by Pastor Tim Burt
Do you think it’s important to know what God wants for you? Do you think it’s important to know how God feels about you? Maybe this will help you answer those questions. If you had a spouse and you didn’t know if he/she loved you, would it affect your marriage and how you feel? If you had a spouse and you really doubted whether he/she liked you would it affect your marriage and how you feel? Of course it would! Assurance of love and acts of kindness and good will toward each other are absolutely critical to the success of any marriage.
If you weren’t sure if you boss liked you or your work, would it affect your job performance and how you feel? If you felt like your boss was critical of your work and was just waiting for an excuse to get rid of you, would it make you want to go into work?
How much more to do you think it would affect your relationship with God if you believed He didn’t love you? What if you thought He was out to get you—what if you thought He didn’t care about you and refused to play any role in your life except to punish you for wrong doing? This world is filled with people that have these very thoughts or unresolved questions about God. They really don’t know if He loves them. They really don’t know that He cares for them. Consequently, out of fear and doubt from their lack of assurance of His love, they pull back from God. That coupled with a conviction within their own hearts over sinful things they do in their life will lead them to avoid God.
God wants us to stop the wavering over the fact that He loves us. Stop and think for a minute: The reason He sent Jesus into this world was for us. He became a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus lived without sin and yet was punished and put to death, accused as a sinner. The punishment Jesus received that He did not deserve is the punishment you and I deserved that we will not receive. He did this for us and He did so while we were still sinners. In other words His love reached out to us before our sins were blotted out. How much more does He love us after He washed our sins away? These scriptures speak of that assurance of love and intent to our hearts:
1 John 3:16 ‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…”
Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Drawing closer to God with more of a confidence and assurance of His love is the only way to break the lies and doubts that He doesn’t love us. God wants us to draw closer to Him—not with apprehension, doubt and fear over whether He loves us, but with excitement over the fact that He does! As James 4:8 says, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.”
It’s critical for you to know just how much God loves you and how much good and blessing He desires to bring into your life. Without that assurance, it affects you and your faith. An assurance of His love builds your trust which then builds your faith. An assurance of His love is what gives us the courage to believe and trust Him. Faith is what brings God’s promises into your life.
In closing, read these powerful words of God’s love and promise to you. Though they were spoken in the time of Moses, He spoke them to bring assurance to you today. You are one of the thousand generations that He speaks of below. It’s powerful and offers you your assurance!
Deut. 7:7-9 “The Lord did not choose you and lavish His love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! It was simply because the Lord loves you, and because He was keeping the oath He had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such amazing power from your slavery under Pharaoh in Egypt. Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love Him and obey His commands.”
“Lavish His love on us…” Wow! He really loves us! Believe it today. Do what I do—pray: “Heavenly Father. I thank you so much that you love me and desire to lavish your love on my life. I declare that I have confidence in your love. I declare your love over me today. I will celebrate your love for me by asking you to bless everything I put my hand to and help me live for you today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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