Love God

Joseph LephiewLove God Self Neighbor, Series, Sermons

Sermon Notes

If you turn on the news open the paper, or laptop you see all the worlds problems. Hate, fighting, prejudices, divisions, wars, killings, drug addiction, stealing, cheating, lying, etc…

Jesus said there would be these things in our world, but be of good cheer because He overcame the world.

How did Jesus overcome all the elements of the world in His times????????

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. HIS LOVE FOR GOD THE FATHER WAS STRONGER THAN HIS STRUGGLES HERE ON EARTH. Every problem, challenge, finds its roots back to a love problem or lack of love.

February is known as the love month because of Valentines. If you are alive you can see all the roses and chocolate can not hide the love issues we have in our world.

I used to listen to a country song when i was lost and hurting it was called Looking for love.
I was lookin for love in the wrong places,
Lookin for love in too many faces,
Searchin their eyes, lookin for traces,
Of what I’m dreamin of,
Hoping to find a friend and a lover,
I’ll bless the day I discover,
Another heart-lookin for love

Many are looking for something that can not be found in a person. You can not find love in a person till you another kind of love gets inside of your heart. Here is the real issue, is you cannot give love away except you have Gods love inside of your life. Jesus.

“Jesus answered, “The first and most important one is: ‘H EAR, O I SRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL (life), AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND (thought, understanding), AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ This is the second: ‘Y OU SHALL [unselfishly] LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.””
MARK 12:29-31 AMP

First Commandment then the second commandment.
The first is Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. As I read this i realize that this is super tough. I realize that i nor you can fully do this. This level of love does not just happen. God is commanding that we love with everything within us and everything outside of us. He is commanding us to the highest level of love their is.

We will fail at this over and over, but that does not mean that we stop striving for this love and level. Love is more than a word or feeling. It is a commitment to give more of you for more of Him. It is work and it is a choice. You choose to love, but you must work at it, over and over. You fail and fall but you keep getting up and choosing to love again, you ask forgiveness, you say your sorry, over and over as you grow stronger in your love. Love is a choice. He showed His love to us, by giving His Son, Jesus showed His love for us by dying for us. Love is a choice, it is work and it involves actions, not just words.

You can not do this word till you have received His Love. YOU can not give away what you do not have an ample supply of. Many think that just because you say a sinners prayer and except Christ as your Savior that is all you have to do. Not correct. That is all you have to do to go to Heaven, but in order to have Heaven come down here to Earth and invade your home, family, life, business you must have a constant everyday supply of Gods Love coming in as you give it out and deal with real life.
Like a car, you have to keep filling it up with gas not just a one time deal.

You, You this is a personal command not up for debate. You shall love the Lord YOUR GOD. YOU this is action.

Love: to have a fondness and personal attachment for. To love sensually, lover, to breath from.
This love is intense, serious, not what most people call love.

I remember when i was stationed in Japan, i would stand in the rain in freezing cold to just hear Yvonne breath. We were in love. I longed to just be in her space, to be in the same place or near her. A longing, this is the love but more intense and stronger for our God.

Most people never experience this kind of relationship with God. We are to busy, to impatient, we don’t want to work at anything, we want instant gratification.

God is not a Jeannie, or sugar daddy, He is our God. Our Lord and Savior.

Unless you have an encounter with God you will never know this level or intensity of love. We try to love God and others based our experiences of love. I will do for you as you do for me. That is not love, that is trading, and swapping. If you give 50% and I give 50% it will not work. That is the worlds formula.

You shall love, intense, sensual, with all your senses love your personal God. With all your HEART.

HEART, FEELINGS, EMOTIONS. DEEP INSIDE FROM WITHIN YOU.
a spiritual relationship with God begins from within. From the heart “flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23), and without one’s will, desires, passions, affections, perceptions, and thoughts rightly aligned, the life of love is impossible.

Loving God starts from within first. It has to start here first. Saul when he was persecuting the church thought he was loving God by his works. It was all on the outside with no inside experience. It’s like trying to love with only your head. Missing out on the real power, presence of God until it begins in your heart.

WITH ALL YOUR SOUL:
SOUL; Along with our hearts, we are called to love the Lord Our God with all our soul. In the first five books of the Old Testament the “soul” refers to one’s whole being as a living person, which includes one’s “heart,” but is so much more. For example, in Genesis 2:7 we are told that “ God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living [soul] creature” (Genesis 9:5).

This word is Breath, Spirit, your whole being. The start of the command starts within, inside of us and now this part of the command is now moving to our outside self.

So we are to love God with our passions, hungers, perceptions, and thoughts. But we are also to love him with how we talk, and what we do with our hands, and how we utilize our talents, and how we react to challenges — our entire being is to display that we love God.

To love him with our talents, to love Him with our voices, our witness, our skills, our gifts, our businesses, with all that i am.

Love is action. Love is not what you say it is what you think, feel, and do. Love starts from the inside and works it way to your outside. Actions.

WITH ALL YOUR MIND:
MIND: This is the intellect. The thinking side of your brain.

WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH:
FORCE, ABILITY, MIGHT, POWER

We are Spirits, housed in a body with a mind to think and reason.
All three aspects of us work together to create us.

A 28 year old Tucson woman, a psychology student, after a heart transplant suddenly became a sports fan and liked Mexican food. She found out later these traits belonged to her donor. A 53 year old businessman from Arizona after a heart transplant became competitive in swimming, cycling and running, and interested in charity. This makes sense as a reformed life, but he also cried hearing the music of Sade. Later he found out his heart came from a very fit 36 year old stuntman, who did volunteer work for charity. He learnt from the brother that the stuntman had loved the music of Sade. A 63 year old New York man who while waiting for a new heart showed little drawing skill, but found a few days after his transplant new skill. He found later his donor had loved to paint from a child and was artistic.
A diet conscious female ballet dancer wrote a book noting that after her transplant she desired beer, green peppers and chicken nuggets. She later learnt from her donor’s family that the young male motorcyclist had loved these foods. But by far the most curious is the 8 year old girl who was given a 10 year old murder victim’s heart. The girl’s dreams helped locate and convict her donor’s killer.
In a study of 10 transplant patients they noted a male patient who was given a woman’s heart had a sudden preference for pink and wearing perfume, which were a specific love of the donor. The researchers concluded the changes in the group of 10

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My ordinances and do them.”
EZEKIEL 36:26-27 AMP