Who doesn’t want to be loved? You know, some people don’t know how to be loved? Some of us, for some reason, don’t know how to handle closeness. We like our privacy and don’t want anyone to know us very well. Perhaps because some people don’t have siblings they are forced to interact with, and when you play alone, you don’t learn how to interact. You don’t learn how to show love or receive love. Do you have a problem showing or receiving love? We can build walls with people, but not with God.
Psalm 139:1 “1 O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. 2 You know my down sitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”
Matthew 10:30-31 “30 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
We were not a mistake. God has spoken to us through His Word, and since His Word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, it’s for you and me now! He loves us and wants all of us to know that He is here for us, within our very hearts, and when everyone else betrays us or leaves us, He never will! And He knew us all, even before we were born! Jeremiah 1:4-5
We’ve been chosen to receive an inheritance, if we will receive His only begotten Son, and His love for us. Ephesians 1:11-12
Genesis 1:27 “27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Yes, Psalm 139:13 “13 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139:16 “16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.”
God formed us, loves us; brought us forth from our mother’s womb (Psalm 71:6), and has blessed us with His Son, Jesus, if we choose to believe in Him.
Acts 17:28 “28 For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.”
Ever wonder why you live in America, instead of another country? Well, the following Scripture tells us why. God determined where we would live and when.
Acts 17:25-27 “25 Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people]. 26 And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), 27 So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us.”
Our pastor keeps telling us we have a job to do and that is to tell people about Jesus and about God’s everlasting love for us (Jeremiah 31:3). He is the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48); every good gift comes from Him (James 1:17) and He provides all our needs (Matthew 6:31-33). We are His treasured possession (Exodus 19:5) and He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
He comforts us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), is our greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17), and is able to do more for us than we could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20). In Jesus is His love for us revealed (John 17:26) and He is the exact representation of God’s being (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus died so we could be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), and His death was the ultimate expression of God’s love for us (1John 4:10).
If we receive Jesus we receive God (1 John 2:23). God will always be our Father (Ephesians 3:14-15). Will you be His child?
“12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—
13 Who owe their birth neither to [a]bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]” (John 1:12-13)
Bless the LORD, o my soul, bless His holy name!
Zephaniah 3:17 “17 The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.”