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Friday, January 29, 2016

NO GREATER LOVE THAN THIS - EPILOGUE



EPILOGUE
“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE…” (JOHN 15:13)



NO GREATER LOVE
Hopefully you learned in these excerpts from TRANSFORMING LOVE that God chooses you, draws you, loves you, changes your identity, speaks to you, becomes Lord and makes you holy.   
The components of the relationship with God may seem unusual, but it is actually the healthiest relationship you can have. The YADA relationship will truly enhance your overall health and well-being.
When someone loves you and knows you so well you feel extraordinarily safe: IT FEELS GOOD. It feels good for someone to care so deeply for you consistently.
 I am talking about the kind of attentive care that will stop you from being desperate for dysfunctional love. God re-conditions you to a true and holy love by purposefully teaching you the right way to both give and receive love. 
The loving relationship with God will improve ALL your other relationships. God calls you to know him (YADA), so you can know his love for you and you can experience his kind love for him and for others.
In one of my quiet moments God said to me, I called YOU to “know” me. Who did I discover God to be? Love. God is Love. I came to know that God’s kind of love must be experienced and comprehended from a HOLY perspective and not just a human one. I was a student with a deficit in the area of true love, but God gives me so many chances to learn about his ways. I am so thankful.
God is extravagant with his chances towards those He loves. How many times have I messed up?  How many chances did I receive to get my mess-ups right? His love outlasts all our chances to get it right with Him. My wrongs, when I asked for forgiveness, caused God to shower me with a tsunami of Love.  
 How could I not return that love to God and onto others? To whom much is forgiven there is much love (Luke 7:36-48).
How many offenses are too many for God? How many chances does he give before His Grace is exhausted?  I don’t know. But I learned, where my sin increased, God’s Grace increased even more. Why does God give a man or woman so many chances? What is His motive for doing that? LOVE.
That’s God’s nature. He can’t go against who He is. He is Love. I bet Heaven’s atmosphere is the breath of Love. It is probably as normal as breathing. I am ever thankful God’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts.
But his ways are higher than our ways. People can exhaust the chances they have with each other, but there is always another chance with God as long as you are on this earth.
God called me for purpose and said, “You are MY Heart, Pensacola and the mouthpiece for My Heart.” God directs and helps us walk in our purpose when we trust him.
I asked to know God and God’s heart.  He showed me his ways through his “oneness” relationship with me and my personal relationships with others.
I learned God’s holy ways goes against the flesh and human nature. Who God is and the way God does things are unnatural to man and mankind often judge God’s holy ways against their own ways of doing things.
To mankind, it is often distasteful (objectionable) to continue to love someone who seems to have exhausted his or her chances or committed certain atrocities against another human being, but LOVE covers a multitude of sins (wrongs).
God’s understanding of mankind’s sinful plight is like deep waters. Man’s love will drown where God’s love prevails. God in his infinite ability to love can sympathize with mankind’s dilemma with sin, yet has never sinned.
Again, God alone can sympathize with mankind’s plight with sin and therefore has the fortitude to love an individual through their deepest issues and concerns.
That kind of love is a mighty weapon against the dark foes of the soul. It has the power to continue to reach out, through countless hours, days, weeks, and years, to those who have fallen into the gutters and trenches of life to give them a victorious finale.
There is no greater love than the love of God.
God loves you. If you are his child, you are “…in the beloved..” and God is pleased with you. As God’s child, through faith in Christ, there is nothing you can ever do to change the fact that he loves about you.
God designed a way through Jesus to have a relationship with you and you are pleasing in God’s sight. God wants you to experience the depth of his love for you.
