Thursday, May 25, 2017

POINT OF AGREEMENT / Come Let Us Reason Together



This is the 4th of 7 devotions and music videos
adopted from 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Does Not Insist On It’s Own Way”



POINT OF AGREEMENT
by
Kent Cooley

(Adapted from Amos 3:3; Isaiah 1:18)



Have you had a conversation with a person who, no matter what you said, they would disagree with you? Have you met people that no matter what you did, they would have an issue with it? It seems like some relationships are based on negativity no matter how they are approached.


There is a difference between disagreeing and being disagreeable. There is a balance that you can reach in your own thoughts and communications with people that avoids arguments and contention. In order to reach that point of agreement and balance of communication with people, one must learn the virtue of not being insistent.


Recently I had a conversation with someone about predestination. This person believed in unconditional predestination and was very adamant about being right. I strongly disagree with this belief but I was determined not to be offended at his unyielding opinion. As I was thoughtful about my response and to keep my reply inside of love, I searched to find a point of agreement. “I responded, "I do believe the Bible teaches predestination in this respect; that God predestines according to His foreknowledge. God knows the decisions and choices we are going to make before we make them and He predestines us accordingly." This approach did not promote an argument but it did prompt a discussion.


"Love is not conceited. 
 Love is not arrogant and inflated with pride;

Love is not rude and unmannerly 
and love does not act unbecomingly.

God's love in us does not insist on its own rights 
or its own way.

Love is not self-seeking; 
it is not touchy or fretful or resentful."


Father, I have noticed how ineffective I have been when I am argumentive. I know this is a source of pride in my heart that makes me want someone to think like I think and respond like I would respond. Thank you for wisdom and balance to stand up for what is right without being argumentive and disagreeable. Thank you for wisdom to find a point of agreement with everyone and to share truth in love without insisting on my own way. May I be humble enough to know that I do not know everything and that I may not be right about a lot of things. Thank you for calling me to the virtues of humility and truth. I thank You for the marriage of Mercy and Truth. They have kissed each other. Thank you that You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. You are Love and I call You Lord!
COME LET US REASON TOGETHER
Devotion: Insistence
(Adapted from Amos 3:3; Isaiah 1:18)
Verse 1
How can two men walk together unless they be agreed
How can they walk side by side unless eye to eye they see
Seated around the table, we are breaking bread
And as we go our separate ways, I trust it can be said
Verse 2
Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might
For revelation knowledge is what can give us light
Seated around His table we feast on holy bread
And we can be filled with joy and peace as by love we are led
Chorus
I’m walking in His love ( 1. today) (2. Everyday)
I (1. Did) (2. Will) not insist on my own way
I’ve got power from above; walking in His love
I’m walking in His love (1. Today) (2. Everyday)
All the way, everyday, all the way, everyday
Ending
Come let us reason together,                                             Love does not insist on it's own way
Come let us reason together though your sins are scarlette
They shall be crystal clean. Come let us reason together
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by RebeccaAnnCooley

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

AGREEABLE DISAGREEABLE / Timothy

This is the 3rd of 7 devotions with the theme
From 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love Does Not Insist On It's Own Way


AGREEABLE DISAGREEABLE
by
Kent Clifford Cooley

(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Timothy 2:24-25)


I was working with a group of Christian carpenters.  We met every morning for breakfast with other believers.  Our breakfast table was represented by several different Christian based beliefs, men from Pentecostal backgrounds to Shriners.  There were those who believed in unconditional eternal security and unconditional predestination and those who did not.  The Christian carpenter whose beliefs were probably the closest to my own always seemed to make an effort to find some point of disagreement between us and it always stirred up strife and anger at the table.  This man’s dad, who has been a pastor for over 20 years came in and joined us on occasion.  Even though he and I had obvious different opinions on some issues, each time our discussion would center on the need for revival which was an area of agreement.  We talked about how a move of God would change people’s lives and how it will take the anointing of God to break yokes of bondage over people.  We would feel the presence of God around the table and feel the spirit of revival right there in the restaurant.  This pastor and his son had almost identical beliefs, however the son looked for things in which to disagree with me and the other men about, but his dad looked for topics in which we had mutual understandings and agreed upon.  I believe the key to this pastor’s longevity in his ministry has been his love walk.  Love does not insist on its own way.  Paul gave explicit instruction to Timothy concerning this.

