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  • >> RELENTLESS, ONE WORD SUMMING UP

  • THE DRIVING FORCE OF OUR LIVES, THE NEVER-ENDING,

  • UNWAVERING, UNFALTERING CONSTANT WORLD AROUND US.

  • BUT IMAGINE IF WE PLACED ALL OF THOSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • ON THE LOVE OF GOD, THE UNYIELDING,

  • TENACIOUS LOVE OF GOD. IMAGINE WHAT THE WORLD WOULD

  • LOOK LIKE IF WE CHOSE TO LOVE WITH A FRACTION OF THE LOVE

  • THAT HE HAS FOR US. IMAGINE HOW DIFFERENT OUR LIVES

  • COULD BE WITH AN UNRELENTING LOVE DRIVING US EVERY DAY

  • IN EVERY DECISION, IN EVERY CONVERSATION, IN EVERY THOUGHT.

  • >> WELL, I'M GLAD YOU'VE JOINED ME.

  • I'M CONTINUING TO SPEAK ON RELENTLESS LOVE.

  • WE HAVE A SONG AT HILLSONG CHURCH, IT'S CALLED

  • "YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS." SO I WANT TO UNPACK THAT SONG,

  • HELP YOU TO SEE THE POWER OF IT FROM THE WORD OF GOD.

  • GOD'S LOVE IS RELENTLESS. >> SO I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT

  • BEING RECIPIENTS OF A RELENTLESS LOVE.

  • GOD'S LOVE FOR ME, THIS RELENTLESS LOVE, IT COMES AT ME,

  • NO MATTER WHERE I'M AT, NO MATTER HOW I AM.

  • IT'S A RELENTLESS LOVE. IT'S NOT BASED ON

  • MY PERFORMANCE. THANK GOD THE RELENTLESS LOVE OF

  • JESUS CHRIST IS NOT BASED ON OUR PERFORMANCE BECAUSE WE'LL ALWAYS

  • FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. IF IT COMES TO PERFORMANCE,

  • THEN WE WILL NEVER, EVER LIVE WORTHY OF THE RELENTLESSNESS

  • OF GOD'S LOVE. DAVID, REMEMBERING HIS COVENANT

  • TO JONATHAN, BEGAN TO ASK, "IS THERE ANYONE FROM THE FAMILY

  • OF SAUL TO WHOM I CAN BE KIND?" SO HERE'S THE STORY,

  • IT'S 2 SAMUEL CHAPTER 9. "AND DAVID SAID TO HIM, 'DO NOT

  • FEAR, FOR I WILL SURELY SHOW YOU KINDNESS FOR JONATHAN YOUR

  • FATHER'S SAKE, AND WILL RESTORE TO YOU ALL THE LAND OF SAUL YOUR

  • GRANDFATHER; AND YOU SHALL EAT BREAD AT MY TABLE CONTINUALLY.'"

  • HERE'S MEPHIBOSHETH ALIENATED, ISOLATED, VULNERABLE

  • AND THE KING IS OFFERING HIM TO COME AND LITERALLY SIT

  • AT THE KING'S TABLE. HE'S THE RECIPIENT

  • OF A RELENTLESS LOVE. WHEREVER IN YOUR LIFE THINGS ARE

  • TIRED, THINGS ARE OLD, WHEREVER PERHAPS IN YOUR FAMILY, THERE'S

  • PEOPLE WHO SEEM SO FAR FROM GOD, SO ALIENATED FROM GOD,

  • DON'T EVER UNDERESTIMATE THIS UNFORGIVINGLY FORGIVING LOVE AND

  • ITS ABILITY TO REACH INTO THINGS WHICH SEEM DEAD, WHICH SEEM OLD,

  • WHICH SEEM FINISHED, BECAUSE GOD GIVES ALL OF US A HOPE

  • WHERE THERE IS NO HOPE. HE GIVES US A NEW BEGINNING.

  • >> "SALVATION SOUNDS A NEW BEGINNING,"

  • THAT'S WHAT THE SONG SAYS. "AS DISTANT HEARTS

  • BEGIN BELIEVING, DISTANT HEARTS BEGIN BELIEVING."

  • AGAIN, MEPHIBOSHETH, WHERE IS HE?

  • HE'S IN LO DEBAR. HE'S IN THE HOUSEHOLD

  • OF A MAN CALLED MACHIR. MACHIR MEANS TO BE SOLD.

