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You Are Loved By God!

motocrossraceDo you know that God the Father loves you exactly the same as He loves Jesus Christ the Son?

From my Christian experience, I believe the root cause of all our spiritual weakness and problems come from not correctly understanding God, as a Loving Father. When this is lacking, it affects every area of our life. Some years ago I went through my own major challenges and changes which were very difficult. As I look back, it's easy for me to see that some of my problem was not understanding this most important life changing revelation, but certain things had to happen for me to be able to see this clearly, which I'm now thankful for. My desire is to help others miss the damaging affects of not knowing the intimacy of the Father's love.

We've all have seen the banners at sporting events of people holding signs that read: John 3:16 – For God so loved the world.... Tim Tebow even writes it on the glare blocker tape under his eyes, but the words of love written in scripture for those who believe are almost overwhelming and sometimes hard to accept.

"...that the world may know that you have sent Me, and have loved them as you have loved Me." - John 17:23

This is a prayer by Jesus Himself, that those who believe might understand this truth and show it to the world around them. When this grips our heart, it will be manifested in our lives first, then the world around will see the truth of scripture alive in our lives: that God so loved the world.

Most Christians believe theoretically in a loving Heavenly Father, but the fact that worry, anxiousness, insecurity and fear prevail in many, proves that they don't believe it deep down in their hearts. There are fewer still, who would dare to believe that God loves them: as much as He loves Jesus!

None of us could dare to believe such a truth if Jesus had not plainly told us that it was so. Once our eyes are opened to this glorious truth, it will change our whole outlook on life forever. All murmuring, depression and gloom will altogether vanish. I know this can happen, because it happened in my life.

It's not because of our works that we enter into this victorious life. It's not through self-effort of doing this or doing that, but through making a choice, a choice to believe that God's perfect love is real for anyone today.

All the preaching of don't do this or don't do that accomplishes nothing. We must choose and the choice is obvious. Why wouldn't someone choose to believe and live for the One who loves them, instead of choosing to believe and live for the one who hates them.

Many believers live under the condemnation of satan who keeps telling them lies, "You're not fasting enough, you're are not praying enough, you're not witnessing enough, you're not reading the Bible enough, you did this wrong, you did that wrong, you made this mistake, you made that mistake, etc., etc." Constantly allowing ones self to be whipped by such thoughts will only crush any love for God or mankind one may have. I'm saddened to say, I know preachers who beat the sheep with these lies of condemnation every Sunday. All self-discipline, self-effort, fasting, praying, tithing and witnessing are dead works, if they do not originate from the beauty, the kindness and the manifested love you have for God inside you?

The world is full of people who are looking for someone to manifest the true love of Jesus. Many go from church to church, wanting to be loved. Some seek for love in ways that only destroy their life. Even after conversion and believing in John 3:16, many still remain insecure, living with the defeated mentality of an orphan, when there is no need for this to be so.

The only answer to this problem is to find our security in the love of God. Jesus repeatedly told His disciples of the Father's love, that the hairs on their head were all numbered and that a God Who fed the millions of birds and clothed the millions of flowers would certainly take care of them. As God cared for Jesus, He will care for us.

When we love Jesus and believe in what He did for mankind by taking away our sin through His sacrifice on the cross, we can have complete confidence that we're His sons and daughters. His love is around us, upon us and in us. We can rest knowing that eternal life lives within our very being, which makes us want to shout for joy. When one realizes this, there is strength in us to say no to sin and the ways of the world that only hinder our love for Him.

As I've grown in my understanding of God's grace and love over the years, believing this truth has absolutely revolutionized my life. What peace and confidence it brings when we understand how much God loves us. Sometimes I walk through my house thanking and praising God, saying:

"Father, I thank you, that you love Steve as much as you love Jesus, You love Steve as much as you love Jesus, You love Steve as much as you love Jesus."

You can do this as well, when your confidence and trust are not looking at your own righteousness or your own goodness, but believe in HIS! Believing in His righteousness for you will transform your life. God loves you as much as He loves Jesus!

This is the unshakeable foundation of my life, I pray it becomes yours: GOD LOVES YOU and ME JUST AS MUCH AS HE LOVES JESUS.

Do you love Jesus today my friend? The Father's love is toward you, around you and great for you now. Believe it and receive it!

Call upon the Lord Jesus Today, He loves you!

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