Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life
God’s Love for you…
Shalom!


“And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love.” (1st John 4:16-18)

The basis of our Companionship with God branching out to our companionship with all others as well is Love. In fact, our Companionship with God stands alone at the top. Yet at times the “negative stuff” that plagues us like a phantom in the night surfaces and takes control leading to emotional and spiritual meltdowns. And somehow in the process it overpowers our experiences of promised God’s Love (and the love others have for us) if that has hit a familiar cord with you then there is GREAT NEWS! One of the most plentiful messages of the bible including todays scripture reading reminds and teaches us of God’s promised Companionship. Before moving on it should be noted that our relationship with others especially our “significant others” is based on the Love of God coming from us not the worldly love that is so plentiful.

Here is a sampling of the bible verses serving as reminders of what God’s Love means to us and the power it unleashes in us … “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you… The LORD is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8)

James also offers this reminder. “Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2–4)

Perhaps the hardest part in exercising courage when God seems so far off, is depending on the tiny seed of faith God planted in our hearts, not faith in our five senses, but faith in God who created us. And as we cry out to Him the seed of faith comes alive.

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6)

Grace and PEACE,
Gary
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