“Unfolding your life for you is a joy every heavenly moment. I relish the idea that you will eventually be the person that I have planned for you to be. I see how you stumble and wander and wonder. I love how you are seeking for truth. It pleases Me that you are coming to Me more often for that truth. You need to know that I am pleased with you. I understand how far you have to go. I appreciate the struggles that you are going through. I knew how many times you would fail long before you were born, and still I gladly invited you to be with Me for eternity.
If you have any doubt that I would ever leave you or forsake you, eliminate that doubt forever in your mind. It is all a lie of the enemy. I have created you. I have called you. Now I am forming you. I will invest My time in you because I believe in who you are. You are valuable to Me. It delights Me to know that I am becoming more valuable to you each and every day. This is only the beginning. You should see what I have in store for you. Run your race hard. Focus on your calling. Prepare as a bride in waiting with every fiber of your being. It will all be worth it.”
Ps. 139:14-16 NIV
14) I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15) My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16) your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
2 Cor. 3:3 AMP
You show and make obvious that you are a letter Christ delivered by us, not written with ink but with [the] Spirit of [the] living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
II Tim. 4:7-8 NIV
7) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8) Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
What an incredible Father! The more we learn of Him, the more we can understand why He goads us, chastises us, encourages us, and flat out loves us. He has a plan for us.
I once received a letter demanding that I remove a person from our mailing list. He asked to be removed because he stated that the messages were for the “namby-pamby, wimpy, and weak.” He went on to say that the messages nauseated him and that a “Mr. Rogers” approach to the gospel was not appealing to him. He said that God is violent with our sins and will rip us from them by force…
I took that letter to prayer often after receiving it, wondering if the strong truth needed to bring each of us to proper, honest repentance was not being spoken. Many times I reviewed the former messages to gain overall insight into what is really on the heart of our Father.
I have come to this conclusion. Our Father in heaven is a loving Father who is eliminating the sin in our lives with determined energy. He has brought us to Himself through Jesus Christ so that we have the privilege of knowing who He really is. God is violent with our sin, but He is loving toward us. We have been brought into His presence because of the shed blood of Jesus. That blood is not wasted.
There is a fearful awe of God that is missing in the church today. He will not be mocked. That awe, however, should never overwhelm us to the point that we can’t go to Him in need while we are in the process of being cleaned up and made into the image of Christ. We can come to Him, confident that He will accept us because of and covered in the blood of Jesus.
I feel very sorry for the one who wrote the letter mentioned above. He has focused on an attitude that shows little of the complete nature of our Father who loves us deeply, whether He is chastising us or encouraging us. The man is missing so much.
Able to cry “Abba” because of Jesus,