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Love Hopes All Things - David Mitts

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. (Rom 8:24-25) Click here to listen to "Love Hopes All Things"

Love hopes.  Hope is probably one of the most fundamental gifts of the heart of God to man and the most misunderstood and casually dismissed as inferior to faith and the working of miracles.  I have heard hope defined as premature faith, kind of pilot light in the arsenal of God’s spiritual weapons. And yet, in the context of love, hope is treated as a deeper reality than faith.   There is something fundamental to the life of the Spirit that is accessed by hope. What is hope?  The culture teaches that hope is something like a wish or a wistful wondering.  This is revealed by statements such as, “I hope it happens.”  Biblical hope, however, is based on certainty rather than a wish.  There are many scriptures that develop what h…

Love and Rejoicing - David Mitts

Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; (1 Corinthians 13:6) Click here to listen to "Love and Rejoicing" Rejoice! A word of great encouragement. In the word is the emotion of joy. In Hebrew, the word root is samach. It is used throughout the scriptures as the word joy, the word gladness, and the word for rejoicing.  It is the emotion of the heart. The heart expresses joy as its native emotion. Let’s think for a bit what happens when we are joyful, rejoicing.  Think of a time when you felt the exhilaration of joy of rejoicing.  You weren’t just happy but thrilled in your heart by an experience or a relationship.  Joy isn’t the calm feeling of accomplishment but an exuberant emotion.  It exists when there is an agreement in the heart about something that is happening or has happened.  When a hope in the heart meets with the manifestation of that hope, joy is the outcome. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of …

Love and Accounting - David Mitts

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Love does not take into account a wrong sufferedNASB
Click here to listen to "Love and Accounting" Love never fails. When we operate in the heart condition of love, we operate with the heart of God who is love. That brings us into alignment with His mind, which is called wisdom and with His power, which is the anointing.   We live in a broken world. Not broken by original design but broken because of the minds and hearts of people who were called to shepherd the world.  We were created in the image and likeness of God and, so we were designed to operate in love towards Him, towards one another and in that love to shepherd or steward our planet.   The creation itself is travailing because of our lack of love. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willi…

Love and Provocation - David Mitts

“Love is not easily provoked” 1 Cor. 13:5 Click here to listen to "Love and Provocation" We often refer to the word triggered for the concept of love not being easily provoked or easily angered. We realize that when we are angered that we are swept up in the emotion.  The root of anger or provocation for anger is often a question of perspective.   I once heard that when you dissect getting upset or angry over something, it often is rooted in an unmet expectation.  There is in us a sense of expectations of how things are supposed to occur.  This expectation set becomes the gauge or monitor for how we respond to life’s circumstances. We can call it our “fairness” filter.  We expect based on our experiences and learning to have certain things turn out in a certain fashion. For example, if people have generally been honest with us then we expect honesty from people. However, if we have grown up in a deceptive environment where lying was the norm, then we have a lower expectation of p…