances. Thank you for your faithfulness in teaching me your way.
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Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley
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I REST IN YOU
Devotion: Interrupting
(Adapted from James 1:19; 1 Corinthians 13:5)
Verse 1
There is a Sabbath rest for the people of God
There is a place of calm in the presence of God
Where we can hear his voice and make a choice to obey
It is a residence where we can stay
Chorus
I rest in you, I rest in you,
I cease from striving, I cease from trying
I rest in you, I rest in you
There is a Sabbath rest for me in you
Bridge
I am quick to hear and slow to speak
I have ears to hear, I’m listening, I’m listening
© LoveWalkPublishing 
WordAndMusic by Kent Clifford Cooley 
Devotion by RebeccaAnnCooley
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This is the impartation devotion.

Father, I am learning that rudeness, 
like so many other violations of love,
is a product of pride.

I develop the mind set of Romans 12:10

and I think of others as more important than myself
so that it will come naturally for me to speak to others
with respect and not with rudeness.
Jesus you humbled Yourself, even to the death of the cross.
I declare that You are Lord, not just with my lips
but by choosing the mindset of humility
and respect for others.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

THE PRODUCTS OF DISRESPECT / I Live My Life Through You


This is the 3rd of seven devotions with the theme
from 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Is Not Rude”



(Adapted from Genesis 3:1, 4; 1 Samuel 15:23;
1 Corinthians 13:5)
“Love is not rude.”

The word rude is associated with the spirit of rebellion. People refer to a teenager’s life today as a normal season of rebellion and rudeness and it is expected and accepted. However, rebellion that is prevalent in teens and young adults today is not a normal “teenager” trait. If you look back at movies and sitcoms produced before 1960, you will see almost no sign of teenage rebellion. I believe that the rebellion that is so prevalent among teenagers today is a product of demonic influence that was released on the earth in great magnitude in the 60's, especially at the Woodstock festival in 1969. I have a twelve year old daughter and I refuse to identify rebellion and rudeness as a normal part of her life. I do identify it as the very essence of Satan himself.
The Word says “rebellion is like witchcraft.” Satan sowed rebellion in God’s perfect creation. “Has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? You shall not surely die. . .” Can you hear the tone of disrespect? He sowed doubt and disrespect and it gave way to rebellion. 
Rebellion is not a natural stage of life 
and does not have to be permanent. 
 Rebellion and rudeness 
are to be handled spiritually. 
If you know a teenager 
that is caught in the trap of rebellion, 
pray for them:
Father, I know that I am not fighting flesh and blood and I know You have given me all spiritual authority in the battle for the spirit, soul and body of ____. I trust You to work and move in their life as I speak Your Word over them. I speak over _____'s life to be self-controlled, alert, resisting the enemy and standing firm in faith.
I command all enemy assignments against _______ to cease. I speak to rebellion and command it to bow at the name of Jesus and release its pressure on ______ now, by the blood of the Lamb. I dismantle all evil influence that would cause _____ to fall into errors of judgment and make wrong choices and I command you to release your hold on _____ now, in Jesus' name.
I stand against the work and workers of evil and crush their power in Jesus' Name. I stand against ancestral, generational and familiar empowerments. I plead the covering of grace and mercy over _________'s life and believe he/she feels the holy conviction of the Holy Spirit.
I renounce and break the power of false loyalties and sever soul ties with anybody who is not sold out to the true and living God. I believe the Holy Spirit is dealing with _____ to close doors that bring demonic harassment.
Father, I pray for the Captain of the Lord's Host to expose the schemes of wickedness and defeat the tactics of the enemy in _____’s life. Thank you for Psalm 91 protection and for the heavenly guard of angels. I call forth warring angels to fight this battle under the command of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Ancient of Days and the Captain of the Lord's Host! Father, you are the One who commands light to shine out of darkness and I believe that you shine in ______'s heart and that light reveals Your glory in his/her life as he/she walks out his/her destiny one day at a time. 

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Devotion Authored by KentAndRebeccaCooley 
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I LIVE MY LIFE THROUGH YOU
Devotion: The Products Of Disrespect
(Adapted from Genesis 3:1,4; 1 Corinthians 13:5)
Verse:
Have Your way in my life
I give everything to you
Take your place on your throne
Now I live my life through you
Chorus:
I believe Your word and that every word is true
I apply it to my life
Now I live my life through You
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
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Monday, June 23, 2014

THE EXCHANGE OF BELITTLEMENT & RESENTMENT / Insulting Words


This is the 2nd of seven devotions 
with the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Is Not Rude”





(Adapted from 1 John 4:16; Matthew 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

Have you ever had a friendship go sour before it ever had a chance to become a friendship because of little insulting jabs and belittlements? This kind of treatment can come from a person with an enormous inferiority complex. They will try to feel superior by finding someone that they can put down and belittle. This will cause the person on the receiving end of this treatment to feel every human tendency to be resentful. If an individual reacts to insults with resentment, both parties will find themselves disconnected from love and therefore disconnected from God. John the apostle of love wrote:

God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love
dwells and continues in God,
and God dwells and continues in him.

Father, I do not want to be on either end of this exchange of insults or resentment. I do not want to attempt to build myself up by putting someone else down. And although I may be insulted by others, may I always remember that Your son, Jesus, was insulted and spit upon and crucified, yet He did not utter a word and He was not resentful. He forgave them and pressed no charges as he said, “Father forgive them.”

Father, forgive me for belittling others. I forgive those who have belittled me. I follow the lead of your son and humble myself so that I may take up my cross and follow Him.

 
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Devotion Authored by Kent Clifford Cooley
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INSULTING WORDS

(Adapted from 1 John 4:16; Matthew 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

Verse:
Love is not rude
Love is not uncouth
It doesn’t build itself up by putting others down
Chorus:
I won’t speak insulting words 
To build myself up by putting others down
I won’t speak insulting words 
For this is one for whom Christ died
They are so valuable in God’s sight
Bridge:
I’ll think on the good and not the bad,
I won’t put them down I’ll build them up, 
I’ll build them up


© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by Kent Clifford Cooley
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