Lavishly Loved By God

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John wrote out of a relationship with Jesus where he was the one loved by God. He wasn’t always known as a lover of people or anything. He was called a Son of Thunder.

• After spending time with Jesus, he changed from a driving carnality to a whole different person.
 

• He wrote this epistle when he was 90. In his life, he had been tortured, seen friends die, almost died himself, etc. So he’s the last of the 12 disciples—the ones who were actually with Jesus. He was a mentor of people who would build the church in that century. The context of this epistle is that people were preaching false doctrine about earning and doing. John’s message to get everyone right is “the love of God.”

Theres a theme to John’s epistles: God is light. God is life. God is love. If you walk in the light and understand that Jesus is life (not doctrine). It’s about the life of Jesus not just the behaviors of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 13 is for us to learn how to love and how not to love. But 1 John makes some bold statements about love.

How you’ve been loved determines how you will love.

THE LOVE EXPERIENCE:
 
— Unloved: never felt it or had it
 Abusive love: manipulated, controls, teaches you the wrong thing—to close off God and everyone else
  Shallow love: never went anywhere with it
 Selfish love: always about the other person never about you. You end up feeling used
 Broken love: tried to love but got crushed so withdrew
 — Disappointed love: disappointed when you finally open yourself up to someone
 — Unfulfilled love: you can’t find a way to fulfill your love and so turn to unhealthy things

A person can be so messed up that when someone says, “God loves you,” they say, “What do you mean? I don’t buy it. How does He love me?”

1 John 3:1 NKJV

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us,because it did not know Him.

1 John 3:1 MSG

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.

1 John 3:1 NIV

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

“What manner…” = What sort of thing could this love be? Come again?

DEFINITION OF LAVISH LOVE:
 
The lavish love of God towards us is an extravagant unrestrained excessive love that holds back nothing; an abundant outpouring of his favor with unexpected surprises and rich provisions.

• When does God’s love come toward us? It comes even when you don’t want it or deserve it. He loved us while we were yet sinners. It doesn’t wait for you to be ready to receive it.

The lavish love of God brings life transformations that start you on the right path for love.

• “Thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”—not earth earth, but earth heart.

There’s shallow soil/hearts, weedy soil/hearts and good soil/hearts. • Unless you get the kingdom of God in you, it can’t come from you. — You are the earth. If you’ve never experienced the love of God, it can’t come from you.

• If the love of God centers a person, everything else comes out fixed. • The church can be fixed if we understand how God loves us and then turn around and love others that way.

THE LAVISH LOVE OF GOD THAT COMES TO YOU IS:

1) UNCONDITIONAL

• It’s affections that Jesus brings without limitations and you can’t earn anything he brings to your life. It’s unearned territory.
 • Most of what we experience is conditional so it’s hard to understand the agape love of God.
 • There are no conditions that can make God stop loving you.
 • When you receive that kind of love, you want to please the person who loves you so wholly. It will form your mind and your heart.

2) ABSOLUTE & ABSOLUTELY FOCUSED ON INDIVIDUALS (NOT GROUPS)

• Jesus’s whole ministry was about individuals: Jesus talks about going after the one instead of the group. — You see this in the story of the lost sheep, the woman at the well, and the leper at the bottom of the hill, the man with the lost son, etc.
 • Christianity isn’t about the masses; it’s about the church meeting the need of the one.
 • The ripple effect on society is more than what you would get with a track or a sermon.

3) SURPRISING

Deuteronomy 7:7 NIV

The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

• There’s no “because” to his love. He doesn’t love you because of anything. He loves you the way you are right now.

4) INEXHAUSTIBLE

Ephesians 3:17-19 MSG

And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

5) FULL OF SECOND CHANCES

• There are no limits to second chances.
 • God never says you used up all your chances. They’re new every morning.

• Love people because of who they are not what they do.
 • There’s no “fair” with the lavish love of God.
 • The love of God in you will cause you not to become that person who abuses others, takes advantage, et cetera, because we’re approved, not rejected, we’re valuable.



FRANK DAMAZIO

Supernatural Turnaround

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What is a supernatural turnaround?

When you touch the supernatural realm, it changes the way you see things, the way you speak, your career goals, and how you go about life.

Mark 8:22-26 MSG

They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, He led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, “Don’t enter the village.”

• The man was healed but not totally.
• This is the only time in the Bible where Jesus had to lay hands on a person twice.
• The man had to look hard.
— Look hard through your spirit man. Focus inside of you.

Ephesians 1:17 NKJV

…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…

— Look through your inner eyes and heart.
• You need to be able to discern, understand, and move in the supernatural realm.

SUPERNATURAL: out of the natural realm; not according to your strength; mind-boggling
• “supra” means “above”: moving to another level
• This is the realm where without the power of God, there would be absolutely nothing happening.

A supernatural turnaround is a divine encounter where God reverses my circumstances, turns around the negative into positive and shifts my thoughts and life toward a new direction.
• What you think is a hurt turns into a God appointment when you see things through the supernatural.
• God works things through His will, not our will.

How does God turn good things out of big messes?
• Literally what happens in a supernatural turnaround is that you start leaning into a new direction that you wouldn’t have if it were up to you.

A supernatural turnaround is when God steps into my world and changes things around.
• The footprint of God is so big that when He steps in, everything else has to move.

Are you willing to say, “Whatever course I’ve been on, send a storm, spit me out, turn me around!”? Are you ready for the vision and dreams? They don’t come without a cost. It comes with pits and prisons.

• God brought Joseph into an unexpected place.
— God can use non-Christians to be part of your destiny.

WHEN GOD MOVES INTO MY WORLD:God steps between me and the situation. God will fight the battle. Otherwise, if we’re not in the realm of the supernatural, we tend to fight our own battles.

• God’s got your battles. He’s coming in between. And not only that, but He also comes in suddenly.
— The thing about “suddenly” is that you can’t get ready for it. There’s nothing you can do to make it happen. It just happens.

• There are times when God puts together something that you could never have put together on your own.
• God interrupts circumstances.
• Divine interruption sometimes causes carnal responses. Sometimes we focus on how much we’ve worked for something to happen, when we get interrupted.

Divine interruption prepares us for divine provision. What we hold onto is not as good as what we’re gonna get. God interrupts for a reason. Let it go.
• All promises in Christ are “yes and amen”.

Isaiah 43:18-19 MSG

Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.

A turnaround attitude is important. An attitude defined who you are. It’s not an emotion or thought. It’s connected to your perspective. With the right perspective, you can have the right attitude.
• It’s a direct result of seeing things properly.
• There are things you need to let go that have defined you in the past. Forget what happened. Don’t keep going over old history.
— As long as you’re married to the past, you can’t move on to the new thing.

Who cares if you don't feel healed yet? You have been healed. Speak to your emotions. Confess that the old history is gone and that something new has arrived.
• Why can’t you see it? Because you’re looking the wrong way.
• Don’t cling to events of the past. Quit dwelling on them. They happened so long ago.

Joseph’s named his sons [You can read the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50.]
— Manasseh: “the Lord has caused me to forget”
— Ephraim: “oubly fruitful”
— Everyone wants an Ephraim but you need a Manasseh first.

Matthew 8:14-15 MSG

By this time they were in front of Peter’s house. On entering, Jesus found Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed, burning up with fever. He touched her hand and the fever was gone. No sooner was she up on her feet than she was fixing dinner for him.

• This needs to be you. As soon as you are healed, serve.



FRANK DAMAZIO