God wants you close to Him

God never ceases to amaze me. I don’t understand everything about Him but I know a few things that have impacted the way I see Him. I didn’t know He was all about love for a long time. Those who taught me in church about Him were very good at loving with their words but their actions went in the opposite direction. Love speaks and love acts. The same goes for God. He speaks and He acts and those two things together were not what I knew about God. I was under the impression that God only spoke to certain people and only acted on behalf of certain people. I learned that a lot of us were not worthy of God’s love so I never looked for it. That kind of teaching is very damaging spiritually and it can take people years to recover from the scars it leaves. When I got saved, it all changed. It did not change overnight but the process of living out my salvation started. God never stop to amaze me. He speaks and He acts and I love that He does that for anyone who is willing to get to know Him. He is no respecter of persons and He will never exclude anyone. If you were ever told that you had to earn God’s love or that God remains silent or that He doesn’t listen, I am here to tell you that those are lies. God is alive and well. He is in love with you. He wants you to hear what He has to say and He is always listening to you.

Walls have been built between God and us. The enemy has diligently worked on making sure those walls keep us from knowing God. His evil scheme has even infiltrated some churches and some doctrines have divided people who were always meant to become friends of God but who end up being alienated. I was one of those victims and I was blind to the truth. I knew of God but I didn’t know God. I knew what other people said about Him but I had no idea I could get to know Him for myself. Those walls of separation need to come down. We need to hunger for God and let Him know how serious we are bout being intimate with Him. There should be no buffer and no interference. We can have direct access to God. He is closer than our skin like the song says. He is right there waiting for us to speak and talk to Him. If you believe that there is no way you can communicate with God, take a step toward opening the lines of communication. Get in your prayer closet, your prayer room, or open your heart to God and pray. All you need to do is acknowledge His existence. Start talking to Him on a regular basis. Have private time with Him. Don’t let a day go by without talking to Him. If you do that, you will see the walls fall apart. The more you communicate with Him, the more real He will become. Talk and listen. Give Him time to reply to your questions, to guide you and to give you love through His words. God is love and He tells us how much He loves us if we have the right ears to hear.

 

The Word of God is a great entry way into the world of the Lord. You can read the Bible in so many different ways but let me suggest reading it from the Lord’s perspective. We can’t fully know His perspective but we know that He operates in love and through love. Love should be the filter we use to read the Bible. Embracing that God is all about love is embracing His true nature and His essence. If you want to have a close relationship with Him, accept His love. Pray that He opens your eyes to His love. There is a bright light shining from the Lord and it is His love. There are no dark spots, no shady areas in the Lord and anything that you learn about Him that depicts some type of anger or darkness is not the real God. I feel like every week I am discovering another aspect and another angle of God’s love and it is huge. It is bigger than I once imagined and I want to get the full picture, at least to the extent that I can. God never ceases to amaze me and the magnitude of His love is astounding. We don’t deserve it but yet we can have it. God wants you close to Him. Very close!

 

Suggested reading: Exodus 24:1-2; Psalm 145:18; James 4:8

You are in good hands

The first time I heard that God had me in the palm of His hand, I couldn’t help but picture a giant hand with me in it. I pictured myself as a tiny little creature sitting in the middle of a gigantic protective hand. If God had me in His hand, I was in a safe place. I still get this image in my mind at times. When I need to reassure myself or build up the courage to do something, I see tiny me in the middle of the big hand. Every time I hear someone say, “You are in good hands”, it reminds me of the mental picture of God’s hand holding me. There is no place I would rather be than in God’s hand and what I need to remember is that He has me there all the time. It is my mind that removes me from His hand and takes me places I shouldn’t frequent. God’s hand is much bigger and much more powerful than my mind even though some wild thoughts sometimes seem bigger than God Himself if I pay too much attention to them. There is a real battle taking place in our head but God’s hand has won all battles. His hand has done it all and we have to tell our minds about how big God’s hand is. You and I are in good hands, the best hands possible. Let’s focus on the hand that is holding us and rely on it more than we rely on our thoughts. The enemy might be playing with our heads right now but the Lord of lords and King of kings has a hand that will keep us safe no matter what the enemy is tells us.

