Filled With Awe - 11 May 2021
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” - 1 Peter 1:8-9
In the famous hymn, The Love of God, Frederick M. Lehman wrote, “The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell; it goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell.” We are designed to be continually awed by the wondrous works of our heavenly Father. So great is his love for us that all the ink and paper in the world couldn’t adequately describe the depths of his mercies toward his children. So infinite is his nature that the fastest vessel could never reach the ends of his heart. And so powerful is his affection that we as his children will never be able to stop singing his praise.
Do you feel awed by God today? Is your heart wrapped up in the unfathomable goodness of his grace? Being filled with inexpressible joy is the natural response to seeing how truly good God is in comparison to how truly broken we are. Joy is meant to be the overflow of true, tangible relationship with a God who would lay down his own life solely because he desperately longed for restored relationship with us.
You are so very loved, friends!
PS - When I watch and hear the news regarding the spiritual direction of our nation and culture, it can be discouraging to say the least. However, God is not asleep. He is working and seeking those who will join Him in bringing the good news of His Kingdom to the world.
I have recently learned of a group of Christ-followers that are seeing amazing things as God accomplishes what He intends. Their story is inspirational and gives me hope that we might see a great awakening to God's love and grace here in this country. I encourage you to see what is going on in places where you might be surprised to know what is happening. If you are interested, please go to the web site, SheepAmongWolves.world. Watch the video if the same name and let it inspire you as it has me and others.
First Saturday of the month. 8AM
God wants to deal with our hearts.
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
Well, what is that? When we see the word “heart” in the Bible, it is referring to that real person who lives behind the façade that most of us have built for ourselves. Our hearts are the center of our intellect; our emotions; our will; and desires among others. In short, it is the real “me.” I like to say, “It is the guy who answers when I talk to myself.”
Our hearts are supremely important.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Everything we do flows from our hearts. Everything. Love, hate, anger, fear, generosity…all our plans, work, relationships…
And, we must guard it carefully.
The problem is, most of us have had our hearts mishandled at different points in time. Perhaps our parents hurt our hearts. Maybe a friend or lover. Maybe a pastor. Some were intentional, others were not. But they left their wounds and scars. And now, we have to function from that heart. And that includes how we “deal with” God.
With a bruised and battered heart, most of us learn to cope. We build a wall around it. We may simply ignore it. We may try to escape through a myriad of addictions that “separate us” from our hearts. But all of these ignore the real problem. God wants to deal with our hearts.
The answer is found in honesty. You and I must acknowledge that we have “guarded” our hearts in the wrong way. God loves you and I, the REAL you and I.
And here is the coolest thing: He wants to heal our hearts and give us abundant life from that heart.
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. Matthew 13:15
Let’s be honest today. Honesty is the foundation for encountering God, loving others, experiencing abundant life, and doing eternally good works. Admit to God that your heart is wounded. Let Him take you to those places for healing. Write down what He tells you.
Friends, this may hurt a bit – to go back to a painful place in your life – but it will bring healing if you let God take you there. He loves us. He will be tender and merciful.
And as we are healed, we are changed. We will find His love to be more than we ever thought available. From that place we will begin to see others with the eyes of Jesus and love them as He does.
Let’s stop pretending. Your life depends on it. And, by the way, others’ lives do too.
"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
We believe that there is nothing more important to man than to be reconciled to God through His Son. We want to know Jesus more and more and to help others do likewise. We desire to be obedient and Christlike by being doers of the Word and not just hearers only (James 1:22). We want to be salt and light to the world by following the Luke 4 mandate where Jesus describes His ministry. We will seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit at all times as He leads us into the specifics of our ministry work. We will work from our Spiritual gifts and calling with a servant attitude doing all of this to bring glory to God and not ourselves. And we will be intentional in working to resolve spiritual, relational, and material poverty in our community and anywhere else where we may have influence.
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