What the world needs now

The above headline is that of the beginning of a famous song. Many of us can sing it by heart, it was that well-known. Written by Jackie DeShannon, the lyrics suggest all we need is love to solve the world’s problems.

Click here and listen to the song sung as you read the lyrics below.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we don’t need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last ’till the end of time

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we don’t need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh, listen, lord, if you want to know

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some, oh, but just for ever, every, everyone

What the world needs now is love, sweet love (oh, is love)
What the world needs now is love, sweet love (oh, is love)
What the world needs now is love, sweet love (oh, is love)

A few of the comments made concerning this classic song include:

“I had a hippy first grade teacher who used to play this song to us on the class record player.” — willyswear

“No truer words were ever so beautifully sung. I wish this song was a hymn in the church meeting I sometimes attend.” —Jonathan Leff

“There is so much truth to this song. This is such a filthy . . . violent world! Absolutely love this song.” —Shawn McCulley

It is written, “ . . . God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.”

Putting this expression into a super easy-to-understand meaning, love is a person, not a concept or some mystical theological idea. Love is the person of God. God came into our world to live among us and to show us His love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, reasonableness, and faithfulness. He lived among us for over 30 years, and records of His deeds among us are historically recorded. He gave us a great gift before He left and returned home. The great gift is described as the promise of “eternal life” after each one of us physically dies.

It is written, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus the Christ, the answer, the solution to ALL of our world problems), that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

The world has rejected Love’s solution to world peace. What is that solution? It is simply believing in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confessing with our mouths Jesus Christ as Lord, master, of our hearts. Believing and confessing. If you ask me, that’s a pretty simple solution. What the world needs now is God’s love.

The whole wide world is having a heart attack! Yes, the whole wide world needs “open (the) heart” surgery NOW. It needs more than a quadruple bypass. The hearts of men are clogged with bitterness, jealously, greed, lust, pride, self-centeredness, deceit, ambiguity, false accusations, disobedience, blasphemy, covetousness and unthankfulness.

The good news is there is a good doctor! He’s a pro, bar none the best . . . his name is Jesus. The scalpel He uses is “alive and active; it’s powerful and sharp; it cuts all the way through to where the soul and spirit of man meets; it judges the desires and thoughts of man’s heart.” The scalpel is the Word of God.

The solution to finding world peace anytime soon will have to begin with “open (the) heart” surgery . . . your heart first. Yours is the most important heart in the whole world. The word “believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess with your mouth Jesus as the Lord, Master of your heart” is the scalpel. God’s anesthesia of His LOVE is already covering you, preparing you for this “open (the) heart” surgery.

Afterward, you’ll have a wonderful bandaid to show the world you came through the surgery successfully.

(Note: Japanese character is that of a “heart.”)

⏤submitted by nils olson

 

THE HEART OF A KING 2 Sam. 22 :2,3

It is in my heart to use CWA as a tool for study more than semi-yearly or monthly as I first set it up. I’m sharing this with you to give you a heads up that you will be getting studies at random times. The end goal is to be encouraged through His Word that we can be “a man after His own heart” and the “light” of the world.

In the recent months the Lord has encouraged me and told me my intercession must be for generations. Not just in my own family or friends or our church but He has given us a burden, direction and a message for generations. Both young and old! He wants to use us TODAY!

We have spent time studying about light and darkness. For those of you who didn’t read previous CWA blogs it is available on the web site.

Let’s see what we can find as we look at the scripture in 2 Sam. 2 that will give us a look at the heart of David.

Then David spoke to the LORD the words of this song, on the day when the LORD had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.

There are several insights we can take from this verse. Ask yourself,
1. To whom was David speaking the words of this song?

2. When did it take place?

What can we learn from this that would have anything to do with “light”?

And he said:

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.

What do these words reveal to you about both David’s heart attitude and our own true heart attitude? (Please spend some introspective time thinking about this! I was awake several hours one night considering these two verses as the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit as I was searching for more meaning in these scriptures.)

A lot is made about reading through the whole Bible in a year, which I think is awesome, but I learned to search for hidden truths in what I was reading. As a young Christian my Mother-in-law taught me and imparted a keen desire to research, This enlarged my natural desire to know it all. She was the greatest Bible Teacher and never missed a good opening to create a desire to dig deeper during our private conversations.

Please spend a few hours looking at and thinking about these scriptures and share your heart with us. Remember our goal is the end result of being “light”!

A LESSON FROM KING DAVID

We spent many months even years searching for a comparatively “hidden” nugget from the Word.
(Because I have an insatiable desire to know why on many levels) I am excited about where we might go from here and am thrilled that our study led us to light and anything I could dig out about that subject.

Now, let’s go a little further in revealing light. We are not all going to walk around looking like LED lights. That I can tell you. But, there are many characteristics that will cause us to both be and experience light.

