Yes, Jesus Loves You!

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“Yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me for the bible tells me so.” Those lyrics are some of the first lyrics we hear and learn as children. We sing the song, learn the tune and as we grow up and become worldly wise – we forget them.

The truth is that many Christians do not truly believe that God loves them. They say the words, sing the songs and read the scriptures but in their heart of hearts doubt, fear and guilt rob them of the truth God gave them when they first believed.

Paul the apostle said that he was convinced [persuaded, committed to believing] that nothing would or could separate us from God’s love.

Romans 8:38-39 New Living Translation

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You see Paul had grabbed hold to the truth of who Jesus Christ really was. Jesus Christ was God’s love made flesh. Sin had separated mankind from God and through the death of Christ Jesus God reconciled [healed the breech] between us and him; further, he chose us, called us, made us righteous and gave unto us his blessed glory – all as a result of Christ’s death. Hallelujah to God!

Isaiah said that it pleased God to crush his Son, for us. Think about that. It pleased Him to crush his very own Son for a world of sinners. Men and women who not only did not know who he was but didn’t care and when they were told the truth they mocked and rejected him – and yet Christ died, for us.

Imagine this, a mother removes her suckling child from her breast, she hands him over to a vile and wretched beast and watches him die a cruel and agonizing death for the sake of someone who hates her and she does so with pleasure.

The image is brutal isn’t it? But it is in effect just what God did for our sake. He sent his pure and holy Son to a world filled with sin to endure suffering and shame to die for a people who desired his death.

God’s love for us is boundless and completely awe-inspiring.

The Creator of the universe, the God that calls the stars to come out one by one and by name; the God who causes the tide to come in and go out; the God who has the sun to rise in the morning and the moon to rise at night; the God who causes the earth to spin on its axis, the planets of the universe to align and spin and exist – that very same God chose us to love.

Ephesians 1:4-5 New Living Translation

4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

God loved you, that’s right you, before he created the world. Loving you pleases God and there’s nothing you can do to stop Him! Oh praise the name of the Living God!

Romans 8:29-30 New Living Translation

29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

God loved you before time began and then he chose you – from out of all the world’s population – to call unto himself, to fill with his Holy Spirit and to give you his glory and he did so with ‘great pleasure’.

Grasping a hold to God’s love for us is the key to all other principles and promises in the scriptures. (Matthew 22:36-40) We must receive His love, love him in return, maintain our love and faith in Him and stand on the promises of God until the end. Receiving and maintaining our belief in God’s love for us is vital to our victory and our faith. Satan knows this which is why he works so hard to separate us from God.

Understand, we can separate ourselves from fellowship with God but we can never separate ourselves from Him or His love.

Matthew 28:20 (b) ESV

“…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

God will never withdraw his love from us. No matter what!

Beloved of God, do you know that Jesus loves you? Do you really believe it? I encourage you to resist answering quickly instead examine your heart and be sure. If you don’t believe his love don’t beat yourself up. You’re not alone. The enemy of our faith has worked the same doubt into the hearts of many believers, including myself. I used to believe God saved me because of my mother’s prayer! Not because He really loved me.

Why on earth (or heaven) would God love me? That was my thought pattern in the past BUT God! Oh how great thou art! God came to me over and over and over again and with patience and tender love He wooed me, romanced me and drowned me, surrounded me and completely overwhelmed me with his love to the point that I had no choice but to except it! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

My sister, my brother, I encourage you to read the love letter God has written for his people. Explore its treasures, its promises and the many instances God expresses his love for us and you will once again be able to sing the childhood song, “Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes! Jesus loves me for the bible tells me so!”


Hymn by William Batchelder Bradbury

Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong—
They are weak, but He is strong.

Refrain
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me—He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

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Blossom and Rejoice!

The Son brings life to a desert land.

The Son brings life to a desert land.

Isaiah 35 NIV

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10     and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Be encouraged beloved – God is with us and if we hold on we will inherit the great promise: Heaven!
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Psalm 130 – Of Patient Faith

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Original Image: Daniel Nanescu @ SplitShire.com

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”

Psalm 130:5-6 ESV

Queen of Sheba: The Woman Who Saw God’s Glory

Queen of Sheba: The Woman Who Saw God's Glory

Queen of Sheba: The Woman Who Saw God’s Glory

“Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”

The Queen of Sheba saw the glory of God displayed through King Solomon’s splendor and wisdom. She recognized the great love the living God has for his people and paid him tribute by blessing the kingdom he so loved with treasures the greatness of which no one had ever seen.

