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Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)
TITLE: A Chat with God
By Kathy Barnes
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“Yes, I loved you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. I loved you before you knew who I was. I loved you enough to leave heaven and died for you. I still love you now just as much as then.”
“Lord, how can you love me, when no one else did?”
“My child, you are special, and made in My image. You have great value to me. You were created so that we could have fellowship together. I know that others have promised to love you and instead brought you pain and abuse, but I am not man. I am Love and Truth. It is who I am. I can do no less. You will always be the love of My life.
“Lord, If you knew half of what I’ve done, You couldn’t possible love me.”
“I knew everything you would ever do, before you were born. Nothing you have ever done has surprised or shocked Me. Yes, you have done many things that I wish you had not done. They have hurt you and your relationship with Me, but I still love you. Others have shown you love as long as you earned it, but the love I give is unconditional. There is nothing that you can do to stop my love for you.”
“Lord, why is it that I don’t aways feel your love?
“My child, your fears, your doubts, your sins, your busyness sometimes clouds your view so that you cannot see My face. You may not always be able to see or feel Me, but I am there. I know others have promised to love you, but abandoned you instead. I will never leave you alone, for I live inside you.”
“Lord, why do bad things happen to me?
“The short answer is sin. Sometimes you are reaping what you have sown. You over eat, so you gained ten pounds. Sometimes you are harmed by someone else’s sin. They choose to hit you when they were mad at themselves, and you did nothing wrong. Sometimes it is the results of sin entering the world, for it brought sickness and death with it. I know that it is easy to blame Me for all the bad things, but it is the devil, who kills and destroys. I will always find a way to bring some good from any circumstance.”
“How could a good God let anyone go to Hell?”
“I did not make you robots, but I have given man free will. Even when most times, his choices are not my desires I must allow him to make them. I have no desire that any die and go to hell, but I have given man the right to choose. Through My death, I made a bridge back to God and life. The gift is there, but man must choose to open it. I am a gentleman, I will not force your heart to conform to Mine.
“Lord, why is it that my prayers go unanswered and unheard? Why are you always late?”
“I always hear, but if you ask with sin in your heart, they have no effect. Prayers are answered; yes, no, and wait. You quickly forget or fail to recognize the yes’ that are answered quickly or before you even ask. You fuse and rail at the no’s. Sometimes what you ask is not in your best interest. ‘Just let me die,’ or ‘I wish that so- in- so would die.’ You would regret it later, if I answered yes. However, ‘wait’ seems to be the one that causes the most distress. I know best and I will not give you something that would hurt you. A loving father does not give a child a loaded gun, before he knows how to use it.
“Lord, why must I go through trials?”
“I know you don’t like them, but they build character and strength. They help you see your heart and what you truly believe and how much you have grown. They force you to face your beliefs, and determine if you are looking to God, or man for answers. You get comfortable and don’t want to change, but trials encourage you step out and walk on water.”
“But Lord, I want so much more?”
“My love, come to Me and learn My heart. I will tell you more than you could dream. I have so many gifts to give you if you will, but ask me.”
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