How does that happen? You learn God’s loving ways through revelation knowledge of the way God loves you. You learn God’s loving ways through revelation knowledge and real-life experiences of loving others God’s way. There is no better way to know someone except by walking in their footsteps.
God taught me through personal experience that love covers over a lot of offenses. Love is fully forgiving and doesn’t keep a record of another person’s wrongs towards you. Love is enduring.
Love suffers long, because it desires to give the other person a chance to get it right with them. Love is faithful. Love is loyal. Love makes a sacrifice and therefore will always be costly.
 Love continues, even if it does not receive anything in return. Love does not come with a wage attachment, where you have to somehow earn it. Love does not come with a partiality tag, where you somehow have to be worthy of it. Love does not come with a merit tag, where somehow you have to be deserving of it.
Love is free towards the recipient of it and will not demand anything in return. Love won’t change, even if the recipient changes, walks away, rejects it, follows after another,  is unfaithful, offends,  or totally forgets about it.  That what God taught me about love. Why does God love like that?
Divine, holy, agape love is operating in your heart when you love in this manner. When God’s love is poured out in your heart you learn it’s a tenacious love!  
God called me to know His ways and he called you to know his ways too. Love is God’s way. I am one of the mouthpieces for God’s way.
When loving God’s way you will also find that love is not insecure and will not demand anything from the recipient. Love does not have low self-esteem and will not demand validation from its recipient. Love is concerned with its own expression and not the expression of the recipient. Love’s only agenda is love.
Any resistance to walking in God’s holy love is the flesh and the influences of the old nature’s limited way of doing or thinking about love. God’s love has been poured out in our hearts to give us an opportunity to truly give and receive TRUE love.
Any resistance to walking in God’s kind of love, it a clear example of how our ways are not like his ways. His HOLY ways are distasteful to us and unnatural to the carnal nature. We find it distasteful to forgive some of the offenses others have placed on us.
God’s Love covers a multitude of sin.
My life’s journey thus far have been about walking in God’s love, receiving it God’s love, and being trained in God’s kind of love. It has been a costly endeavor, but well worth the journey. God’s love is liberating and exquisitely transforming.
Loving others while applying God’s truth helps you get a vision of how God extends forgiveness, grace, and mercy to you personally.
For instance, someone had done something bad to me and God said don’t treat them according to their wrongs toward you. I said “What….?” However, that’s grace. Another time, someone had done something bad to me and I was justified to punish them with my attitude, but God said don’t do it. Again, I said “what?” Now that’s mercy and mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13). A third time someone had committed some really heartbreaking things against me and it hurt deeply, but God said to forgive them. 
None of these things were easy to do, but I trusted God to work in my heart so I would want to do them and carry it out. And God did.
Every time I love as God directs it changes me in two ways: I able to see how God loves me and how the application of his love works on others. Knowing God’s personal love for you and experiencing his personal love through you is truly transforming.
When you allow God to love through you, it sometimes teaches you what it costs Jesus to love you. When you personally experience challenges when loving others and forgiveness is the only way to continue the relationship you can also learn what it cost Jesus to love you.
Exercising or extending grace, mercy, and forgiveness in your personal relationships help you appreciate grace, mercy and forgiveness in your relationship with God. True love is costly. When you truly know the price God paid through Jesus, to love you, you will finally surrender safely into his loving care.
All that I may have lost and gained in this life can never be compared to the opportunity; I have, to fully enjoy the YADA relationship with God. May I, and hopefully you too, be lavished, soaked, covered, and forever transformed by God’s endless love.
Godspeed

