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His Love Knows No Bounds

"And may you have the power to understand....how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is." (Ephesians 3:18)

Stop for just a moment and take a deep breath. All other thoughts aside, focus for one minute on how much God loves His children. YOU included. I know sometimes when we hear about His love for us, even in a daily devotion, we become somewhat callused to the idea. We may even shrug it off....

Something in our heart tells us we are "ok", we don't need or want His love, but our Father is RELENTLESS. He never leaves your side, and is eager to embrace you with His presence. It's in the times that we claim "we dont need it", when we need it the most.

Our Father has glorious unlimited resources to empower you with inner strength! (Ephesians 3:16) So no matter what is going on this very minute, day, or season of life, He is here to help you along. The bible says that as you trust Jesus, He will make himself a home in your heart. (Ephesians 3:17) Though it is too great to fully understand the love of Jesus, let us experience it! (Ephesians 3:19)

Do not be discouraged when the word says that Jesus' love is beyond our understanding, instead be elevated to know that you will spend this lifetime experiencing how wide, long, high, deep His love truly is! We can have it here and now, His love has no bounds! (Hosea 14:14) Then when our time on earth is complete, we will be with Jesus, in His glory! So until then....Try not to fight off his love, but dive in and get soaked in it!

My prayer is that we see what a gift it is to experience God's love on a daily basis. That we really realize that we have an eternity of His presence here and in a time to come where there is no tears. We may not be who we want to be in Christ yet, but we are no where NEAR where we used to be without Him! That we would always give Him praise for being here with us, doing a work in us, and choosing to use us while we are here. No matter how much we may resist, let us take comfort in knowing that His love will empower us, even in the hardest of times.

In Christ,
Leslie

Ashley Madison and The Gospel

Just as divorce lawyers are foaming at the mouth for massive profit from those being exposed on Ashley Madison, a website founded on its slogan, “Life is short, have an affair”, I too, find myself standing in that line, offering the same people to save their money and become rich themselves.

Betrayal as painful as adultery has a way of wakening the soul with a type of despair that is unlike no other.

I would know. It has been nearly one year since I found out that my husband was pursuing another woman outside of our Christian marriage. My once apathetic soul, was awakened by agony.

Anyone who is made in the image of God, watching the desolation of their marriage via unfaithful spouse, will endure a despair that the heart of God knows personally. This pain reveals an inner groaning in the core of our soul, no matter who you are.

We never rejoice over sin, but we rejoice at the exposure of it, as sin is our one contribution and requirement for salvation.

People. Matter.

We never, ever, EVER, rejoice over evil. Marriage is under a special kind of assault, as it is a tangible expression of the relationship of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). I know first hand that God exposes sin in order to save us, as sin is the only requirement on our behalf to receive salvation. People matter so much to God, that sometimes on this side of heaven, he exposes personal sin in order to draw people unto himself. 

A sort of wake up call. (Lord, revive your people)

God is always poised to pour out his mercy upon those who repent.

Many of my friends are not Christians. I love all people deeply. If you are reading this and are walking through this painful time, you are not alone. I meant what I said about saving your money for the divorce lawyer and making you rich. It doesn't mean that you won't end up divorced, it doesn't mean that you will end up divorced. It means that regardless of what happens in this time, you will have a hope to cling to. 

You are never out of reach to receive mercy.

What can Christians do?

Position yourself. Remember that, according to God's standard, every spouse has committed adultery. That is not explicit to sexual lust in the physical sense, but includes lusting over the imaginary spouse you have made up in your head, that you wish they would be. Any thought that doesn't honor them, at all times, is lusting. Wanting something in place of them. 

Yes. That is harsh. But I say that in order to strip you from thinking you are above this (or any) sin. God has truly stripped us from the ability to judge sin; we are all in the same boat, having received a mercy that none of us deserves. The moment a believer places himself above any other person, they become non-effective in the advancement of God's kingdom. The Enemy wants you to to see yourself as a better person, keeping us from preaching the gospel.

Remembering why Christ died for you, positions you to be compassionate.

Position others. You may haze zero experience in this area, to the degree that hurting people in the wake of the AM exposure are, but there are believers who can help, like myself, who are walking through this dark time in the light of Christ. Send them to people and resources who will be a giver of hope.

Pray. I love this teaching by John Piper;

God Has Preserved All the Prayers of All the Saints

Look at Revelation 8:3: "And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne."

Notice: it is the prayers of "all the saints" that have been piling up on the altar. If you wonder where your prayers go and what God does with them, here is one of the answers. They go onto an altar before his throne. If mere human beings can invent a microchip that holds millions of bytes of communication, it is not difficult to imagine that God has no trouble at all devising a way to preserve on his altar every prayer that has ever been prayed in the name of Jesus.

Your prayers matter and are being stored up by God himself.

It is no surprise that people are cheating on their spouse, what is surprising is how powerful sin exposure can be, and how God is always poised to pour out his mercy upon those who repent. Today if you hear his voice...

The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few. Lord, strengthen the laborers.