|Posted by Lorraine Serra on March 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM|
God loves ME. God is for ME. All the time. No matter what. Circumstances can make that hard to believe.
But, speaking the truth of God’s Word builds our faith and settles the matter in our hearts. It is elementary. It is laying the foundation for living, like learning to read and mastering arithmetic.
From childhood we learn the basics to maintain our health and safety: brush your teeth, eat right and get plenty of rest, and for heaven’s sake wash your hands….a lot! It’s flu season!!
Most likely, in some form or other, we have learned the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In today's English: treat others the way you would want to be treated. This wisdom came from the mouth of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 7, verse 12.
That is simple enough for a child to understand. Remember that book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum? Well, long before that work was published, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.“ Matthew 18:3. Mmmm. Then why is it that we can make it so complicated?
Spiritual health is even more essential than those childhood basics, because it is not long before we discover that life is often a battle, and it requires a good deal of problem solving and overcoming disappointment.
As soon as we have encountered our first bully, or failed our first test, or been passed over for a spot on the team, we come running home for comfort and explanation. We need reassurance. We want solutions and we seek hope that it won’t always be this way.
Good parents are the picture of God, our Loving Father. Patiently they comfort and instruct. They offer wisdom, solutions, discipline and hope. They provide the loving embrace, kiss the boo boos and give us confidence and strength to move forward.
When I became a mother, the reality of unconditional love became totally clear to me. My heart aches for those who have not known the precious love of devoted, sold-out parents…..those who have been abandoned, orphaned, or abused and ignored.
Jesus went above and beyond to heal all our wounds. If you bear some scars of life today, or if you have fear of the future, Jesus longs to meet your every need, even as a loving parent.
SO, let’s continue to meditate on the great love of God for us. Make it personal. God loves ME. God is for ME. It can be so hard to grasp, and scripture even says time and time again, it is unfathomable.
But on this Journey to Victory, GOD's LOVE IS the reason for the cross. It will change the way you think, the way you do life, the way you prioritize, the way you deal with your adversaries, the way YOU SEE YOURSELF, and your own history of weakness and sin.
The first verse of one of my favorite hymns captures in beautiful poetry the truth of God’s Word as Paul prayed it for the Ephesians in Chapter 3, verse 18:
“ And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”
DID YOU GET THAT? THE POWER TO UNDERSTAND….this is talking about FAITH to BELIEVE and UNDERSTAND. Friends, we must seek this gift of faith. Ask and it shall be given to you.
Lord Jesus, I come. I believe. Help my unbelief. Thank you for taking my sin upon Yourself. I ask you to come into my life and open the eyes of my understanding. Today, I receive the gift of faith which is from my Father. Activate YOUR DNA in me, so I may become fully Yours. Thank you for your immense, immeasurable, unstoppable love. Amen.
Music always helps bring home the message for me:
How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure That He should give His only Son to make a wretch His treasure. http://youtu.be/YV2zMZ-nZ7k
Categories: Journey To Victory - The Cross & The Crown