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God's Love For Us &

Our Relationship

Together

 

By Bart Nelson

 

 

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I think that the greatest unmet need in our lives is strong, passionate, unconditional love. That is a love that loves us as we are, with all our stuff and that loves us deeply. No human can ever give us this love that we need. No human is built to love that way, apart from God. Even with God in our lives, there is still the flesh to overcome in all of us. We seek this love first from our parents, then from relatives and siblings, then from friends, other acquaintances and the like. Finally, we seek it from a spouse and even from our children.

 

No matter how good these relationships can be, no one can ever love us like God, like we need to be loved. It is impossible. I strongly encourage you to read, meditate, ponder and allow God to speak to you through these scriptures. Even better, have someone read them aloud while you visualize them. Allow God to fill in the gaps in your heart, the gaps left by love that was less than perfect. Perhaps the person one would seek this love from was not even there, or was so abusive that there was no remnant of love. Regardless, God loves you and seeks to fill in those holes in your heart. He grieves over the ways we are treated. He loves us so, and wants us to be loved here on this earth (He commands us to love so in all of our relationships).

 

We need this love desperately, we can't love without being loved first. It has been shown that babies and children who don't receive loving will have problems socially. We do not love naturally, if we don’t receive love, we cannot give it. Those who have poor role models -- ones who do not love correctly -- have a difficult time loving others correctly. Children need to see their parents loving each other to know how to love their future spouses. They need to be loved and disciplined correctly in order to love and discipline their children correctly. We need to be shown how to love. Only God can provide for us this supreme love that we need, both as the perfect source of love and the perfect role model. All other sources and models fail. All.

 

1 Jn. 3.1-3 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

 

1 Jn. 4.7-11 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

 

{The scripture is in bold, my comments are in brackets {}, Greek or Hebrew definitions are in parenthesis () and italics.}

 

Luke 15:20-23 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him {The father was anxiously anticipating, with great hopefulness, his son’s arrival}, and had compassion (deeply moved with pity and tenderness), and ran (Speaks of persons in haste, of those who run in a race course, to exert one's self, strive hard, to spend one's strength in performing or attaining something. The word occurs in Greek writings denoting to incur extreme peril, which requires the exertion of all one's effort to overcome), and fell on his neck (to rush or press upon, to lie upon one, to fall into one's embrace), and kissed him (to kiss much, kiss again and again, kiss tenderly, fervently). {As someone had said, kiss his neck, one of the most tender and passionate places to kiss.} And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son. But {the father cut him off, wouldn’t let him finish what he had planned to say} the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best (first in time or place, in any succession of things or persons, in rank, influence, honor, chief, principal) {the best robe was probably the father’s own} robe (a loose outer garment for men extending to the feet, worn by kings, priests, and persons of rank, robe of honor, festive) {robe of righteousness}, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand {signet ring denoting the same authority that the father had}, and shoes on his feet {slaves had no shoes, but this was his son, he would have shoes}: And bring the fatted calf {the – denoting one specifically set aside}, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry (revel, feast) {all that the father had done was not enough, it was time to party!}

 

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God in the midst (among, within, inwards in, inner part, middle, inward part, as seat of thought and emotion) of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice (glad, greatly, joy, mirth, to exult, display joy) over you with joy (gladness, mirth, rejoice, gaiety, pleasure, glad result, happy issue); he will rest (peace, hold tongue, be speechless, keep quiet) in his love (human love for human object, of man toward man, of man toward himself, between man and woman, sexual desire), he will joy (rejoice, glad, joyful, delight, exult,  be glad, to tremble) over you with singing (cry, rejoicing, joy, gladness, proclamation, shouting, songs, triumph, ringing cry, of entreaty, supplication, in proclamation, praise). {This song is surely a love song, like a lullaby}

 

Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner {signifies victory} over me was love (human love for human object, of man toward man, of man toward himself, between man and woman, sexual desire). 6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me {see the Lord’s love for us!}. 9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he stands (set, stay, still, appointed, endure, remain, present, continue, withstand, waited, establish, endure, take one's stand, be in a standing attitude, stand forth, present oneself, be or become servant of, to tarry, delay, continue, abide, endure, persist, be steadfast, hold one's ground, to station, to cause to stand firm, maintain, to appoint, ordain, establish) behind our wall, he looks forth (to gaze, stare) at the windows, gazing (flourish, blossom, bloomed, shine, sparkle, gleam, make the eyes sparkle) himself through the lattice {He looks at us with such love.}. 10 My beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise, my love, my fair one (beautiful, fairest, beauty, comely, pleasant), and come away. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land; 13 The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. {Who can turn down this offer of love?} 14. O my dove {a term of endearment}, that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for sweet (pleasant) is your voice, and your countenance is comely (seemly, becoming, beautiful). {The Lord sees us as beautiful. How does that compare with the image we have of ourselves?}

 

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by you, and looked upon you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness: yea, I swore to you, and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord GOD, and you became mine. {God marries us and then cleans, clothes and beautifies us!} 9 Then I washed you with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away your blood from you, and I anointed you with oil. 10 I clothed you also with embroidered work, and shod you with badgers' skin, and I girded you with fine linen, and I covered you with silk. 11 I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon your hands, and a chain on your neck. 12 And I put a jewel in your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head. 13 Thus were you decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and embroidered work; you did eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and you were exceeding beautiful, and you did prosper into a kingdom. {Look at all the gifts the Lord gives us.} 14 And your renown went forth among the nations for your beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon you, says the Lord GOD.

