Thursday, October 23, 2014

God Loves Even the Unlovable

God Loves Even the Unlovable:

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10)

Can you see it? The astounding reality of the God we serve? He loved us first. He set aside His great and authoritative dignity to take on the form of a rejected and hated servant, and He did it all for us. He gave it all for me, and He humbled Himself to the lowest of positions for you as well.

Why? Why did Jesus trade His divine Deity for the suppressing subjugation of human flesh? Were we just so righteous and deserving? Certainly not. Had we earned our reconciliation? Preposterous! The answer to the burning question as to why Jesus purposefully brought Himself low and surrendered all for our souls? Self-sacrificing, unconditional Love.

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

Whilst still sinking in sinfulness, God devised a divine plan. All the while bitterness constricted our souls and intoxicated our hearts, the Great I Am loved us unrelenting. Oh how His limitless love has shown us such immense favour!

"For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." (Romans 5:10-11)

But now has been birthed something completely brand new. In fact, "New Testament" also means "new covenant." Therefore, as we see in verses such like the ones above, we have been completely saved and set on a brand new path.

A path of righteousness that brings sanctification through His holy blood. A path of redemption which releases us from the chains of old unrighteousness, as well as washes us clean from the filth of our former fallen flesh.

Lastly, a path of rejoicing. The Lord is full of compassion and His heart is moved greatly for His children, even in the most minute details of our tedious, everyday lives. He has purchased and promised an eternal life in His courts of Heavenly Splendour for each one of us. That day is coming soon, but must we wait our entire earthly lives for joy to come? Of course not! God has given us all we need for a joyous life today!

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11)

Because His love has ransomed us, rescued us, redeemed us, and remade us, we are a brand new creation. The old ways are dead and gone. No more shame, fear must leave in His name, iniquities are wiped away, and we rejoice in this NEW DAY! No longer orphans, we are His own. We are Children of the Almighty Lord.

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1)

We've been adopted into the loving arms of the Father, and it's all because of His marvellous love and grace towards us. It doesn't matter how rejected I am by the world, God will always accept me into His glorious embrace. No matter what venomous repulsion the world may spew at you, the all powerful love of God has conquered all. His love outshines even the most hurtful worldly rejection. If you're feeling lonely now, call on Him. He has named you His very own friend, and He would do, and has already done, everything for you.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." (John 15:13)

There is no greater love. O Father Your love surpasses all else. Your love brings comfort to my restless soul.

So if the world's insufficiencies are impeding on your joy, rebuke this tricky tactic in the Name of Jesus. Call to the Father of Love, and remember all the wondrous works He has accomplished to make you (yes YOU reading this right now) His very own beloved child.

The world is ever changing and inadequate to administer the love our souls desperately desire, but the Lord is constant and His love never fails. Turn to the Satisfier of your soul and receive refreshment for the weary heart within. Cast your cares onto the One who cares for you more than you could ever comprehend. His love is all we could ever need. His love is all we seek with the entirety of our hungry hearts.

His love is filling us with hope, courage, and joy. Remember, no matter the opinions of the world, God holds you ever so dearly. He loves us, and that's enough. Hallelu YAH! Praise the Lord of Love!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Kindling of our Souls

The Kindling of our Souls:

"This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalms 118:24)

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1)

You're my light, O God; You shine bright, even in the pit of my fight. You give me hope, You give me joy; It's by Your side, where I reside. Peace is my companion, and love is my cloak; in Your wondrous light do I soak. Every day is a perfect day to delight in this divine grace; the glory of Your gleaming upon my face.

"But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day." (Proverbs 4:18)

Your glorious light in me shines ever so brightly. Forever increasing, abounding in hope, abounding in utter joyfulness is this grace. Your light in me is my delight, for it glows brighter and brighter even up to the day that I shall cross over into the home of eternity by Your side.

"And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:5)

Oh Heavenly Father, thank You that Your illuminating light outshines all the darkness surrounding us in this world. We give You thanks for the gift of Your light inside our hearts. Without Your radiance in us, we would be lost and wandering in deeply dark depression. Lord, thank You for rescuing us from the prison of isolated pitch blackness - the shame of our shadows. Thank You for inviting us into Your loving arms. Thank You for shining on us forevermore. We praise You Father, for Your goodness and graciousness overwhelm us. Your generosity is undeserved yet unrelenting. What glorification is due unto You!

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." (Psalms 104:33)

We thank You, Yahweh! Thank You for rekindling our snuffed-out spirits. We are alight for Thee! We shall praise You as long as we live! Hallelu YAH! Thank You God!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Reston in His Unending Grace

Rest in His Unending Grace:

"And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”" (Exodus 33:14)

The crisp breeze blusters blissfully, and the leaves serenely sweep o'er the vibrant blades of grass. The golden autumn glow is bright, and all the world seems in delight. O Heavenly Father, Your Sabbath is beautiful. O Lord of mercy and grace, let Your light shine upon our face.

"The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you" (Numbers 6:25)

Yes, God, You are so gracious! Your kindness calls us into praise, and Your faithfulness deserving our devoted exaltation. I cannot help but revel and rejoice in this grace. I cannot help but shout it out. You are good, and Your grace is never-ending. Your mercies are sufficient in our wandering, and Your love forever fulfils our deepest desires.

We turn our hungry hearts to You, God. We sing a new song of joy and freedom. We trust in Your goodness, and we look to You for all we need. When rooted in You, we shall never be disappointed or shamed.

"They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed." (Psalms 34:5)

When focused on You, we find all we could ever need and all we could ever want. When we abide in You, grace upon grace shines from Your face. Your warm smile, Your kind heart. Oh this is truth of our joy. This is the anchor of our resting rejoicing.

"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:29)

Happy Sabbath to you all my friends! Embrace His grace. Be blessed and find rest in the Lord.

-The Introverted Evangelist