It's the Ultimate, Uncompromising, Omnipotience love of God that brings prosperity and abundance into our lives. Because of His omniscient love, "He sent His Son, the only begotten or unique (Son), into the world so that we might have life through Him. In this love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins" (I John 4:9).
Without taking pleasure in the love of God, we become absolutely nothing. Loving God is the greatest gift known to man. When we honor, worship, and obey Him, He cherishes our love and sends it back. With this love forms an immeasurable bond which embellishes our lives and the lives of others. This love encircles the earth, and brings forth peace, joy and happiness. When you seek God with your whole heart, God's love will abound in every area of your life.
Galatians 5:6 tells us, "Faith activates, energizes, expresses, and works through love." Paul said this is the only one thing that counts, is faith expressing itself through love. Love makes us confident in the Lord knowing He will do whatever He says. And the stronger the love, the more faith operates, and the more abundantly our dreams are fulfilled.
God's love displays such a powerful, physical and mental force it impels faith to work miracles. "Faith works by love." When we deny God's love we receive life's bare essentials. It is the love of God that you should strive to receive, setting your heart on deep spiritual devotion so you can find cause for perennial celebration.
Contrary to popular belief, the truth is, love is a choice and a decision. You can choose to love God and receive His greatest mercy and blessings, or you can choose to refuse His love and reap deep distress. If you choose love however, faith will activate and cause an attentive reaction, which will compel you to commit to love. But love can only stay aglow if its nurtured and cared for daily. If its left unattended, it will die.
That is why I urge you to listen to His Words and meditate on His them day and night. Then you will have good success. Love is in and around and among us, and those who rebel against love, separate themselves from life here on earth and life eternal. If we continue moving in that direction we will sever ourselves from all creation and from our Savior Jesus Christ.
You can receive God's uncompromising love by appealing to Christ our Savior. He will exchange your suspicions with love and trust will return. Experiencing His dynamic love, you'll learn to trust Him again, knowing He has your best interests at heart.
When we trust someone we know everything will be okay, then a commitment can be made because we know our love will be cherished and our heart will remain unbroken. In Jesus' love, you can lay your fears to rest, because His love is pure and absolute. Jesus will never hurt you.
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. In this (union and communion with Him) love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment (with assurance and boldness to face Him), because as He is, so are we in the world.
There is no fear in love (dread does not exist), but full grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors, and expels ever trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and (so) he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love (is not yet grown into love's complete perfection.) We love Him, because He first loved us" (I John 4:15:19).
God is love. And in love, there is no fear. Not an ounce.
What's more, that lovewhich leaves no room for feardwells in us. So neither should there be any fear in us. After all, we've not been given a spirit of fear, "but of power, and of love..." (2 Timothy 1:7).
Just moments before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed specifically for us "that they [we] may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them [us], as thou hast loved me....And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17:23, 26).
The reason God gave up His place in glory, came to earth, took on the limitations of human flesh, then went to the cross and suffered and died, was so He could make that transaction: "that the love wherewith You [God] loved Me [Jesus] may be in them [us]."
That is why it is so important to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
God loves us with the same love that He loves Jesus. And if He loves us to that degree, then He will certainly protect us to that degree. But we have to believe that He loves us.
When you love God with your entire being, above and beyond all else, every relationship you enter into will become a heavenly place to be. That powerful passage will take you across the raging waters and burn the bridges behind you.
The Perfect Love Of God
God is not a terrorist when it comes to blowing up people and tearing down buildings and attacking nations and so forth. No. This is an attack of the devil against God, against His people and against all that we stand for, against our stand with all people and God's birth place, the Nation of Israel.
And Psalm 91 reinforces this truth when He said, "Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He'll cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
"A thousand shall fall at thy side, ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked."
Now, first of all He said, "You shall not be afraid." So we accept this decree and make a personal decision to refuse to fear and be afraid. Not be afraid of terror, not be afraid of the arrows that fly by day or the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday, all of these terrible acts, that we refuse to be afraid. We refuse fear in the Name of Jesus.
Then in the 54th chapter of the Book of Isaiah, particularly beginning with the 13th verse He avows His love when He said, "Thy children shall be taught of the Lord; great shall be the peace of thy children."
