There is something within each of us that yearns for relationship. We need to be loved, cherished and needed...to know that we are valued by another human being, that we matter to someone.
The longer I live the more lives I see that have been so wounded and so affected by relationships gone wrong. Sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse, rape, incest, divorce, neglect, abandonment....just to name a few. I truly believe there are more DYSFUNCTIONAL families than there are what we would term "normal" families. Just further evidence of the havoc the sin nature wreaks in our lives.
Yet in the midst of all of this mahem stands ONE who loves us unconditionally. "For God SO LOVED the world [you and me] that He gave His only Son, that WHOSOEVER [includes you and me] believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 KJV
What's more, He longs to have fellowship with us...to communicate with us...to have RELATIONSHIP. God is not so much interested in what religion you are affiliated with...or what denomination you favor. What He IS interested in is a RELATIONSHIP with you!
Bob Sorge, author of SECRETS OF THE SECRET PLACE, explains it this way:
Nothing is deadlier to the secret place than a false idea of how God views you....When you gain ownership of the fact that God is smiling on you, that He is desiring your company, and that He longs to be intimate with you,, the truth of that reality starts to touch your emotional chemistry and you actually begin to feel attractive to God. When you know you're attractive to God, you come into His presence with boldness. You come into His presence the way He wants you to, with a lifted face, with expectant eyes, with a delighted smile, with an eager voice and with a burning heart.
He doesn't enjoy you any less because you struggle. He knows your weakness. He sees your failures, but yet He owns you as His child and enjoys you even when you fall! He loves it when you pick yourself up and keep stepping forward again into His arms. How comforting to know we can bring the entire package of our inadequacies and shortcomings into His presence and know that He lovingly embraces us and delights in us! He enjoys us at every stage of the maturity process.
Does that not just blow you away?!!! It does me. If you can just catch a glimpse of the fact that our Holy and AWESOME God is waiting for you each morning...waiting for you to come and spend time with Him because He loves you and wants to spend time with you, you will RUN to your secret place to spend time with Him! Do not miss out on all that He has in store for you today. Jesus, the lover of your soul, awaits!!!!!!!!!!
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