Lately, I have been meditating on the mindfulness of God. I am just awestruck by the fact that the God of all creation cares about little old you and me in all of our fault and weakness. How could He know the mess we are and yet still desire to know us intimately? He is not like man. He doesn’t delight in our error or sin. He doesn’t highlight our imperfections and criticize our every action. The fact that He knows all of that ANYWAY and still cares very deeply about us amazes me. He knows our thoughts from afar even when they are farthest from His and our actions aren’t in alignment with His principles. Yet, the lens through which He sees us remains focused on what we shall become in Him. He loves us into our purpose and concerns Himself with what concerns us. Who are we that He would love us so profoundly? Who are we that He would go to such great lengths to pursue us and restore us unto Himself? I don’t have the answer to that question. In fact, I think our inability to quantify and fully comprehend the magnitude of His love for us is what makes His love story so beautiful. Nevertheless, I just wanted to remind you today that you are on His mind and He loves you dearly.
Isaiah 43:4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Exodus 19:5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 John 4:9-10 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Matthew 18:12 MSG Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers.
Deuteronomy 28: 2-142 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Titus 2: 13-14 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Romans 3:24 “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus. t
1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.”
Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”
Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
Psalm 111:9 “He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.”
Ephesians 1:7-8 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.”
1 Corinthians 6:20“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Jeremiah 1:5, NIV Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
John 15:16, ESV You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Ephesians 1:3-4, NLT All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
Isaiah 43:1,ESV But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Romans 8:28-29, NLT And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Deuteronomy 14:2, NIV for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession. (Amen!)
1 Peter 2:9, KJV “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal Priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shewed forth the praises of him, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
Lately, I have been meditating on the unconditional love of God. Why? Because there have been times in my life when I didn’t necessarily feel the love of God, or I equated the lack of love I felt from man to that of God. If we aren’t careful, we can easily allow what we experience with man to cloud our view of who and how God is. That is one of the biggest mistakes we could ever make because God is not like man. He and His word are constant. God is unfailing. He loves us externally and without reservation.
The truth is we are the ones that are fallible and inconsistent. The truth is we are unstable in all our ways when our lives are void of God and His Spirit. When we look at our lives and don’t like what we see, we tend to blame everyone else instead of seeking the one who can restore us. Why do we do that? Because it takes alot to be honest with ourselves and admit our faults or failures. Additionally, it requires some work on our behalf and deep soul searching to become restored. However, we were not created to bear our burdens alone. God knows what we have done and will do. He knows what our weaknesses are. God knows our proclivities. He knows our secrets, the words we say, and the thoughts we think. God knows. Yet, He still loves us despite us. Is that an excuse for us to continue in sin or fail to do the work needed to become more like Him? No, it does not; but it does provide us an opportunity to be restored with His help and direction.
Romans 6: 1-2 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Due to the rejection of man and sometimes our shame, it is hard for us to accept that we have a Father who chooses and delights in loving us, His children, in all our imperfections. However, it is true. He wants to commune with us. He wants to walk through the darkness with us. He chooses to accept us as we are all while believing we will eventually walk in the purpose and identity He intended for us. Why? Because that’s what raw, unconditional, pure, eternal, and heavenly love does.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Are you wondering if God still loves you even after all you’ve done and your poor decisions? YES. He does. He STILL loves you. He STILL loves us.
He ALWAYS will.
Romans 8:35-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Offended, Inability to form meaningful relationships, Stony (impenetrable to the word of God and wise counsel), Calloused, Unable to love genuinely, Lacks empathy, Incapable of making a sound judgment without being overly emotional
Broken, Unhealthy heart
Issues of life can leave our hearts broken and unhealthy. The state of the world adds fuels the fire because we are surrounded by so much negativity. If we aren’t careful, our hearts can become molded by outward carnal influence instead of positive spiritual influence. The things we experience can shape our perspective and hinder our ability to love. I know this all too well. I’ve experienced plenty of heartache in my life. Some time ago, I found myself wounded and in a place, I thought I would never be in. As a result, I became leery of people. I didn’t want to be involved with anything that involved connecting with others. This was unlike me because I have always been a very relational person. Yet, I found myself putting up walls that would ensure that my heart would be safe from any future trauma. I began to push people away and categorize them. I stopped sharing intimate parts of my life and was very careful about who I communicated with. For a while, I was so overtaken by my emotions that my responses were quite impulsive and I was unable to make sound decisions void of my feelings. It was a slow fade. The process started inwardly and gradually seeped into other areas of my life. I lost interest in anything that involved people. I decided to focus solely on my family and my immediate circle. There was no longer a desire to invest and build any other relationships. In my mind, it became obvious that the general standard of loyalty differed greatly from mines. Throughout this process, I felt a spiritual disconnect and I knew the reason why. I had allowed my hurt to change my heart. Also, I had left room for anger and other unhealthy things to come in. I knew I had to do something.
