“What can we say about all this? If God is on our side, can anyone be against us?” (Romans 8:31 CEV)
Did you know that God is on your side? That’s right, you never stand alone, but the God of the whole universe who loves you so much is standing with you. Today get this truth into your head and into your heart because it will revolutionize your faith. Many people think that God is mad at them and they have to beg for his attention, but in truth He is madly in love with you and he’s so close that he now lives in you. Jesus even said, “The people who obey God’s commands live in God, and God lives in them. We know that God lives in us because of the Spirit God gave us(John 3:24 NCV)." If you have the Holy Spirit inside of you then you don’t have to find the right song or scripture to conjure God up and lure him into your midst because God is already there. The idea that God has to be summoned by “spiritual” actions was created by people who can’t believe how easy it is to really have unbroken communion and fellowship with God, but “anyone who is joined to the Lord is one in spirit with him(1 Corinthians 6:17 CEV)."
If we want to experience the fullness of what it means to be a child of God then we must stop putting up these invisible barriers in our hearts that are formed by man-made doctrines based in fear and not true faith. The idea of a distant God who is somewhat indifferent to His creation unless they can “do something” to catch his attention has hindered many from having effective prayer lives. Many people make prayer seem like a game of craps where all we seem to do is roll our dice hoping that our number comes up and we get our answer, however Jesus never taught this. In one of Jesus’ many teachings on prayer, he says, “For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it] (Matthew 11:24 AMP)." Someone might say, “C’mon prayer can’t really be that easy,” but according to Jesus it is because faith declares that “God is on our side.” I’m not begging God for anything that His word says that I can have because I have complete confidence that hears me and that my prayers are already answered. John teaches, “And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him (1 John 5:14-15 AMP)."
You are special to God. See yourself as one of God’s favorite children. I say “one of God’s favorite children” because God doesn’t have any “black sheep” in His family and so all of His children are blessed and highly favored. Refuse to accept any teachings that are contrary to what God’s word says about who you are and what you possess in Christ. Let the redemptive truths of the word of God liberate you from religious bondage and low self esteem. Walk in a richer and more intimate relationship with your heavenly Father because God is not far, but he’s actually a lot closer than you think and He is on your side.
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.