And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 NLT

There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.  The love of God is relentless, it chases us down.  The Lord desires to lavish His love upon us.  He desires for us to walk in deep intimacy with Him and encounter His love in every area of our lives.  He desires that we would become aware of His presence where ever we find ourselves.

The Lord lavishes His love upon us so that we will in turn lavish His love upon others.  Jesus said that we would be known as His disciples because of the love that is at work within us.  The love of God cannot be counterfeited.  The love of God is unconditional and eternal.  The love of God is unchanging.  It is not based upon performance nor behavior.  But as we come to know Christ in greater ways we come to know the depths of His love.  As we come to know and encounter the love of Christ we will be changed for eternity.

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We thank you, O God!  We give thanks because you are near.  People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

We thank you, O God!
    We give thanks because you are near.
    People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

God says, “At the time I have planned,
    I will bring justice against the wicked.
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
    I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude

“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
    I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
    or speak with such arrogance.’”
For no one on earth—from east or west,
    or even from the wilderness—
    should raise a defiant fist.[a]
It is God alone who judges;
    he decides who will rise and who will fall.
For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
    that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
He pours out the wine in judgment,
    and all the wicked must drink it,
    draining it to the dregs.

But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;
    I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
    but I will increase the power of the godly.”  Psalm 75

This Psalm begins with thanksgiving to the Lord.  The writer of the Psalm writes your wonderous works declare your name is near.  God is not far away.  He is closer than our every breath.  He walks with us in all things and often when we feel overwhelmed with the challenges we face on a daily basis we can lose sight of this.

The Lord has established all things by His power and His might.  He has an appointed time for all things and all will stand in judgement before the Lord.  We are accountable for the way we have lived our lives upon this earth.  Many today reject the truth of who God is and their lives are given over to the wickedness of this world.

The Lord seeks those who are humble and will elevate them in due time.  But to those who are arrogant and boastful the Lord will bring low.  Those who live in wickedness believe their lives to be untouchable.  But God has an appointed time when He will deal with all things.

The Lord at His appointed time will judge all things.  No one will escape the judgement of Almighty God.  He alone is the one who judges and He alone is the one who sits upon the throne of eternity.  His will is sovereign and His will is inescapable.  He offers salvation to all, but only those who submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ shall be saved.

God will increase the power and strength of the godly.  While we are on this earth it seems as if the wicked prosper, but this only happens for a season.  A man reaps what he sows and those who sow to the things of wickedness and sin, in time will reap destruction.  May our eyes not be fixed upon this world and the circumstances we face.  But may our eyes be focused upon God and His word.  His word is true and He will fulfill His every plan and purpose upon the earth.

Will continue his work until it is finally finished

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The work that God begins in our lives is finished by His power and His grace. Often times when we are following the Lord and waiting on His timing we can feel forgotten. But God is always faithful. As we seek Him each day He will establish every step. He has chosen us before the foundations of the earth and our lives are divinely designed. May we fix our eyes and our hearts upon Jesus each day. May we seek Him with our whole heart.

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

1 John 4:10 NLT

God first loved us.  Every single one of us who have come to Christ have done so by the grace and mercy of God.  It is the Holy Spirit who has drawn us and convicted our hearts.  We have done nothing to earn salvation.  God has saved us because of His love for us.  Our lives should reflect His love for us as we in turn love those around us.  So many in the world today are broken and hurting.  What will truly draw people to a relationship with Jesus Christ in this hour is the love of God at work in us.

So many today don’t believe in God.  The concept of a creator is rejected by many.  But what people can’t deny is the love of God.  When we choose to love the most unlovable person we are displaying the glory of God in us.  What truly brings glory to the name of Jesus is the love of God at work in us.  The love of God will drive us to take action.  It won’t allow us to simply sit on the sideline and watch people suffer and die in their sin.  It will drive us to reach out.  In everything Jesus did He was driven by love and compassion.  His heart broke for every person that He ministered too.  May we be His hands and feet in this generation.  May we speak the truth in love and do all things in love.  He is coming soon and may we take advantage of every moment we have around those who are lost and broken.

Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.  Psalm 130:5

Waiting on the Lord can be difficult, uncomfortable, and hard.  There is a deep work that takes place in our hearts as we wait upon the Lord.  Our faith and trust continues to grow deeper as we wait upon the Lord for His timing and His promise.  God is always faithful and His timing is always perfect.  But this is very difficult because He often doesn’t tell us when something will happen.  What I have found as I have waited on the Lord and continue to wait upon Him is that He simply continues to lead me to His word.

He leads me to examples in His word of people who have had to wait upon Him.  He leads me to promises in His word that He is faithful and will complete what He has begun in us by His grace and His power.  But this journey is all about growing in Him and becoming more and more like Him.  This only happens as patience is developed in our lives and patience is also known as long suffering. Often times for patience to be developed in a life of a person they must be willing to suffer for a long period of time.

