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What does your 'LOVE' look like?

Posted by Tkulp , 10 March 2017 · 664 views

Is your love an 'emotional feeling' that you or your 'senses' and emotions have created? Does your ‘love’ include submission and obedience?

 

It feels so good to do certain spiritual things. You love the ‘goose bumps that come when you ‘feel’ the Spirit working.

 

If you do not get those feelings at one church, you move to another. Is that possibly the same ‘feelings’ that the Bible talks about when it says, of men, that stolen food is the sweetest? Proverbs 20:17 “Food gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.” ...Or, maybe it is just the newness that brings the feelings of excitement. The hunger and cravings, thought to be ‘love’ keep people searching for new places and influences to continue having wonderful ‘feelings’.

 

Are these feelings, hungers, cravings, and historic knowledge of God “Love”?

 

Maybe it is a type of love, security, that the Israelites wanted when Moses was gone from their camp for so long, and they asked Aaron to show them God.
Aaron gathered their precious metals, made a golden image and they had a party! It was all about what they saw and felt; it was not ‘real love’, it was emotions.

 

Tozer’s devotionals for the first part of March have been very good. He is attempting to open our eyes to see and understand the difference between, the individual that is under divine influence, and the person under the influences of the world.

 

March 9 focused on love. I do not recall ever seeing it quite like Tozer expresses the difference between a false love, and a true love for God. I have read all the verses he uses, but not seen the puzzle put together quite like he does.

 

From Genesis to Revelation, the love that God wants, from His peculiar people, is clearly stated. The first section of the Ten Commandments describes the love that God wants and the results of obedience. The second section has to do with loving others. Exodus 20:6 says “...and showing covenant faithfulness to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

 

Jesus said in Matthew 22:37, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” That is everything that is within us as an individual; spiritually, internally. Look up the Greek definition for heart; it means “the thoughts or feelings (mind)”. The Greek definition for mind is; “deep thought, properly the faculty (mind or its disposition), by implication its exercise”.

 

So how do we “know” that we really “love” God? I challenge you to do a search in any Bible for the words “love and keep” together and see how many times, in different ways, the Word tries to emphasize the fact that “if” you love God, you will “keep” His commandments.

 

Jesus says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you?” Luke 6:46.

 

Love is shown by “obedience!” ...by submission! ...by death to the flesh and the self-life; sitting at the feet of Jesus, learning under the divine influence; then getting up and obeying what you have heard!

 

(That is a description of ‘True Grace’! It is the element of Grace that very few care to talk about, let alone ‘live.’ “... (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude)”

 

Here is what Tozer had to say.... (along with my thoughts in blue italics)
Loving Obedience
The absence of the concept of discipleship from present-day Christianity leaves a vacuum which we instinctively try to fill with one or another substitute. I name a few.
Pietism. By this I mean an enjoyable feeling of affection for the person of our Lord which is valued for itself and is wholly unrelated to cross-bearing or the keeping of the commandments of Christ.
It is entirely possible to feel for Jesus an ardent love which is not of the Holy Spirit. Witness the love for the Virgin felt by certain devout souls, a love which in the very nature of things must be purely subjective. The heart is adept at emotional tricks and is entirely capable of falling in love with imaginary objects or romantic religious ideas.
In the confused world of romance young persons are constantly inquiring how they can tell when they are in love. They are afraid they may mistake some other sensation for true love and are seeking some trustworthy criterion by which they can judge the quality of their latest emotional fever. Their confusion of course arises from the erroneous notion that love is an enjoyable inward passion, without intellectual or volitional qualities and carrying with it no moral obligations.
Our Lord gave us a rule by which we can test our love for Him: He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him. . . . If a man love me, he will keep my words. . . He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings (John 14:21-24).
These words are too plain to need much interpreting. Proof of love for Christ is simply removed altogether from the realm of the feelings and placed in the realm of practical obedience. I think the rest of the New Testament is in full accord with this. Verse
Jesus replied, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. . . . John 14:23-24a Thought
One way to avoid obeying Christ’s teaching is to maintain ignorance of that teaching. But can we do that if we love Him? Real love seeks to know His will in order to obey it! Prayer
Lord, there are times when I emotionally and orally express love without obeying You. Forgive me. I want to lovingly obey You.

