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