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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
TURNS TO THE LORD, THE VEIL IS TAKEN AWAY.
NOW THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT; AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS,
THERE IS FREEDOM." AND IT GOES ON AND TALKS ABOUT
LIVING WITH AN UNVEILED FACE, LIVING WITH AN UNVEILED FACE.
NO DEAD DOGS HERE TODAY. YOU MAY BE A LIVE DOG, BUT
THAT'S BETTER THAN A DEAD LION, IN JESUS' NAME.
I WOULD RATHER PASS THROUGH A CHURCH THAT WAS A LIVE DOG
THAN A CHURCH THAT HAD ESTHETICALLY BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS
AND BEAUTIFULLY CULTURED PEOPLE, BUT IT WAS A DEAD LION.
PRAISE GOD. AMEN.
YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS. YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS.
LISTEN, LISTEN TO WHAT THE VERSE SAYS.
IT SAYS IN 2 SAMUEL CHAPTER 9 HERE AND IN VERSE 9, "THE KING
CALLED TO ZIBA, SAUL'S SERVANT, AND SAID TO HIM, 'I HAVE GIVEN
TO YOUR MASTER'S SON ALL THAT BELONGED
TO SAUL AND TO ALL HIS HOUSE. YOU THEREFORE, AND YOUR SONS
AND YOUR SERVANTS, SHALL WORK THE LAND FOR HIM, AND YOU
SHALL BRING IN THE HARVEST, THAT YOUR MASTER'S SON
MAY HAVE FOOD TO EAT. MEPHIBOSHETH YOUR MASTER'S SON
SHALL EAT BREAD AT MY TABLE ALWAYS.'
NOW ZIBA HAD FIFTEEN SONS AND SERVANTS."
SO THINK ABOUT IT, HERE'S MEPHIBOSHETH,
HE'S LIVING ISOLATED. HIS FAMILY WERE GONE.
HE WAS THE ONLY ONE LEFT. HE WAS LIVING ISOLATED BUT
THROUGH THE PROMISE OF A KING, PEOPLE WERE COMING
INTO HIS WORLD. HE WAS TOLD THAT ZIBA,
HIS GRANDFATHER'S SERVANT AND ALL OF ZIBA'S SONS AND SERVANTS,
THEY WOULD ALL SERVE DAVID. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE HOW IN
THE MIDDLE OF ISOLATION, GOD CAN BRING PEOPLE INTO YOUR WORLD AND
USE PEOPLE TO BUILD YOUR WORLD. ONE OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT
I CAN THANK GOD FOR AS A PASTOR, LONG TERM OF A CHURCH,
IS THE PEOPLE THAT GOD HAS BROUGHT INTO OUR WORLD.
HE WAS LIVING ISOLATED. HE WAS LIVING ALIENATED.
HERE HE WAS IN A FOREIGN PLACE WHERE THERE WAS NO WORD,
BUT THE REALITY IS THE PROMISE OF THE KING WAS THAT HE WOULD
HAVE RESTORED TO HIM HIS GRANDFATHER'S LAND.
HE WOULD HAVE IT ALL COME BACK TO HIM.
HE WAS LIVING VULNERABLE. HE COULDN'T WORK.
HE COULDN'T PROVIDE FOR HIMSELF, BUT THE PROMISE IS THAT
THERE WOULD BE THOSE THAT WOULD GO FOR HIM AND IT WOULD
BRING IN THE HARVEST SO HE COULD LIVE IN FRUITFULNESS.
GOD CAN BRING PEOPLE INTO YOUR WORLD.
GOD CAN GIVE LAND AND POSSIBILITIES.
GOD CAN GIVE YOU EVERY KIND OF PROVISION YOU NEED
TO LIVE THE FRUITFUL LIFE HE'S CALLED YOU TO.
AND DO YOU DESERVE IT? WELL, I KNOW
THAT NATURALLY SPEAKING I DON'T, BUT HIS LOVE IS RELENTLESS.
CAN I UNDERSTAND HIS FORGIVENESS?
NOT COMPLETELY, BUT HIS LOVE IS RELENTLESS.
WHAT A WONDERFUL THING WHEN WE SING ABOUT RELENTLESS LOVE.
IF I CAN MENTION ONE MORE LINE, IT TALKS ABOUT A LOVE
THAT REACHES INTO TOMORROW. IT SAYS, "A HOPE THAT SHINES
BEYOND TOMORROW," THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SINGING.
