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WHEN DISCOURAGEMENT DESCENDS ' REMIND YOURSELF OF HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU!
Jesus Did It!
By: Norm Rasmussen
There is more than enough distress and discouragement these days for many people, yet the promise of God's love for us remains the same. His loves for His people remains steadfast and certain!
Our stressed ' frazzled mind can try to convince us in our weak moments that God's love applies to everyone else, but not for ME any longer. WRONG! Nothing on this planet can alter what God has firmly and strongly declared about His secure love for those who are in Christ Jesus.
If I have lost my job, and can't find another job at the moment ' God's love for me doesn't change. If a family member or close friend dies ' God's love for me doesn't change. If my marriage dissolves and my children no longer want to communicate with me ' God's love for me doesn't change. If I am stricken with a terminal disease ' God's love for me doesn't change. If I am persecuted for my faith in Christ Jesus ' God's love for me doesn't change. If natural calamity strikes ' God's love for me doesn't change. If war breaks out all around me ' God's love for me doesn't change. Nothing can alter God's love for me that I have inherited by making Jesus Christ my Savior and Lord. Yet we need to remind ourselves of this fact frequently to make certain the cares of this world don't get its hooks in us.
God has warned us that as we move ever closer to the return of Jesus Christ, distress would intensify across the whole planet prior to His coming. Though much of the following scripture should most likely be applied at a future time (depending on when this is being read, of course), we need to be aware that God warned His people that stressful times are going to come, and most likely keep increasing:
'And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.' - Luke 21: 25-26 NKJV
Yet nowhere does it state in His Word that His love for those who have truly identified with Jesus Christ is going to diminish. God's love for His people is a solid and sure anchor to keep our hearts' at peace in the midst of every storm we find ourselves in.
At the money in the world can't buy this secure anchor. All the money in the world can't take away this secure anchor. No military might can stop it, nor can every nuclear warhead on this planet detonating at the same time hinder it. This LOVE anchor is so protected and secured by God for His people that even all the demons of hell cannot remove one small 'molecule' of it. Love was manifested ' poured out fully - at the Cross for those who embrace the sacrifice of God at the cross, and love will remain strong and assured for those who are in Christ Jesus -- should just about everything else fail on this planet as the future unfolds.
Child of God ' faithful soldier of Jesus Christ ' when the cares of this life try to weigh you down to where hopelessness and fear tries to get you to sink like a brick thrown in the ocean, go to Word of God and remind yourself of this priceless promise God has made to you:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? - Romans 8:35
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, not any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ' Romans 8:37-39
But there IS a way one can NOT have this assurance of God's love. That way is to NOT be in Christ Jesus. The love that God promises people in Romans 8:35-39 is not for every person alive on this planet. This love is JUST for those who are fully trusting Jesus Christ to be the way God provided for their sins to be blotted out and not held against them when they stand before God to be judged.
Everyone wants to hear about God's love for them, and yes ' in one sense, God does love everyone on this planet, but not everyone on this planet can receive for themselves the promise of Romans 8:35-39 love, until they do THEIR part to be qualified to receive it. They must CHOOSE to be one with Christ Jesus before they qualify for it. True, enlightened Christians already know this, of course, but I write this so non-Christians aren't misunderstanding what is available to them from God and what is not.
So ' for those who ARE in Christ Jesus, this old world can rock to and fro ' fireworks of the most terrifying kind can light the cosmos, as indications are that one day it is certainly going to happen because scripture says it is going to happen ' yet Christians sold out to Jesus Christ need not fear like non-Christians will be fearing.
Because true Christians have settled the issue as to WHO their Savior is, they don't have to fear of saving themselves, nor do they have to fear the Judgment Day. Having to save oneself belongs to everyone who is not a true Christian. Aren't you thankful you don't have to concern yourself ever again of trying to come up with some way to try to save yourself from the coming wrath that the Bible clearly states is coming upon those who have clearly rejected the truth of the sacrifice of God on the Cross, and what it all accomplished for those who will receive and embrace it as the most precious gift God could have given humanity?
If the cares of this world are pressing strongly against you, precious one, make it a nightly practice before you go to sleep, and when you first wake up, to remind yourself of this:
'No matter what may happen to me, heavenly Father, how can I thank you enough for promising me of the certainty of your love. Help me to carry a glow of this love to all I come in contact with, and most important of all, when hopelessness and fear tries to grip my soul and spirit, help me to come quickly into your presence with thanksgiving and appreciation on my lips ' constantly reminding myself that these TWO facts I can be absolutely certain of and never have to doubt:
1): You died for my sins and they have been blotted out as I confess them to you and ask your forgiveness, which means I do not have to be punished by You for them through eternity.
2): It is through the power of Christ operating in me that I can love you BACK with all my heart, mind, body and soul, and I can love others around me as You would have me do so, giving me wisdom and peace in my heart about how I am to deal with each person.'
I sense the Holy Spirit prompting me to say that many reading this would do well to make it a daily routine to remind themselves of the love God promises He has for them. This can best be done just prior to going to sleep, and it can be done the very first thing when a person wakes from sleep. All it takes is a simple:
'Heavenly Father, I thank You that I am secure in Your love for me because I am in Christ Jesus. Help me remind myself of that often through the day, if the cares of this world start weighing to heavily upon my mind, and I trust that You will. And Lord Jesus ' thank You for making this possible to even happen. Holy Spirit, thank You for the part You play in all this as well.'
As we look at the love chapter being 1 Corinthians 13, let's remind ourselves of what love will do for us if we acknowledge daily God's anchor of love for us. Let's focus on verse 7 and the beginning part of verse 8 in 1 Cor. 13:
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Saints (Which is what the Bible says we are in Christ Jesus) ' whatever we must go through until our time is done here on earth, God tells us we can endure whatever we have to. But to endure all things, we must constantly acknowledge God's secure love for us ' in Christ Jesus our Lord. If we don't frequently acknowledge God and ourselves of it, more than likely, we are not obeying the two most important commandments of God as often as we should be, or could be:
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.' (Found in Matthew 22:36-40)
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