Refuse and have nothing to do with trifling
and ill-informed controversies over ignorant questionings,
 for you know that they foster strife and breed quarrels.
The servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome.
The servant of the Lord must not fight and contend.
Instead, he must be kindly to everyone
and mild-tempered, preserving the bond of peace.

Father, thank You for the instructions of love in Your Word and thank You for the daily reminders of the distinctions between what love is and what it is not.  You are the ultimate example of love and I want to be a man of love, just like You.  I want to walk in love and walk in agreement with you and with others.  Help me to search out that point of agreement with another and glorify You.

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TIMOTHY

(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Timothy 2:24-25; Philippians 2:14-15)
Verse
Timothy, my son, refuse trifling, 
For you know they gender strife 
And you know they breed arguing
Chorus
Do all things without murmuring 
Do all things without disputing
Showing yourselves to be blameless 
And harmless the children of God (repeat)
Bridge
The servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome or fighting
The servant of the Lord must be kind to everyone
Preserving the bond of peace
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

THE FIVE I'S OF DISRESPECT / Love One Another


This is the 2nd of 7 devotions with the theme
From 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Does Not Insist On It’s Own Way”


THE FIVE I'S OF DISRESPECT
by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from Proverbs 18:13; James 1:19; 
Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

We have founded a new school at our house. It’s not a home school. It is Honor School. We have a family meeting once a week and we listen, talk and pray about something that seems to be a lost art in the beginning of this 21st Century. We are learning about giving and receiving respect and honor in our daily lives. We have learned that there are five I's of disrespect and every one of us has committed them all! In our Honor School, we hold each other accountable. The five I's of disrespect are as follows:
Insults are offensive or rude words. They may be words with a slur or smear of unintegrity or just something negative spoken against someone. Negative humor at someone else’s expense is insulting. Insults are in the category of verbal abuse and can be committed unintentionally or in fun. But it does not change their effect. Insulting words open doors for demons to come in and take part in what is being said and they linger long after the words have been spoken.
Interrupting is when you talk while someone else is talking and interrupt them. When you do this, you are saying to the person talking, "I am not interested in what you are saying so you just need to be quiet and listen to me."
Intruding is pushing yourself into a conversation or infringing on someone else's personal space. If a person has not addressed you, then you are not included in the conversation. This would include answering for someone. If a question is not addressed to you, you should not answer.
Ignoring is disregarding and paying no attention to someone that is speaking to you. It's the same thing as if you close your eyes and turn around from the person talking to you. This includes not doing something that you have been asked to do. When you say, "I forgot" or "I didn't hear you," you are really saying, "I don't care about what you said, and I choose to ignore you."
Insistence is insisting on your own way.
Father, I want deliverance from every one of these five I’s of disrespect. I do not want to be associated with either of them. I gladly enlist in your Honor School and I want to make the Master’s List!

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Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley
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LOVE ONE ANOTHER

(Adapted from Proverbs 18:13; James 1:19; 
Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 13:5)
Verse:
Love one another with brotherly affection
Love one another with a fond and tender feelings
Love one another as members of one family
Love one another in all humility
I consider everyone more important than me
In all humility, consider everyone more important than me
Chorus:
Giving honor to my brother
Giving honor to my sister
Giving honor in all humility
Consider everyone more important than me
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Monday, May 22, 2017

GODLY CORRECTION / Mercy Seat


This is the 1st of 7 devotions with the theme
From 1 Corinthians 13:5
"Love Does Not Insist On Its Own Way”


GODLY CORRECTION
(Adapted from Hebrews 12:1-12; 1 Corinthians 13:5;)

Our society is in need of correction – both on the giving side and the receiving side. It is important to give godly correction, and to do so we must be willing to step out of our comfort zone and speak truth in love and even at times confront enemy territory. It is equally important to receive correction. We must be willing to humble ourselves and admit that we are wrong and someone else may be right. If we are willing to receive correction, it will make our life better in the future. It can be the difference between health and sickness or wealth and poverty. In fact, it could be a matter of life and death. And if we are willing to give correction, it could save someone else's life.

At my house we call the seat of correction, the Mercy Seat. 

