His Prevailing Love for YOU

True confession: When I was a kid and people told me “God loves you,” it didn’t make me feel special because I knew God loved everybody. I would almost get angry at these well meaning people telling me that God loved me. People said it so much just like “I’m praying for you” that something got lost in the meaning – for ME.  Don’t get me wrong, I was glad He loved me and I knew some people actually did pray for me.

God loves everybody. He really does. The truth is even though there are billions of people, He loves each of us as individuals,  personal and as intimate as we desire our relationship with Him to be. The choice is ours to draw near to Him. When we seek Him He draws near to us. He is waiting for us to make that step towards Him.

Being a child of God is a pure love and greater privilege than any relationship on earth. I used to always proclaim my love for Him but truly it is all about Him loving me. After all He is Almighty God and I am just one of the billions of people He created. He knows me and still loves me! He gave His Son Jesus to die so me and you can choose everlasting life that holds promise to a life beyond our imaginations filled with peace, love and joy unspeakable.

I am not belittling our relationships on earth at all as they too can be beautiful and fulfilling but none like our relationship with the LORD. The more I study the life of Jesus and His relationships recorded in the Bible combined with my own personal experience with the LORD, the more His love for me amazes me.

One of my favorite stories is when Mary Magdalene was at the empty tomb of Jesus on the morning of His Resurrection. According to John, Mary Magdalene was at the tomb while it was still dark and saw the stone rolled away. The disciples came but went back home. The following is what happens next:

John 20:11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in [a]Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

Yes, He loves everyone but not everyone IS the same.  It is beautiful when Jesus spoke Mary’s name she recognized Him. Mary Magdalene followed Jesus even to the cross.  Of all the things Jesus could of said He chose to say her name in the loving way she would recognize. He didn’t say I just came from defeating death, hell and the grave or where is everyone else? He said, “Mary!” Can you imagine the Joy and the love that was in the garden during those moments when Mary Magdalene recognizes her Lord Jesus!! I can only imagine.

Millions of women and men are searching for love in all the wrong places. Would it be good to be married to one who seeks after God.  Absolutely, I think it would -but no relationship on earth will ever fulfill the longing we have, the void in our hearts for a relationship with our Creator God through Jesus Christ.  Jesus’s life purpose was driven by God’s unconditional  passionate love and plan to make a way for us to have a relationship with Him…forever. If you do not know Jesus as your personal LORD and Savior now is the time. Please email me or visit http://www.searchforjesus.net

May we grasp the Truth that we are or can belong to The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY whose loves us without ceasing…

Romans 8:37-39 (NASB)

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Almighty God loves YOU with a Prevailing LOVE. He proved it over 2000 years ago.

 

 

 

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HOPE That Does Not Change

Brothers in armsWhere can you find peace in a world of chaos? Where do you search for hope when your life is falling apart? Do you want to know that you KNOW that even in the midst of this seemingly floundering world that everything really is going to be more okay? The good news is that it shall come to pass if you are born from above (accept Christ as your LORD and personal Savior) that your future could not be better. It is the Prevailing Hope that you can totally rely on because it is The Word of God.

In the Word of God (King James Version) the phrase “and it came to pass” is used over 400 times.  The first time is in Gen. 4:3 “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.” The last time in the Word of God “and it came to pass” is in 1 Thes. 3:4  “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.” Whereas in Rev. 1:1  the Word says “it shortly will come to pass.”

When you are in  the midst of turmoil, in agony from physical or emotional pain it may seem like it will never end. The Truth is whatever you are facing in life shall “come to pass,” in time. Every thing changes in this world except the WORD of God and His promises.  The struggles I have today will not be struggles 40 years from now for it this struggle will come to pass.  Even the good times we have in life also come to pass. I have been with friends who I wish we never had to part because we have fun and enjoy each others company. These times come to pass leaving behind good memories. Day changes into night, night changes into day, days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years and one day it seems we wake up wondering how we changed so much!

The LORD God changes not. Our Hope can be put fully upon His Word because His Word doesn’t change.

The list of trustworthy people with authority and who have power on earth in my opinion is few. The ONE we can trust is King of kings and LORD of lords. His Word is Truth and hundreds of the prophecies of His Word have already came to pass. There are a few promises yet to be fulfilled. He is coming back soon.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
Jesus is the world’s Prevailing HOPE.  He came not to condemn the world but save the world. John 3:17  He came to give us the choice of choosing Life or Death. When we choose Life,  Our future is bright regardless of any hardship or extreme painful experiences you or I are having now as…these things shall also come to pass.
So what awaits the believer when h/she departs this earthly body or when the LORD returns? What I believe about Heaven is what is written in the Word of God…

1 Cor. 2:9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Ps. 16:11  You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This is a word picture that I relate too because I have a dog that responds exactly like this.

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Sustaining Joy

Ever wonder how some people have a joy about them even when everything seems against them? Then there are people who seem to have it all yet always complain and seem depressed! What makes the difference? Why are some totally devastated when their car breaks down yet another whose home was destroyed by a hurricane has an amazingly quiet inner peace and sustaining joy?

You will know a true follower of Jesus Christ by the way they live, and respond to difficult and challenging issues. The same is true of someone who is a church goer with no real relationship with the LORD. They are usually focused on self, consumed by their circumstances and live by how they feel rather than staying focused on a greater purpose of fulfilling their destiny in Christ. Knowing the LORD brings joy and the Word of God says for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Composite image of valentines coupleRemember being in love and all you looked forward to was seeing that special person? It didn’t matter how you felt because as soon as that person showed up everything was okay and you had joy unspeakable! A relationship with a person rarely produces a forever sustaining joy  because we are human and ultimately will let each other down at some time. BUT when we have true fellowship with the LORD this Joy is sustained because He never fails.  The key to sustaining joy in this world -for me, is knowing the reason of my Hope and knowing in Whom I believe. It is that simple. The LORD desires “whosoever will” (choose) –to know Him. Knowing Him gives sustaining joy nothing in this life can steal. Neither disease, not death, not ISIS, nor even a nuclear bomb has the power to steal our joy. Sustaining Joy comes from being intimately involved in an everlasting relationship with Almighty God through Jesus Christ. My future is in His hands so why should I fear?

Hebrews 12:2   fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Know what the joy set before Jesus was? It was doing the Father’s will. The Joy set before Him was knowing that “it is finished” at Calvary’s Cross, making The Way for you to become a child of God (which was God’s plan throughout history) became a reality.

Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

There is a sustaining Joy knowing the LORD. The only way to have this Joy is to get to KNOW JESUS.portrait of jesus holding the world