WHAAAAAAAT?!?! IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!
YUP it sure is…..Ever heard the saying “Say what you mean and mean what you say”? I assume that saying evolved from a circumstance in which somebody wasn’t honest with their words. Well the same goes for us in the kingdom of Christ. Jesus even said it in Matthew 5:37 “let your yes be yes and your no be no,” because people were not being real with their words. So again to answer your question…YUP IT IS POSSIBLE.
Isaiah revealed The Lord’s heart in Isaiah 29:13 and Jesus revisited them in Matthew 15:8 (see here) “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught”
We typically refer to such activities as eye-service, or in this case…lip service. The Lord seeks neither eye service, nor lip service from us; He wants our hearts entirely!
How often do we scream at the top of our lungs: “I LOVE YOU GOD”? Whether when we’re in the mode of worship or when we’re surprised by His unexpected act of awesomeness. How many times have we casually mentioned in a conversation “I love The Lord because He loved me first”? I often wonder if the words we speak in our “Churchified” gatherings do genuinely reflect our heart conditions, as in, do we really mean what we say when we say I LOVE GOD? do we even understand what that means?
One of the best ways to gain understanding and confirm our heart and lip alignment is by diving in the Truth; God’s word, so shall we?
Jesus reveals to us how we can show that we truly love God in John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.” So simple right? When we openly and excitedly exclaim “I LOVE YOU GOD,” then what we are saying is “I do keep your commands God.” Now it’s no one’s business, but the validity of that proclamation can only be confirmed by us. No one will ever know if we speak the truth but US and GOD, and it’s all our hope that we don’t intentionally or blatantly lie to God (which is technically self deceit as God knows ALL TRUTH). Let’s think about it, do we really keep God’s commandments enough to support our claim of undying Love for This Creator of heaven and earth?
1 Corinthians 2:9 says “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
“Those.who.love.Him…” What does that look like? The Amplified Version of the bible proceeds to explain it to mean “[those] who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed.”
So we truly love God when we keep His commandments and express:
1. Affectionate reverence : Affectionate means to treat in a fondly tender manner, to love. Reverence means to worship, to adore, to hold in high esteem. God desires a loving relationship with us, however in order for us to love Him, we must worship Him with fond tenderness. Just like we show affection to those we love and care about, He wants us to do the same, even more towards Him! He wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him; to make time for Him during our busy day, to lovingly worship Him from the depths of our spirits. We can do this by asking the Holy Spirit to help us reverence God tenderly and wholeheartedly, foregoing our composure in His presence.
2. Prompt Obedience: The keyword here is PROMPTLY….not eventually but promptly. It’s not about simply obeying God’s commands, it’s about obeying them INSTANTLY. I once heard this saying “delayed obedience is disobedience.” When we choose to delay in obeying God, we show that we don’t love Him; He isn’t a priority in our lives. Come to think of it, why do we second guess God and what He wants us to do? It comes down to fear and doubt. Both of which do not belong in those who love and please God (Hebrews 11:6). Promptly Obeying God requires total and ABSOLUTE trust and belief in God. It also requires our confidence in His abilities. We know that there is nothing impossible with God, so why can’t we act on His command? You see, The devil tries to sneak fear in through the back door, and where there is fear there is no faith. They cannot coexist. Although this may seem like a daunting task for some of us, it is not impossible. In fact it is a necessity in our journey with the God head. The Holy Spirit can help us to trust God COMPLETELY and absolutely; all we need to do is ask Him.
3. Grateful recognition of His benefits: Now this, this is the easiest! Gratefully recognizing the great and wonderful things God has blessed us with is one less complicated way to show our love for God. The bible says “He DAILY loads us with benefits.” “His mercies are new EVERY MORNING.” Consider all the things that we currently have at our disposal, within our reach; abilities and capabilities we possess. Aren’t they enough for us to give a resounding praise or holler to express our gratitude?!?!….I’ll give you a moment while I take mine. WOO GOD IS SO WORTHY!
In light of the revelation, it is never ever too late to repent and start over on the right foot. God encourages consistent growth in our relationship with Him; therefore, we can’t be too afraid or too stubborn to change from our old ways of doing things. There is so much awaiting us on the other side! After reading this we may carry on with our daily tasks, but we cannot ignore the fact that the seed of understanding is now sown in our hearts. We are now responsible for this truth. Let’s walk accordingly and let our genuine love for God ooze out of us.
I hope we mean what we say when we say:
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You Lord! In Jesus name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey!