I am the way, the truth and the life… John 14:6 (NIV)
How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement, beyond academic knowledge— this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!
“Amidst the protest signs, yelling crowds, and political referendums, the simple message of Jesus’ love for you is often drowned out. Never doubt that Jesus loves you more than you could ever know. Jesus doesn’t just love a future version of you; He loves you exactly as you are right now. Jesus’ love for you has no prerequisites or requirements. Even if you hate Him, Jesus loves you and wants what is best for you. Love is at the core of everything Jesus taught. Unfortunately His message of love has been conveniently left out by many who would rather make a point than make a difference.”
I am deeply concerned, just like many people are. Especially as a believer and just the rundown of the many things that have gotten national attention lately. It has been crazy to live in this generation of young adults. Our generation wants so much and doesn’t know how to handle so little.
When I write that I am deeply concerned, I mean, that I am deeply concerned about people. Not particularly the issues and foreknowledge that some believe, just about people. That’s how Jesus wants Christians to be as well. Jesus doesn’t care about how we get to where we are, He just cares about us. He cares about you. He has the ability to meet you where you are, which, is why he doesn’t really care about how you got there as much as he does you!
So, don’t make a point, make a difference. People matter and they are certainly not going to care about what you have to say or what you think/know to be true, if you’re shoving it down their throat with hell fire and blazing torches.
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29. “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
You know, we all have moments where we don’t feel the greatest and take that out on God. We live and learn and God shows us that He’s faithful regardless of us. Whenever someone talks about focus, I always think of Peter and when Jesus asked Peter to step out of the boat and onto the water. Peter freaked though and almost drown because he took his eyes off of Jesus. Even when he knew somewhat, that he could’ve been okay. You’ll be okay. You can keep your eyes on Jesus and if you can’t, Jesus is there to help pull you back up.
God is so good and He is the BEST dad. Although, my dad is pretty great sometimes too.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or fear, but a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipine.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
Our strength comes from God to resist and fight every thought that comes at us, even at 4 in the am. This morning, I spent an hour after waking up at 4 am thinking things that I shouldn’t have. I don’t always turn to God for strength in those moments, but when you do they’re much better.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
If we turn to him for our strength, we can take those thoughts captive, and bring glory to God by not letting crap thoughts bring us down. Even though I let those thoughts bring me down, Jesus already forgave me and now, I can move on with the rest of the day! Liberation. Freedom.
My God is love.