How To Say, “I Don’t Love You!” To God With Your Mouth Closed!
There are many ways to say that you do not love God, even without opening your mouth!
For Starters, Here Is A Short List:
- Refusing To Obey His Commandments.
(John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.)
- Not Following Him.
(John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
- Following Him For The Loaves and Fishes.
(John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.)
- Refusing Him.
(Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!)
- Hardening Your Heart.
(Heb. 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.)
- Hating Your Brother.
(1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.)
- Loving The World.
(1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.)
- Being Friends With The World.
(James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.)
*Let’s look at the last two scriptures a bit closer…
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The Message Bible says it this way: James 4:4 You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.
- Look again at the word – ‘enmity’.
- Definition: Enmity – the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
- G2189 (Strong) Echthra (ekh’-thrah)
- Feminine of G2190; hostility; by implication a reason for opposition: – enmity,
If you are a friend of the world, your mouth won’t ever have to say a thing. Your heart is talking louder than your lips. You are actively opposing God if you are friends with the world. You are personally fighting Him. He takes it as though you declared war on Him and His church. Your every worldly action is hostile towards Him, so He counts you as the enemy,
You won’t ever have to say one word. He looks at your heart, sees that you are friends with the world, and that’s when He knows you don’t love Him. No one can love the world and God at the same time. To Him, you have become the enemy.
Matt. 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
God hates the world so much He won’t even like you if you like the world. You must make the choice between God and mammon. If you are even just friends with the world, His love is not in you. You also must love him more than houses, lands, mother, father, sister, or brother, or things.
God Looks At Your Heart Not Your Mouth
So all those who proclaim, ‘God only looks on the inside,’ need to pay close attention to this scripture. Right here is where it gets real dangerous for them. Your love of the world or even friendship with the world is an open sign of hatred of God. Because you chose to not denounce the world and turn your back on it, His love is not in you.
What You Love You Will Imitate!
- You will imitate it in your speech
- You will imitate it in your Dress
- You will imitate it in your Actions
- You will imitate it in your Lifestyle
- You will imitate it in your Fellowship choices
If You Are Not Friend With, Or In Love With The World:
- Why then would you go where the world goes?
- Why then would you do what the world does?
- Why then would you dress like the world dresses?
- Why then would you act like the world acts?
- Why then would you talk like the world talks?
- Why then would you accept the thinking the world accepts?
- Why then would you make people of the world your best friends?
- Why then would you be interested in their books, their magazines or movies?
- Why then would you seek their entertainment?
- Why then would you get wrapped up in their sports world?
- Why then would you defend anything about the world?
- Why then would you have a problem with preaching about separation from the world?
- Why then would you post pictures of yourself looking like the world on social media?
- Why then would you change churches and go where they are more ‘friendly’ with the world?
- Why then would you challenge standards?
- Why then would you keep asking if something is a sin or not?
- Why then would you have a problem with your pastor saying, “NO”?
You are not required to explain your feelings to me, only to God. But He already knows how you feel about the world.
You may claim you do not love the world, but He has a problem with you being a friend of the world.
- We defend our friends.
- We support our friends.
- We make allowances for our friends.
- We communicate with our friends.
- We take sides with our friends.
Visual clues usually tell us if someone likes us or is interested in us. We look at their body language, and facial expressions. We listen to every word they speak to us and read into their meanings. Even a dog can tell if we like it or not.
We consider ourselves fairly adept at reading people by what we see on the outside. But God pays attention to the very thoughts and intents of our heart.
We all know about juvenile antics, like sticking your tongue out at someone you don’t like. When it comes to God, you don’t have to stick your tongue out to let Him know you are not interested, or even make a mean face. You won’t have to turn your physical back on Him to show Him you are not interested. He already knows.
He Told The Pharisees That Their Hearts Didn’t Love Him.
Matt 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
They were religious and devout, yet they didn’t love Him. God examines everyone’s heart to see if they truly love Him or just say that they do.
Loving The World Is:
- Telling God you don’t love Him.
- Declaring War on God
- Defined by God as Spiritual Adultery
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Your love for the things of the world, your desire for it, your conformity to it, and compliance with its sinfulness, are declarations of war with God, and acts of hostility upon Him.
It shows the enmity of your mindset against him, and it is displeasing to Him. He accuses everyone who loves the world of spiritual adultery. Friendliness with the world is spiritual unfaithfulness. It dissolves the spiritual marriage between God and the soul.
Living for God is not a game. This life is serious. Not everyone who says, ‘Lord, Lord,” is going to heaven.
Live for Him with all your heart. Quit trying to see how close to the edge you can get and still be considered Pentecostal.