The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon were, I’m sure, arrayed in fine apparel and carried much authority. But no one is greater than our God!

Questions to Ponder: Is the glory of God being displayed in my life? How am I passing on the blessings that God has granted me to others? Am I paying tribute to God for his love and his great mercies?

Which God are You Serving?

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What do we envision when we think about an idol? Usually we imagine an image carved out of wood, melted from iron or molded from clay overlaid with silver and gold. The truth is anything or anyone that we esteem, reverence, praise or love more than God can become an idol.

This is not only true for the world in general but it is also true for Christians.

We may not have an image in our homes or churches but what about the person we have placed upon a pedestal, thinking of them more highly than we ought to? Placing them on the same level with God is to make them an idol.  Perhaps that person is a Man of God, or a sister or brother in Christ who seems to be on a spiritual level that we haven’t yet reached. If we’re not careful we can come dangerously close to worshipping the creature more than our creator.

Dear hearts the angels in heaven took their eyes off God and shifted their loyalty to a fellow angel, Lucifer – that’s right, Satan. Do you know what happened to them?

God kicked them out of heaven!

Before Satan convinced these angels to follow him he idolized his self. He was puffed up with pride; it gave him a false sense of power. He was so full of his self that he failed to see the truth – what power he had came from God!

His fate should teach us never to focus on ourselves too much: “Me, Myself and I” is a disease we can ill afford to contract.

We can learn this truth from just about anyone even Satan! His fall can teach us to avoid foolish self-seeking notions as well as things we should not do, goals we should not aspire to reach. His example reminds us to stay humble. We are not to love ourselves more than we love God.

Mark 12:30 (NIV)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

This is the first commandment. It’s at the top of the list for a reason and it should prompt us to ask where does God truly stand in our lives? On the side of us where we can take a quick glance at him and keep going? Does He stand uncomfortably between us and an idol that we admire more than him? Perhaps he stands so far behind us until we’ve forgotten his presence altogether?

Dear hearts shouldn’t he stand in front of us? It’s where he belongs. Imagine his loving eyes upon us watching as his beloved children praise, worship and glorify his holy name. Oh what great mercy God has toward us! His patience goes beyond our comprehension and his love for us has to be deeper than any sea and wider than any ocean.

Just writing these words put such a smile on my face – I love our Lord! Oh yes I do!

If we love God the way we are supposed to he’ll reign forever on the throne of our hearts. That’s where he wants to sit. He bled, suffered and died for us to sit there. Don’t dethrone him for an idol.

I had to learn this truth – God is the only sovereign. Years ago, out of ignorance I’d created an idol. It was a long time before I realized what I’d done and it took God to help me to spiritually tear that idol down.

We are to respect, love and help each other when needed and we’re also to obey our spiritual leaders (those to whom God has given his authority) however Paul told the church in Corinth to follow him as he followed Christ. (I Corinthians 11:1)

He did not say, ‘Make me your idol and place me on a pedestal!’ Yet there were some who, if not for his humility, would have done just that. I use this example out of respect for all the unsuspecting ones who have been made an idol by some misguided soul. Most of the time these would-be idols are not aware that they are being looked upon with such admiration and thought of so highly. And in such cases if they were to be asked I’m sure they would place Christ before themselves just as Paul did.

But there are some cases where the individual is not only aware of their idolized status but encourages it! Dear hearts be cautious if you ever encounter anyone who wants to be praised, idolized or receives adulation fit only for God. If they are made of flesh and blood, or even if they be an angel, they do not deserve your praise! That honor is reserved for God Almighty and him alone! If you encounter anyone who willingly accepts God’s glory do what Joseph did – run and don’t look back!

I John 5:20-21 (NIV)

“We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”

I’ve come to learn that when we make idols out of others our expectation of them is far greater than what God expects from them. He sees them for who they are:  they are finite, limited in power. Our God is the only infinite one in heaven and on earth.

Exodus 20:3-6 (NIV)

“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate me but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Dear ones, when our God teaches us we are well taught. Save your praise for the one who saves and give your best love to the one who loves you most.

