His affection is set upon you. Beth described God's love as that comprised of both emotion and devotion. He loves us, and if we cling to Him, I truly believe that His will, otherwise known as our destiny, will unfold allowing us to be the best person we can be.
Only He is your praise. What or who are we giving our praise to? What are we idolizing that's consuming our time and praise? Slow down, take a deep breath and remember who deserves it. The One who gave us the ultimate gift of life and eternity.
Loving Him awakens your true heart. This point goes back to the idea of God wanting our lives to "work" that I mentioned in my previous post. He wants everything from us, and in return He will bring everything to us that He has to offer. This point hit home for me more than any other.
Beth talked about how she used to be in a constant state of worry about whether or not she was living in the right city, pursuing the right career, etc. Wondering whether or not she was where she needed to be to fulfill her destiny... to live her best life. Meanwhile, God was networking all around her setting her up to fulfill His will for her life. Throughout this process, she couldn't understand how one job, city or relationship linked to the next or if she was even on the right path. Looking back she said that each and every opportunity prepared her for the next experience enabling her to live out the life God perfectly designed for her. He simply calls us to love Him with all our might, to have faith and to rest assured that His will for us will become apparent and executed at the right place and the right time. On his time, not our own. This is what I struggle with.
Doing His will does us good. Beth emphasized that the the Lord wants "good" for us, and this reaffirms the point above. Beth drew a diagram with "Love God With All Your Heart" at the center surrounded by "Walk In His Ways", "Fear The Lord", "Serve" and "Obey Commands". But first and foremost we are called to love Him. A reciprocal relationship is what God wants and deserves.
Fleeing to Him means fleeing with Him. Beth taught out of 1 Kings for this point where Joab took hold of the horns of the alter (1 Kings 2:28). God wants us to flee to Him, holding fast and unswervingly.
She also referenced 1 Kings 1:5-6 where Adonijah falsely assumed that he would be king. Who is king of your household? A troubled family member, your children, yourself? Who sets the tone for your everyday life? There is only one King who should rule, and Beth stressed that allowing a dysfunctional child, family member or significant other set the tone and dynamic of your household or life can be extremely harmful. The same goes for dysfunctional friends. Dysfunction much like negativity is contagious. It's time to reassess our family dynamics, friendships and relationships and bring back the only King into the center of our lives. This might even mean getting rid of certain friendships and relationships that are toxic. We are to flee to Him in order to flee with Him and away from these other "kings".
Any tighter embrace will also replace. What are you holding on the tightest too? Your career, your significant other, your reputation in the church? Beth explained that the thing that we hold on the tightest too will easily take over and replace our relationship with the Lord. Even traditions, such as church, morning devotions and small groups. It can become easy to become robotic in our motions. Are we participating in these traditions because it's strengthening our relationship with the Lord or because we're checking things off the list in an attempt to portray ourselves as "do good Christians" or to make ourselves feel better or even superior to our friends and fellow believers? This can be a hard thing to ask ourselves but one that's necessary. Maybe these traditions are unnecessarily sucking up our time and energy causing our personal relationship with the Lord to be compromised and suffer. This is not His will for our lives.
Satan wants what you have. Beth very clearly stated that Satan wants our Faith, he wants our marriages, our integrity, etc. Holding fast to our relationship with the Lord, without letting even air pass through will serve as our shield.
The Lord is your life. Beth referenced Colossians 3:1-4 which sums up all of these points. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
H-O-L-D-F-A-S-T GOD HAS SET HIS LOVE UPON ME.