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OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD

--Includes dedication, devotion & loving & reverencing the Lord

 

1. We worship the Lord by loving Him:

A. We are to love the Lord with all our heart:

                Deut.6:5 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, & with all thy soul, & with all thy might

                Deut.10:12             What doth the Lord require of thee, but...to love Him... with all thy heart & with all thy soul

                Mat.22:37,38          This is the first & great commandment

                (See also Deut.30:6,20; Josh.22:5; 23:11.)

B. Our souls should thirst for God:

                Psa.42:1,2               As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God

                Psa.63:1b               My soul thirsteth for Thee...in a dry & thirsty land

                (See also Psa.143:6; Mat.5:6; Jn.4:10,14.)

C. We should greatly desire Him:

                Psa.27:4  One thing have I desired...that will I seek after; that I may...behold the beauty of the Lord

                Psa.16:8  I have set the Lord always before me...at my right hand

                Psa.63:8  My soul followeth hard after Thee

                Psa.84:2  My soul longeth, even fainteth for courts of the Lord

                Isa.26:9a With my soul have I desired Thee in the night

D. We are to desire Him above all else:

                Psa.73:25                Whom have I in Heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee

                Isa.26:8b                The desire of our soul is to Thy name

E. We are to worship Jesus as we worship God:

                Jn.5:23    All men should honour the Son even as...the Father

                Phi.2:9-11               At the name of Jesus every knee should bow...every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord

                Col.1:18b                (He) is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence

                1Jn.5:1    Every one that loveth Him (God) that begat loveth Him (Jesus) also that is begotten of Him

F. Why we love & worship Jesus:

                1Jn.3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He (Jesus) laid down His life for us

                1Jn.4:19  We love Him, because He first loved us

                Rev.5:8-13              Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive...honour, & glory, & blessing

                (See also 1Jn.2:23; 4:15.)

 

2. How we show our love for the Lord:

A. By loving & obeying His Word:

                Jn.14:21  He that [keepeth] My commandments, he it is that loveth Me

                Deut.11:1               Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, & keep His...statutes, & His judgments, & His commandments, alway

                Job 23:12                I esteemed (God's) Words...more than my necessary food

                Psa.119:20              My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto Thy judgements (Word) (See also Psa.119:40)

                Psa.119:131            I...panted: for I longed for Thy commandments

                1Jn.3:22  We keep His commandments, & do things that are pleasing in His sight

                1Jn.5:3    This is the love of God...keep His commandments

                2Jn.6       This is love, that we walk after His commandments

                (See also Psa.119:47,48,97,113,127,140,159,163,167.)

B. By worshipping Him in prayer:

                Psa.18:1,3a             I will love Thee, O Lord...I will call upon the Lord

                Psa.63:1-4              Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee...to see Thy power & Thy glory

                Psa.91:14,15           Because he hath set his love upon Me...he shall call upon Me, & I will answer him

                Psa.116:1,2             I love the Lord...therefore will I call upon Him

C. By loving one another:

                Mat.25:40               Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me

                1Jn.4:20,21             Commandment...he who loveth God love his brother also

D. By listening to His voice:

                1Sam.3:9,10            If He call thee...say, "Speak, Lord; for Thy servant heareth"

                Psa.143:8a              Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness

                Isa.50:5   The Lord hath opened mine ear, & I was not rebellious

E. By obeying, following & serving Him:

                Jn.10:27  My sheep hear My voice...& they follow Me

                Jn.12:26  Follow Me; where I am, there shall also My servant be

                Jn.15:10  If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love

                Deut.10:12,13        What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to... serve (Him)...keep the commandments of the Lord

                Josh.24:14              Fear the Lord, & serve Him in sincerity & truth

                1Sam.12:24             Fear the Lord, & serve Him in truth with all your heart

                Eph.6:7   Doing service, as to the Lord, & not to men

                Heb.12:28               Serve God acceptably with reverence & godly fear

F. By self-sacrifice & giving our lives in love:

                Mat.10:38               He that taketh not his cross, & followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me

                Jn.10:17  My Father (doth) love me, because I lay down My life

                1Cor.15:31b           I die daily (See also 2Cor.11:23-28)

                Gal.2:20  I am crucified with Christ

                Phi.3:7,8 I count all things but loss...that I may win Christ

                Rev.12:11               They loved not their lives unto the death

G. By honouring & obeying Him more than man:

                Acts 5:29               We ought to obey God rather than men

                (See also Acts 4:19)

H. By giving to Him & supporting His work:

                Pro.3:9    Honour the Lord with...the firstfruits of all thine increase

                (See also Lev.27:30; 1Cor.9:6-11.)

