Nurturing Your First Love for Jesus

Nurturing Your First Love for Jesus

 
“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.” Psalm 116:1
 
O Lord God, you are the great I Am, wonderful in your ways, in your mercy, in your patience, goodness and grace. You display your glory in great acts of salvation (Israel from Egypt, David from Saul, Paul from his enemies, us from the dominion of darkness) and are therefore worthy of worship and wonder, of honor and exaltation, of praise and adoration.
You are the One who provides all that your children need. You have poured out upon us worth: created us in your image, redeemed us by the blood of the Lamb, chose us to be your sons and daughters, commissioned and equipped us for meaningful and specific service, and you crown us every day with loving kindness.
You call us to belong to you and in that you become our glory and strength. And in this belonging you give gifts to us out of your glorious riches, calling us to share in your holiness, to share in your righteousness, in your divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4), and in your strength.
You call us to be more than conquerors, to be kings and priests, and to be effective instruments in your hands. In our belonging to you, your glory comes upon us and we participate in it by obeying you, praising in problems, exalting in you, rejoicing in who you are, seeing you more and more through worship and the Word and being transformed into your likeness (2 Cor. 3:18).
You, Lord God, are more than we could have hoped for, more than we could imagine, far more than we can know. We get just a glimpse of your greatness in this verse: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that Your lives may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13). What more could we ask for in life than overflowing Joy, Peace and Hope from you and with you?
You who are our rock, our strength and our salvation, you are with us in trouble, you will save us through it and out of it. To you be Glory and Honor, Praise and Power, Majesty and Might, Exaltation and Obedience now and forever.
 
Prayer: “Lord, for your honor I want to walk in the light of who you are today: the Mighty, Majestic, Magnificent and Munificent Creator and Sustainer of all. May I live in the light of your presence, finding my joy, strength, wisdom and help in you. Amen.”
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