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God wants to marry you!

September 13, 2013 1 comment

God wants to marry you!
 
Only joking! Just using some picture language we often find in the bible (particularly Song of Solomon/Songs). And actually I just remembered that Catholic nuns wear a ring . . their sense of love being so great, I guess, they want to demonstrate their devotion by being, ‘married’ to Jesus. So, if romantic love is a good strong picture language/poetry we can use, what can we sense about His love for us? That is, how does God feel toward us in all this? What can we discover?
 
Some verses to help us discover::
 
“ . . You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight)” from Isaiah 62:4 MSG
 
“ . . And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride,
so your God is happy with you.” Isaiah 62:5 MSG
 
Read Isaiah 62 here – when you realize it can be about you personally as well as about a heavenly kingdom coming now – it’s amazing!
 
“ . . He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs” From Zephaniah 3:17
I always pictured myself as a baby in his arms as he sang over me when reading this . . which is a good picture for us . . however, a lover can also sing to or over the object of his love (eg Romeo and Juliet). Isn’t that wonderful, the thought that God is always singing over you with His great love for you?
 
Heaven is not some meritorious place only in the future . . it starts here . . it belongs to you because of what Jesus did as a once and for all act, stretching forward and backward through time, freedom and forgiveness, available freely the moment you think of turning or repenting and in that moment the possibility of feeling the intimacy and great love He has for you – so just like marriage (at it’s best), you know your spouse will forgive straight away, asking no payment, no penance, no good work, she/he will give it freely . . God gives it all freely to you! Take it from His hands today! Go on! You know you don’t deserve it, yet He holds it all out to you in his open hands, waiting, with a face full of love for you to reach out . .
 
Let’s pray today ‘O Lord I take all the love you have for me’, remember as you go about your business, ‘Lord, I take all the love you have for me’
 
Hope that blesses us today
 
Andy

ps if anyone knows the Lamentations verse that implies that God leaps up into the air, twirling around for joy when He thinks of us, can you email it to me? Heard a speaker refer to it and just cannot find it!

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We step forward, He steps in


How many of us know that if we are messed up or feeling weak and scared, that qualifies us for doing something for God?

Doing it scared . .
Well first of all there is no shame in feeling weak and nervous about doing something, Paul even says he took pleasure in his weaknesses!
‘… For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ Corinthians 12:9-10
Of course we mustn’t stay in that place just holding onto that as an excuse. It’s as we step forward, ‘doing it scared’, that God steps in with his strength.

‘The only way to overcome your weakness is to rely on God’s strength. To do that, you have to stop focusing on your weaknesses. You cannot look at everything you are not. You must look at everything God is. Focus on His strength and all He is willing to do for you.
The weaknesses of the world are not your inheritance. Jesus did not come to earth, die on the cross, and rise again on the third day for you to be weak and defeated. He went through all that to give you an inheritance, authority in this life and His strength to rule over your circumstances.
In any area where you stumble, God is ready and willing to provide you with His strength. So the next time you find yourself confronted by your weakness, remember and declare that where you are weak, He is strong!’ Joyce Meyer

We do our bit, God does His (giant enormous big) bit
About three years ago I began chatting to two ladies on the train to work. We got quite friendly talking about work and this and that. On occasion I did talk to them about my faith, sharing stories, I think. Anyway, I really built myself up and asked them both to come to the alpha course at church . . they both politely said no. 😦  About 18 months ago, one lady took semi retirement and the other lady left work to have a baby, so I didn’t see them anymore. Just a couple of weeks ago, the lady (with the baby) popped up in church, very enthusiastic and promising to come again! So how did that happen? Well I did my bit and honestly I thought I’d been a total failure, however, God did his work! After not seeing the lady for a couple of weeks I said to my wife that maybe I should pop round to her house and she was like, ‘No, No, God has shown you what he is doing, at least for now, let Him carry on doing it!’ 🙂

God works in our messiness
Also even in our ‘messed upness’, God does his work. On first appearances the Samaritan woman Jesus speaks to at the well, seems the opposite of anyone very spiritual  . .she’s had five husbands and is living with someone who is not her husband . .yet she says that when the Messiah comes he will tell us everything. So the least likely person in the village, the least respectable, the ignored and immoral person, actually had something in her heart and despite seeming like the most messed up person, Jesus chose her to tell all the village about him! And he chooses you and me! In our messy, busy lives God chooses us to bring His love to people!

God not only brings strength to help us, also beauty and delightfulness in the, ‘doing’, as we look to Him. His ‘favor’, makes what we do amazing, in a way we could never expect!

‘And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands–yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.’ Psalm 90:17 (AMP)

As we think about these things let’s make the verse above into our own prayer

I pray you are encouraged this week

Thanks for reading

Andy