Isaiah 29:13 “…their hearts were far from Me”
Luke 13:34 “…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing”.
Oh my friends, if we could only come to believe that we, (and those we loved), were not created to just be good husbands or wives, good fathers or mothers, good sons or daughters…good anything…but that we were in fact, created for Love.
Ah, to live as though we knew that our destiny was to be loved by Perfect Love, and then that we would live out our live’s destiny by loving Him and all those around us.
This is the heart of “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…”
This is the reason that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it…”.
This is the Battle that we were born into on this planet, (the enemy has been on a mission to deceive us about Him from the beginning in the Garden).
And that Battle is: To know and make known the truth of who God is. The truth that He is in fact Love. 1 John 4:8
I recently shared at a Women’s Retreat, a message that I have become convinced is the heart of the Lord for us.
“What If I Really Believed I Was Loved By God?” (available in CDs at familyministries.com)
We spent 3 days together looking into the Word and praying that the truth of God’s Love would heal, delight, change and empower us to live the lives for which we were created.
The following devotion from Ransomed Heart Ministries echoes that same heart cry.
What does God want from us?
“The gospel says that we, who are God’s beloved, created a cosmic crisis. It says we were stolen from our True Love and that He launched the greatest campaign in the history of the world to get us back. God created us for intimacy with Him. When we turned our back on Him He promised to come for us. He sent personal messengers; He used beauty and affliction to recapture our hearts. After all else failed, He conceived the most daring of plans. Under the cover of night He stole into the enemy’s camp incognito, the Ancient of Days disguised as a newborn. The Incarnation, as Philip Yancey reminds us, was a daring raid into enemy territory. The whole world lay under the power of the evil one and we were held in the dungeons of darkness. God risked it all to rescue us. Why? What is it that He sees in us that causes Him to act the jealous lover, to lay siege both on the kingdom of darkness and on our own idolatries—not to annihilate, but to win us once again for Himself? This fierce intention, this reckless ambition that shoves all conventions aside, willing literally to move heaven and earth.
We’ve been offered many explanations. From one religious camp we’re told that what God wants is obedience, or sacrifice, or adherence to the right doctrines, or morality. Those are the answers offered by conservative churches. The more therapeutic churches suggest that no, God is after our contentment, or happiness, or self-actualization, or something else along those lines. He is concerned about all these things, of course, but they are not His primary concern. What He is after is us—our laughter, our tears, our dreams, our fears, our heart of hearts.
Remember his lament in Isaiah, that though his people were performing all their duties, “their hearts are far from me”.
How few of us truly believe this. We’ve never been wanted for our heart, our truest self, not really, not for long. The thought that God wants our heart seems too good to be true.”
Father, I pray that Your Spirit would war over us to convince us of Your Love. I pray that the miracle of believing Your Love would create new brain pathways in us and cause us to become powerful in the battles we face. I pray, believing it is Your delight and intention to do this, in Jesus’ Name and authority, Amen