God’s Love – for You
Psalm 139:1-18 is about you – wonderful you! And me. All of mankind.
Psalm 139 tells us His eyes were on us from the very beginning. His eyes saw our unformed substance. Our frame was not hidden from him. He formed our inward parts. He knit us together in the womb.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made! All the days ordained for us, planned for us, were written in His Book before one came to be. We are His! Let that sink in. If our flesh had a manufacturer’s label, it would read “Wonderfully Made for and by Him.”
We were created for His glory, for His enjoyment, for His purpose. He initiated the love relationship with mankind. We love Him because He first loved us! You don’t have to look further than the cross to know how much the Father loves you.
God demonstrated (stood up, shows and clearly proves) His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
Romans 5:8 AMP
What is our response to this love?
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Simply put: receive Jesus by faith, repent (change the direction of your heart) and run! Run for Him and with Him.
Your Path to Run
Last week, I shared a personal story about a new chapter of life. Jesus said “I have another path for you. Another race that’s cut for you. Run this race now; the one set before you.”
Here’s a list of “mile markers” for your race (based on Hebrews 12 below). Mile markers of scripture to help you on this magnificent run of life. Remember, His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path. Psalm 119:105
* Note of encouragement – slowly read all of Psalm 119. This particular Psalm reveals to us the importance of The Word! The Word teaches us how to run.
Hebrews 12 tells us that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
(1) Run with endurance the race set before us. Run your race. Not another’s or exactly like another. Run with Jesus’ abiding presence.
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
1 John 2:27 (and John 15 – abide in Him)
(2) Run with the One who says He is the way, the truth, and the life. The one in which no one comes to the Father but by and through Him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(3) Run with His Word held tightly in your hand, and in your heart.
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
(4) Run with obedience.
If you love Me, keep My commandments.
(5) Run in constant prayer.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Pray without ceasing,
1 Thessalonians 5:17
(6) Run with passion.
… because the king’s business required haste.
1 Samuel 21:8
(7) Run with joy. J-O-Y. (Jesus-Others-You)
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love others as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
(8) Run with influence – impacting the generation following. And the next one to come.
“As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
1 Peter 5:2-4
(9) Run with other believers in Jesus Christ.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
(10) Run for the sake of those not knowing how to run. These who have not met Christ yet.
Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
2 Timothy 2:10
(11) Run for HIM!
And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.