Ephesians 3:19 How To Be Filled With God

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19

For a person to really understand and know a person, one must have knowledge about that person. One can get to know a person in how he thinks, acts and responds to different situations. The more of these things a person knows, the better he knows a person.

No matter how long one knows a person, there is usually some new things to still be learned. Along with all the new learning, people will often change over time, causing re-learning to occur.

Paul is wanting the people to really know the love of God. The purpose of knowing His love is so that they may be filled with all of God.

It is easy for people to claim that they know God. Often all this means is that they know about God or know just a small amount about God.

Since God is infinitely big and eternal, one cannot know absolutely everything about God. The one thing that a person must know about God, that most encompasses who He is, is to really know His love.

Since God is love, it is what most defines who God is and what His character is.

One must stop and think about how great His love is. God created man as perfect, in a perfect world, and yet man chose to disobey Him and sin against Him. Although man chose to sin against Him, God still loves mankind.

His love for man is so great that He made a way to redeem him and give him back the eternal initially intended for him. When a person can fully understand this great love, he will be filled with all of who God is.

Take a moment to realize how much God loves you. Think about how many times you have sinned against God.

Now realize that for every time you sinned against Him, you deserved eternal punishment and death. Yet, God did not destroy you, but made a way for you to be forgiven and given eternal life. And not only does God love you this way, He also loves everyone else this same way.

When you begin to realize a small portion of this great and endless love of God, you will be filled with who God is. Your life will be transformed by His great love for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love for you and this world; that you will be filled with God’s love; that you will be changed by God’s love; and that you will be filled with all of whom God is.

Hosea 7:13 Talking Bad

Bridge over river

Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely. Hosea 7:13 

There are times when a person wants to be friends with someone who has turned away. All that occurs is one just speaks false lies about the other. No chance is given to amend the friendship and it stays broken.

It is common for people to only think about themselves and talk bad about other people. They have their minds made up that others are bad, whether they are or are not. They refuse to look at the true facts of a person or a situation.

God is warning Israel of coming destruction for them because of their rebellion against Him. He wants to save them, but all they do is tell lies about Him. He is unable to save them from the coming destruction.

Over time there has been some people who have walked away from God. For some reason they have chosen to no longer be a believer in God. As they walk away, they also begin to bad-mouth God, speaking lies to all who are willing to listen. They judge God as being false, not real or not really loving.

Often these judgements are based off of reactions of people and not God Himself. God is a loving, compassionate and patient God. He does not want anyone to be punished or die in their sins. God is always reaching out in love to forgive and restore people, however, many do not want to be restored.

Those who are believers today, must always keep their mind on who God is and what He has done for them. They must never allow the thoughts that God is unloving or uncaring, regardless of how hard of circumstances they must go through.

You may have gone through some tough times in your life. You may have times where you are questioning God’s love, care, and power.

Take a moment to read the Bible and then think about what God has done in the past for others and for you. Now remember those things and talk about those things. Do not allow your heart to grow cold against God and walk away from Him.

God does love you and is concerned about you. He only wants what is best for you. Trust Him in knowing what is best and don’t believe the lies of the enemy and begin talking bad about Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will always remember the good God has done for you; that you will not rebel against God and walk away from Him; and that you will tell the truth of God’s great love and compassion for others. 

Ezekiel 20:44 God Deals Differently

Mountain and lake

You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, you people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 20:44 

When a crime is committed by a person, people want the person to pay for it. They want punishment to be brought upon the person.

Generally most people want the punishment to fit the crime. The more serious the crime, the greater the punishment. No one wants a person who stole a piece of candy to get a death sentence. At the same time, many want the person who murdered a person in cold-blood to get the death sentence.

Ezekiel tells that people that God is telling them that He will not deal with them as their evil ways dictate. God works in a different way and will have mercy upon them.

Most people do not really see how sinful sin is. They do not see how bad every sin is regardless of how great or how little it is. Many think that little sins can be overlooked and forgotten. Yet, with God all sin is sin. And all sin is punishable by death for eternity.

No one can say that they have never sinned, so everyone can have, and does, the judgement of death upon their heads. Yet, God in His great love and mercy, chose not to destroy them. He is willing to forgive and move forward.

God does this for His namesake, not because of something the people did. It shows His true character of true love and mercy.

Every believer has been forgiven and, yet, sins again, hopefully unintentionally. At that point he deserves death…again. Yet God still has mercy and forgives…again. God does not want to kill, but to make alive.

As a believer, you have already seen some of the mercy and love of God. There will be times when you will make a mistake and fall into a sin. Do not give up trying to live for God. Go back to Him for His love, mercy and forgiveness.

God is not out to destroy or condemn you. He is right there waiting to love and forgive you. Give God the chance to forgive you. Then strive to live for Him, being led by His Holy Spirit. God will work with you as you allow Him too. God is a God of love and mercy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will live for God; and that you will know God’s love and mercy for you and others.