Posted: 11/27/2013 at 9:50am
The Love of God Is ÖÖ
By Ron McGatlin
The mysteriously simple and yet profound love of God that comes unseen and unheard by the eyes and ears of natural man cannot be understood or even believed to exist apart from a supernatural work of Spirit God. Like the wind of the Spirit, pure love seems to come from nowhere and goes to an unknown somewhere. Yet like the natural wind, the results of Godís love are clearly experienced and can be seen.
For the maturing child of God, Fatherís love is life, the source of all wellbeing and the substance of every breath and heartbeat.
Apart from the love of God there is only emptiness. Being separated from God is everlasting death. There is eventually only vast and dark emptiness in an existence on earth void of the experience of the manifest presence of the love of Father God. The life and love of God is within us in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
Love and worship are inseparable.
Worship is the expression of love. Our lives are consumed in worship. There is no real worship apart from being consumed in the supernatural love of God. Love and worship know no bounds or limits.
Spirit, soul, and body saturated in Godís love will worship Him with every breath and in every moment of life. Our reason for being is, at least in part, to worship God in a supernatural love relationship with Him. As recipients of His love, our consumed lives filled with his love are poured out to Him in worship and in service to His world.
Through our love relationship with our Heavenly Father, in Christ by the Spirit, we are supernaturally strengthened to become His life on earth from heaven. No longer as mere fallen men and women but restored to the same oneness with the living God that man had before the fall of Adam.
To the level that we are consumed by His love, we will walk in obedience and thereby are lifted to a supernatural life in the Spirit that is above the sufferings and disorder of life in a hostile world. Because of our love-filled abundant life, we are hated without cause by those that are aligned with the enemy of God. Their desperate, insane hatred leads to increasingly violent persecution and martyrdom.
Persecution for loving and worshiping God is not new.
Persecution for experiencing Godís love that leads to our obedience of worship began with the first offspring of Adam. Cain killed his brother Able because Able was obedient to God and brought true worship according to the desire of God. Cain was not obedient and brought his own independent form of worship according to his own way. When Cain saw that God was pleased with Able and was not pleased with him, he hated Able and murdered Him. This is the same persecution that is greatly increasing in our world in this day.
Where the intensity of Godís love is manifest there is no middle ground.
There are many people across the world today who have been consumed by the love of God and are pouring out their lives in worship through obedience and are greatly blessed of God as He receives the offering of their lives. As a direct result of there now being many maturing consumed lovers of God, hatred and persecution are greatly increasing from those who have come another way and worship other gods. False religious/political groups that are driven by other spirits sense the superiority of the pure love relationship with the true God and either turn to the true God or desperately hate the people of God.
Secularismís false god
Secular governments, who unknowingly worship themselves in a form of humanism, hate the one true God and His people. They are filled with hatred and rage because God and His people express a life greater than their humanistic self-worship existence that requires ever increasing amounts of earthly pleasure to sustain their self-centered lives. This causes the secularist to be open to every false religion and every foul spirit of degradation of Babylonian self-seeking style of life.
False religions love secular democracy style governments. The false religionists know that they have an open door to set up their God-hating religious/political agenda in nations led by secular democratic governments. A democratic form of national government can only work among a people who maintain a strong majority of somewhat godly people.
I say somewhat godly because democracy works best when the somewhat godly people are not truly totally consumed God-loving worshipers of God. If a large number of the people become consumed lovers of God, the enemy will send an insurgence of radical false religionist to attack and persecute them. Even the somewhat godly people will then join in rejecting the consumed lovers of God that they will view as fanatical worshipers.
However, if the truly consumed lovers of God are a strong majority in a nation, the kingdom of God influence will cause the government to function with kingdom principles, and the favor of God will bring strength and prosperity upon the land.
The kingdom of God is NOT a democracy. It is a true spiritual kingdom functioning by the Spirit of God from heaven. The kingdom works by the love of God, and is held together in unity by love. People consumed by Godís love will be and do only that which is pleasing to the One who completely loves them and that they love.
The kingdom government is in the hearts of people.
Only when people walk by the Spirit in the life and ways of God is the kingdom of Heaven present within them to flow out to govern each personís sphere of influence. The kingdom of heaven governing earth continues to advance in one person at the time until it eventually spreads to every part of the world. Jesus said that it was like yeast in dough; it fills the entire lump by one molecule influencing the one next to it. Jesus also said that the kingdom is like a small seed that grows into a large plant. The plant will then produce a multiplication of many seeds creating a rapidly multiplying increase of the kingdom of God covering the earth.
Seed must be scattered (sowed) to produce a bountiful crop.
Concentrating kingdom believers in large enclosed groups stops the process of multiplication; especially if a minister or ministry team assumes the responsibility of doing the spiritual work of worship, evangelism, and representing God to the large group. We are only in recent decades coming into the realization that small groups of kingdom-minded people consumed by the love of God is the way of kingdom multiplication into our world.
It is actually person to person in all daily activity where the seed of the kingdom is sown through love into the hearts of those next to us. People in intense love with God have a glow about them and a ready word in their mouths to joyfully tell of the great love that abides in them. Christ Jesus abiding in His people is the source of love and supernatural ministry gifts such as words of knowledge, words of wisdom and prophetic utterances that impact people with the reality that God is real and that He really loves and cares about them.
The secret army of God is the Spirit of Christ Jesus abiding in His people by the Spirit of Holiness sent from Father God to rule and reign in us as kings and priests bringing the world into the consuming love of God. The secret army of God has the power to bring to naught the kingdoms of the enemy and establish the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Kingdom Focus Even in Persecution
All of the first century Apostles of the Lamb faced severe persecution, and all but one died as martyrs. Only John whom they could not kill lived to be old. They were killed along with many other followers of Christ Jesus. Persecution and martyrdom of followers of Christ has been prevalent throughout the past two millennia and is now dramatically increasing.
To focus on the mistreatment and painful deaths of believers would be a grave mistake. God in His love has not abandoned His people, and His kingdom is coming forth through the sacrificial love of His people. There is no loss of life to the one consumed in His love. Life with God is now and will continue as we pass from this life. Physical death for the believer is only passing from this life to the next life in God. Though I do not fully understand it, the blood of every child of God absorbed by the earth is as the blood of Christ Jesus moving us toward the fullness of kingdom of heaven ruling on earth.
God is with us and will not leave us even in severe persecution. We are all a part, a link in the chain of Godís people bringing forth His love and forgiveness to transform the world to the kingdom of heaven. Supernatural spiritual reality exceeds natural reality and will see us through our part of the journey from where we were to the fullness of the glorious kingdom of His love ruling with peace on earth and good will toward mankind.
The glory ship of God is now landing on the shores of this life and will bring the treasures of heavenly life to all who are willing and ready to receive it. A great upsurge of supernatural loving angelic intervention is gliding into the shores of nations of the world destroying evil and establishing the goodness of righteousness, peace, and joy in the love of God. This is done by the Spirit of Holiness working in us and the many powerful angels working with us.
John 12:23-26: And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serves me, him will my Father honor.
Mat 10:39: Jesus said, ďHe who finds his life will lose it: and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.Ē We are already crucified with Christ and the life we now live is His life in us (Galatians 2:20). And it will be said of this coming generation, ďAnd they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the deathĒ (Rev 12:11). - Amen! So be it, Father God.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit - Rom 5:25.
Live in the Spirit, Walk in the Spirit,