No Greater Love
There is no love greater than the love of our Father, our Heavenly Father, our Daddy – GOD!
As we step into a new year, this love calls us into a deeper, richer relationship with the ‘One’ Who IS LOVE.
Scripture teaches that “…God is love” (1 John 4:16). Think about that! 1 John 4:7-9 says:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
Do we live through Him? When He lives through us, our character becomes His.
Does our life reflect Him? We were designed to be a pure reflection of His love! When we reflect someone, we resemble them. The very life of Jesus is inside of us as a Christ-follower…as a believer.
“…Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16).
God’s love and our love become one and is why Jesus said, “Dear friends…” When God’s love is deep within, we become a friend of His. When we live through Him, we live eternally – forever.
“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Is He our first love? “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us…” (1 John 4:15-16).
Can we rely on His love? Can we trust Him? He is not only trustworthy but has entrusted all of Who He is to us! That’s amazing love! He called us royalty, a holy nation. Yes, you ARE royalty! Not only royalty but also chosen!
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
God’s love for us is so real that it is tangible! As a believer, when God looks at us, He sees Jesus. He doesn’t see any imperfection!
He sees royalty.
He sees majesty.
He sees grace.
He sees kindness.
He sees mercy.
He sees love.
For God’s love is in and through us!
Beloved, the world needs to see and know this LOVE that does not judge, fail or change.
- This love is patient. It is huge and incredibly patient, not just a little patient.
- This love endures, even in difficult relationships.
- This love transforms the spirit. That’s why the world needs it!
- This love is gentle and kind. It does not envy. It refuses to be jealous, when blessing comes to someone else.
- This love does not boast. It does not brag about one’s achievements or inflate its own importance. That’s called pride. Father, forgive us!
- This love is not rude or self-seeking. It shows no disrespect and does not seek its own honor. It is not easily angered or easily irritated by another.
- This love keeps NO record of wrongs! This one is my favorite. It does not make ‘tally’ marks when someone wrongs us; this love causes us to forgive!
- This love does not delight in what is wrong or quickly point out what is wrong in another. This love does not need to prove ‘who’ is right and ‘who’ is wrong.
- This love celebrates honesty.
- This love protects always, trusts always, hopes always and perseveres always. This love IS a place of shelter and never stops believing the best for others.
- This love OFFERS shelter, not exposure.
- This love never fails – never stops loving. It extends beyond – over and above – every gift the Father gives.
Faith and hope spring from love. From PERFECT LOVE!
In summary, this divine LOVE is:
- patient under stress
- kind at all times
- generous, not envious
- humble, not self-promoting
- never rude
- does not manipulate using shame
- not irritable or easily offended
- celebrates honesty
- does not focus on flaws
- loyal to the end
This love is Jesus…Who is God…Who IS LOVE!
For God so loved the world…. that He laid down His life…. so we can live…. so we might live through Him…to reveal Him…. and remove us!
May 2017 be a year of releasing No Greater Love – God’s Love!
In His Precious and Unconditional Love,
~Mary Beth Pecora
New Season – New Level
Have you sensed a change in the air? Have you thought something was about to happen without fully understanding the magnitude of change behind it?
As I intercede for you, I believe God is decreeing a season of change over your life. Some of you will no longer be bound by wrong habits and/or strongholds within your life. Others will no longer allow circumstances and/or people to manipulate them. In this new season, what held you back emotionally will no longer affect your walk with God or interaction with others. In this new season, God is about to do something new and watch it be birthed within your life.
Change is inevitable. Without it, we cannot grow, develop or expand. Yet, so many of us struggle with change. We fear it. We dread it. We resist change. Why? Because we do not want to feel insecure or out of control. Change causes those feelings to arise within us. Yet, we can overcome those emotions, when grounded and rooted in the Father’s love.
