Who was your first?

 

We obtain the LOVE of God by believing in Jesus and what He did on the cross

For those who have ever been in love, you know that during that time your entire focus is on the person. He/she is all that you can think about. You can’t wait to be with them when you are apart. Every spare moment that you get, you want to spend with that person. Last week I talked to you about the experience of being and feeling loved by God. For those who have experienced this, you can agree that it is the most amazing feeling and you would give up everything to experience it constantly. But have you ever wondered why this experience of LOVE seems to phase and ripples away after a short time?

It’s probably because the relationship was a one-way stream where we received attention but did not act on it. This is true with any relationship when only one person is active. I have had friends where I would be the one making the efforts to call and plan hangouts, and we would hangout, yet if I didn’t peruse them, our relationship would fade or die. It is obvious that this person was either not interested, or didn’t care about our relationship or me.

 

Why we experience God, want to change, but almost nothing changes

In a relationship, in order to have lasting effects, both parties have to be involved at all times. God is always there for us. In Jeremiah 1:5, it says that God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb. To obtain the LOVE of Christ, we must BELIEVE what the Bible says is true. It's simple right? The entire Bible portrays the LOVE of God for us, as in the golden verse: For God so loved the world that He gave His Son for us. This is one side of the relationship from God to us. The question is: do we Love God and do we know Him? In order to get to know someone, you need to invest your time and work hard at the relationship.

In my lifetime, was exposed to many conferences and church meetings where I received an experience from the Lord. However, for so many years that’s all it was, “ an experience”. After Jesus would pour His spirit on me, I would be pumped up for a short time and then the feeling would seize and I would continue being the “same old me”. It was not until I invested my TIME into getting to knowing who God was and understanding His attributes when things started to change for me. I learned that believing in God was not enough. I had to do the works Jesus was doing. "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me—or at least believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father". John 14:11-12

 

I was the one searching for something deeper because I was not happy with the way things had been going. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.“ I’ll turn things around for you. Jeremiah 29:13-14

I took steps to repent and be transformed. Jesus was a friend of sinners. If we can’t admit that we have sinned and that we need Jesus in our lives, we cannot start a relationship with Him. "There is no one righteous, not even one. Romans 3:10. Righteousness comes from believing in God as Abraham believed. Abraham supported his belief in God by works when He trusted God enough to be ready to give up his only son. The more time I spent with God, the better understanding I received of Him. I was drenched with God’s LOVE, I felt free from condemnation. I truly understood who I was in Christ and what Jesus did for me. Condemnation is not from God. In Romans chapter 8, it says that there is no condemnation when we are in Christ Jesus because He condemned sin in His flesh.

I was the one searching for something deeper because I was not happy with the way things had been going.

By faith we accept Jesus in our hearts. Only when we understand who we are in Christ and the price that was paid for us is when we no longer have the desire to sin. When you get to know someone on a personal level and love them, you don’t want to hurt them. “The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you”. John 14:17. In order for me to make an impact on this world and live like Jesus did, I must understand my Father in heaven. This is why the enemy twists our relationships on earth so that we would never understand the LOVE of God. We need to know Jesus personally in order to share Him with the others. How can we talk about someone who we hardly know?

I have to work hard and discipline myself daily by overcoming my fleshly desires (dying to self - see full story). I did’t always feel like reading the Bible or praying or fasting or getting out of my house to help people. But now, for the sake of the true God and the LOVE I experience daily, I cannot keep this to myself. I want the world to know that we have an awesome Father.

If you are ready and willing to put in hard work and time, you will see results.

Don’t be like I was for half of my life. I lived for a one stop spiritual high. I would wait for a church service or conference to get an encounter with God. God is available to us 24/7 through Jesus. The more time we spend with God, we carry His attributes of love, joy, peace, ect. We then become free from condemnation, guilt and shame. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you into thinking that you are not good enough. Value in Christ is not obtainable by our strength alone. We can never be good enough on our own, but only though Jesus, believing and accepting Him, we become rightous and holy.  If you are still feeling condemned, It’s important to reevaluate your life. God pours out His Love on us when we are willing and accept it. Also, we need to hold up our end of the relashionship. Its not enough just believing in God, we must do the works Jesus did. It says that we are truly His disciples when we do what He did. The three main things He did were: Pray, fast, and give to the poor.

In my next Blog I will share ways of how I grow in the knowledge of God daily. 

I want to leave you with Romans 8:31-35. Please apply it to your life:

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

 

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-Natasha