By Joseph Diop
Copyright © 2016 by Joseph Diop
If you were left breathless by Part 1, then Part 2 will put the wind back into you. If you felt reduced to nothing by Part 1, then Part 2 will build you back up to the max. Read on and see what the hype is all about.
What do we really, really want from a name or title?? What we really want is to be recognized as someone who is greatly loved, deeply cherished, totally appreciated, and highly prized for who we are. And, we don’t want to have to work for that. For, who we are, in our naked soul and bare-bones personality yearns to be loved for just that — just us.
In the Old Testament, there is a book that is greatly misunderstand, and read mainly when we want to improve our relationship with our spouses.That book is The Song of Solomon. On the surface, it appears to be a book about romantic human Iove — heightened passion, ardent emotion, fixated adoration, enraptured attraction, deepest affection, and expression of everlasting infatuation. Perfect for weddings and young lovers — right? Let me school you. What this book is really about is the everlasting love affair between the heart of God and the hearts of his people. His love for us is intense, direct, personal, passionate, eternal, climatic, and unconditional. From before the word ‘Go,’ He loves us, and He is IN love with us. He could never fall out of love with us. It could be said that God is impossibly and hopelessly in love with us. And, like they might say in slang, “God’s love is the bomb!” In Song of Solomon, it says things like,
“O my love, you are altogether beautiful and fair. There is no flaw nor blemish in you!” (4:7 AMP)
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is [stronger than] death. Its flames are flames of fire — a most vehement flame.” (8:6, [JED*])
“Your love is better than wine.” (1:2)
“Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.” (1:15)
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” (2:4)
“I am my beloved’s, and [my beloved is mine:] his desire is toward me.” (7:10 [6:3])
“I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the does of the field, “Do not [disturb nor interrupt our love, until it gets completely satisfied].” (2:7 NKJV, [JED*])
Now, wow!!! This is the true love affair and manner of talk between the heart of your God, and the heart of who you really are. That’s real love talk, and that’s the spirit of what really goes on with your spirit and God’s spirit behind the closed doors of your heart — at the deepest possible level. That’s the kind of communication that could have your soul declaring stuff like, “Oooohhhh!!!! Aahhh!!! Yesss!!! Yesss!! Yesss!!!”
I had an experience one time with the revelation of God’s love for me. It was unforgettable, overwhelming, mountaintop. When He revealed his love, do you know how I responded? With tears – lots of tears!! I could say nothing more at all. So, I wept. I cried. I sobbed, and sobbed, and sobbed. There is no other way to respond to that kind of all-consuming love — nothing that can approach adequate human expression. There are no mere words up to the task. All a man can possibly do is to weep — weep tears of acknowledgement, tears of appreciation, tears which say what no words can say, and tears from an utter humility and gratitude. These are tears which inadequately say, “Your love has reached and overwhelmed my heart. Thank you. Thank you. I love you too.” Those tears say alot. They talk the language of love to a God whose Spirit knows and recognizes all “groanings that cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
Now, the world will contradict God’s love for you. People, events, circumstances, and sometimes nature itself will have you thinking, “But, God can’t love me. If God loved me, then this evil would never have happened to me.” All those bad things that happen are just designed to be introductions to even deeper levels of God’s love. As it says,
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2Cor 4:17
Troubles are never meant to be indications that God doesn’t love us. Like Paul said in Romans 8,
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
See, here’s where your faith has to learn the skill of surfing. It has to learn to skillfully negotiate the highs and lows of life. It must master how to maintain its balance and confession, no matter how high the journey takes us, no matter how fast we may plummet, and now matter which direction it carries us. We have to stay right on that surfboard of God’s love. And, even if we “wipe out,” no worries. God’s grace-filled love will pick us up, put us back on our feet, plant us squarely again on the surfboard of faith, and take us safely right along on our venture of life again.
Usually, whenever adversities come our way — I mean when real knock-down, drag-out troubles hit us — we conclude wrongfully that the devil has carried the day. NOT SO!!! Satan is just God’s servant too. He is a wicked servant, I’ll grant you that. He relishes every opportunity to “Steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). But, he’s still just a creature that our God made. God totally handles him. And, as we stated in Part 1 of this message, ALL creatures were created by God for his pleasure. This goes for Satan too. He’s just a player who can’t even get in the game, unless God calls his number. He’s just our Master’s bad dog, kept on the property for God to sic on those who “trespass against us” and “trespass against” Him. He’s like an old-school, military Drill Sergeant (DS). The Drill Sergeant would talk real bad to the recruits, push them to the limit, sometimes even curse them, and do everything he could to intimidate them. But, the real unit Commander — the one who gave the DS his authority and sent him to them — loosed that DS on them to train those green, young recruits and whip them into shape. As a matter of fact, the Apostle John has been credited with saying, “The devil is just God’s feeble left hand.”