As I seek the heart of God, I believe there is one fundamental change He is going to bestow on the hearts of His people. This year, we will operate from a position of royalty. In order to function in this capacity, we must see ourselves from His perspective: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…” (NKJV – 1 John 3:1). God is bringing each of us into a deeper relationship with Him; we learn to engage with Him from a position of son-ship. We understand our role as servant, when we call Him Lord. However, in this new season, God desires to take us to a new level where we engage with Him as our Heavenly Father. It is from this position of son-ship that we derive authority.
In this season of change, God transforms our thinking into alignment with His. In this season, we operate from a victor mentality rather than a victim mentality. One is grounded in the Father’s love; the other is associated with an orphan spirit. The victor mentality refuses to waste time and energy on shallow living or petty thinking, because their thoughts are toward the Father.
Grounded in the Father’s love
The people of Israel fell captive to a victim mentality. With all God had done for them, their hearts were not grounded in the Father’s love. Just as God decrees a new season in our life, He did so with them.
“The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them’” (NKJV – Deuteronomy 1:6-8).
In this new season with God, there are habits in your life that God is going to break…
Notice the declaration God made over them. He stated they had ‘…dwelt long enough at this mountain…’ I sense the same for you and me. Jesus came so we could have life in the fullest with Him. Every aspect of our life is to flourish and thrive. In this new season with God, there are habits in your life that God is going to break you of. I hear Him say, “Enough! You have dwelt here too long; now you need to move forward in Me, knowing I will be with you every step of the way.” The enemy wants nothing more than for you to remain still. He wants you to dwell there motionless. Your thinking is grounded in a victim mentality, focusing on the past. Yet, God does not want us focused on something He already redeemed in our life: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence…” (NKJV – Ephesians 1:7-8). When we don’t understand the vastness of the Father’s love toward us, the enemy attempts to hold us hostage and still.
A victim mentality causes procrastination. God has fully equipped you for the task presented; however, rather than believe this, you back away. You succumb to fear. In this new season, fear is no longer detrimental to you. Your heart rests in the assurance of His truth: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (NKJV – Ephesians 2:10). A victor mentality realizes the Father made all necessary preparations to bring fulfillment. It also rests assured that the Father has confidence in them to complete their mission.
A victim mentality focuses on negative thoughts. Often, negative thoughts are used by the enemy to make us believe God is not Who He says He is and/or we are not who God says we are. In this new season, God removes the strongholds holding us captive. He transforms our mind to be in alignment with His. Alignment comes with knowing the heart and love of the Father. The more you know the depth, width, length and height of His love, the more your perspective changes.
A victim mentality has no vision. With no vision, time and energy is wasted on shallow living. God created you in His image because He wants to use you! God desires to do great exploits through you! He wants to take the impossible within your life and make them possible!
In this new season, God breaks strongholds, moving you forward. This is your season to be secure in who you are in Him. This is your season to walk in the authority He has given you. You are not to second-guess yourself but rest confidently in what has been declared over your life. Just as God called the people of Israel to move into their Promised Land, He is calling us to do the same. Your Promised Land is spiritually walking in the wholeness of what He has for you. Where the enemy tried to knock you down and out, you are no longer set back. Your Promised Land is to prosper in marriage, in relationships with family and friends, in health and in finances. There will be no lack in you! God is breaking the victim mentality that believes: ‘Nothing will ever change; there will never be enough,’ or ‘God doesn’t care.’
You are entering into a new season with God. With this new season comes a new level. Embrace every step because, in this season, you will be victorious and succeed! You need not fear setbacks; God has your back. He uses everything for good to those who love Him! In the year 2017, you embrace your identity as a Child-Bride-Warrior! Rest in the assurance of your Heavenly Father’s unconditional love! Don’t strive or perform; reside in His grace! You will not be plagued with fear or doubt but be unstoppable for Him!
God waits to go to the next level with you! It’s time to embrace change! It’s time to say “Enough!” and move forward into your Promised Land with Him!
