THE LOVE OF GOD – PASTOR PRESTON IDORO.

• If you ask a lot of people if they love God, their response would be affirmative. You hardly would find someone claim not to love God. Everyone loves God, especially Africans who were raised in religion. Over 90% of Nigerian Christians did morning devotion, daily.

• They admonished us to love God and be righteous, but truth be told, that’s not according to the New Testament, but the Old. We fail to understand the New Testament provisions properly. There’s a difference between a love for God and the love of God.

• Romans 10:1-2. The zeal of God here, means that they have a zeal for God. Zeal for God is good, but once it’s not according to knowledge, there’s trouble. By knowledge, it doesn’t refer to an intellectual usage of scriptures; it’s not about being able to quote scriptures (like Apollos who was eloquent and mighty in scriptures, as recorded in Acts 18:24-26).

• Israelites are very knowledgeable. Some of the best technologies are coming from Israel. They have a very good intelligence system. So, Paul wasn’t referring to just any kind of knowledge, but the right knowledge. A long time ago, I said, “Let your zeal be directly proportional to accurate knowledge.”

• Romans 10:3. Their knowledge is outside of God’s righteousness. This kind of righteousness talks about works.

• Paul discouraged them from trying to live by works, not because he didn’t have results to show of strength or that he was a lazy man. He was a circumcised Hebrew, and as concerning the law, blameless. Yet, he counted all those as dung so that he might win Christ.

• If the world will understand Christianity from the light to which Jesus presented it, we would have more persons in Church. They gave us a Christianity that is too hard, thus, we were unable to do it.

• Think about this: if God gave us a hard Christianity, that means He doesn’t want many people in heaven, and that means He is a wicked God! If He’s a wicked God and doesn’t want many people in heaven, that would mean that He is working against Himself because He gave His son to die for the reconciliation of men to Him. So, why would He make that structure so hard and unattainable?

• Israel had knowledge by strength, but not according to the gift of righteousness.

• Someone said that we have right to curse because Jesus called Herod a fox. Firstly, we know that God is not an author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) and as such, scriptures says curse not! “But Pastor Preston, you have used the word, foolish, before!” I told you what that meant – it’s not an insult, but a description of a state.

• If you heard what the Pastor said (calling someone a mad dog) and you were excited without investigating it, it doesn’t tell of you as a wise Christian. Acts 17:11 shows us an example of a wise Christian in the Berean brethren – they went back to search the scriptures if all that Paul taught them were so.

• A lot of people have more respect for culture than even eternity. They have placed men’s tradition higher than heavenly values.

• When Jesus called Herod a fox, from the Greek, that was a metaphoric expression. Jesus was referring to Herod as being sly, cunning, crafty. Listen: when you truly understand the love of God, you’d be insulted and cannot retaliate.

• The character or capacity to seduce someone for a wrong purpose is crafty. There is a wisdom of this world and a wisdom not of this world. When the wisdom is for personal gain, it’s a wisdom of this world.

• To not be crafty and getting something done is also wisdom. How do we differentiate both? The one that puts you in for gain is of this world. The love of God does not work to put us in for selfish gain, but puts the brethren for gain. Craftiness is perceived as wisdom until we check the motive.

• It is therefore appalling how a Pastor then lifted this scripture to produce all manner of insults against a fellow human – schizophrenic, bipolar, etc. Now we see why they can kill enemies, lock up someone in a prison for many days, and manifesting outside the workings of love in the character of God.

• When the truth is lacked, there will be trouble for the believer – he will not be maturing and manifesting like Him; and that is God’s high desire according to scriptures.

• A great church is not one that has material blessings for proof. You don’t need to join a church to have that, primarily – a business school can give you; being an apprentice to the likes of Dangote, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, etc., will accrue these to you, naturally. So, what then is the advantage and blessing of joining a church? Why do I go to church?

• Hebrews 10:25 TLB. This means that when the coming back of our Lord is drawing near, we ought to go to church more often. And to what purpose should we?

• Hebrews 10:24. When we come to church, we’re provoked to love. If you used to act wickedly, you would no longer be. When you provoke one to love, they will produce good works. So, when we come to church, we are learning the character of love that helps us to manifest like him.

