Come on in! Today we’re going to treat you to a soul-soothing Massage, to ease your fatigue and muscle tension. We will ensure that you leave feeling rejuvenated and replenished.
Time to relax and let yourself be loved; your “massage” starts…now. Have you ever been on a roller-coaster ride? I have. It was a small one, but the experience was quite enough for me; so I have no intention of going on the bigger ones. There’s something about paying someone to scare me silly that doesn’t sit well with me, so I’m much happier sitting this one out, thank you!
However one thing we all know about roller-coasters, is that they take you up, then down – it’s definitely not a steady, consistent ride. Sometimes our view of God’s love can be like that. We go through a “he loves me, he loves me not” cycle, basing God’s love on our circumstances. For example we might think: If things turn out like I planned, then God must really love me; but if I didn’t get what I wanted, then God must not love me.
I’ve realized that a major key to freedom is not mixing up God’s love with current situations. Remember that circumstances are fickle and can change at any time. Also the enemy can manipulate your current conditions.
Look at the situation with the man called Job in the Bible. The enemy manipulated his circumstances, but Job stood firm, and trusted in God’s love. He said in Job 13:15 (KJV) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. He also said in Job 19:25 (AMP) For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, And at the last He will take His stand upon the earth. Job’s circumstances changed for the worse, yet that had nothing to do with how God felt about him.
So in order to get off that roller-coaster, or yo-yo form of existence and relationship with God, we need to separate who God is, and who we are in him, from our circumstances.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP) says for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]. And Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMP) So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.
Once we’ve settled into our identity, and live in God’s reality, which is the true reality, we can then use our God-given authority to command circumstances to align to who we truly are.
For more insight about how circumstances are fickle, and to help you keep them in perspective and not be too impressed by them, check out one of my favorite Scripture passages, when conditions changed radically within 24 hours. Check it out in 2 Kings 6:24 to 2 Kings 7:20 and let your faith arise!
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