Love God "According to His Purpose"
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
There is an old saying, ‘be careful to whom you give your heart,’ and our hearts, makes up of a small portion of our bodies, but it has the greatest impact on our lives than any other part of our bodies. And not from just the physical-medical standpoint, but emotionally, and mentally. And our Father desires our hearts, and just as He says in Proverbs 23:26, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” It is His desire that His Sons and Daughters ‘obey from the heart’ His ways, and His Word, but first, they must give their heart unto Him. Romans chapter 8:28 says that “all things work together for good to them that love God.” These Saints are the “them who are the called according to His purpose,” Saints who are operating upon His selfless love, and are thinking, and living their sanctified lives according to His purpose.
1Cor.2:9] But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Therefore, those Saints that are operating upon a Spiritual mind, and His selfless love, will have their sufferings, and all other “things” work “together for good” according to His purpose, not our will and purpose. And only “them that love God” with His love will be able to know the Spiritual “things that which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” Because the Spiritual minded Saints think according to His purpose, and will, and with selfless love, these Saints have “enlarged” their hearts, they have desired to have their hearts affected by the selfless love our God. And as we see in verse 9 above, and Romans 8:28, only the Saints that truly understand God’s selfless love, and His purpose will ‘know,’ ‘see,’ ‘operate upon God’s things,’ and have their “things work together for good,” but our “natural man” cannot “discern” the Spiritual things that be of God.
2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Furthermore, the natural man does not know what to pray for as he ought, neither can he see the “things of God,” this is because his heart is not “enlarged” after God’s love and purpose, but after their own lusts, will, and sakes, instead of “for Jesus’ sake.” Our Father has made provision for us that His Word (Light of the knowledge of the glory of God) will work “for us.” And only they who “are the called according to His purpose,” and them that love God with His selfless love will see His Word as “treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” We too must value and esteem the word of God with His life in our hearts, knowing that it is “for Christ’s sake,” and that the “Excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.” by this selfless ensample, we too will be "more than conquerors through Him that loved us."
2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2Co 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Moreover, it is the selfless love of Christ that “constraineth us,” we who “love God” with His selfless love are to “live unto Him which died for them and rose again.” And what the Apostle Paul teaches us in 2nd Corinthians 5 is that our Sanctified lives ought to be based upon our identity in Christ. Paul shows Christ’s selfless love ensample, and then he says, ‘see His Love, live unto Him.’ We are also taught that we are “a new creature,” and because this is true; our heart, and life ought to be after His life, will, and Word. And once our thoughts aligns with His purpose, and Word, then our hearts too will become “enlarged,” this is the godly life in Christ that our Father desires that we shall live our sanctified lives with His love, and by His Power.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Finally, when “them that love God,” according to His purpose live their sanctified lives, and the daily decisions come up, or when they experience the sufferings of this present time, not one of those “things” “will separate us” from continuing to operate upon “the love of Christ.” Our identity in Christ is not only about our Justified position alone, but also about His “great Love,” and we are taught this selfless life, and that the life of Christ was not lived unto Himself, but He lived for the ‘sakes’ of His Father and others, and His life, and purpose is our ensample as ‘not just Saints,’ but selfless sons and daughters who truly “love God,” and when the “things” of our lives come up, them who “are the called according to His purpose” understands the “Excellency of the power of God,” he knows his Father’s purpose, he is not thinking outside of his Father’s Word or purpose, and when this is done, “all things” WILL “work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
By Rod Jones