the love of God

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the love of God … 2 Cor 13:14

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Cor. 13:14

I do not think we can have a revelation of Jesus without a deepening of knowing His love for us! The disciple John was the beloved of Jesus (in John’s own words)—and John receives the Revelation of Jesus. We receive a revelation of Jesus as we receive His love—for us.

Every revivalist (that I have read of) encounters the love of Jesus and becomes totally sold out after that revelation, if they weren’t before. I would suggest (my opinion) that each disciple, one of the 12 or one of the 72, or Smith Wigglesworth, Maria Woodworth-Etter, or Katherine Kuhlman, all encountered Love which opened a revelation of Jesus.

• Wigglesworth: “It was then that the fire fell, and Smith had a vision of the empty cross with Jesus exalted at the right hand of the Father. Smith opened his mouth to praise God and began instantly speaking in tongues.”*

• Woodworth-Etter: “Then Maria had a vision. Angels came into her room and took her to the West, over prairies, lakes, forests, and rivers where she saw a long, wide field of waving grain. As the view unfolded she began to preach and saw the grains begin to fall like sheaves. Then Jesus told her that, ‘just as the grain fell, so people would fall’ as she preached.”*

• Kuhlman: “One Sunday when Kathryn was fourteen, she attended church with her mother. As she stood singing, she began to shake all over and sob. A weight of conviction came over her, and she realized that she was a sinner in need of salvation and forgiveness. She slipped out from where she was standing, went to the corner of the front pew and sat weeping. At that moment Jesus lifted the weight from her shoulders and entered her heart.“*

• Roberts: “Because of his unique desire for the Lord, Evan gave himself to fervent prayer and intercession. So much so, that by the time he was twenty-one years old, he was known by some as a “mystical lunatic.” It was during this period that Evan would get so caught up in the Lord that he reported his bed shaking. He would awaken every night at 1:00 a.m. to be “taken up into divine fellowship” and would proceed to pray until 5:00 a.m. when he would fall back to sleep for four hours before waking again at 9:00 a.m. continuing in prayer until noon.”*

• Heidi Baker and Bill Johnson live for the presence and the love of Jesus. I believe it difficult for them to deliver a message without referring to this Love.

All could sense the anointing—Him. They could sense the love and it was that same love that caused them to drop everything. An encounter with the power of the love of God does that. One of Paul’s theme in his letters to the Corinthians is the power of the Love. Its the encounter with God, Himself, that transforms minds, hearts, and actions. Paul writes in Eph. 3, wants us to know, to understand “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ah yes, “to know this love…to be filled with all the fullness of God.” Oh – what a feeling!

This is really why I love to soak and become surrounded and filled with the love of God. Though the audible voice of God is (of course) so good, I am content in His presence. Daily. I need His presence, His love! Daily. Even last night, I could have sworn I heard, “in addition to what you see…” there is much, much more!

And so I wish you, my friends, in 2012 even more of the Love of God. A love and an experience that will catapult you into more and more.

“The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” The Message

2012. May it be a year of Love for you!

Sue
Only Believe.

* Quotes from GodsGenerals.com

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    • Cindy
    • December 29th, 2011

    Thank you! This is so inspiring and I agree with all you said here! Overwhelming love… that is our Lord!

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