Perfect Love

For God so loved the world HE gave His only begotten SON that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life John 3:16

The more I recite this verse SLOWLY meditating on each segment, I can see the action of God’s perfect love for me.  You see a glimpse of this love in Genesis 22:1-24. when Abraham is told to offer his one and only son whom he loved as a burnt offering to God. 

(Did you know this is the first place the word love is used in the Bible?)

To love a child so much.  One who had not done any harm to anyone.  A child of he and Sarah’s senior years.  They had longed for a child for long that it had become humanly impossible for them to conceive. BUT God… God loved Abraham and gave him the desire of his heart.  Not just an heir, but a son whom he loved with every fiber of his being. Can you imagine the bond that must have formed between Abraham and Isaac?  My heart just aches for him in this moment.

But…then…just I think there isn’t anymore to see!  I see a man, Abraham, who loves God so much he was willing to give, sacrifice the best he had to show God that their relationship was his priority. You don’t see him haggle with God, however, you do see his submission, obedience, humility and most of all His love for God 

Fast forwarding, Isaac is now on the altar tied up as the lamb for the burnt offering (Look right here, if you look closely in the scriptures, it shown, although not stated with words.) Isaac loves Abraham so much, he trusts him.  He seems as meek as the lamb that would be sacrificed. Look at the amazing infinite circle of love.  One in which each does their part to grow that love.  As Abraham learns to love God more, he learns to trust him more.  Abrahams level of faith is remarkable to say the least.  It is one which is a product of the love he has for Him.  Great Love = Great Faith (at least in this testimony).

Abraham loved so much he was willing to give, not wanting to withhold anything from Him… Even his son.

Going forward in time, we see another Father who has a love for His Son whom He gave as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.  This sacrifice was the only way to cover the sins of his children and bring them back in to relationship with Him.

We, you and I are the children He pursued.  His actions, which were set in place since the beginning of time, always had us in mind.  What patience and long suffering He displayed waiting for the divine moment.  The perfect time.  He could have just said I love you, but He did not just say it with a tender period at the end.  God shouted it with an exclamation point!   I love you.  He shouted with His only begotten Son hanging on the cross for all the world to see. He demonstrated it by allowing a part of Himself to be sacrificed. And we see a Son who loved His Father and was willing to be the sacrifice the “exclamation point” of His love. The love of mankind is front and center. 

Can you feel this perfect love?  Can you feel a love that runs so deep, the words from John 3:16 seem to be invigorating to you? “For God… so loved… the world… that He gave… His only begotten Son…, that whoever… believes in Him will not perish… but have eternal life.”

A love that is patient, kind, not jealous, bears ALL things, believes ALL things, and endures ALL things (1 Corinthians 13).  A love that provides an eternal life with Him if will come back to His loving arms and walk in His ways. A love that sacrificed ALL FOR ALL.

There is still so much to say, and I know I have left so much out, please forgive me.  I pray that what was laid on my heart will be a blessing to some one else. 

Happy Valentine’s Day Beloved of God

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Provision & Perspective

Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”  
Genesis 22:14

Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”  Genesis 22:14

Major life decisions are very rarely easy to make.  They stretch your faith and show you what is in you. (Disclaimer: it will also show what is inside of those you seek counsel from.  So, be ready!)  It can be a stressful time.  Feelings of fear, anxiety, restlessness, begin to run rampant.  You realize that you do know how to meditate…on all the wrong things.  Being shifted from your comfort zone to what seems to be a bigger burden (to the natural eye) than where you already are, can cause you to be stagnant.

Well, this is what has been happening to me over the last few weeks.  As I sat in my car talking with the LORD, I shared what was on my heart. Here are a few of them:

  • The frustrations of being in familiar places that were no good for me spiritually.
  • Desire for more but less keeps showing up
  • Peace from inner turmoil that goes back years.  It shows up occasionally, and I am tired of it!
  • Lack of support in ministry.

Once I finished spilling out the cares of my heart, I became quiet and waited for His response.  In a very still small voice I heard “God will provide.”  He reminded me of these things in reference to my concerns.

  • You say you are frustrated with being in familiar places that are not good for you.  Remember you need to be confident that I who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

  • You say you desire more but less keeps showing up.  I never promised you riches, wealth, titles or status here in this temporary place. Nor did I promise you a life of ease. I have not withheld Myself from you. When you sought Me with all of your heart, I let you find Me (Jeremiah 29:13). When you found Me and abided with Me, you were blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1).  Remember, hard times does not always mean bad decisions or poor choices.  They can produce things in you that can not be received any other way. “Exult in your tribulations, knowing tribulations brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope and hope does not disappoint, because God has been poured out in your hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1-5).

  • You say you have no peace because of the inner turmoil that shows up every once and a while.  Years ago, you were consumed with it and now it comes every once and a while…  You used to relive the same situations every day all day.  See your progress. Do not despise the day of small beginnings.  When the thoughts come Philippians 4:8 them – “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  Toss out the bad thoughts, then meditate on things you are to dwell on.    BUT BE CAREFUL, your lack of peace reflects a lack of trust in Me and My will for your life.  The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).  Trust Me so you can rest in Me.

  • You say you have a lack of support in the things I have called you to do.  Not your will, but MY will be done.  I will supply ALL your needs according to My riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Your support doesn’t look the way you think it should look but look through My eyes. (At that point faces and names began to flood my heart and mind).  I sat in awe and began to cry.

His final word on the conversation was, “As long as you remain in ME, in My presence, in the secret place…in the mount, everything will be provided (Genesis 22:14).  Trust Me with all your heart and DO NOT lean on your own understanding.  Acknowledge Me in all your ways and I will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

I had to repent and ask Him to forgive me.  The ministry of remembrance is a beautiful one.  He ministered to my needs and pain through scriptures that are already in me.  He already knows what is in us!!!

How many of you have had a similar experience? What effect did it have on the situation you were dealing with?

As I looked at the scriptures, He selected to speak to me through, Philippians showed up a few times.  We (in the Precept Bible Study I attend) started 2019 with studying this book (5 weeks left). I believe He is also telling me to rejoice in all things and I will not find myself “in this space” too long.  I must choose the perspective I take in every situation no matter how it looks.  What a wonderful Father we have.  If you do not know Him,  please get to know Him.  

 I love you God!  Thank you for loving me enough not to leave me to myself.

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