As we strive to grow our faith, there are two non-negotiable truths we must come to grips with. One, like everything else in life, faith must be tested in order to be trusted and relied upon. And, since the object of our faith is God and His nature, character, and promises, then our faith in Him and His Word must be tested in order to be believed. Unfortunately, this usually comes by trials and tribulation, the stuff nightmares are made of.
And two, when tested our faith must win over our fears, doubts, and insecurities, no matter what. We cannot let our damaged emotions or faulty self-image eclipse what God says about us, no matter how much we want to believe otherwise. After all, God is God… and we are… well, not.
So let’s take a simple truth about God and ourselves and see if we can truly believe what His Word says (and this one is hard to believe because God claims to feel something about us that sometimes we don’t feel ourselves.)
God says He loves you. And He loves you unconditionally, no matter what you have done and no matter if you love Him back. God has an incomprehensible, mind-blowing, love for you that is beyond description. Does this seem like an unrealistic, over-the-top statement? Or, maybe I’m guilty of a bit of exaggerating? Well, let’s see.
In this message, we are going to look at five statements about God’s love for you (make it personal) and then try to learn how to live each day as if we really believed them. And by the way, this is how your faith grows. You accept, by faith, a specific truth as true, and then put it to the test in real life. Which is exactly what we are going to do this week.
These five truths are:
One, there is nothing you can do, or have done, or will do, that will separate you from the love of God. God wants you to know you are secure in His love – Romans 8:35-39.
Two, God’s love for you, regardless of your failures, is so great and perfect and wonderful that it is impossible to describe or fully understand – Ephesians 3:18-19.
Three, God’s love for you is so personal that He calls you His child— which is exactly what you are! – 1 John 3:1.
Four, God loves you so much that He gave you the Holy Spirit as the full manifestation of His love, to live in you and be with you forever. God gave you the Holy Spirit because He wants you to be filled with His love – Romans 5:5.
And Five, at your very worst, when you were at the height of your rebellion against Him, and when you were most unlovable, at that time God chose to love you by sacrificing His Son to secure your salvation in Him – Romans 5:8.
So join us and we strive to grow our faith by whatever means possible as we learn how to Leave Laodicea behind.