One day while preparing to speak at a Women’s Conference at Brooklyn Tabernacle, I heard God ask me a question that changed my life.
The Holy Spirit asked me,
“Maria, do you believe that I really love you?”
I thought about it for a quick second and started to weep profusely. Oh, I believed He loved others, but me? I had to admit to myself that I didn’t believe Jesus really loved me. This was a profound revelation. I knew in my head that He loved me, but I realized that I truly didn’t believe in my heart that He loved me. I was eighteen inches—a foot and a half—from victory.
This was where my deep issues had their root, from where all my trust issues stemmed. The Holy Spirit neatly wrapped up every feeling of insecurity, worthlessness, and fear in an instant and narrowed it down for me by identifying my double-mindedness. The belief that God loves us is the critical truth on which the rest of our faith hinges. The failure to believe this is the difference between living our life trying to gain God’s approval and living our life knowing that we already have His approval.
When we don’t believe we are loved—in our hearts—we never feel like we’ve done enough or that we’re good enough. There is no rest, no enjoyment of God’s presence. We definitely need our hearts to experience a brain-wash to cleanse away all the false impressions of God.
Knowing and believing in our heart that Jesus is our defender and not our accuser is the truth that sets us free!
- Read Luke 10:38-42. Who were Mary’s accusers? Who was her defender?
- Read John 12:1-8. Who was Mary’s accuser? Who was her defender?
- Read Mark 14:3-9. Who was Mary’s accuser? Who was her defender?
It was only when Mary saw Jesus as her defender and not her accuser that she was able to trust Him and surrender her most valued possession!
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