Falling In Love With God

We need to develop the LOVE to be a Christian:

One thing Judy and I have realized over the 37 years we have been married: make a decision on what kind of marriage we want to have! Do we LOVE being married? Do we LOVE being married to one another or will we just be roommates, tolerate each other, just exist in a marriage that has become routine, boring, shallow, one that’s lost its fire but “we are still committed!”
  • Loving to be a Christian WHEN we are all by ourselves!
  • Loving to be a Christian when sin tempts us and wants to control us!
  • Loving to be a Christian when we are tested in our faith?
  • Do we love church more than we love our relationship with God?
  • Do you enjoy and “delight” in your relationship w God?
  • Is your day centered around loving God?
The world is all about who “owns” your love? Who do you love most? What and who’s love has captured your heart?
What do you love the most?
What love wins out most of the time?
becoming motivated, not just “do the right thing” or having the want and desire to!
 
Q: Is following God like following rules, traditions and regulations? Does obeying the Bible give you freedom?
Q: Does the Bible make you feel limited, no freedom at all?
Q: Are you any good at helping others fall in love with God?
Q: How are you doing in helping your wife, kids fall in love with God? How is it going?
Q: Do you see all the things happening in your life right now as opportunities to get closer to God or as punishment?
Q: How do you become motivated to love God first, above all other relationships?
 

Mark 12:29-30 (NIV)

“The most important one,”answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Mark 12:29-30 (MSG)

Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.
  • God wants a relationship of love – He wants our love! He wants ALL of our love!
  • God wants our love to be “red hot” passionate, excited, thrilled NOT just when we are at church, but
 
ESPECIALLY when we are all alone, by ourselves! Early in the morning, in the middle of the afternoon, and in the evening!
 
He wants our love when we are around OTHERS?
Too many are overwhelmed with doubts and questions about God when the real issue is they just don’t LOVE God anymore!
When religious people start to question existence of God or explore all their doubts and STAY in this condition – the REAL issue is they just don’t LOVE God anymore!
 
What is hard to admit:
  • I love my sins more than I love God!
  • hard to admit and talk about personal righteousness
  • easier to talk about all my doubts and questions! Right?
  • humbling to talk about AND CONFESS I just have FORSAKEN my LOVE for God – I love the world more – I love the worldly ways more – I love the music of the world – I love the women of the world – I love the worldly sexual movies – I love the products and things of the world – I love the comforts of the world!
  • Bible is hard to understand and hard to read when my LOVE for the World and my appetite for the world is FIRST!
 

John 4:23

“But the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.”
 
God is looking, seeking…..He desiring a loving relationship
God wants a relationship of love – He wants us to love him! Not just serve him or just be committed to him.
In your mornings and evenings, do you show God how much you need him and love him and respect him?
 
Ex. Marriage – the older we get – we can lose our “want”, we can lose our desire for one another!
Same with God – we lose our “want” our “desires.” (over the years)
God is looking for Spirit and Truth!
  • Truth – logic, intelligence……..its true and I believe it!
  • Spirit – there’s passion, energy, enthusiasm!
 
Q: How enthusiastic are you about your relationship with God?
Q: Do you have love and heart, emotion and enthusiasm?
 
Ex. An arranged marriage – many parts of the world, still practiced – start marriage with commitment, fall in love eventually……down the road
Ex. Same with God – many start with commitment and hope that eventually they will love God, love prayer, love their Bible.
God became very real and personal to me:
God’s Love is Satisfying love
 

Psalm 63:3-53

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”
 
Satisfying love – helped me let go of other things…what do you need to let go of in your life by increasing your love for God?
  • God says,” I will woo you – not just scare you”
  • Fear doesn’t last – love does!
Is God’s love all you need – is it enough to fulfill you?
 

2. God’s Love is Personal

Psalm 86:11-1

“Teach me to follow you, and I will obey your truth. Always keep me faithful. With all my heart I thank you. I praise you, Lord God. Your love for me is so great that you protected me from the death and the grave.”
  • God wants to be involved
  • He wants a personal relationship
  • Do you feel his personal forgiveness and mercy? Do you give it to others?
God’s Love makes me Strong – Psalms 94:18-19 “I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer, but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.”
You should feel God – he makes us strong, makes us secure!
Do you feel less stress and anxiety because of God’s love?
 

4. God’s Love trains us, produces peace!

Hebrews 11:5-12

“And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
  • Do you look at discipline as something negative?
  • Why does God discipline us if he loves us?
  • How does God’s discipline/training produce peace in our lives?
If God doesn’t move you, inspire you, excite you, cheer you – motivate you…….Then you’re not developing a love for God!
Don’t just be content with commitment or habits for God – Get the heart and love of God!
 
Q: Are you inspired to love with God?
Q: Can you inspire others to love God?
 

Proverbs 3:5-10 (MSG)

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.”
 

Revelation 2:4-6

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
 

1 John 3:1

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

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