God’s Love Blows My Mind!
Last night we attended the JUMP Christmas production at our church, St. Louis Family Church, which was fabulous by the way! Standing room only!
Before the production started I had gone into the restroom and was standing there in front of the mirror at church trying to figure out how to get some color in my lips because I accidentally left my lipstick at home.
A lady must’ve thought I was upset because she said something like, “Oh honey don’t worry about it. You look fine.”
I wasn’t upset but I said, “Oh, I just left my lipstick at home.”
Then Linda, another lady standing there, who I have seen at church before but had never met said, “I have a brand new tube of lipstick in my purse that I have been wanting to give away.” She took it out of her purse & handed it to me!
Over the past couple of years I’ve been asked the following question from lots of Believers who read my posts: “How can I receive a revelation of God’s love for myself in a deep way like what has happened to you?”
Well, I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, but here are a number of things that came to mind after the lipstick incident last night.
1.) I believe one of the biggest reasons I live with such a strong sense of God’s love for me is because I purposely take time to let the unique & special things God does to show me His love for me roll over & over in my mind & heart. I also talk about them A LOT. I told 4 or 5 people about the lipstick story last night and now I’m telling you! I simply love to talk about God’s goodness!
2.) In years past, before I came into a revelation of God’s grace, I would have still shared a story like this with lots of people, but my motives back then were way off base. I would have been sure to add in (as I was telling the story) how ‘good’ I had been lately or named some specific ‘good work’ or ‘act of obedience’ that I had fulfilled and I would have been sure to express that this is why I believed I received the lipstick. And at the very least, even when I didn’t say it, I was thinking it.
Now, I do understand that there are positive results that transpire when we live a life of obedience just as there are negative results that transpire when we live a life of sin.
The difference for me now is that I have a deep heart revelation that whatever good comes into my life – including me having the ability to live in obedience – all comes because of the grace of God. In other words, I’m only able to be obedient and do good works in the first place because of God’s amazing grace.
His grace changes me from the inside out by changing my heart; therefore, His grace makes me a better person!
You see, before, with my old way of believing/thinking, I would not have connected the lipstick incident with God’s love for me nearly as much as I would have connected it with my own ‘good works.’
Looking back on this now, it’s so sad, but it’s true and I believe it was one of the big reasons I didn’t personally live in a revelation of God’s love for me for many years. In fact, it wasn’t until the end of 2011 when I began to come to end of myself – my self-reliance, my self-dependance and my self-importance – that I was empty enough of self to begin to receive a personal revelation of God’s love!
3.) I believe another reason you hear me frequently say I can’t get over God’s love is because I don’t allow myself to get over His love. What I mean by this is that I purposely dwell on His love for me and even daydream about it on a regular basis.
I’ll be thinking about that complimentary tube of lipstick and how God orchestrated that whole thing for months and probably even years. Every year when I go to the church Christmas program I have a feeling what God did for me last night will come back to my remembrance!
Always remember that God cares about every single solitary thing that concerns you! Purpose to receive His love everyday. Just breathe it in!
Believe it or not, me receiving God’s love has even caused my breathing patterns to change from rapid, shallow breathing to slow, deep breaths. I recall when this changed in me right at the beginning of my grace journey almost 4 years ago.
Of course this doesn’t mean I never get anxious and revert back to my old breathing pattern again, but I sure spend a lot more time living in peace and breathing deeply than I ever did before. And it’s just getting better and better the more I receive God’s love.
This is why I must tell everyone, everywhere, how powerfully healing and relaxing it is to take in God’s love.
Ephesians 3:18-19 says,
18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (NLT)
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!