In Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) Paul says “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul is basically saying that God love you regardless; regardless of your situation, regardless of your status, regardless of how you identify yourself, even regardless of your sin.

if you Google the word regardless, you’ll get this:  without paying attention to the present situation; despite the prevailing circumstances.

I encourage you today to come to Jesus and simply embrace his love. Don’t worry about fear of judgement or some random, crazy thing that someone did or said to you which makes you feel that God does not or cannot live you. Christianity is, first, about nothing other than love.

Come to Jesus, regardless!

God-shaped hole (part 2)

In part teo, I discussed being completely filled with God and not allowing other things to creep in and steal even a small part of that hole. I broke that down into three sections:

Firstly, we must fully understand our heart (our inner being). According to Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV), “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jesus and Paul spoke about the heart quite a bit as well, saying that evil comes from the heart and that we only speak what our heart is full of. The psalmist David prayed for God to “create in me a pure heart” in Psalm 51:10 and Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” There must be something to this! I don’t want us to be scared of our heart but we obviously should be cautious of our thoughts and attitudes.

Second, we’re probably all familiar with First Corinthians chapter five which warns us that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” In those times, they would often use leaven that was left over from a previous batch of bread to make a new loaf. It works great for sourdough bread but not so great in our Christian walk. We must fully eradicate our old life as to ensure that it does not hinder the growth of our new, Christian life!

Finally, we need to make God feel welcome. Jesus said that anything we do for the “least of these,” we have done for Him (Matthew 25). This means we should be looking for people to share our faith story with as to encourage them to follow Jesus as well. Simply being a Christian is only the first step! We must change our lifestyle so that God feels welcome to move in us and through us!

Steven Furtick says, “You can’t make God move in your life, but you can make room for God to move in your life.” That sums up the message perfectly!