Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Junior Level
As I sit to write out the lesson for this week, God placed this on my heart.  It is a little different than our normal lessons.  I began to ponder how some times Christians today know what is in God's word and know that God is love, but so many do not really take it to heart!  I was one of those Christians for a long time.  I knew in my head that God loved me because He loves everyone, but it wasn't real to me.  I really didn't understand that He REALLY LOVED ME!  When He began to teach me this and show me His love, it changed my life forever!  His love is better than life!  Oh to be loved by the most wonderful love of all!  To be loved by God…there are no words to describe that blessing and honor. 

Handout: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

1 John 1:3 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not."

Psalm 30:4 "Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness."

I love to sing to The LORD…to be in HIS presence…to listen for HIS voice…to meditate on HIS WORD.  I am so thankful that HE died on the cross so that we could be redeemed, and restored back to HIM…to have relationship with HIM.  We can have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe!!!  Do we really understand how amazing that is?  Do we really take God and His word personally?  Do we really believe what it says is especially for us individually?  Do really believe that God controls the universe and the planets and the stars, the sun and the moon?  Do we really know that He keeps things in orbit?  Do we really believe when we pray that He will answer our prayers?  We as children of God need to search our hearts and KNOW that HE IS GOD, the one and only and that HE can do all things. 
It is time we start taking the promises of God and believing them with all of our hearts, and stop leaning to our own understanding!  (Proverbs 3:5-6)  It is time that we start looking at His presence all around us in nature and taking it personally!  He shows His love and affection for us in so many ways and if we are not very careful we will be to busy to notice and miss some of the sweetest, most lovely displays of love from God in our lives! 
When is the last time you sit meditating upon God and His word and felt Him caressing your face and your hair through the breeze?  When was the last time you woke up in praise to God and heard the special songs the birds were singing in praise as well for His enjoyment and yours?  How long as it been since you and I looked at a sunrise or sunset and felt the peace of God overwhelm us through His beauty and creativity?  Every spring and summer God gives us flowers and every Autumn He creates the most amazing colors in the trees when the leaves change.  Do we just overlook it or do we see what He is saying to us in all these things?  God forgive us if we just take these things for granted and never see or understand that He is romancing our souls in everything that He does!  How Loving He is!  He shows His love in so many ways.  He sent His only begotten Son to die for us so that we might have ever lasting life.  He gave the best He had for us!  He gave Himself!  Not only did He make a way for us to be saved from wrath, but He is also faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness when we sin. (1 John 1:9)  He seals and keeps us in His grace and mercy forever!  How can we not take everything He does personally???  He is indeed the great lover of our souls!  Praise You LORD!

Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Dearest Father…
Thank You for all creation and for all the many things You have done great and small to show Your great love and affection for us.  Father help us to see these displays of love and to take them personally knowing that You are drawing us closer to Yourself.  Father we praise You and worship You and thank You for being the true lover of our souls.  There is none as great as You.  There is no other greater than You.  Lord help us to love You with all of our hearts, souls, and with all of our strength.  Please help us to always be thankful and to know that everyday You wait to fellowship with us and to meet with each of us individually.  Thank You for making time for Your children and for allowing us to come boldly to Your throne and spend time with You.  We love You and praise You in Jesus name.  Amen.

March 4, 2018