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Disguised Love

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Those who really love God obey His commands

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I. INTRODUCTION

LOVE IS A WORD THAT GETS THROWN AROUND LIKE A COMMON THING
WE DECLARE OUR LOVE FOR PEOPLE BUT LOVE IS JUST NOT IN WORD BUT DEED
FLOWERS, A CARD, AND A CANDLE LIGHT DINNER IS NOT LOVE
LOVE IS ACTION AND IN THE BIBLE DAYS, THERE WERE 4 COMMON WORDS FOR LOVE
EROS-WHICH IS A SENSUAL, PASSIONATE LOVE THAT FULLY DEPENDED UPON EMOTIONS AND SEXUAL ATTRACTIONS
STORGE-THIS LOVE ARISES FROM AFFECTION, THE AFFECTION OF FAMILY LOVE
PHILEO-IT IS A DEEP, INTENSE, AND WARM AFFECTION THAT TWO FRIENDS FEEL FOR EACH OTHER-BROTHERLY LOVE
AND AGAPE-IT IS A SACRIFICIAL LOVE THAT RESPONDS WELL REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE. IT CARES, GIVES, AND DOES GOOD FOR OTHERS REGARDLESS OF THE RESPONSE. THE GOD KIND OF LOVE
THIS KIND OF LOVE, LOVES REGARDLESS OF RIGHT OR WRONG
Romans 5:8 KJV 1900
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
THIS IS WHAT PASTOR GARY READ FOR US LAST WEEK BUT READ WITH ME
Mark 12:30 KJV 1900
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
YOU SHALL HAVE GREAT AFFECTION AND LOYALTY TOWARDS GOD REGARDLESS OF WHAT HE IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE.
HE COULD BE CORRECTING YOU, BUT YOU WON’T BACKSLIDE-YOU WILL STAY LOYAL AND LOVE HIM
HE COULD BE TAKING YOU THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH BUT YOU WILL LOVE HIM ND BE LOYAL TO HIM
HE COULD HAVE REJECTED THE ONE YOU WANTED TO MARRY BUT YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE HIM AND STAY LOYAL TO HIM
YOU COULD BE BITTER TOWARDS HIM TBHIS MORNING BUT SINGING BECAUSE YOU WANT TO APPEAR THAT YOU LOVE GOD
THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE ARE ALL IN CHURCH AND IT IS EASY TO SAY I LOVE GOD ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT IS THAT THE TRUTH
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John 14:21 KJV 1900
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
LOVE IS DEMONSTRATED IN OUR AFFECTION AND LOYALTY TOWARDS GOD’S COMMANDMENTS
John 14:15 KJV 1900
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
IS IT THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH THAT I LIVE MY LIFE BY ALL THE WORDS OF CHRIST
TO LOVE THE LORD THY GOD IS TO HAVE HEARTFELT APPRECIATION FOR HIM AND RESPONDING TO HIS TEACHINGS WITH OBEDIENCE AND FAITH
THE DIFFICULTY IS WE ARE IN CHURCH AND IN CHURCH WE APPEAR TO DO THIS BUT->PUT ON THE MASK
SINCE LOVE IS DEFINED, WE NEED TO LIVE LIFE DAILY BY THE WORDS OF CHRIST
BUT, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE WITH SO MANY ATTRACTIONS IN THE WORLD?

II. BODY

A. DILLIP’S DISGUISE

ONE THING THAT I FEEL THE CHURCH HAS NOT UNDERSTOOD IS THE TOPIC OF DELIVERANCE VS. DISCIPLESHIP
MANY PEOPLE THAT STRUGGLE WITH THINGS IN THE CHURCH THINK THAT THEY NEED DELIVERANCE WHEN THEY REALLY NEED DISCIPLESHIP
AND EACH SUNDAY THEY COME, THEY COME WEARING A MASK
LET ME DEFINE THE TERM HYPOCRITE-AN ACTOR WHO SAID HIS LINES BEHIND A MASK PRESENTING TO THOSE AROUND HIM WHO HE WANTED THEM TO THINK HE WAS.
IT WAS NOT WHO HE REALLY WAS, BUT WHO HE WANTED PEOPLE TO THINK HE WAS NORMALLY FOR PERSONAL GAIN
THE SNAKE APPEARED TO EVE AS HER FRIEND WHO WANTED HER TO BENEFIT FROM HIS TEMPTATION
HOW ABOUT WHEN JACOB APPEARED AS HIS BROTHER ESAU IN ORDER TO STEAL THE BLESSING FROM HIS FATHER
Genesis 27:15–29 KJV 1900
And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son? And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to me. And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him. And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am. And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank. And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, And the fatness of the earth, And plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, And nations bow down to thee: Be lord over thy brethren, And let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: Cursed be every one that curseth thee, And blessed be he that blesseth thee.
JACOB BASICALLY APPEARED TO BE SOMEONE THAT HE COULD GET SOMETHING THROUGH THE WAYS OF DECEPTION
JACOB DISGUISED HIMSELF SO THAT HE COULD APPEAR THAT HE WAS THE ONE TO WHOM THE BLESSING SHOULD FLOW
HOW MANY IN THE CHURCH ACT THE SAME WAY
THEY PUT ON THEIR MASKS SUNDAY MORNING AND SPEAK THE SCRIPTURES FROM BEHIND THE MASK AND FULLY DISGUISED AS A BROTHER OR SISTER IN THE FAITH WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN IN HELL ALL WEEK LIVING LIKE THE DEVIL
WE NEED TRANSPARENCY BACK IN THE CHURCH-THIS IS WHO I AM
THE REASON THAT PEOPLE WEAR MASKS AND DISGUISES IS THAT THEY THINK, IF YOU REALLY KNEW WHO I WAS YOU WOULDN’T LOVE ME
HOWEVER, IF WE LIVE BY THE WORD OF CHRIST, WE LOVE REGARDLESS OF WHAT ONE HAS DONE.
WE HAVE TO TAKE THE MASK OFF AND EVENTUALLY BECOME WHAT GOD WANTS US TO BECOME AND THAT IS A CHILD OF GOD-A TRUE DISCIPLE
MY MASK MIGHT BE WHAT YOU LIKE, BUT WE NEED TO PLEASE GOD

