You Are Loved by God.

There’s something that’s really lacking in American culture today: shame. We now celebrate the things we used to be ashamed of. Everything is upside down. Right is wrong. Wrong is right.

The Bible says, “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter” (Isaiah 5:20 NLT).

It seems as though no one wants to be held accountable for their actions anymore, because now we’re a nation of victims. It’s never our fault. It’s always somebody else’s fault, and we have no shame over things we do that are wrong.

A July 18, 2018, headline in Teen Vogue read: “Lady Parts Justice League Fights Anti-Abortion Stigma With Humor: Yes, abortion can be funny.” Really? Is that where we are now? “Abortion can be funny”? Taking the life of innocent unborn children is, to some people, funny? That is the culture we’re living in today. It seems as though we keep moving the goal posts, and it gets worse and worse. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.

I think we get cheated by the barrage of social media we’re exposed to every single day. As professor Michael Brown wrote, “From violence-glorifying graphics on the big screen to incessant headlines of perversion on our news feed to the latest appalling video on our cellphone. We have become accustomed to the extreme, to the twisted, to carnage and to gore.”

The Bible warns that we can lose our sensitivity. The Bible warns that you can have your conscience seared. Years ago I was with Billy Graham in Portland, Oregon, where he was holding one of his crusades. It was incredible. On the last night, he made this statement: “Christ can resensitize your conscience.”

That is really true. Christ can resensitize a conscience. If you get jaded, if you get hardened, you need your conscience to be resensitized.

The three hardest words to say are “I have sinned.” The Bible tells us, however, that the prophet Daniel said them: “We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws” (Daniel 9:5 NLT). Daniel did not excuse himself or point a finger at others. He knew that he was responsible as well.

The word sin not only means to cross the line; it also means to miss the mark. Someone might say, “Well, I’m not sinning in immorality or stealing or lying.” But how about harboring unforgiveness? That’s sin.

Here’s what Jesus said about it: “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:15 NIV). Really what Jesus is saying is that if we understand anything of the forgiveness of God, we of all people should be forgiving. Forgiven people should be forgiving people. If you’re not a forgiving person, then you need to know more about forgiveness.

There are sins of commission, which are breaking laws and committing transgressions. But there are sins of omission, which are not doing what God has called me to do. We need to pray for our forgiveness, but we should pray for others, too.

Daniel said, “I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain” (verse 20 NLT).

When you see someone who is compromising spiritually or has fallen away, do you talk about it to everyone? How about praying for them? How about interceding for them? One day it could be you. Any of us have the capacity to fall. So we should pray and intercede. We should stand in the gap for them.

The Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2 NIV). It’s time to intercede for others in prayer. There’s a place for praying for your needs. But when is the last time you’ve prayed for someone else, interceding for them?

Have you given up on your marriage? Have you prayed for your husband or your wife, that God would change him or her and change you? Have you given up on your kids? God can turn things around, but we need to pray. God isn’t going to answer a prayer we don’t pray.
Sometimes we pray for something, and the Lord allows a hurdle because he wants us to press in and keep praying. He wants us to keep praying, keep seeking and keep knocking, and then the door will be opened.

Don’t give up so quickly in prayer. Keep praying. In fact, pray a whole lot more. God wants to bless you even more than you want to be blessed. And God isn’t stingy with blessings. The Bible says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32 NIV). God loves to bless you, and he wants to bless you, but he’s waiting for you to pray.

Daniel went on to say, “As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice. He explained to me, ‘Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God’” (Daniel 9:21–23 NIV).

Are your prayers heard in heaven? Yes, they are. Why aren’t they all answered quickly? Because God has his timing.

God longs for fellowship, friendship and relationship with each and every one of us. He doesn’t want anything to sever or separate that communication even for a moment. We’re beloved to him.

You’re loved by God. And know this also: Nothing will ever separate you from the love of God – nothing or no one, not our fears for today or our worries for tomorrow. Nothing will separate us from God’s love.

Taken from my weekly column at World Net Daily.

7 thoughts on “You Are Loved by God.”

  1. Nancy says:

    Please help me to forgive my husband of 38 years who has left me for a younger woman. My entire family is devastated. I am trying so hard to stay in faith and to be forgiven for all I did and didn’t do right in our marriage and for my part in his departure. He is drinking heavily and has replaced our beautiful family for a new one.