I have sat in the Mercy Seat many times and my daughter takes her place in that seat from time to time. In that seat, truth is spoken and acknowledged, repentance is made and mercy is given. If it were not for this seat of correction, my life would be a mess and my daughter would be out of control.

I recall being corrected by a person outside of my family some years ago. This person felt that my husband and I had violated him and we needed to be corrected. As we sat and listened, his words were not completely contingent to how we saw the circumstances and it rose up in us to reject his correction. We began to protest and give our own view and opinion. But then we stopped and looked at each other and said, "What if he is right?" We chose to humble ourselves and submit to what might be God's correction through this person. Although his view was different from ours and his words were not as politically correct as we thought they should be, we put ourselves in the mercy seat and received his correction. The result is this person is a friend of ours today. We shudder to think what might have happened if we did not choose to sit in the mercy seat of correction and humble ourselves. It might have been something much worse than losing a friend.

Father, thank you for Your Mercy Seat. Your Mercy Seat is the seat of Love. Your Mercy Seat extends to eternity and I plan to sit in it forever and ever. Thank you ever so much for Your eternal Mercy Seat. I receive all that it has to offer to me.

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Devotion authored by RebeccaAnnCooley
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MERCY SEAT

(Adapted from Hebrews 12:1-12; 1 Corinthians 13:5; Exodus 25:17-22)
Verse:
The covering on the Ark of the Covenant 
Where the high priest sprinkled the blood of the atonement
For the sins of Israel on the Mercy Seat
Chorus:
Jesus is sitting in the mercy seat 
When I confess my sins He faithful and just
And now I’m sitting in the mercy seat, 
Forgiven, I forgive, when I am sitting in the mercy seat
So live and let live when you are sitting in the mercy seat
Bridge 1:
There is a chair in our house that we call the mercy seat
Anyone who sits there gets correction and forgiveness 
That is so complete
Bridge 2:
Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of the scorner
But his delight is in law of the Lord in mercies corner
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

A MILITARY PERSPECTIVE / I Yield To Thee

This is the 7th of 7 devotions with the theme
From 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love Does Not Insist On It's Own Rights


A MILITARY PERSPECTIVE
by
Kent and Rebecca Cooley

 (Adapted from 1 Corinthians 6:20; 13:5; Ephesians 6:20)


When one joins the military, one relinquishes his rights as a civilian and pledges himself as a member of the highest authority in the land.  During the period of his enlistment, this person becomes the possession of the United States government.  No longer is this individual allowed to go where he wants to go and do what he wants to do at his own discretion.  If he were to leave the military before his enlistment expires, he would be declared AWAL and would be arrested and tried before a court.  One must make a quality decision before signing the line that places him in covenant with the government for military service to be loyal and submissive.  And just as the enlisted individual will put his life on the line for his country, the US government will guard and protect this individual as its own. 

The Apostle Paul declared himself to be a bond servant in the same sense – the property of Jesus Christ:

"For which I am an ambassador in bonds:
that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."

When we give our lives to Christ, we are no longer our own.  We are bought with a price, purchased by the blood and we become the possession of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:20) We make a quality decision to follow Christ and we go where He wants us to go, we do what He wants us to do and say what He wants us to say, many times denying ourselves the right to do as we please.

When we become an ambassador to the bonds of Love, we do not insist on our own rights any longer.  We lay down our lives in honor of love.  In return we get the authority of the Word of Almighty God and along with that comes protection, all provision, hope and trust. 

Lord, I have made a quality decision to follow you.  I gladly live my life as an ambassador in bonds.  I don't want my own way.  You have bought me and redeemed me and I relinquish all ties to anything except for your bonds of love.  As I place my hand and my heart I pledge allegiance to You in the bond of Love.

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Devotion Authored by KentAndRebeccaCooley 





I YIELD TO THEE

(Adapted from Luke 14:35; 1 Timothy 2:8; 
Ephesians 6:20; 1 Corinthians 13:5)
Verse 1
As we humbly lift up hands, 
You make them holy
As we think on heavenly things, 
We come to know Thee
As we come to the altar, 
A sacrifice we will be
You will fill our hungry hearts 
With brand new songs to sing
Chorus
I yield to Thee / I yield to Thee
Here’s my life 
Let me be what You’d have me to be
Here’s my cup, fill it up 
I yield to Thee
Verse 2
Recite: As we come, Lord, this will be 
The prayer that we pray
“Give us ears to listen 
For what the Spirit has to say,
Lord, I don’t want to just ask permission 
For my own way but instead
Sing:    Let me have submission to be led.”

