He knows you

Posted: April 13th, 2011 | Filed under: God | Tags: , | 10 Comments »

Here is an interesting thought: God wrote the Old Testament Law to reveal His nature to His people. It’s clear that He does not tolerate sin. The interesting part of all that is that He also included the format, in intricate detail, of how to provide sacrifice for the temporary cleansing of sin (which means ‘missing the mark’ [Strong’s #266]). He did this not in case they fail, but when they fail.

It’s apparent that when He laid down the guide for right living, He knew that the mark would be missed and so He provided a means to start anew.

If we are looking for God’s character we can see that He has standards and that He knows we cannot meet them. He didn’t leave anyone without a way to be redeemed. Everything He does is an act of Love.

Jesus was not an afterthought. This means he was not a ‘Plan B’. Humanity was created for relationship with God and with the ability to break that relationship. The ability to break that relationship is a gift…a blessing of freedom. But, God doesn’t stop there. He also created a way for humanity to be in eternal relationship with Him, and through Jesus we have that. It’s a promise that says “Let me be your righteousness so you can be ‘free indeed’.”

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. -John 8:34-36 ESV (emphasis mine)

Missing the mark, or failing, is not a reason to throw the rest of the story out the window. With Him, you cannot have one without the other. Sin without sacrifice, sacrifice without sin. God has a plan and that plan is finished. He knows that we will all mess up and use our freedom, our choice–His gift, in a way that is contrary to His nature. However, being true to His revealed nature we are never left to die in our sin or to be orphans abandoned by our Father. “The Son remains forever.”

He knows, has always known, that we can’t do this on our own. He did it for you.

Once you tap into the grace grooved reality, you have no room to walk in fear or rejection. You will know that you have not been abandoned when you know that you have always been, are, and always will be intimately and fully known.

Not once has God ever relaxed His commands because He doesn’t have to. He sent Jesus to fulfill them for you. He is and always will be fully Himself and the beautiful part of that is that He is fully Himself when He embraces every single bit of you.

For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. -Romans 3:22-26 ESV (emphasis mine)

You are accounted for and claimed.

Let that sink in. Let that transform you. Transformed, continually, through Jesus. It puts you where He wants you and where you have always wanted to be. Free. Even the undoubtedly flawed and painfully marked are relentlessly loved by Love Himself.

Gather into your imagination the power of a hurricane, the force of an earthquake, the tearing wind of a tornado under which phenomena no man can stand. Now imagine the power of nature’s forces combined into a torrential and consuming display of love and you might have an idea of the force in which He loves you. A force of love under which no man can stand.

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10 Comments on “He knows you”

  1. 1 Dawn said at 5:33 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Wow, Serena. You really encourage me. I prayed and purposed that this year I would be free from fear. Truth like this helps me to over come the rejection that has owned me all my life.

  2. 2 Steph said at 5:43 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Oh, my gosh. Serena, this is so freeing. So liberating in LOVE. I'm taking this truth and letting it carry me off. Transforming me with healing.

    Beautiful!!

  3. 3 Juliet deWal said at 8:17 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Such a deep and intimate knowing. No greater safety, no greater delight.

    Thanks again, for sharing your heart's beauty with us, Loveliness.

  4. 4 Michelle said at 8:30 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Your last paragraph reminded me of these words…"Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy!" ~Oh, How He Loves Us, Kim Walker of Jesus Culture:



    Amen.

  5. 5 Juliet deWal said at 9:51 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Exactly the song I was thinking of, Michelle!

  6. 6 Michelle said at 10:42 am on April 13th, 2011:

    😀

  7. 7 Amanda Colclasure said at 1:53 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    Serena,

    Thank you for allowing God to use you. I have followed your blog for a long time and it encourages me, but long before that I got my hands on a copy of your book. I was caught in the middle of an affair, an alcoholic, a rape victim and suicidal…All within months of leaving the staff of a megachurch. Talk about a quick fallout! Thankfully, unlike your experience, my church family had my best interest at heart and never gave up on me. Over the course of the last year and a half I repeatedly pick up your book Iagain. You inspire me to live transparently so God is able to use my experiences to lead others to Him.

  8. 8 Amanda Colclasure said at 1:54 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    Serena,

    Thank you for allowing God to use you. I have followed your blog for a long time and it encourages me, but long before that I got my hands on a copy of your book. I was caught in the middle of an affair, an alcoholic, a rape victim and suicidal…All within months of leaving the staff of a megachurch. Talk about a quick fallout! Thankfully, unlike your experience, my church family had my best interest at heart and never gave up on me. Over the course of the last year and a half I repeatedly pick up your book again. You inspire me to live transparently so God is able to use my experiences to lead others to Him.

  9. 9 Julie R. said at 1:56 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    I love that song, Michelle!! 🙂

    I love the freedom I am feeling as a result of God's grace, mercy and LOVE!

    I am currently reading Mary-Beth Chapman's book "Choosing to See" and in it she describes a feeling that I had just a year ago…and I didn't know how to describe it…

    it goes something like this…

    I had heard about Jesus, and I had been on the never-ending cycle of trying to get God's approval then feeling like I had lost it, then trying to decide if the approval was worth the struggle… and knowing I could do the checklist of 'stuff Christians do'….but never for long…again I would be a failure.

    I hungered for a relationship with Jesus, yes, but what I really hungered for was grace….

  10. 10 Amanda Colclasure said at 2:13 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    Serena,

    Thank you for allowing God to use you. I have followed your blog for a long time and it encourages me, but long before I found it I got my hands on a copy of your book. I was caught in the middle of an affair, developed alcholism, was the victim of a rape and suicidal…all within months of leaving the staff of a megachurch. Talk about a quick fallout!

    Thankfully, unlike your experience, my church family had my best interest at heart and never gave up on me.

    Today I have been sober 8 1/2 months. My divorce that has lasted almost a year and a half is just about finalized and I am completely focused on the path God has laid out for me and He is using me in ways I never could imagine.

    Men continue to be my struggle as I work to get the idea of who I am in God out of my head and in my heart. I have taken on the principal of dating Jesus and wear His wedding ring, as my identity continues to be established in Him.

    Life is good!

    Since I started blogging I have developed a following but have no idea who is reading or if it's impacting them. With that in mind, I thought it a good idea to pass onto you that I'm reading and you are making an impact.

    Keep up the great ministry you have going.

    Your friend in Christ…


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