Day 10: Receiving Love (January 10)

As I have spent time reflecting on the vision I had of the waters being parted, I saw myself there again but this time I began to look at the waters on either side of me.   I began to see the inhabitants of the waters that God had parted for me.  There were a lot of things inside the parted waters.  My walking out into His forgiveness had not only parted waters for me, but had also removed certain obstacles that accompany unforgiveness… fear, panic, doubt, stumbling blocks of insignificance, certain relationships with people who would’ve been drawn to an unforgiving person (like speaks to like…if we are bitter, then we draw other bitter people to us).  I also saw replays of some of my most sinful moments floating there in the waters.  Moments I’d rather forget, but if I held onto unforgiveness toward myself and others, then those memories would’ve plagued me.

As I walk out life with Jesus, more and more I see how truly complete His covering is over me.  He holds the entire world in His hands and never overlooks a single person.  He counts me all joy!  Why would I deny Him the pleasure of seeing me walk in the freedom of forgiveness and restoration?!  Think about that for a minute.  Let it soak into your heart.  When we decide to hold onto bitterness and unforgiveness, we are actually denying God the pleasure of seeing us live in the freedom that He sent His only Son to die for.  I can’t live with that thought.  I not only will forgive, I MUST forgive because I love Him so much.  I wouldn’t want to deny Him any type of pleasure that He could possibly receive from my life being lived out in fullness and freedom.  Don’t we see He is not religion?  He is relationship.  He is love.  He is my Father, Mother, Brother, Lover and Friend.  He is everything, and because I am so enraptured in my love for Him, I want Him to receive all the glory that my life lived out well could release to Him.

And then again, to bring it back into perspective…..We love Him because He first loved us.  Stop.  Re-read that.  We love because He first loved us.  Every bit of love that I feel for Him comes from a place inside where I first received His love.  You cannot give what you do not have.  When is the last time you stopped and just let the Father love you?  When was the last time that you stopped trying to love Him and instead first let Him come in and lavish His love upon you?  The only way that I have found my love and affection deepen for Him was to first receive the fullness of His love for me.

Today my hope is, you will take some time and let Him wash away all unforgiveness in your life and that you will receive a greater measure of His affection for you, and then in turn, that would draw you into a time of truly authentic and unashamed worship of Him.  Whether you worship to music or drawing or dancing or whatever you like to do as worship, I pray that today you would be released to do that in a more passionate and unashamed way than you ever have experienced before.

Meditate on this scripture:

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love.  We love because He first loved us.  I John 4:18-19

Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel!  Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy.  The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.  On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.  The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”                Zephaniah 3:14-17

I release over you a revelation of the Father’s love for you in Jesus name.  I pray that all pretense and any hindrance between you and His love would melt away right now as Holy Spirit releases the breath of life over your heart.  Awaken heart!  Awaken to the Lover of you soul!  Awaken to the One Who has been watching over you through the watches of the night.  Receive the love of the One Who truly knows your heart.  The Creator of all is looking down on you in love.  This is your moment.  Now is the time to let true loves first kiss come and rest on your lips.  We thank You Abba.  We receive it in Jesus name, Amen.

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