Friday, July 13, 2012

Letter to a Dear Friend

May God’s peace be upon you, and may His love light your path in all that you do. You are a beloved child of God, in whom he is well pleased. A perfect woman in Christ Jesus; covered by the blood of the covenant. As Jesus is before the Father so are we. As you remember who you are in the eyes of God nothing can stop you. When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert it was right after Jesus had been affirmed by God that he was God’s beloved son, in whom he was well pleased. Then Satan comes up and says “If you are the son of God…” He almost quoted God but he left out one very important part, Beloved. He does the same with us. He knows that if he disconnects us from the knowledge that we are the beloved children of God then, at that moment, he has us. God’s protection for us is his love, and as we walk in his love and choose to believe and remember that we are beloved of God nothing can touch us. But when we forget and look away we hear the other voices and start to sink. But as we continue to look to God and learn to cast our eyes to Him we can walk through a den of lions and not be touched. We are the beloved of God, who can stand against us? We are the Beloved of God, who can stand against us? Who should we fear?

I was having a conversation with God the other day and I noticed something very interesting. You notice how God never accuses Satan? He never says things like, “look what Satan has done, look what Satan is trying to do, all I’m doing is trying to help you, it’s Satan whom you should blame.” Satan accuses God all the time to us, “Look what God did to you. Look what God let happen. Look what happened. How could that have happened if God really loved you?” He also accuses us. “Look what you’ve done; God could never love you now. How could anyone love you? What, you think they actually like you? What if you stopped trying so hard, do you think anyone would remember you existed?” There were two things that I found interesting about this, the first is, you notice how when Satan accuses us its always about our relationship to God? “If you are the son/daughter of God…” “If God loved you…” “Why would God let that happen if he actually cared about you?” The other thing I found interesting was the reason why God never accuses Satan, besides the fact that it is not in the nature of God to need to defend himself. If God were to accuse Satan he would be putting us in the position of judges. He would be looking to us and saying, “Look, here’s my side of the issue, who do you think is right?” God is the judge of the living and the dead; it is never our place to stand up and judge God as good enough or not. It breaks our hearts and God’s to even try. But Satan comes to us and says “Surely you know all things, you have seen the pain in your life, you have seen the pain life has caused others, you have seen the grief that has surrounded you all your life, surely you have seen enough to judge. What do you think, could God actually love you? Does he? Then why do things still hurt?” We don’t want to accuse God, so we justify God’s behavior. He must know what He’s doing right? But even then, the most important question has not been answered; do you know, down to the very depths of your soul, that God loves you. That beyond everything else, is what Satan doesn’t want you to realize. You are a beloved child of God, in whom He is well pleased. If you don’t believe me, ask Him, He’d love to tell you. God likes to brag on His kids.

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