I Know God Loves Me!

Dear Friends,

I heard a man say, “If you claim to know what you don’t know, you will never know what you do know.” This was a bit of a brain twister until I began to grasp what he was saying and apply it to my understanding of what it meant to be God’s beloved.

For many years I thought I knew how much God loved me. I thought I understood what it meant to be God’s Beloved. As a result, my relationship with God was comfortable, safe and about as exciting as a bowl of yogurt. Sort of like the place that many of our relationships end up when we take each other for granted. The passion and fire of our “first love” is reduced to a pile of barely smoldering embers. I only began to understand in the last few years that what I thought I knew I didn’t really know.

For instance, it was life changing for me to discover what it means to live by grace and not performance. I knew and understood that He loved me because I was doing things for Him. But I did not understand that He also loved me when I was not doing anything for Him, when I was hiding my sin, running from Him, playing the impostor. To simply come to the place of living in His grace, (defined as a state of being protected by God), helped me to see that there was so much more about Him that I did not know.

If I had stayed in that place of comfort claiming that I did know God, I would never have come to the place of wanting to know Him more. When I began to understand how deep His love is for me then I began to grasp the verse in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That’s incredible!

You might ask, “How did this happen, that you came to a place that you wanted to know?” It came about as I made a conscious decision to spend more time in His presence. Brennan Manning wrote in his book, The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, “The longer you spend in the presence of Jesus the more accustomed you grow to his face, the less adulation you will need because you will have discovered for yourself that He is enough. And in the Presence, you will delight in the discovery of what it means to live by grace and not by performance.”

If you were to ask me, “Do you know God?” I could say both yes and no. Yes I know Him as much as I can at this point in my life, but no I do not know Him as well as I will next year. My quest is now to know what I don’t know, which will help me to understand what I do know. My question for you is, “Do you truly know how much God loves you, how valued you are?” I suspect not. What are you going to do about that?

My book, Before You Get Here subtitled, Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, has been an invaluable tool to help people discover freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today.

Chapters include: The Importance of Forgiveness, The Traps of Unforgiveness, Harmful Words and Harmful Connections, Let Yourself Be Loved By God, The Recovery of Intimacy, and more. Copies are available at Wholeness.org in the bookstore and at Amazon.com

Many of you have been faithful supporters for years and I appreciate your faithfulness. Like everything else our expenses creep up from year to year but God is faithful in providing for our needs. Join us in praying for others to come along side as new supporters of Wholeness Ministries. Thank you for your love and prayers. We are experiencing exciting times and know that 2017 is going to be an even better year than 2016.

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God bless,

Mike