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I am Chosen for a Purpose and I Can’t be Cursed!

You are Chosen and You Can't be Cursed!

You are Chosen and You Can’t be Cursed!

“Curse me a people.” This is what the King of Moab wished of a greedy prophet. He wanted him to curse a people who threatened to over-run his land. As a result of his fear of loss and invasion he gathered to him neighboring kingdoms and set about instilling the same fear in them. Together they beseeched the prophet for hire, Balaam to curse the children of Israel, who were also the children of God.

The story though old is one that has been told and played out through the ages of time. From Satan to Abel, from the sons of Jacob to the Pharaoh of Egypt, the enemies of God have, and will continue to try, to ‘curse’ the chosen of God.

But there is another prophet, the prophet Isaiah, who declared the words of the Lord, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”

There is no weapon that is formed to destroy the chosen of God that will ever prosper!

Take a moment to really consider that.

The weapon of lack – can’t prosper. The weapon of sickness – can’t prosper. The weapon of low self-esteem – can’t prosper.

Whether the weapon is forged in the darkest regions of hell or at the front desk of your office – it cannot, shall not prosper!

King Balak can be a foil for every demon in hell, for every backstabber, every gossip-monger, every low-paying job and every disease known (and unknown) to mankind. He had the intent to do harm to a people he knew about but beloved, he didn’t know enough. If he’d done his homework he would have never bestirred himself to seek help where there was none to be found.

Three times he sought a curse from Balaam and three times the reluctant prophet uttered blessings instead. I find it interesting that in his proclamations of blessings he noted this about the children of Israel:

Numbers 23:9(b) NLT

I see a people who live by themselves, set apart from other nations.

The NIV version puts it this way:

I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.

This is a crucial point. Israel always stood apart from other nations, even when they tried fervently to fit in – they were always set apart. Why?

Because they were chosen. Chosen to Stand Apart

To be chosen of God, by God, for God is to be forever apart. I remember when I was a little girl I always felt different from everyone around me. That feeling of alienation was, in part, due to the natural growing pains of childhood but it went deeper than that.

I was, at the time unknowingly, aware of the spiritual separation between me and all the other ‘kids’ around me. I saw things different, my awareness of God and my awareness of ‘being’ was keener than someone of my age.

I didn’t understand it at the time but even then I was chosen.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”

When God calls a soul to be saved that person becomes the elect, the chosen, a child of God – even before experiencing the Rebirth. Salvation, the in-filling of the Holy Spirit sets a soul apart from the world. And just like the Children of Israel, we become inheritors to the blessing spoken over God’s appointed all those years ago.

So what is it we’ve inherited? What blessing was spoken over our lives before we were even born?

Numbers 23:20-23 NLT

20 Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!
21 No misfortune is in his plan for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel. For the Lord their God is with them; he has been proclaimed their king.
22 God brought them out of Egypt; for them he is as strong as a wild ox.
23 No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel. For now it will be said of Jacob, ‘What wonders God has done for Israel!’

In order to receive God’s blessings we must first understand this truth, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.” (Numbers 23:19)

The word of God is just that:  the absolute, unchanging, all-powerful Word of God. Take a look at your life, your past, has there ever been a time when God has spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised you a thing and not carried it through?

Delays are a possibility yes but when it comes to God, delays are not a denial! Whether it’s two weeks, two years or two decades, if God has spoken a thing – it will come to pass. It has to because God is His word!

Do you know that God watches over his word until it’s been fulfilled? It’s true. Men speak words haphazardly all the time. Sometimes with intentions to fulfill them, sometimes not but God never speaks a word without purpose or without it coming to completion.

Jeremiah 1:12 (NIV)

The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

Beloved of God, Chosen of God, know this: no matter the situation in your life right now, God has already spoken a word, a blessing over it. It may look unwinnable but every time the enemy opens his mouth to curse you blessings will pour out!

Oh my sister, my brother don’t we know the truth?! Don’t we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, for those who have been called according to his purpose? (Romans 8:28)

You matter to God. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have been chosen. You are the elect of God. You are the chosen and you have purpose. Don’t believe the lies the enemy has been whispering in your ear. Reject the seeds he’s planted in the soil of your heart – throw them out!