What did I do? I went to the Father and laid it all on the table. I was honest about my feelings and the state I was in. I told Him all about my hurt and how I allowed it to change me. I also had spiritually strong friends who helped me navigate through my emotions and to share my heart with. They held me accountable when I didn’t want to forgive and address my issues. It became ugly at times but I had to get my healing. I began to pray Psalm 139:23-24, ” Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”. I had to give the Great Physician permission to perform open-heart surgery on me and the work started. He began to show me the state of my heart. It was worse than I thought. I knew the only way for me to restore its health was to do my part and be transparent with the Lord. I also had to keep my mind on good and positive things. Constantly, my spirit was fed the word of God and I continued to speak it over myself until my heart began to change.
The Prognosis (Outcome):
Heart issues can greatly affect our relationship with God and spiritual growth. Sometimes, we can be unaware that a problem exists. Therefore, we must constantly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal those deep, hidden things to us. Once revelation occurs, we have to willing to be honest and take responsibility for our role in our own destruction. Since then, I have continued the internal work. Although I am not quite where I would like to be, I am grateful for the progress made. I want to have a heart that is malleable to the word of God and full of love. I want to be able to freely give of myself without reservation and think clearly. Currently, I am still recovering. God is answering my prayers daily and my healing is continuing. I am getting better and learning a lot about myself as a person. Most importantly, I am growing in my relationship with Him.
Friends, our Father knows what it means to be broken. Our broken hearts aren’t a surprise to Him. Psalm 51:17 tells us that He will not despise our broken and contrite hearts. He invites us to come and bring our brokenness to Him so He can heal us to wholeness. When I think of our Father waiting on us, I envision a surgeon in His surgical attire who has just scrubbed in and put His gloves on. He is standing with hands up ready for us to lie down on the table. Once we lie down in humble submission, the work begins. I can see the nurse, the Holy Spirit, in the room. He is passing the Father all the right instruments to get the job done and monitoring our vitals as well as our progress the entire time. Don’t you know that the Father is ready to perform open-heart surgery and remove anything that is stopping our hearts from functioning the way He intended? He wants us to love the way He loves and be free to experience the fullness of Him.
Our God is the one who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
Have you ever felt as if you knew someone based solely on what you have heard without ever meeting them? I have. Such can be problematic due to the error that comes with human communication. Ultimately, the best thing would be for us to get to know someone ourselves. The same was true back in the day of Jesus. Many people had heard about Him by word of mouth. Yet, those that came to know Him for themselves were the ones whose lives were truly changed.
Yes, they heard of the miracles He had performed. Yes, they heard of His teachings. As a result, some were intrigued and wanted to learn more about Him. Likewise, others used the stories they heard to persecute Him. Today, we see the same thing happening in the world around us. Some still doubt Him simply because they believe in only what they see. In John 20:29, Jesus tells the disciples, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Why? Because it is only by faith that we can receive the gift of salvation and come to know Him as the only, true Savior. These stories should increase our faith in Him and be powerful tools to share the gospel with others. The beauty of His story is that it does not change. Its power does not diminish or take away from who He is. His story reaches its fullest potential when we make it ours and lead lives that lift Him and draw others to Him.
John 12: 32 KJV And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Yes, we have heard of Him healing the sick and raising the dead. Has He been a healer to you? If so, you know Him in an even more personal way that has made Him real to you. That is the power of the gospel. It IS NOT just stories. Romans 1:16 tells us that “it is the power of God unto salvation for all those who believe”.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Therefore, we SHALL NOT be ashamed to share it with as many people as possible. Do not sit down on His word and what He has done for you! Let it come alive in our life so it may come to life for someone else.