Building in our God’s Apostolic Love

(The Necessity of a Christ-Like Love Walk)

Watchmen all over the world, we must understand we are God’s apostolic, prophetic seers and intercessors for this hour. We must understand we are builders, co-laborers with our God, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His Holy Spirit. We watch, pray, decree, declare, and command, as we work with our God to further His kingdom (His way of ruling and operating) in the earth.

WE UNDERSTAND WE ACCOMPLISH ALL GOOD
BY FAITH IN OUR GOD
As God’s apostolic, prophetic watchmen, we understand faith in our God is the supernatural material used by heaven to produce the things we petition Him for, in accordance His Person, Word, and Holy Spirit. Faith in our God is the spiritual force that deploys heaven’s forces to oversee and enforce the things we decree and declare over, demand and command from the works over which
Jesus Christ is Lord.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We understand genuine faith is unwavering persuasion, conviction, and confidence in someone or something. We understand all that we bring into manifestation in the earth, heaven produces with the spiritual material of faith in our God. Faith in our God ignites the Sword and Shield of His Word. Our God’s Word spoken in faith in Him activates the heavenly host in behalf of humanity. We understand our God loves us, but is only pleased with us, as we trust Him with unwavering faith:

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Apostolic people understand that building our faith in our God through the study and application of His Word (with Jesus Christ as our Example), along with faith in the guidance of His Holy Spirit are imperative if we are to build alongside our God, in accordance to HIS will, way, and specifications.

WE UNDERSTAND FAITH AND GOOD WORKS
GO HAND IN HAND

James 2:19-20 (AMP) 19 You believe that God is one; you do well to believe that. The demons also believe that, and shudder and bristle in awe-filled terror; they have seen His wrath! 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish spiritually shallow person, that faith without good works is useless?

Apostolic people understand it is not enough to simply confess, sing, and dance about how much we believe in and love our God. Our God’s expectation is that we live like we have unwavering confidence in the Truth of who He says He is, and that He is able and willing to do all He promises (for us and others).

WE UNDERSTAND OUR GOD’S FAITH REQUIRES
WE LOVE OTHERS WITH HIS LOVE TO WORK

Galatians 5:6 (KJV) For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Apostolic people understand the need to walk in and do all things in the Love of our God, as His Holy Spirit leads. We understand that the keeping of the law and the fulfillment of works produce nothing valuable in the eyes of our God, when accomplished outside of the working of our faith in Him through
His Love.

WE UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR GOD’S LOVE IS
Watchmen, we live in a world when people claim to do many things for our God. However, when we take a closer look at all that is being and has been done, we must ask if we truly “see” His Love in operation in our lives and others?

1 Corinthians 13:4-9 (AMP)
(1) Our God’s Love working through us endures with patience and serenity,
(2) Our God’s Love working through us is kind and thoughtful
(3) Our God’s Love working through us is not jealous or envious
(4) Our God’s Love working through us does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.
(5) Our God’s Love working through us is not rude;
(6) Our God’s Love working through us is not self-seeking,
(7) Our God’s Love working through us is not provoked, nor overly sensitive and easily angered
(8) Our God’s Love working through us does not take into account a wrong endured.
(9) Our God’s Love working through us does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth (when right and truth prevail).
(10) Our God’s Love working through us bears, endures all things without weakening, regardless of what comes (under the guidance of the Holy Spirit)
(11) Our God’s Love working through us believes all things, looking for the best in each one (under the guidance of the Holy Spirit)
(12) Our God’s Love working through us hopes all things, remaining steadfast during difficult times(under the guidance of the Holy Spirit).
(13) Our God’s Love working through us never fails
(14) Our God’s Love working through us it never fades nor ends.

JESUS’S WARNING TO ALL BELIEVERS
Our Savior, Lord, King, and coming Messiah clearly issued a warning to all who follow Him (yesterday, today, and tomorrow):

Matthew 24:7-14 (NLT) 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. 9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the
end will come.

Jesus provides believers with warnings to make us aware of the tricks of satan and the weakness and foolishness of the flesh nature. We understand the need to be alert and sober-minded, watching for ourselves, as we watch for others.

THE APOSTOLIC UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO
EXAMINE OURSELVES

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT) Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you
have failed the test of genuine faith.

How do we know if we truly believe our God? Our faith in and love towards our God flow hand in hand with our submission and obedience to His Word (Scripture and Jesus). Jesus asks, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not practice what I tell you (Luke 6:46; Amp)?” He also says, “If you really love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments (John 14:15; Amp).”

Apostolic people understand that our God exposes the workings of flesh and unfaithfulness through His Apostle Paul:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days, dangerous times of great stress and trouble will come, difficult days that will be hard to bear. For people will be:

(1) Lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused],
(2) Lovers of money [impelled by greed],
(3) Boastful, conceited, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane,
(4) Unloving, devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane
(5) Irreconcilable,
(6) Malicious gossips,
(7) Devoid of self-control, intemperate, immoral, brutal, reckless,
(8) Haters of good, traitors,
(9) Lovers of sensual pleasure rather than lovers of God,

Holding to a form of outward godliness (religion), although they have denied its power, for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith. Avoid such people and
keep far away from them.

Our God left us many standards (in His Word; Scripture and Jesus) to measure His character, nature, will and ways. We understand our need to repent quickly when any seed of corruption is found in us.

WE UNDERSTAND FAITH IN OUR GOD GRANTS US
ACCESS TO HIS UNCONDITIONAL, UNFAILING LOVE

Romans 5:2-5 (NLT) 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

We have no excuse for not walking in our God’s love. He has provided His mercy (Romans 12:1-2). He has provided His peace (Colossians 3:15). He has given us exceeding great and precious promises, equipping us to walk in His divine nature, which is Love (2 Peter 1:1-8; 1 John 4:8).

Ephesians 5:1-2 (AMP) 5 Therefore become imitators of God; copy Him and follow His example, as well-beloved children imitate their father; 2 and walk continually in love (that is, value one another; practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others), just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God, slain for you, so that it became a sweet fragrance.

We understand our need to reflect the Person of our Heavenly Father in thought, word, and deed. He has given us Jesus Christ as His Living Tutorial, for a son of the Most-High God.

WE UNDERSTAND WE ARE ANOINTED
TO GET THE JOB DONE!

Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

We understand these Words were spoken by Jesus Christ, and our Pattern and Example for Christian life and ministry. As He is in this world, so are we:

1 John 4:17 (NLT) As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

We understand we are called, charged and equipped to do greater works than Jesus Christ. We must continually have faith in our God, doing His will (works), by and in His Holy Spirit (Love).

WE UNDERSTAND THERE WILL BE A DAY OF RECKONING

Matthew 7:22-23 (TLB) At the Judgment many will tell Me, ‘Lord, Lord, we told others about You and used Your name to cast out demons and to do many other great miracles.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘You have never been Mine. Go away, for your deeds are evil.’

We understand our God wants our hearts, not just our words and deeds. Good works outside of God’s love, absent of honor and worship towards Him or simply good deeds that exalt man or satisfy the conscience. We are not deceived.  Where there is no genuine love for our God and others, there is no God reward.

WE ARE OUR GOD’S APOSTOLIC, PROPHETIC WATCHMEN AND WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR CHRIST-LIKE LOVE WALK.

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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