Jesus wept.  That kind of swept me off my feet

Up until today I knew the shortest verse in the Bible was John 11:35 but I had never grasped its significance.

John 11:35 – Jesus Wept

As our preacher spoke of the death of Lazarus it started to dawn on me.  Jesus loves me in the same way he loved Lazarus.  As he wept openly at the tomb of Lazarus so he has wept at my “death”.  By that I don’t mean my physical death but the times when I turned my back on God, the times I chose to follow the world and not him.  Jesus wept over me.  In the same way that Jesus prayed at the entrance of the tomb of Lazarus I believe he prayed and interceded for me and continues to do so.

  • Hebrews 7:25 – Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them
  • Isaiah 53:12…. For he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors
  • 1 John 2:1-2 – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world

Now if that’s not outrageous love, I’m not sure what is!

JESUS WEPT

Jesus wept.  That kind of swept me off my feet, see if Jesus cried then he knows what we go through when the tears start to flow, he gets all the sadness when life brings us low, Jesus wept because he was human, his love for his friend all-consuming, his tears indicative of the pain he felt, the agony of loss, and this same Jesus cried over me, see, we are part of his family, each one of us holds a place in his heart, he gives us the glory that he too received, believing in you and believing in me and in the same way that he prayed for his friend, he prays and intercedes for our offences, he’s already taken the consequences but because of his outrageous love, because he thinks the world of us, this Jesus is our advocate, standing between us and the Father, praying for us to prosper, asking for us to be fostered into God’s family, interceding for our sins, able to save us completely, his tears not those cried briefly, his tears from the heart fall to set us apart from the sin that hardened our hearts, his tears a genuine indication of his desire to save every nation, that not one should perish, each life cherished.

Amazing Love how can it be?

Had the most awesome day today at our Ladies conference, the theme Outrageously Loved.  Yet again God let me know personally how loved I am as a word of knowledge was given which was for me.  That’s a whole new blog entry but for today was just so inspired by all the different types of love I wrote this:

God’s Love

Sacrificial Love, he died for me

Conquering Love, claiming victory

Embracing Love, he cherishes me

Saving Love, he ransomed me

Forgiving Love, my sins are gone

Sharing Love, apportioned to me

Repeating Love, mine for Eternity

Partnering Love, he works with me

Unrelenting Love, he never gives up on me

Obsessive Love, guarding me jealously

All-knowing Love, he knows me intimately

All-seeing Love, he sees my every need

Passionate Love, his banner flies over me

Outrageous Love, it’s dazzling me

Ask about God and I tell you of outrageous love

I’m taking part in a two-week prayer assignment leading up to a conference at our church and today was “A time to reflect on God’s outrageous love and how we can never be parted from it”

Isaiah 62:5 – As a young man marries a young woman so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you

Zephaniah 3:17 – ­ The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.’

YOU ASK

You ask about my God and I tell you of outrageous love, I try to express his beauty and then words fail me, can I do him justice as I seek to explain how he came to earth and lived amongst us, Jesus lived as one of us, he understands, he gets us, his love knows no limits, no boundaries, he died horrendously, nailed to a cross and left to die, that was how much I meant to him, no one compares to his greatness, he is the source of all power and goodness and his goodness pursues me all the days of my life , I am surrounded by his favour, his indulgence as he delights over me with singing, defending me in battles and always winning, he protects me from those who seek to harm me, this is the God who loves me, the same God who counts the stars and calls them by name, whose promises are full of yes and Amens, whose Kingdom will know no end, this is my God of outrageous love, who is so in love with me that he died for me, outrageous love, outrageously given by my God who is love by definition.

Emissions of stinking pride and lust

Reflecting still on God’s immense love for me and this was echoed loudly in my daily Bible reading from Isaiah 43.  I am getting a better feel for what that love really looks like; adoption into God’s family, a family without borders, a family without secrets, without the mess and guilt that comes with human families.  An eternal Father, that is an eternal Father who will always be by my side no matter what, who will always treat me with love and respect and who will be proud to be known as my Daddy.  My eternal Father sees me as “priceless”, “precious and honoured” in his sight.  Wow and I thought that Jesus dying for me was priceless yet God sees me as priceless, go figure that one out!

  • 1 John 3:1 – See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  • Isaiah 43:1 – Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
  • Isaiah 43:4 – Since you are precious and honoured in my sight and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life
  • Psalm 17:7 – Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
  • Song of Solomon 2:4 – Let him lead me to the banquet hall and let his banner over me be love.

