John 17:21-22 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are One. All who make Jesus The LORD of their lives are in Him, and He in them. We are one in Him – one spirit and one family (1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 6:18). When we walk in love toward one another, the world can see there is something different about us. So many have wondered about how God could ever unify the Body of Christ today because we seem so fragmented and have so many problems. John 17:22 says the glory the Father gave Jesus, He gave us so we could be one. When the glory of The LORD is manifested, it brings us together. Every true revival in recorded history broke through racism and doctrinal divides. When the miracle power of God is flowing and His glory fills an area, all the divisions come tumbling down because they are things of the flesh. When the glory manifests, the Spirit of God is in control, and the things of earth and of the flesh begin to “grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Part 1 – John 17:20 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
All who believe in Jesus have come to faith in Him, directly or indirectly, through the men who were seated at covenant meal. And in John 17:20-26 we can see that Jesus looked down through the centuries and saw us.
He prayed for every one of us who would believe in Him. He prayed for you that day. Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, because He at all times lives to make intercession for them.” According to this verse Jesus is still praying for you.
Believe the love He has for you (1 John 4:16). And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.” John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave…and He gave…and He gave.
That is the message the Bible brings us from beginning to end. It sounds simple enough. Yet few of us really comprehend it.
We can understand the idea of a God of power. We can understand a God Who desires to be served. But an Almighty God Who loves us so much that He desires, above all, to give to us? That can be hard to believe.
For thousand of years, God has been working to drop the revelation of His love into the hearts of men. He’s made loving promises of blessing and protection. But He’s always faced that same obstacle – human beings who just couldn’t bring themselves to believe those promises were true.
The story of Abram is a perfect example. He wasn’t accustomed to the idea of a God who gives. He’s grown up as a worshiper of the moon. Then he encountered El Shaddai, the greatest Being of all. The one Almighty God. And the first thing this El Shaddai wanted to do was give to him.
God’s promises so astounded Abram that he couldn’t believe them. Lord, “how can I know I’m going to receive these things?” Gen 15:8
God answered him by cutting a blood covenant with him. That covenant settled forever any question Abram could ever have about God’s love and loyalty. Once blood had been shed, he knew God meant what He said.
God did the same thing for you. He cut a blood covenant with you. And He sacrificed His own Son to do it. Jesus’ broken body and shed blood have become the eternal proof of God’s love for you.
Through Communion He urges you to remember them again and again so that when your faith in His promises begins to waver, you “might have a strong consolation.” Hebrews 6:18.
Get a revelation of God’s love for you by meditating on the covenant He’s made with you. Get out the bread and the cup. Go before the Lord with them and take Communion thinking about the body and blood of Jesus that enables you to be a blood-covenant member of the family of Almighty God. Let them settle forever the question of God’s love for you. You’ll never again have to doubt His promises one you believe in His love.
Read the Lord’s Covenant Promise to Abram in Genesis chapter 15.
Receive the LOVE! Believe the LOVE!
Jesus declared it!
I declare it!
1. I believe Love is in me now!
John 17:26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
2. I believe Love never fails!
1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
3. I believe Love is GOD!
1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Because I have received THE LOVE, and because I have believed THE LOVE, I can confidently declare
1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
I PRACTICE AND WALK IN LOVE.
I AM LOVE!
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
NKJV: Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Don’t ever worry about not having enough love inside you. The Word says God’s love is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost. God’s love is in you. What you need to do is make a decision to let it flow.
Pray this prayer today.
In Jesus’ Name, I make a fresh and strong commitment today to live the life of love, to let the tenderness of God flow through me and heal the wounded hearts of those I meet.
Father, teach me to love even when things go wrong. Teach me to be patient and kind when the children are underfoot. To overlook the spiteful words of an angry spouse. To rejoice when someone at the office gets the raise that I thought I needed. Teach me to talk in love, to lay gossip quietly aside and to take up words of grace instead.
Lord, Your Word says that Your love is already inside me…that it has been shed abroad in my heart. So, today, I resolve to remove every obstacle that would keep that love from flowing freely into the lives of others. I put resentment behind me, and I forgive all those who have done me wrong.
In the days ahead, cause me to increase and excel and overflow with Your love. Cause me to be what this world needs most of all…a living example of love, Amen.”
1 John 4:7-17
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The Consummation of Love
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
JOHN 3:16MSG “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.
How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]--
All fear has torment. Fear of death is the master fear (Hebrews 2:15). Second Timothy 1:7 says you have not been given a spirit of fear, but when you were born of the Spirit, you were given a “spirit of … power, and of love, and of a sound mind”.
All worry, phobias, etc., stem from the fear of death. We have been delivered from the source of fear and its oppression. We are no longer subject to it. In fact, we have been set free from the spiritual laws that govern sin and death. Romans 8:2 makes that clear: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.” Fear and its effects cannot work on us if we will take a strong stand, in the Name of Jesus, on the WORD of God, in the blood of our righteous covenant. Jesus had no fear, and because you are born of Him, neither should you.
