by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday November 14, 2004
My Assurance: God Is In Control
God has known you from the beginning of time. In fact, there has never been a time when He did not know and love you. Many find this difficult to believe. They think back to the wrong decisions they have made and wonder how God could love them. Others struggle with sin on a daily basis and think there is no way God will continue to care for them. But God does. He loves us in spite of our past and all we struggle with in the present.
God is not looking for any of us to perform up to a certain level. Instead, He longs for us to love Him with a full heart. When we do this, sin loses its attraction, and we seek to turn away from it. Love as strong as the love of God has the ability to touch even the hardest of hearts. While good performance may change the outward appearance, it can never change the core of a sinful heart. Only the grace and love of God can do this.
Because He is sovereign and in control of all things, we can bring our failures to the Lord and receive full and complete forgiveness. And because we know through His Word that He loves us with an eternal love, we can ask Him to remove the areas of sin in our lives that prove difficult and stubborn. As you pray, tell Him of your sincere love for Him, and ask Him to make a way of freedom and hope for you today.
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