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He's Where The Joy Is (Week 4 Recap- January 30,2023)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”

2 Cor 5:21

If there is one scripture to memorize, I think this one could be on the top of the list. Jesus, who had no sin became sin on our behalf. Jesus became sin on the cross so we could be free of it. Jesus has set us free as we are no longer slaves to sin. As you take time to think about what He did for you and me… what happens inside of you?

There have been times in my life where I would hear others talk about the love of Christ. They would speak about this deep love they knew the Lord had for them. They deeply knew this love and their conviction was evident. Quietly I would wonder, “When was the last time I felt the Father’s love?” How about you? Have you ever wondered that?

I am a feeler. Actually some people in my life may even say at times,"I roll in my feelings." If I am not careful, I can easily let my feelings dictate what I do and what I don’t do. I can easily let my feelings be my guide however, I have learned over the years the danger in letting your feelings dictate too much . Not to say you shouldn’t pay attention to them because you should, however I think knowing their role is most wise. I have learned that feelings should be more indicators instead of dictators. So if I would rely only on my feelings to gage the love of God, I will quickly realize I am robbing myself of so much.

Why would I think that I need to “feel” love from God all of the time in order to believe He has great love for me? It's not like in my marriage I feel the “feels” from my husband every day. He doesn’t reassure me or woo me daily to remind me of his love. I just know my husband and see His love by His words and actions. There are times where he protects, provides, comforts me. Those are often sweet reminders of his love. So what if we look at our relationship with God in the same way?

In our personal walks with the Lord, we begin to learn more about Him. We read scripture and do bible studies that teach us biblical truths. There are MANY scriptures that show us how God protects, provides and comforts His children.

God Protects: “For the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deut 20:4 God Provides: And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Cor9:8 God Comforts Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Cor 1:3

As we read these scriptures and meditate on them, these truths move to our hearts. When they live in our hearts, we begin to develop a deep knowing, an inner knowing. We begin to stand on the truths of God and realize that they are for us. Looking at 2 Cor 5:21 I think you cannot escape the realization of the deep love God has for us. Jesus made the way to the Father. He died our death in order to give us life. I am not sure of a greater love than that… can you?!?



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