Friday, September 21, 2012

Flowers Fade Friday: Goose bumps

Sometimes the Word of God gives me chills. Like straight up messes with my biological system and gives me goose bumps. Because the Word of God, His promises. and the story of the Savior who loves us so much that He offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins... it's so profoundly beautiful. Some days I just read Scripture, more out of duty than delight, and I go on with my day. But other times, I stop dead in my tracks while my nervous system reacts to the Word of God whether through smiles, shivers or tears. Jesus. He loves me.

Today, for example, I was reading II Corinthians 5. If I had been paying attention, I would have known. If I had stopped and looked at the big number five at the top of the chapter, I would have known that the goose bumps were coming. II Corinthians 5 is one of those power chapters of the Bible, where the Gospel of Christ is painted so clearly with such eloquent, heart-humbling, mind-transforming words that it's almost as if you can feel the brush of the Holy Spirit all around you as you read it. Other chapters of the Bible like this... Psalm 16, John 15-17, Romans 8, Ephesians 1, Philippians {pretty much all of it}, and Revelation 21. That's just my opinion of course. But I highly recommend those chapters for some biologically impacting, Gospel-infused reading.

Anyway, I was reading II Corinthians 5 and I didn't pay attention to the fact that I was about to read a power chapter, because it was simply the next reading in my Bible reading plan and it was Friday morning and that was that. But then the Words began. Words that rock you at your core. The goosebumps appeared and the joyful, awe-filled shiver made its way down my spine.

"The love of Christ controls us..." {v.14}. What? I don't have to be controlled by my selfish sense of entitlement? My desire for control? My futile seeking of perfection? My anxiety over circumstances? My volatile feelings? I am not controlled by those things, you say? I am controlled by the love of Christ. The love of one who would die on a cross. The one who conquered death. That wrecks me.

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come..." {v.17} I am a new creation. I have died to my sin. That pride and fear that used to keep me in bondage? That is gone. That old me is gone forever because Christ defeated it forever. I am a new creation. I am free to love fully and serve gladly. I have joy forevermore in Christ. I have no shame. I have righteousness in Jesus.

"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself..." {v.18}. God wanted me. He pursued me with no conditions. He loved me before I ever loved Him. He chose me to be His child. When I was dead, He made me alive and when I was His enemy, He made me His friend. Because I have been reconciled to God through Christ, I can approach the Father any time and know that He greets me as His beloved.

This. This is the stuff of goose bumps and shivers of joy. These are the truths that overwhelm my soul with gladness. God's Word. I love it. And I pray it messes with your nervous system today too.


Bek said...

I love it when God's Word (or words) gives me chills :) and I love 2 Cor. 5. Thank you for sharing-what version were you using?

Jasanna Czellar said...

I love super packed chapters! They're the best. I'm starting 1 Peter with a bible study and it's soooo packed. Yay for God's word giving you chills!!

Veronica Lee Burns said...

Such incredible words. So thankful for the Bible. Yesterday morning I was reading out of Ephesians 2 and felt myself so taken aback by the words, "For we are God's craftsmanship..." wow! How incredible! I could just sit in awe of those words for quite a while.

Christina Marie said...

power chapter for sure!!


Oh, if you only knew how perfect this was for me today... oh how our sweet Jesus works in the sweetest of ways... this goes hand in hand with what I've been studying over the past few weeks... so beautiful....that we are His Bride and He longs for matter where we have been or what we have done... we ARE His beautiful Bride and forever will be! Thank you for sharing this today... so beautifully wonderful! :)