Dr. Pensacola H. Jefferson

THE BOOK 
"TRANSFORMING LOVE"

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (GOD MAKES YOU HOLY, PART 1)


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CHAPTER 8
PART 1
GOD MAKES YOU HOLY
THROUGH DISCIPLINE

“…WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH (DISCIPLINES)…” (HEBREW 12:6 KJV).

“…be ye holy, for I am holy…” (1 Peter 1:16 KJV).
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TAKE PART IN HIS HOLINESS
After God chooses you, draws you, loves you, changes your identity, speaks to you, becomes Lord; he will also make you holy. Like healthy earthy parents discipline their children, God disciplines you, lovingly, for your very good and to ensure you share in his holiness.  Therefore, God disciplines us so “…that we might be partakers of his holiness….” (Hebrews 12:10 KJV).
Holiness is the best part of the whole relationship with God and the surefire way to get know who his is at the core of his being.
IF GOD DOESN'T DISCIPLINE YOU; YOU ARE NOT HIS CHILD
This is a discipline of love but more distinctly a discipline of Holy love. “If you are not disciplined – and everyone undergoes discipline – then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all” (Hebrews 12:8 NIV).  
God loves his children deeply and he will always discipline them for their holy good (Hebrews 12:10). God’s discipline is not a punishment or some kind of a curse, but a correction. “….for whom the Lord loveth he CORRECTETH……” (Proverbs 3:12 KJV).
BECAUSE GOD DISCIPLINES ME
Everything God does or allows is for YOU and HE says “…all things work for good to them that love God…..  (Romans 8:28 KJV). How he disciplines varies from person to person, but it is always for the purpose of holiness (Hebrews 12:10). Most people don’t like the circumstances or situations God uses to discipline them and certainly don’t always agree that “...blessed is the man whom God disciplines…” (Job 5:17). 
DON'T DESPISE DISCIPLINE
Even though you are told NOT “…to despise the discipline of the [God]…. [You do]” (Job 5:17 NIV). God doesn’t want his children to be condemned along with the rest of the world and therefore will discipline them for their holy good (1 Corinthians 11:32).
The wonderful thing about being a “child of God” is that YOU are “…accepted in the beloved…” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV). What an awesome position to be God’s child and to be accepted by him as well. What makes you acceptable?  Jesus does.  
But you must “...put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ… (Romans 13:14 KJV).  If you read Ephesians 1:6 again it says you are accepted “IN” the beloved (which is Jesus) and not “OUT” of the beloved. Remember God spoke from heaven and said this about Jesus, “…this is my BELOVED Son, in whom I am well pleased…” Matthew 3:17 KJV).
You have become the object of God’s divine, endless, covenant, and unconditional love because you have been justified by faith and are now “… in the beloved…” Without Jesus you are nothing more than an unrepentant sinner and unaccepted by God. But “…in the beloved…” you are NOW accepted (Romans 13:14).
EPHESIANS 1:6
Without Jesus and his finished work on the cross, you would NOT be acceptable. The only thing that makes you acceptable is JESUS and nothing else.  Only IN Jesus, YOU are completely cleansed from sin and made righteousness. In addition, you are made holy and pleasing to God and therefore, have become “…accepted in the beloved…”
You are now the object of a holy, divine love because of Jesus.  Since Jesus was the perfect Son (child), God wants YOU to become conformed to his likeness (Romans 8:29). Therefore, God loves you so very much that discipline is important for becoming Christ-like and he encourages you to be zealous about repenting from wrong behavior (Revelations 3:19).
TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND
Repentance means you turn from your wicked ways or to change directions, or change your mind. It means all three, but the most important one and in order to do the other two is the change of mind. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2 KJV).
Most people frown at discipline and often don’t understand God’s ways of doing it. The main focus of God’s discipline is always holiness and his ultimate desire for you is to be holy as he, himself is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
Lessons through discipline are not easy, but God disciplines every single child without exception. God knows that discipline is a guaranteed road to holiness and obedience. You “…are being made free from sin…. Your fruit unto holiness…” (Romans 6:22 KJV).
He also knows that discipline includes some level of suffering. Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered also (Hebrews 5:8). It is not natural for you to be holy and God knows you need supernatural training in holiness.
HEBREWS 12:11
God’s way of discipline won’t seem pleasant during the process, but it is always for love and to produce your very best holy self. So, “now no chastening (discipline) for the present seemeth joyous, but  grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised (trained) thereby..” (Hebrews 12:11 KJV).  
Just like a caterpillar may go through a painful metamorphous yet yield the butterfly, so we too must experience a similar journey yielding the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28).
You are not a caterpillar, but I will use a caterpillar as a model only. When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it settles to a safe place, called a cocoon. Many times when we are going through a transformation period it involves some trial or tribulation we may have to settle into, like a cocoon, for a while.
A NEW CREATION
God allows his children to be put into a place similar to a cocoon while transformation occurs. This cocoon, for the child of God, always includes the additional safety of being “in” Christ. During transformation the caterpillar dies to his or her old self and changes into a butterfly. During God’s transformation periods you will also die to the old self and change, through the enablement of the Holy SpirIt, into the “new creation (2 Corinthians 2:17).
The caterpillar only goes through the transformation process once, but God’s children experience ongoing transformation processes. In order for the caterpillar to shed its old self, most of the old body must die through a process called histolysis.   Histolysis eradicates most of the caterpillar’s old self, leaving a “wee remnant,” and that “wee remnant” is used to build the new body.
2 CORINTHIANS 2:17
For the believer histolysis is called discipline for this book. Discipline intends to eradicate all of the old sinful nature, leaving the new inflated spirit; alive and ready to take charge. God uses the new inflated spirit to build the new creation.


EXCERPT FROM THE CHAPTER 
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