So, when bad things happen, the key is to remember who God our Father really IS — the Sovereign, Omnipotent, Almighty, Eternal, Lord and Creator, who alone rules this universe. The word declares, “Say unto Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” What “reigns” literally means is: “God exercises control over all creatures, in all places, at all times. God leaves nothing to chance.”
God is God all by himself. He has no competition. No one is like him. Nobody is in his league. He is in supreme, everlating, absolute, and total CONTROL. So, as I heard one Bible teacher, Charles Stanley, put it, “You must see all things that happen as coming from the hand of God.”
Here’s what God taught me. I call it God’s one-two punch for knocking the Devil out — an upper cut, followed by a strong right cross. ONE: Confess Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
TWO: Follow that up immediately with an application of Hebrews 13:15, which says,
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
Now, we have just confessed in the face of this trouble that God IS in control here. We recognize that fact and give him thanks for using this particular event for our good and for his holy purpose. We have reaffirmed, that no matter how it may look or feel at the PRESENT moment, our God means this for our good. Ain’t nothin’ goin’ on in our life but the will of God. It is a blessing in disguise, sometimes in a very good disguise, but it’s still a blessing. We know, because that’s what Romans 8 tells us. My wife likes to say, “Romans eight will keep you straight.”
Now, you can’t play around with these principles. You can’t be half-hearted or try to cheat the system. You have to specifically identify that bad event, call it by name, and specifically give thanks for God allowing it to happen to you. And, when you do this, God will immediately give you the victory. He will “turn your captivity.” He will turn your sorrows into seeds of a new harvest of righteousness, and He will make those losses to become launching pads to a whole new level of his glory. This is the sure way to make quick and ineffective work of any seeming assaults of the Devil. And, this will make you to speed quickly and mightily along on your path of Christian growth and development. Romans 5 tells us,
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
What that told us is that all things come from the hand of God, including troubles. And, troubles only are specifically and explicitly purposed by God to induct us into a greater dimension of his love. My personal testimony is this:
“It is God who stands behind all the scenes of life: commanding, controlling, orchestrating, resolving, and directing ALL things for his glory and for our good.”
So, stop playing the world’s game. The world plays a game of erecting for themselves great names, exalted titles, impressive reputations, and imposing claims of importance. Rest your heart and mind. Just fall in love with the God who loves you more than words could ever communicate. Ultimately, who you are — if you are elect, and if you are anybody at all to Him — is this: You are “GOD’S LOVE — his precious, adored, and cherished one.” And, there’s no greater or higher honor, nobility, calling, designation, title, or recognition that can be had other than that. When you feel this love for yourself, then you will know what I mean. Then, beyond all doubt, question, and challenge, you will know who and what you are. And, your heart will sing, and be much more than satisfied.
* = JED, stands for Joseph Emmauel Diop, my personal paraphrase
Aren’t you tired of being a cosmetic personality — of wearing a mask? Wouldn’t you like to know the peace of heart that comes from being loved simply for being you? Jesus, said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Christ’s yoke is his love for us, and his burden is his love for others. And, that’s the only way to live — love in, love out. And, if you are ready to find that kind of life and love, then please pray the following suggested prayer.
Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open my heart and life now and receive you as Savior and Lord. Come in and take control of my life. Give me your Holy Spirit. Come and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.
Did you pray that prayer? Then, on the solid-rock foundation of simple child-like faith, I now pronounce you a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. Mark this date on your calendar. It’s the first day of your eternal life. Congratulations! And welcome to the family.
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If you are already a Christian, but are in need of repentance and rededication, then pray this prayer,
Lord Jesus, please forgive me for not serving you the way that I should. I open up my heart now, and give you full access and control. Have your way, Lord. Cleanse me from all my sin and idolatry. Fill me with your Holy Spirit again. Renew me, Lord. Make me the kind of person and servant I ought to be. Amen.
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