How to love God in ways that result in receiving His presence continually!

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On Loving God More and Loving Our Earthly Ways Less

Our love for God is divided because of idolatry of the heart. You can take steps to love God more whole-heartedly!

 

Elsewhere on this site it is discussed at length about how God defines idolatry in terms of ways we find refuge, strength, and glory apart from Him. It has also been noted how the earthly sources we depend on are always close to us—our personality, our appearance, what we do, what we know, the approval we feel from others. Sometimes we even love our doctrines or where we go to church as our place of refuge and strength.

It is vital that our love for God increase in ways that help to decrease our love for earthly sources. Because God defines idolatry as “other gods” that are close to us, it is our love for the closeness of God that must increase.

We need to love God’s close presence as our refuge, glory, and strength—not our earthly substitutions. I want to show you how to love the closeness of God to you—because the idolatry of our heart suggests that anything less than His close presence, won’t be enough.

The question is how. We know we should love God more, but knowing that isn’t helping enough. Some people try to scold themselves into loving God more but that kind of love can only be superficial. It will never be warm and passionate.

Loving God more isn’t about loving Him with our mind. Loving God more, is about a heart-felt response of pleasure and thrill to what our heart believes and loves about God.

Central to being less divided in our love for God is that we need to direct our heart to love God’s glory and His grace to draw near to us. Doing this will help you make God your first love, your greatest treasure, your refuge, your glory, and your strength. Loving God more is about loving the person of the Holy Spirit whom you are trusting is close to you, inside you AND who is touching you all around.

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