3. To Fall in Love with God, We Must Begin to Know Him Personally
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Oh friends--please hear this: God’s love for you is so personal.
Not only did He send His very own son to die a brutal death so He could be with us forever, but He loved you even before you were born. He formed you and created you with intention.
In fact, God has had His eye on us even before we were born. Jeremiah 1:5 says “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you...”
What makes His love for us so personal is we are His creation whom He created with His own hands. Psalm 139 might be one of my favorite chapters in the Bible because it’s God’s love letter to us.
Psalm 139:13-18 says God “formed my inward parts…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…when I was made in secret, your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed….your thoughts toward me are precious, that if I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.”
We have not only been made personal by God’s hands Himself but He views us as His very own “masterpiece.” (Ephesians 2:10) Every single time He sees us and thinks about us, He sees nothing but perfection and is always thinking of us, as His precious daughter.
He doesn’t see the scars, the sin, or the works you’ve done or not done. Max Lucado spoke a lovely quote of God’s love for us saying, “God loves you so much, that He put our face on His refrigerator.”
Because God’s love is so personal, it’s important that we get to know Him on a personal level too and in doing so, we will begin to fall in love with Him the more time we spend with Him personally. To know him personally, we simply need to talk to Him, and we do this through prayer.
How many times do you talk about God to others, read about Him, hear about Him through the podcasts or church, and even think about Him throughout your day? Now, allow me to ask this: how many times do you actually pray out loud to Him directly?
Thinking about Him and talking about Him, is not the same as praying to Him. We are taught countless times to constantly be in a state of prayer. I Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing.”
Can you imagine being married to your spouse or in love with someone who rarely spoke to you? We need to pray and speak to our Father to grow a fond love for Him.
Ephesians 6:18 says to “pray at all times”. Pray while cooking breakfast, in the shower, throughout your day. Carve out alone time as Jesus did to tune out the distractions of the world and tune into knowing God more personally. Jesus “often withdrew to lonely places to pray” (Luke 5:16).
In doing this, we will begin to fall in love with God, as the more we talk to Him, we will get to know him personally.
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