 

3. We are to love God above all else:

                Mat.22:37               Love...God with all thy heart...& soul...& mind

A. We are not to love--or put--anything before Him:

                Exo.20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before Me (See also Psa.96:4)

B. God is jealous of your love for Him; don't provoke Him:

                Exo.20:3,5               Thou shalt not serve them (other gods): for I the Lord... am a jealous God

                (See also Exo.34:14; Deut.32:16; 32:21; Isa.42:8; 1Cor.10:22.)

C. We are not even to love our loved ones more than God:

                Gen.22:12               Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me

                Mat.10:37               He that loveth father or mother [or] son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me (See Lk.14:26)

D. We are not even to seek our physical needs above God:

                Mat.4:4   Not live by bread alone, but by every Word...of God

                Mat.6:24 No man can serve two masters: for he will hate one, & love the other...Ye cannot serve God & mammon

                Mat.6:33 Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, & His righteousness

                (See also Psa.84:10,11; Mat.6:25-32.)

 

E. Seek Heavenly things, don't be overly attached to earthly things:

                Mat.6:20,21            Lay up for yourselves treasure in Heaven...for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

                Lk.12:15  A man's life consisteth not in abundance of things

                Col.3:1    Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God

                Col.3:2    Set...affection on things above, not things on earth

                (See also Heb.10:34)

F. Don't even put God's service above loving God:

                Lk.11:42  Ye tithe...[but] pass over judgment & the love of God

                Rev.2:3-5                For My name's sake hast laboured...nevertheless...thou hast left thy first love...thou art fallen

                Lk.10:38-42            [The story of Martha busy serving, Mary listening to Jesus]

 

4. We are to fear & reverence the Lord:

A. Fearing God:

                Deut.10:12             What doth the Lord require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God

                2Ki.17:35,36           The Lord...Him shall ye fear, & Him shall ye worship

                Eccl.12:13               Fear God, & keep His commandments

                Isa.8:12,13              Let Him (God) be your fear, & let Him be your dread Lk.12:4,5 Be not afraid of them (men)...I will forewarn you Whom ye shall fear: Fear Him (God)...yea, I say, Fear Him

                (See also Mat.10:28)

B. Fearing (reverencing) God is healthy:

                Psa.19:9  The fear of the Lord is clean (Compare with Pro.29:25)

C. The benefits of fearing God:

                Psa.111:10              The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (See also Pro.9:10)

                Pro.1:7    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge

                Pro.14:26                In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence

                Pro.14:27                The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death

                Pro.16:6b                By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil

D. God's blessings on us for fearing Him:

                Psa.25:12                He that feareth the Lord...shall He teach in the way

                Psa.31:19                How great is Thy goodness...for them that fear Thee

                Psa.103:13              Lord pitieth (has compassion on) them that fear Him

                Psa.147:11              The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him

                Lk.1:50    His mercy is on them that fear Him

                Acts 10:35             He that feareth Him...is accepted with Him

 

5. Resting in the Lord:

A. The Bible instructs us to "rest in the Lord":

                Psa.37:7  Rest in the Lord, & wait patiently for Him

                Heb.4:3a We which have believed do enter into rest

                Heb.4:9   There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God

B. Take time to sit at Jesus' feet:

                Lk.10:38-42            Mary...sat at Jesus' feet & heard His Word. But Martha was cumbered...serving. Mary hath chosen good part

C. Cast your burdens & worries on the Lord:

                Psa.55:22                Cast thy burden upon the Lord, & He shall sustain thee

                Mat.11:28-30         Come unto Me, all ye that labour & are heavy laden, & I will give you rest...unto your souls

                1Pet.5:7  Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you

D. Quietly meditate on God's power:

                Gen.24:63               Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide

                Job 37:14                Stand still, & consider the wondrous works of God

                Psa.46:10                Be still & know that I am God

                1Thes.4:11             Study to be quiet

E. Be humble before Him:

                1Ki.3:7    [King Solomon prayed to God:] I am but a little child

                Isa.57:15 The high & lofty One that inhabiteth eternity...I dwell with him that is of a contrite & humble spirit

                Mic.6:8   What doth the Lord require of thee, but to...walk humbly with thy God

 

6. Drawing close & resting in the "Secret Place":

                Heb.4:11 Let us labour...to enter into that rest

                Jam.4:8a Draw nigh to God & He will draw nigh to you

A. The "secret place" of God's presence:

                Psa.91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty

                Psa.17:8  Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings

                Psa.31:19,20a         Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy presence

                Psa.61:4  I will trust in the covert (secret place) of Thy wings

                (See also Psa.27:5; 32:7; 119:114.)

