Does God Scare You

Does God Scare You?

Do you feel like you are never good enough, can never do enough, or never have enough faith for God to love and accept you?

  • If you are feeling like you are constantly under the watchful eye of a God who wants to catch you doing something wrong...
  • Or that all he remembers are the things you've done wrong in the past...

I want you to take a deep breathe and relax.

You're about to get free.

Could it be that your own earthly father goofed up your thoughts of what a loving father should be? Let's think through this a moment. It will help you understand why God may scare you.

If you're dad or mom for that matter, didn't give you the eye of approval growing up, if your parents hurt you terribly, if they abandoned you, or ignored you, you may have issues with God.

They Kept Him But Didn't Love Him

A man named Zudu, from a dirt poor villiage, grew up this way. He was born out of wedlock - a mistake from birth. Because his parents didn't want him, they looked for a way to get rid of him when he was born. They couldn't find a family who would adopt Zudu, nor any family members who would take him, so they kept him, but didn't love him.

His father never bounced him on his knee, never taught him how to throw a ball or hunt or fish. His mother used him as a slave to gather wood, water, and do all the hard labor.

Zulu had sisters who were treated much better. They were wanted. They were smiled upon. They were clothed with the best his parents could offer. But Zulu? Zulu was second class. Actually - more like 3rd class or 4th class...or no class.

His parents hardly ever looked him in the eye. Hardly ever touched him with care. He began to believe it was his fault he was unloved and unapproved of. Who could blame him? This is how he knew his father and mother. He knew no security, no compassion, no acceptance.

Because Zulu had issues with his earthly father - it caused him to have issues with his heavenly father. How could his heavenly father love him differently than his earthly father? This caused him to fear God because he feared his own dad. He couldn't wrap his head around unconditional love because it was something he never had.

That was Zulu's issue. What's yours?

Do You Have a Hidden Issue With God?

If so, know this - God has no issues with you.

He loves you.

No matter what you've done. No matter what you haven't done. You are loved by your heavenly Father. Simply. Purely. Unconditionally.

John 3:16 NLT:

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

I pray right now that God will become more and more real to you. Though He is already extremely accepting of you - I pray that you will SEE Him as extremely accepting of you. I pray that you will experience the intimate love God wants to love you with. And when you feel it, it will heal you, restore you, and transform you because His love for you is limitless.

Enter The No-Fault Zone

Today, right now, you are covered by God's amazing grace.

  • Your Heavenly Father isn't looking to judge you for your mistakes or sins.
  • He has already judged your mistakes and blamed His own Son, Jesus for them.
  • This gives you the right to walk away - clean.
  • This also gives you the right to "feel O.K."

1 John 4:18 - 19 NLT:

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

Now, how do you feel? Does God still scare you? I hope not. If you need a little more assurance, listen to this short podcast I recorded for you, "How to Convince Yourself that Jesus Loves You (iTunes.) (or use this direct link on the podcast site for Android or Computer listening.) "

A Prayer Hack That Will Help You Love Your Messy Self

UnknowYou're a mess you say? No problem. But that makes you not love yourself so much. Here's a prayer hack that will help you love your messy self!

Picture This:

You are no longer convinced God hates you. Though you can't stand yourself sometimes, he's all grins when he sees you. You don't like the things you say and do. He doesn't either, but he still loves you. Even when your sin could be nauseating, he doesn't turn away. He's there loving you back to right living. You're loved. No ifs. No ands. No buts. God loves you regardless.

Scripture This:

1 John 3:29 NCV

If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

1 John 5:13 NLT

I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

Colossians 1:13-14 NLT

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

1 John 4:18 NLT

Perfect love expels all fear.

Pray This:

God, when I'm tempted to doubt your grace, wake me up. You love me too much to leave me in doubt. You never keep a list of sins consulting it often. In fact, on your list, there's nothing listed. How did that happen? Oh, yes, your mercy. Your love. Your Son. He covered it and I'm eternally forgiven and eternally thankful.

Say This:

I have been purchased. I have been given freedom and forgiven. I will not condemn myself anymore. The past is in the rearview mirror and I refuse to look back. God has made my heart clean and I am extravagantly loved. I will remind myself today that God loves me regardless of what I've done or who I am. I'm loved.

Share this with your friends and family so they can learn to love their messy selves too. They'll thank you!

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