Archive for September, 2011

The evidence supporting the lie that you are unloved can be overwhelming. It can come from almost anywhere or anyone. It can pile up so high around you that it’s all you can see or feel. That doesn’t make it true! It just makes it a bigger lie.

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The Lie

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized
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You are not loved and no one really cares about you. Just take note today that that is a complete lie.

As followers of God, sin no longer separates us from Him but clouds us from Him for the moment. We get to choose how long the moment is. We need to turn back to Him immediately not take our punishment into our own hands and prolong the cloudiness. This only causes us to feel more unloved which leads to more clouds.

“For this the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” There is no sin that we have to commit. With Jesus there is always a way out, it’s our choice. Are we going to choose self, what we think we want or need or are we going to choose God? The choice is usually much clearer than we like to believe.

It seems to me that there is only one sin: pride or putting ourselves before God and others. The endless lists of “sins” are all rooted in pride. Our struggle both here and in the spiritual realm is against self. Satan’s sin was the same as ours and he likes nothing better than to encourage us to be like him instead of being like Christ.

In Deed

Posted: September 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
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We can’t be all talk: “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” The perspective we mentioned yesterday, trusting that Jesus not only did but will do whatever it takes for us, is our confidence.

In the times I feel like I’m not getting what I need or what I want, I get perspective back from the cross. I see Jesus there giving His all to me. How can I be truly be thankful for His ultimate sacrifice and ask for just a little more of whatever it is I think I’m lacking?

So what are some of the implications of knowing how much God loves you? How about never feeling unloved again? Feeling accepted and confident in who you are? Being so secure you don’t have to find the faults in others in order to feel better about yourself? Love, joy, peace…

The amazing life we talked about yesterday is so much better if we share the fantastic news and what it means with others. It is not just for us. We can’t sit in church each week thinking someday we’ll be ready. God’s love and our beautiful eternal life with Him are all this desperate world not only needs but wants.