It's impossible to come close to a God who we think is watching our every move ready to pounce if we blow it. No one wants to be around someone who is constantly criticising them. Constant criticism and fault finding will destroy a relationship with people and it'll destroy a relationship with God.
One of my favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17.
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
That's the truth about our Father. He delights in us. He rejoices over us. When we sing songs of praise to him, we think we're the only ones singing but actually he's singing to us as well. Maybe it's time that we allow him to quiet those nagging voices that tell us we're not good enough and that he's disappointed in us so that we can hear him singing his love songs to us.
Steve McVey gives a wonderful list of truths about God's love in his workbook, The Grace Walk Experience. I believe as we meditate and get grounded in these truths, we'll begin to experience the freedom in our relationship with Father that we've always wanted so I've posted the list below.
- God not only love you, He likes you.
- God is so delighted with me that He is dancing around and singing because He can't hold back the joy.
- God is smiling at me.
- God never gets mad at me.
- I never disappoint God.
- The sins of my lifetime are forgiven.