  • IT LITERALLY MEANS SLAVERY, SO HE'S LIVING IN BONDAGE,

  • IN SLAVERY. AND WHAT WAS

  • THE NAME OF THE TOWN? LO DEBAR.

  • LISTEN TO WHAT LO DEBAR MEANS. LO MEANS NO.

  • DEBAR MEANS WORD. HE WAS LIVING IN A PLACE WHERE--

  • TALK ABOUT DISTANT HEARTS, THERE WAS NO WORD.

  • HE WAS LIVING WHERE THERE WAS NO WORD

  • AND HE IS LIVING IN BONDAGE. SADLY, WE CAN LIVE OUR LIVES.

  • THE WORD OF GOD IS SHARPER THAN A TWO-EDGED SWORD.

  • IT'S QUICK AND POWERFUL, THAT'S HOW IT'S DESCRIBED, AND SHARPER

  • THAN A TWO-EDGED SWORD. THE WORD OF GOD, IT CAN INVADE

  • ANY AREA OF OUR LIFE WITH A RELENTLESS LOVE.

  • AND MANY TIMES PEOPLE ARE BOUND BY SIN, BOUND BY THINGS.

  • THEY ARE BOUND BY THINGS BECAUSE THEY ARE ABIDING OR DWELLING OR

  • LIVING WHERE THERE IS NO WORD. THEY'RE NOT ALLOWING THE WORD

  • OF GOD TO IMPACT SPECIFIC AREAS OF THEIR LIFE

  • SO THAT THE RELENTLESS LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST,

  • THE WORD OF GOD WHICH WON'T RETURN TO HIM VOID, CAN BE QUICK

  • AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN A TWO-EDGED SWORD AND

  • OPEN UP GOD-GIVEN POSSIBILITY. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING

  • WHEN WE SING DISTANT HEARTS WILL START BELIEVING.

  • YOU START TO THINK ABOUT, COULD THERE BE ANYMORE DISTANCE

  • FROM GOD THAN WHAT MEPHIBOSHETH WAS EXPERIENCING?

  • NO WORD AND BECAUSE OF NO WORD, HE WAS IN THE HOUSE OF MACHIR

  • OR IN A PLACE OF SLAVERY. DO YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COMES TO

  • THE APOSTLE PAUL, HE FOUND HIMSELF IN CHAINS.

  • HE FOUND HIMSELF BOUND. BUT I LOVE THIS VERSE, IT'S

  • 2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2, VERSE 9. AND LISTEN CAREFULLY

  • TO WHAT IT SAYS. PAUL SAYS, "I SUFFER TROUBLE AS

  • AN EVILDOER," LOOK AT IT, "EVEN TO THE POINT OF CHAINS; BUT

  • THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT CHAINED." HOW COOL IS THAT?

  • THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT CHAINED. WHERE IN YOUR LIFE DO YOU

  • FIND YOURSELF IN BONDAGE? LISTEN, THE WORD GOD

  • IS NOT CHAINED. IF WE'RE GONNA ABIDE OUTSIDE

  • OF THE WORD OF GOD, THEN WE'LL FIND OURSELVES LIVING BOUND.

  • BUT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND

  • THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. EVEN SOMETIMES PEOPLE WHO

  • DON'T KNOW THE BIBLE WILL QUOTE THAT VERSE JUST LIKE THIS,

  • THEY'LL SAY, "THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE."

  • BUT IN ACTUAL FACT, THE VERSE SAYS, "YOU SHALL KNOW

  • THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE."

  • JUST BECAUSE THE TRUTH EXISTS DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT WILL BRING

  • FREEDOM AND BRING LIBERTY IF WE'RE LIVING OUR LIVES IN A WAY

  • WHERE WE DON'T ALLOW GOD'S WORD TO INFILTRATE OUR THINKING,

  • OUR SPIRIT, OUR MIND, OUR LIFE. "SALVATION SOUNDS A NEW

  • BEGINNING AS DISTANT HEARTS BEGIN BELIEVING."

  • IT GOES ON SAYS, "YOUR LOVE GOES ON.

