ACCESSING GOD’S LOVE…
A Meditation from Ephesians 2:4
Now is My+ soul troubled;
and what shall I+ say …
save ME+ from this hour ?
but for this cause
came I+ unto this hour.
Glorify Thy Name.
Then came there a Voice from Heaven, saying,
I have both glorified IT,
and will glorify IT again.
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Meditation Verse … Ephesians 2:4
[ … and were by nature — that is, by our Adamic lineage and family spirits — the children of wrath, even as others… ]
But GOD, Who is rich in mercy, for HIS great love wherewith HE loved us,
But — in contrast — GOD being rich in mercy through HIS great love (with) which HE loved us
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| JESUS loves me, this I know, for the BIBLE tells me so! Little ones to HIM+ belong; they are weak but HE+ is STRONG! YES ! JESUS LOVE ME, yes, JESUS loves me. YES! JESUS loves me. The Bible tells me so.
JESUS loves me when I’m good, when I do the things I should.
And… JESUS loves me when I’m bad… though it makes His+ Great Heart Sad.
YES! JESUS loves me! Yes, JESUS loves me. YES, JESUS love ME… the Bible tells me so.
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In times past, before CHRIST came to be LORD of our lives, we were conducted , the literal Greek tells us, into our UnRedeemed, UnSaved, and UnRegenerated Family ways. Our conductor was the dark and evil prince of the power (authority) of the air.
The satan works in the children of disobedience, conducting them — indeed, DRIVING THEM — into the course of this world which leads to the Wrath of GOD. In times past, we followed our family spirits in this path, our Adamic lineage and inheritance.
NOW, HOWEVER… with the Advent of JESUS CHRIST into our lives … we are invited into a different existence.
NOW, HOWEVER… instead of facing GOD’S wrath, we are being over-whelmed by His great, rich, and fulfilling AGAPE LOVE.
Are we experiencing His great LOVE in a tangible way — or — do we know His LOVE mentally, academically, as a head-knowledge that we have been taught?
Although we usually AFFIRM GOD’S LOVE is there, we usually do not feel much of it as we plod on through our existence.
Most of us struggle through life trying to “see” His LOVE through the valleys and turmoil of life on planet earth.
If we SAW and EXPERIENCED His over-whelming fullness of that AGAPE LOVE, the joy resting upon us would be so strong that we would become invincible in it.
The JOY of the LORD would be our STRENGTH. We would be able to face all difficulties with thanksgiving, praise, and a decisive VICTORY of faith over our troubles.
SO… how do we ACCESS His great LOVE which we do not doubt is there … and there, for us? How do we ACCESS that LOVE of GOD so that we are carried in joy over the mountains of distress in our lives ?
A FEW STEPS TO ACCESS HIS+ LOVE
REPENT of SELF-PITY. It is a spiritual trap which leads to depression, oppression, and worse. Self-pity is a SPIRIT. For some, it is a family spirit which afflicts all members of the family. It torments. That is why you know it is a spirit, not a reality.
It will be seen in various manifestations of sadness and sorrow, but also in resentment, anger, and oddly enough, pride.
You can smell it.
The spirit of self-pity usually is accompanied by thoughts of “Why doesn’t XYZ love me? I don’t deserve this, do I ? “
Bitterness and feelings of mis-treatment will be there too.
Now wait… all of this MAY indeed BE TRUE. Mis-treatment may indeed have occurred against us. We are helpless to make anyone love us or even stop mis-treating us.
So… quickly and EARNESTLY forgive. Quickly and earnestly pray blessings upon that troublesome person or situation.
THEN WE LEAVE IT ALONE, COMMITTING it unto the LORD. WE DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR of that “room” in our mind again. If it creaks open, WE SLAM IT SHUT AGAIN in the Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE+ can take care of it without our help.
RE-DIRECT ALL THOUGHTS TO THE LORD, magnifying HIM+ and glorying in WHO+ HE+ is. Bless The LORD out-loud if possible; these tormenting spirits hate to hear thanksgiving and praise. AFFIRM WHO+ JESUS is and His+ great Victory over death, hell, and the grave … and the satan.
REPLACE the tormenting thoughts with The WORD+ of GOD. Do not necessarily turn to the comforting Scriptures … yet. But rather, turn to the AFFIRMATION of WHO+ JESUS is Scriptures.