Do you believe that God rejoices over you, watches over you, and secures you and your loved ones ~ in his forever-hands?
Show me someone who knows she is love-covered, and I’ll show you someone who knows how to love. People say, “you can’t give what you don’t have,” but neither can you give what you don’t know you have.
How free can I be if I don’t know I’m free? How can I experience the fullness of God’s love if I experience it in my heart, but not in my mind?
Jesus wants us to intentionally remember the intensity of His passion for us. He wants us to picture it in our minds until we’re gripped by Christ’s hanging-on-the-cross-love, His “Father-forgive-them-for-they-don’t-know-what-they-do” love, and His I-did-this-all-for-YOU-love.
Carla, a friend of mine, is often plagued with feelings of guilt and unworthiness. Carla knows God loves her, but because of her past (rather, because of Satan’s lies about her past), it’s difficult for Carla to see how God could possibly love her as much as He loves others, especially the “good girls.”
Just as sin makes us equally guilty and unworthy, confession makes us equally cleansed and love-covered. When Jesus covers our sins, He also wants to rescue our hijacked, dirt-splattered consciences. Satan lost his dominion. We’re a clean machine, so we better believe it!
[box] Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22[/box]
When Facts Meet Feelings
It was a ho-hum day in Bible College when I returned to my room to rest on my bunk bed. I was tired, wired, a little down, and a tad nervous about the future. All normal stuff for me. Then something extraordinary happened. The only way I can describe it is to say God met with me. As I lay in my bed, wave after wave of His love washed over me. I wanted to freeze the moment, intense, raw, and real… God. Loved. Me!
Whether we experience an answered prayer, meet with God in a special way, or witness a miraculous touch ~ these types of love-winks are all God’s little extras. You could also look at them like the special features He throws in with your movie, His love story.
We need to hold on to them, and turn them around in our minds. They’re true and lovely and pure. They remind us of what God’s Word already tells us. We are the apple of God’s eye. His inheritance. His exceedingly great reward. His prize. His everything.
Father, thank you for your indescribable love than makes me want to further reciprocate it. Please may I grow in it daily ~ both in knowledge and experience. I know it’s a safeguard to me. I want to love you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. In Jesus’ name.
Now it’s your turn
What are some of the reasons why/how Satan tries to downplay, dismiss, and darken your knowledge of God’s love? What are some of the ways God has shown you the beautiful reality of His love?