“I know that God loves me. I just don’t really feel it in my heart,” shares Tonya, a twenty-year-old missionary kid.
If I could get a nickel every time I have heard this phrase, I would be millionaire today. I have personally said this phrase more times than I can count. Until two years ago. It was two years ago that I started finally experiencing the Father’s love that I have so longed for.
Why does it seem so elusive to experience, feel and truly believe in the fact that God loves us? I think that the fast and easy answer for this question is because Satan hates God’s kids. His goal is to deceive us with subtle lies that always end up in a life marred with stress, fear and bitterness. The problem is that most people live their lives as if all their thoughts originate from themselves. They have never taken into consideration that the best and most effective way that evil spirits unload their lies on us is through invasive thoughts.
I have personally had to learn that any thoughts that are divisive against my God, did not come from me. These thoughts might sound like, “You sinned again. God is not happy with you. You haven’t talked to Him today. God will not bless anything that you’re doing. He does not hear you. He will not talk to you. He does not protect you. Does God really care about you personally?” When these thoughts come to mind, regardless of where I am, I say out loud, “The Lord rebuke you in Jesus’ name.” (Jude 9)
I have found that the absolute fastest way to drive the truth of God’s love to my heart is to praise Him all day. I have made it a habit to praise Him all day long. I say to Him, “Praise you Dad, that you are passionately in love with me. Praise you that you really like me. Praise you Lord, that you absolutely delight in me. Praise you that you have created me for a unique mission that no else one in this world can ever accomplish. Praise you that every last square inch of my body was designed and created by you from eternity past. Praise you that you hear me and are attentive to me. Praise you that you smile at me, etc…”
When we hear truth, we start believing truth. Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). When I first started declaring this truth all day long, I did not feel it nor believe it. But as time went on, this truth started sinking into my heart and I actually started believing and picturing God’s great love for me. I started to believe that I was His precious kid. As my belief increased, so did my feelings. My feelings always follow what I believe, and my belief system always follows repeated thinking.
Speak truth in your thinking.
“I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” Psalm 86:12
About Michael Trillo:
Michael spent the first eleven years of his life in the Philippines, before he moved with his family to Los Angeles. He graduated from Columbia International University. He was involved in youth ministry for many years before he was sent by his heavenly Father to the marketplace mission field.
Michael currently resides with his wife and children in the beautiful Northwest. He is an avid sports fan, with a special interest in basketball and Jiu Jitsu. He has also competed in the sport of arm wrestling since 1996.
Michael believes that knowledge is a means to an end. The end purpose of life is developing a loving relationship with God and others (Matthew 22:35-40). The result of that end is producing fruit, doing good works, and changing the world. It is an enslaving purpose to pursue knowledge and fruit producing as an end in itself.
His Favorite Verse
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
For more from Michael, visit www.MichaelTrillo.com
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