not even Covid could stop this fun
by Joyce Meyer
One day I put a post on Facebook that simply said, “God’s not mad at you,” and the response was overwhelming. In just a few hours, thousands of people responded, desperately needing to be reassured of this fact.
Through my own personal relationship with God, and through ministering to other people, I have come to believe a large percentage of people either vaguely or perhaps even wholeheartedly believe that God is mad at them.
Where does this belief come from? Perhaps from a parent who was difficult to please, the pain of rejection or maybe even from the church. Wherever these misconceptions about God’s wrath originate, I want to help shed some truth on these false beliefs so you can fully know that God is not mad at you!
“God will never accept me like I am.” The Bible is a record of sin, deceit and immorality of every kind. It’s also a record of God’s amazing grace and love. The heroes we admire were people just like us. They failed miserably at times, and yet they found love, acceptance, forgiveness, and mercy as free gifts from God. His love drew them into intimate relationships with Him, empowered them to do great things and taught them to enjoy their lives.
Since they experienced that acceptance, I believe we can experience it too.
God doesn’t and never will approve of sin, but He does love sinners and will continue to work with us toward positive change in our lives.
I wasted many years living with a vague fear that God was angry with me. Thankfully, over the years I have come to know the amazing, passionate love of God, and I now know that God is not angry with me; He isn’t even annoyed with me! And it isn’t because of anything I’ve done or haven’t done; it is simply because He’s in love with me.
“I’m not doing enough for God.” We conducted a survey at our office, asking our employees what one of their greatest concerns was in their walk with God. The number one response was, “When can I know that I am doing enough?”
Perfectionism is fueled with the tyranny of the shoulds and oughts. It is the constant nagging feeling of never doing well enough or being good enough. We think things like, I should pray better, read the Bible more, and be kinder. We instinctively want to be pleasing to God, and we are deeply afraid we aren’t. As a result, we believe God is mad at us because we just don’t measure up.
But the pathway to God is not perfection. Some people in a crowd asked what they needed to do to please God, and the answer Jesus gave was, …Believe in the One Whom He has sent … (John 6:29).
That is so simple that we often miss it. More than anything, God wants us to trust Him and believe His Word. You can stop trying to attain perfection because you cannot buy or earn God’s love or favor. It isn’t for sale-it’s free!
Somewhere along the line, we’ve come up with this idea that God is an “angry God.” Worse, some have decided that God is angry at them! Nothing could be further from the truth.
We serve a loving God who, even though He might not like everything we do, never stops loving us. Any belief that God is angry is a myth.
Earlier we looked at a couple of the underlying false beliefs that lead people to think God is angry at them. Here are some others that bring so much unnecessary sadness to people’s lives.
“My Dad was mad, so God must be too.” If someone had an angry father, it is quite natural to view Father God as angry too. Hopefully you are one of the blessed ones who had an awesome dad, but for many that is not the case.
One of our most urgent needs in life is to feel safe. But children who grow up with angry, absent or abusive fathers often don’t feel safe. They have a feeling of impending doom or danger hanging over them most of the time.
But God is not like people. If your father was absent, you need to know that God will never leave you. If your father was abusive or angry, your heavenly Father wants to give a double reward for your former trouble (see Isaiah 61:7).
No matter how unfaithful your father may have been to you, I urge you to not let it ruin your life. Make a decision to believe that your heavenly Father is faithful and loves you dearly.
“God couldn’t possibly forgive me.” Satan remembers every tiny thing we have ever done wrong and will do his best to remind us of them every chance he gets. He is vigilant in his efforts to make us cower under the weight of our own shame.
We all sin and come short of the glory of God. No person is without sin, and we all feel guilt at times, but when we keep that guilt long after we have been forgiven it turns into shame. Guilt and shame make us feel that God is angry, and so we withdraw from His presence and don’t live the life God intended for us.
We need to understand that God forgives completely-not partially, or almost, but completely! Take a moment and think of the worst thing you have ever done. Now, realize that you are completely forgiven. The goodness of God is greater than any bad thing we have ever or could ever do. That should bring a sigh of relief and a sensation of joy sweeping through our soul!
“God is punishing me.” Some people may believe that when they have problems in life it is because God is angry with them for some past sin. I have heard people say things like, “I had a miscarriage and I wonder if God is punishing me for the way I lived in the past.” Statements like this prove that people have an incorrect view of God. He doesn’t punish us for past sins by bringing bad things into our lives.
