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5 Truths About God’s Incredible Love for You!

5 Truths About God’s Incredible Love for You!

Do you ever get lazy in what you believe? As I evaluate my life I can see where I’ve taken the reality of God’s incredible love for me, for granted. I can see where I’ve let the thinking and ways of society around me erode and undermine this fact. When that happens, I lose my zeal and ultimately my effectiveness as a witness to this truth. And that is simply not acceptable. The fact is God’s incredible love for you and me never changes, never dies down, never loses its power! It’s just as real and strong as it ever was! Ps 136 states numerous times, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases”.

Here’s 5 truths about God’s incredible love seen in Saul’s encounter with God on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:

 

  1. God’s grace is there for even the “worst” sinner

Saul was a murderer and persecutor of the church, but God had a different plan for him. Saul didn’t deserve it but God’s grace, His unmerited favor, won the day. Don’t believe the lie that you’ve stepped over a line and God can’t or won’t forgive you. His grace is there for you too!

  1. It is a sign of Divine favor when God stops us from doing evil

What amazing love, that would not only stop Saul from continuing down his evil path, but them send him off in the opposite direction!

  1. God will show Himself to us…He is near

I’m not exactly sure what Saul saw, but He knew it was God. God was just that near and real! He is that near to us too! Believe it today!

  1. An encounter with God reveals the truth of our own spiritual state

For 3 days in the presence of the God of love, Saul went over his life. I can only imagine the pain, grief and remorse he suffered as he began to understand the truth of what he had done and who he was really dealing with. Yet he came out of this a better man! A man totally surrendered to the will and ways of the true God. All because of love!

  1. God will direct the humble sinner

As Saul yielded himself to God, God showed him what he was to do with the rest of his life. Saul got up and did it!

 

Can you see God’s incredible love? It’s just hard to fathom sometimes, but that doesn’t change it’s reality! Today will you choose to believe it and repent of getting lazy in your beliefs? I know I will. Let’s decide now to stand firm and keep the truth of God’s incredible love real in our lives by spending regular time in His presence and guarding our hearts and minds against the pull of the world around us and the lies of the enemy!  God loves each of us with an incredible love!!

 

THE POWER OF LOVE

THE POWER OF LOVE

As I read the gospels I am always amazed at how everywhere Jesus went crowds followed Him. People were drawn to Him. I wonder how come people aren’t drawn to His church or to us, His followers today?

Maybe we’re not as much like Jesus as we think we are?

 

In Luke 7, John the Baptist sends some of his disciples to find out if Jesus really is the Savior. Jesus response is clear, “Go back, and tell John what you have seen and heard: Blind people see again, lame people are walking, those with skin diseases are made clean, deaf people hear again, dead people are brought back to life, and poor people hear the Good News.”

 

Jesus provided exactly what the people needed. He healed their physical diseases and drove out evil spirits. And He preached the Good News to the poor. Yes, people were attracted to Him because of what He did for them, but I think there were a lot of people who saw past the “stuff” and were drawn to Jesus because of His genuine compassion and concern for them. He loved people! There was something about this Man that caused hope to arise in them.

 

As Jesus’ followers, I believe we’re called and anointed to love people, meet their needs and bring hope to a hopeless society! In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,  because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Jesus read this in the temple that day and then He went out and did it! I believe we are called to do the same thing. The same Spirit has anointed us to do it. It’s time for us to step out in faith and walk in this anointing.

 

We need to make an effort to connect with people around us, recognize their needs and trust God to use us to meet those needs! It doesn’t matter where we are.  Whenever we’re around people, at the mall, in a medical or professional office, on social media, or in our neighborhoods, we should be asking God how we can connect with someone around us. It may be as simple as being available to listen, being a friend or providing some food or cash. It may be to pray for a sickness or disease to be cured or an evil oppressing spirit to be gone. It could be sharing the hope within us that will bring new life and courage to the discouraged and frustrated people around us.

 

If we are willing to step out and love people, they will be drawn to us and we can point them to Jesus. We will be ministers of life, truth, mercy and the power of God. And God’s glory will be seen around us!

 

Let’s step out in faith today, intentionally desiring to connect with people and then as their needs are revealed, to meet them thru the power of God alive in us!