- Am I Apostolic or not?
- Am I Holiness minded or not?
- Am I pleasing God with the things I do, place I go, and things I enjoy?
- Do I really love Him MORE than anything?
- Am I a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God?
- Does God respect me?
If you are friends with or even fond of the world, then you are telling God, without opening your mouth that you don’t love Him.
- To God, then, you are as an unfaithful spouse.
- To Him, it is an act of war.
- Remember, even with your mouth closed, your heart is still talking.
Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deut 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deut 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deut 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deut 6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Deut 6:10 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
Deut 6:11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
Deut 6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Deut 6:13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Deut 6:14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
Deut 6:15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
Deut 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
Deut 6:17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
Deut 6:18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
Deut 6:19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
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I Don’t Take That Lightly.
1 Thess. 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
Allowed of God!
When I look at my life and realize what He has allowed me to have, to enjoy, to know, to see and to be… it makes so very thankful, amazed and humbled.
God Let Me:
- Wake up this morning.
- Live another day.
- See my wife’s face one more time.
- Have a sound mind.
- Have strength to get out of bed and walk unassisted.
- Still have a voice to praise Him.
- Have a song in my heart about Him.
- Have one more day to tell Him I love Him.
- Have one more chance to go to His house.
- Enjoy His Goodness
I Don’t Take That Lightly.
God Allowed Me To Have:
- A revelation of the Oneness of the Godhead.
- A revelation of holiness, inside and out.
- Mercy and Truth.
- A space and a place to repent.
- My sins washed away through baptism in Jesus Name.
- The Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues.
I Don’t Take That Lightly.
God Allowed Me To Have:
- A wife who is loving, faithful and attentive.
- Children who love me and honor me.
- Children and their spouses who give themselves to the work of the Lord.
- Grandchildren who are in church and live for God.
- Loving and supportive parents, sisters and extended family.
- Money to pay my bills
- Extra to buy things I may not need, but I enjoy.
- A house that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- A car that is comfortable and dependable.
I Don’t Take That Lightly.
God Allowed Me To Have:
- A wife who loves me.
- A wife who loves the Lord.
- A wife who loves to go to church.
- A wife who loves holiness.
- A wife who never desired to imitate the world.
- A wife who dresses beautifully and modestly.
- A wife who prays with seekers in the altar.
- A wife who loves to reach for the lost and the backslider.
- A wife who sings for the glory of God.
I Don’t Take That Lightly.
God Let Me:
- Have a heart that is so satisfied that nothing in the world is attractive to me.
- See that He has never left me nor cast me away from His presence.
- See my prayers answered and my needs supplied.
- Walk through doors He opened for me.
- Kept me from false doctrine and error.
- Live in peace with my fellow brethren.
- Enjoy the friendship of good godly men and women.
I Don’t Take That Lightly.
Jesus, I Will Always:
- Need You!
- Love You!
- Thank You!
- Praise You!
- Serve You!
- Tell Others Of Your Goodness!
I Don’t Take That Lightly.
World’s Largest Trading Post
Old Jim and me was a standing on the corner of Broadway and Straight Street one afternoon some years back. We seen this old man wearing sandals, and he had big sign hung around his neck for everyone to see. A curious crowd stood in front of him. They were reading every word of the sign on his chest.
The big words at the top of the sign seemed to say it all. The World’s Largest Trading Post!
People were reading out loud with amazement and near unbelief. It was hard for us to hear all the comments, but from time to time we heard things like:
“How can this be?”
“How can they stay in business tradin’ good stuff for junk?”
“There’s gotta be catch somewheres!”
“This is hard to believe!”
Not every passerby took time to read the long list of the day’s specials. Yet there always seemed to be a cluster of potential customers reading every word of the sign.
In answer to someone’s question about the location of the trading post, the old man tried to hold his sign steady with one hand so others could still read as he pointed with his other hand showing the direction. Looking where he pointed, I could see a large crowd moving that way. Almost all of them were carrying bags that sure looked awful heavy.
We waited our turn to get close enough to see the small print. I started reading from the top down, and I read every word.
The World’s Largest Trading Post
Specializing In Even Swaps! No Money Needed!
Today’s Trade Specials
- Beauty – for your ashes.
- Oil of Joy – for your mourning.
- Garment of Praise – for your spirit of heaviness.
- Crown – for your cross.
- New life – for your old life.
- Hope – for your despair.
- Eternal Life – for your sins.
- Peace – for your turmoil.
- Healing – for your sickness.
- Strength – for your weakness.
Please Take Advantage Of Our Free Gifts And Services!
