Oftentimes the perception people have about God is that He is some intimidating begin far off in the sky. We don’t know His desires, His dislikes, or really anything else.
I am writing to tell you today that God’s deepest desire is to know you. To have a relationship with you.
God wants us to love Him because He loves us but He created us with a free will so we could choose whether to love Him back or not. It really wouldn’t be love if we were forced to do it, right?
So God wants nothing more than to have a relationship with us, but what does He dislike?
God hates sin because sin is what pushes us from Him and strains our fellowship with Him. And it isn’t God that pushes away, He is always waiting with open arms to forgive us when we come to Him, but that’s the problem, a lot of the time we don’t go to Him because we’re ashamed. Instead, we let a wall be built up by guilt between us and God.
1 John 2:1-2 reveals to us that God gave us His Word so we could read and understand His commandments and not sin, but God loves us so much that next He says “BUT if you do sin… I gave you a way back to Me, I gave you Jesus Christ as your advocate in heaven.” (author’s paraphrase)
If you’ve sinned, if you’ve built up a wall of guilt or shame between you and God, go to Him today and tear it down together. He desires a relationship with you as His child. Repent and receive His forgiveness for your sins.
He isn’t waiting for you to go to Him so He can scold you, He just wants to love you and be in fellowship with you.
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” ~ 1 John 2:1-2 NLT
Has this new year already taken a toll on you? Are you feeling stressed? Maybe you get easily frustrated and you’re not sure why?
I have one question for you – are you reading God’s Word regularly?
When we intentionally spend time reading the Bible that is where we find direction, rest, and strength. It becomes easier for us to discern God’s voice and enables us to live more at peace, no matter what our circumstance may be.
If the new year brought more stress into your life, go to God with it! He will take the weight of your stress off of you and give you peace. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT) God cares for you and He is a safe place to cast all of your worries, frustration, and fears.
When we do this, though, it is important that we listen to the guidance God gives us. Often when we go to God with worry or a problem He will tell us what needs to be done on our part to resolve that issue. At that moment we have a choice because we may not like the action we need to take, even though it is the right one.
Reading the Word during times of unease in our lives is also helpful because we find verses like 1 Peter 5:7 that we can stand upon to trust God. If we don’t know what is in the Bible we can’t act on it, and that means we will be stuck feeling stressed and worn out.
Your heavenly Father is inviting you today into His rest, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NLT) Spend time in God’s Word today, hear from Him, receive His peace and direction.
Don’t let anxiety or exhaustion keep you from God’s plans for you this year. Seek him, read the Bible, and immerse yourself in the rest He freely gives to us all.
God has a good plan for each one of our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) and it’s not a plan of mediocrity.
You may be okay having a certain illness or living paycheck to paycheck but God isn’t! He desires for His children to live a life of abundance. Jesus died on the cross for our salvation and with that comes healing, authority, and provision.
Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV) says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above what we could ask or think!
God is able. God is willing. Let’s not let this year pass living a life miles under what we could have through Him.
We are new creatures in Christ, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV) therefore we do not have to fall prey to the struggles of this world. No, our lives will never be perfect, we will have trials, but with God we can be victorious through them all.
I want to encourage you today that God is your healer, God is your source, God is your comforter, God is your redeemer, anything you need to live a better, more abundant life, God has for you.
If there are areas of your life that you feel like you are just getting by in, bring that situation to God!