APPROPRIATING GOD’S LOVE –
By Ron McGatlin
Beyond knowing God loves us is the reality of
experiencing the flow of God’s love in our lives.
Through the actual experiencing of God’s love flows the supernatural provisions of God to function in this natural world.
God’s power and wisdom flows through His love.
The same power and wisdom that designed and created Planet Earth and all that is on it is available to flow through the love of God into
fully redeemed mankind. The results of God’s power and wisdom appropriated into this life is righteousness, peace, and joy.
The natural world is a replica of the Spirit world. Our life in the natural
world is both the result of Spirit life in us and a teacher or instructor of Spirit things. We can understand about Spirit things by considering natural things. Jesus often used parables of natural things to teach us Spirit things.
ACCESSING GOD’S PROVISION
In the natural, if we are to get access to goods within an enclosed storehouse, we must first find a door into the storehouse. If the door is found to be locked,
we must find the key or combination to the lock. We will need to contact the owner of the storehouse to make arrangements to receive the goods. If the owner of the goods agrees with our retrieving some of the goods, he can give us a key or combination to unlock
the door and enter the storehouse.
A STORY ABOUT MR. BARREN NEEDY AND HIS FAMILY
Barren was a hard-working brick layer with a wife and three children
to support. Hard times had come upon the country, and Barren and his family were not getting proper nourishment from the small amount of food they could get. A pandemic had come upon the entire nation. Barren and his family were all infected with the disease.
He had sought throughout the country for medicine and good food to save his family.
In his searching for the food and medicine for his family Mr. Needy heard about a giant warehouse full of good food and
medicine across the river in another nation. He further learned that the warehouse was owned by a very wealthy man and his son.
A longer story made short:
Barren Needy searched until he found the large warehouse. However, it was securely locked, and there was no way to get in. As he started to walk away a kind-looking older man with white hair and a beard approached him and asked him a question.
“Are you seeking to supply needs for you and your family?”
He went on to tell Barren that what he needed was in the warehouse, but the one who owned
it had reserved it for his family. He also told Mr. Needy that he and many others had been adopted into the family, and that Barren could meet with the Son of the Father about how to be adopted into His Father’s family. The kindly old man told him the
way to the place to meet the Son.
Barren was astonished to find the office of the Son was in a most beautiful castle type building. He was greeted at the door by a very friendly warm person who called
him by name and said, “Come in Mr. Barren Needy. His Majesty, King Jesus is expecting you.”
Barren said later, “I was overwhelmed by love as I entered the room. Christ Jesus arose and
opened His arms to draw me close and hugged me with such love that it cleansed my heart, my mind, and my entire life. I felt so pure and filled with passionate love for Him that my whole life changed forever. I knew Him, and He knew me, and it was like we
King Jesus, spoke and said, “Now I know you, and you know me in pure holy love. I and my Father are one, my Father in Me and I in You and you in Me. You are now Family. Here is your
key to the kingdom (family) warehouse.”
“Now go back to your country and tell your family to come, be loved, and receive love. If they come, they will receive the KEY OF LOVE as well and then
go back to tell others. If many of them come, your whole nation will have the key of love to the fullness of all that is stored up for them in the kingdom warehouse of all life and all things.”
The access to love is often found only after becoming exhausted in passionately seeking life in the fallen world systems. Natural life is only fulfilled in the Spirit life connection through passionate
love relationship with the living God.
Seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteous way of being and doing means falling intimately in love with God in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
Falling in love in the natural is again a replica or picture of falling in love with God in Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Natural romantic attraction is a natural
created bodily function of DNA and hormonal physical functions designed by God to cause certain natural behavior and practice that enhance and sustain physical life in the world. It is as natural as hunger and taste for food, water, rest, and other things
necessary for life in the world.
This natural romantic attraction leads to much deeper love experiences, such as love for a wife or husband and the love of a mother for her new born baby and a Father for
The much deeper natural love is beyond romantic love. The depth of relationship of a devoted husband and wife for one another is not like the hot love of youthful romance. It is more unconditional,
more faithful, and much deeper.
Spirit love of God is more intense and more real in every aspect than the replica or picture of it in natural creation. Coming into the presence of the pure holy unconditional
everlasting love of God overwhelms and supersedes any and all forms of natural love.
An intimate love relationship with God is even more overwhelming than the natural intense desire of youthful romantic
love. As the intimate love with God matures, it deepens, and we are melted and remade into one living being with God in Christ by the Holy Spirit. The awe never ends as the magnificence and glory of His love has no end of its increase before us, with us, and
APPROPRIATING GOD’S LOVE
A massive flood of life-changing, world-changing LOVE of God is hovering in the heavens. It is waiting for a
suitable conduit to flow into the nations of this world. The flood of love will flow through the mature sons and daughters of God who are turning to Him by opening their whole being for God and His love to flow through us into the world. This is the glorious
coming (manifesting) of Christ into this world. This is love gone viral: redeeming and reclaiming the kingdoms of this world for the kingdom of our God.
Reckon yourself dead, see yourself crucified with
Christ, consumed by His love. Set your mind’s affection on Spirit things above. Come into His presence – see His arms opened to you be embraced by His love for you – give your entire heart and life to Him; feel the warmth of His love filling
your being. Allow the washing of your life away and the filling of His perfect love and life into your entire being. (Romans 8:14-17) (Galatians 2:20).
True faith is easy and without effort as we are consumed
into His body, melted together in the liquid fire of the passion of His love.
Passionate love produces pure holy faith that moves mountains, makes smooth highways, and causes the desert to bloom as it
changes this world into “as it is in heaven.”
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40.
“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need
all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33.
“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear
heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Love never fails and His kingdom never ends.
By Ron McGatlin