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Counterfeit love, joy and peace

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I remember one day, and so this is Sydney, Australia 1986-1987, and so it was the height of rave parties in Australia. So, the drug ecstasy was running rampant, and in the university scene, people were doing ecstasy and people going to rave parties. I hadn’t seen my friend for about three days. I was wondering, “What’s going on?”

Then one day I was doing my homework up there at the home building at Sydney Uni, and my friend comes running in, and she goes, “Chris, Chris, I couldn’t wait to see you.” She goes, “You would not believe I’ve just been at this most amazing rave party, and it was the most incredible experience of my life. There was so much love there. There was so much joy. There was so much peace. We didn’t sleep for three days.”

She put her hand in her pocket, pulls out half an ecstasy tablet, and she said, “Chris, it was the most unbelievable experience, and I didn’t want you to miss this experience, and so I saved you half of this ecstasy tablet because I wanted you to step into this experience.”

I remember that moment, tears started streaming down my face and internally in my heart I made a vow, and in my heart it was like I said to the Lord, “She is more passionate about the love, joy, and peace that this synthetic drug can bring to her than I am about my faith that theoretically is supposed to bring love, and joy, and peace, and kindness, and goodness, all of the fruit of the spirit.” I thought, “That is not the fruit of the drug of ecstasy. It’s supposed to be the fruit of the spirit of God,” and that started me.

Christine Caine

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We fear…

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We fear when we encounter something we cannot control. We fear when we face the prospect of losing something we love or experiencing something bad. We even fear when we face the prospect of gaining something wonderful, when that things seems too impossibly wonderful for us. Driling to the bottom of the matter, the Dutch theologian Wilhelmus a Brackel explained that “fear issues forth from love.” That is we fear because we love: we love ourselves and so fear bad things happening to us; we love our families, our friends, our things and so fear losing them.

Michael Reeves

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Hurry and love incompatable

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Hurry and love are incompatible. All my worst moments as a father, a husband, and a pastor, even as a human being, are when I’m in a hurry—late for an appointment, behind on my unrealistic to-do list, trying to cram too much into my day. I ooze anger, tension, a critical nagging—the antitheses of love.

John Mark Comer - American Pastor (1980 - )

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From the book "The ruthless elimination of hurry"

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Knowing your inheritance

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robby-dawkinsOver and over again throughout the prophets, the parables and the apostles’ preaching, we see that God’s heart is for us to know that we’re sons and daughters who have been given free access to the rich and full inheritance of Christ. My belief is that one of the primary battles Satan wages is his attempt to keep us from a full revelation of that. Called the Accuser, he works to keep us in poverty when it comes to knowing God’s love and walking in the authority God has given us. Satan wants us to keep our prayers in survival mode, focused on begging God for small withdrawals to cover our basic sustenance. He doesn’t want us to realize that we’ve been entrusted with the Kingdom itself.

Robby Dawkins

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Gods love

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There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.’

Corrie Ten Boom - Dutch Holocaust survivor, speaker and author (1892-1983)

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Seeking love in the wrong places

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So many are seeking love in all the wrong places. Even if you fill a room with Spirit-filled believers, there will still be those silent cries being made all over the room: Somebody, love me. Somebody, give me the comfort and affirmation I need.

Jack Frost

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Luke 6 path to intimacy

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“Love your enemies,” and you take on the spirit of Christ!
“Do good to those who hate you,” and you may make them your friend!
“Bless those who curse you,” and you inherit a blessing!
“Pray for those who mistreat you,” and you begin to see them through the loving eyes of the Father!

Jack Frost

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