AND DAVID SAYS, "YOU'LL EAT AT MY TABLE CONTINUALLY,"
GIVE YOU HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. "YOU'LL EAT AT MY TABLE
CONTINUALLY." FATHER, WE THANK YOU
FOR THE POWER OF YOUR WORD. PRAY IT WILL BREATHE LIFE
INTO PEOPLE TODAY. LORD, I PRAY THAT WHERE MAYBE
PEOPLE ARE CHASING SHADOWS, WHERE PERHAPS THERE'S THOSE
WHO ARE LIVING BOUND IN A PLACE WHERE IT SEEMS THERE IS NO WORD,
WHERE THE WORD OF GOD DOES NOT SEEM TO BE HAVING FREE COURSE.
LORD, I JUST ASK IN JESUS' NAME, WHEREVER WE'RE AT, WHATEVER'S
GOING ON IN OUR WORLD, THAT WE'LL HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING
OF THE RELENTLESS NATURE OF GOD'S LOVE.
HAVE YOUR WAY IN THE HEARTS OF LIVES OF PEOPLE, I PRAY, FATHER.
IN JESUS' NAME. >> WELL, I LOVE A SONG THAT
TALKS ABOUT DISTANT HEARTS BEGIN BELIEVING, TALKS ABOUT
FIGHTING FOR THE FURTHEST HEART BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES
JUST HONESTLY REPRESENT THE WAY THAT JESUS CHRIST IS TOWARD US.
WITH HIS RELENTLESS LOVE, HE WILL FIGHT FOR THE FURTHEST
HEART, THE MOST DISTANT HEART. AND I'M SPEAKING ABOUT
A YOUNG MAN, A YOUNG MAN WHO HAD EVERY REASON
TO BE HIDING IN THE SHADOWS. HE HAD EVERY REASON TO LIVE
UNDER THE VEIL OF DARKNESS. SO WITH LOOKING INTO THE DARK,
HE WAS SEEING THINGS, THINGS THAT WEREN'T EVEN THERE.
HE SAW HIMSELF AS A DEAD DOG, SO MUCH DIFFERENT
THAN THE WAY THE KING SAW HIM. WE CAN SEE OURSELVES IN A WAY
THAT LITERALLY HAS US LIVING BELOW THE POTENTIAL GOD HAS FOR
US, BUT HIS LOVE IS RELENTLESS, THAT MEANS IT KEEPS
COMING AT YOU. THE FOUNDATION FOR AN OVERCOMING
LIFE IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST. IT SAYS IN ROMANS 8,
"WHO COULD SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST?"
IT LISTED THINGS LIKE PERSECUTION, OPPOSITION,
TRIBULATION, PERIL, SWORD AND ALL THOSE THINGS.
AND YET IT SAYS, "IN ALL THESE THINGS WE'RE MADE CONQUERORS
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST WHO LOVES US."
SO THAT RELENTLESS OF GOD, IT'S A FOUNDATION FOR VICTORY, FOR
CONQUERING, FOR BREAKTHROUGH. IT CAN TEAR DOWN
THE VEIL OF DARKNESS. IT CAN REACH INTO AREAS WHERE
PERHAPS YOU'VE BEEN CHASING SHADOWS, BUT TIME FOR CHASING
SHADOWS IS OVER. IT CAN REACH YOU WHEN YOU'RE IN
THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGING PLACE, WHEN YOU'RE
THE MOST DISTANT FROM GOD. THE WORD OF GOD CAN PERVADE YOUR
WORLD AND OPEN UP NEW BEGINNINGS AND NEW DAYS.
THAT'S WHY I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO JUST INVITE GOD'S RELENTLESS
LOVE TO BE YOUR PORTION. IT'S GONNA COME AT YOU.
IT WILL OVERWHELM YOU. IT WILL OVERTAKE YOU.
WE DON'T UNDERSTAND IT NATURALLY.
IT'S BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING, BUT NEVER UNDERESTIMATE
THE POWER OF GOD TO REACH YOU IN ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, THROUGH
SHAME, THROUGH THE VEIL OF DARKNESS, THROUGH OSTRACISM,
ISOLATION, ALIENATION OR VULNERABILITY
OR ANY OTHER THING, AND THE LOVE OF CHRIST CAN
CARRY YOU INTO THE PROMISE AND THE PURPOSE OF AN ALMIGHTY GOD.
>> I'VE BEEN IN CHURCH FOR YEARS.
I LOVED IT, BUT I'VE LIVED WITH, YOU KNOW, A SECRET
THAT I WAS ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING.
MY FIANCE, AMY, AT THE TIME HAD NO IDEA.
YOU KNOW, IT WAS A MASSIVE SECRET, AND
I WAS TOO ASHAMED TO TELL HER. THROUGH A SERIES OF EVENTS,
MY FIANCE FOUND OUT. SHE FOUND OUT MY SECRET
AND I WAS HORRIFIED. I RANG AMY AND TOLD HER THAT,
YOU KNOW, WE CAN HAVE A MEETING WITH MY PASTOR.
