God’s Endless Love For Us

Disclaimer: In this section, blogs are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley.  I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts to life in modern times.  Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this blog.
 God’s Love for Us

God loves us and He wants us to love Him as well. But how can you love something and/or someone we have never seen? The Bible, God’s Word, tells us how. If we study “InTouch’s” Life Principle number one, it teaches the following: “Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact for our lives”. God seeks fellowship with us which is why He created us the way He did (Gen 1:26). But to experience God’s best for us, we need to surrender to Him, completely. If you’re holding something back in your life from God, you are not getting His best for yourself. (Eccl 2:24-26), (Song 5:16)

Genesis 1:26 tells us God made man in His own image and then gave man rule over all things on the earth. In return, He wants our service and worship to be fruitful and effective. But often times we resist and move away from God’s will for or lives. Why? All too often it is out of greed and pride. Our world has become a world of instant gratification. We want what we want and we want it now. (Psalm 27:14) Also, pride makes many people feel like they can do better for themselves than God can. Still others believed that God is vengeful and if they give God control, He will do things that will make them miserable.

A friend once argued with me that God is not righteous.  His example depicted a young child suffering and dying from cancer.  I tried to show how this is, in some way, a blessing.  Well, I failed.  Recently a pastor friend taught me this philosophy:  “I have given eulogies for 90-year-olds as well as 9-week-olds.  Consider each life as only a single drop of water in all the oceans of the world, as compared to eternity”.

God does not make bad things happen – they just happen. He will allow some bad things to happen and most often, He will make good will come from it (Rom 8:28), but we need to remember two very important things: first, God is omnipotent, in control, and second, we have something call Free Choice.  We can easily step out of God’s will by using this free choice, but there will be consequences.

So the next time you feel like God is punishing you, remember God loves us and has the best for us within His will. Then, ask yourself: Have I stepped out of God’s will for my life and are simply suffering consequences from my own choices? If you contemplate your situation and pray about it, the answer will become clear. (Matt 7:7)

God has given each and every one of us His greatest gift of all time (John 3:16). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:3)

God’s Promises in His Word

We have all heard this song sung by children and other Christians everywhere: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. Well, then, how do we know that what we read in the Bible is really what God wants us to know? (Deut 6)  Wasn’t it written a long time ago by other men just like us? And since it was written so long ago, does what is written still apply to us today?  The answer is a resounding YES! (Joshua 1:8)

God’s Word was taken down over a long period of time. Why it was stopped at Revelation, perhaps nobody on earth will ever know. The New Testament letters were written to certain churches and to/by certain disciples of Jesus, but they were written FOR all of us for eternity.

In Touch Life Principle number three states: “God’s word is an immovable anchor in times of storm”. Someone might say “You believe the Bible is God’s Word because your Bible tells you that. You’re just talking in circles.” I think we Christians can put together enough testimony to prove our belief in God’s word and to prove that the Bible is just that – God’s Word for our lives.

To test this life principle, I would challenge anyone to live for 3 months, as stringently by God’s word as possible and they will see that their lives will be changed miraculously for the better. Be very careful, though. Claiming a promise that is not explicitly given in the Word can cause frustration, disillusionment and failure. As believers, we are spiritually wealthy because of the exceedingly great promises we have in Jesus, our Savior. (2 Peter 1:1-4)

Click the link below to review some of the better known, wonderful guarantees, out of HUNDREDS, we have been given in Scripture. God challenges us to expect these promises to be fulfilled when we live in accordance to His will. (Matt 6:28-34)

God’s Promises


In this section, blog posts are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley.  I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts to life in modern times.  Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this message.

So far, I have written messages about Faith, hope, charity, loss, judgment, blessings, leadership by example and forgiveness. Now it’s time to pull them all together and write about what nobody really wants to hear – obedience. Obedience requires Faith; it gives us hope; it makes us charitable; it brings us blessings; it comforts us during times of loss; it is an example to others and, through Grace, it brings forgiveness when we fall. We know God’s commandments and we read the Gospels. Why is it so hard to be and remain obedient?

Christ knew we, as humans, would have the propensity for sin so He came to wash our sins away and we could start anew. Is it then right to sin again and again and think that we can keep being cleansed? I would suggest you not attempt that path. Christ died so that if you would accept Him, you would have Salvation. Your eternal status, however, depends on how you live your life.(2 Tim 2:5)(1 Cor 9:24-27)(1 Peter 5:4)(Rev 2:10) There is a final judgment.  Don’t believe that?  (Read) (Rom 14:10-12)(James 1:12)(Matt 12:33-37)(2Cor 5:10) Why, then do we seem to always want to take the easy ways in life? Why must we endure hardship?

Life Principle 5, from InTouch Ministries, states: “God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable”. They use the conquering of Jericho as an example.(Josh 6:1-20) It certainly seemed unreasonable to simply march around and around the city and blow trumpets without ever striking a weapon. But the Lord of Israel made it happen so. Consider David against Goliath.(1 Samuel 17:1-54) Consider Daniel in the lions’ den.(Daniel 6:1-24) Consider the 3 Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego with king Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon(Daniel 3:1-30) and most especially Abraham and Isaac, possibly the greatest show of faith in God written in the Word.(Gen 22:1-19)

God will make himself known in your life if you will listen for Him and obey His will and follow His path. Sometimes the path is not easy.(Matt 7:13-14) But when you read the stories of David, Joshua, Joseph, Daniel and more, notice how much blessing God poured over His children when they stayed in His will for their lives. If you obey God, you will find the same amount of blessing in your life. It may not seem that way at first, but you will realize it, eventually; even if it is not until the final judgment. You might say “By then I’ll be dead”. Remember that this life is less than a drop of water in all the oceans of the earth compared to eternity.