How to Love God More! Be Closer to God!

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How to Love God More—

How to teach your heart to love God

more. How to love God in ways that

result in receiving His presence

 continually!

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.  


Four Things!

Four things are most important for loving God
and experiencing His presence more fully. 

Note that the process of loving God more
never ends. Below are the things
we must always be taking steps to direct our heart toward at ever
increasing levels; 1) a heart that believes and loves the person of the Holy
Spirit—in you and around you, as your refuge, your glory, and
your strength; 2) a heart that believes and loves that God has given you unhindered access
into the throne room—that you can draw near to Him, and that you can
stay close 24 hours-a-day; 3) a heart that believes and loves the glory and
the intensity of the
fountain of God that you are drawing near; 4) a heart that believes and loves
God’s grace to draw near to you—abundantly, because of your drawing near
to the fountain of God. 

(Much
more is said elsewhere on this site about the scriptural basis for why it
is right for you to believe and love these about God and your relationship
to Him. Much more is also said about how to help your heart to believe and
love these things about God.)

Because God is God we can never
“arrive” at the goal of believing and loving Him as we should.
More is always possible!


Love God’s Grace to Lavish His Glory and
presence on You!

Use thanks and praise to nurture love
toward God that you don’t have to work at deserving His presence
. Don’t
let up until your delight toward God is fanned into flame! 

The promise is that when you draw near to God
He will draw near to you (James 4:8). It also says that to please God, you
have to believe that He rewards you with His presence any time you are
seeking Him, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek
Him”
(Heb. 11:6).

Use thanks and praise to teach your heart to
love God’s unreserved grace to draw near to you because He is giving you His presence
continually, lavishingly (simply because the shine from Him comes to you)! Remember that your faith pleases Him! 

What if Your Heart isn’t in
it?

Even though your heart may be in disbelief,
you still know with your mind that God is a God who keeps His promises. He
will draw near to you when you draw near to Him! And, Your faith to trust Him
to draw near gives Him great pleasure! 

So, wake yourself up! Even though your heart may
not be in it, keep thanking Him with great joy because of what you know in
your mind to be true about God. Listen to your thanks and
praise toward God!
Eventually your heart will hear, you will find freedom to believe it, and
your love toward God will grow!   

On Loving the Exaltedness
of Our God

Thrill your heart to love the exalted glory
of our God! The more you grow to love the exalted
state of God the less it will require pure discipline to remain in the throne
room before the Lord. Your love for God will grow so strong that loving
Him (and loving the confidence and security that His closeness gives you)
is what will keep you there. You will find
it MUCH easier to stay before the Lord because abiding inside His radiant presence
will have become your greatest treasure.  

The principle is simple; “where your
treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat. 6:21). Grow in your love
and delight toward God, and discipline to keep doing it will come naturally. It will
also be more fun. 

Increase your love for God by being very
intentional about “hearing” and believing your own thanks and praise concerning the truth about the radiant-glory of His love,
kindness, and power that shine from Him and onto you here
. In this way you will be applying
the scriptures to “ascribe glory to the Lord.” (Psa. 29:1). In
this way, you will become more aware of His presence because of love for
Him, and it won’t be so much that you have to depend on pure discipline to
“just do it.” Your affections will pull you toward the Lord.
All of that to say, draw near then “practice the presence of
God.” 

Remember that glory is the stuff we love in
the natural realm
. We love the glory of winning in sports, the glory of a
new car, the glory of beauty, the glory of having a close friend. It
is in this same way that we need to love God

We love these things because God made us need
something that would make us feel confident and secure. It is by God’s
design that our love of glory in an earthly sense fits perfectly with the
fact that God wants to be a God who is our refuge, our glory, and our
strength. 

Observe your level of delight in the glory of
natural things and be intentional to reapply an even greater level of delight as you thank
the Lord about His greater glory than that of earthly things. Direct your heart to love depending on
God because anything else is idolatry

Remember to love God as you would a person
close to you
. Then, fan your love for God into a strong flame by
being intentional about exalting and loving Him as the God who really is
better than all the “other gods” of this world
. Tell everything in the unseen realm about that! Nurture enjoying the
eternal significance of loving and worshiping God — knowing that your love and worship greatly honors God in the heavenly
realms before a vast audience of angels, saints now living in heaven, and
before demonic beings in spiritual realms (Eph 3:10, 6:12, and Heb
12:1). Enjoy doing that and you will find yourself worshiping God in
spirit and in truth (John 4:23)!      

