We all want to have that knowledge or confidence
… that God knows us.
But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him
So the question is…
How do we love God?
The same way He loved you,
… by giving His all, His life (in Jesus) for you!
You give all that you are – to Him!
How do you do that?
You believe that you are loved,
… and you start living love!
You give Him your hands,
… the things you do, you do for Him.
You give Him your thoughts,
… you put your decisions in His hands.
You give Him your eyes,
… you look where you can do something for Him.
You give Him your actions,
… you reach out in love to His creation
You give Him your heart,
… in which He already shed His love,
Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4 11
…a sure foundation!
A building is sure because of its foundation,
… that is what holds it up
and is what holds it secure!
The foundation on which we stand,
… that holds us up and secure, is
the love of the Father and His commandments.
A building is strong and safe because of its structure,
… that holds it together,
and thus able to perform its function!
The Holy Spirit keeps us safe and strong
according to the working of God’s mighty power
…which He worked in Christ – (Eph.1 19)
… and in which we stand.
A building’s splendor is in what you see
… its facade, its covering that shows you what it is,
that attracts you to it and that invites you in!
The Lord Jesus is our splendor
… if we allow Him and His love to envelop us
so that the world will see
… a sure, strong glorious ‘church’
in Me – and – on Me!
How awesome are Your works!
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
All the earth shall worship You
and sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name.
Psalm 66 3-4
… a participant?
We all want to benefit from things in life.
Question is though,
… what does it take to truly benefit from what is available?
Is it by being a partaker or a participant?
If you are a partaker, what are you really?
… You are someone who wants to profit from what there is!
… You see what is available as an opportunity to benefit!
Nothing wrong with that…
however, as a partaker you are dependent on others,
… on what others say and do, or don’t do,
and most of the time you will not truly benefit!
On the other hand, if you are a participant,
… you are actively involved,
… you are part of making it happen.
Dependable – and not dependent on others!
Making it work – not expecting others to make it happen.
And the Apostle James says exactly the same…
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2 17
If you want to partake of God’s promises,
… but are not actively living God’s Word,
then you are not a participant in the things of God.
Of course God will always reach out to us.
But only as we live the life His Word teaches us,
… do we become participants in what God is doing,
and partakers in all of His promises.
A personal relationship is not a relationship
… where you are setting the pace
… where you are determining the goal,
and what you want or desire is foremost,
But a personal relationship is one in which
… you are free to open yourself to the other
… free to receive from each other
where you can give yourself without expectations
… simply as you are without any conditions.
God, who is love, is reaching out to us,
… and He desires to have not just a personal
… but an intimate relationship with us.
A relationship through which He can give into our lives
… without any conditions or expectations.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1 17
And all we need do is to say
… thank you Lord, here am I.
… a journey!
Our faith walk is a journey,
… a journey of discovering more & more of God
… and of Jesus and what He has done for us!
However is your search
… for Him, or about Him?
What are you looking for?
Are you looking for His promises?
Are you looking for His works?
Are you looking for Him?
The reality of faith
… is to get to know Jesus more intimately,
The substance of faith
… is your response to what you see in Him!
If you see salvation in Him,
… you will find salvation!
If you see healing in Him,
… you will find healing!
If you see wisdom in Him,
… He becomes your wisdom!
Our faith walk is not about looking for blessings,
… but about walking with the One who blesses!
for in Him we live and move and have our being,
Acts 17 28
… the blame game!
Often when relationships are broken off
… it is not so much about who is to blame,
but about bad or unpleasant consequences!
This should not be!
So why does it happen?
Lack of self value … NOT being honest!
Before the relationship begins …
– giving yourself for the wrong reasons!
– not being honest with yourself!
In other words, only looking for your own gratification!
During the relationship …
– looking for acceptance or esteem from others!
– not being honest with the other!
After the relationship …
– blaming the other for the broken relationship!
If value and honesty are lived BEFORE a relationship,
… a wrong relationship would most likely never have started.
Motives will become clear before something goes wrong,
… before someone gets hurt!
Even as the Bible gives us direction…
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Only if you love (value) yourself,
can you truly love (value) others!
Do you truly value (love) yourself?
… not answering?
I am talking to God and I am asking of God,
… but God does not seem to be hearing
because God does not seem to be responding!
Actually, God is talking,
… but not with an audible voice as we may expect
because God speaks to our inner being,
… to our hearts, to our minds.
We therefore need to be expectant
because as soon as we ask … God answers!
But, how will we know that it was God?
Well, normally it is something that we need to do,
… and never really a surprise to us,
but as it is mostly something we don’t want to do,
… we so easily reject it,
even though we usually know that it needs to be done!
Ask again …
… and this time listen and expect to hear.
… go do what God said to do!
God will not nag you to obey.
God WILL help you to obey
… as soon as you are ready to obey.
My grace is sufficient for you,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12 9
Most everybody believes in a God,
… even if they call themselves atheists
… or say that God is everywhere and in everything.
Why this reluctance to admit to the reality of GOD?
If God made everything, and
… as so many believe, that God is in everything –
why then this fear of getting close to Him?
Does that mean that you also believe there is more to God,
… than just having made everything?
Why then this fear of losing control over your life,
… by allowing God to be part of your life and decisions?
Why is there this reluctance to accept
… that God is more real than what He created?
Quite simpy because,
… when you admit that God is really real,
… and that God is more real than all He has made,
then a relationship with Him becomes possible,
… the kind of personal relationship that God desires to have with us.
Only then will God become the God who He really is, to you,
… the God who has shown Himself as committed to being your God,
… as committed to being all that you need,
if only you will receive Him as real.
For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life.
If you don’t give, you can’t receive.
Unless you forgive, you cannot receive.
… reach out and forgive!
Unless you give, there is nothing real to receive,
… reach out, give from your heart!
And above all things have fervent love for one another,
for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
Have you hugged those close to you – today?
Have you hugged the Father – today?
Have you hugged Jesus – today?
Ask the Holy Spirit to help
… to help you to forgive,
… and teach you to reach out in love!
Therefore if the Son makes you free,
you shall be free indeed.
And you will be free to reach out and free to love,
… free of condemnation,
… free of shame,
… free of guilt,
… free to give,
… free to love,
… free to HUG!
… is a privilege!
It has been said that …
It’s a man’s responsibility to respect a woman, but
it’s a woman’s responsibility to give him something to respect!
Sounds good … however I do NOT agree!
For it’s because of this self-centred way of thinking,
… that so many relationships suffer shipwreck.
The reality of life and of a real relationship is that,
it is a man’s privilege, to not only respect a woman,
… but to LOVE a woman!
For it is love that makes a woman feel respected,
… and not the expectation,
that a woman needs to earn a man’s respect!
Love her …
and she will give you more than just respect,
… for she will love,
… and give you her all!