I am going to begin today with King David. He has long been one of my favorites because he seemed so real and revealed a lot of his humanity in his writings. Besides that he is the “epitome” of a powerful Minstrel of the Lord. I have been in services where I was aware I was hearing one of His great Minstrel gifts to the church. The effects of that on my spirit as I heard the voice of the Lord was phenomenal and frankly left me like a wet noodle.

Turn to 2 Samuel 22:2-3 and read the words David sang to the Lord.Let’s start with this today. He gives praise and honor to the Lord for who He is in his life. I know David was far from perfect but he was truly “a man after God’s own heart” That gives me such joy and confidence that His love is deep enough to overlook my inadequacies. He acknowledges the Lord as his Rock,my fortress and my deliverer,my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, He is my stronghold,my God is my rock, my refuge and my Savior from violent men you save me. This is his personal attitude of worship and praise and he reminds himself and all that hear about what the Lord has done for him and rehearses what the Lord’s response was to his cry for help.

Oh Hallelujah – what a response. Read the entire chapter if you will for context and go back to 11 thru 16. What a mighty God we serve!….now those of you who want can put a comment here and if you are in my Facebook CWA group please continue the conversation there. If you want to be in that group send me an IM and I will put you in there.

Blessings!

BE HIS LIGHT, REVEAL HIS LIFE AND REFLECT HIS LOVE

We are seeing the horror of the heinous twist of truth the devil weaves into the hearts of people who are destitute of the love of the Lord. What evil the enemy puts into the heart of one person who takes the lives of others who don’t know His love. Our nation, and yes all of mankind, needs to be washed in and filled with His overwhelming love. The works of the devil in the minds of young children is extreme as they are surrounded by and taught the ideology of others that is not founded on or filtered by His Word . We need wisdom and His fire to purge the evil.  But for some reason that is hard and it is easier to  turn a blind eye to the evil and in some arenas be accepting of those who flaunt their so called preferred life style. “Every man doing what is right in their own eyes”.

A very wise mentor of mine gave me a simple bit of advice when as a young Christian I wrestled with an attitude of dislike and abhorrence towards the vices of others. (Maybe you feel this same emotion about what is going on in our nation and world) Abhorrence seems a strong word for me to use but please consider what it means noun a feeling of repulsion; disgusted loathing. “the thought of marrying him filled her with abhorrence”
synonyms: hatred, loathing, detestation, execration, revulsion, abomination, disgust, repugnance, horror, odium, aversion
“the sight of drug dealers on his street fills him with abhorrence”

The advice was hate the sin, love the sinner.
That was some of the best advice I ever got and I have often reminded myself was to change my attitude and prayer focus about many of the situations I faced.

Father, we need such a strong display in the reality of Your presence and power. Not in judgment fire but yes judge sin but my Lord with the fire of Your PURE love.

There is a light that must shine in this increasingly dark world. A light that shines in the darkest corners and leads the captive free.
Scripture, Matt. 5:14, tells us we are the light of the world but our minds can’t comprehend that and quite honestly I have sometimes thought that if I embraced that thought I was being holier than thou.

But consider with me what the Apostle Paul said. “It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me. John 1:4 In Him was life and the life (His life) is the light of men.

“Life came into being because of him, for his life is light for all humanity. And this Living Expression is the Light that bursts through gloom— the Light that darkness could not diminish!”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:4-5‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Is He alive in me today?  Am I a carrier and distributor of His light!   Consider this with me: Gen. 2:7 tells us that God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life; and man became a living being.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

We are born again of, by and with the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ which was sacrificed because Father God sent His only begotten Son to bear our sins on the cross. That gift to us was the greatest sacrifice of the love of God and when we accept that love we are filled with the light. He breathes the breath of His life, (the life) into us and we carry that light within us. We are His light to the world. His light radiates love. His love is the love that releases bondages. We reveal that very love in our lives day by day.  The way to have a brighter light is to spend more time in His presence. Please join me in ramping up the wattage in your light.

We can make a difference. Our words and actions can be filled with light, life and love as we come closer to Him. In Him is life!

We do not want to walk in darkness but we are the light shining in the darkness leading others to His light and eternal life.

Original post June 13, 2016 updated March 4, 2019

Look up! God is right there with you —by nils olson

Man, in his search for God, has always looked up. Yes, we may bow our heads, but we are lifting up our hearts anxiously longing for His aid, for His solution to our problem(s). We are instructed in the well-known Lord’s Prayer to begin by looking up and by saying, “Our Father which art in Heaven . . . ” David began each of his days this way: “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” —Psalm 5:3.

coffeeWe have been made in the likeness and image of Almighty God, The Creator of all things. His greatest creation of all was Adam and Eve. Each of us is either an Adam, or an Eve, male or female. Since God is One in three persons, The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, we, too are a three-in-one created being. We have a body, soul and a spirit. In other words we are a special make of creature: we have a body that carries a soul (emotions) and a spirit. We cannot separate either of these three from one another. Just like God, neither of the Godhead can be separated from the other.