Speak blessings over your own life. Speak blessings over the lives of your family, over your job, over your body and over your mind! Stand firm on the promises of God and remember whose you are.

In the coming days I encourage you to profess this word of truth:  I am chosen for a purpose and I cannot be cursed.

Don’t take it back. Stand on it and watch the blessings flow in.

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Breaking Free From Low Self-Esteem

Breaking Free From Strongholds
Dear hearts today’s post is about the power of low self-esteem in the life of a Christian or the redeemed and how to overcome it. Many Christians are not aware that we can be saved and still be influenced by such a powerful force.

Low self-esteem is a spirit that attacks the mind by taking control of, and distorting our perception of ourselves and the world around us.  The amount of influence this spirit has over the mind of a believer is a gradual process; it doesn’t occur over night but rather over a period of years. It often begins its attack in a believer’s childhood. By the time that individual reaches adulthood he or she is firmly under its control and his/her view of God and the world around them is distorted.

Our Heavenly Father does not suffer from low self-esteem nor should his children. Low self-esteem is not one of the fruits of the Spirit! In order for us to have a Christ-like mind we must have a positive attitude when it comes to how we think about ourselves.

Satan, who is the Father of Lies, knows that if he can cause us to have a poor perception of ourselves it will make it easier for him to feed us more lies.

Two of the biggest lies he has in his arsenal is:  the lie that God doesn’t love us and that God hasn’t forgiven us for our sins!

He will even cause us to see ourselves as worthless, unimportant, alone and unlovable, leaving us in a state of sadness and despair.

When we see God in an incorrect way it gives Satan the ammunition he needs to build up more strongholds against us in order to keep our thoughts in captivity. This will cause us to think and see Him in a way that is contrary to how God intends for believers to think.

Dear hearts it is vital that we understand and recognize the stronghold of low self-esteem so that we can overcome it and so that it will not be a hindrance to our spiritual growth.

In order for us to know who we are it is essential for us to know who we are in Christ Jesus.

As long as we base our identity on how we think or feel about ourselves, or how other people view us, we’ll never see or accept God’s vision of us. After we are filled with his Holy Spirit he sees us through the blood of Jesus Christ. We are no longer the same person.

We are royalty! We are the first heirs of the Heavenly Kingdom. We are the Children of a Great King. To that we can say, “Hallelujah”! Praise our God!

Dear Hearts, our Heavenly Father loves us with such a great love and there’s no stronghold that is so powerful that he cannot pull it down! Even low self-esteem with all of its strongholds can’t stand against the power of all powers, the Lord Jesus Christ.

My blessed brothers and sisters in Christ I encourage you today, let’s stop looking at the wrong image in the mirror of life, that mirror that Satan has shoved in our faces for years as children and as adults. It only builds up strongholds – it’s time to tear them down, let’s start today!

Let’s look into the mirror that God has been holding up for us all these years. Let’s stop being afraid of the image that awaits us. When we dare to look at that image in God’s mirror we’ll see the identity that we have taken on through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the in-filling of the Holy Spirit. Yes that’s right; we’ll see His image looking back at us. The very image of God!

Rebecca and I read the following scripture daily, it’s posted on the mirrors in our home and so that every time we look in a mirror we are reminded of how God sees us. Our eyes may play tricks on us but God’s word always reveals utter truth!

Psalm 139:13-18 (NIV)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

So you see, the thoughts that God has toward us now did not begin after we were converted! God is awesome! He knew us before we were conceived in the womb, loved us in our imperfect state and already knew his purpose for each of our lives. He has not and will not allow the enemy to destroy us!

When I suffered from the spirit of low self-esteem the thought of suicide crossed my mind. If God had not kept me from the will of the enemy I would not be writing this post nor would I’ve been saved.

Satan may have tried to make an attempt on my life through suicidal thoughts but God blocked him! Our Righteous Lord stood between me and death. Suicide demons have to step back in the presence of the Most Holy! Oh praise God for who He is!

Just think it’s because of our Gracious God that I’m alive today, I have two beautiful daughters, and I am blessed beyond measure. He brought me out of sin and favored me by adopting me into his royal family, to live in his kingdom for eternity.

Is there anyone who can top this blessing plan?

I know no other! In face of such a God as this, strongholds don’t stand a chance!

Remember, there is power in the name of Jesus and dear hearts – he breaks every chain, every chain!