Suffering is never enjoyable while we are going through it, but there is a purpose behind it.  Those our Father loves He prunes and that pruning process can be very painful and uncomfortable.  But we must be willing to yield and surrender our hearts to the Lord and His will.  One of the most difficult things in our Christian journey is surrendering our hearts and lives to the will of God.  God is faithful and fulfill every promise and plan.  But waiting upon Him for His timing and His way can be hard but is always designed with a purpose.

For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress

But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving kindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 59:16 NASB

The Lord is our stronghold.  He is the one who sustains us throughout this journey we call life.  For everything God has called us to do, He has equipped us for His purposes.  Our journey with Him is a journey of progressive growth.  Through every trial and challenge we learn to rely upon the Lord each and every day.  We learn to decrease so that He may increase in us.

God has given us His word to guide our lives, to correct us, and to encourage us on a daily basis.  Time spent daily in God’s word will renew our minds and transform our lives.  It will give us the proper perspective in every situation.  If we walk this journey without spending time in God’s word we will see all things from an earthly perspective.  We will see things as impossible and will believe things to be limited.  But when we diligently study the scripture daily we will have a heavenly perspective.  We will believe and understand with the Lord nothing is impossible.  We will see with God there are no limits and that whatever He has called and commissioned us to do is indeed possible because it is simply accomplished through Him and by His hand.

1 John 5:1-5:Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our[a] faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  1 John 5:1-5

We are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ.  How can we truly claim to walk with Christ and not love our fellow brothers and sisters the Lord has laid His life down for.  Yes there will be times when our fellow brothers and sisters offend us and may injure us because the body of Christ is made up of broken people.  We need to view one another through the eyes of Jesus.  As we abide in Him we will simply love as He loves.

We are called to love God and keep His commandments.  His word is not a suggestion or a thought.  His word has been given to us as directions and instructions for our own lives.  As we walk with the Lord each day and walk according to His word we will naturally love our brothers and sisters.

The commandments of God are not burdensome or heavy.  The Holy Spirit will empower us to walk in obedience, but we must make the choice to follow Him each day.  If we fail to draw near and take part in His word and in the place of prayer we will fail to walk in obedience.  But if we abide in Him, His blessing and favor will rest upon our lives.

We are called to overcome.  We are not called to be a door mat for the enemy.  We are not called to walk in defeat.  But the only way we come to know who we are in Christ is by simply drawing near and diligently studying God’s word.  As we diligently study God’s word our eyes will be open to the truth in greater ways.  It is our faith in Jesus Christ that makes us victorious.  The longer we walk with Him the more we come to understand we are nothing without Him.

The world we live in is dark, broken and fallen. It is impossible to overcome the world in our own strength.  But Jesus told us in this world we will have trouble, but to fear not that He has overcome the world.  When we come to faith in Jesus Christ we have overcome the world.  Walking out the victory, freedom, and authority we have in Christ each day is simply a result of abiding in Him daily.

1 John 4:7-12: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.         1 John 4:7-12

The greatest outward sign that we are truly a child of God is the love of Christ at work within us.  It is impossible to counterfeit the love of God and the love of God will enable us to love the most difficult people.  Jesus said that we are called to love one another.  We are not only called to love one another we are called to love our enemies.  In God’s word it simply says that God is love.  If we are truly children of God then His love should fill every part of our hearts and our lives.

If we don’t have love then we can’t truly be a child of God.  If we are truly a child of God then God’s love will fill our hearts.  We will view the world around us through the eyes of Jesus.  We will see the brokenness in every person we come into contact with.

God demonstrated His love to us by sending Jesus to die for our sins.  We didn’t deserve salvation, God simply did this because of His love for us.  How much more should we love one another.  How much more should we love those who hate us and persecute us.  We must have the same attitude that Jesus had as He hung upon the cross.  Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

Before we ever loved God, He choose to send Jesus to atone for our sins.  When God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit created humanity they knew the price that would have to be paid for our salvation.  Jesus knew the price He would pay and the suffering He would go through.  But He chose to come to this earth and die in our place because of His love for us.

Because of God’s love for us we should simply love one another.  We have no excuse for not loving one another.  So many times we will focus on the imperfections in others and we will forget the brokenness that exist in our own lives.  But when we understand the depths of what Jesus has done for us we will simply be filled with His love for one another.

Even though we have not seen God, when we love one another the Lord lives with in and His love is made complete within us.  The bottom line is we are called to love one another.  We are called to love the Lord thy God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves.  In all that we do we are called to be driven by the love of Christ.  As we abide in Him each day and walk with Him, His love will naturally fill every area of our lives.  Love is not only expressed in words, it requires action.  If we claim to truly love our brother and sister it should drive the way we live our lives on a daily basis.