I. Does God love you?
A. You say Why would God love me? Why would someone who created the earth want to know me or be with me?
B. Yet God’s love doesn’t work like that.
Luke 15:20 - So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
II. Is God pleased with you?
Hebrews 11:6 - And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
A. If it is impossible to please God without faith, how do we get faith?
Hebrews 11:7 - Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
B. Without faith you can’t please Him.
C. When we believe, He begins to change our heart to please Him.
Philippians 2:13 - For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
III. Is God proud of you?
A. First of all, I don’t know if I want to know..
B. What Kind of Pride
C. Some of you don’t really have anyone in your life telling you they’re proud of you and some never have.
D. Hebrews 11 called the hall of faith / faith heroes chapter
Hebrews 11:13-15 - All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.
Hebrews 11:16 CSB - But they now desire a better place—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
E. Does this really mean that God might actually be “proud” to be called my God?
First reason he is not ashamed to be called their God, it is the reason after. God has made preparation for them.
Second Reason is the one before. That they desire what God has prepared for them.
If you want God to be proud of you don’t worry about your past, the slop you have been in, where you came from. Don’t worry about your struggle with this or that. Don’t worry about the fact that you don’t feel acknowledged in the faith or in the church. If your focus, your desire, is on the promise of that heavenly city where God is, I can tell you what God thinks about you—He is proud of you.