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Me? Beloved?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

~ By Paula Moldenhauer

Do you agree with the writer who said one of the enemy's main goals is to convince us that we are not really loved by the Father?

I do.

Sometimes it seems we are hit from behind and the very spot injured is a deep, old wound that never heals. In these moments it is easy to ask, "How can God really love me and allow this to happen?"

And instantly the gnarled whisperer speaks with ancient, distorted brilliance. "Of course He doesn't love you. You didn't really believe that garbage did you?"

Other times we fail and that voice shouts like a pointed finger jabbing our heart, "How could He love you when you do that?"

If the enemy can take away our trust in God's love, He can cripple us. Then, like a dark, slow moving cloud, he covers us with his shadows of despair. And accusation roars like thunder, fear flashes like striking lightening, and the rain never waters our heart, instead flooding our souls with hopelessness.

For if we don't understand God's love, we get lost in the storm. We don't see the coast guard trying to save us. We miss the lifeboat next to our home. We never hear the helicopter above, dangling a strong rope of hope. The lighthouse seems too far away.

Every bruised relationship seems hopeless. We feel unworthy of every dream. We are unloved. Even those who love us can't be heard for our deepest need of love is from our Creator, and we don't believe He cares.

It's all lies, my friend. The deceiver of the ages, the one who comes to kill and destroy is cloaking your mind in his wrathful deception.

The truth is and has always been. God is love. God loves you. Always. Forever. No matter what you've done or will do. He never pulls away from you. He never hesitates to meet you. He always wants to hold you close. There are no strings attached.

Grab the robe. Climb into the boat. Let the strong arms of the coast guard lift you out of the storm and into a gentle refreshing rain. Let His love wash away the doubt. Dare to believe that it is really true.

You are loved. By the One Who matters most—the only one that can fill the empty, angry, lonely place inside.

Reject the enemy. Scripture says when you resist he flees.

Embrace the truth. Step into the Sonshine.

"Peace, be still." (Mark 4:39b JKV)

A mother of four, Paula Moldenhauer is passionate about God's grace and intimacy with Jesus. Her website offers book reviews, homeschooling hints, and a free weekly devotional, Soul Scents.

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Contact Paula at Paula@soulscents.us .

1 comment:

ashlina {the decorista} said...

great post! i love your blog!