My dear and precious sister,
How the Lord longs to lift your face, to lift your eyes to his.
How the Lord has seen everything you have been through: the pain, the unending hurt, the betrayal. He’s seen the fight. He has seen you fight until you felt like you have nothing left to give–and only then, the end, was the beginning of a brand new fight. A fight to pick yourself up off the ground and begin to dream again.
My precious friend, you are not alone. My dear sister, you are a part of the greatest family there is. And although you may have never felt more alone, the truth is, you are not. God’s love for you is far greater than your broken heart can comprehend.
When you don’t know where to begin, remember, God’s will for you is that you may be rooted deeply in love and found securely on love.
May Christ, through your faith (actually) dwell (settle down, abide, make his permanent home) in your heart! May you be rooted deep in love and found securely on love. That you may have the power to be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints (God’s devoted people, the experience of that love) what is the breadth and length and height and depth (of it), (Eph 3:17-18, AMPC).
How do we become planted deeply rooted in love and found securely on love, when that is so far from what we feel? The Bible tells us in the verse before, that it is by the power of the Holy Spirit. “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the (Holy) Spirit (himself indwelling in your innermost being and personality),” (Ephesians 3:16, AMPC).
Do you see how many times this verse points us back to the Holy Spirit? He will grant you his glory, he himself indwelling in your innermost being. Paul is sharing the amazing news that Jesus Christ himself wants to live in us, indwell in us, and strengthen us beyond our own ability. That out of the glory of who God is, he will provide the strength and reinforcement we need.
Real love is not about how much we love God, but rather, it is about how much he loves us. He knew what you would endure, he knows how difficult this life can be–so he didn’t stop with mere words. He sent down his Son to rescue you, to romance you. He sent Jesus to speak gentle, tender words to your heart, to call you to him. To pursue you. Then, after all of that, to give himself fully to you, through laying down his life for yours.
“This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins,” (1 John 4:10).
So here is the invitation to be rooted deeply in love and found securely on love: Close your eyes and open your heart. Remind yourself who God is; divinely, three persons in one.
Father God: Your rock, your fortress, your strength.
Jesus Christ: Your Savior, your love, your friend.
Holy Spirit: Your close comfort, your change-agent, your stand-by.
The heavenly reality is, you can be rooted deeply in love, because Christ lives in you. Therefore you are hidden in him. He is in you and all around you. He covers you. You do not need to be afraid.
The heavenly reality is, you can be found securely on love, because Christ’s love is your foundation. You are worthy to be cared for. You are chosen by him. You are a beautiful masterpiece, just as the the rising sun.
God has a purpose in mind just for you. He has dreams and a vision for your life. Remind yourself of these truths and invite the Lord to fill you, like only he can, so that you might be found strengthened and overflowing with love, dreams, power and all that God has for you.
Stand your ground, for you are loved. Lift your eyes, for you are loved. Call out to heaven my dear, for you are loved. Dream big, for you are loved! And when life has worn you down, hold fast to the truest thing about you. You are loved.
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Article by Deborah Walker