  2. Michael Clancy says:

    One of the richest blog posts ever written by you, Pastor Greg. Holy Spirit lit you up…big time!
    Thank you.

  3. Peter Kochopolous says:

    Thank you Greg for this, I think abortion is sick and should not be allowed a place in this world, and for anyone to laugh about the death of an unborn child makes me even more sad and those people really need prayer!

  4. Bert Kormann says:

    Thank you Greg. God bless you for your faithfulness to our Lord

  5. Emmi says:

    Dear Pastor Greg, It’s a lonely cold Wednesday night and I just finished watching your Sunday webcast worship sermon Daniel 12 End of Days. I have been seeking a room to rent and be moved to by this Saturday, or I will be homeless on the street. I spent the past decade as a renter, and a house sitter for a couple in Los Angeles who reunited after 51 years since college and remarried. I was the Praying Woman in the home, taking prayer requests and serving them as their needs and problems were many. Then the husband left and didn’t return, and of course, as often happens, I was the one wrongfully blamed for everything. God got me through threats, false accusations, physical attacks, serious illnesses, as I kept my prayer life and love for my Lord and Savior uncompromised, God got me out of “Babylon.” I know I have been struggling with PTS, panic attacks, flashbacks, crying, sadness and dreaming of my home in heaven. I know God is in control and He will never leave me, ever. I’ve never known a love like that on earth. Thank you for your alter call, I stood up next to my laptop and repeated what you asked us to say, and I know God has everything for me planned and I love and trust him with my heart and soul and all that I am. I’ve located a place to move to, I just don’t have the rent or deposit, or money for the movers. I’m asking for prayers for God to answer my prayers for His protection and provision. Love in Christ Jesus. I was part of the Jesus movement you spoke about and I miss the way we were.
    Love in Christ Jesus.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Wow, our stories have similar tone. I was left homeless by my ex in 2014. He had planned this exist beginning around 2004. Little did I know I was married to a real con. He followed me with GPS way before he left me but I didn’t have proof until the beginning of this year. We divorced a year later in 2015 though the evidence was there for adultery. He used that year to track me through keylogger software and WiFi attachments to my computer, GPS devices on my car. It wasn’t until the night before mediation in 2015 that I found white out tape on my father’s cds. After researching I found he was using them to get loans liked the money belonged to him. After finding a face book entry on his girlfriends sisters page there was a screens hot of he and her discussing hiding a body. I found this december 2016. I thought I was doing a stellar job handling the stress until 12 days layer I had a heart attack. September of 2016 Iade a stalker he sent my way. Took pictures and identified him to law enforcement. To this day I have know clue what is going on. I purchased a camper in 2015 because I could not afford rent. I still live here today. This past week lightning struck and now I have more problems. It just never ends. I have no closure as feds or sled is silent. He also used ach to move money through BB&T so it appears. It is also this bank that would not divulge accounts he had for a fair divorce. This is probably why I don’t hear anything. I stay armed all the time waiting for that strike on me. I sleep with a 12 gauge pump by my bed and a guard dog in my bed. Through all this I have change to a life of callus. I was a God fearing woman singing in praise teams in church along with my ex husband. How does one deny who they are and stand and profess Christmas through song? It wasn’t about Christmas it was about his attention compliments of his singing. I am trying to let go of the anger the hate and little by little it lessens to somehow scream loud again. Forgiving him is the most difficult. I try to tell myself it is a disease with him. If that’s what it takes to forgive so be it. I reply with the message as I try to rest in my camper after a hard day trying to start a small call center to make revenue. The heart attack makes it simply to stressful to work in public capacity anymore. I pray to God he will come through. I feel as though I am at the end of my teether. A bullet to the head has crossed my mind as of late but I am seeking professional help, did just this week. I have given this war on tough fight. I so hope God comes through for me as my hope and trust is in Him but I am growing weary. I hope your prayers are answered and you get what you need to start again. May God bless you and keep you safe !

    2. Anonymous says:

      Father I thank you for the provisions you give us and i now ask of you to give them the strength and your provisions to move on in life. You bless the humble and the weak.
      So i ask as this humble person has given their life to you that you will lift them up in their weakest time, give them courage and strength to carry on your purpose for you. Give them wisdom and the understanding of your word. Show them your love,joy,happiness,kindness,mercy and grace.Lord you are love so love on them father. You are the omnipotent father show them that you do answer prayer and that you have plans for them.

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