12/03/16 Designed to Be Stretched
“Everything that you receive from Me is an act of love. You are My cherished child. You are part of Me because of what Jesus has done. When you come to Me with repentance in your heart, I forgive you and remember your sin no more. It is gone as far as I am concerned.
"When you need help, I always move in your direction. To maintain peace, you need to remember that while I fully accept you, you are also in training. I fully accept you always, no matter how many times you need to repent to Me because of your sin. My acceptance is part of My overwhelming love for you. I always love you. I am also always training you and fulfilling My promise to make you holy. Sometimes that may appear to you as if answers are delayed or challenging seasons may continue too long.
"Remember that I love you. I always love you. Allow that knowledge to remain in your heart when answers to your prayers may seem to take too long while I am training you.”
2 Cor. 3:18 AMP
And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV
1) Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
2) and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Hebrews 10:14 NIV
…because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Rev. 3:19 AMP
Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude.
It’s so easy to forget that we are continually in training for service. Our lives are not designed to remain in comfort, where we can observe the world going by from some lofty perch. We have been brought into the kingdom of God so that our Lord can accomplish His will through us.
Once that understanding is complete in us, our lives will never be the same. We will be able to walk in full acceptance, bathed in love, willing to be guided to whatever training ground the Lord deems necessary. The highs and lows of whether or not we are accepted will fall by the wayside. The question of whether or not we are loved will be answered, and the purpose for our lives will come into focus the more we submit to His hand. Our lives will become wondrously fulfilled, flowing in loving interaction between Father and child, working in union with a common goal.
Teach me from Your heart, Lord,