- Broken Hearts Bound Up.
- Sins Forgiven.
- Sins Washed Away in Jesus Name Baptism.
- Free Gift of The Holy Ghost.
- Free Robe of Righteousness.
- Free Garment of Salvation.
- Free Services of the Great Physician.
- Free Services of World’s Greatest Defense Attorney – (He’s never lost a case.)
- Free Services of The Counselor.
- Free Private Audience with the Prince of Peace.
Whatever Your Need, Just Ask!
- Joy Unspeakable – Our shelves are loaded!
- Peace that passeth understanding is always in stock!
- Healing for every broken heart!
- Liberty for all who are bound!
Our Motto: “You Have Not Because You Ask Not!”
We Specialize In Good Tidings for All People!
“What’s your name old man?” Jim asked when he finished reading the sign.
The old man turned his attention to Jim and his weathered and wrinkled face seemed to have an inner shine. With a slight smile on his lips and a bit of a twinkle in his eye he said, “Isaiah”.
I caught Jim’s eye and gave him the nod. We both turned and started in the direction of The World’s Largest Trading Post.
There was this large group of folks just a singing near the entrance. They sang with smiles on their faces and joy seemed to fill their voices as they motioned for us to come inside.
The windows of heaven are open.
God’s blessings are falling tonight.
There’s joy, joy, joy in my heart,
Since Jesus made everything right.
I gave Him my old tattered garment.
He gave me a robe of pure white.
I’m feasting on manna from heaven.
And that’s why I’m happy tonight.
Old Jim and me? Well, he looked at me and nodded and I nodded back as he shifted the weight of his bag to the other shoulder. I picked mine own bag up and we both went inside!
Isaiah 61:1-3, 10
The Heartache Caused By Your Own Family
The Apostle James made this powerful statement:
3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
If this knowledge brings the greatest joy… then the opposite is also true. There is no greater pain, when your family does not walk in truth.
Jesus looked at the people around Him in the Synagogue. Their curiosity had caused them to leave their homes and their daily duties to come and listen Him. He searched the crowd seeing many familiar faces, but not the ones He had hoped to see. None of His brothers were present.
Some of these people He had known from His youth. The Synagogue of Nazareth was full. His skeptical hearers wrinkled their brows as He spoke. In their minds they disqualified most of what He taught.
They had known Him all of His life. He was the carpenter’s son. He had not been taught at the feet of any learned scholars. Who did he think He was expounding these deep spiritual sayings? He was just an ordinary carpenter.
This was Nazareth. The four hundred or so inhabitants here knew each other well. There weren’t many secrets in this small town. Their personal opinions of His upbringing caused them to disqualify what He said. The sound of His voice echoed meaninglessly in their ears. There would be no hero’s welcome here today for Him.
Pain filled the heart of the Lord, as He perceived their unbelief. Yet, He felt even more pain when He realized who wasn’t there. His own family wasn’t there. It wasn’t an accident. His own brothers were boycotting Him.
John 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
More pain than we can ever know hid behind the next words of the Lord. Jesus focused His attention back toward those in the Synagogue as He said:
(Matt. 13:57-58)… “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
It was bad enough that the neighbors and friends He had known all of His life, rejected Him. But to not have the support of one’s own family cut very deep. The lack of faith in the village that day placed a limit on His ability to help any of them. He grieved.
Not much is known about the residents of Nazareth, except that nothing spectacular had ever came from their town before. They seemed to be known only for their skepticism and unbelief.
But some from Nazareth finally did believe and it is almost hidden from the casual reader. It’s mentioned concerning those who gathered in the upper room after Jesus was resurrected.
Acts 1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
His brethren actually came to the upper room! Everyone in the upper room was filled with the Holy Ghost! The brothers of Jesus finally found enough faith to believe and receive the glorious Gift of the Holy Ghost! That was a miracle!
Most believers have some family members who are not in church. Remember that even some of the family of Jesus didn’t believe … for a while. But the Last chapter of their story finds them right smack in the middle of the upper room experience.
Do you have family that doesn’t live for God? Never stop praying for your family! Never stop believing for your family! What happened in the family of Jesus can happen in your family too!
Believe God for a Miracle for your Family!
Gifts Of The Spirit Gone Awry
I believe God still uses the gifts of the Spirit in His church today. Most Apostolic Pentecostals are familiar with those precious moments. Sadly, a few eager and Biblically uneducated have exerted more of their flesh than His Spirit in such moments.
That being said, it does not take away from the fact that God does speak to His church in very real and powerful manner.
