The Force of God’s New Beginnings has it’s beginnings…its source of being in the foundation of God’s love for His people. God has seen His Church on the earth and how many in the Body of Christ need to begin again. His love reaches out to us and teaches us that we can have a new beginning.
Understanding the depth of God’s love will be a major source of new beginnings in the Church today.
The majority of Christians today have only a very surface experience of God’s love. They have a very limited understanding of what God’s love really is and as a result, they have not experienced it in their lives.
Many Christians know and have heard all their lives about Gods’ love…about the love that God has for us that made Him willing to send His only Son to die in our place; about the love the Father has for His Son; about how Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to die for us. Yet, very few have actually experienced God’s love where it is being manifested in their lives.
One of the reasons why most Christians have not experienced God’s love to the extent He planned for us, is because in the Church today, we do not see a true example of God’s love being manifested as it was in the Early Church.
There is often more natural love being manifested in the world among sinners, than there is God’s love being manifested within the Body.
Christian organizations are just now beginning to get the revelation that in order to win this world, we must start working together, pooling resources and information for one common goal of evangelizing the world. We must learn to trust one another, and become more concerned about helping one another than building our own organizations and getting the financial support we need for our own pet projects.
God’s people today do not know how, or do not have the ability, to manifest God’s love to one another or to the world, because they have not been able to comprehend or understand God’s love. This has become what may be the greatest stumbling block believers face today.
Most Christians today have such an ethereal spiritual concept of God’s love…that it is so great, so strong, so limitless, that they feel it is impossible to know or experience. They look at their own experiences and see how far short they are of manifesting God’s love and feel it is impossible for them to have this same powerful love flowing through them.
Those who are bound to the past or have negative present circumstances find their new beginning blocked because they do not understand God’s
love. It is only when we begin to understand God’s love for us that we are able to walk in the force of New Beginnings in God.
God’s love is a powerful supernatural force. It is so strong, so powerful, so pure that it is impossible for the natural mind to comprehend it. It is not a natural experience of the natural man. That is why God must take us beyond our natural understanding through a spiritual breakthrough into the realm of the Spirit, so we can know through experience the power of God’s love.
GOD WANTS US TO RECEIVE HIS SUPERNATURAL LOVE INTO OUR BEINGS
Although it is impossible for the natural mind to know and understand God’s love, God has made it possible for you not only to know it, but to experience it flowing out of your life!
Study the following Scripture:
“May Christ through your faith (actually) dwell – settle down, abide, make His permanent home – in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints (God’s devoted people, the experience of that love) what is the breadth and length and height and depth (of it); (That you may really come) to know – practically, through experience for yourselves – the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God (that is) may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself”
Ephesians 3:17-19, TAB
God wants you to know and experience the height, breadth, length and depth of His love!
Paul prayed that all of God’s people would be able to comprehend and grasp the love of Christ and would take hold of it as our own possession, and to know through experience the breadth, length, height and depth of it.
Since Christ’s love is far beyond human understanding and is in a realm of the Spirit where our normal mental faculties cannot function, how are we going to take hold of Christ’s love and experience the breadth, length, height and depth of it?
The only way we can know God’s love is to first receive it into our beings and experience it for ourselves. We are not even capable of loving God until we first receive Christ and experience His love. The Apostle John told the believers, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins” (I John 4:10,TAB).
“We love Him, because He first loved us” (I John 4:19, TAB).
Just as faith is not a natural life force, so God’s love is not native to man. Man cannot produce it. We are only able to love God through His love that He places within us.
Man has nothing in himself except what he receives from God. We cannot even come to Christ unless God, through His great love and mercy, first draws us to Himself. Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44). Neither does man have the ability to produce enough faith to save himself: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Just as faith is a gift, God’s love is a gift.
As God, in His love, draws us to Christ, and we surrender our wills completely to Him, God places part of Himself…His Spirit…within us. At that very moment, we are joined together with Christ. He comes to dwell…to live…within us. Jesus’ prayer becomes a reality in our lives: “…that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:22-23). We become one with Him and One with the Father in the Spirit.
As a result of our continual union and communion with Christ, we receive God’s love with which we are able to love God and love one another. God plants within us a powerful supernatural force that gives us the ability to love as He has commanded us to love!
In Jesus’ prayer for unity, He said, “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (John 17:26, NIV).
Throughout His lifetime on earth Jesus was the express image of God. He had manifested…clearly revealed through His words and His actions …God’s divine character (His divine love, His infinite mercy, His forgiveness, His miracle working power). Now that He was leaving His disciples, He would continue to manifest…reveal…God to His disciples through His indwelling Presence and as a result, God’s love…that same love God has for Christ…would be in them.
