LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BOOK: The Dynamics of Hope, Faith, and Love
Chapter 4: Love
is Love (1 John 4:16)! It is not that He feels love every now and
then, or that He is in the mood to love you today and not
tomorrow. It is His very divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). He
cannot turn from it (James 1:17) or deny it (2 Tim 2:13). God's
Love is like the sun, whose very nature churns and moves and blows up
on the inside. God's love constantly moves Him (Gal 5:6) to a
reach you, and bless you, and make you a blessing in the earth.
God's eyes go back and forth in the earth seeking to show Himself
strong on your behave (Ps 34:15, Gen 6:8). God holds you as the
apple of His eye (Ps 17:8, Dt 32:10), ever looking lovingly on
you. His thoughts towards you are more than the sand of the sea
(Ps 139:17-18), to give you a hope and a future (Jer 29:11). God
loves you. He desires to show you lovingkindnesses (Ps 103:4, Ps
42:8, Isa 63:7), so that you will value His Love and fellowship with
What is it:
I John 4:16-17
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,and God in him.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have
boldness in the day of judgment: because as he
is, so are we in this world.
God is Love! And the love He has shown toward us is to give up the most precious thing He had, His Son - Jesus, for us!
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great
love wherewith he loved us,
I John 3:1
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us
not, because it knew him not.
That we might become sons of God, full heirs of God's riches, with
Christ Jesus! Whatever you have need of, He has already given it
to you thru Jesus, because He loves you! He wants you to have an
intimate relationship with Him!
How do I get Him:
I John 4:15
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God,
God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
You receive Him! Receive His love for you today! His
love in your marriage, in your finances, in your total life! He
loves you with an everlasting love! He seeks to bless you and
comfort you! He desires to meet your every need! Call upon
How do I use love:
I John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He
that feareth is not made perfect in love.
You don't "use" love in the content of taking advantage of love or
of someone. But you "use" love by calling upon it. Your
children don't use you. They call upon you to help them, because
they know you love them and care for them. Love is an open,
honest, sincere need and desire to bless one another! We "use"
love by opening up our hearts to it, and giving God free access to come
in and meet the need. If your child refused to receive help from
you1, then he is refusing your love, and there is no open access.
Knowing God's love for us allows us to have that complete confidence in
Him, that He will not fail us. This allows us to hold onto our
hope, and move in faith. It totally removes fear! The love of God
gives strength to faith to totally drive fear out! Praise God!
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision
availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but
faith which worketh by love.
Put me in remembrance: let us plead together:
declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
The way to put love to work, just like your child would put your
love to work, is by making a call upon it. If your child's
birthday was coming up, and they came and asked you for a little red
bicycle, your love would cause you to say "yes". So God's
promises are "yes" and "amen". Your child would not come up to
you the second day and ask for a bicycle again. "Please, please,
give me a bicycle?" Or the third day with tears in their eyes,
hearts in anguish, kneeling on the floor, crying out to you! That
would not be profitable. It would only continually tear your
heart up and theirs for something that has already been granted.
But if your child came up the second day and said, "I just wanted to
tell you I love you and appreciate the things you always have done for
me. And I specifically thank you for that bicycle! My joy
is full because of it as I wait in anticipation for it!" Then the
third day you go outside and hear your child saying to their
friends, "I love my parents so much! They are buying me a
brand new red bicycle for me for my birthday! Just because I
asked! They really care for me and love me!" It would fill
your spirit with joy! So it does your heavenly Father's!
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting
love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in
the daytime, and in the night his song shall
be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with
thee in the days of thy youth, and I will
establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.
Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus
saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of
thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou
wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and
said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy
prayers and thine alms
are come up for a memorial before God.
A memorial! A remembrance!
God remembers you. He remembers His covenant. He loves you!
And he will love thee, and bless thee, and
multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit
of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy
corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the
increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy
sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy
fathers to give thee.
What is His will for you? The above verse says "and He
will"! That is His "Will"! When you say you "will" do
something, it is because that is your "will". When you say you
"will not" or "won't" do something, it is because it is not your
"will". God tells us clearly in His Word what His "Will"
is. For His "Will" and His "Word" are one. Glory! It
is God's Will to perform His Word in your life. He is faithful
and just to perform it. We need to call upon Him, to confess His
Word back unto Him. He has sent His Word. He expects it to
dwell in us. As we "speak" His Word, it will not return void to
Him, for He watches over it to perform it. He loves you!
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that
performeth all things for me.
That confirmeth the word of his servant, and
performeth the counsel of his messengers; that
saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and
to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I
will raise up the decayed places thereof:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my
mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it
shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen:
for I will hasten my word to perform it.
That I may perform the oath which I have sworn
unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing
with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then
answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord.
God's love manifested as compassion moves men to faith.
That is, God's love as compassion works faith:
(1) GOD'S COMPASSION TOWARDS MEN DRAWS MEN:
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion,
and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in
mercy and truth.
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness
and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing
that the goodness of God leadeth thee to
(2) JESUS MOVED BY COMPASSION:
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great
multitude, and was moved with compassion
toward them, and he healed their sick.
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people,
and was moved with compassion toward them,
because they were as sheep not having a
shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
SEE: Matt 9:35-36, Matt 15:32, Matt 20:34, Mark 1:41, Luke 7:13-14
(3) OTHERS MOVED BY COMPASSION:
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came
where he was: and when he saw him, he had
compassion on him,
And he arose, and came to his father. But when
he was yet a great way off, his father saw
him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on
his neck, and kissed him.
Then the lord of that servant was moved with
compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on
thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
SEE: Matt 18:33, Exodus 2:6
Dynamics of Love:
(1) GOD'S LOVE IS OUR HIGH TOWER:
I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my
deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will
trust; my buckler, and the horn of my
salvation, and my high tower.
As we dwell in the love of God, no storm, no affliction, no attack
of the devil can touch us. Though Satan may cause all around us
to be in turmoil, though he may have those close to us saying hurting
and cruel things, as long as we dwell in the love of God, Satan cannot
touch us. Then from this high tower, we can see how to meet the
needs of these people, moved by compassion toward them, moved by love
toward faith. We can see how these people, who are being used by
Satan against us, are in utter darkness. We can see how they are
hurting, without hope, reaching out and ever grasping. From the
high tower of God's love, we can reach out to signing, dying, crying
humanity and effectually bring them into the love and healing power of
(2) GOD'S LOVE PROTECTS US FROM INJURIES WHICH CRIPPLE OUR FAITH:
For by thee I have run through a troop; and by
my God have I leaped over a wall.
One of Satan's tactics is to cause emotional hurt and despair, or
anger and unforgiveness, or even empathy and indifference. Many
times these come thru words and actions of others. Sometimes
these are the very people who we are trying to help. Only thru
dwelling in the love of God can we run thru the troop of evil spirits
attacking us on every side, and not receive crippling emotional
injuries which cause us to fall from a place of faith.
Then God's love, thru us, will allow us to leap over every wall Satan
throws up to stop and hinder us. God's love, thru us, will even
leap over the walls of hurt and fear in other people, enabling us to
reach them. God's love will tear down those emotional
separations, and enable us to draw those hurting people into the love
and delivering power of God.
Continue in His Love:
I John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.