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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (INTRODUCTION PART 2)



INTRODUCTION
TRANSFORMING LOVE
“…not by works…” (Ephesians 2:9).


YADA IS TO "KNOW" INTIMATELY
YADA has many meanings, but for this book we will use the Hebrew definition “know” or “enter into covenant with” God. I’m adding that YADA is also a spiritual “oneness” with God that is unique to God, and the deepest intimacy you can ever experience.  
“Oneness” happens when God joins our spirit with his Spirit (Romans 8:16). Once joined, we become “one spirit” with him (1 Corinthians 6:17).There is no greater intimacy than this.
What this indicates is that a person can now have a personal, first-hand knowledge of God. This kind of knowing is different from a collection of information you possess about somebody or that comes from second-hand knowledge.
It’s the kind of “knowing” gained from experiencing the person first-hand or by spending a colossal amount of time with them. Jesus demonstrated that kind of covenant relationship with his Father and said, “…the Father knows me and I know the Father…” (John 10:15).  
Relationships are work. The most important Christian task is working on the relationship with God and getting to know him.
“...This is eternal life that they might know thee, the only True God and Jesus Christ, whom God has sent…” (John 17:3). Also, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." (John 6:30). It’s hard to believe in someone you don’t know .
ONENESS - YOU AND GOD'S SPIRIT
The covenant relationship is an “oneness” like a marriage, but greater than a marriage. Even though it’s greater, the covenant relationship is like that of marriage or an agreement in that it joins two or more people together forever. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30).  
Jesus didn’t say he and his Father were close, but he said they were “one.” Close implies a nearness to, but “one” implies a single unity or an undivided whole. In Hebrew, oneness (echadh) defines a “unity” perhaps unique only to the one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4) yet God allows humans, through faith in Christ, to experience it. You can also say, “… I and the Father are one…” like Jesus (John 10:10).
 If “oneness” is unique to God, then “oneness” is Holy. This Holy “oneness” is the joining of man’s spirit and God’s Spirit until only God’s Word alone can cut it asunder (Hebrew 4:12)

What God joins together, “…let no man separate…” (Matthew 10:9). Oneness, therefore, informs us why covenants are meant to be unbreakable; except by death. It is a holy spiritual bond. Therefore, you are meant to experience and enjoy an oneness relationship with God through Christ that’s unbreakable, except by death.
Jesus was our example of the YADA relationship. We are to come to “know” God so well through the oneness covenant relationship that we can say at some point, “…Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…” (John 14:9b). 
What joins together the YADA relationship is first, God’s love for you and second, your love for God. “…Love [and the Holy Spirit]—[is] the perfect bond of unity” (Colossians 3:14b). God is Spirit and God is Love (John 4:24 & 1 John 4:8).
          I started a YADA counseling ministry that helps strengthened the oneness, covenant-relationship between Christ and the Believer. YADA therapy is a spiritual form of therapy in which the counselor and client work on a strengthening the Covenant-relationship – just like you would work on a marriage - with God through Christ.
YADA COUNSELLING = A HELPING HAND
The purpose of YADA counseling is to build trust, oneness, and dependency on the enabling power of the Holy Spirit by exercising a faith-filled response to the finished work of Christ on the Cross as a way to address and process through personal issues and concerns.
The Counselor works together with the client/believer through his/her relationship with God in Christ in order to discover what the key issues are and to begin addressing those issues in light of the finished work of Christ on the cross in practical and transforming ways.
Prayer is also offered by the counselor to invite the Holy Spirit into the session and to help the client/believer to form a unified bond with God as primary issues and concerns are discussed.
Problems and concerns are acknowledged in order to discover God’s provisions to meet those needs. YADA counselling uses a spiritual approach in which the counselor helps the client/believer with the covenant-relationship with God.
This is done by enhancing one’s understanding of how beliefs, feelings, interest, self-identity, and thoughts, outside of God’s holy requirements, can negatively impact an individual’s Christ-likeness. Especially, as it relates to their responses to life’s issues and concerns.
Hopefully the client/believer will learn about his or her perceptions that don’t line up with biblical truths or the finished work of Christ. In addition, they will be able to see how distorted/sinful thinking impacts how he or she reacts to life’s issues and concerns.
These issues and concerns are usually rooted in the past thought processes and are revealed through an individual’s continual behavior patterns and speech patterns pre-salvation.
YADA therapy is based on the finished work of Christ on the cross and aids in authentically becoming the “new creature” in Christ Jesus through real-life and practical experience.
Hopefully this book will help establish, renew, or strengthen a more unified relationship with God within the body of Christ. It is my prayer this book will also help you see how much God loves you. God’s love for you is not like any other love you will ever experience and it is a love that is everlasting.  
When you respond by God-given faith, God’s love will transform your life completely and forever. You cannot be in a YADA with God and stay the same.
I will attempt to help you experience a deeper YADA by showing how the relationship with God is the most important part of your Christian journey or in fact, it “IS” the Christian journey.
God is already “one” with you. Therefore, one of God’s goals is to draw you closer to him through his character, his divine love, his Word,  and through faith. Becoming intimately acquainted with God’s character, love, Word, and faith will help you truly “know” Him.
This book is just a small aid and does not intend to take the place of direct engagement with the Living God, but hopefully strengthen it. Quote God, not me. Man’s word can help you to understand the scriptures better, but God’s indwelling Spirit sets you FREE!


EXCERPT FROM TRANSFORMING LOVE
 BY DR PENSACOLA HELENE JEFFERSON

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