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Daily Devotion for July 3rd, 2020

John 3:16 For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only SON, that everyone who believes in HIM will not perish but have eternal life.

After our “family Bible study” yesterday morning, my youngest asked me the following question: “Mama, when we ask JESUS into our hearts, are we in HIS heart?”

“No,” I explained. “We ask JESUS into our hearts when we know we have sinned and we want HIM (GOD's SON) to forgive us and we want HIM to be our KING. Then HE comes in our hearts and lives in us!”

“But mama,” she said, “do we then go in HIS heart?”

“No,”.....we went around on this one 3 or 4 times before I “ended” the discussion. She didn't understand....or did she? Was her heart trying to convey a truth her words could not describe? Hmmmmmm......

We don't go “in” our SAVIOR's heart upon our accepting GOD's SON as our LORD; we were already there!!!! That is, we were already on GOD's heart, on HIS mind, in HIS thoughts, and very much loved by our Mighty CREATOR even before we were born, even before we realized our need for HIM, even before we accepted His SON! HE didn't just “say” HE loved us—HE showed it: HE showed it in HIS loving sacrifice of HIS only SON!

Romans 5:8 says “But GOD showed HIS great love for us by sending CHRIST to die for us while we were still sinners.” Think about this for a second...GOD could have just “told” us HE loved us--HIS words are true, with or without proof, because of who HE is. HE doesn't lie. But GOD didn't want to leave us with mere words to cling to....HE knew our feeble hearts needed more than that. So HE chose to give us irrefutable tangible evidence of HIS love through His SON. 1 John 4:9-10 clarifies this: “GOD showed how much HE loved us by sending HIS only SON into the world so that we might have eternal life through HIM. This is real love. It is not that we loved GOD, but that HE loved us and sent His SON as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” If you are not “feeling” HIS love right now, friend, that's not GOD's fault! The proof is right there in front of you! HE sent HIS only Son CHRIST to be a sacrifice for you! And JESUS, the perfect SON, took your place and paid for your sins just so His FATHER could welcome you into HIS family with open arms. HE did all this for you because “Long ago, even before HE made the world, GOD loved us and chose us in CHRIST to be holy and without fault in HIS eyes. HIS unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into HIS own family by bringing us to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST. And this gave HIM great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:4).

So today I will try to explain to my youngest that we don't go “in” GOD's heart when we accept JESUS as His SON: We are, and always have been, “onHIS heart...because of HIS great love for us. And I pray, both for her and you, “that CHRIST will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in HIM. May your roots go down deep into the soil of GOD's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all GOD's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep HIS love really is. May you experience the love of CHRIST, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from GOD” (Ephesians 3:17-19). AMEN!!!!

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