Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"I Don't Think God Loves Me Anymore"

Lately, I have heard about and come across many people who are professing the lie that God doesn’t love them anymore or that they are too bad of a person to deserve His forgiveness. Therefore, I wanted to take the opportunity to shed the light of God’s TRUTH on the lies and deception of Satan.

In Romans 8:38-39, Paul writes: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

NOTHING can separate us from the love of God!! No matter what you’ve done, there is NOTHING that Jesus can’t forgive you for!! There is nothing you could do to diminish the power that the blood of Christ has to wash away all of your sins!! And, in John 1:9, God PROMISES that: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” God is true to His Word. He can and will forgive you from any and all of your sins if you ask!!

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” - Psalm 103:8. God is NOT MAD AT YOU for anything you have done. He KNOWS that we are sinners in need of a Savior. That is why He sent Jesus to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven and have fellowship with Him.

As one of my friends always says: “No one is beyond redemption.” And he would know too, because he was once an atheist (and a hard core one too!!). Oh, if you could only see him now!! His life is an amazing testament of what the power of God’s love and the blood of Jesus can do!! And, I know countless others with pasts that they are ashamed of, but who have been forgiven and transformed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1 says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” As a child of God, there is NO CONDEMNATION for you!! You are in Christ and you are forgiven!! God always has and always will love you. And while you can never be separated from His love, our sins do separate us from His presence when we walk after the flesh rather than the Spirit. That is, until we confess and surrender ourselves to Him; then, that fellowship can be restored. It’s important to know that difference because often times, when we have allowed sin to run rampant in our lives, we “feel” distant from God which we sometimes inaccurately equate with a lack of love. But, presence and love have nothing to do with the other. Even if there is a wall of sin between you and God, that doesn’t change His love for you. It remains no matter what. Though, in order to feel his presence again, you’ll have to start with an act of surrender and confession so that He can restore you.

I know how many of you feel. I have been in your shoes too. But, I stand here as a child of God who is NOT condemned because Christ’s blood covers all my wrongs. Any lie that Satan tries to tell me is null and void. God loves me no matter what I do. Therefore, I rebuke and reject any lie that Satan tries to attack me with, because I KNOW what God’s Word says about His love and forgiveness. And now, you know it too!! (And there’s a whole lot MORE where that came from too!! Just read His Word!).

So, if you are being brought down by Satan and are believing all these lies that He is telling you, rebuke it in the name of Jesus and claim the blood over your sins! Confess them to Jesus and ask Him to forgive and restore you - which HE WILL; just as He promises!!

If any of you who are reading this need some extra help or prayer, I am here for you. God bless all of my brothers and sisters!! YOU ARE LOVED BEYOND MEASURE!!!

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