B. Rest in "the shadow of His wings":

                Deut.32:11,12        As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young...so the Lord [watches over His people]

                Mat.23:37b            [Jesus longs to gather us to Him] even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings (See also Lk.13:34)

                Psa.91:4  He shall cover thee with His feathers, & under His wings shalt thou trust

                Psa.57:1  My soul trusteth in Thee...in the shadow of Thy wings

                (See also Psa.36:7b; 63:7b; Ruth 2:12)

 

7. The benefits of taking quiet time with the Lord:

A. God heals & restores our souls:

                Psa.23:2,3a             He leadeth me beside still waters...restoreth my soul

                Mal.4:2   Unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness [Jesus] arise with healing in His wings

                2Cor.4:16                We faint not; though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day (See also Eph.4:23)

B. He gives us joy:

                Psa.5:11  Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice...Let them that love Thy name be joyful in Thee

                Psa.16:11                In Thy presence is fulness of joy

                Psa.40:16                Let those that seek Thee rejoice & be glad in Thee

                Psa.51:12                Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation

                (See also Neh. 8:10b; 1Pet.1:8.)

C. He gives us spiritual strength:

                Isa.40:29-31           They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings...& not be weary

                Isa.41:1   Keep silence before Me...renew their strength

                Isa.30:7   Their strength is to sit still

                Isa.30:15 In quietness & in confid ence shall be your strength

                Dan.11:32b            The people that do know their God shall be strong

                Judg.5:31               Let them that love Him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might

                Eph.3:16 That He would grant you...to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man (See Psa.138:3)

                Col.1:9,11               Strengthened with all might, according to His...power

D. He gives us rest in the Spirit:

                Exo.33:14                My presence shall go with thee, & I will give thee rest

                1Ki.8:56  The Lord...hath given rest unto His people

                Mat.11:28-30         Come unto Me...I will give you rest...unto your souls

E. When we take time to love Him, He loves us:

                Pro.8:17  I love them that love Me

                Jn.14:21,23             He that loveth Me (Jesus) shall be loved of My Father

                Jn.16:27  The Father...loveth you, because ye have loved Me

F. Other benefits of loving the Lord:

                Deut.30:16             Love the Lord...walk in His ways...that thou mayest live ...& the Lord shall bless thee

                Psa.91:14                Because he set his love upon Me, I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known My name

                Psa.119:132            Be merciful...unto those that love Thy name

                Psa.145:20              The Lord preserveth all them that love Him

                Pro.8:21  I...cause those that love Me to inherit substance

                Eph.6:24 Grace be with them that love Jesus Christ in sincerity 1Cor.8:3 If any man love God, the same is known of Him

                Jam.1:12 The crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him (See also 2Tim.4:8)

                (See also Deut.11:13-15,22,23; Psa.36:10.)

 

8. Hindrances to our relationship with the Lord:

A. Being "too busy" to take time with Him:

                Isa.28:12 This is the refreshing wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest: yet they would not hear

                Mat.23:37b            How often would I have gathered [thee], as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, & ye would not

                Lk.10:39,40             Mary sat at Jesus' feet, & heard His Word. But Martha was cumbered about with much serving

                Jn.5:40    Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life

B. Becoming caught up with the world & its cares:

                Mat.13:22               The care of this world, & the deceitfulness of riches... choke the Word    (See also Lk.8:14)

                2Tim.2:4 [To please God, don't become entangled with the affairs of this life]

                1Jn.2:15  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him

C. Cooling off & losing our "first love":

                Jer.2:2-5  The kindness of thy youth, the love...when thou wentest after Me...[now] gone far from Me...become vain

                Mat.24:12               The love of many shall wax (grow) cold

                Rev.2:4,5                I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love

D. Doubting the Lord's love for you:

                Mal.1:2   I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast Thou loved us?