 LOVE CAME DOWN

This world is broken, period.  A dark and soulless place, the human race struggling with selfish ambition, competition, vying for position, emissions of stinking pride and lust, vanity, insanity, profanity, humanity on the edge yet God looks down, hand outstretched, come to me all who are burdened, all who need rest.  Heavy hearted?  I have not departed, I never left you, my love for you never ending, I’m sending you this reminder, do not fear for you are mine, call out to me and I will call your name, cast your shame on me, precious and honoured in my sight, priceless, you ain’t seen nothing like this, love, honour and respect, not to mention your debt blotted out because his love came down, and he wants all to know that you are his adopted child, hand-picked to sit at his side, see the great love he will lavish on us, answer him and be called a child of the one true King.

Knickerbocker Glory happiness, memories of a childhood

Outrageous love, what does that look like for you? 

I was at a meeting last night with a truly inspirational woman of God and she was talking about how we can be bold and ask God stuff outright, like “what do you love about me?”, if we are struggling with ill health “what is my body telling you God?” and for me this morning as we plan a conference called Outrageously Loved I asked God “what does receiving your outrageous love mean for me?”

OK so I will need to explain this but when I asked that question I got the impression of a Knickerbocker Glory!  When I was very young if I got a good school report I was taken to Wimpy and treated to a Knickerbocker Glory.  As a young child this was, I suppose, my interpretation of being thoroughly and outrageously spoilt.  I also got the impression when asking God this question of him sitting across from me in the booth and enjoying watching me eat the Knickerbocker Glory, he was delighting in my enjoyment, I felt him walking down the road with me, holding my hand and it was as if I was still that child.  That is surely what being loved outrageously is all about WOW, don’t you just love how God talks to us.

KNICKERBOCKER GLORY

Knickerbocker Glory happiness, memories of a childhood, a parent’s love for us, delighting in our joy, seeing the world through a child’s eyes, skipping, laughing, holding hands, the excitement of the moment shared, parental time given freely, a really special memory, more than rewarded, accorded a position of significance, my time to dance, my time to bask in a Father’s love, and as I ask my God above what outrageous love means for me, I see that he delights in me, I hold a special place of affection in his heart, I’m smart, I’m funny, I shine and he rejoices that he is mine and I am his, his outrageous love lavished over me in ways that only he can deliver, his love unending, not pretending, a love so real, so deep, so wide that nothing can keep me from his side, outrageously loved by an outrageous Father, adored, beloved, afforded special favour.

Three gifts for me, three gifts I see,

I am outrageously loved by God.  Got me to thinking about what being outrageously loved means to me:

Song of Solomon 2:4 – Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.

Psalm 20:5 – May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.

OUTRAGEOUSLY LOVED

Outrageously loved, living in freedom, wanting for nothing, pampered and chosen, protected and worthy, held tight, living in light, three gifts for me, three gifts I see, outrageous love, Jesus on the cross, outrageous love, flames of the Holy Spirit falling on me, God leans in for number three as he quietly and lovingly gives me his heart, outrageous love can never depart from me, he’s brought me into his banqueting house and his banner over me is forever love, I sing for joy and rejoice in my salvation as God himself fulfils all my petitions.

 

The view from here is quite spectacular

https://youtu.be/FgzXXKjaPZA

I was watching this video yesterday and oh my word how it blew me away.  I know that God loves me but to hear his prophetic word and realise that there is nothing I can do to change how much he feels for me, all I can do is change my own ability to receive his love is amazing.  So next time I muck up or make a mistake I don’t need to berate myself cos it hasn’t changed God’s love for me one iota, he still loves me whether I make a mistake or not, he will love me the same into eternity and beyond….

TO BE LOVED OUTRAGEOUSLY

Amazing grace, outrageous love, to be loved outrageously, dangerously even, for perfect love casts out all fear, perfect love negates the hate, the fear inside subsides, love brings alive a world of beauty and wonder, God’s perfect love for me will never change, it’s me that needs to change in order to receive, I will not let the devil deceive me, telling me that my past actions have left me devoid of love, that my past defines me, that God abandoned me long ago, oh no, my God has never loved me more and never loved me less, yet while I was still a sinner he loved me 100 per cent, his perfect love casts out all fear that now is clear, God’s love has crushed all fear, the atmosphere saturated with perfect love from my Father who never fails me, my life full of joy and the view from here is quite spectacular, I shall shout out my praise as I receive the love and roar my approval as finally I seize the day and soar on the wings of his amazing grace.