Friday, February 10, 2012

Can Something So Magnificent Happen Again?

Ephesians 3:19 (NIV 1984)
And to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:19 (Amplified)
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
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 “Lord, I want to experience Your love. Please flood me with Your presence.”

A few years ago after reading this week’s verse (in the Amplified), I was filled with so much emotion that I literally stood up and prayed those words out loud.

The thought of actually being flooded with God Himself brought me to tears of anticipation and awe. I was so excited just even imagining the vastness of what I was asking. The joy that followed was astounding.

Did it last?

As with most of my spiritual victories, the business of life distracted me, until I gradually returned to a knowledge that He loved me, rather than the daily experience of His love. But with your help (prayers and accountability), I will return to this glorious verse and begin again to enjoy the fullness of God.

Does knowing that Someone so great loves you change the way you handle stress? How is it transforming your prayer life? Your feelings about God? (Next week, we’ll focus on how we can love Him more.)

For those of you who are continuing the goal to personally experience God’s love more and more, let me (and others) know how you’re doing. Is it changing the way you think about yourselves or others?

If you’ve set different goals for this week to overcome specific behavior or sin areas, let us know how you’re doing and what Bible verses are helping you. How can we pray for you?

What do you think?

     • Did you gain a deeper understanding about His love while memorizing verse eighteen last week?

     • Is learning how much God loves you affecting the choices you’re making – for yourselves or for others?

2 comments:

  1. Someone recently asked me if I was working to be a better wife after reading my comments on this blog. Well, if you ask me (and not my husband, yet) I think I'm doing better. Daily I pray that the "words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart would be pleasing to the Lord" (Ps. 19:14) and I offer my mouth as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to the Lord (based on Rom 12). That helps me to think before I speak. But I think the most help has come from our Scripture verses for this month. It is in realizing how dearly loved I am by the Lord makes me want to be a better person to others and treat them as the Lord treats me. I've been working, too, on changing myself (not my husband) and letting the Holy Spirit show me where and how to change and in doing that, I am changing and realizing for once in my life that I have not let the Lord define who I am. Aren't we all a work in progress? My prayer for all who read this blog is that the Lord would satisfy us all in the morning with His unfailing love that we may rejoice and be glad all our days (Ps.90:14). No matter where we are or what we are going through, absolutely nothing can separate us from His love.

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  2. I laughed a little when you said, "if you ask me (and not my husband, yet)" I totally relate! But, I'm hopeful for both of us because I truly believe there will be a day when our husbands will rise up and say that even they see an improvement in us.

    Honestly, MJ, this (with last week's) verse can revolutionize us and our entire lives, including as wives! Don't you think?

    MJ, your comments are honest, real, and very encouraging. I believe God has gifted you with saying things in a way that many can relate to. And please continue to pray for me (and go ahead and include the other blog readers, while you're at it!)

    God bless you and thank you for sharing again.

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