• 1 John 4:8 says, “…for God is love.” He gave birth to us and that means His spiritual gene is in us. As such, we also ought to manifest the character of love.

• In Matthew 5:48, Jesus says that when you manifest the character of love, you are like your heavenly Father; He expresses love as perfection.

• James 1:13-14. That means if I say that you are a fool and you get angry, it’s because you have placed value on pride. Proud people are more upset when called fools than humble people. A man who has sense will not fight you for insulting him, but one with low self esteem will fight anyone for such statements.

• James 1:15-17. From the Greek, this translates: every good giving that is a perfect gift comes from above. But a giving that is not perfect in nature is not from God. Cursing is not from God because it is not perfect in nature. You’re perfect when you love your enemies.

• Ephesians 4:12 tells you the reason for the various calls – for the perfecting of the saints. When they become perfected, they will no longer be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. The working of the giftings is to help the believer understand the love of God that brings them to perfection.

• James 1:18. We have not been created to be like normal humans – we are a different breed. We don’t have a programming that says a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye. 1 Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

• The perfect giving of God is the incorruptible Word of God to which we have been born of, which makes us a special kind – not a kind that works the character of vengeance, but that works His love.

• James 1:19. Be quick to hear, but slow to speak so that you don’t fall for wrath. You are snared by the words of your mouth (Proverbs 6:2), but unfortunately, a large crowd of people who don’t know the Word of God are cheering you up.

• What’s my joy of preaching? It’s not a large crowd or fleet of cars and numerous houses. My joy is that when you are anywhere I’m not, you can still stand guard to defend the truth. That you can connect many scriptures does not guarantee that you are right; you may just be another Apollos.

• Many persons will not bother to ask the Holy Spirit’s opinion on issues. They will quickly take a stand with the logos of the Word that says that if you spare the rod, you will spoil the child (Proverbs 22:15). Listen: with rhēma you’re never wrong, but with logos, you can be wrong.

• Logos says you shouldn’t spare the rod. The same logos says that you shouldn’t provoke your child to wrath. So, which would you go with in that situation? Hence, you need to let the Holy Ghost tell you what you should do at the moment.

• God would have decided to keep the Holy Ghost far, but why was He put in you? In the Old Testament, the Holy Ghost comes on them to accomplish a purpose and goes away because they didn’t have the nature of God. But now that we have the nature of God, He’s in us to direct our every action. It doesn’t mean that we’re zombies; it just means we have a guide within us. So, consult Him; don’t tag issues as being too minute to involve Him in.

• Many children were abused growing up; that’s why they grow up having inferiority complex amongst their peers. Your parents didn’t know they were abusing you—they actually thought they were disciplining you. The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God. So, you don’t take an action in man’s way.

• I heard the story of a young boy, who, when he engages in a fight with people, the father would hail him and express how proud a father he is for his actions. Someday, this lad was killed by a rival cult gang while in the university. Would his father still be proud of him in hell? Hear this: that a wrong thing favours you doesn’t mean you should encourage it – there could be an unfortunate day when it will work against you.

• Man’s action of wrath does not work in the direction of God’s righteousness because God does not think that way. Scriptures call the love of God kindness (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22-23). Provoke one another to love – that’s how God provokes us.

• James 1:21. All the insults rained on that fellow by the pastor are an expression of superfluity of naughtiness – schizophrenic, bipolar, etc. He claimed to have examined him by spot diagnosis. Well, he should have done spiritual diagnosis, instead, because no scripture supports his ‘spot diagnosis’.

• Even in hospitals, when a doctor examines a patient and tells what is wrong, he offers prescription to cure his ailment. But in this case, having seen what was ‘wrong’ with the fellow, he’s elaborating it!

• James 1:21. Man is a spirit, has a soul and lives in a body. The soul controls the body – it determines what you do. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as a man thinks, so is he. Where does he think from? His soul. So, if the Word saves the soul, it means that it saves how you think – the actions that come out from you – when you agree with the Word.

• Instead of taking decisions based on how you feel, take decisions how you should. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God (not their souls) are the sons of God (Romans 8:14). To be led of your senses (soul) is death – that’s what it means to be carnally minded (Romans 8:6).

