Monday, May 07, 2012

It Really is Enough

We beg to feel loved by Jesus, to feel something, yet we're always looking for an earthly kind of love.  We want to feel warm and fuzzy, but we're again putting our God in a box.  When we do that, we ignore the cross. How could any warm and fuzzy feeling be better than that, or even come close?  This God box is our self-imposed curse that threatens to choke out a beautiful and pure relationship between us and our Savior.  We can't fully enjoy Him because we're too busy wondering how to squeeze Him into our ideas of what He should be.

Look at the cross, dear friend.  Really look at it.  Is it not enough that He willingly took on our sins so we could be one with our Father?  It's so much more than a ticket to heaven!  It's protection from the wrath of a most holy God.  It's a tearing of the curtain that separates us from Him.  It's a Son drinking the cup of agony so that we don't have to.  It's the making of a way- the only way for us to receive life, for sin equals death, and there is no way we can stand before this righteous God without the cross.
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (1 John 4:10 ESV)
"To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6)
Yet we wonder if He loves us?  We look at our circumstances; they seem bleak; and we shake our fist at heaven, asking God, "Why?!"  Why is this so hard?  Why don't I feel You?  For some reason we've convinced ourselves that being a follower of Christ means everything should always be good and pleasant, and that we're protected from the hard times.  
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." (1 Peter 4:12-14 ESV)
We must know and believe in our deepest soul parts that the Cross really IS enough.   It's enough to prove His love for us and it's enough to give us hope when all seems lost.  There is freedom in the knowing, even when the feeling isn't there. 
He is alive and we are free!  He is alive and we have found our peace.  Our King has come! -Elevation Worship
Always counting...

#506 Voice of the Lord, clear with direction
#507 Cloudy days
#509 Laughter
#510 Enjoyment teaching about Rome
#511 Healing is in Your hands
#512 Prayers for strength, always answered.
#513 Perfect photo shoot
#514 Old friend coming home
#515 Letter in the mail from the sister of my heart


Meag said...

I love the 1 Peter verse and also #510.

The Watered Soul said...

What a powerful message Katie. I agree that sometimes we are still looking for evidence of God's love for us. And we mistakenly assume that it is missing because we find ourselves in the midst of trying times. But neither our condition or our surrounds are what proves His love. He showed it all on the cross. 

Shari @ Leaving A Legacy said...

I loved this. Sometimes the things of this word give us preconceived notions of what love should be like and we end up missing the love that's right in front of us. I pray that God would help me to break those notions and just focus on the cross!

Alexandra Anne Austin said...

The "putting God in a box" analogy is so true. We're all guilty of it. So glad we have a God full of grace and love! 


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