This week itâ€™s about picking up and receiving how God loves us. God loves you. God loves me. How extra-ordinary is that??!!
I am kneeling in prayer before our Heavenly Father. As His children, His family, we who are here on earth and those in heaven get our name, our very identity from Him. I pray that our Father will, from His abundance, bless you with strength and power in your spirit, through His Holy Spirit, so that Jesus may live in your hearts through faith. I also pray that you, grounded in a foundation of love, may have the capacity with all the saints to grab on to how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus, the Messiah, and to know that Jesusâ€™ love will always surpass your ability to know it! I pray that you may be filled with all that the Father wants to give you just because He loves you so much. Ephesians 3:14-19 (my paraphrase)
Iâ€™ve received two emails this week that shared thoughts about how God has expressed His love to them. Itâ€™s great to hear from you! It made me feel better that both of these people had some of the same thoughts that I do: â€œI did____ for God.â€ â€œIâ€™ve been fasting for 5 days!â€ How do I pray God back for ALL that He has done for me? Oh I want to give back! I really do! Now before I start making lists and getting into a religious ritual â€“ letâ€™s see what Jesus says:
Then they asked him, â€œWhat must we do to do the works God requires?â€
Jesus answered, â€œThe word of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.â€
John 6:28-29 (NIV)
Thatâ€™s it. Just believe in Jesus. Simple not just easy. Enter into worship this Sabbath and think about Godâ€™s love. Worship Him.