 

These devotionals are so ‘right on’ as to why people are not experiencing “the Deeper Life”!!!!! Tozer is getting down to the ‘root’ or foundation of, SPIRITUAL TRUTH that if understood and submitted to, will result in victory, rescue, deliverance and healthy fruit, with strong seeds, which will reproduce new, healthy plants.
Do not deceive your self, if you do not want what Tozer shares, YOU do not ‘really’ want to be a follower of Jesus, the Christ! Jesus not only learned obedience ‘himself’ through suffering; making a way to be free from the guilt of past sin, but to be totally free from future sin; but Jesus provided a way for us to live in holiness and purity, without disobedience or sin. What is sin and unbelief? It is disobedience, it is faithlessness; as opposed to “obedience” and “faithfulness”!!
Jesus offers to do it with us. He asks us to take on ‘His’ yoke. Look up ‘yoke’. It is a very close intimate oneness! In a double yoke two creatures become “one”! They must do everything as a single entity! If they are not of the same character or mind, one must submit to the other or there is confusion, struggling and work does not get done. For true progress you can NOT be unequally yoked! One or the other MUST submit to be equally yoked.
If you do not believe, see, or understand the Spirit of what is written in this blog; Repent, Pray for the Holy Spirit to forgive you and remove the blinders from your eyes, unstop your plugged ears, and soften your hard heart! I am not speaking about what I have written! ...or even so much what Tozer has written, but what is written, over and over in the Bible, “What the Holy Spirit of the Word of God says!” You will never get it until you get out from under the influence of the world and bring yourself under the influence of the Holy Spirit; seek it with “ALL” that you are; thoughts, mind, body, and soul.
{As an after thought, as I was rereading, I noticed where the Enemy might distort, what I have said, and use it for evil.
Am I encouraging anyone to leave ANY relationship that they are in; marriage, church, job, country, home, etc.? NO, NO, NO!!! Just the opposite! Stay where you are, turn off all the influences of the world that YOU have control of, and focus on the Word of God, the heart of God, and obey what you know to be good and just and selfless! Take up YOUR CROSS and follow JESUS! Jesus lived under a very evil government, but He submitted to their authority,
A reader, in what I would consider, to be in the extremely worst condition, might live in a country where they can not read or get any Scripture.
All that Tozer is writing about is what happens internally, not externally. They can kill the body but not the soul. Are we being controlled by our senses or emotions, or the Holy Spirit’s promptings, it is our thoughts and mind, which influences, controls and results in our actions. Jesus said that God is considering our thoughts before the thoughts become actions. Pure thoughts result in a pure life! Selfish thoughts result in selfish actions. A mix of purity and selfishness results in confusion and turmoil, like being unequally yoked without any submission. The New Testament says that we are to have the mind of Christ; that is to be one with Jesus, even as He was one with the Father.
I believe God’s desires, His morality, His idea of right and wrong, are written deeply with in our minds and hearts. You must surrender your will and thoughts, to that which you know is just, fair, good, helpful, etc. even to those that would harm you; do not return wrong for wrong. One does not have to go looking far for places to live right. The opportunities are presenting themselves to us, where ever we are, throughout every day of our lives. God wants us to live pure and holy in the matters, circumstances, that He allows to be in front of, and around us, whatever physical location we happen to find ourselves in.
When Jesus Christ “is” within, we can live His Holiness in the worst of circumstances.
Are we to attempt to convert anyone? I believe not! We are to seek, and live with, His divine influence in our thoughts(hearts) and do, obey, the good, selfless things, He prompts us to do. That would be planting healthy seeds(or allowing His pure light to shine).
Avoid all personal rebellion or selfishness. Meditate on God’s ways to do things right. The seeds that you will sow and the light of the Holy Spirit operating from within your mind and thoughts will influence others. The Holy Spirit, then, MUST do the convicting and the converting!}
Form and Substance
Another substitute for discipleship is . Our Lord referred to this when He reproached the Pharisees for their habit of tithing mint and anise and cumin while at the same time omitting the weightier matters of the Law such as justice, mercy and faith. Literalism manifests itself among us in many ways, but it can always be identified in that it lives by the letter of the Word while ignoring its spirit. It habitually fails to apprehend the inward meaning of Christs words, and contents itself with external compliance with the text. If Christ commands baptism, for instance, it finds fulfillment in the act of water baptism, but the radical meaning of the act as explained in Romans 6 is completely overlooked. It reads the Scriptures regularly, contributes consistently to religious work, attends church every Sunday and otherwise carries on the common duties of a Christian and for this it is to be commended. Its tragic breakdown is its failure to comprehend the Lordship of Christ, the believers discipleship, separation from the world and the crucifixion of the natural man.
Literalism attempts to build a holy temple upon the sandy foundation of the religious self. It will suffer, sacrifice and labor, but it will not die. It is Adam at his pious best, but it has never denied self to take up the cross and follow Christ.
Verse
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mark 8:34 Thought
It is commendable to fulfill religious forms in doctrine and practice. It is quite another to fulfill them substantively from the heart in daily life. It is the latter that expresses true discipleship. Prayer
Forgive me, Lord, for trying to follow You without taking up that self-death instrument daily.






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