• 1 John 2:15. If a lot of carnal Christians had their way, this scripture would have been taken off the Bible. For example, a lot of Christians diligently followed the recent news that trended on the internet about popular philanthropist and oil mogul, Femi Otedola, buying Ferraris for his children, and honestly wished he was their dad, so they can also enjoy such benefits – that’s loving the world.

• If you love this world, God’s love is not in you. Can you really practice this of the flesh? No, you cannot.

• In Luke 5:1-11, we saw the miracle Jesus performed – Peter had toiled all night to catch fishes but all to no avail. Jesus requested Peter’s boat to preach, after which He performed the miracle of fishes. He considered himself unholy to follow Jesus, but Jesus said to him: “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” Jesus changed the value from catching fishes to catching men because eternal life is of a superior value.

• John 10:10 tells us, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” How did he achieve that? By forming a mentality for you – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7).

• If Jesus came to give life and an abundant life as material possession, it wouldn’t be right because all those are still in the nature of the ‘thief’. 1 Timothy 6:9 tells us: “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

• What then is that life He came to offer us? He came to offer us a superior way to think that does not go in the character of the thief, but the Father.

• He didn’t request your love because natural love works towards evil and selfish purpose – what you will eat, drink etc., as Matthew 6 tells us.

• Today, churches sponsor what Jesus said should not be done. Today, we barely find churches praying, teaching or helping the brethren to love the Word and the things of the Word, anymore. Jesus said that a man’s life does not consist of the things he has (Luke 12:15), yet the pastor in question says, “How much does he have?” and boasted about his degrees. Isn’t this anti-Christ!

• 1 Corinthians 3:19 tells us that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. In Acts 4:13, the people marvelled at the boldness of Jesus’ disciples seeing that they know them to be unlearned. They were so because they had been with Jesus. What degree did Jesus obtain?!

• In Philippians 3:8, Paul said: “…I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord…” If you don’t count all things but dung, you cannot be excellent in the knowledge of God. You don’t brag with academic excellence. Don’t be misled; the gospel is not wealth or degree, but the power (dunamis) of God.

• In the Old Testament, love was demanded, but in the New Testament, love was supplied. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” For our weakness, God supplied.

• When you lean on what He supplied, you are always right, but when you try to use your strength, you can never be right with God.

• Does giving every needy person prove that you have the love of God? No, it doesn’t. There are Pastors who give to the poor that truly do not have the love of God. If your giving is only restricted to people who hail from your community, it is not the love of God, but cultural benevolence.

• 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. That means we can give and don’t have love.

• 1 John 3:18. This means a deed that is in truth, not a deed with wrong motives. So, one scripture says that you should give to the poor (1 John 3:17), but another says you can give to the poor but not have love, and begins to explain the character of love (1 Corinthians 13). Just as Jesus gave His life for the church, you also have to give your life for the brethren.

• John 14:15. This statement was actually a statement for the Holy Spirit. “Keep” is the Greek word, tēreō, which means to guide or do. At the time Jesus made this statement, could anyone love Jesus at this time? Why? They were not born again. You cannot love God until you’re born again. Cornelius was a good example in Acts 10. You are born into His love by accepting what His love did, and that was His offering Jesus.

• John 14:16. Was He saying that when you keep His commandments He would pray the Father to give you the comforter? No. Did they have to keep His commandment for the comforter to come? No.

• Romans 8:7. That means the carnal mind cannot keep the Word of God, and Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15).

• For every time the church messed up, Paul would come to explain over again to them what they really are in Christ. That means they had forgotten their identity. Walk therefore in the Spirit because you are in the Spirit, not of a carnal structure. If to be carnally minded is death, that means it is of the Spirit that we would not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

• Therefore, when Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” He was saying that those who have been born in His love keep His commandment and that happens by the Holy Spirit that He will give them.

• Romans 5:5 says, “…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” So, if the Holy Ghost does this in our hearts, and those who love Him keep His commandment, it simply means that the Holy Ghost helps you keep His commandment.

• Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Who does the work? God. How does God do the job? By the Holy Ghost who shed His love in our heart. When we recognise God’s love in our heart and we allow the entirety of that love (its height, depth, length and breadth), we naturally just discover that our passion will not be for earthly things, but for things of heavenly values because that’s the supply of the Spirit inside of us.