What to Do When Your Heart
Doesn’t Feel Like Thanks and Praise toward God

When you don’t feel in your heart like
thanking God with joy, remember that in your mind you know that the
greatness of our God IS worthy of elated praise. Thank God for the truth
about God and do it in a way that is consistent with what you know in your
mind about Him. So even when your heart doesn’t feel like thanking God, it is
NOT being dishonest to
thank God with great joy in your tone of voice. Doing that is a fitting
and proper response to what you know
in your mind to be true about God! So, even though your heart may not be in it
at first, focus on LISTENING to your praise toward Him. Soon, your heart will hear. You will
believe. Your love for God and His closeness to you will
grow.   

But let me emphasize again that you should
NOT think of what is coming from the Lord as just “radiance” or
light or water. God is shining the person of the Holy Spirit onto you. All the attributes of
God are being radiated upon you in the person of the Holy Spirit. Be
intentional about loving Him while thinking about God as a person who is
right there close to you.
 

When you
make it your habit to continually increase your love for the Lord then
drawing near to God and remembering to stay before Him will become much
easier for you. Use your natural inclination to love of glory and aim that
love toward God. Do this with thanks and praise intentionally aimed to
thrill your heart about the glory of your access to God, His abundant
grace to draw near to you, and about the greater glory in all of His
attributes. 

The more you love being before the Lord and
the more you love the radiance around God, the more you will be free to
receive His presence that comes to you because of the radiance around Him.
 

Outside Pressures?

When you don’t
feel like thanks and praise toward God it is often that demonic enemies are trying
to keep you from praise that would help you to love Him more. 

The easiest and most powerful way I know to
solve this problem is to listen to yourself as you assertively say,
“Thank you Lord that I don’t have to agree with demonic pressure to
avoid thanks and praise toward You.” Another approach would be,
“Lord I turning my heart to enjoy that I don’t have to agree with demonic pressure to
avoid taking steps to love You more. I can and will direct my heart
to love You God!” (Note that the Heart-training!
material has an entire section dedicated to this important topic. That
section is called, “Heart-training Condensed.”) 

Wake Yourself Up!

There are times when you just have to arouse
your heart to wake up. The Bible says, ” There is no one who calls on Your name,
who arouses himself to take hold of You; [and as a result] for You have hidden Your face from us
and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.” (Isa. 64:7).
You don’t have to make that mistake! If you don’t arouse your heart to
believe and love the shine from God’s face, then the power of sin will
just keep getting stronger and you will fall because you are loving that
instead of Him.

Wake yourself up by strong and assertive
thanks and praise for the truth. You
can enter before the Lord. You can enjoy the shine from His face. You can
take hold of God. God has made a way.

Believe the Intensity

Jesus said we have to, “believe in the
light, in order that you may become sons of light” (John 12:36). But
don’t think of the volume of the Holy Spirit radiating from Jesus as the
amount of water that flows from the sprinkler out in your yard. I believe
it is in reference to our God being a fountain of glory that the Bible says, “The God of
glory thunders” (Ps. 29:3). The prophet Joel wrote, “The Lord
roars from Zion” (Joel 3:16). The Bible also says, “His voice
was like the sound of many waters” (Rev. 1:15; 14:2 and Ezek. 43:2).
David wrote about the “sound” of God’s waterfalls (Ps. 42:7).
David drew close enough to God that he could hear the roar of the fountain
of God: “How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O
Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance” (Ps. 89:15). It is
no wonder that the Bible says of God, “I have wiped out your
transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist. Return
to Me, for I have redeemed you” (Isa. 44:22).

Let me emphasize again that grace is the
reason you can drink (receive from God) : “You give them to drink…For with You is the
fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” (Ps. 36:8,9). When you
think of the radiance of our Lord, nurture believing the vast volume of
the His Spirit that flows from Him. Don’t let yourself think of Jesus as a
little fountain! Reassure yourself of God’s provision for you to be able
to draw near. Once you learn to stay there, the result will be a river of
His Holy Spirit flowing around and through you (John 7:37-39).