  • YOU CARRY US WHEN THE WORLD GIVES WAY,

  • WHEN THE WORLD GIVES WAY." I KNOW IN A CROWD THIS BIG

  • THERE'D BE PEOPLE FOR SURE, AND THERE'S WAYS YOU CAN RELATE

  • DIRECTLY TO THE IDEA OF YOUR WORLD CAVING IN OR YOUR WORLD

  • GIVING WAY. MEPHIBOSHETH, AT THE TIME

  • THAT BOTH HIS FATHER AND HIS GRANDFATHER WERE WIPED OUT

  • IN A BATTLE, HIS NURSE, HIS NURSE GRABBED HIM

  • AND RAN IN FEAR OF HIS LIFE. AFTER ALL, IT WOULD MEAN A NEW

  • REGIME, A NEW DYNASTY WOULD MEAN MEPHIBOSHETH'S FUTURE WAS GONE.

  • AND SO SHE RAN. IT'S IN 2 SAMUEL CHAPTER 4,

  • VERSE 4, WHERE IT DESCRIBES WHAT HAPPENS TO MEPHIBOSHETH.

  • IT SAYS, "JONATHAN, SAUL'S SON, HAD A SON WHO WAS LAME

  • IN HIS FEET. HE WAS FIVE YEARS OLD WHEN

  • THE NEWS ABOUT SAUL AND JONATHAN CAME FROM JEZREEL; AND HIS

  • NURSE TOOK HIM UP AND FLED. AND IT HAPPENED,

  • AS SHE MADE HASTE TO FLEE, THAT HE FELL AND BECAME LAME.

  • HIS NAME WAS MEPHIBOSHETH." SO LITERALLY, HIS LEGS GAVE WAY.

  • HE WAS CRIPPLED, CRIPPLED. IT'S SO EASY FOR US TO KEEP

  • LIVING OUR LIVES, JUST ALLOWING THE AREAS WHERE WE'RE CRIPPLED

  • BY OUR OWN MIND, OUR OWN THINKING, OUR OWN SPIRIT.

  • SO EASY FOR US TO ALLOW THINGS THAT CRIPPLE US TO KEEP BINDING

  • US AND HOLDING US, RATHER THAN ALLOWING SALVATION TO SOUND

  • A NEW BEGINNING, RATHER THAN BELIEVING THAT DISTANT HEARTS

  • CAN START BELIEVING, REALIZING THAT WHEN OUR WORLD CAVES IN,

  • HIS LOVE GOES ON. HIS LOVE IS RELENTLESS.

  • HIS LOVE IS RELENTLESS. IT WILL CARRY YOU

  • WHEN THE WORLD GIVES WAY. DO YOU KNOW IN ATHENS

  • IN THE TIMES OF APOSTLE PAUL AND PEOPLE

  • THAT DIDN'T KNOW GOD, THEY BUILT A MONUMENT TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

  • AND WHEN PAUL STARTED TO INTRODUCE JESUS CHRIST TO THEM,

  • THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS, HE SAYS, "IN HIM YOU LIVE, YOU

  • MOVE AND YOU HAVE YOUR BEING." FOR MEPHIBOSHETH, AT THAT MOMENT

  • WHEN HE WAS CRIPPLED, IT SEEMS THAT LIFE AS IT COULD BE,

  • IT CEASED TO EXIST AT THAT TIME. HIS ABILITY TO MOVE WAS GONE.

  • HIS REASON FOR BEING, IT SEEMS, WAS COMPLETELY DEVASTATED.

  • IN HIM YOU LIVE. WHAT A WONDERFUL THING

  • THAT GOD CAN CAUSE US TO KNOW NEW WAYS OF LIVING.

  • IN HIM YOU MOVE. IS YOUR LIFE LACKING MOBILITY?

  • YOU JUST SEEM TO HAVE LOST ALL MOMENTUM?

  • DON'T ALLOW YOUR LIFE TO GO ON WHERE YOU LIVE REFUSING TO ALLOW

  • THE WORD OF GOD, THE RELENTLESS LOVE OF CHRIST, TO IMPACT

  • YOUR VERY WORLD IN A WAY WHERE PERHAPS YOU FIND YOURSELF

  • UNABLE TO MOVE. NO SENSE OF MOMENTUM, BUT

  • BELIEVE THAT THE WILL OF GOD, THE LOVE OF GOD, IT CAN CARRY

  • YOU, CARRY YOU INTO THE PROMISE AND THE PURPOSE

  • OF AN ALMIGHTY GOD. DON'T SETTLE FOR JUST A LACK

  • OF MOMENTUM AND KIND OF FEEL THAT STOPPING STILL

  • IS ALL THAT YOU'VE GOT NOW. GO TO THE WORD OF GOD, ALLOW

  • THE WORD OF GOD--IF THERE IS NO WORD, THEN YOU'LL BE IN BONDAGE.

  • YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF STILTED. YOU'LL FIND YOUR VERY REASON FOR

  • BEING, YOUR VERY REASONING FOR EXISTING, COMING TO AN END.

  • BUT THE RELENTLESS LOVE OF CHRIST, IT GIVES US NEW

  • BEGINNINGS, GIVES US NEW DAY, GIVES US A NEW FUTURE.

  • HOW POWERFUL IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST?

  • HOW ABOUT THIS LINE OF THE SONG "YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS"?

  • "THE TIME IS UP FOR CHASING SHADOWS."

  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU, CHASING SHADOWS?

  • YOU SEE, MEPHIBOSHETH, HIS ACTUAL NAME MEANS SHAME.

  • HE WAS DESCRIBED WHEN DAVID SAID, "IS THERE SOMEONE

  • I CAN SHOW KINDNESS TO?" THEN SAUL'S SERVANT DESCRIBED

  • HIM AS MEPHIBOSHETH, THE SON OF JONATHAN, THE SON OF SAUL.

  • SO IN OTHER WORDS, HE COMES THROUGH A LINEAGE OF SHAME.

  • SO IF YOU QUOTED IT DIRECTLY WHEN DAVID SAYS, "IS THERE

  • SOMEONE I CAN SHOW LOVE TO?" THE ANSWER WAS WELL,

  • THERE'S SHAME WHO IS THE SON OF JONATHAN,

  • WHO IS THE SON OF SAUL. "THE TIME IS UP

  • FOR CHASING SHADOWS." WHAT AREA OF YOUR LIFE,

  • WHAT AREA OF YOUR LIFE ARE YOU CHASING SHADOWS?

  • SEE, FROM MEPHIBOSHETH SHAME COULD HAVE REPRESENTED HIS

  • LITERAL, PHYSICAL DISFIGUREMENT. HE WAS CRIPPLED.

  • SHAME OBVIOUSLY COULD HAVE REPRESENTED HIS TRUE IDENTITY.

  • YOU EVER LIVE LIKE THAT, FEARFUL OF PEOPLE DISCOVERING

  • WHO YOU REALLY ARE? YOU EVER LIVED IN WAY WHERE

  • THERE'S FEAR OF BEING EXPOSED, WHERE THERE'S FEAR OF

  • BEING JUDGED? 'CAUSE THAT'S WHERE

  • MEPHIBOSHETH WAS. HE WAS LITERALLY

  • CHASING SHADOWS. HE WAS LIVING IN THE SHADOWS IN

  • A PLACE CALLED LO DEBAR, BOUND IN BONDAGE TO HIS CIRCUMSTANCE,

  • TO HIS SITUATION. HERE HE IS CASING SHADOWS.

  • DO YOU KNOW A RELENTLESS LOVE, IT CAN COME INTO AREAS OF SHAME?

  • IT CAN COME INTO AREAS WHERE, PERHAPS, WELL, THERE'S ISSUES

  • IN OUR LIFE WHETHER THEY RELATE TO OUR HERITAGE AND OUR FAMILY

  • OR WHETHER THEY RELATE TO OUR BACKGROUND AND OUR PAST.

  • I CAN THINK OF ONE PASTOR FRIEND AND ONE DAY, WELL, I JUST,

  • THROUGH A SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES, LEARNED THINGS ABOUT

  • HIS BACKGROUND AND, OF COURSE, IT WAS HIS PAST.

  • IT WAS BEFORE EVEN HE KNEW JESUS CHRIST,

  • BEFORE HE CAME TO FAITH. BUT HE WAS SO FEARFUL,

  • SO FEARFUL THAT THIS SHAME WOULD COME BACK TO BITE HIM.

  • IT WAS RULING HIM. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY RULING HIM.

  • SO IN THAT SENSE, CHASING SHADOWS.

  • WELL, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING WHEN THERE'S NO REASON

  • ANY LONGER TO CHASE SHADOWS. MY OWN DAD, I LOVE MY DAD,

  • BUT MY DAD HIS LIFE ENDED IN REAL SHAME.