Rev. Melissa Pearce
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His Majestic Healing Power
August 26, 2013
One of the things God had laid upon my heart for our conference was to start a blog. He wanted us to record all the greatness He was doing through the conference, but also among the lives of those individuals who were working on this event. Below, you are going to read the testimony of Alyssa Giugliano. Members of the team felt that God wanted Alyssa to choreograph and dance a special piece for the Breathe Conference. We were trusting God that He would make a way for her to do so despite medical issues she’d been facing. Realize, this… God is able to heal. He is the author of healing. He owns the title to healing. No matter if you need physically, emotional, spiritual or emotional – He is able! He is Jehovah Rapha, the God who Heals. Believe Him for it…
“Five months ago I had to get back surgery to fix an injury that occurred 4 months prior. I had herniated a disk and a piece dislodged onto my sciatic nerve that was making my right foot numb. After a month of rest, I was ready to start therapy to get my back better so that I would be ready to dance again. Everything was going great until about two months ago when everything started to back spiral. The pain in my back was increasing, the numbness immensely increased in my right foot, now traveling up my ankle, and my left foot started going numb as well. Even though I have always loved God and always was a Christian, I really started to question why this was all happening and why it was happening to me. The pain and struggle of the situation was so deep it was hard for me to see the light and look past the current situation/state I was in. However, this past week I attended Global Awakening conference in Orlando, Florida. I was very excited to attend, and knew that I felt I was supposed to be there. What I didn’t know was that my life was going to be FOREVER changed by GOD. During the conference, the power of God’s presence and Holy Spirit would come on so strong I would rest for hours, day after day. God took me to a secret place, and I had divine encounters with Jesus. Thursday night, as I was resting in God’s presence, God told me He was healing me. As I laid there, God continued to speak and then told me I was healed. After waking up, I KNEW that what just had taken place was ALL GOD and His voice was so true. God completely healed me and I have NO numbness in either of my feet – they are ON FIRE!!! I know and believe God and His plans are BEYOND and GREATER than us. God’s love is stronger and deeper than anything we can imagine! He wants us ALL to experience Him in a divine glorious encounter, because once we do, we will NEVER want to go back to any other way of life. For me, I believe allowing Gods presence and power of His Holy Spirit to take over, so that His incredible and unchanging love may be shown to all and all for HIS glory, is the only way to live!!!”
Needless to say, you’ll see Alyssa perform at the Breathe Conference!
Countdown to Breathe Conference: 18 Days
God the Great Promoter
August 23, 2013
If you ever need a marketing plan, there is one person I would highly recommend turning to… His name, Jesus Christ. He not only knows how to strategically put a plan together, but He also knows how to execute it so that you obtain victory!
As the EHM team continued to seek the Lord about direction in marketing the conference, God led us down a path of faith and trust in Him. We were on a limited budget and weren’t sure how to bring awareness of the Breathe Conference, “BUT God….”
He has opened more doors for us than we could ever imagine. He connected us with Faith Pittsburgh Magazine, who advertised our conference in their event’s calendar for free! The magazine was distributed in July to thousands of customers…
A few days later, we were utterly saying, “BUT God,” as He opened the door for us again through K-Love. K-Love advertised our event on their website at no cost to us. We stood in awe of God as we realized how many people were going to be brought aware of the conference.
Why is this so important? Because I believe many are facing some real challenges within their lives and are not sure of the direction to go. Let me tell you, God is able to open doors that no man can close! He is not only willing and able, but He longs for you to walk down the path He has designed for you. There are others of you who God is asking to walk the faith walk with Him. Let me reassure you that when God calls you to something, He will see you through. He provides not only the best plan, but He also makes a way where there seems to be no way.
God desires for His people to come into His presence with a hunger for Him to know Him. He is waiting to reveal Himself to you personally.
