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I Love You Room

I Love You Room

In this room, we become secured in God's love for us. We spend time soaking in His love for us. We were designed for love, and we all long to be loved.

We know that we are loved by Him but we need to become unshakable in it.  In The I Love You Room, God says, "Don't stop going into the ‘I Love You' Room. You need to go into this room everyday. You need to know how loved and cherished you are by Me.”

"Give us this day our daily bread..." - Matthew 6:11​
"I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." - Job 23:12

Jesus was the greatest Lover because He was the greatest Hoper in the redemptive power of His Father. The substance of Jesus is abiding in human beings. There’s a fallen nature, but there’s also a power of God that’s greater.  It's greater to redeem a person than the enemy’s ability to deceive a person.

LOVE CREATES APPRECIATIVE EYES

Who is this Jesus? How did He hope in human beings? We have to go there, and we have to see His Eyes.  Jesus speaks love to a woman with five husbands (Jn. 4). He hopes in an adulterous woman (Jn. 8). He goes to Zacchaeus, a fallen, greedy business man who stole from people and cheated them (Lk. 19). Yet Jesus considered these people His friends (Mt. 11:19; Lk. 7:34).

About the very ones who put Him on the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23:34). To the very one that kissed Him on the cheek, He turned him over and called him “Friend.” He said, “You betray me with a kiss, friend.” (Mt. 26:50; Lk. 22:48).

“Friend,” Jesus replied, “do what you came for." - Matthew 26:50

Jesus takes these ones in John 13 and kneels down and washes their feet. He says, “I am a loving Leader, and I am going to hope in you. I will hope in your calling and your destiny” (Jn. 13:34, paraphrased). Jesus knew they would betray Him.  Not just one, but all of them would fall away. It didn’t change a thing. He hoped in the reality of who they were to become. They do all betray Him, and then they do not show up at the tomb because they can’t believe the testimony (Mk. 16:11).

But Jesus shows up in the upper room (Acts 2). He goes right to His uneducated, inexperienced betrayers, and turns them into world changers! Because those who have been forgiven much, love much (Lk. 7:47). Those who have been hoped in, and believed in, who had been greatly hopeless, and then acted out of that hopelessness in earlier years, will be some of the greatest nation changers that have ever been.

See, I am doing a new thing...Now it springs up; do you not perceive it - Isaiah 43:19

In the I love You Room Jesus extends an invitation for you to not just "look after" people, but to "look at" them. You will not just look over their heads; you will look into their eyes, with your Gift of Appreciative Eyes and they will come alive!  Your love will raise them from the dead. With this miracle gift, you will be able to look at them with such value, and they will become those great, noble men and women that they are.

"From now on I will tell you of new things, hidden things unknown to you... Then the lame will leap like a deer and the mute tongue will shout for joy. For waters will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert." - Isaiah 35:6, 48:6

Love comes alive, conquers, and is stronger than death!

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Receiving His Refreshment

Corner 1 | Receiving His Refreshment

of the I Love You Room, we see the God of Refreshment and the God of the Rain. We don’t come out of duty or hardness. We come with love and attentiveness. We come with affection. We come with humility. We come with a posture that is so filled with appreciation for His value and worth. We come holding His hand, looking into His eyes. We come with this sweet communion looking across the table at our best Friend who has always been there, and who's been the Abundantly Available One, our Passionate Pursuer.

We are overwhelmed and refreshed by His love.  We drink to our fullest capacity of His Rain and the wine of His love (Song of Songs 1:2-4). We allow Him to correct our perceptions of ourselves so we can accept the greatness of His Calling. We appreciate His Humbling Love in the way He corrects us. He corrects us gently as children, fondly as friends, nobly as royalty.​

"What shall I render to the Lord for all of His benefits towards me? I will take up the cup of my salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” -Psalms 116:12-13

​The Psalmist says, “How do I please a good Father? I hold up my cup of salvation and ask for more.”

The God of Refreshment wants to invite us, His children, into holding up the cup of our salvation and asking for more. A good child goes to the Father and says, “More.  More of Your love.  More of Your Presence.”  A good child is good at receiving love because their spirit needs to be soaked. Their spirit needs to be drenched.