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world {insert your name} that He gave {God so loved that He gave, Jesus so loved that He came and died.} His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life {John 17 tells us that everlasting life is to know God, i.e. like Adam knew Eve. In other words, it is all about relationship, not about quantity or location}.

 

Romans 5:5-10 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength (weak, sick, weakness, impotent, more feeble, infirm), in due time Christ died for the ungodly (destitute of reverential awe towards God, condemning God, impious). For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners (sinful, devoted to sin, not free from sin, pre-eminently sinful, especially wicked, specifically of men stained with certain definite vices or crimes, tax collectors, heathen), Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies (odious, or actively hostile, foe, hated, hateful, hostile, hating, and opposing another, used of men as at enmity with God by their sin, opposing God in the mind, the devil who is the most bitter enemy of the divine government), we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. {I was a weak, sinful, enemy of God, yet His love for me was so strong that He came to earth and died for me.}

 

Rom. 8.31-37 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. {We do these things to ourselves and our relationship to God more than anybody else. We dare not be against ourselves, bring a charge against ourselves, condemn ourselves, or separate ourselves (or do it to anyone else, either)! We are our own worst enemies!}

 

In addition to the scriptures above, look at this table and see the comparison of how God treated us with how we treated Him. It's pretty convicting, but His love for us shines brighter still in comparison with how we've treated Him. And He still wants us as friends!!!

 

Jesus emptied Himself of His privileges as God, even becoming a servant and dying on a cross for us. Phil. 2.5-8

 

Died for each of us. 1 Jn. 2.2

 

He deserved only life, because He never sinned. 2 Cor. 5.21

 

He created the world for our pleasure. Gen. 1 & 2

 

He bought us back. Col. 1.13-14

 

He is good to all. Mt. 5.45

 

He deserved, but did not receive our thanks, praise and worship. Rom. 1.18-25

 

He is absolute truth. Jn. 1.14

 

He is totally worthy. Rev. 4.1

 

He saved, forgave, justified and sanctified us. 1 Cor. 1.30

 

 

We were filled up with pride and puffed up, not willing to recognize our sin. Ps. 10.2-6

 

Our sin killed Him. Is. 53.6

 

We deserved death. Rom. 6.23

 

 

We ruined His creation. Gen. 3.13-19

 

 

We sold ourselves to Satan. Gen. 3.1-7

 

None of us are good. Rom. 3.10-13

 

We thanked, praised and worshiped anything but the only One worthy. Rom. 1.18-25

 

We were full of lies. Jn. 8.44

 

We had to be made worthy. Col. 1.12

 

We had done nothing toward our salvation, forgiveness, justification and sanctification. Rom. 5.6-11

 

 

How long has it been since you have thought of God’s incredible love for you? Days, weeks, months or years? Don’t let that much time pass again. Think of it often, for He loves you constantly, consistently this way. His love does not ebb and flow like others. Think of the extreme measures that God went to and goes to in order to reveal his love to us. He is extravagant in His love for us.

 

I was challenged recently by a man of God who was ministering to me to ask God to show me His love for me. Now, I know, the religious cackles went up in me as well. God has already done everything He needs to in order to show His love to me by Jesus dying on the cross. But I prayerfully (and half apologizing to the Lord) took up the challenge. It has made all the difference. God loves to reveal to us how much He loves us every day. Rom. 8.32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Jam. 1.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Every good thing we get each day is an act of Love on behalf of God Almighty. We just need to tune into it to realize it!!

 

Our Relationship With God

 

The Bible uses the most intimate of natural relationships and precious valuables to describe our relationship with our God.

Surely there is one you can especially relate to today!

 


 

My Father is My Vine-dresser who tenderly cares for me His fruitful branch and Jesus is My Vine Jn. 15.1, 4-5 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

 

He is My Master, Teacher, Leader – I am His Servant, Disciple, Follower Ps. 123.2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us. Jn. 13.12-17 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them,  “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

 

He is Abba Father and Jesus is my Joint-Heir Brother I am His Adopted Son/Daughter, and Joint-Heir Brother with Jesus Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless You are our Father, though Abraham was ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father; our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name. Mt. 5.44-45, 48 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Jn. 1.12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Rom. 8.14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 2 Cor. 6.17-18 Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Gal. 3.29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Eph. 1.5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Heb. 2.11-12 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” 1 Jn. 3.1-2 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

 

He Seeks me – I am His Worshipper Jn. 4.23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 

We are Friends Closer than Brothers Prov. 18.24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Jn. 15.13-16 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