With great expectation, awaiting our time together in September,
Countdown to Breathe Conference: 21 Days
The Countdown of His Greatness
August 4, 2013
As I think about what is going to transpire within the next 40 days as we get closer to the “Breathe Conference,” my heart is overcome with great joy, anticipation and expectation of our Mighty God.
I believe that we are on a quest with God as He is looking to impart His Word into the hearts of His daughters. God has laid it upon my heart to start a blog, specifically for the conference. At first, I thought it was for those just attending the event, but then I realized it was for all to see. God is looking to build His faith, hope and love into the hearts of His people.
So the journey began for me back in December 2012, as I sought God on what He desired for EHM to accomplish in 2013. He told me that one of our missions would be to hold a conference. To be honest, I thought God was crazy. How could God expect us to sponsor, organize, and conduct a conference when I felt within my heart that we were such a young and obscure ministry? I thought, who does He think we are – Joyce Meyer Ministries? Isn’t that how we always think – How could God use me?… I’m just saved…. I’m not experienced enough…. I’m not equipped to do what He called me to do. That, my dear friend, is the beginning of the journey for all of us. God isn’t looking for experience – all put together people who are thoroughly equipped, but He desires for His people who hunger to have a heart for Him, to know Him and to be used by Him for His glory. God desires to reveal a deeper side of Himself to each of us and that is exactly what He is doing with me and the team of EHM.
Our journey to fulfill His wishes continued to evolve as God spoke this verse over me:
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power; but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.” – Zechariah 4:6. I knew this year would be a year of complete dependence, utter trust and total surrender to Him. This project had nothing to do with my ability or anyone on the team, but the complete works of God, Himself. God was taking each of us to a new level of experience, expectation and awareness of Who He is and how mighty He is. He is teaching each of us to obtain a greater revelation of Him. The heart of God is for His people to know Him in an intimate way. He longs to dwell among His people and give them love, direction, hope and assurance.
So the excursion ventured on as God directed our first steps to the location of where we would facilitate the conference. I must say, it was a test of faith. So many times I felt like Abraham and Sarah. It was first walking in obedience to God’s direction, then it was standing firm in what He had stated, to then trusting He would be faithful in the end. I still recall how my faith was tested in Him as I had to really press on. It was a battle for me. What transpired within a few days seemed like years to me. I was second guessing myself, “Did I hear God correctly? Do I really know His voice? I would rise early in the morning to continue to seek Him. I was literally at a point of desperation, because all I wanted was to make sure that I knew His voice. Nothing else mattered to me.
I began to wrestle within myself, and thought maybe this isn’t the right direction, so I decided to take matters into my own hands, going to plan ‘B’. However, the lesson was this: when the Teacher gives a test, He doesn’t speak, but waits to see how you respond. This was how it was for me – God was waiting to see how I was going to respond to His direction. I dropped plan B and went back to His original direction. By Saturday afternoon of the following week, God’s faithfulness was proven and He opened doors that no man could close. I knew right then and there that this Breathe Conference was far greater than my mind could perceive. He reaffirmed within my spirit, the works of this event would not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit.
So over the next 40 days, we are going to continue to share with you all the wonderful events that God has done in preparing us for the conference in September, as well as, preparing each of our hearts for Him.
We want you to be a part of this journey with us. I believe God desires to impart revelations of Himself to each of your hearts. He wants each of us to come with an expectancy of Him to work within our lives. I firmly believe this Breathe Conference has nothing do with EHM, we are just facilitators being used by God, but it truly is an event He ordained for you and Him.
Join us over these next 40 days, and see what God does; then I ask you to join us on September 13th and 14th to experience your own encounter with Him. I will close with one final thought which is not my own but the very heart of God spoken to me for each of you: “My heart is to breathe Myself into each one – not one will go unnoticed – each one will be touched by Me, for I will not turn away to whom I have drawn to Me.”
My heart, O God waits for you and to see you move, for in you, we live, move and have our being.
Countdown to Breathe Conference: 40 Days