"Isn’t there a father for the rain? Or who has begotten the drops of dew Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you?” - Job 38:28,34

There’s an invitation for us to lift up our voice to the clouds and have the Father release an abundance of rain of His presence over us.  He has a refreshing rain that soaks our spirits in His love and brings forth a culture of life instead of a culture of religion.  His rain brings refreshing communion, then partnership.  It's loveliness, a fresh burning of love--freedom from disturbing emotions, moving into unintelligible peace beyond comprehension, where the ugly clouds fade away and this brightness of our God, this radiance, comes forth.  

​Nehemiah 9:17-25 says that God's people did not obey because they did not remember His great goodness. They had been given cisterns which were already dug-- a great inheritance in the ground which were then filled with rain.  Rain helped those wells spring up!  Rain brings up true inheritance. He’ll rain on us, and we’ll remember His wonders forever. He wants to bring us to a place where we uncap those cisterns together. And we’ll help others to uncap their own cisterns and promises that He has for them.

"By edict of the king, no limits were placed on the drinking, for the king had instructed all his palace officials to serve each man as much as he wanted." - Esther 1:8

Everybody drank of the royal wine, and their capacity started to stretch.

He has refreshed us with His Rain and then we get to drink with Him, and He drinks with us in an appropriate sense.  We get to come into that place of harmony and nearness with Him. We give Him a goblet of wine to drink of, and He reaches across the table and He gives us the goblet of wine to drink of, and then we drink. Then He asks us how much more do we want?  We drink more and more of His Presence, more of His Love, to our fullest capacity.

"Your love is sweeter than wine."  - Song of Solomon 1:2

This helps us respond to circumstances differently. We obtain an "I-don’t-care" spirit in an appropriate way because there’s a Greater-Than love and a Greater-Than presence. The Father then comes to oil us with His refreshing and comforting love. We had felt His living water start to come through us already. Then He oils us. We get to feel the hot honey of His presence within, that goes into those crevices of our being. We start to get baptized, immersed, and saturated in His love. The oil and the rain fill our cup until it overflows, and delightful and delectable feelings start to come forth.

This gentle mode of correction is how God takes us from a place where we cannot actualize His calling to the place where we are perfectly in sync with Him, carrying it out.  The blessing of the One Who Passionately Pursues us is a partnership where the Bride bends in love and willingness for the Bridegroom.  Just the thrill of hearing his voice, the prospect of seeing His eyes causes her to change what she's doing.  This is humbling love.  The Lord's passion for His Bride to be partnering with Him, wed to Him, causes our hearts to thaw.  We change in response to His kindness and devotion because His oil has permeated in and softened all our hard places.

Corner 2
Miracle of Appreciative Eyes

Corner 2 | Miracle of Appreciative Eyes

Here Jesus gives you the gift of the “Miracle of Appreciative Eyes.”  You will be able to see Jesus, yourself, and people with His appreciative eyes.

Appreciative Eyes for Jesus

In John 11, Mary of Bethany's brother Lazarus dies and she becomes hurt and confused. She loved him with all her heart. She essentially told Jesus (v.32), “If You would have cared, You would have come earlier. Don't You care about me?”

There is a great need to be understood by God.  We really want Him to understand--actually need Him to. There’s an assumption, however, that He doesn’t understand.  We must believe the best about Him. We must walk through our pain loving Him regardless of circumstances.

So Martha came to her sister Mary. She took her aside and said: “The Master is here, and He’s calling for you.” Even in Mary’s pain and perplexity, she got up and ran to Him (v.29, 31).  So part of her must have sensed, “He wants me. He’s calling for me. He wants to call me near in this place where I’m hurt and confused.”  Jesus is always wanting to teach us this higher way of love.  You  must never be distracted by your pain or accuse Him of the pain. When you are hurt, you must still trust and love Him, and never take your eyes off of Him. He is awed by the beauty in your eyes and your love for Him. He looks not at the wrong in you, but at your beauty and love because you're innately valuable to Him.

Mary's running to Him showed that she had Appreciative Eyes for Jesus.  She heard His heart and would later become the one who gave up her wealthy inheritance to anoint Him with perfume before His death (v.2). In all your weakness, just love and see Him. Never allow pain or perplexity to steal one minute of love.  Understand that, through your pain, He is on your side.