  • AND THAT'S ALWAYS A TRAGEDY FOR ME, BUT I CAN TELL YOU SOMETHING

  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "A FATHER WON'T ANSWER FOR HIS SON AND A SON

  • WON'T ANSWER FOR A FATHER." SO I'M NOT GONNA LIVE MY LIFE

  • TRYING TO LIVE UNDER SOME WEIGHT OF SHAME.

  • I'M NOT GONNA LIVE MY LIFE ALLOWING MAYBE THE SINS OF

  • SOMEBODY ELSE TO RULE MY LIFE. AND YOU'VE GOTTA DECIDE THAT

  • YOU'RE NOT GONNA CHASE SHADOWS. LIVE YOUR LIFE OPEN.

  • LIVE YOUR LIFE TRANSPARENT. LIFT YOUR HEAD UP HIGH.

  • DON'T BE RULED BY SHAME. DON'T LET ANYTHING ROB

  • YOUR WORLD OF BEING WHO GOD CALLED YOU TO BE.

  • AMEN. A SON AND A DAUGHTER

  • OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. AMEN.

  • YOU'RE THE SON OF A KING. YOU'RE THE DAUGHTER OF A KING.

  • WE ARE PRINCES AND PRINCESSES TODAY.

  • HOW COOL IS THAT? RELENTLESS LOVE, IT CAN ENTER

  • INTO A PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO WORD AND AREAS OF YOUR LIFE

  • WHERE, WELL, YOU JUST FEEL LIKE YOU'RE CHASING SHADOWS.

  • WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING TO KNOW

  • THAT WE'RE CALLED TO THE KING'S TABLE.

  • THERE'S MORE WORDS TO THIS SONG THAT I CAN TALK ABOUT.

  • "TIME IS UP FOR CHASING SHADOWS. WE'RE SINGING--TEARING

  • THROUGH THE VEIL OF DARKNESS." THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT.

  • DARKNESS, WE KNOW FEAR IS BOUND IN THE NIGHT WHEN MEPHIBOSHETH,

  • HE HEARD THE KING WAS COMING. I MEAN IT WOULD SEEM LIKE

  • HIS FUTURE WAS FINISHED. SO THERE WAS ALL SORTS OF FEAR,

  • BUT DAVID THE KING SAID, "DO NOT BE AFRAID."

  • AND THEN HE STARTS TO TELL HIM THAT HE WANTED HIM TO COME AND

  • SIT AT THE KING'S TABLE CONTINUALLY AND EAT AT

  • THE KING'S TABLE CONTINUALLY. IT'S REALLY, REALLY POWERFUL.

  • BUT LISTEN TO WHAT MEPHIBOSHETH SAID.

  • I THINK IT'S IN ABOUT VERSE 7 OR 8, VERSE 8.

  • HE SAYS, "BUT WHAT IS YOUR SERVANT?"

  • LISTEN TO IT, HE BOWED HIMSELF AND SAID, "WHAT IS YOUR SERVANT,

  • THAT YOU SHOULD LOOK UPON SUCH A DEAD DOG AS I?"

  • THAT'S HOW HE SAW HIMSELF. YOU SEE, YOU START SEEING THINGS

  • IN THE DARK AND MANY TIMES WHAT YOU SEE, IT'S VERY DIFFERENT

  • THAN THE WAY GOD SEES YOU THROUGH RELENTLESS LOVE.

  • THERE'S NO DEAD DOGS IN HERE. SOLOMON, IN HIS WISDOM, HE SAID,

  • "RATHER TO BE A LIVE DOG THAN A DEAD LION."

  • WELL, I GOTTA TELL YOU SOMETHING, MAYBE THERE'S AREAS

  • IN YOUR LIFE WHERE, WELL, YOU LOOK MORE LIKE A DOG

  • THAN A LION. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT YOUR

  • FACIAL FEATURES HERE. YOU LOOK MORE LIKE A DOG

  • THAN A LION. MAYBE IT SEEMS, WHEN IT COMES TO

  • THE BUSINESS THAT YOU STARTED, THAT IT'S LOOKING A LOT MORE

  • LIKE A DOG THAN A LION. BUT DON'T EVER ALLOW THE VEIL

  • OF DARKNESS--YOU SEE, THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD,

  • THE VEIL OF DARKNESS IS REMOVED. 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3,

  • VERSE 16, LISTEN TO IT. "NEVERTHELESS WHEN ONE