1. LIVING IN THE CENTRE OF GOD'S LOVE
TUESDAY APRIL 18, 2017
OPEN HEAVENS FELLOWSHIP DAILY DEVOTION
LIVING IN THE CENTRE OF GOD'S LOVE
Jude 21 (MSG) Staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ.
This is the unending life, the real life!
Love is more than just a feeling.
It is a certain and definite spiritual force which expresses itself as an untiring force for fellowship and passionate desire to ensure that everything goes well with the one you love.
Even though love makes use of emotions and feelings, it is essentially not a feeling.
Love is a definite fact in the spirit that is received and perceived by faith.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 31:3 (NCV):
..."I love you people with a love that will last forever.
That is why I have continued showing you kindness."
That means God's love for you doesn't wax and wane based on how He feels or what you've done.
It is fixed!
But for many people their perception of His love waxes and wanes based on how they feel.
Sometimes they feel that God really loves them;
sometimes, even though they appreciate His love in their minds, they don't feel that He loves them.
Just as God's love towards you isn't based on feelings, your perception of His love must not be based on feelings.
Even though based on external circumstances, your senses may not always perceive God's love, you must know as a definite fact by faith that God loves you with an everlasting love.
You must walk in faith when it comes to God's love.
This means, you must give absolute credit to God's Word that He loves you.
For example, we have seen that God loves you with an everlasting love.
Now, irrespective of what is going on around you and how you feel, you must be absolutely convinced that the only thing that is true is that God loves you with an everlasting love;
because God's Word is the truth.
Let every other thing be a lie and let God be true (Romans 3:4).
The opening verse says that we should stay right in the center of God's love or as other versions say to keep ourselves in the love of God.
The way to dwell in God's love is to 'have faith' in the fact that God loves you.
To base your conviction and perception of His love for you absolutely on His Word and not on how we feel or on what goes on around us.
The Living Bible puts it this way: "stay always within the boundaries where God's love can reach and bless you." When you are convinced by faith in God's Word concerning His love for you, nothing in this universe can shake you out of the fact that you're indeed passionately loved by God.
Finally the bible says in 1 John 4:16
...God is love;
and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
When you learn to keep yourself in the love of God, you dwell in God Himself because God is love.
DECLARATION: As I stand in faith concerning God's love for me I dwell in His love and in Him.
By His love I am more than a conqueror in Jesus' Mighty Name.