Thursday, February 23, 2012

Do You Know the Way YOU Move Him?

He is crazy about you.
He can't stop thinking about you.
You are His favorite.
He loves when you think about Him.
He loves when you talk to Him.
He loves when you tell others about Him.
He is excited about the plans He has for your life.
He delights in you.

So often we don't think about these facts.
Too easily we get hung up on our sin and forget that God sees us as righteous.
We are in Christ which means that God takes no account of our sin anymore, it's already forgiven.  
What you do tomorrow is already under the blood of the Lamb so there is no use feeling bad (guilty or condemned) about your mess-ups.

We should be dwelling on His amazing love for us.
Like a man engaged to a beautiful woman, He is wooing us and showing us His love.
He can't wait to be with us completely but until that day He is constantly pouring out His love.

When we first made the decision to die to ourselves and take on His life He was ecstatic.
He was so happy because now He can have intimacy with us, He can show us His love in a deeper way, he can fill us with His Spirit so we can understand His heart and experience the love He has for us.

When we obey His word He sees it.
When we sacrifice for Him He knows it and He loves it because He is going to repay us 100 fold for what we give up for His sake.

He loves us so much and because of Jesus He understands us.
Can you believe that we touch His heart.
We move His heart.
We are involved in this divine romance.
His love in unlike any earthly love we'll ever know, His love is supernatural and the depth and height and width of it is too much for us to ever fully understand.

Remember, nothing can separate us from His love.

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Romans 8:38-39  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Note: Not all of the subtitles are correct on this version of Cory Asbury and Matt Gilman's song)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Difference

I hope you're not getting sick of Hillsong yet!!

I just love the guy in the glasses, he's my favorite, his energy is so high that I'm inspired every time I see him lead worship.

I love this song because its good news simply put.
I used to live in fear and hopelessness but God's love has made the biggest difference in my life.
I'm beginning to go deeper and deeper into His love and the more I uncover the more I realize how unfair it is!

I literally have to do nothing to be loved by Him.

It's so crazy!
I am blessed and highly favored wherever I go because I have accepted His gift! His son, Jesus.

It's so insane!

The more I go into His heart, and understand His love, the more my life is transformed.
I can forgive sooner because He has forgiven me for all I've done and will do.
My fears are gone because His love has cast them out and I know that I can do anything with God.
There is no room for anxiety because with His love comes His peace and it washes over me everyday so I have no time to be anxious about the future.

What if everyone lived like this?

I'm not saying I'm perfect and I walk around as one big love-filled-zen-ball all the time but I have been looking to Him faster than I used to when a situation arises.
He's paid the highest price so that we can live in His perfect love, we can live in His presence.
Don't let anything steal that truth.
Sometimes I think about my old life and wonder what it would be like to go back to it
then I'm honest with myself and remember the ache for satisfaction that I had, the guilt I lived with and the depression my lifestyle brought me.

Meditate for just a moment on God's love for you and watch your day change.
His love makes all The Difference.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Stay Focused

As we travel down the road of life it is easy to set cruise control, begin to relax and get comfortable in your seat and start looking around at the scenery as you continue on to your destination.
This isn't a bad thing to do once in a while but we can't continue to look around forever, we'll start to lose track of time and sometimes even forget where we're going.
God is telling his people that this is a season where we need to stay focused!  He has given us dreams and vision for our lives and we need to be putting in the work to accomplish the things He's told us to do.
Our work isn't hard, He takes care of the hard stuff, (His yoke is easy and His burden is light) our work is to believe Him and keep our eyes on Him so when He brings the next step or opportunity in view, we won't miss it! 

31But you [Moses], stand here by Me, and I will tell you all the commandments and the statutes and the precepts which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess.
    32Therefore you people shall be watchful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
    33You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land which you shall possess.
   Deuteronomy 5:31-33 Amplified Bible

I like this scripture because God is saying "if you do what I tell you, everything will turn out in your favor." He only gives us commands and tells us what to do because He knows what is best for us and He wants it to "go well with us that we may live long in the land which we shall possess."
If He has spoken to you about what you are called to do, make this a season to focus on Him and be obedient to His direction.  If you don't know what you are called to do, ask Him! He wants you in on His plan just as much as you want to be in on it, take the time to listen and hear Him!  He showed me through visions and dreams, and by me seeing what He sees for my life I am caused to walk out each day confidently, knowing that I am doing what He has told me to do.  He created you for a purpose so quit meandering through life and start walking intentionally. 
The good news is that "spring is coming" meaning we will get to enjoy the fruit of our focused labor.  We will live long in the land we possess.  As for now, put away all distractions and keep your eyes on Him.