And in The 14th verse, He reassures us again: "In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror, for it shall not come near thee.
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: and whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake."
Because of His love He has promised, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" John 7:37b,38 / KJV.
He gave you a binding Book filled with covenant promises to prove His love. And those who return His love and honor Him in return, receive everything He has. Salvation (saved from poverty, sickness, disease, death) can be attained through Jesus Christ. God came upon the earth wrapped and bound in love to restore our loyalty and devotion; to tear down the walls of confusion and to fill us with His love and the power of His might. "God came in visible form and became Man to take upon Himself sins, and in Him there is no sin" (I John 3:5).
His love is so Dynamic that it completely destroys poverty, sickness and disease. When we dwell in His love we can have heaven here on earth. Whosoever believes Jesus is able to restore their soul are healed from every affliction satan put on them. It is God's love that works miracles.
"I do love God Sarah, but He doesn't seem to answer my prayers, I never come out victorious."
Those thoughts and words will keep your prayers from being answered. You will have exactly what you say. You're not walking in His love by faith. You're falling back on what your fleshand probably the devilis telling you.
"The (True Love of God is this: that we do His commands (keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teachings.) And these orders of His are not irksome, (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous). For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact) (I John 5:3-5).
The times you don't feel God's presence or feel God's love, or feel He is answering your prayers, those are the very times you had better believe He's there and believe His love for you. Otherwise, your flesh will let you down. Your mind will let you down. And Satan will use everything he can to pressure and push you away from the love of God.
It doesn't matter how "spiritually dry" you might feel. That doesn't mean a thing. The Word says the same thing today as it said yesterday. And it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). And God is not a man Who can lie. When He says, "Ask and you shall receive," your prayers WILL be answered. If you're patient, stand in faith, and listen and heed what He tells you to do to get your needs met.
The Word is God. And God is love. So the Word is love.
Get up every day determined to let only the Wordlovetell you what you feelnot your flesh, not your circumstances and certainly not the devil. Listen to love tell you, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5).
Remember, when we have known and believed the love of God, "herein is our love made perfect" (1 John 4:17).
The Ultimate Love In Him
Surely it is difficult to love something or someone we cannot see. That is why we must "live by faith, not by sight." I John 4:12 explains it like this, "No man has at any time (yet) seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us.
By this we come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us; because He has given (imparted) to us of His (Holy) Spirit."
Another aspect of our love being perfected is found in I John 4:20: "If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother (in Christ), he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen."
When you keep God's command to love your brother's in Christ, you allow the love of God to run its full course in your life. You allow Him to do what He designed Himself to do on the inside of you. For God places Himself inside every believer, when you hate your brother, you hate God.
And I John 2:4-5 says, "He that saith, I know him [I know God, I know Jesus, I know love], and keepeth not his [God's] commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his [God's] Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected."
"And this command (charge, order, injunction) we have from Him: that he who loves God shall love his brother (believer) also.
The key to being perfected in God's love is tied to keeping His commandmentsHis Word. First John 3:23 says: "And this is his [God's] commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
This verse also refers to the commandment Jesus gave to His disciples: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you..." (John 13:34).
Love one another as I have loved you...
Living in the flesh its impossible to keep this command, because people can be cruel and calloused. That's why 1 John 3:23 precedes the commandment to love with "believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Then we can love one another.
Believing in the name of His Son Jesus Christ takes love out of the emotional realm and puts it in the spiritual realm. In other words, it's going to take believing on the Name of Jesus the Anointed One to be able to love one another the way He did. It's going to take faith. Faith in Jesus' love for us.
With Jesus' love, we are able to love others without the fear of being hurt. Because Jesus' "perfect love casts out fear." Jesus love is not a human form of love. His love is the love of God, and that love is as unique as God Himself.
If you listen and obey His command "Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Love Each Other," (John 15:13) you can build and maintain lasting, loving relationships. You can have the Ultimate love working in all your relationships.
Before Jesus, man hated and set revenge upon one another, because of Adam's sin. To get the love of Godthe Ultimate kind of loveover to mankind, Jesus entered into a blood covenant with God. With the sacrifice of His own blood, Jesus said, "I Love!" To love is an act of the will. It is a spoken covenant from which there is no retreat, and about which there is no debate. God's love is not negotiable
You can receive God's Ultimate love by partaking in His covenant, or you can stay outside and go directly to hell. Either way, God will love you all the way there, because the covenant has been made. He said, I love! And nothing can change that.