The moment we are born again, we receive God’s love. We experience God’s love to us and in us. By His Spirit, He pours His love into our hearts,”…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). We are overwhelmed by Christ’s love that is so strong He was willing to die for us, even while we were unworthy sinners. We are bathed in His love as He forgives and cleanses us from sin, and claims us as His own.
GOD WANTS HIS LOVE TO BE PERFECTED IN YOU
The Apostle Paul had come to know and experience for himself the depth of God’s love. He had received God’s love and had manifested it to others. God’s love had been perfected… brought to maturity…within him until he was able to say:
Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution, or hunger, or destitution, or peril, or sword? Even as it
For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long, we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt – am sure – that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening, nor things to come nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39, TAB
Paul wasn’t talking about God’s love as if it were some abstract theory or philosophy that was beyond knowing. He had suffered affliction, persecution, hunger and danger, yet, he was not moved or shaken. Why?
In the very midst of all that he suffered, Paul had felt…experienced for Himself…God’s love as a powerful spiritual force within him which sustained, strengthened and protected him. He wasn’t hoping or wondering if God was going to make him victorious, he was confident that God was with him and that He would give him victory. Paul knew and was convinced of God’s love for him. He knew God’s love was in him and that it surrounded him. He was persuaded beyond doubt that there was absolutely nothing that could separate him from God’s love.
In the lives of many Christians today, God’s love has not been perfected. It has not grown to full maturity in them. The moment tragedy strikes or they face trials and tribulations, the first thing they do is doubt God’s love for them. They have not really come to know the depth of God’s love. This is why they do not know the power of the force of God’s New Beginnings. They don’t realize that God loves them enough to provide for them a completely new self and life from the inside out.
Without a revelation on this, a child
of God can never enter into their new beginning with Him. John told the believers:
There is no fear in love – dread does not exist; but full – grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and (so) he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love – is not yet grown into love’s
complete perfection. I John 4:18, TAB
God has planned for His love to grow within you until it reaches full maturity, so that you will be able to live in a powerful dimension where you are free from all fear! As you come to know God’s love and become rooted and grounded in love, you will be able to face danger, trials, persecution, temptation, and even death without fear.
You will be able to face your lack of finances, unemployment and physical problems without fear, in complete confidence knowing that God loves you and will make you victorious.
WE MUST MANIFEST THE SAME SUPERNATURAL LOVE GOD HAS FOR US
Before the Church can manifest the powerful supernatural love that God has planted within us, we must have a fresh breakthrough revelation of what God’s love really is.
As you know, there are basically two kinds of love in the world. There is phileo, which is the natural love that is based upon man’s natural feelings and emotions; and agape, which refers to God’s divine supernatural love. The problem that exists in the Church today is that the majority of Christians have patterned their love by the example of phileo they have seen and experienced in the world that is based on human emotions.
We are products of our environments to some degree. Christians have not always been able to distinguish between the two kinds of love, because we have not been able to see a true example of God’s agape love manifested as it was in the Early Church.
In the world, we are able to see and experience many different types of phileo love. Throughout the years, we have seen many outstanding examples of the love men and women have had that made them willing to die protecting and defending their families or countries.
We know and have experienced love for our families…our parents, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, and other family members. A mother’s love for her children is one of the most powerful examples of natural love man has ever experienced. A mother’s love sees beyond the failures, the disappointments, the rebellion, and keeps on loving when everyone else has given up. A mother’s love places the needs of her children above her own and, in times of danger, is willing to defend, protect and give her life in their place.
We see the love between a man and woman that causes them to devote their entire lives to one another, to lay aside their own interests and place the needs and desires of their mates above their own, to give themselves unreservedly to one another, to remain faithful to one another.
As great and wonderful as this natural love is, we must not pattern our love after this natural love. God has planned for us to follow His example and to manifest His divine supernatural love. Paul told the believers in Ephesus:
Therefore be imitators of God – copy Him and follow His example – as well-behaved children (imitate their father). And walk in love – esteeming and delighting in one another – as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God (for you, so that it became) a sweet fragrance. Ephesians 5:1-2, TAB
We are to imitate God by walking in His love. God’s divine supernatural love for us must be our example. He has placed His love within us. Now we must begin to imitate…act, be like…God. We are to imitate… manifest the same supernatural love that He demonstrated to us. God’s love is to be the pattern we follow in all our relationships with one another.
As you begin to manifest the love of God in your own life, you will be able to receive the reality of God’s desire to bring the powerful force of God’s New Beginnings into your life in a depth that will change your entire being and bring you into your spiritual destiny!
GVA Members, begin to have an experiential revelation of God’s love! Go to the action pages right now and recognize the role God’s love plays in your life! Next week, we will study the greatness of God’s grace and forgiveness!
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