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Pastor's Blog - November 2011

Overwhelmed!

 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't.
Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38, 39

 

What overwhelms you?  In this world there are many things that overwhelm us; life in general can be overwhelming, however, it's not nearly as overwhelming as trying to comprehend God's love for us. As I personally reflect upon God's love, I become completely overwhelmed!

 

How can we possibly understand the extent of God's love for us? We have no other satisfactory model to go by; by definition, anything that we can comprehend is not adequate.

 

Alden Swan states “God's love stands as something completely outside of ordinary human experience (that is, outside of our natural ability to love and be loved). Our knowledge of God's love comes only when we directly experience it. There are those who believe that our ability to understand and know truth is our foundation; however, anything that I can begin to understand must have limitations, and is therefore imperfect and inadequate and untrustworthy. God's love stands outside of our understanding. It exists without any external definition. It is incredibly real, incomprehensibly vast, and at the same time personal.”

 

1 John 2:1 states, “We have an Advocate”: Jesus is our defender, even when we fall and sin. God is not shocked by human behavior. He has seen it all in advance. He didn’t forgive you at one time to later say, “Look what they did now! If I would have known they would go and do that, I would have never forgiven them.” His forgiveness is available to us now.

 

Someone wrote; “It is as if we stand as the accused in the heavenly court, before our righteous Judge, God the Father. Our Advocate stands up to answer the charges: “He is completely guilty your honor. In fact, he has even done worse than what he is accused of, and now makes full and complete confession before you.” The gavel slams, and the Judge asks, “What should his sentence be?” Our Advocate answers, “His sentence shall be death; he deserves the full wrath of this righteous court.” All along, our accuser Satan, is having great fun at all this. We are guilty! We admit our guilt! We see our punishment! But then, our Advocate asks to approach the bench. As he draws close to the Judge, he simply says: “Dad, this one belongs to Me. I paid his price. I took the wrath and punishment from this court that he deserves.” The gavel sounds again, and the Judge cries out, “Guilty as charged! Penalty satisfied!” Our accuser starts going crazy. “Aren’t you even going to put him on probation?” “No!” the Judge shouts. “The penalty has been completely paid by My Son. There is nothing to put him on probation for.” Then the Judge turns to our Advocate, and says, “Son, you said this one belongs to You. I release him into Your care. Case closed!”

 

Praise God! I am overwhelmed By God’s Love, aren’t you?

 

We only know of God's love as He reaches out to us, and I have no doubts whatsoever that God's love is always reaching out to US!

 

Blessings