The LORD will make you the head, not the tail in your all. IF you pay attention to the commands of The LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
Let us start holding on to promises and living The Word; claiming, believing, recieving, Amen.
How We Can Enjoy More of What Is Promised
One question to ask is this: “Who are the people into whose hearts this love of God is poured?” The more we reflect the marks of these people, the more we will experience what is promised to them.
So, who are the people being described here? Who are the “we”? Who are the “our” into whose hearts the love of God is poured?
People into Whose Hearts the Love of God Is Poured Are:
a. People who exercise faith
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
Who are the “we” that Paul is referring to here? It is the people who exercise faith. We have been justified by faith.
The more I exercise faith, the more I will experience God’s love. The less that I exercise faith, the more restricted my heart will become.
Faith is more than saying you believe. It is actually believing. The Christian life is lived by faith: “Christ… lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20).
No one can believe God’s truth and Satan’s lies at the same time. When you are in Christ, God says that you are justified. But Satan says, “How can that possibly be? Look at you. You’re a mess! You’re full of contradictions! How can God possibly be at peace with you?”
Who are you going to believe? Living by faith is about believing God over all the other voices around you.
b. People who persevere through suffering
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. (Romans 5:3-4)
The “we” described in the verse above are people who know what it is to suffer. This is very significant because the promises of God are often hammered out on the anvil of painful experience.
This does not mean that we should seek suffering. Enough of it will come into our lives without our doing that. But it does mean that we should use it.
Here is the principle: When a rose is crushed, a beautiful perfume is released. We find joy in our sufferings because we know that this is the place where we may hope to taste more of the love of God poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
c. People who own their need for Jesus
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6, 8)
People are normally chosen based on ability, but here the apostles describe what we were by nature, and he uses three words:
While we were still weak (Romans 5:6)
When employers make hiring decisions, they conduct interviews to discern a person’s abilities. Generally, people with the greatest abilities get chosen. But here God’s love is poured out on people who know that they do not have, in themselves, the ability to do what he has called them to do.
Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6)
A godly person is a person who is for God. That wasn’t us! We were for ourselves. We were ungodly. If we had an appearance of godliness, it was driven by self-interest rather than love (2 Timothy 3:5), “I can get something out of this.” God was for us long before we were ever for him.
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
“Sinners” means that we are rebels; we fall short, we are off the mark, and we are guilty and without excuse before God. If you were to take away Jesus Christ, and all that has come to us through him, all that would be left would be a weak, ungodly sinner.
Here’s the amazing thing: God saw us as we were! God had compassion on us. He sent his Son for us. God demonstrates His Love for us in this, that when we were in this wretched condition, Christ died for us.
Therefore, the ones who own their sinful condition, the ones who recognize their ongoing need of Christ, those are the ones who receive the outpouring of God’s Love.
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