B. INCANDESCENT (HOT, TO GLOW WITH INTENSE HEAT) ISHQ

1 John 2:5 KJV 1900
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
TAKE OFF THE MASK AND CONFORM YOUR ACTION AND PRACTICE TO HIS WORD, WHICH IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE WORD; FIND SOMEONE THAT YOU CAN TRUST
WHEN YOU CONFORM TO THE WORD, IT IS NOT COMFORTABLE
Hebrews 4:12 KJV 1900
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
A SWORD PENETRATES AND PASSES THROUGH SOMETHING BY OVERCOMING RESISTANCE
THE WORD CAUSES SEPARATION BETWEEN THE SOUL AND SPIRIT AND BETWEEN YOUR BONES AND INSIDES
I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD A SHARP OBJECT GO THROUGH YOUR BODY, BUT IT HURTS
AGAIN, IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
ONE OF THE MOST NEGLECTED COMMANDMENT IN THE BIBLE IS THE SABBATH
BUT, KEEPING THE SABBATH IS CONSECRATING YOUR TIMETABLE TO GOD
THE SABBATH IS ALSO A TEST WHETHER THE HEAR5T DELIGHTS IN GOD.
GOD DOESN’T WANT OUR MASKS, HE WANTS US
IF WE LOVE HIM, IT IS GOING TO SHOW AND WHEN IT SHOWS, THE BIBLE SAYS SURELY THE LOVE OF GOD IS PERFECTED AND WE KNOW THAT WE ARE IN HIM
EVERYTIME IN THE NT THAT YOU SEE THE TERM “IN HIM”, IT IS TALKING ABOUT ADOPTION-SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE LIVING GOD
ALL OF THE BENEFITS OF CHILDREN BELONG TO YOU
BUT GOD WANTS YOU, HE DOESN’T WANT YOUR MASK
HE DOESN’T WANT YOUR DISGUISE OR ONE WHO CHANGES HIS IDENTITY ACCORDING TO THEIR SURROUNDINGS
THERE ARE A CERTAIN KIND OF TICK TICKIES THAT ARE ABLE TO CHANGE COLOR ACCORDING TO THEIR SURROUNDINGS-CHAMELEON
WHAT YOU ARE WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING IS WHO YOU REALLY ARE, NOT WHO YOU APPEAR TO BE ON SUNDAY OR WED. OR SOME FRIDAYS.

A humorist told the story of a driver who put a note under the windshield wiper of a parked car. It read: “I have just smashed into your car. The people who saw the accident are watching me. They think I’m writing down my name and address. I’m not. Good luck.”

GOD WANTS OUR RED HOT LOVE, GLOWING WITH DESIRE
LIKE MOSES, WHEN HE CAME DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, HE WAS GLOWING WITH DESIRE
SO MUCH DESIRE AND GLORY THAT HE HAD TO COVER HIMSELF
THAT’S THE KIND OF LOVE WITH ALL OF THE FACULTIES.

C. RECEIVING RAJU

1 John 3:22 KJV 1900
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
DILLIP’S DISGUISE BECOMES RECEIVING RAJU BECAUSE OF LOVE
REAL LOVE AND OBEDIENCE REMOVES THE DISGUISES AND MASKS WHICH WE WEAR.
WHATEVER WE ASK, WE RECEIVE, BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS
NOW WE CAN HAVE A BOLDNESS AND AN EXPECTATION OF ANSWERED PRAYER BEFORE GOD
THE IDEA OF CERTAINTY THAT THEIR PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED AND EVERY POSSIBLE KIND OF WISH WILL BE HEARD
HE WON’T GIVE WHAT IS EVIL
BUT, IF WE DO WHAT IS PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT, WE CAN BE SURE THAT WE RECEIVE WHAT WE NEED
WE PLEASE GOD BY KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS
Green, M. P. (Ed.). (1989). Illustrations for Biblical Preaching: Over 1500 sermon illustrations arranged by topic and indexed exhaustively (Revised edition of: The expositor’s illustration file). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.
Exodus 20:2–17 KJV 1900
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
1 John 5:3 KJV 1900
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
I KNOW THAT PEOPLE SAY THAT WE DON’T LIVE UNDER THE LAW BUT GRACE
HOWEVER, GRACE FULFILLS THE LAW
AND THE LAW THAT PAUL WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS THE DIETARY LAWS.
WE MAY NOT BE UNDER THE LAW OR LIKE ROMANS SAYS, WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED
Romans 8:15 KJV 1900
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE LIVING GOD, THEREFORE, THE MASKS NEED TO BE REMOVED AMND WE NEED TO COME UNTO HIM ALL OF US THAT LABOR AND ARE TIRED AND HE WILL GIVE US REST.
Romans 8:14 KJV 1900
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
LOVE AND OBEDIENCE DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU WILL NOT FALL
Romans 3:23 KJV 1900
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
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