By the grace of God and in His goodwill, my husband and I have been led to minister to and equip a group of young leaders who have dedicated their lives to following Jesus. They live in Uganda and their desire is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere their feet can take them. My husband and I are blessed to be able to witness how God is working through them and especially their faith in action. In doing this, my husband is recording a teaching which God lays on His heart for them and sending it to them weekly. Sometimes they will respond with questions they might have about the word of God, or about the challenges they face in their journey of evangelism.
Recently, we received a question from a young girl on the team who said that some people who she had witnessed asking this question, “How do I know God loves me?” Have you ever had this same question? This is how the Holy Spirit led me to answer this question…
Let’s begin with another question, “How do you know someone loves you?” The answer must come through a process, a process in which you spend time with that person and have a relationship with them. When we do this we begin to see their love for us and to find out the truth. This works the same with God. Some may say how can I spend time and have relationships with God who I cannot see or hear, who is far away? So then the next question you may need to struggle with is this, “How much do I know about God?”
The truth is, we cannot allow our limited knowledge and understanding to limit God. He is Spirit and He is supernatural. If we do not open our hearts, then we can never be in touch with or understand His supernatural nature through our natural form. Once you do, I tell you that you will experience Him in a way in which you will not be able to find any words to possibly explain. His peace, His joy, and His love…the presence of God will bring you to a sense that you know you are not alone.
The last question you may have then, “What does it mean to open my heart?” My dear friends, this is a Faith process. Faith to lay down what you know and prepare to learn new things humbly. Faith to drop your self-righteousness and to be ready to know the truth and face our true nature – a sinful nature. Faith to receive the love of God through a process of conviction, understanding and repentance. Faith to believe, accept and follow Jesus by knowing our God, who is our Creator and He sent His Son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. Faith to ensure that we are forgiven and that His Spirit will begin to dwell in us. Faith to be sure that we can overcome the trials and temptations and move the mountains in the name of Jesus. Faith that we will no longer live in fear and that our Lord will never leave us or forsake us. Faith to stand in the hope and the promises that Jesus has for us, the eternal life where there will be no tears, no pain, no sorrow and no sickness, but most of all, faith to keep our certainty in the midst of all the uncertain circumstances so that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Again, my dear friends, words without action are dead. The word I share with you, if not acted upon, will do nothing. So, what do you do now? Pray this prayer with me, “Abba, I want to know You and Your Son Jesus. I desire the faith that I need in order to draw closer to Your heart and receive your truth. Show me You and help me experience Your love. I am ready and willing to open my heart and accept everything You want to show me. Thank you Abba in Jesus name, amen!”
Now open your Bible and prepare your heart for the Holy Spirit to lead you to a journey into Him.