Appreciative Eyes for Lazarus... and for Thomas

But there's more! John 11 tells the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, but this isn't just a miracle--it's a mystery!  

Commentaries on John 11 are all about the miracle of raising Lazarus, a dead person, back to life. Yet that had happened before in 2 Kings 4 when Elisha raised a dead child for a beloved widow.  But there is a mystery in John 11 that Jesus reveals. It seems really small, but it’s not. It’s everything.

He says, “I’m going to go through Judea” (Jn. 11:7).  There is a prophetic truth about death and sleeping He wants to reveal there (Jn. 11:9-10).  Jesus says He’s going to go through Judea because, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up” (Jn. 11:11).

Then His disciples rise up and tell him not to go through Judea because there people had threatened to stone Him (Jn. 11:8).  They basically say, “Lord, You have a great calling and a great commission! You’re going to change the earth, and You’re going to go through an area where they can kill You?” But Jesus says, “Lazarus is my friend. The one that I love is sick. I go to him.” The apostles resist Him again saying, “If he’s sick, he’ll get better” (Jn. 11:12). Jesus says, “No, he’s dead” (Jn. 11:14).

Then... Thomas responds and says, “Let us go and die with Him also” (Jn. 11:16).  Now everybody today calls this one “Doubting Thomas!” I believe it is the exact opposite. Thomas turned out to be the apostle of love; he went to India and had amazing love. There are times when he doubted. But in regards to loving and hoping in others, I believe something had been sealed in that man’s heart in that moment.

The other apostles were concerned with the greatness of the call--the Garden for All. They considered Lazarus to be a no-name and didn’t care enough because he couldn't help them build anything. Jesus not only saw His Great Commission-- His Garden for All-- but He saw the "flower for one." He unveiled to us a mystery, a beauty, and understanding called "the Value of One." Jesus believed this one, Lazarus, was created in His Father’s image. He was ready to passionately pursue him so he would rise to new life. This one man was formed intricately by Jesus and His Father, and Jesus was willing to risk His life for that one.  He had Appreciative Eyes for Lazarus.

Now Lazarus did not have any grand calling that we know of--just brother, friend, etc.  Yet his worth was indescribable because of the beauty and worth of a human being in His Eyes.   How much of this great mystery which has been revealed by our Passionate Pursuer has been diminished here on the earth? When we get to heaven, He’ll ask us, “How did you treat one another? How did you love one another? How did you stop your busy-ness to care for another’s heart?”  He'll tell us He hopes we passionately pursued people because they are His greatest treasure on the earth (Deut. 7:6).

I believe that Thomas looked at the eyes of Jesus and saw the way He loved this one. He saw Jesus look over that region of Judea that He was going to walk across and possibly get stoned; and perhaps prophetically saw the journey of the Cross that was coming.  When Thomas saw it, he said, “I could die for that. I could lay down my life for that kind of love, the love that I see in His eyes.”

Thomas saw Him when He said it... Did you see Him when He said it? He’s far more hopeful, loving, kind than we can ever dare imagine.

Receive the Gift‍

In this Corner, you can receive the Miracle of a Heart of Appreciative Eyes for the Lazarus people. They look like the walking dead. They may stink in the grave. Yet in the I Love You Room, Jesus extends an invitation for you to not just "look after" the Lazarus people, but to "look at" them. You will not just look over their heads; you will look into their eyes, and with your Gift of Appreciative Eyes, they will come alive!  Your love will raise them from the dead.  With this miracle gift, you will be able to look at them with such value, and they will become the great, noble men and women that they are.

Oh that our hearts would be fresh and alive for human beings!  Their thoughts, their feelings, their worth, their value--and that we would be ready to launch them greater than ourselves. Love comes alive, conquers, and is stronger than death! People will look at your eyes of love, and be so inspired.  Be the one to bring out the diamonds in the rough.  God so loved the world that He gave His whole life for us, and we get to do the same.

Practical Application

Imagine seeing Jesus' Appreciative Eyes when He said He would go to Lazarus--even at the risk of Him dying.  What do you see in Him as He says it?  Ask Jesus if there is anything He wants you to do to see more with His Appreciative Eyes towards the Garden for All, or for the Flower for One.

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The Passionate Pursuite

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