Good pastors teach the importance of not saying ‘Thus saith the Lord,” unless they are certain that the Lord truly did speak to them. Punishment is upon those who use His name falsely and in vain.
Out Of Order
Almost every night of the revival the modest sized Southern church, a middle-aged woman gave a message in tongues after the sermon. She especially seemed to bring forth a message if there was conviction in the message.
After several weeks of nightly services one of the members brought their neighbor, an elderly woman of foreign descent. The visitor sat quietly with her hosts and seemed unemotional during the service and the sermon.
Everyone was standing while the invitation was being given, when the spiritual lady found a moment to give her message in tongues. While the message was being given, the old lady started to chuckle and covered her mouth to stifle her laughter. Her hosts were embarrassed that their guest would laugh at a time like this.
“Why are you laughing,” they inquired?
“Because I understand what she is saying.” She said with a knowing look.
“What is she saying?” They asked.
“She is saying, ‘I’m out of order and I need to sit down.’ Was her reply.”
Unverified stories such as these are told about messages being interpreted erroneously and have been heard by most of us:
- “Repent, or I will write Michelob over the door.”
- “Times are hard sayeth the Lord. Times are so hard I can barely make it myself, saith God.”
- “Thus saith the Lord unto Sister… ah, Sister… ah, I forgeteth thy name at the moment saith the Lord.”
- “Yeah, thus saith the Lord, Nay!”
The tall young West Virginia father actually stood up in the testimony service and spoke with great fervor about God speaking to him.
“I was at work today and the Lord spoke to me and told me that my little boy was choking to death. I ran out of the shop. I didn’t even take time to punch out from work.
“I jumped in my pickup and drove to my trailer as fast as I could. I ran up on the porch and nearly ripped the door off. There on the living room floor was my little boy playing happily with his toys.
“I looked at him and said, ‘Boy I’d rather have you dead than to have God lie to me like that!”
Good people can be zealous and sincere, yet be totally in the flesh and not the Spirit. Sometimes, their exhibitions can be injurious to the work of God.
Twenty-Six Messages In Tongues
While visiting a medium-sized church for the first time, I was amazed at the number of messages in tongues and interpretations. There were twenty-six messages in all in one service. More than a dozen of the messages that were interpreted appeared to be some church folks correcting other church folks. Several interpretations were even so bold as to criticize the pastor by name. All of this, plus several prophecies were included.
The guest evangelist wasn’t spiritual enough for them, because all he did was preach the Word. They closed the revival after the first night.
(Yes, even though some people are over-zealous, or unlearned, or even purposely misleading others, there is still the real Gift of Tongues. That is not even debatable. You will know and feel the difference when you hear it.)
God Is Voice Activated
Everyday tech life is somewhat new to the concept. But it has certainly caught on. Siri can make my phone do many things. Some of which I have to immediately correct. But she is voice activated.
Google even got on the bandwagon with a list of at least 70 commands you may give to “Okay Google.”
Everyday things in your home , you car or on your person can be voice activated.
- Light switches
- Your car’s guidance system.
- Cell phones
I Grew Up Being Voice Activated. Some Words That Put Me In Motion Were:
- Time to get up.
- Time to go to bed.
- Come here.
- Turn off the light.
- Sit up straight.
- Sit down.
- Quit that
- Be quiet.
- Wash the dishes.
- Take out the trash.
- Pick that up.
- Go to the store.
But, you already knew all of that because you too grew up being voice activated. Even your new puppy is voice activated.
Prayer Activates God – Just Ask
Can you comprehend the fact that we can activate the most Powerful, Holy, Glorious, Purest, and Loving Force in the world? Yes, you can! Your voice can activate God. He is ready at a moment’s notice to assist you. He is literally at your beck and call.
Imagine a day when people did not understand that. To them He was one they feared and hid from. Then He came and dwelt among His people and told them that He was willing to do for them whatever they asked. You heard me right. He said things like:
Matt. 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Matt. 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Matt. 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Jas. 4:2 …yet ye have not, because ye ask not
Luke 8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
The Syrophoenician Woman Asked
Mark 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
A Leper Asked
Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Mark 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean
Ten Lepers Asked
Luke 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
Luke 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
The Blind Man Asked
Luke 18:38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Why Don’t You Ask?
Praise Activates God
The Singers Praised Him And The Glory Fell
2Chron. 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;
2Chron. 5:14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
The Army Praised Him And The Enemy Was Defeated
2Chron. 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
2Chron. 20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
Paul & Silas Praised Him And Everyone Was Set Free
Act 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Act 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Why don’t You Praise Him?
Prayer And Praise Always Activates God.
If you feel God is not responding to your needs like you would like Him to…