No matter what you think, or how you feel God really does have a mighty, wonderful, victorious plan for you:
“For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
God is in our corner!
God is crazy head over heels about us. He is for us and wants a thriving, growing relationship with us.
God’s love reaches into every corner of our lives and experiences:
(that you) may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:18-19 (emphasis mine)
His love is (verse 18):
Wide–It covers the breadth of our own experience, and reaches out to the whole world. It’s all inclusive. Wraps around us and our lives and covers as far as the east is from the west. He’s got you covered. Enveloped. Wrapped up in His everlasting arms. Every time we turn, there He is. Again. And again. And again. Hugs. Every time we need comfort, there He is.
Long–It continues the length of our lives. Never stops. Forever. His love never runs out or fails. Sometimes we can’t grasp how huge and lasting His love is. We think, “Boy, I’ve gone done it this time” and that we have really gone beyond His reach. Not so! Here He comes again in His power and strokes your beautiful face and says, no, I still love you and always will. And no matter how long a matter seems to go on, it won’t outlast Him. He’s got loooong arms darling
“In a world that’s full of fragile loves–love that abandons, love that fades, love that divorces, love that is self-seeking—–know that from God burns a love that will NOT be extinguished. It survives ANY situation and lives through ANY circumstance. Forever. Forever means forever. And that’s that.”
And, let me tell you that once saved always saved
High–It rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. He resides in our praises and joys. He brings them to us. Every good things comes from God.
He carries us to the place of praise
—blesses to the point of high praises…..gets me singing and shouting and doing the Jesus jig! He loves you t o-t h e-m o o n-a n d-b a c k! wrapped around for alllll eternity!
Deep–it reaches into the depths of discouragement, sorrow, despair, and even death. Down deep into the crevices of our lives. He carries our burdens.
He literally and physically reached down to our alienated position and adopted us into His family! Hallelujah! JESUS CAME DOWN!
His love is HUGE! It carries the width of everything. The length of everything. The height of everything. And into the depths of everything.
When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God’s love!
Verse 19 says:
and know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God
God’s love blows my mind! When I see where I was….and where I could be now….where I DESERVE to be…were it not for His love…..it blows my mind and flips me out!!!
We’re “filled to the measure”. Filled up to the tip-top exactly where we need to be…when we need it….and in whatever the situation (recipe) calls for….of the fullness of Him. No imitation here….only the real deal. Whatever the moment, we’ll always be measured just right…on time every time…with enough of Him–always full. When I need more, He’ll be there. When I’m ok, He’ll be there too—always full!
Here’s the question: Am I walking around confident of this knowledge? When I walk in fear, am I doubting His ability and power to do this?
Am I not taking Him at His word….and calling Him a liar? Or, do I just think He’s bragging and weaker than He says He is??? No matter what I say or think….what are my actions really telling Him? Do I believe Him? I’d better start acting like it.
He has all authority and has given me the authority. Am I walking in the power He’s already given me?
He’s huge-He’s got this! It’s not in my strength anyway—
if I try it in my strength EVERYTHING will be messed up….
….Ahhhh! Aha!! Therein lies the answer, eh?
I love you deeply and pray for you, your marriage, your family, your relationships, your friendships, your influences, and your ministry.
Walk in the power of the King.