Lesson 5 - THE LONGING TO BE WHOLEHEARTED
Ben helps you to REST, in knowing God and being loved by Him; God loves you and you love God; therefore, you are a successful “son or daughter” of the Father in Heaven.
THE LONGING TO BE WHOLEHEARTED—FIRST COMMANDMENT
God’s ultimate eternal purpose for creation is to provide a family for Himself that includes faithful children for Himself and an equally yoked Bride for Jesus as His eternal companion. God promised to give Jesus an inheritance consisting of a people whom He fully possesses in love. I [the Father) will give You [Jesus] the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (Ps. 2:8)
GOAL: To REST in knowing God and being loved by Him; God loves you and you love God; therefore, you are a successful “son or daughter” of the Father in Heaven.
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’(Matt. 22:37)
1. Mandatory obedience: God will cause all creation to obey Jesus (Phil. 2:9-11).
2. Voluntary love: God will raise up people who voluntarily choose to love Him.
3. Equally yoked in love: God wants you to love Him with all of your heart and mind because He loves you with all of His heart and mind (Jn. 15:9).
4. Jesus prayed: for His people to be supernaturally empowered to love Him with God’s love. I declared...Your name ... that the love with which You loved Me may be in them. (Jn. 17:26)
5. Bridal LOVE: God’s purpose is to select and train a Bride who would be prepared by voluntary love to reign with Jesus. The first commandment will be in first place in the Church when Jesus returns. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. (Rev. 19:7)
6. God’s four-fold love: Love from God, love to God, which overflows to love yourself, and to love others. You were created to be loved and to love.
7. Jesus defined loving God: as being deeply rooted in a spirit of obedience (Jn. 14:21; Deut. 6:1-9). You must love God on His terms (not on your terms). A core issue at the end of the age is whether you will define love on God’s terms or by the humanistic culture that seeks love without reference or obedience to God’s Word.
8. Loving God is the first priority to God: Jesus did not call it the first option, but a commandment. Jesus makes it clear that cultivating love for Him is the first emphasis of the Holy Spirit. Loving God is a glorious end in itself; however, it never ends with loving God, but always overflows with loving yourself and others (believers and unbelievers). You burn out when you lose the oil of intimacy; Jesus said you should be the 5 wise and not the 5 foolish—get oil (Matt. 25:1-13). The oil of intimacy is the first priority in living a watchful life (Matt. 24:42; 25:13).
9. Loving God is the greatest commandment, calling, and lifestyle: Loving God has the greatest impact on God’s heart, your heart and others you impact, as well as being your greatest calling for your heart and in your ministry to others.
10. Your spiritual identity: as individuals is “I’m loved [by God] and I am a lover [of God]; therefore, I am successful.” This is what you look like to God. You are not defined by your accomplishments. Jesus called the accomplished church back to the priority of love; “I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” (Rev. 2:4)
11. Bible Heroes of LOVE: Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, and HE said she has chosen the “better part” (Lu. 10:42); David desired “one thing”—to gaze at the beauty of God and inquire in His Temple (Ps. 27:4); Daniel had a fiery passionate prayer life, and the angel said he was “beloved of Heaven” (Dan. 6:10; 10:11).
12. We need revelation of the supremacy of the first commandment: It is the standard of evaluation at the judgment seat of Christ…ASK, SEEK, KNOCK.
13. Discipleship and LOVE: do you pray for the ones you disciple to grow in God’s LOVE first?
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