Fear is a spirit and must be cast out. Perfected love casts out all fear. We have been given the gift of love - God is love (1 John 4:8). Since He has given us the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind, a fear-filled mind is not a sound mind. Read the whole book of John over and over until the revelation of God’s love causes your cup to overflow.
When a fearful thought or situation comes up, say out loud, “That is under the curse, and I am redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). I am redeemed from fear. I refuse to fear. Thank You LORD, that I have the spirit of power and love and a sound mind.
The peace of God that passes all understanding guards my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). When you submit yourself to God, believe the love God has for you (1John 4:16), and resist the devil and his fear. James 4:7 says he must flee from you!
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
If I have not love…I am nothing.
As far as God is concerned, love is the bottom line. Nothing counts without it. Without love, the gifts of the Spirit don’t amount to anything. Without love, your faith won’t work. Without love, your giving doesn’t count.
In short, you and I can’t go anywhere spiritually until we get our love life straight. When you think about how important love actually is, it’s amazing we haven’t emphasized it more. After all, love is our only law. God didn’t give us a long list of rules to memorize. We don’t even have ten commandments like the Israelites did. Jesus said, “This is my [one!] commandment. That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
How do we keep that one commandment? By doing one, wonderfully simple thing. We do it by staying in contact with Jesus! We do it by fellowshipping with Him and obeying Him. The more intimately we know and walk with Him, the more His love will flow through us. And the more we walk in love the more intimate our fellowship with Him becomes. It’s a glorious cycle that continually lifts us higher.
Few people have captured this precious truth better than Rufus Moseley, a great man of God who passed over many years ago. The Lord spoke these words to him. Go in love and I shall always be with you. As Brother Moseley mediated on these words, he wrote:
The master key of the kingdom of heaven, of abiding union with Jesus had been given me. “Go in love and I shall always be with you…. Your only responsibility is the responsibility of being in union with Me…. “Life in Jesus is gloriously easy and has but one responsibility, the responsibility of remaining in that union [with Him].
1 John 4:15-16, 21NAS
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him…. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
To effectively love others, you must first believe God loves you.
“That’s no problem,” you might say. “I know God loves me.”
Maybe so, but according to these verses, just knowing it is not enough. We also need to believe it. To believe means “to have firm faith in something: to accept it as true, genuine, or real: to have an unshakeable conviction of its goodness and ability.”
As Christians we should have more than a mental understanding that God loves us. We should be firmly grounded in that love. We should believe it to be so good and genuine, so trustworthy and strong that it will keep us safe from harm in every situation. No matter what anyone else may say or do to us, we should rest securely in the fact that we are fully and forever loved.
Maybe that kind of confident love doesn’t come easily for you. You may think of yourself as unlovable. It so, allow the WORD of God to change how you see yourself. Fill your thoughts with the tender words of God.
Set your mind on 1 John 3:1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” Then fellowship with The Lord over the truth of these verses. Thank Him for loving you with such a great love. Praise Him for caring for you so much that He called you to be His very own child.
Agree with the WORD and begin to see yourself as the Father sees you. Acknowledge that whatever He says about you as His child is true. And since He says you are loved, choose to believe it.
As you do, you will begin to see by revelation of the Spirit that God actually is your Father and He does care for you. You will be able to say, I know and believe the love God has for me!
As a result, the love of God will become a reality in your life. You will find that God’s love is not only coming to you, it is flowing through you...and before you know it, you will be living the life of love!
AMPC To [you then] all God’s beloved ones in Rome, called to be saints and designated for a consecrated life: Grace and spiritual blessing and peace be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
NLT I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Have you ever been discouraged by your own failures? Have you ever tripped over your inadequacies and short comings so many times, you are sick of yourself? That’s when you need to stop and think about how much God loves you. You need to close your eyes and say, “I am a dearly beloved child of God.”
Your mind might argue with you. It might interrupt your meditation and say, How can you even think that, you ugly thing! You are always making messes He has to clean up. You are forever pestering Him to give you something. Why would God ever love a mess like you?
I can tell you why He loves you – because He is your Father. He has within Him the kind of love for you only a father or a mother has. He has an inner drive to meet your needs. He sees in you His very own image and delights so much in who you are that He is willing and eager to do whatever it takes to help you to grow up.
Think about the love of a natural parent, and you can easily understand that. The pain, all the money it will cost to raise them, all the sleepless nights they will have to endure, seems like nothing in comparison to the worth of their dearly beloved children.
That is the kind of love your heavenly Father has for you. The reason your heart reaches out to Him and says, “Abba! Father! is because His heart reached out to you first and said, “Beloved child of My heart! I loved you so much I sent Jesus. I loved you so much I will never forsake you. I will be with you always – even to the end of the world.”
Sometimes, it is hard to receive that kind of love, when you have failed or fallen. But that is the time when you need it most. That is when you need to run to the One Who loves you like no one else can.