The One: Experience Jesus Week Eight

The One: Experience Jesus | Mystery Revealed

“God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You. Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power.” Ephesians 1:16-19 The Voice

photo by @mattlowden

photo by @mattlowden

As we conclude this devotional series I’ve been thinking about the phrase that we often hear, that “God loves us”. It’s something that could be said to us and either have no real impact on our hearts or alternatively, make all the difference in the world. Words have an effect on us, they can build up and they can tear down. Some negative words spoken will have no weight because of the source they come from, while some positive words said by certain people can make us believe we could do anything in life.

In the above scripture Paul is praying for the Ephesian church, asking God that ultimately they would personally know the One that they’re following, because He’s the mystery revealed. He now lives in them, He wants them to experience Him and so Paul prays to “Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You”. Jesus is the word of God, and the expression of Gods love for us. Reading His words to us is reminding us of His love for us and will replace the negative words we can hear and have spoken over our lives in the world.

photo by @mattlowden

photo by @mattlowden

The phrase “God loves us” is of no value to us if we only listen to those words but do not hear them. In Matthew 7:24, Jesus says: “Those of you who are listening and do not hear—you are like a fool who builds a house on sand.” There’s a difference between listening and hearing. We can listen to someone says “God loves you” and miss it completely if we don’t hear what they say. Hearing is looking past what is being said, thinking more deeply about the words, and studying the meaning so that we would then start applying what was being said.

photo by @mattlowden

photo by @mattlowden

When we walk through life with a sense of God’s love, not based on achieving His love but remembering to receive it, we’ll start to experience Him more each day. Our relationships with Him and with each other will grow stronger and more authentic.

With Christmas around the corner, we celebrate the love of God for humanity through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So as we get closer to His birthday and the New Year, lets make “hearing” God’s love for us a core resolution in our lives. Because the house we built will only withstand the various seasons of life if it’s built on His love for us personally.

photo by @waterproject

photo by @waterproject

Questions

Q. What does “God loves me” really mean to me personally?

Q. Do I just listen to God through His word and not hear what he’s saying? Do I need to become more teachable in my relationship with Jesus?

Q. How different would my day be if I truly believed that God loves me not based on my good or bad behavior, but because I was a child of God?

Action

Being actively involved in this relationship with Jesus is the only way we’ll see an authentic relationship with Him grow deeper. For the final action of this series, pray to God asking Him what He wants to reveal to you, what you should be looking deeper into so you’re not only listening but also hearing. Finally what action could you take to grow in your understanding of His love for you?

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