“You don’t Love me anymore!”

As my children do things that I have to discipline them for, I am taken down memory lane to my own childhood where I too would get in trouble and have to be disciplined.  I remember thinking that I wasn’t loved because of the spanking and that what I did would make my mom and dad love me less and so it was with words coming out of my daughters mouth, “You don’t love me anymore b/c of what I did!” The words hurt coming from her, but I reassured her there is nothing she could do that would make me not love her….and then it hit me, that light bulb moment I sometimes get! The truth of what the Holy Spirit revealed to me at that moment with my daughter really sunk in!

Let me explain…growing up in the baptist churches I always heard the phrase “once saved, always saved,” but going through life and seeing how I walked away from the truth only to be brought back I questioned that line of thought quite often.  It wasn’t till I received revelation that how we see and intereact with our earthly fathers is how we see and intereact with our heavenly Father.  I had three earthly fathers growing up, one biological and two stepdads.  I will only concentrate on my 1st stepdad because I feel in hindsight he is the one that shaped how I saw my heavenly Father. When I got in trouble my stepdad dealt with me harshly always asking me why couldn’t I be like my older sister…to me she was perfect in my eyes cause she never got in trouble. With my walk with the Lord anytime I messed up I thought of Him as I did my 1st stepdad, disciplining me harshly and expecting me to be perfect…it was a constant battle for years until I finally realized that isn’t who my heavenly Father was at all! I didn’t have to be perfect because I was already made perfect in Christ…I didn’t have to “do” anything for His love.  My salvation wasn’t based on what I “did” ten yrs. ago, last week, or what I was gonna do next month! My salvation was based on what Jesus did on the cross 2000 yrs ago!! I accepted that salvation through faith, not works and became a new life in Christ!  Now check this out….since my salvation was through faith and not my works what made me think I could lose it based on my works? Hello? Light bulb! Because of my relationship I had with my earthly stepdad. My 1st stepdad shaped how I looked at my relationship with my heavenly Father and so when I messed up in my walk with the Lord I thought I lost a little bit of my salvation and His love for me and I had to work harder and try to be better to gain that back!  “Well, I never had a dad, or my dad left when I was such ‘n such” you say? Then you might think God isn’t ever there and if if He is it is only for a short time till you “mess up” again.

Let me reassure you right now…NOTHING can separate you from the love of God!  Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the
love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If you keep hearing in your heart and mind “Ohh..look what you did, shame on you, how can you be saved! You know God isn’t gonna be pleased with you because of that…gosh you are so unworthy of His love after you did that!” Please, please, please in the name of Jesus tell that old devil to shut it up! Take authority in the name of Jesus and immediately when you start hearing that condemnation quote Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..” Resist the devil and any adversaries he has working on his behalf and they have to flee from you according to God’s Word.  Oh how I wish many believers would know the power we have in God’s Word! I am just beginning to know it and let me tell you what joy it is to know I can walk in victory everyday if I use it when I hear those tauntings…the key word though is ‘IF”  🙂

Let me encourage you today to look back at your relationship with your earthly father…do you see the comparison of how you interact with your heavenly Father? If it was a good relationship praise God for it, but if it wasn’t and you are seeing yourself as I saw myself I pray these words speak truth into your spirit and you are able to overcome the lies of the enemy.  The devil wants nothing more than to make you think you have to work at being a child of God and to make you think you can be separated from the love of God….I am here to tell you the extravagant love God has for you far outreaches anything you could ever do…I am living proof of that love!

Helpful scriptures  🙂

James 4:7 “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works..”

Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the
love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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