It’s Not Too Late

Am reminded to share this tonight:

I have experienced some pretty awesome things with God throughout the years – by myself or with other other people – love encounters, creative miracles, great healings, crazy accurate prophetic words, reconciliation and restoration between people, salvation, divine appointments, signs and wonders..

What has become more and more clear to me, however, is how undeserved it all is.

On some days I have been filled with confidence and strength.

Other days I have felt extremely lousy and weak, even filled with shame.

God has helped me and loved on me in whatever situation.

You may read this and feel so bad about yourself and your circumstances that you think God won’t help you or have anything to do with you..

Well, He does! He really does!

When it comes to God’s love, you can’t do anything to deserve it.

Whatever you do, He won’t love you more – or less!

God wants to help you

and He wants to be with you.

He has promised that:

“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

(Romans 10:9-13)

 “Saved” means rescued, healed, and delivered.

It is not too late for you! 

God can come and help you

and turn your whole life around, 

simply because He loves YOU. 

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Love Yourself

So He (Jesus) answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27, NKJV)

I’m sure there’s a lot I could say just from this one sentence. About loving God. Loving your neighbor. 

But I’m not going to. 

Instead, I will focus on the part where Jesus says we need to love others as we love ourselves.

Isn’t loving God and others important? It’s pivotal!

But so is loving yourself. As you love yourself, you’re supposed to love your neighbor (those around you, basically) accordingly. 

Having a high value for yourself (healthy love), actually enables you to love others even more. 

Valuing yourself is not arrogant. I can be confident and still humble. I am not more, I am not less. I am everything I’m made to be. Valuing myself is actually honoring God, who created me. 

 

How can I love myself?!? (In a healthy way) 

Stay in community with God and people. Listen to what He has to say to you and receive His love for you. Meditate on His love for you. Listening to what God has to say to you is by far the most effective way to start loving yourself. Others can do so much, but God is the key. 

Let significant ones speak into your life, and learn to receive from them as well. Be vulnerable. Be accountable. Share life. 

Be aware of and communicate needs and boundaries. 

Some needs are very practical, but a great way to love yourself. Enough sleep. Nutritious food. Good friendships. Feeling valued and safe. 

Now would be a good time to make an action plan in order to love yourself well: 

Set aside time with God and significant others. Get accountability partners and mentors. Write down needs and necessary boundaries, and make sure to communicate them when needed. Make a plan to have your basic needs met (that are currently unmet). 

Sit down and record a 100 things you love about yourself or that you’re good at. 

Ex: 

I love my eyes. 

I’m a good listener. 

I’m a great dancer. 

I love the way I speak. 

 

If it’s hard for you to get to a hundred (or even 30), well, then you really need to make this list! 

Find someone to share the list with. Keep the list and go through it regularly. Tell yourself: 

“I have beautiful eyes!” 

“I’m a good friend”  

Especially when you don’t “feel it”. 

 

Good luck!