God Loves Us So Much

“God Is Love” (1 John 4:8).

The Bible says God is love. It doesn’t say God has love; it says God is love. Love is His nature. God is love. God created the entire universe. He created this planet; He created the human race; then, He created us because He loves us. God created us in His image. God created us an object of His love. He made us so He could love us and so we could love Him.

God’s love for us is the reason our hearts is beating right now and the reason we are breathing. God’s good news is that He loves us on our good days as much as He loves us on our bad days. He loves us whether or not we think we deserve His love. There is nothing that we can do that will make God stop loving us. Maybe you could try, but you simply can’t do it, because His love for you and me is based on His character and not on anything we do, say, or feel.

God loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, into this world, ” so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus stretched His arms out as wide as the cross saying, “I love you this much”! I love you so much it hurts. I love you so much I’ll die for you so that you may live and I won’t have to live without you”.

God’s love surpasses all human knowledge, and it is difficult for any of us to grasp the width and length and height and depth of His love for each one of us (Ephesians 3:17-19). Me personally, I look at how Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins and how He suffered, just makes me love Him even more. I love God so much, because He first loved us. Even when we have people who don’t love us, we still have God’s love. No one can love you like God loves you.

Learn to love one another. How can you love God and you hate your brother and your sister, you see everyday? 1 John 4:20 clearly states;

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Exercise your love for one another TODAY! You don’t have to know anyone to love them.

Why do you think so many people have a hard time accepting God’s love?

What can you do to show God that you love Him?

How should a deep belief and confidence in God’s love for you change the way you live your life?

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Spiritual Maturity is Never an End in Itself

Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

We are commanded to serve God. Jesus was unmistakable. For Christians, service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules if we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus came “to serve” and “to give”- and those two verbs should define our lives on earth, too.

Jesus taught that spiritual maturity is never an end in itself. Maturity is for ministry! We grow up in order to give out. It is not enough to keep learning more and more. We must act on what we claim to believe. Impression without expression causes depression. Study without service leads to spiritual stagnation. The old comparison between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea is still true. Galilee is a lake full of life because it takes in water but also gives it out. In contrast, nothing lives in the Dead Sea because, with no outflow, the lake has stagnated.

The last thing many believers need is to go to another Bible study, right?. The already know far more than they are putting into practice. What we need is serving experiences in which we can exercise our spiritual muscles. Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we’re more interested in “serve us” than service. We say, “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me, “not “I’m looking for a place to serve and be a blessing”. We expect others to serve us, not vice versa.

But as we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service. The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who’s going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet?”

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“God Has Work For Us To Do”

“It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Ephesians 2:10).

God calls us to a service beyond anything we could ever imagine. We were put on Earth to make a contribution. We wasn’t created just to make resources- to eat, breathe, and take up space. God designed us to make a difference with our lives and the lives of others. We were created to add life on Earth, not just take from it. God wants us to give something back.

The Bible says, “God has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). These “good deeds” are our service to the world. Whenever we serve others in any way, we are actually serving God (Colossians 3:23-24; Matthew 25:34-45; Ephesians 6:7).

What God told Jeremiah is also true for us: “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work” (Jeremiah 1:5). When most people think of “special work”, they think of pastors, priests, and professional clergy, but God says every member of His family is to minister. In the Bible, the words “servant and “minister” are synonyms, as are “service” and “ministry”. If you are a Christian, you are a minister, and when you’re serving, you’re ministering.

Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t immediately take us to Heaven the moment we accept His grace? Why does He leave us in a fallen world? He leaves us here to fulfill His purposes. Once you are saved, God intends to use you for His goals. God has a ministry for you in His Church and a mission for you in the world.

Figure out what your purpose is and how God wants you to minister to His people. It could be through writing, speaking, preaching, teaching, etc. God has a purpose and plan for us all, but in order to tap into it, you have to be obedient to the voice of God. I never knew what my purpose here on earth. When I was out there in the world, I was blind to what God wanted me to do. When God took my feet out of the miry clay and stood my feet on SOLID ground, my eyes were open to a lot. I asked the Lord, what was it He wanted me to do. Once, God showed me what I was suppose to do, I listened and took heed and executed His intentions.

I am now a Self-Published Author with 5 spiritual guides under my belt, Founder of Women’s Empowerment Group called “The Divine Truth’ on Facebook which is designed to empower, encourage, uplift, and inspire all women daily. I am a Motivational Speaker, Christian Blogger, and Mentor. Anything that pertains to speaking positivity into someone’s life to encourage them to start walking in a different direction to get a different result makes me feel that I have accomplished a goal. My mission is to serve others! I will also be providing Self Publishing services to help others get their story out because everyone has a story to tell.

What I am saying TODAY is to DISCOVER your purpose on what God wants you to do. He has something for you to do and whatever you do, make sure it glorifies God and is pleasing in His eyesight!! Let God use you, He wants to use you for His Kingdom!!!

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“God Test With Stress Before Trusting With Success”

“The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts“-Proverbs 17:3

You could watch a million hours of television and movies without finding a story as thrilling as the story the Bible tells about Daniel. The Bible follows Daniel’s life from the age of 15 until he’s 85. And every step of his story is breathtaking.  If you study Daniel’s life and explore key truths that we can apply to our lives today. When Daniel was still teenager, the Babylonians put down a rebellion in Judah and took some of the Israelites into captivity. Because Daniel was healthy, knowledgeable, and perceptive, he was taken as a prisoner to be trained for service in the king courts (Daniel 1:1-7).

And then God tested him because God test us with stress before He trust us with success. God had big plans for Daniel. There are only two men in all history that God told what the end of the world would be like: Daniel and the Apostle John. God gave Daniel the job to communicate that message first to Israel and then to the whole world through the Bible. But before, God could trust Daniel with this message, God gave him stress. God gave Daniel a test.

Just like us today, we have to go through different tests in our lives for God to see if we are ready to be used by Him. Sometimes, we as individuals work good under stress. We have to be trusted by God and in order for God to trust us, we have to be put to the test. Whether you believe it or not, have you ever found yourself going through something repetitive? I know I have. Because the first time I went through something I didn’t quite grasp what I was going through nor did I pass the test. I’ve learned that God tests us so that we can get to the next level. This life is a journey and full of tests we go through daily, but it’s up to us to be strong and be able to endure whatever comes our way.

The Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, put Daniel and other young men into a three year indoctrination program. He wanted to wipe out their memories of Israel and to secularize them. They were taught a new language, a new culture, a new religion, and new habits. The Babylonians were trying to reprogram Daniel and these other young men and prepare them to serve in the royal court.

But the King faced unexpected opposition when he tried to change Daniel’s diet, which he followed in obedience to God’s commands. The Bible says, “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way” (Daniel 1:8). In essence, the King told Daniel to forget God and the spiritual values he’d followed his whole life.  But, Daniel wouldn’t do that, so he passed the test.

God will give a similar test. It won’t look exactly the same. But God will test your character. God wants to know if He can trust you with success. And the good news: God is right there with you helping you to succeed.

 

Inspiration:

Meditation on God’s Word should occupy our minds day and night. Studying the Bible should be followed up with meditating on how its teachings apply to our individual lives. Meditation on scripture can then lead to prayer based on scripture. The goal of Joshua in his meditation, however, was ultimately that he might do the law not simply that he might know more about it. In his day as in ours, it is critical to be doers of the Word and not merely hearers (James 1:22).

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