Elevate Thursday Night on the Phillips' porch
Last Thursday was really good and has had me thinking all week. Here’s a recap of how the conversation went:
If you don’t really believe that God has you, it’s hard to believe any of the other promises He makes. He really, truly is interested in us and will not let us down. We’ve got to get a hold of that fact.
What do you think of when you think of God’s heart? He desires us – but we have a lot of misconceptions about His heart towards us. The truth is, there’s no facet of love, as we understand it, that isn’t a part of God Himself. And He has poured out that love on us. We’ve got to pursue Him in return.
Nate shared this verse on Facebook last week, and it’s so related to what we’re studying:
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
He’s searching for someone to show Himself strong to. He’s searching for hearts that are loyal to Him. And the depth of our understanding of His heart is connected to our ability to understand His plan for the world and His plan for us.
How you view His heart is how you view His plan and His purpose.
His heart is ultimately this:
- That all people are saved
- That we grow into the fullness of Christ
If the Word didn’t develop your belief about God’s heart, your circumstances probably did. So, we’ve got to know what His Word says about Him.
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
If God is love, then…
“[God] suffers long and is kind; [God] does not envy; [God] does not parade [Himself], is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [God] never fails….And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The greatest of these is love…if faith or hope (your dreams) is your number one, you’ll get shaken very easily. The reason love has to be number one is because without it faith and hope don’t work.
The Truth about God’s love: He loved us enough to do whatever it took to get relationship with us back.
That’s what love does; it moves. It doesn’t just sit there. It has to have some way to express itself.
In any relationship, both people have a vision of where the relationship is headed. Have you ever stopped to ask God where He sees your relationship going? That takes the formality out of asking God to reveal His plan–because ultimately, His plan is unalterably tied to our relationship with Him. We make it so much more difficult than it has to be.
Challenge: Dig into God’s Word this week. Find verses where He speaks to us about His heart. And ask Him where this relationship is going. It’s time for the state-of-the-relationship talk.