Do you experience a unique kind of joy because of God’s love for you? If not, you aren’t alone. Often, we know of God but we don’t really know God. But it makes all the difference in fully experiencing God and His unfailing love for you!
Can You Feel God’s Love?
I keep seeing it. All ages. All backgrounds. It doesn’t belong to only one culture, one financial class, or one anything.
It’s common ground for all of us. Where our differences are immaterial. It’s where we can look into the eyes of the sister next to us and recognize a place of longing coming from the depths of her soul.
A longing that says,
I want to feel loved for simply being me. I want to stop searching and have this settled once and for all. No more wavering or questioning. No more entertaining the whispers of the enemy. I want to feel loved beyond the shadow of a doubt so that I may step out in confidence, taking risks, chasing dreams, and setting boundaries.
I think that longing presents itself differently in each of us. Some of us build walls tall and wide around our hearts and others may make repetitive poor relationship choices. When we long for love from the wrong sources, we experience a roller coaster of emotions and sadness that can snuff out our joy.
It is the search. The search for the “someone” or “something” that will make us feel complete. And in each of us, it is the pain when that “someone” hurts us or when the thrill of that “something” wears away.
Friend, that longing can only be met by God’s Love. We were created for it therefore we long for it. Our joy is found in it. This is when you can truly feel God’s love.
Why Is it Important to Know God’s Love for Me?
Whispers find their way into our thoughts. They confuse us and lie to us. Eventually, they will secure a foothold that causes a lot of trouble.
Where do you turn? Where do you look to validate your worth?
Your spouses? Friends? Careers? Possessions?
And often even your children.
If we really examine much of why we become frustrated or angry with our children, it is often because we believe their behavior reflects poorly upon us. Yes, we want our children to represent Jesus, their families, and themselves well. But we go wrong when we believe our worth as a parent is all wrapped up in our toddler who won’t sit still or our teen who has made a less-than-stellar choice.
Friends, I am there with you. I fall prey to those whispers. My heart has the same longing. I, too, hear the enemy whisper:
“You aren’t good enough.”
“You can’t do this.”
Or, “You fell short … again.”
“You are unlovable.”
That’s why it is important to know God’s love for me. His love tells me those thoughts are lies. God’s love tells me the Truth!
How Do I Truly Begin to Find Joy in God’s Love for Me?
We have a weapon against that negative kind of thinking. There is a truth bigger than any ugly whisper the enemy doles out. There is fulfillment for that deep longing in our souls.
So, I want us to join together, receive, and delight in the only Love that will fully satisfy the longings of our hearts.
Together, I want to tackle LOVE. A love beyond the surface and into the hearts of who we are. Into the heart of how very much we are loved.
Today, let’s challenge ourselves to STOP trying to fill the longing in our hearts with people and things. But instead, let’s fill our hearts with God’s love – the only Love big enough, pure enough, and perfect enough to cover our sins, give us hope, and set us free. Let’s find JOY in His love.
How Do I Participate in the 21-Day Challenge to Finding Joy in God’s Love?
1. Join me for all 4 posts to find joy in God’s love. There is one post per week of the challenge. Each post will give you 7 days worth of thought and Scripture.
Week 2: Grasping the depth of God’s love for us and how His love differs from all others. Hint: It’s radically different!
Week 3: Developing discipline in recognizing lies, praying against them, and replacing them with God’s unfailing words of truth and love. Hint: You can stop that stinkin’ thinkin’!
Week 4: 11 True Stories of Redeeming Love. Hint: The stories of others remind us we are not alone.
2. Each week, I will give you 7 Bible verses that correlate directly to the week’s truth.
3. Repeat the verses each day. Several times. The more the better.
4. Pray. Here is an example to help get the idea.
Heavenly Father, You are love. Your love is a vastness beyond our comprehension, but yet I look away from it and to the people and things in my life to fulfill the deepest longings of my heart and to fulfill my worth. Lord, please forgive me.
Make me aware of Your majesty. May my eyes be filled with the wonder of You and my heart be filled with the unconditional delight of Your love. Lord, I ask You to surround me with Your hedge of protection and fill me with wisdom and discernment so that I recognize lies and can replace them with truth. Lord, may Your Word be instilled within the deepest crevices of my mind, my heart, and my soul now and forever.
In Your precious and holy Name, I pray. The Name of Jesus. Amen
Let’s Get Started with Week One of the 21-Day Challenge to Find Joy in God’s Love!
Fully Knowing God
Our God is so powerful.
So majestic and mighty.
This truth is humbling. He is so much bigger and more wonderful than anything we can imagine. I think of a beautiful sunset, powerful ocean waves, and mountains that the strongest of people struggle to climb. I think of the moment a new life is born and the moment a loved one leaves this earth. Profound. Breathtaking moments of joy and pain.
But our God is the God over it all. He’s the master artist and the giver and taker of life.
How can we not be humbled in His presence?
Until we can fully fathom the depth and breadth of Him, we cannot possibly grasp the depth of His love and thus not truly find joy in it.
Bible Verses About God’s Love
The scriptures I chose this week are those that simply reveal the wonder of God. The wonder that can leave us weak-kneed, drop-jawed, and speechless. Friends, our God is so great big and so powerful. Once we grasp that and then comprehend His love, we have no choice but to be moved and transformed!
O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? –Deuteronomy 3:24 NIV
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. –Deuteronomy 10:17 NIV
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. -Hebrews 13:8 ESV
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. -Isaiah 40:28 ESV
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. -Job 12:7-10 ESV
These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power? -Job 26:14 NLT
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension! -Psalm 147:5 NLT
Praying You Through the Challenge
Finally, friend, I pray God uses these words for His good. That He may walk you deeper in your relationship with Him and give you the joy and peace that comes from His unconditional love.
If I can pray for you along the way, I would be honored. I always love to connect with you whether by comments, email, or social media.
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