FOR GOD SO LOVED_____ THAT HE GAVE… Andy Hollifield 9-18-19
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (ALL SCRIPTURE IS KJV)
The man can’t even quote John 3:16 and get it right! You may be thinking that but you would be wrong. I left a blank so each of us could fill in our name. We are each one part of the world God gave his Son for. Our sin was the reason he needed to come to begin with. That means “God so loved” me “that he gave.” Repeat that sentence after me a dozen times. Look in a mirror and say it again. Now, ask yourself why? Why would God love me so much he would give his only “begotten” Son? I don’t have a good answer for myself.
In sports, I learned that we needed to always focus on the fundamentals if we wanted to win. Sometimes I sit down to write and I just can’t come up with what I need to write. This was one of those times so I remembered my coaches” advice, and focused on the basics. Everything I am is because of this one sentence. God has such an incredible love for me that he gave. He loved me so much he didn’t see me for what I was but for what I could be with Jesus’ blood applied to my heart. He saw me as the “new creature” that Paul spoke of in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
When we asked forgiveness of our sins and he made us a new creature, he started with our hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Ezekiel 36:26 states, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Aren’t you thankful for a new heart and spirit? I am and I am also looking forward to my pain-free, sin-free, devil-free body that I will get when my change comes.
Sometimes we face things and have to endure things that make our hearts ache. Some things are beyond our understanding. The Psalmist admitted his condition in Psalms 73:26 “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Psalms 121:1 says, “…I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Psalms 146:5 says, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:”
Psalms 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” I don’t know what you might be going through but the Lord does. Deuteronomy 31:6 commands us to “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” “Thy God.” You talk about being daily loaded with benefits! He is your God and he is with you and will not fail or forsake you.
I don’t believe I need to elaborate on those scriptures. Nothing I could say will help you but your God can and will. Do you really think that he loved you so much that he gave his Son for you and will then leave you to make it on your own? No, not by a long shot. Deuteronomy 23:14 starts off, “For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of the camp, to deliver thee…” God is no respecter of persons so even though it was written to Israel, by his grace through Jesus’ blood, it applies to you and I. “Thy God” is with you to deliver you. You aren’t facing anything alone. God loves you too much to allow that.
Like I said to begin with, “sometimes we just need to focus on the fundamentals.” I hope this helps you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!