You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, 
all your soul, all your strength and all your mind.
Luke 10:27

I don't know if I have ever loved Jesus like that............ 

Oh Lord Jesus, will you wake me up and lay me down with your name upon my lips. Teach me how to love you first, before anyone or anything. Be the focus of my day. Teach me love. I am desperate to know this love for you, as if you are the very breath I need to live. I want to love you like that. Occupy all of my heart, all of my soul, all of my mind and be all of my strength. Your presence, your name, your face, you alone. Jesus. I want to know you, I want to love you, intimately. 

Am I in love with God? This is my prayer for 2014. To understand this love.

To fall deeply in love with Jesus.

One word, LOVE.

Love God.



Lisa said…
Oh Renee! I SO love this!!! This is where I have been the past year... and the Lord has answered...

I John 4:19. We love Him, because He FIRST loved us.

Before we can ever step forward in anything, we must FIRST see how much and how He loves us. He has had me in the word looking for places, examples of His incredible love for me. Before I can begin to love, I have to RECEIVE His love and consent to let Him love me.

The enemy keeps telling me I don't deserve it, that I fall so far short I should never allow it. Jesus said He doesn't condemn me, so I shouldn't condemn myself or let the enemy condemn me either.

I must allow Him to love me! Should be the easiest thing in the world, but it's difficult when I think I should deserve it, therefore "trying" to be good enough, holy enough, pure enough. I will NEVER be those things and must allow Him to love me, right now, where I am and what I am. I should come BOLDLY to Him, especially when I fall short, not crawl to Him on my face whimpering about how unworthy I am.

Jesus took my unworthiness and gave me His righteousness. We traded! For me to come before Him whimpering now is an insult to what Jesus did for me. That is what I have a hard time wrapping my brain around!! I get so hung up on the "not deserving" it part. BUT, it is HIS GRACE, a GIFT! FREE!!

But it is up to me to take it, unwrap it and put it to work on HIS behalf. And to do that, I have to allow Him to love me first...

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