 

He is My Bridegroom - I am His Bride  Song of Solomon 1:15, 4:1-14 Song of Sol. 4.10 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfumes than all spices! Is. 54.5 For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.  Hos. 2.19-20 “I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving-kindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord. Rom. 7.4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 2 Cor. 11:2-3 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. Eph. 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Rev.19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

 

He is My Prime Minister – I am His Ambassador 2 Cor. 5.20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

 

He is my Shepherd – I am His Lamb Ps. 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Ps. 95:7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: Ps. 100.3 Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Jn. 10.2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

 

He is my Creator, Maker – I am His Creation designed to give Him pleasure Ps. 139.13-16 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. Eph. 2.10 For we are His workmanship (Greek poema, literally work of art), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Rev. 4.11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.

 

He is my Potter – I am His Pot or Vessel Is. 64.8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand. Jer. 18.3-6 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! Rom. 9.21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 2 Cor 4.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Tim. 2.20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

 

He is my builder - I am His Building 1 Cor 3.9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. Eph. 2.20-22 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.  Heb. 3.3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.

 

He is my Commander in Chief – I am His Warrior, Soldier 2 Tim. 2.4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

 

He is Holy Spirit – I am His Temple, Bought with a high price, His Choice Place to Dwell 1 Cor. 6.19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 2 Cor. 6:16 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Eph. 2:21-22 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

 

He is the King of the Kingdom – We are His Holy Nation, Citizen of Heaven Mt. 6.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Col. 1.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Heb. 11.13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. 12.28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 13.14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 1 Pet. 2.9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

He is the One Ministered to – I am His Priest 2 Chron. 29.11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.” 1 Pet. 2.5, 9 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Rev. 1.6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev. 5.10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

 

Jesus and the Holy Spirit are my constant Prayer Partners, are continually Interceeding and Standing up for me. Rom. 8:26-27, 34 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Heb. 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. 1 John 2:1 2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

 

We are One Spirit together – Jn. 17.21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 1 Cor. 6.17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

 

He is the Head – We are His Body Eph. 1.22-23 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

 

He is the One Who Chose and Elected me – I am His Chosen and Elected One 1 Chron. 16.13 O seed of Israel His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones! Jn. 15.16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. Eph. 1.4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Col. 3.12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering. 1 Pet. 2.9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

He is my Writer - I am His Letter and He poured His heart out on me 2 Cor. 3.3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

 

We are Fellow workers together 1 Cor. 3.9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 6:1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

 

God also sees me as:

 

Apple of His Eye – Zec. 2.8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

 

Beautiful, Fairest, Lovely, Glorious, Wonderful, Marvelous – Ps. 8.4-5 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels (Heb. Elohim), and You have crowned him with glory and honor. Ps. 139.14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Song of Sol. 1.8, 15 If you do not know, O fairest among women, follow in the footsteps of the flock, and feed your little goats beside the shepherds’ tents. Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes. 2.10, 13-14 My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away! “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” 4.1, 7, 10 Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, going down from Mount Gilead. You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you. How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfumes than all spices! 6.4 O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners! 7.6, 8 How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights! Eze. 16. 9-14 “Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil. I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck.  And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty. Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.

 

Better than Wine – Song of Sol. 4.10 How fair is your love, My sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfumes than all spices!

 

Near to Him – Ps. 34.18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. 148.14 And He has exalted the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints—of the children of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord! Eph. 2.12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

 

Crown, a Royal Diadem, Jewels – Is. 62.3 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Zec. 9.16 The Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land. Mal. 3.17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

 

Dove – Song of Sol. 2.14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”  6.9 My dove, my perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.

 

Inscribed on the Palm of His hand – Is. 49.16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.

 

Fragrant Aroma – 2 Cor. 2.14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

 

A Fragrant, Beautiful, Fruitful Garden – Song of Sol. 4.12-15 A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna with spikenard, spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices— a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

 

I ravish His heart – Song of Sol. 4.9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace. 6.5 Turn your eyes away from me, for they have overcome me. your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead. 7.6 How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights!

 

Like a Lily Among Thorns – Song of Sol. 2.2 Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

 

Rejoices, quiets me and sings over me in love – Zeph. 3.17 The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

 

Treasured possession – Dt. 7.6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.  Tit. 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 1 Pet. 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

Unforgettable – Is. 49.15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.

 

 

As a beloved pet climbs into its owner’s lap to be loved and petted, so we, too, should climb into our Daddy’s lap. One of the definitions of worship is to lick the hand as a dog does His master.

 

God is a very personal and intimate God. He was often used the name of believers as part of His name. For example, He is called: PRIVATEGod of Abraham, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God of All Flesh, Your God, God of All the Families of Israel, God of Daniel, God of David, God of Elijah, My God, God of the Hebrews, God of Hezekiah, God of Isaac, God of Israel, God of the Jews, God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, God of Shem. Have you ever thought of God as the God of _________ (your name)? Now that is something to meditate on!