We humans can be likened to a triangle with our body and soul (emotions) as the base, and our spirit pointing (looking) upward. Creator God can also be likened to a triangle, but pointing downward to always aid and assist those who call on Him. Look at the following diagram to see the above explanation.

trianglesNow, we shared all of that to bring out a fascinating insight about winter. Yes, winter. “What in the world . . . how can this relate to winter?” you may ask. Well, first let’s lay the above triangles on top of each other and see what they look like.

starWhat is generally referred to as The Star or Shield of David may have its religious meanings, but I see something more wonderful than something “religious.” I see the desire of Creator God to be intimately connected to His ultimate creation — Adam & Eve. They fell in sin. That condition was passed on to all of us. “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

The MAN triangle signifies sinful man looking up and calling on God for help to be set free from the trap sin that was laid to capture us and eventually completely separate us from God for eternity.

The GOD triangle seen in John’s Gospel shows us that — (parenthetical emphasis is mine).

“For God (the Father) so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, (cf. James 1:17 where it says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights . . .”) that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God (the Father) sent not his Son (from above) into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him (the Son) might be saved.” —John 3:16-17

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send (from above, from the Father’s abode in Heaven) — cf. Acts 2:2 where it says, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven [above] as of a rushing mighty    wind . . .”) in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” —John 14:26

Very clearly we see the Godhead all involved in humbling themselves downward to man in order to bring them up a notch into relationship with their Creator God.

The MAN triangle in scripture shows some pretty interesting things as well —

In the Garden of Eden Adam & Eve sinned, disobeyed their Creator, thinking only of themselves, bringing into their DNA the sinful nature that has been passed on to each one of us today. We need to look at Genesis 3:6. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (the body), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (the soul), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (the spirit), she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Adam & Eve died spiritually first. Their spirits were “dead in sin”, separated from God. They were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Then at about age 900 or so, they both died physically. And so, their DNA has been passed on to us, and each of us has been born with the same sin nature. The only way our dead spirits an be raised to life (born again) is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s what John 3:16 is all about. Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto you, ‘Ye (your spirit) must be born again.’ ” It’s the dead spirit of man that cries out unto God to be born again for a fresh start, a new beginning with God as Master, and not we ourselves.

The two triangles need each other to be a balanced and complete work of art. That’s one reason God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”

Did you know that of the myriad of snowflakes that fall in a winter storm that not one is the same. They are all original creations. It almost boggles one’s mind to think that not one is the same. There is yet an untapped mystery in snow. So said God to Job of old — “Hast thou entered into the treasuries of the snow?” —Job 38:22

Now take a look at a snowflake, and perhaps you will see how the above triangles of God and Man can be related to snow. This photograph of an actual snowflake taken from an online  photo gallery called Sky Crystals.  http://skycrystals.ca/snowflake-gallery/

snowflakeTake a close look. Do you see the GOD and MAN triangles mentioned above? The mystery and treasure of God’s wanting to reach down and help every living person here on the earth is seen in every snowflake that falls during a cold, cold winter storm. Many times  throughout life’s journey we find ourselves in these kind of storms. BUT the message is in each snowflake: GOD comes down to help MAN when he looks up. When God created Adam on the 6th day and Adam’s shape was complete, Adam’s eyes were looking up into the face of God, then God stooped down and blew the breath (spirit, ruwach) of life into his nostrils — the first intermingling between God and Man. 

King David was in a big, big, and I really mean BIG bind one day. He had been caught after having done something really bad — adultery and murder. Doesn’t seem like it could get any worse, but he looked up and called on God, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy mercies blot out my transgressions (sins) . . . Purge me with hyssop (an aromatic herb of the mint family), and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than SNOW.” —Psalm 51:1, 7. I think we can safely say that we have all been in some pretty big binds, and even been caught after having done something pretty bad. God will do the same for us, if we simply LOOK UP, talk to God and get our hearts (spirits) right. God has already come down for us. He has already done His part. That happened when Jesus took our place on the cross, died, was buried, rose from the dead, and showed Himself alive. Yes, He has already done His part.

Will you look at this! Parenthetical emphasis are mine. God says to you, “Come (on) now, (quit bucking me) and let us reason  (argue this out) together, (sit down and talk) saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet (blood-red), they shall be as WHITE AS SNOW; though they be red like crimson, they shall be (white) as wool.” —Isaiah 1:18 

Many of us have experienced being up a creek without a paddle and looked up, cried out, and asked the LORD for help. Remember, we were designed by God Himself  to LOOK UP, CRY OUT and talk to Him. He made us that way. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” —Psalm 121:1-2

If you’re up one of life’s creeks without a paddle, it’s “snow” joke, God is there!