I am in awe to think that the Lord of all creation could, actually, be this minutely interested in my life and what is going on in my heart. He is aware and that thrills my heart. I read through the chapter two times last night and my mind was going ninety-to-nothing today. Scriptures that I have been well acquainted with, yet could not personally apply took on a whole meaning today and for the 1st time EVER, I feel as if the ground I am standing upon is solid and trustworthy.
Some of the verses that have gripped and taken hold of my soul are as follows:
- Romans 8:1: "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus"
- Romans 8: 38: "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love."
- Deut. 1:30: "The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you."
- Deut. 31:8: "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
- Romans 5: 8-10: "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
I have spoken of and even taught these concepts in Bible studies, yet have never been able to fully accept these truths when it came to applying them to my life. I felt as if I were an exception to those truths; actually, I felt as if I were the exception.
- I belong to Christ. There is no condemnation in me.
- Nothing can separate God's love from me---not the occurrences of the pasts; not any current situations; not any future events.
- These battles are not mine to fight. I have died. Christ is living in me and He has already won the battles. He will not leave me. He will not betray me. I do not have to live in fear. I do not have to be discouraged.
- I have nothing to prove. I cannot do ANYTHING to earn the approval of God. But Christ can and He did. God does not look upon me in anger, disgust, or disapproval because Christ has covered me. All of God's wrath was poured out upon His Son and when He looks at me, He sees His Son and I am privileged to be the recipient of His love, His favor, His grace.
I am amazed.Anyway :)...on to Chapter 7...
"...the realization that ultimate control was never mine to begin with..." (page 103)
- Those words alone pierced my heart. The thought of actually not being in control was relieving yet terrifying at the same time.
"Absence of peace is not an 'I can't' situation. It's an 'I won't" problem...being defiant and being disabled are vastly different."
- I am learning the accuracy of her words about the unwillingness to let go does nothing but cause harm and hurt.
I really appreciated her analogies of "gasoline words" and "water words"
- Such a profound concept presented in such simple terms. I strive to be very careful with my words, towards others, especially after suffering several instances of verbal abuse in past relationships, yet I do not take the same care toward the words I say to myself.
- I hope these words find a secure place in my heart: "Gasoline words rarely express mercy. You shouldn't speak those words to others, and you shouldn't speak them to your own soul either. Your soul needs the water of the Word to wash over your thought closet. Water words soothe...are full of discretion, grace, and mercy. They don't condemn. They encourage and cleanse."
"When you have peace with God, you can have peace from God---the peace that Christ brings."
- How I am longing and praying for this peace.