 

 
The idea of the giant hand holding me helps me see how big God is. I can’t see Him but I can have an impression of Him. I am a big fan of seeing God for who He is and I know He is way bigger than anything I will ever see with my own eyes. There is no space big enough to contain Him. His hand is so big that sitting in the middle of it I wouldn’t be able to see a finger or His thumb. They would be miles away. I am describing it that way to pen the immensity of God’s hand. “God has you in the palm of His hand” means that you are protected and well-guarded. You have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. The enemy won’t get you. The problems won’t bury you. Your trials won’t destroy you. You are in a space that cannot be attacked. God’s hand is where you belong and it is time you put more thoughts into that truth.

 

 
Like I said earlier it’s our minds that remove us from our rightful domain. We have a right to be in God’s hand and to feel protected and taken care of but our minds play tricks on us and before we know it, we have forgotten about God’s hand. Our mind takes us on a journey that moves us away from God’s protection. How? Our mind can interfere with our faith. It can get us off the faith train and put us in the first-class compartment of the doubt train. It takes one thought for us to be destabilized and doubt God. We need to build up our faith in God’s hand holding us. We are in good hands and we ought to act and speak as if we were because it is the truth. Let’s put actions behind our faith and enjoy God’s protective hand. Let’s be confident of where we are at all times knowing that we are in God’s hand. When the enemy tells us that we are lost or that we are on the wrong path, let’s tell him that God’s hand is bigger than he is. A dot in God’s hand is way bigger than the devil and his army. We are in God’s hands. We are in good hands. No one can change that! Praise God for His hands!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 41:10; Isaiah 49:16; John 10:29

A question of life or death

The Bible instructs us to watch what we say because “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore we know that our words fall under two categories. The “death words” include all negative words. They range from criticism to cursing. They are words of defeat, words of despair, words of loss and failure and above all they are words that express doubt and negate what Jesus did for us on the cross. Every time we whine and complain, we are saying death words. Every time we backbite or gossip, we are leaning towards death words. Every time we talk about what we don’t have or how we will never make it, we are focusing on death words. Every negativity we convey with our words will affect us spiritually and eventually physically. The more we use those words, the more real they become to us and before we realize it, we have created a stronghold that will be hard to tear down. The words will be glued to our mind and they will start to frame our thinking and spill into our thought process. Thinking negatively and acting accordingly will become automatic. The good news is that we have a choice and “life words” are available. Positive words are under the umbrella of life words. It is a good umbrella to carry, rain or shine. When it’s pouring and things are going wrong, use the life umbrella and speak life and hope into your situation. Keep a positive attitude and protect yourself from the rain with those great words. When the sun is shining you should still use the life umbrella. You will stand out because people find it odd when someone is always positive and always speaking words that lift you up. To them it is as odd as someone who is holding an umbrella in the sun. In both cases you will get noticed. “Life words” are also words that we find in the Bible. They are wrapped in faith and they bring peace and joy. They bless and praise the Lord. They are encouraging words. They believe the best in every situation and they see the best in everyone. They don’t criticize and they don’t gossip. They are words that you can count on to change a negative atmosphere into an environment of love and success. They are the words of the Lord. In the Bible the Lord says “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7). What an amazing promise! If we use Jesus’s life words, whatever we wish will happen. If our words line up with His Word, our prayers will be answered. Sometimes we don’t get answers because we don’t speak the right words. We stick to words that will bring us down instead of words that will lift us up. In John 5:24, it says that since we believe in Jesus, we have passed from death to life. There should be no reason for us to speak as if we were still under the death penalty. With Jesus we have a life sentence of eternal life, so to speak. Let’s not act as if we were not saved. Every time we give in to negative words, we are denying who Jesus is and we are denying our identity in Him. As we are about to celebrate life on Easter, let’s remember what life in Jesus means. Let our words speak for themselves and show that we understand what Jesus did for us. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Choose life today and every day!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 16:24; Matthew 15:18; Colossians 3:8; Ephesians 4:29