OBEDIENCE: DUTY VS LOVE 5/07/12
This week as I was praying over a person, the scene from
Fiddler on the Roof came to me, where Tevye sings to his
wife and wants to know if she loves him? She replies
that she has lived with him, fought with him, starved
with him, if that’s not love them what is? Tevye is not
satisfied and asks again, But do you love me? She
replies, I suppose I do.
Hos 2:14-16 NKJV
'Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her
into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. 15 I
will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley
of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in
the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up
from the land of Egypt. 16 "And it shall be, in that
day," Says the Lord, "That you will call Me 'My
Husband,' And no longer call Me 'My Master,'
There is a difference in serving the Lord through
obedience, where we obey Him as a slave to a Master… and
serving the Lord as a laid down lover where He is our
Husband and we would gladly lay anything down because we
love Him. Throughout our years in the wilderness, He
has been calling us to Himself where He is teaching us
that the language of love is actually much greater than
the language of obedience.
RECOVERY FROM THE DOWNWARD TREND
In the same movie, it begins where marriages are made by
the MatchMaker. Children marry out of obedience to the
laws of tradition and family. And they do not marry for
love, rather they learn to love with whatever they were
In breaking away from the law and tradition, the family
line progresses downward from “We seek Your permission.
(May I?) …. To “We are not
asking for your permission, only for your blessing."
And then finally to an announcement of what is their
When there is a love
relationship between the Lord and us, He does listen to
men, to their heart’s desires and works with us to
accomplish both His desire and ours. It becomes a
journey from the breaking away of what is religious to
what is love. However the warning in the journey of
finding a 2-way partnership with Him is that in no place
should loving violate obedience to scripture or the law
of loving others.
Love is not demanding others
to obey scripture, rather love is longsuffering in
serving and waiting until there is a volunteer love to
WANT to obey scripture. That is the kind of
relationship God wants with us. He wants to take all
the religious-ness out of our life and form us into a
humble, laid down lover that is so thoroughly saturated
with Himself that everything we do and say comes from
being one with His love. Yes it is obedience, but for
the right reasons.
THE FRUIT OF THE LANGUAGE
OF OBEDIENT LOVE
When we mature into full
son-ship we will have the same authority to simply
announce our desires and it will be done. And that will
not be because we have broken away from the religious
through an independent spirit, but be because we are so
in love with Him that we will know that our heart as
His. We will be fully abiding with Him and in Him and
we will have His full blessing, permission and authority
to speak His kingdom into the earth.
John 15:7-8 NKJV
If you abide in Me, and My
words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it
shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified,
that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Long I have waited for a
generation of lovers who would serve Me out of their
passionate hearts, birthed from intimate and genuine two
way relationship. My people know Me as Lord and Master.
To serve so duty bound is to choose a life imprisoned in
They have yet to know Me as
Lover and Husband. How I long to connect and establish
bridges of communications that cross their boundaries of
fear and mind-sets and normalcy where all things are
decently in order! True passion is rarely in order,
dear ones. True passion breaks all boundaries of
cultural decency. True passion only knows one way, get
to what matters and die for it when necessary.
The passion I speak of is
much deeper than an emotion of the moment. It comes
from a fire deep inside where the truth burns and
builds, ever stretching to find a way towards
expression. It is in its expression that our mutual joy
is known to the fullest. This brings the consummation of
what you yearn for. I will have a people who will so
love Me, their torches will so love Me nothing will
stand in their way towards expression.
Duty leads to burn out. It
always did, it always will. Passion leads to My never
ending eternal flame.
Hos 2:14-16 NLT
"But then I will win her
back once again. I will lead her out into the desert and
speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards
to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a
gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as
she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her
from her captivity in Egypt. "In that coming day," says
the LORD, "you will call me 'my husband ' instead of 'my
THE TRUE FRUIT OF MY
When you give your time, are
you listening and responding with your heart, or are you
doing your duty? Is love what you do, or is it who you
Innocent trust and love are
fragile, and once broken, hearts become layered for self
protection. Those who are layered over with thick skin
are covered with scars from having had their trust
betrayed. They are unable to feel the passions of My
love. They are unable to feel My Presence. I have been
peeling the layers of hard hearts year after year. Much
progress has taken place as I AM changing hearts to know
the true fruit of My love.
Yes I too AM betrayed every
day. But I listen intently with My heart. I look
beyond the fault and see the need. I hear the truest
heart cries and longings. I AM passionately involved.
It floods Me with years of longsuffering as I bring My
children out of the vices of death and into the abundant
life I have promised them. My love bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things, endures all
things. My love never fails.
Beloved, I want to move you.
Trust My infinite love for you, so that you may feel
1 Cor 13:4-8 AMP
Love endures long and is
patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over
with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not
display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited
(arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude
(unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's
love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own
way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or
fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil
done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness,
but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears
up under anything and everything that comes, is ever
ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are
fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures
everything [without weakening]. 8 Love never fails
[never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an
Gal 5:22-23 NKJV
But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
BOB JONES SHEPHERD ROD 2012 RETURN TO 1ST LOVE
"The church has become so busy with their own agendas
that they have fallen from that place of intimacy with
God and became intimate with the world. No one is
exempt! You can get so busy in ministry that you lose
your first love and you go under...
... The love for God must come first and foremost. We
need to make God first in our lives. The priority for
ministry in our live is: God first, our spouse second,
our children third, our church fourth and our ministry
last. When ministry gets out of order it will fail.
This was a warning to the church of Ephesus and it's the
same warning to the church today. As great as the
churches are, their candlestick will be removed if they
do not return back to their fist love...
... The immature church developed a religious spirit
instead of building on the foundation of love. It
became too busy working for God instead of working with
Him and He wants to be a part ifs life. God is
preparing the Zadok priesthood that will separate the
precious from the profane. God is refining fire and
He's purging the unredeemed soul within the saints so He
can use them in His army. The church must repent of
anything it has put before Christ.
Ezek 44:23 AMP
The priests shall teach My people the difference
between the holy and the common or profane, and cause
them to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.
Rev 2:1-6 NKJV
'These things says He who holds the seven stars in
His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven
golden lampstands: 2 "I know your works, your labor,
your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are
evil. And you have tested those who say they are
apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and
you have persevered and have patience, and have labored
for My name's sake and have not become weary. 4
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left
your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you
have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I
will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from
its place — unless you repent.
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