AND IT WAS OUTSIDE IN THE CARPARK THAT I WAS GONNA
MEET HER BEFORE WE WENT IN. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME,
OBVIOUSLY, I'D SEEN AMY FACE TO FACE AND
I HAD TO TELL HER EVERYTHING. "GET OUT OF MY CAR,
GET AWAY FROM ME, LEAVE ME, I'VE HAD ENOUGH."
YOU KNOW, THEY'RE THE WORDS I HONESTLY THOUGHT WERE GONNA COME
OUT OF HER MOUTH AND, YOU KNOW, SO THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN.
BUT AFTER WE GOT THROUGH THE HARD TEARS AND THE ANGER
AND IT WAS JUST LIKE, "OKAY, WELL, WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
HOW CAN WE BEAT THIS? WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?"
AND THAT'S JUST--YOU CAN'T PUT THAT INTO WORDS.
GOD'S LOVE IS RELENTLESS TO SAY, "YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MARRY
THAT WOMAN UNLESS ALL THAT'S GONNA COME OUT."
THAT'S THE SORT OF LOVE THAT, YOU KNOW, GOD HAS FOR ME AND GOD
HAS FOR OUR MARRIAGE AND NOW, YOU KNOW, 6 YEARS FREE FROM
ADDICTION, NOT ONE DROP OF ALCOHOL HAS TOUCHED THESE LIPS,
YOU KNOW? NOT A DOLLAR SPENT, YOU KNOW,
IN A GAMBLING MACHINE, AND I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT
MY WIFE AND WITHOUT JESUS, YOU KNOW?
∫ SALVATION SOUNDS ∫ ∫ A NEW BEGINNING ∫
∫ AS DISTANT HEARTS ∫ ∫ BEGIN BELIEVING ∫
∫ REDEMPTION'S BID ∫ ∫ IS UNRELENTING ∫
∫ YOUR LOVE GOES ON ∫ ∫ YOUR LOVE GOES ON ∫
∫ YOU CARRY US ∫ ∫ YOU CARRY US ∫
∫ WHEN THE WORLD GIVES WAY ∫ ∫ YOU COVER US ∫
∫ YOU COVER US ∫ ∫ WITH YOUR ENDLESS GRACE ∫
∫ YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS ∫ ∫ YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS ∫
∫ YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS ∫ ∫ YOUR LOVE IS RELENTLESS ∫
∫ THE TIME IS UP ∫ ∫ FOR CHASING SHADOWS ∫
∫ YOU GAVE THE WORLD ∫ ∫ A LIGHT TO FOLLOW ∫
∫ A HOPE THAT SHINES ∫ ∫ BEYOND TOMORROW ∫
∫ YOUR LOVE GOES ON ∫ ∫ YOUR LOVE GOES ON ∫∫
>> I PRAY THAT IN OUR PURSUIT OF JUSTICE
AND OF MAKING THAT WHICH IS WRONG RIGHT AGAIN, THE TRUE
MISSION OF GOD AT ITS FINEST IS WHEN WE ARE QUENCHING
THE SIMPLE THIRST AND NEED WITHIN THE HUMAN SOUL.
I PRAY THAT WE CAN ALWAYS POINT PEOPLE HOME, HOME TO JESUS, HOME
TO THE HOUSE OF GOD THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY AND HOME TO THE HOME
THAT AWAITS US IN HEAVEN. ∫ YOUR LOVE AMAZING ∫
THAT AWAITS US IN HEAVEN. ∫ YOUR LOVE AMAZING ∫
∫ THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU ∫ ∫ THERE IS NOTHING ∫
∫ LIKE YOUR LOVE ∫∫
>> WELL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR
JOINING ME AS I'VE CONCLUDED THIS MESSAGE ON THE LOVE OF GOD
BEING RELENTLESS. RELENTLESS LOVE IS YOUR PORTION
AND THE TRUTH IS IT'S NOT BUILT ACCORDING TO WHAT WE DESERVE
ON OUR PERFORMANCE. IT'S NOT BUILT ON ANYTHING THAT
OBVIOUSLY IS RELATED TO WHAT WE CAN ACCEPT, WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE.
IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS. THE RELENTLESSNESS OF GOD'S LOVE
IS JUST THE LOVE OF CHRIST POURED OUT TOWARDS YOU.
SO NO MATTER WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD THIS WEEK,
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A RELENTLESS LOVE.
GOD BLESS YOU. THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.
SEE YA NEXT TIME.
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Hillsong TV // Your Love is Relentless, Pt2 with Brian Houston

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伍璇 published on June 6, 2014
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