“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJV
God’s will for your life, is that Christ would dwell in your heart through faith and that you would be rooted and grounded in love. Many times, people will not run to God for help when they most need it, because they don’t know that He loves them. If you ever felt like you were not good enough to come to God, it is because you had no idea just how MUCH He loves you! Father God wants each one of us to KNOW – by experience – the love He has for us; to be able to comprehend the breadth and length and depth and height of that love. God’s love for us is immense and intense. His love is like the universe itself – ever expanding and never ending. Indeed, it fills and surrounds the universe and encompasses both time and eternity – past, present and future.
Father God wants us to know the breadth of His love – His love is boundless: infinite; vast; unlimited.
He wants us to know the length of His love – His love is endless.
He wants us to know the depth of His love – His love is fathomless; exhaustless.
He wants us to know the height of His love – His love is measureless; limitless
The Father wants you to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness – the very nature – of God! God is love! When you experience God’s presence, you experience His love. When you experience His love, you experience the fullness of His presence! God’s love passes mere knowledge; it is beyond mere understanding; it goes beyond the science or philosophy of man; no words or language of man can frame or describe it. Where man’s knowledge ends, God’s love still goes on. We may not be able to fully understand the extent of His love with our mind, but we can still feel and experience it in our heart and life. God’s love reaches down into the deepest gutter to touch fallen man and to wash away every trace and every remembrance of sin. God’s gift of mercy and grace, through the sacrifice of His Son, is the measure of His love for us. Jesus’ death on the cross is the measure of His love. The work of the Holy Spirit – to be willing to come down from heaven and to work down here in and through us – is the measure of the Spirit’s love for man.
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] 34 Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us? 35 Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? 36 Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:33-39 AMP
There is NOTHING that can separate us from God’s love! There is NOTHING on earth, under the earth, or in heaven that can separate us from His love! NOTHING can or will ever hinder or prevent God from loving us! He loved us before the foundations of the earth, He loved us while we were yet sinners, He loved us into His family, and He is never going to stop loving us now or in the future! Who will bring a charge or an accusation against God’s elect – those whom God has redeemed? Not God! For God Himself has justified, acquitted and forgiven us. Who will condemn us? Not Jesus, who died and was raised from the dead for us and who, even now, intercedes for us at the right hand of God. When God forgives us, our slate is perfectly clean. God forgives and forgets our past – it is wiped away as if it never existed. How great is the love that washes us clean and gives us this blessed right-standing with God – the right and the privilege to come boldly before the Throne of Grace to ask for help! Even if we commit sin again, we do not run away from Him, we can run TO Him and humbly ask for His forgiveness. He is ever ready and prepared to forgive everyone and anyone who will repent of their sin.
Who or what could ever separate you from Christ’s love? Nothing in this natural world can separate you from the love of God and nothing in the Spirit realm can separate you from His love! Even the enemy – the evil one himself – cannot separate you from God’s love. On this earth we may have to endure all kinds of pressure, persecution, attacks and challenges, but none of it can get in the way of God’s love for us. Even in the middle of great opposition, persecution and/or trouble – because of God’s love – we are more than conquerors and we will gain a surpassing victory!
We can know and experience the love of Christ in every situation and every season of our life – even until we see Him face-to-face!