Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Behind Those Eyes Blog Bible Study: Chapter 8

What a refreshing chapter don't you think?!?!? Lisa wrote this chapter, "We are completely loved and accepted completely" and timed it really good! This past week has been a whirlwind of emotions for me and reading it was like a fresh aroma of spring...refreshing, revitalizing, renewing.

See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. ~1 John 3:1 (Amplified)

I think sometimes we allow the stresses of life to consume us and blind us from this incredible truth that we live in-we are completely loved and accepted by God. If only we could get to the point in which that is enough. If we did then we would truly be able to live out Paul's words in Romans 8:16&17 (TLB):
"For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts, and tells us that we really are God's children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures-for all God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too."

"God already knows that He accepts us just as we are...with all our failures and faults and insecurities, but He wants us to know that-to really know that". Have you experienced that? I have. It is such a joy, a peace that words cannot do justice for.

So this week, I have savored on some of the scripture Lisa reminded us of and it has served to be profound against what satan has thrown at me. such as:

Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me~Jer.12:3a

You understand, O LORD; remember me and care for me~Jer. 15:15a
but most importantly.....
Come near to God and He will come near to you~Jame 4:8a

This was a sweet week of being reminded of how loved we are...perfectly loved, genuinely accepted. It's not just the icing on the cake of life, its the whole cake!!

Soak in His love~Pamela
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death, in the hope that if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while in the body.~Philippians 3:10-11, Amplified

6 comments:

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I love the quote from her book you shared. I included that in my post also. It made me smile when she said God already knows He accepts us.

I love James 4:8. I love all of James but that is a very I recently memorized in a different version. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

This chapter was a sweet reminder...a love letter...from God, huh? :-)
Love,
Paula

Liz said...

James 4:8 is a winner for me this week too. Thanks for the encouraging post and the sweet comment on my blog. :)
Blessings,
Liz

Cindy said...

I'm ready to eat the whole cake!!

Carol said...

Pam, This was a great breath of fresh air for me as well. I felt loved by our Lord as I wrote my post that I just wanted to continue to soak it in.

When I read what you wrote here "I think sometimes we allow the stresses of life to consume us and blind us from this incredible truth that we live in-we are completely loved and accepted by God. If only we could get to the point in which that is enough. If we did then we would truly be able to live out Paul's words in Romans 8:16&17 (TLB):" I just had to say how true that is.

It's so easy to get distracted, but God always gently calls us back and loves on us some more.

Love,
Carol

Lisa said...

Pamela...
Loved those reminders of such short and yet abundantely SWEET Scriptures. I am so thankful you are truly walking in the truth of His love. The words in this post reflect that, friend!

Love sharing this journey with you!
Lisa :)

Mari said...

I am blessed as usual by your insights. And you are so right, God's love is the whole cake, icing and all! Thanks for blessing us with your wisdom once again.