E. Harbouring unrepented sin in our hearts:

                Psa.66:18                If I regard iniquity in my heart, Lord will not hear me

                Isa.59:2   Your iniquities have separated between you & your God

F. Being too full of our own thoughts:

                Isa.65:2   I have spread out My hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walk...after their own thoughts

                (See also Psa.10:4; 119:113; Isa.55:7.)

 

9. Our special relationship with the Lord:

A. Obedient believers are a blessed & chosen people:

                1Pet.2:9  Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar (special) people

                Exo.19:5  If ye will obey My voice...ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people

                Deut.7:6 God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people...on the face of the earth

                Deut.14:2               Thou art an holy people...a peculiar people

                Isa.43:4   Thou wast precious in My sight...& I have loved thee

                Mat.22:14               Many are called, but few are chosen

                Jn.15:16  I have chosen you, & ordained you

                (See also Eph.1:4b; Rev.17:14b.)

B. Jesus bought us; we belong to Him:

                1Cor.3:23                Ye are Christ's

                1Cor.6:20                Ye are bought with a price...your body & your spirit...are God's (See also 1Cor.7:23)

                Rev.5:9   Thou wast slain, & hast redeemed us...by Thy blood

                1Pet.1:18,19           Ye were...redeemed...with the precious blood of Christ

                (See also Mat.20:28; Lk.10:45; Gal.3:13; 1Tim.2:5b,6.)

C. Instead of making us slaves, He adopted us as children & heirs:

                Gal.4:5    To redeem (us)...that we might re ceive the adoption of sons (See also Eph.1:5-7)

                Rom.8:14-16           Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

                Mat.12:50               Whosoever shall do the will of (God)...the same is My brother, & sister, & mother

                Gal.4:6    Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father

                Gal.4:7    Thou art no more a servant, but a son; &...an heir

                Rom.8:17                If children...then heirs of God & joint-heirs with Christ

                (See also Jn.15:15; 2Cor.6:18; Heb.2:11; 1Jn.3:1)

D. We are spiritually married to the Lord:

                Isa.54:5   Thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts

                Isa.62:5   As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee

                Jer.3:14   Turn...saith the Lord; for I am married unto you

                Hos.2:19,20            I will betroth thee unto Me for ever

                Rom.7:4  Ye should be married to another, even to Him (Jesus)

                2Cor.11:2                I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ

                Rev.19:7-9              The marriage of the Lamb (Jesus) is come, & His wife (us, the church) hath made herself ready

                (See also Ezk.16:8; Eph.5:28-32.)

E. We live & abide in Him, & He lives in us:

                Jn.14:23  We will come unto him, & make Our abode with him

                Jn.15:1-5 [We are to abide in Jesus as a branch joined to a vine]

                Jn.17:26  That the Love...may be in them, & I in them

                2Cor.5:17                If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature

                2Cor.6:16b             I will dwell in them, & walk in them; &...be their God

                1Jn.4:13  Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, & He in us

                1Jn.4:16  He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, & God in him (See also Acts 17:28 )

F. We are Jesus' body:

                Eph.1:22,23            (Jesus is) the head over all things to the church, which is His body

                Eph.5:30 We are members of His body, of His flesh...His bones

                Col.1:18a                He is the head of the body, the church

                (See also 1Cor.12:12-27)

G. We are God's temple:

                1Cor.6:19                Your body is temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you

                2Cor.6:16                Ye are the temple of the living God

                Eph.2:19-22            An holy temple...ye are builded together for an habitation of God

                Heb.3:6   Christ...a Son over His Own house; whose house are we

H. Jesus is our shepherd, we are His sheep:

                Jn.10:1-29               I am the good shepherd (See also Heb.13:20a)

                Psa.23:1-4              The Lord is my shepherd...He leadeth me

                Psa.95:7  He is our God; & we are...the sheep of His hand

                Psa.100:3                We are His people, & the sheep of His pasture

                (See also Psa.78:52; 79:13; Isa.40:11; Mat.25:32,33; Jn.21:15-17.)

I. He loved & rescued us when we were lost & gone astray:

                1Pet.2:25                Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd...of your souls

                (See also Isa.53:6; Ezk.34:1-12; Mat.9:36; Lk.15:3-7; Jn.10:11.)