Just so you don’t miss it, believing your
access to God, loving His presence radiated upon you, and believing the
intense closeness of all His glorious attributes, are three of the most
important practical principles I could give you for directing your heart
toward God and enjoying His presence more intensely. Nurture faith to
believe and freedom to receive by thanks for the truth about God and your
access to draw near with nothing between you. 

Teach Yourself to Keep Your Eyes on God

When you look at a mountain you don’t
conjure up an image of a mountain in order to see it. You just open
your eyes and look. The same applies with God. 

David is our
best example, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall
seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His
temple” (Psalm 27:4). You can nurture your faith enough to
“see” like David did. Our Lord Jesus prayed for us that we would
be able to see His glory—even while we are still living: “Father, I
desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so
that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me
before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). When, by faith, you
believe you are before the Lord, take time often to consciously trust that
you are turning the eyes of your heart to look at Him—in all His
glory.

Contemplate each and every one of all His
attributes as you look at His presence being shined upon you. Praise Him
while you are doing looking at Him in this way. This point is very
important because it will strengthen you against temptation and will help
you to stay turned toward God and loving Him.

God commands us to see, “Thus says the
Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your
souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’” (Jer. 6:16).
Directly related to this Old Testament passage are some things that Jesus
promised us, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden…and you
will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28,29). I don’t believe
it is possible to find rest until we learn to let God quench our thirsty
desires. Doing so, requires that we “come to Him” and
“drink.”

Again let me say that I am not talking about
visualization here. I am only saying we should trust that we are looking
at Him. David said, “For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes”
(Psa. 26:3a). The Bible also says, “We have thought on Your
lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of Your temple” (Psa. 48:9). When
you are trusting you are looking at the Lord, contemplate His
lovingkindness and all the attributes of His Holy Spirit being radiated
upon you. When you look with your spiritual eyes, you don’t have to try
to conjure up images. With a heart full of faith, simply trust you are looking at His radiance.
Trust you are looking at His power, love, kindness, majesty, wisdom being
shined onto you here. Look
at all of who He is as He shines His presence upon you. Look while resting—not
while reaching and straining
.

The reason David felt safe was because
“my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord; in You I take refuge; do
not leave me defenseless” (Psa. 141:8b). He also wrote, “My eyes
are continually toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the
net” (Psalm 25:15a). The scriptures are clear that applying the
principle of “looking” at the Lord should be an important part
of any Christian’s spiritual life. Rest into seeing better and better
all the time

Your Heart Follows Hard
After What You Treasure

Let me say it again because the principle is
so important; “where your
treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat. 6:21). The more you
treasure something the more single-hearted is your pursuit. Don’t miss
using this principle to your advantage. 

Since your heart follows hard after what you
treasure greatly, direct your heart to love your access before the Lord,
that you can stay before Him, and that you can enjoy so much of His
presence—because of His abundant grace. God is always a radiant fountain
of the Holy Spirit. He NEVER stops giving. Remind yourself to think often
about these things and thank God with great joy in your tone of
voice. And, LISTEN to yourself as you do that.  

Your heart is like a wild horse that needs
to be tamed. Bridle your heart to turn it toward God. But then take the
bridle off and let your heart run free. You don’t have to bridle yourself
when it comes to God. You don’t have to hold back on how much you thrill
your heart and enjoy His grace to lavish His presence on you! God
doesn’t hold back with you. He NEVER stops being a fountain. You just have
to get close enough to get wet! 

Use any
discipline you have to your advantage. But focus your effort on growing in
your faith, love, and delight toward God. By doing so greater discipline will come
naturally. 

Don’t just drift along thinking you should
just let your love
toward God grow as a response to Him. Be INTENTIONAL about it!!! Thank the Lord often that you don’t have to
settle for so little—I have to do this often or my love grows cold and I
get dull toward God very quickly.

Loving God is just too important for a
passive approach to growth. Take action! Become a wise and understanding
teacher. Make your heart your best student. Determine to have fun getting your
heart to hear the many reasons that you don’t have to be afraid, and that
you CAN love and treasure God more.

Would you like me to teach at your church or
gathering? Contact me by email. I
would like to speak to your group about “How to Love  God More.” 
barry@tasteheavennow.net   

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