Pondering God’s Love

 

When I was reading Psalm 91 today about God protecting His children I asked the Lord if He wanted me to read a certain section of Scripture. I thought He was directing me to the book of Ephesians.

As I read slowly and prayerfully, I got overwhelmed with the idea of God choosing people from all of the nations to be His inheritors through Christ. How wonderful that is!

Then later in the night as I folded laundry and mended a fraying item, I listened to Howard Dayton and his co-host, Steve Moore on Compass 1 financial radio program. They got talking about Ephesians 2 and the fact that we’re all unique and that God has a purpose for us.

I’ve copied the first ten verses of Ephesians chapter 2:

Eph 2:1, (GNB):  In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins.

Eph 2:2  At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God.

Eph 2:3  Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.

Eph 2:4  But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great,

Eph 2:5  that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved.

Eph 2:6  In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.

Eph 2:7  He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:8  For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.

Eph 2:9  (SEE 2:8)

Eph 2:10  God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

 

After that, Dr. David Jeremiah’s show came on and He got talking about God’s love for mankind. While we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom so people could get into heaven. He said that God is love from I John 4 and that God’s love is not fickle. He loves us even though we fall short; He loves us when we’re behaving well. His love remains constant – it never changes.

Dr. David Jeremiah likened God’s continual love for us as the kind of love a person has on their honeymoon in that God stays delighted with us even as His presence surrounds us continually.

The he mentioned Ephesians, how God loved us from the beginning of time when we weren’t even born yet, as it tells us in chapter one.

When I hear and/or read a message three times in one day, I determine to check it out and try to cement it in my brain. How about you?

May God bless you this day and many more.

 

Wrestle or Surrender?

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV): For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I love being a Christian for many reasons: one is experiencing God’s love as He shows Himself to me as I read the Bible. Today I read in Romans 8 that nothing will ever separate me from the love of Christ. Not principalities, nor powers, nor tribulations, and I’m paraphrasing here. I’ve been running into some difficulties lately, which feels like spiritual warfare. Some of the stress is because I need to let go of things and give them to God. So when I read Romans 8 today and then Ephesians 1, which reminds me that God predestined believers to come to Him before time began, I experienced such peace, which is the second reason I’m glad to be a Christian.

In 2 Peter 3:9 it says that God does not want anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance. In Romans 3:23 it tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So, we all need a savior to make it into God’s holy heaven.

I wonder if everyone is predestined to go to heaven if only they will choose. I guess that doesn’t make sense. Someone once told me that they thought everyone’s name is written in the Book of Life until they reject Jesus Christ, God the Son, or the Father, or the Holy Spirit, and then their name is blotted out. So I guess they believe everyone is predestined until they say, “No thank you.”

The third thing I enjoy about Christianity is leaving the guilt behind. Once I repent, if I need to every ten minutes, God says our sins are as far away as the East is from the West in Psalm 103:12. He remembers them no more.

The fourth thing that I enjoy is that God wants what’s best for me and for all of mankind, so He tells us in the Bible to fear not. My daughter said it tells us that 365 different places in the sixty-six books. Which is why I’ve been willing to face rejections when I send manuscripts out to publishers. I ignore the fear and try to do the best writing and follow the writers’ guidelines and choose topics the editors actually want to see and send them out.

So, do I wrestle against flesh and blood when things go bad in my life and people act against me? According to God, when terrible things come my way I have to consider the source. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, Jesus said in John, chapter 10. Jesus came to give life and that abundantly, according to John 10:10.

I write because I really like to write. I surrendered my life to God many years ago so I will never have to surrender to the enemy of my soul, who only wants to inflict pain, and keep me from what I like to do. When things get bad, I turn to the word of God and He fights my battles for me. Jesus spoke the word against the devil and the power of that word sent him scurrying. I speak the word and it changes the atmosphere. To God be the glory.