Loved and Connected – Basics No. 2

More on Connection

In my previous post I wrote about two basics of faith: Know God loves you, and know you are connected. Knowing you are connected to God is so important that it deserves its own post.

Connection is one of the most powerful contributors to security and peace. Knowing how deeply related you are to God, is vital to growing a secure relationship with God and being secure in your life in general.

Success Magazine on Secure Attachment

I read an article in Success Magazine last month and the following excerpt stood out to me:

“Researchers at Baylor have explored the concept of secure attachment (a bond between two entities) to God when it comes to the benefits of prayer. In psychology, the focus of attachment is often one-sided—how one person views his or her bond with another person. Attachment theory was born in the late 1950s and looked at how children interacted with a parent. In a secure attachment, the child felt protected and cared for by his or her parent. These children exhibited less overall distress.”

“Our research shows that when people have a warm and secure attachment to God, prayer is associated with positive mental health outcomes,” Kent says. “But when the relationship is cold or distant, prayer is associated with negative mental health outcomes. Imagine the difference of praying to a God that loves and cares for you versus a God who is inconsistent, distant or even disappointed in or angry with you. The mental health result is not the same.”

Fearing how God feels about you

In my work as a Pastor I talk to many people who have unconscious, or subconscious, fear of how God feels toward them and as a result their prayer life suffers, and their anxiety is through the roof. It makes sense that one would feel this way especially if bad information has been given, or if good information has been interpreted incorrectly for some reason.

It’s important that we have a

“warm and secure attachment to God”

Here’s a couple scriptures that I love on this particular subject:

Jesus speaking in John 10:28-30: 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

The prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 49:16: “Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands;” and in the Message version, “Can a mother forget the infant at her breast, walk away from the baby she bore? But even if mothers forget, I’d never forget you—never. Look, I’ve written your names on my hands.”

Nothing can separate you

Repeatedly throughout scripture the Lord reassures us that we are his, we belong to him, and nothing deceptive can take us out of his loving care.

Romans 8:38-39: “38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present 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 in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When you feel insecure about your connection to God remind yourself of these scriptures. Say them aloud and let the truth of God’s Word fight the battle of anxiety in your life.

Connected, Secured

We don’t have to live insecure about our connection to God anymore now that we know the truth: Nothing can disconnect you from God. Know it in your bones today that you are extremely connected to God and your connection is secure.  #ConnectedSecured