As I promised in my previous blog in this series, this blog provides you with a sampling of Scriptures to see for yourself how the Lord feels about you. These verses are a small part of the ones that really touched my heart and ministered to me, and drew me even closer to the Lord. It is so much easier to approach someone when you know you are not only welcomed but enthusiastically embraced! What most of us don't realize is that God is ALWAYS reaching out to us!
Obviously, these are not all the Scriptures that reveal God’s heart… there are far too many of them for me to include them all here but these are, at least, a good sampling. I’ve also provided some Scriptures that you can look up for yourself in your own Bible. If you don’t have a Bible, there are many online ones. My personal favorite is at www.biblegateway.com
because I can also read different versions.
My personal Bibles at home are many. My favorites are the King James Version AND the Amplified Version. When I post on Spark, I usually reference the Amplified. Additionally, I use the New Living Translation, the Message, and a few more obscure versions I found at book sales – the Moffat version, Wuest, and so many others. I don’t read them all every day but when I have my personal Bible study, I will frequently bring them all out on my table and do comparisons and research. It is exciting for me to dig into the Word of God this way! He is so awesome, and He has been so good and so wonderful to me, that I just want to know more and more about Him, and about what He has to say to me from His Word. Additionally, His Word is powerful - it brings me peace and comfort, and it brings His power into my situations.
Personal Tip: As I take God’s Word into my heart, it is also one of the ways I recognize His voice in my heart and my spirit. When God speaks a word to you in your spirit, it will never disagree with His written Word.
So if you hear a voice telling you to do things you KNOW are wrong - like hurt someone else or hurt yourself, or you hear thoughts in your mind condemning you, telling you that you are worthless and nobody loves you – THAT’S NOT GOD! That is Satan, and you can choose to believe he doesn’t exist but that won’t stop him from his machinations against you. God, however, loves you, even if you’re living in a mess right now of your own making. God’s heart and desire is to embrace you first and let you know you are overwhelmingly loved, and then it is His desire to heal and deliver you, and to make you whole. (This paragraph was a last minute addition from Holy Spirit so somebody out there must need to hear it.)
Here are some Scriptures to get you started…as you read, ask the Lord to help you understand His heart behind each word and verse. In a few, I've added some notes from research on the Hebrew or Greek meanings behind the words/verses. Feel free to share WITH ME some of your favorites too!
HE LOVES YOU.
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He even gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16
[Jesus speaking] For the Father Himself tenderly loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father. John 16:27
The Lord appeared from of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3
Even if my father and my mother forsake me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child]. Psalm 27:10
Additional Scriptures: 1 John 3:1, Isaiah 43:4, Romans 8:15
HE CARES FOR YOU.
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you. 1 Peter 5:7
For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax My hold on you)! Assuredly not! Hebrews 13:5
Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you. Isaiah 46:4
Additional Scriptures: Isaiah 63:9, Psalm 68:19, Psalm 56:8, Matthew 10:30, Isaiah 49:15-16
HE CALLS YOU HIS OWN.
and you belong to Christ… 1 Corinthians 3:23
thus says the Lord: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; ... Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; Isaiah 43:1-5
Additional Scriptures: Jeremiah 3:19
HE HAS GOOD PLANS AND GOOD GIFTS FOR YOU.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and that your body may keep well, even as I know your soul keeps well and prospers. 3 John 2:1
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29:11
And therefore the Lord earnestly waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. Isaiah 30:18
If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him! Matthew 7:11
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 37:4, Romans 8:32, 1 Timothy 6:17
HE GUIDES YOU.
I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 37:23, Isaiah 58:11, James 1:5
HE LISTENS TO YOU WITH FULL ATTENTION.
I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications; Because He has inclined His ear to me [as in He leans down to me], therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2
And it shall be that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4:6
HE PROVIDES FOR YOU.
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full, level up, satisfy) your every need (employment; occasion, demand, requirement, business; anything lacking, necessary, useful, want) according to His riches (wealth in fullness; money, possessions, or abundance) in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. 2 Corinthians 9:8
You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor. Psalm 145:16
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 6:8, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 22:26
HE FORGIVES YOU WHEN YOU MESS UP.
If we freely admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and continuously cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. 1 John 1:9
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 103:3, Psalm 86:5, Psalm 32:5
HE EMBRACES YOU.
Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, Hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture. Isaiah 40:9-11 The Message (MSG)
[Jesus:] O Jerusalem, Jerusalem...How often would I have gathered your children together [embraced] as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused! Matthew 23:37
HE WANTS TO SPEND TIME WITH YOU.
You [Lord] have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word]. Psalm 27:8
Incline your ear and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David. Isaiah 55:3
Additional Scriptures: Genesis 28:15, Amos 5:4, John 6:37, John 10:27, Psalm 105:4
HE HEALS YOU… indeed, Healing was already provided for you over 2000 years ago!
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment]...He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:4-5
For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord, Jeremiah 30:17
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 41:3
HE PROTECTS YOU.
Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you! Isaiah 41:10, 13
I, even I, am He Who comforts you. Who are you, that you should be afraid of man, who shall die, and of a son of man, who shall be made [as destructible] as grass, Isaiah 51:12
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 121 (all), Psalm 91 (all)
Until the next posting in this series, be blessed!
In an upcoming blog, I will be talking about effective means of prayer based on and incorporating Scripture.
This blog is part of a series that began on April 12, 2013. The introductory blog link is below, and blogs in the series follow from there in numbered order: