Nothing Can Separate (Continued from Remain in My Love)

We talked several months ago about how we Remain in My Love…….

If you’re thinking, “So what if I don’t feel like He loves me?” I’m so glad you asked!

It can be hard to really feel the emotions of love by God towards us. Our emotions are the temperature gauge of the body, soul, and spirit. When our emotions are healthy and in check, they can be a powerful tool in life. I find what Peter Scazzero says about emotions full of wisdom and life application:

“Ignoring our emotions is turning our back on reality. Listening to our emotions ushers us into reality. And reality is where we meet God. . . . Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice. . .”
Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life In Christ

But on the other hand, emotions can also be fickle and tricksie too!!

So when we mess up, get in a slump, or fall into an emotional pit, we can feel like God doesn’t love us or is nowhere around. When depression or discouragement wash over us, it feels like God doesn’t care, or no one else cares for that matter. When we sin, that separation of fellowship can feel like a Grand Canyon.

When we are in the pit like this, there is no other passage of Scripture that promises God’s overwhelming love can never be taken from us than Romans 8:31-39.

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The enemy can’t accuse you or condemn you enough to separate you from God’s love. No circumstance bad enough or drama deep enough can cause God to withdraw His Everlasting Love. No deep, dark issue or secret pain could ever be bad enough for God to say, “She’s not worth it.”

No, in fact, “I am convinced that NOTHING can ever separate us from God’s love.”

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If you are feeling unloved or unlovable this Valentine’s month, then seek His face, find His Presence embracing you, and discover that nothing can separate you from His love!!!

~Amy

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Advent: Love’s Greatest Story

Romantic movies try to create it. Love songs try to sing about it. Fairy tales try to capture it.

A longing lies in each of us for a Great Love Story.

We are drawn to such art, media, and entertainment because they touch in us this deep desire for love. Our hearts, and yes even our spirits, long for romance, adventure, and passion. We experience these thin attempts at love and long for more because they are only a shadow of something deeper we desire.

Before time began, God wrote the story we crave. God set forth the plan to pursue and redeem us for Himself. He wrote the story of Jesus Christ as the Savior for us all.

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Photo credit Julie Anna Johnson, WoW2013

In this great romance, He didn’t send Jesus to get us cleaned up good enough so he could finally show His love to us. No, this isn’t your familiar love story where the perfect looking hero and heroine meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. Instead, while we were yet sinners, broken, ugly, and undeserving of His attention,   He sent Jesus as the Word made flesh because He already loved us. His motivation to send His Son as Savior of the World was because of His passionate love for us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have Everlasting Life. John 3:16

Read it again for the first time. It doesn’t say that He sent His Son to make the people lovable and then pursue us the object of His Desire. Rather, He loved us first and then set in motion the plot of the Great Love Story. The Hero seeks out the heroine even before she knows He is searching for her!

The fourth week of Advent reminds us of this great love God has for each of us and to be reminded that God’s pure, passionate love was why He sent us a Savior.Adventjoy

It makes perfect sense, then, the weeks of Advent are all part of the Great Love Story- Thanksgiving giving way to Hope, Hope making room for Peace, Peace leading us to Joy, and Joy opening our hearts for Love. In a dramatic, breath-taking conclusion, Christ bursts onto the scene as a baby, Emmanuel- God with us, and Love’s Greatest Story is birthed in our hearts!

As we light the 4th candle of Advent, I pray this love story is written on your heart in such a way the celebration of Jesus’ birth floods you with Hope, Peace, Joy and most of all, Love!

~Amy

Dear Enemy….

Dear Enemy…….

I know you are doing your best to weigh me down. I know you love to see me worried, frustrated, and bothered. You love to see me tired, overwhelmed, and empty. Ready to throw in the towel. You’d like that, wouldn’t you?

Yes, when I get knocked back and stunned by people who criticize and talk about me, I know you take such delight. You watch while others, who should know better, leave me speechless with their words and actions while you sit back and quietly cheer them on. You whisper in their ears to take the jab, the sucker-punch, or the stab in the back.

Yes, I know…really, its you.

You love to dish out as much sickness, pain, and depression as possible stealing abundance and joy at every turn.  So many around are enduring such difficult tragedy and grieving such loss while you are trying your best to make them forget. To make me forget.

But I won’t forget.

In fact, I am learning it a little more each day. I am learning just how much God loves me.

Are you nervous? You should be.

See, I am learning that no matter what you throw at me, it can’t change the fact that I am deeply loved. At one time just knowing that God loved me to save me from my sin was enough. But now, I’m beginning to realize it’s even more than that. It’s growing in me like the dawn growing brighter into a new day. It’s growing in me like a tiny ember fanning into a wild flame. He loves me!!

I may be hard-pressed but you can’t crush me.

I may be perplexed but you can’t make me despair.

I may be persecuted but you can’t make Him abandon me.

I may be struck down but you can’t destroy me.

Because at the end of the day no matter what you’ve done to me, His Love never fails, it never gives up, and it never runs out on me. And, I can face anything because His Love guards my heart and gives me the strength to keep going.

So, I will keep turning the other cheek. I will keep forgiving. I will keep standing up for what is right. I will keep loving others.  He will keep pouring into me and I will keep pouring it out on others and Love will come full circle. I will love Him more each day until every fiber of my being is completely consumed by Him.

He loves me. And, there’s not a thing you can do about it.

~Amy