Hey guys! I’d love to hear your story! How far has God gone to show He loves you?
Finishing our week in 1 John 4 with the beautiful words of Bethel Music’s Extravagant.
Only heaven knows how far God will go to say He loves us. He stopped at nothing to prove He is for us. It’s all wrapped up in the gift of Jesus.
Most significantly, God’s love for us gives us the ability to serve with love.
Pass it on, pay it forward, do it because He loved you first.
Have a fantastic weekend!💃🏼
P.S. Take a day to rest! 🙌🏼
Did you know you can pray the gratitude of God’s love into your life? This is life changing! I know, it is so simple. The Gospel is simple! So let’s be simple too.
In the beginning of our journey with Jesus, establishing in our hearts that God loves us will build the confidence you need to serve in love. Receiving God’s love for you will absolutely change your life. It did for me!
How do we know God loves us?
1 John 4:7-10 says “God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him… loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” (MSG)
We know God loves us because he sent Jesus and he became the sacrifice so that we could be forgiven and live life in relationship with God. AMAZING!
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Something inside of me shifted. I just knew I wanted to help people. This was so unlike me, I always felt overwhelmed by life. But there was a spark firing off in my heart. I could feel the position of my heart changing. A new perspective was birthing. I was searching for ways I could help.
Because I felt a deep gratitude that Jesus had paid it all for me, I believed I should start paying it forward. It seemed right. However, I often felt anxious serving. I seemed out of place. I didn’t want to be seen or talked to. I just wanted to do what I was there to do and leave. My hands and feet were operating but something was missing. The missing component was love. The truth is, I did not have my running feet yet. But God had my ear. He was revealing His deep love for me.
This experience reminds me of 1 John 4:7-21. The “God is Love” chapter. It talks about knowing God as love, experiencing Him as love. God’s love is a course correction for the soul. It is a heart transplant that allows us to tune in to God’s heart for people. The love of God allows wholeness to take root and healing to grow. It has brought a security into my life that I can only explain by saying “God loves me”. That security has given me the confidence to pour into others. I now serve in confidence. And this is the confidence that I have: that what I have experienced is what others can experience too. I love because God first loved me. (1 John 4:19)
The love of God is a key component to our serving God. God is love. We are supposed to be acquainted with His love. The Amplified Study Bible says that “…everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience]. The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] (1 John 4:8 ) What is opposed to love? Fear. If fear is the driving force behind our works or lack of works, we don’t have love. The Amplified Bible says “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgement] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. (1 John 4:18)
There is a purpose to the pursuit of knowing God’s love. Because God’s love is perfect, it casts out our fear. The knowledge of God’s love plucks the ailments of our soul that choke out good fruit. This is done by pursuing and receiving the love of God. Believe His love over your circumstances, over your fear. Walk toward His love so that you can love. As a result, you will serve and bear much fruit.
Have you ever heard that God’s love is infinite? Romans 8:38-39 is the scripture that reveals this truth. Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ. I believe that this love offers us a security to choose the good life. God’s love destroys the grip of sin. (Song lyric reference to Bethel Music, “There’s no other Name”.)
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Hope asks us to look beyond what we see to what we long for. If we can fix our eyes on Jesus when sorrow and fear enter our circumstances, we will be lead into hope. Can you envision the restoration coming your way? He is riding on a white Horse toward you. In His eyes is peace. In His hands is rest. Restoration is His speciality. Be patient, brothers and sisters, He is on His way!
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When calamity hits, hope seems far away. We need a rescue yet the hand of God is distant. Love is a rescue when we need security and hope. In this moment, could you say His love never fails? Can God’s love for you be your safety net in this time of trouble? Your story of love and hope can be an encouragement. In the comments, share your story of where love gave you hope for a rescue.
We all want to be free. Our soul desires it. Yet we have a hard time living our lives without trying to follow a set of rules in order to be loved. Religion left me guilty, condemned and ashamed. Jesus freed me. Walking in freedom is often what we want but don’t really know how to do. Living guilt free, condemnation free, and shame free is the beginning. Entering into moment to moment relationship with God is the ultimate goal. The example of Jesus only doing what the Father was doing and saying what the Father was saying is our inheritance and where freedom lies. We never live our lives separate from God. Because the veil was torn, this life of freedom is ours. It cannot be taken from us. So, go be who God created you to be and enjoy your life!
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The Word is alive, active, and powerful. When God’s words are used in prayer with faith, it has the power to transform. Scripture has the authority to do miracles. By the power of the Holy Spirit living in you, the Word is also alive in YOU! Let it speak to you as you live life. It will change you from the inside out.
I purposely arrived at the meeting 5 minutes late. To my surprise, no one was sitting down. There was no food out. People were still trickling in. I felt myself start to sweat. My body was beginning to shake internally. I was having a mini anxiety attack. A voice told me to turn and run. “Get out of here, you don’t belong at this meeting.” I couldn’t believe it. That old orphan voice was trying to take over my heart. It almost worked. I was embarrassed that I was sweating. I quickly walked to a private place. Trying to escape notice.
I thought to myself, “I am employed at this church. I can’t believe I actually feel out of place! This is ridiculous.” I started to wipe the sweat off my face. I took a deep breath and started to pray. As I prayed, the voice of truth took it’s place. The truth is that I am accepted. God, through Jesus, has adopted me and made me whole and holy. The NKJV says that Jesus made us accepted in the Beloved. This was God’s great pleasure. If you feel like you don’t belong, I promise it is the wrong voice trying to take hold of your heart. You are accepted always. Let it be your security.
A treasured possession. Wow, God considers YOU a treasured possession. Whenever I think of being a special possession, I think about Linus from the Peanuts gang. He has a blue blanket that he takes everywhere with him. The blanket is used for comfort, companionship, protection, costume… you name it; Linus uses his blanket for everything. It is the greatest example to me of how God feels about me and how I feel about God. It is a true “I am yours and you are mine” relationship. We are a treasured possession indeed.
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