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God loves us, and that love builds up our faith and makes us stronger. Discover how to take your spiritual relationship to a higher level by discovering the fullness of God's love. When love takes root in your heart - it will change everything around you.
My Father loves me!
Recently those four words began resounding in my spirit more loudly and strongly than ever, resulting in some of the sweetest, most precious times of fellowship with the Lord I have known. I have drawn closer to Him in a way I never experienced before.
As I go to bed at night, I think about that love. If I wake in the night, His love is present in my room. The very first thought I have in the morning is: My Father loves me today and wants to do something magnificent for me. And it has all come from a growing awareness of the overwhelming love my heavenly Father has for me.
It began when I went before the Lord and shared my dissatisfaction over my relationship with Him. (Not that anything was wrong with Him, mind you!)
I had slipped into relating to Him on a strictly “business” level—a word for Sunday, wisdom for a situation, provision for our household and others. My prayer time had taken on a production-mode mentality.
In all the spiritual hustle and bustle, I was missing my Father.
Finally, I just stopped and said, “Lord, there must be something more to my relationship with You. I want a place of communion with You where we can fellowship as Father and son. I hunger to know You better and relate to You more intimately.”
No sooner had I prayed this, than certain things began to happen.
I was drawn to read scriptures that told of God’s love for me. I found out from John 17:23 (The Amplified Bible) that my heavenly Father loves me as much as He loves Jesus!
I meditated on what Paul called “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of God’s love (Ephesians 3:13-21), and that God desires to love me exceeding abundantly above all I could ever ask or think.
Often I will simply say to myself, My Father loves me, and I’ll smile as peace rises in my heart. It has literally changed my life from the inside out. I have experienced a divine transformation.
I feel like I have been born again…again.
What About the Needs?
Now what, you may ask, about the answers, wisdom, provision and direction I need? Well this revelation of God’s love has taken my faith to a brand- new level.
You see, Galatians 5:6 says faith works by love. And I’ve come to realize that my faith is activated, energized, built up and stronger by knowing the love my Father has for me.
There is a new confidence that whatever I ask the Father, it is mine. Why? Because He loves me. This has opened a new door in my heart to believe and receive from God.
If you’ll allow this love from God to grow in your heart, it will solve so many of the problems you face. That’s because you will be totally secure and confident in the Father’s care and love.
God’s love will be so alive in you that it will remove worry and cause you to lay down your life for others. Your focus will no longer be on yourself. It will be on God’s love for you, your love for Him and your love for others.
You can become so consumed by God’s love that you won’t even notice when an offensive word is spoken against you. It just won’t affect you. God’s love for you will become so real that every response will come out of a pure, love-filled heart. The greater the awareness you have of God’s love for you, the greater love you will have for others.
It should be no surprise to us when we say, “My Father loves me!” After all, this statement is one of the major reasons the Holy Spirit was sent to live in us. He came to communicate our Father’s love.
Romans 5:5 says, “…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” The Father is pouring His love into our hearts. And He uses the Holy Spirit to do it.
What exactly is the Holy Spirit saying to our hearts? Galatians 4:4-6 tells us: “When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son (the Holy Spirit) into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
Abba, Father is the most intimate name a child can give his father. Some translations render the word as “Papa.” But the literal Greek translation for Abba, Father, is “My Father, my dear Father!”
Now can you see why we have been saying, “My Father loves me?” That is, in essence, why the Holy Spirit has been sent—to reassure our hearts. The Holy Spirit is crying out, Abba, Father! And He’s crying it out in your heart right now!
Rediscovering God’s Love
I pray that you will truly comprehend the limitless, unsurpassed, overwhelming love of your Father. He desires to do something magnificent for you today and He wants to love you exceeding abundantly above all you could ever ask or think.
Begin today rediscovering God’s love for you. Start by saying:
My heavenly Father loves me. He cares about every detail of my life. I behold what manner of love the Father has for me that I might be called a child of God. I am a child of God and receive all that my inheritance allows. Thank You, Father, for loving me as much as You do!
As you begin to realize anew the love God has for you, there are three things I challenge you to do:
- Identify every act of God’s love in your life — large or small.
- As you identify these acts of love, take time to say, “My Father loves me!”
- Magnify these acts of love through praise and thanksgiving.
Take time now to be still and hear His voice. Listen very closely. From deep within, the Holy Spirit is crying out—declaring, reassuring. He is saying, Your Father, your dear Father loves you!