For different reasons, some painful, there are many who struggle when it comes to receiving the love of God. Is that you?
It can be difficult to receive something you either feel like you don’t deserve or even want if you think God is angry at you. However, God wants you to know that He’s NOT mad at you… AND He longs to fill you with His love!
God wants you to know Him intimately and personally so you can receive the very thing that will fill every part of you with love, peace, strength and joy. He WANTS to pour out His love into your life!
I heard this in my heart this past Sunday: “Be still! Embrace His love and His presence. Be still and know that He is God.”
Sometimes, it is in our stillness or when we become hungry and thirsty that we will finally open ourselves up to welcome the Holy Spirit into our life. It is in those moments that He can fill us fresh and new. He will do things that no man can do; no program can do; and no counselor can help you achieve. These are things that only the Holy Spirit of God can do in your life.
It can be as simple as lifting your hands in surrender to God and praying, “Breathe on me breath of God. May the breath of God come on every dry place where the dry bones have been. Breathe, breath of God, breathe! Cause things to rise up in me so I’ll stand on my own feet and become a part of the mighty army You’ve called me to be in. Holy Spirit, I welcome You into my life. I welcome You to fill me fresh and new. I don’t want to just be filled with You Holy Spirit; I want to be, ‘being filled’ continually; constantly; full to overflowing. Fill me with Your love, Your peace and Your presence! I receive all that You have for me.”
Position yourself to receive.
One thing we know is that God will pour His love into our hearts. He’ll pour out MORE than enough love. There will be no lack in God when it comes to His love! Our part is to position ourselves so we can receive.
This is important! Let nothing else matter right now but Him and learning to be quiet and still in His presence. Let Him have His way in your heart and life.
Romans 5:5 says,
“…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
The word “shed abroad” literally means to be “full to overflow.” What would happen if we were “FULL to OVERFLOWING” with the love of God? I don’t really know; but I guarantee you, it would be REALLY GOOD.
I’ve had touches of the overflow of the love of God. I’ve had touches where I’ve been so full of love that I couldn’t hate if I wanted to. So full of love that I couldn’t stress or be worried about anything.
The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 that the love of God drives out all fear.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear…”
In His perfect love there is no fear. Perfect love casts and drives fear out! The truth is, there is no room for fear when you are so full of love.
I know what you’re thinking, “Yeah but Pastor… the doctor said this about me and the doctor said that about my family member.” Well… FEAR NOT! The love of God is being poured to overflowing in your heart. FEAR NOT! Perfect love, God’s love, will drive that fear out.
If you are weary and or tired, LOVE will energize you. The Bible says faith works or is energized; made active and effective by love. (Galatians 5:6) You can literally get so full of love, doubt has no choice but to get out.
How do you do it? Get into a receiving mode!
Pray in tongues; get in the Word; put some worship music on; sing praises to Him; lift Your hands and start worshiping Him. Whatever puts you in a receiving mode, just start doing it.
Have faith in God! Receive by faith what He has for you! Receive His love. Receive the embrace of Your Father; Abba; Daddy. Let His love be poured into your life full to overflowing. Allow Him to love on you.
Listen, God is FULL of kindness, goodness and grace! The Word tells us to taste and see how GOOD God is! (Psalm 34:8) That means there is ACTION on our part. There is something we need to DO so we can SEE how good God is!
Yield the right of way!
Yield to His great love. Yield the right of way to Him. Yield the right to allow God to have HIS WAY in your heart and life through His love.
The Word says everything in the law and the prophets is summed up in one word: LOVE. (Matthew 22:40)
So let this be your prayer: “Lord, fill me. Fill me so full of Your love that doubt begins to leave; fear begins to vanish; the kind of confidence that comes from knowing who I am in You begins to rise up. Help me to realize that all things are possible to me as I believe in You; as I believe in the power of Your love. I receive Your perfect love and it’s driving out all fear out of my life right now. Because of You, I have NOTHING to fear.”
If the doctor told you that you have a terminal illness or disease, you have nothing to fear! Former President, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
If you get healed, Glory to God! You’ll declare the Glory of God and you’ll declare His goodness. However, if you die, you will STILL get healed! You’ll go to Heaven and declare His glory and His goodness forever! Either way it’s going to be alright. There is no need to fear!
Don’t ever mistake a statement like that for a passive position in the Kingdom. What I mean by that is we are not to surrender to the work of the illness or sickness and not believe for our healing. The opposite needs to happen! We need to fight in faith until our victory is complete!
We’re not afraid to die because we love Him! We KNOW our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life! So death has no fear over us because we have received the Good News; the Gospel! With that you are more equipped to fight the fear and receive your healing!
Never turn off your switch of faith!
No matter what you see, feel or think you know, keep trusting; keep believing and keep speaking the Word of God! We have no power in ourselves except the power of the Holy Spirit! Our part is to BELIEVE; speak His Word and declare His love; declare health and healing according to the Scripture and according to the quickening on the inside.
Jesus said the only requirement to being healed and blessed is to believe! BELIEVE Jesus is your Healer! BELIEVE God loves you! RECEIVE your healing! RECEIVE the love of God! Allow God to do an even deeper work on the inside of you.
Know this my friend… He loves you! He wants to pour out His love into you right now. Your part is to receive it. Do not doubt or fear… just believe. NOTHING is impossible for those who believe!!!
~Pastor Doug Bird
Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Church