(what God thinks of me)
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Have you ever considered how fond God is of you? That can be a very odd thought, maybe awkward. How can someone who we can't see, who we're told created everything, including us, like us? It's a measure of familiarity we can't fully grasp. But that's what the Bible tells us - that God wants to be familiar with us. He already knows us and likes us. He delights in us, so we're told. Let's look at what God thinks about the people He creates. Some of the verse I share here are written to the nation of Isra'el but they still apply. The reason being, His Word - the past - how He relates to Isra'el - is a revelation of who God is and how He feels toward those who Believe; who believe in the name of His Son, Jesus, and therefore, by our connection to Jesus the Messiah, we are adopted as His children. And the entire Bible is a story of the Love of God for those who He calls His children.
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JUDE 1 “I’m writing to the chosen ones who are wrapped in the love of Father God-kept and guarded for Jesus, the Messiah.
JUDE 17 [TPT] But, you, my delightfully loved friends, remember the prophecies of the apostles of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One….
JUDE 20 [TPT] But you, my delightfully loved friends, constantly and progressively build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith…
JUDE 23 [TPT] Fasten your hearts to the love of God…
ROMANS 8:10 …you are fully accepted by God (when Christ lives His life in you). [TPT]
ROMANS 8:14 – 16 The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough.
But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!”
For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!” [TPT]
REVELATION 1:5 Now to the one who constantly loves us and has loosed us from our sins by His own blood…[TPT]
REVELATION 3:9 I will make [the liars] com and bow down at your feet and acknowledge how much I’ve loved you…[TPT]
REVELATION 3:12 And I’ll write my own name on you…[TPT]
REVELATION 3:19 All those I dearly love I unmask and train.[TPT]
REVELATION 3:21 And to the one who conquers (is victorious) I will give the privilege of sitting with me on my throne…[TPT]
REVELATION 6:8-10[TPT] Each of [the elders] had a harp and golden bowls brimming full of sweet fragrant incense-which are the prayers of GOD’S HOLY LOVES. And they were all singing this new song of praise to the Lamb:
Because you were slaughtered FOR US, you are worthy…
Your blood was the price paid TO REDEEM US…
YOU PURCHASED US to bring us to God…
YOU HAVE CHOSEN US to serve our God and formed us into a kingdom of priests who reign on the earth.
REVELATION 7:17[TPT] For the Lamb at the center of the throne continuously shepherd them unto life-guiding them to the everlasting fountains of the water of life. And God will wipe from their eyes every last tear!
JEREMIAH 3:12…[CJB] “Return, backsliding Isra’el,” says Adonai. “I will not frown on you, for I am merciful,” says Adonai. “I will not bear a grudge forever.”
ROMANS 10:12 So then faith eliminates the distinction between Jew and non-Jew, for He is the same Lord for all people. And He has enough treasures to lavish generously upon all who call on Him. [TPT]
JOEL 2:32 (as quoted in Roman 10:13): Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be rescued and experience new life. [TPT]
ROMANS 11:16 If the roots of a tree are holy and set apart for God, so too will be the branches. [TPT]
ISAIAH 65:9-10 …My chosen and elect will inherit it, and My servants will dwell there. And [the plain of] Sharon shall be a pasture and fold for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for My people who seek Me, inquire of Me, and require Me [by right of their necessity and by right of My invitation]. [AMPC]
ISAIAH 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people. [AMPC]
ISAIAH 65:24 And it shall be that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear. [AMPC]
ROMANS 8:19 The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters! [TPT]
ROMANS 8:28 So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.
EPHESIANS 1:4-6 Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will because it pleased Him and was His kind intent], [So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. [AMPC]
EPHESIANS 1:4-6 And He chose us to be His very own, joining us to Himself even before He laid the foundation of the universe! (He spoke us before the fall of the foundation of the world). Because of His great love, He ordained (set us apart) us, so that we would be seen as holy in His eyes with an unstained innocence.
For it was always in His perfect plan to adopt (establish) us as His delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that His tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify His grace-for the same love He has for His Beloved One, Jesus, He has for us. And this unfolding plan brings Him great pleasure! [TPT]
EPHESIANS 1:11 Through our union with Jesus Christ we too have been claimed by God as His own inheritance. [TPT]
EPHESIANS 1:11b Before we were even born, (God) gave us our destiny… [TPT]
EPHESIANS 1:14 (Jesus) is given to us (by the Father) like an engagement ring is given to a bride, as the first installment of what’s coming! [TPT]
EPHESIANS 2:4-5. But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved ([a]delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). [AMPC]
EPHESIANS 2:10 We have become His poetry