Our troubles are not a sign that God is angry with us! We are in the world and Jesus said that in the world we would have tribulation. He also told us to cheer up because He had overcome the world (see John 16:33).
Staying positive and continuing to believe in the goodness of God during times of trial and tribulation will prevent you from losing your joy. Each difficulty that I have gone through in life has helped me go through the next one better. God is faithful, so continue to rely on Him when times get hard.
God Is Not Mad At You If it weren’t for the grace of God, He would have to be mad at us because His holiness demands justice for sin. A sacrifice must be made to atone for sin, but because of His grace, He made the sacrifice Himself by offering His Son’s life for ours. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved for our sins, and offers to care for and bless us instead of giving us what we deserve.
When you can begin to fully understand His grace, forgiveness, mercy, and unconditional love, you can know with certainty His attitude toward you is merciful-not angry. I can assure you that no matter what you’ve done in life or no matter how many misconceptions you have about God’s feelings toward you, God will never stop loving you. God is not mad at you!
FUE-LD was founded in November 2011 with the help and support of staff and friends at Vineyard Cincinnati Church who encouraged me to combine my love of Contemporary Christian Worship (songs that speak God’s truths directly to my heart) with my passion (addiction) for line dancing.
Fun, Uplifting, Encouraging ~ Line Dancing was launched.
A special thank you to John and Sharon Antonczak for lighting the fuse in 1991 that lit the fire that still burns today for my passion for line dancing. Thank you for being my teachers, mentors and friends. May you rest in peace, John.
My name is Erica and this is my mission statement: I’m a renewed, redeemed, restored, FORGIVEN daughter of the one true King, rescued by the relentless love of Jesus. I live to love God, love people, serve God and serve people by celebrating and sharing God’s love through dance and music with those He puts on my journey. I STRIVE, key word strive, to daily seek surrender and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I shine the light of Christ through the cracks in my pot.
Even though I was not raised with a church, I did grow up with Biblical principles of Kindness, Goodness, Forgiveness, Gentleness, Peace, Love and Joy. However, I lived most of my life under the direction of the “un-holy” trinity of Me, Myself, and I. If it was fun, or if I thought it was going to be fun, I did it. I think I was born with a “fun factor” and I was all about the party!
(3) Lies I believed:
Lie #1: I wasn’t good enough for God to love me.. I made too many “bad” choices and did too many “bad” things for any God to love me, want me, use me or have anything to do with me.
Lie #2: People who go to church do not have fun because they have to follow a bunch of rules and act a certain way.
Lie #3: If I take the leap of faith and follow Jesus, I can’t dance anymore or enjoy a glass of wine anymore or ever have fun again.
God’s unshakeable truths to dispute those lies:
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT) And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 NIV So I commend the enjoyment of life because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
John 2:9-11 (NIV) …..and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Psalm 104:14-15 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine,and bread that sustains their hearts.
2 Samuel 6:14 (NIV) ……… David was dancing before the Lord with all his might.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
Psalm 149:3-4 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
The terrorist attacks on 9.11.2001 were a pivotal time for me. Everyone was going to church and everyone was praying. I was 46 and I didn’t have a church and I didn’t know how to pray. I had heard The Vineyard in Springdale OH was a “cool” church. Well, if I was going to go to church, it would have to be a cool church! Game changer!! I felt comfortable, accepted and the building didn’t collapse when I walked in. What grabbed me immediately was the worship band. The songs about God’s love and God’s truths spoke directly to my heart. It would be just like a God who loved me to get my attention through music! I was baptized at The Vineyard on 4.4.2004. Through several serving roles and volunteer opportunities , I met some folks at The Vineyard who mentored me, believed in me and knew about my passion for line dancing. In the fall of 2011, I founded FUE-LD: Fun, Uplifting, Encouraging ~ Line Dancing. When your passions intersect with God’s will, you are living a life of purpose, on purpose.
These days my fun is not followed by guilt, shame, pain or regret. Moving your feet to the empowering lyrics of Contemporary Christian Music is FUN and you are hearing music that has a purpose. I never would have fathomed that the God of the Universe could use me to celebrate and share His love with others. I am still amazed at the doors God has opened and the opportunities He continues to bless me with to celebrate and share His love with others through music and dance.
Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.