Created by Love, Created in Love, Created to Love

Are you feeling unloved? Let’s tackle that myth right now.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 Jn. 4:8 NKJV

He (Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature… Heb. 1:3 ESV

So, what do we know? God is love itself. Jesus is exactly like His Father; therefore, He too is love personified.

…I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ… Eph. 3:8, 9. NKJV

God created through Christ; thus, they are co-begetters. What did They create? Everything. That includes us:

“Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Gn. 1:26 NKJV

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gn. 1:27 AMP

What kind of image is that? Jesus tells us:

“God is Spirit…” Jn. 4:24

Jesus, being an exact image of His Father was a Spirit-being as well before His incarnation. Thus, we are created to conform to God in our spirits. Taking that further, if God and Christ are love, then we in our spirits are created as islands of love, by Love.

Okay. But how do we know that we were created in love?

We love Him because He first loved us. 1 Jn. 4:19 NKJV

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God… 1 Jn. 3:1 NASB

We were loved in advance, long before we took our first breaths.

Moreover, the love of God can be seen all around us. He formed a planet we can live on, that sustains us in relative safety. He created us initially to be immortal and eternally joyful in Him. He created opposite genders so that we could be complete. He covered us with abundance and wisdom, and gifted us with children. We were made complete in His love.

Even when we broke that completeness, He continued to love us by sending His Son to heal that brokenness:

“For God so loved the wold that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Jn. 3:16 NKJV

By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His] precious love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. 1 Jn. 3:16 AMP

The Father and the Son love you in orders of magnitude that are beyond human measure.

And, God will let nothing get in the way of His love for you:

…neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Rm. 8:38, 39. ESV

Finally, we were created to love:

“ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others.]’ “. Mt. 22:37 – 39. AMP

How do we love God? By keeping His commandments:

“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me.” Jn. 14:21 NKJV

Time and time again, we are called to love:

“…the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” Jn. 16:27 NKJV

“…love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jn. 13:34 NKJV

A friend loves at all times… Pr. 17:17 NKJV

Let all you do be done with love. 1 Cor. 16:14 NKJV

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Col. 3:12 – 14. ESV

That’s a whole lot of love, thank God. You are a bundle of love, steeping in divine love; and when you express that love the way in which God expects you to profess it, your love will first resonate with God’s love, fill you with the same, and you will become an irresistible target for the love of others.

Still feeling unloved? You just need to do some expressing…

Goodnight and God bless.

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We Make Spiritual Life Too Hard – part 2

There is no deed we can do that will make us spiritual. A spiritual life, in the Christian sense, is only gained when we connect with God through Christ and honor His word to the best of our ability.

As long as we do that, we needn’t have a continual dark cloud of worry over whether or not we will be the target of God’s wrath. God created you. He knows your limits and He accepts your best efforts.

The greatest condemnation you will ever experience is that which you lay upon yourself. However, if God loves and accepts you, shouldn’t you do that same? If you do that, and you walk in God’s ways, you can look forward to standing in front of the judgment seat of Christ, because all that is waiting for you is His welcome to your eternal rewards. Jesus exemplified this in the parable of the talents:

‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you a ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Mt. 25:21 NKJV

The ‘good servant’ was faithful over a few things (his best efforts), not over all things.

You are not charged by God to change anything about yourself; He is already at work in you, to bring your original perfection back to realization. (2 Cor. 3:17, 18.) In other words, you are already who God wanted you to be. He’s only removing the damage that the world has inflicted upon you.

What you are charged with, is testifying to His salvation. Period. And of course, if you are a living testimony, you are engaged in walking your best Christ-like walk. So, you can just relax and let God have the helm.

Martin Luther said, “The message of Christ was ‘Repent’ not ‘Be better!’ “

Luther also said this: “Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, just as I am your sin. You have taken upon Yourself what is mine and given me what is Yours. You have taken upon Yourself what you were not, and have given me what I was not.”

Doesn’t that make you grateful? It ought to lighten up your spiritual walk as well.

Our only major concern in this walk is to stick to the truth of God and deny that which opposes it (i.e. the lies of the enemy, who has already been defeated by the resurrection of Christ). In addition, we want to remain humble and teachable, so that we may receive God’s grace.

Satan lies in order to mold us into someone other than ourselves – to try to be something that we are not. When we attempt (and that in and of itself is always a struggle) to live out a false life with a false self, we are denying love for our true self. And that is the beginning of sin.

When we accept Christ, we die to that false self:

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Eph. 4:7 NKJV

…you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Eph. 4:17, 18. ESV

…put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph. 4:22 – 24. ESV

When we die to our false image (simply by rejecting the lies of our adversary), we, by embracing our true self and our birthright, become open to receive everything that God has to offer. And when we receive the love God has for us and put in us and we reciprocate by loving God and ourselves, our spirituality will flow out of us in service to our Creator – to enlarge His kingdom and make the world a better place.

Guess what? That’s the source of limitless joy – letting Christ live His life through you.

To have that joy and peace, we must continually remind ourselves of Jesus’ work on the cross. Thus, we need to drop any self-condemnation over past sins. Christ has cleaned that up through His blood, manifested when we open the door of our repentance; and He continues to do so whenever we need to rinse and repeat.

Drop the fear, because we cannot make ourselves righteous; only the mercy of our gracious God can do that.

Thomas Merton said, “The deepest communication is not communication; it is communion. We are already one, but we imagine that we are not. What we have to be is what we already are.”

Amen. In doing so, we renounce the ways of the world – letting loose of our obsession with its busyness and with its illusion of importance.