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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 

RADICAL LOVE, RADICAL RESULTS / Turn, Turn, Turn

This is the 6th of 7 devotions with the theme
From 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love Does Not Insist On It's Own Rights


RADICAL LOVE, RADICAL RESULTS 
by
Kent and Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from Matthew 5)



The Sermon on the Mount was all about giving up rights.  He told the crowd that the poor were blessed when they realized their need for God.  He told them that the humble would inherit the whole earth, not the bold ones.  He told them that those who hungered for right living would be satisfied, not those who took it by force.  He told them that if they were merciful, they would receive mercy and those whose hearts were pure would feel and see God.  He called them blessed with life joy and God’s favor regardless of their outward conditions!



Jesus kept reminding the people that what the law said was not what God wanted.  Jesus told them over and over to renounce their own rights and take on the unassuming nature of love. 

"You have heard that it was said, 
An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 
But I say to you,
 Do not resist the evil man who injures you;
but if anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, 
turn to him the other one too.
And if anyone wants to sue you 
and take your shirt, 
let him have your coat also!"

Jesus clearly spoke about not insisting on your own rights with others.  When we release our rights with others, we are radically practicing the love walk.  We are loving radically and completely.

Lord, I want you to accomplish drastic things in my life.  I want you to be able to heal the sick through me.  I want you to run devils away by the radical love that abides inside of me.  I want radical power in these last days and I am willing to practice radical love to get radical results! 


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Devotion Authored by KentAndRebeccaCooley


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TURN, TURN, TURN
Devotion: Radical Love, Radical Results
(Adapted from 1 John 4:10; Matthew 5:48-48)

Chorus:
You loved us, turn, turn, turn
We love You, turn, turn, turn
We love our neighbor with the same love 
Whereby You loved us
Bridge 1:
No wonder You said bless those that curse you
No wonder You said do good to those that hate you
Lord, I love You because You first loved me
My neighbor loves me because I first loved them, 
Turn, turn, turn
Bridge 2:
No wonder You said 
Pray for those who despitefully use you
No wonder You said 
Pray for those who persecute you
Lord, I love You because You first loved me
My neighbor loves me because I first loved them, 
Turn, turn, turn



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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Friday, May 19, 2017

THE OBJECT OF MY LOVE / Over Come Evil With Good


This is the 5th of 7 devotions with the theme
From 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love Does Not Insist On It's Own Rights


THE OBJECT OF MY LOVE
by
Kent and Rebecca Cooley

(Matthew 5:43-44; John 17:14; Romans 12:21; 1 Corinthians 13:5)

Love the Lord your God with all your might!
Love your neighbor as yourself!
Entertain and love the stranger!
Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church!
Wives obey and love your husbands!

These are instructions on what some of the objects of our love should be. Jesus also said,

“You have heard it said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I tell you,
love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

You mean my enemy should be the object of my love too? Jesus said to love your enemies. When someone hates you, remind yourself that they are the object of your love and focus on loving them.
A teenager I know gave her heart to Jesus a couple of years ago. Since that time she has experienced rejection from her family. Her mother told her that she liked her the way she used to be. The mother will bring up events from the past that she and the world loved. The mother didn’t accept the truth that had changed her daughter’s life so she rejected her and the truth she had embraced. She became an enemy to her daughter in this area. This became a set up for strife and contention in this family.
Lord, how do I encourage this girl’s heart?

“Child, I have given you a message from My Father and you have received it. Because you have received and embraced truth, the world hates you. You are no longer of the world so therefore the world hates you. The world wants you to be like them. The world wants you to embrace deception and dishonesty. But you are no longer of the world just as I am not of the world. Walk in truth in all humility and you will walk in love.

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Devotion by KentAndRebeccaCooley
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OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD
Devotion: The Object of My Love
(Matthew 5:43-44; John 17:14; Romans 12:21; 1 Corinthians 13:5)
Don’t return evil for evil
Overcome evil with good
Love those who hate you
Do good to those who despitefully use you
and say all manner of evil against you falsely
They hated me and they’ll hate you
But I am telling you what to do
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WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley