“I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. I have kept on loving you with faithful love.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NIrV)
“It’s not about finding ways to avoid God’s judgment and feeling like a failure if you don’t do everything perfectly. It’s about fully experiencing God’s love and letting it perfect you. It’s not about being somebody you are not. It’s about becoming who you really are.” Stormie Omartian
- Welcome to your time with the Lord! I pray it is peaceful, enlightening, and encouraging. Steal away in a quiet place and still your heart. Bring your Bible, journal, and a pen.
- Please read Zephaniah 3:17. Write this powerful verse in your journal or on an index card. Speak it with courage this week and try to memorize it.
God’s Love Brings Freedom
My husband and I recently attended a charity ball. It was an incredible experience. The theme of the night was that God’s love brings freedom and ultimately wins every battle. The speakers emphasized how lives are forever saved as a result of this love. After all, nothing is stronger and more resilient than God’s love.
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow— not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38 NLT)
This love cannot be vanquished, and it is relentless, pursuing us even in our sinful state, if we could only step out of ourselves and accept it.
Because of Christ’s love, we have been redeemed from something weak to something wonderful. He is worthy, and He clothes us in His perfect worthiness when we accept Him and become His daughters. After we have become one with Him and He fills us with His Spirit, He brings complete freedom from our past, who we were, into our lives.
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (1 Corinthians 3:17 NLT)
Freedom is powerful. It is a gift. A treasure.
When we are blocking the Lord’s love, whether due to guilt, anxiety, or fear, and not living in His complete freedom, we aren’t living up to our full potential. Most importantly, we are not glorifying God’s name. As I sat and listened to one particular speaker at the ball share her story, I was trembling from God’s power. This woman revealed how for years she felt something missing in her life. Wow! She admitted that due to shame from an abortion and a divorce, her inability to fully accept God’s love was hindering her as a mother and as a wife to her new husband.
You guys! She went on to powerfully proclaim Jesus Christ and His authority. She shared that one day He spoke to her, and her life was radically changed. God’s love changed her life, as it did mine and most of yours! The love and grace of Jesus Christ are so completely freeing because they lead us to true worship, as we are forever grateful for His undeserved love. We are then focused on Him, not on our failings. Let me say that again….we are not focused on our failings! We have a calling higher than ourselves and an inheritance that is unfading—entirely built on His perfect love.
We also have the Almighty on our side fighting for us. As we daily battle with guilt and worry, He is there, offering His unconditional love. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:14-15). God the Father is on our side, and what is more comforting than that?
The heart of our Father is revealed in those two verses from Psalms. Regardless of what we have done or what is going on around us currently, nothing can penetrate the protective shield and the freedom that God has placed around our spirits. When we trust that we are eternally secure because of God’s great love and His ultimate triumph over evil, we can experience an unwavering serenity that transcends our circumstances.
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- Is there something from your past that is hindering you from accepting God’s love?
- Who do you think God made you to be?
- What are some of your natural gifts and talents?
Write the answers to these questions in a journal. Pray about them and truly ponder them. At the Help Club for Moms, we believe it is very important to sit quietly before the Lord and not rush these kinds of important thoughts. It is in the stillness that God will often speak to you and reveal His plans for you.
Pick a night this week, or even thirty minutes over the weekend, to be alone. Ask your sweet husband to watch the kids, and allow yourself this time. Listen to the Big Daddy Weave song “Redeemed.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzGAYNKDyIU .
If this song touches you like it has me, share it with that sweet husband of yours. Talk together about the “heavy chains” that you need to shake off. Grow together as a couple in the complete freedom of Christ.