Jesus used His will to love. And you must use your will to receive.
But without the help of God, we don't have the natural ability to love unconditionally, because we are in the flesh. The flesh which is weak and sinful and in which satan preys upon and devours. Therefore, God doesn't expect us to keep the commandment to love by our flesh. That's where the old covenant was a problem. The children of Israel demonstrated just how weak this flesh really is.
Today, however, we have the blood of Jesus, we have His Name that is above every Name and we have the Spirit of Almighty God dwelling inside us. That's Love Himself living in us. All we have to do is make the decision to keep the commandment. God will take care of the rest.
Surrender to Love
Love cannot be attained without surrender! And whosoever obeys God's command to love can ask what they will and it will be granted. Every favor, benefit, privilege, and promise works by the power of this love. But first we must seek after, require for, and desire this love. We must surrender our qualms against others.
The word surrender to many people seems weak and disgusting. Just the thought can bring about fear. But when the true meaning of surrender is understood, you'll want to surrender to love completely. Surrender is the cornerstone of receiving God's love.
Unbelievable as it may seem, surrender strengthens our character when we choose humility as our guide. Power activates when we share our love, heart and lives with one another. We are set free through surrender because it heals our wounds with a sacred trust. Surrender is the Ultimate!!! When we lay aside our begrudging and negative impulses, we become willing to do whatever is necessary to make our relationships work.
When we are open and honest with one another and give our love completely, we are set free from the chains that bind us. We become willing to look after one another so no one falls. We build up instead of tear down. Through surrender we are able to give mercy, compassion, kindness and brotherly love. It is love that frees us from the bondage of fear where we can receive God's Ultimate love, power, and wisdom and are saved from satan's snares.
When Adam was changed from life to death, his faith turned into fear. And the love of God inside him turned into hate because he was now connected to Satan.
Hate is a devastating feeling and Paul said hate is equal to murder. Hate is what destroys our lives and calls forth the death of our hopes and dreams.
Yes, there are different degrees of hate, but it's still all hate. And the slightest bit of it is just as mean and dangerous as the highest degree of it. You may not be out to kill someone, but you're killing yourself. Because that's what hate will do. It will kill you, it will age you and it will destroy your life.
That's where you need to repent and deal with those things the moment they pop up. Don't even allow the smallest grain of hateor strifeto remain in your spirit. Because, keep in mind, we're dealing with fear here. We're dealing with the spiritual connection to death (Hebrews 2:14-15).
So walking around with hatred in your heart toward your brother is not going to perfect the love of God in your life. The love that in turn casts out all fear.
1 John 2:11 says strife will throw you out in the dark. And what's out in the dark? Fear.
The moment fear presents itself to you in any shape or form, realize that you don't have a fear problem. Your problem is in fulfilling the commandment to love as Jesus loved. You are casting out the Ultimate love of God in exchange for the hate of satan. Who uses you to destroy the love and power of God in you.
So it doesn't matter what anyone has done to you, forgive them immediately. Get before God and judge yourself. Ask Him to reveal the problem and take the time to deal with itimmediately. Then get back in love. That means loving the person you are angry withoftentimes, by faith.
As you do, the Ultimate love of God will rekindle and shine in you. And all fear will be cast out. Then it won't be long until you'll be falling in love. Its God's love that never leaves you, nor forsakes you. It casts out all fear and never leaves you in the dark. It's the love that never fails.
Seek God's love first, above and beyond all and you'll have the greatest love affair of all.
Look deep within your heart and ask yourself the questions below. How strong is your relationship with God?
1. Do I believe God is love or do I fear Him?
2. Do I dwell in God's love>
3. Do I have a great and intimate relationship with God?
4. Do I feel worthy of God's love and devotion?
5. Do I resist when other's speak of Him?
6. Do I resist when I think of Him?
7. How can I become more intimately aquatinted with Him?
8. Do I spend enough time communicating with God?
9. What are my exact feelings about God?
10. What do I believe love is?
Tonight as you lay me down to sleep, ask God to shower His love down on you and watch what happens.
by Sarah Anderson