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good person, and I’m afraid I’ll disappoint you.”
When the woman looked again into His eyes, she almost changed her mind. I’ve never seen such kindness before! Her voice dropped to a whisper, “I do love you, Lord. I’m just not ready.”
Have you ever believed God is disappointed in you? Perhaps you think He’s getting weary of your constant “messing up.” Or maybe you find yourself putting off your quiet time due to a recent relapse into sinful behavior. A few of you may have resisted asking Jesus into your hearts because you think you’re not good enough.
I want to encourage you with this week’s verse. Pay special attention to the second sentence:
Ephesians 3:17 (Amplified Bible)
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love.
What an amazing verse. Try to imagine what it would be like to be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love by the One Who loves, even when you’re at your worse. I can’t think of anything more appealing than to be secure, especially when I don’t love myself or when I’m devastated due to poor choices I’ve made.
This verse has significance for those who have never felt ready to invite Jesus to come into their hearts, as well as for those who would like to experience the security His deep abiding love provides.
Inviting Jesus to make His permanent home in your heart (life) happens when you come to the understanding that you have sinned and cannot “make it right” by performing enough good deeds. You realize and accept that only the finished work of Jesus, God Himself (dying an agonizing death for your sins), can make you “eligible” to enter heaven. In addition, Jesus’ death and resurrection allows you to live as you really want to live, rather than being a slave to your sins and bad habits.
This is also referred to as becoming “saved, “born again” and “asking Jesus to become your Lord and Savior”: (Lord: giving Him authority over your life; Savior: thanking Him for saving you from hell and the oppression of sin.) Once you’ve asked Jesus to become your Lord and Savior, then you can begin to experience a new sense of security in your relationships with God – and with others.
Jesus loved me, and you, so much that He died on the cross for sins He never committed so we could live for Him now, and one day spend eternity with Him! How beautiful is that?
Instead of setting a goal for this week, I’d like to end with a very special prayer (similar to one I prayed many years ago):
Lord, I am not the person I want to be. I am a sinner and I am unable to change without Your help. Thank You for dying for my sins. I want to be rooted in Your love so much that I become founded securely on Your love. The only way I know how to do this is by giving You my heart and life (all that I am). I want this New Year to be different; therefore, I am asking You to be my Lord and Savior, by making Your permanent home in my heart. Thank You, Jesus. There is no god like You!
Please feel free to share your thoughts or questions about this post (via the comment link). You can find directions on how to use the comment link on the sidebar, "The Method."
Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, immediate goals (setting task-related goals), addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)