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God LOVES you. God LIKES you. God is in a GOOD MOOD towards you.
A lot of people will boldly believe that God LOVES them, but they have an inner nagging that questions whether He really LIKES them. They struggle to believe that God is ever presently PLEASED with them. The tension is rooted from ideas that God can't be PLEASED with a person who has rebelled against Him. Even after a person receives their forgiveness, the fact that they have failed on multiple occasions can still make them feel that they are more of an irritant and frustration to God than a treasured child that He dances over.
If our sinlessness is the predicator of God's PLEASURE over us, what is the statute of limitations – what is the expiration date of our sin? How far does our rebellion have to be removed from God before He can be PLEASED with us again? Is it a day, a week, a month… assuming that we don't rebel again in that period?
The problem is that when we hesitate towards God's disposition and expression to us, our hearts respond sluggishly. When we see Him in all His GOODNESS and FREEDOM delighting over us, we are compelled to turn our affections toward the refuge of His love. If we can view God as benevolent, excited and in a good mood towards us, even our brains are nourished. When we view God as punitive towards us, we become damaged in our neurological pathways. Our emotional, biological and spiritual lives exponentially flourish at a healthy belief that God LOVES us, LIKES us and is in a GOOD MOOD towards us.
Even if you have been making poor, rebellious and hardened choices right in the face of God, He still LOVES and LIKES you and is in a GOOD MOOD towards you. He hates the choices you are making, but that is because those choices have inherent destruction in them; so, God hates what those choices do to the Apple of His eye in you!
Today, spend a few extra moments considering the depths of joy, the smiles, pleasure, energy, hope and peace God effuses over you. Romans 5:8 NKJV But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Lord God, strengthen my heart today to receive Your love, the abundance of your grace and the gift of righteousness. Make my mind at ease that Your justice has been satisfied in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. You have called me to You. You find intense pleasure as I turn my heart and unfiltered affections towards You. I trust you today!!
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BIBLE READING: Galatians 2 (NIV)
Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
6 As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, [a] just as Peter had been to the circumcised. 8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? 15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So, we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. 19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
It is true unto me according to the Word of God. (Psalm 119:25) I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart. (Psalm 37:4) In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my path. (Proverbs 3:6) The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. (Psalm 138:8)
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