The spiritual life is God’s gift to you. He removes all the barriers that stand in the way of your receiving it. He did not set before you an arduous, exhausting and seemingly impossible task. God only asks you to live in His love and go forth and teach others how to do likewise…

Goodnight and God bless.

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What Does God Say About Your Life? – Part 5

This is the last of this 5-part series, which consists of a condensed recap of 50 posts from June 28, 2014 to June 6, 2015 – created for those who have not been present for them all. Admittedly, this series is stark compared to the original posts with the enriching deep discussions of the individual scriptures. I highly recommend that those who have not enjoyed this past year of why God, who God is, who Jesus is, what God wants from us and how Christ takes our efforts to fulfill them and covers us with His salvation so that we are positioned for eternity, go back and do so. You will surely be blessed…

Now that we know all of this and are doing our best to walk our godly walk, what’s next?

First we can take a deep breath and remember to sit back and bask in the grace of the Father and the Son from which the gift of our salvation pours forth. (Ps. 84:11; Rm. 3:23 – 25, 5:21 & 6:14; 2 Cor. 8:9 & 12:9; Eph. 2:8, 9; Ti. 2:11& 3:4 – 7; Heb. 2:9.)

And having been empowered by this grace that gifts us in the Holy Spirit to advance the kingdom of God, we are called to do just that – spread the grace. (Rm. 12:6; 2 Cor. 4:15; Eph. 4:7 & 1 Pt. 4:10.)

Now that you are connected to God, He wants to keep a running conversation with you. How do you do that? You pray, just as Jesus prayed and in the way that He taught us to. (Mt. 5:6 – 8 & 6:9 – 13; Lk. 6:12; 1 Th. 5:17, 18.) As we pray, we must take care to make sure our prayers (and ourselves) align with God’s word if they are to be answered. (Ps. 4:3; Pr. 15:29; Mk. 11:25; Jm. 4:3)

If you see anyone who needs prayer, as a follower of Christ you must not withhold it, regardless of your personal feelings about that person (drop the judgment). (Mt. 5:44)

If you feel you need to pray with greater fervor, you can call upon the Holy Spirit. (Rm. 8:26)

And, as with anything concerning God, your prayers must be laced with faith. (Heb. 11:6)

Now that we’re walking and talking with God, everything we do must be packaged in love. (Pr. 17:17; Jn. 13:34 – 35; 1 Cor. 13:1 – 3 & 16:14; Col. 3:12 – 14; Phil. 2:2 – 4; 1 Jn. 4:21.)

We know what love is because all we have to do is look to our God. He is love. Furthermore, He describes it to us. (1 Cor. 13:4 – 8; 1 Jn. 3:1, 4:16 & 19.)

God wants your love. How do you show it to Him? By walking in His word (Dt. 7:9; Mt. 22:37 – 40; Jn. 14:21 & 23.) and y loving His Son. (Jn. 16:27)

When you love God, heaven opens up and surrounds you. (Ps. 91:14 – 16 & 145:20; Eph. 2:4, 5.) And nothing can take that love away. (Rm. 8:38, 39.)

Like I said, God loves you. How much? First, He created you in His image. (Gn. 1:27; Ps. 119:73.) He fashioned every day of your life in advance. (Ps. 139:13 – 16.) He stays close to you. (Acts 17:27, 28.) And He holds you dear to Him. (Mt. 10:30; Jn. 3:16; Rm. 8:29; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Th. 2:13 & 19; 1 Jn. 3:1.)

Because of all that, He takes care of you. (Is. 54:17; 1 Cor. 1:9 & 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17, 18; Eph. 1:7 – 9 & 2:19; Phil. 1:6 & 3:20, 21.)

Why does God do all these things? It’s because He is preparing you (and rolling out the welcome wagon) for your heavenly arrival. (Pr. 23:18; Dn. 2:44; 1 Cor. 7:31; Jn. 14:2, 3.)

Our part is to stay aligned in His will (Mt. 24:36, 44; Lk. 21:34, 35; Jn. 8:51; 1 Jn. 2:17) so that our entrance is guaranteed. (Mal. 3:17; Rm. 5:9 & 6:22, 23.)

How awesome will our ‘forever’ be? (Is. 25:6 – 9, 34:5, 11, 12, 16 & 35:6, 8 -10; Zeph. 3:9, 15, 17; Mic. 4:3, 4; Mt. 8:11; Rm. 6:5; 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44, 49 & 53; Rv. 7:16, 17.)

All God asks of you to do is to tell as many people as you can about Him, His Son, His Salvation and His heavenly hope. (Ps. 145:4, 6, 7 & 11 – 13; Mt. 10:27 & 28:18 – 20; Mk. 16:15; Jn. 20:21; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; 1 Tim. 4:2, 5; Jm. 2:1; 1 Pt. 3:15.)

When we willingly do that, God will Himself facilitate our effectiveness, and nothing will get in the way of our delivery. (Mt. 10:19, 20.) We do that because we know we are helping save lives. (Rm. 1:16 & Col. 1:28.)

I pray that this series has reinforced those who have been faithfully following our journey this last year and has inspired those who haven’t, to peruse those earlier posts. There’s a lot of God waiting for you…

I hope to have the pleasure of your company next week as we embark upon a new journey guaranteed to open up your eyes to the obtuse chicaneries of our enemy, help you find out who you really are, free you from how you are keeping happiness at bay, and help others do the same. It will truly be a lifesaver.
Goodnight and God bless.

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