• What was the gift God gave us as sinners? The death of His Son. The love of God is the supply of Christ. And what does Christ do to us? He helps us to be right.

• So, you are not conscious of doing right or wrong: all you have to do is fellowship with the Word, pray in the Spirit and you will find the Holy Ghost strengthen you from within and discover that your pursuit for life is no longer vanity.

• We shouldn’t love God from ourselves, neither should we live for ourselves. We love God from Him, because through Him we live. So, that means He’s the supply of rightness – He’s the supply of the love of God.

• When He says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world,” it wasn’t an instruction; it meant that if the love of the Father works in you, there would not be the love of the world and the things of the world in you.

• God’s value is higher than materialism. God’s point of reasoning and mentality sees all the nice things of this world as the glory that fades.

• 1 John 4:8. How then do you love? Love from God because God is love. Is romance love? No! Neither is it even lust!

• What is lust? Lust is a longing of the flesh. Hence, romance is a means to achieving lust but it’s not lust in itself. If I give you money, does it mean I love you? I may not necessarily love you. 1 Corinthians 13:3 says, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

• If a man gives you money because he wants to have sex with you, does he love you? No! He’s merely doing business with you. If someone says, “You don’t love me because you don’t give me money,” such an one doesn’t know what love is. What is love? God is love.

• If your love is not God, it’s not love. Where does God reside? Inside us and the Holy Ghost distributes Him in our hearts. So what is the love of God? God! How is it distributed? Through selflessness; passionate sacrificial selflessness.

• So, why were they lacking in knowledge Romans 10:2? Because they didn’t see it as God, but saw it as them. They had a zeal but they were trying to produce righteousness from themselves, instead of relying on God’s supply. By strength, you can’t be righteous!

• God is love. So, how do we respond to people? We respond to people from God.

• If you want to give an offering and you are wondering what people would say, you don’t know the love of God. If you are also thinking about what your family will think, you don’t know the love of God. What should be of interest to you should be what God thinks. Your actions should be from Him, not from you.

• Why would you leave that wealthy lady for a bread seller? Because the bread seller has the workings of the love of God, but the wealthy one is pursuing vanity. Thus, by reason of our values, we are seeing a pleasure that the world cannot see. Remember scriptures says the world cannot receive the Spirit of truth because they don’t know Him (John 14:17). But you know Him because you are seeing God’s value, while they are seeing how to make wealth. What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and then lose his soul?

• We only care about what God thinks or what He is saying and not what people think. Our judgement of a nice thing is not as the world sees it, but as God sees it.

• If Jesus didn’t have the love of God, He would have been regretting the way He lived His Life; He would have been depressed. The one who has the love of God cannot be depressed because his value line has changed; he is excited with the things that God is excited about.

• At the time Jesus saw Peter, though he was a business man, he left everything (including the fishes Jesus provided by miracle) and followed Jesus. Our confidence isn’t in flesh, but in Jesus.

• God uses miracles to win unbelievers, and not believers. God doesn’t entice a believer with provisions. A believer is only enticed with the Word and its values. God uses miracles to draw unbelievers close and introduces the Word. An example is Peter. When He did that miracle for Peter, He said, “Follow me and I will make you…” Jesus took him from where he was to a higher height.

• The value for unbelievers is on materialism but that’s different from a believer’s. We don’t focus on materialism in the Church. Miracles aren’t celebrated in the Church, but outside the Church. How many times did you see Jesus perform miracles for His disciples while they were with Him? Did you notice that the bulk of the people He healed were unbelievers?

• Why did Jesus say to Peter in John 21:15, “…lovest thou me more than these?” Because the approved love of the Father is not materially driven; it is always eternity driven. So, Jesus was asking Peter if he understood the love of the Father. He spoke the course that the Love of the Father wants or manifest. Jesus said to him, “…feed the sheep. . .feed the flock!” and not to go pursue the fishing business.

• The workings of the Love of the Father is towards feeding the flock. The love of God works for, towards and with God. It compels us to do the will of God.

Courtesy: http://www.perfectlovebelieverscentre.org

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