Chapter OneGod Loves You!
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even]
gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in
(trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to
destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. -JOHN
John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only
Son as a sacrifice for it.
God loves you! You are special to Him. God doesn't love you because
you are a good person or do everything right. He loves you because
He is love. Love is not something God does; it is something He is.
It is His nature.
Gods love is pure and ever flowing. It cannot be earned or deserved.
It must be received by faith.
In Ephesians 3:19 Paul prays that we may come to really know this
love. When we do, we are strengthened in our inner man. When we are
strengthened inwardly outward difficulties cannot defeat us.
Unless you have received it yourself, you cannot give love away. Let
God love you. Receive His love for you. Bathe in it. Meditate on it.
Let it strengthen you. Then give it away.
"God loves me. I am special to Him. I receive His everlasting love
today and am strengthened in my inner man."
Beauty for Ashes
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty
for ashes . -ISAIAH 61:3 KJV
Multiplied thousands of people have been hurt severely in their
lives. They come from broken relationships or abusive backgrounds
that are still producing bad fruit in their personalities.
God wants to send the wind of the Holy Spirit into our lives (Acts
2:1-4), to blow away the ashes that are left from Satan's attempt to
destroy us, and to replace those ashes with beauty.
The Lord has taught me that consistently bad fruit comes from a bad
root. No matter how much we may try to get rid of the bad fruit,
unless the root is dealt with, more bad fruit will crop up somewhere
God created us to be loved. He wants to love us; He wants us to loveeach other, and He wants us to love and accept ourselves. Without
this foundation of love and acceptance, there will be no joy and
Some of us need to be transplanted. If we started out in the wrong
soil, Jesus will transplant us so that we can get rooted and
grounded in His love, as the Bible teaches.
Know that you are valuable, unique, loved, and special. When this is
your foundation and your root, you will produce good fruit.
Ask God to give you beauty for ashes.
"I was created for love. God loves me and wants me to love Him, love
others, and love and accept myself."
Do You Feel Rejected?
All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the
one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will
never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me]. -JOHN 6:37
God gave me a word for a meeting I was preparing to lead. It is for
anyone who needs to receive it:
"Many of My people are in prison because they won't accept
themselves. Many of them are gifted and talented, but they won't
express themselves because they fear rejection. They fear man. They
fear what people will think.
"I want to love My people, but they hold Me at arm's length and
won't let Me really love them because they have been hurt by others.
They fear I will reject them, as others have, because of their
weaknesses. But I will never reject them.
"Tell them I love them.
"Tell them to stop trying so hard to be acceptable to Me and to
realize I accept them as they are. Tell them I don't want perfect
performance from them. I simply want them to love Me and let Me love
God will not reject you because of your weaknesses or mistakes. He
desires to heal you from past hurts caused by rejection. He wants
you to know He will never reject you.
"Father, I thank You that You love me. I thank You that I am always
accepted and never rejected. In Jesus' name, amen."