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189. Libby Gordon // Encountering God’s Love

189. Libby Gordon // Encountering God’s Love

Libby Gordon is devoted to a life of intimacy with God. After a radical encounter with God as a teenager, she entered ministry at nineteen years old. Libby and her husband, Richard, along with their children, Moses and Ella, have chosen a model of ministry that they recognized in Jesus – vulnerability and moving in power are inseparable. This lifestyle has sparked and sustains the miraculous in their lives and those they lead. Raised in South Africa, working in church, academia, and business realms, they moved to Redding, CA. Libby’s heart is to raise up a generation who make known the reality of God in every life and land.
Tune into this episode to hear Libby’s story of encountering the love of the Father, as well as her wisdom on seeking God from a place of rest and navigating discouragement, depression and defeat.

Bible Verses:

Hebrews 2:1 “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

Psalm 103:2 “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

James 1:2 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

Matthew 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.”

Topics Discussed


  • Libby is married to Richard Gordon who was also on A Cup Full of Hope Podcast.
  • Libby was born in the USA, but she moved to South Africa when she was 7 and lived there until she was in her 20s.
  • Libby and Richard have 2 children and they currently live in Redding, California.
  • She is the associate overseer of the Bethel school of Supernatural ministry.
  • Libby was not raised in a Christian home. Her family was Catholic.
  • When Libby was 13, she went to youth group with her friend.
  • The Holy Spirit was the first expression of God that Libby met.
  • Libby had a radical encounter with God and the Holy Spirit at the age of 13 at a youth event.

The Unconditional Love of God

  • It’s common to think that God’s love is conditional to our actions (did I pray enough, etc.) but it is a lie from the enemy.
  • The enemy will try to tempt us to think we are alone in our shameful thoughts/feelings over ourselves.
  • There is no temperamental exchange with God.
  • Invite God in. Share your thoughts and feelings with Him.
  • When we give our lives to the Lord, He makes us a new creation.
  • God has renewed us in our inner most being.
  • We are created for God to be in relationship with Him.
  • The root of shame was dealt with on the cross.
  • Go to the Word of God and renew your mind and spirit of the truth of God’s love.
  • Do a word study on the love of God.

Navigating Discouragement, Depression and Defeat

  • Feel the majesty, ‘bigness’ and gift of God’s leadership. Shift your perspective.
  • Sometimes nothing is wrong except for the fact that you are not in Heaven yet, you’re on Earth.
  • Sometimes we can equate our circumstances to our identity in God.
  • When you gave your life to Jesus, you surrender your rights to be the chief leader of your life. Your life is not your own anymore.
  • Your life is part of a bigger story, and we know the end of the story – Jesus wins!
  • The situation, anxiety, heartbreak, loss, etc. does not hinge on you getting yourself out – it all hinges on Jesus and Jesus wins every time!

Seeking God from a Place of Rest

  • Surrender to the season and embrace what God is doing in you and through you during this new season.
  • Find your dependency in Jesus.
  • God is writing your story. He is the author and finisher.
  • Depend on God and depend on God in other people.

Powerful Quotes:

“Everything God has, He’s giving to me freely.” – Libby

“God is God. If He says it, He can do it.” – Libby

“The highest privilege and responsibility we have as believers is proportional to our dependency on Jesus.” – Libby

“The best place I can be is dependent on God.” – Libby

“Sometimes we can equate our circumstances to our identity in God.” – Libby

“The only thing that has gotten me out of depression is knowing my life belongs to someone else and this is Jesus’ – not mine.” – Libby


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