What gets you up
in the morning?
I don't mean an alarm clock,
or a phone app that rings.
I mean, what drives you?
What makes you tick?
What is the passion deep inside
that burns and must be fulfilled?
Are you chasing after it?
Or does it lie dormant, only a wish,
a hope that one day may come to pass?
Because whatever it is
that causes you to wake,
what ever it is that burns down deep,
is something that God placed inside.
It's part of a purpose for which
He fashioned you.
He has given you gifts and talents,
desires and drives that are meant
to serve and be given.
And only you,
in your circle of influence
can fulfill this purpose with His power
and inspiration behind you.
I think we all sense it.
I think we all feel it burn within.
I just don't think we are all willing
to go deep down and acknowledge it.
Because we think we will have
to give up some part of our life...
something we have, or
want to achieve that's
godly enough for God.
But the silly thing is...
God put it there,
that burning desire.
And the only way to really
find satisfaction in life,
is to get it worked from
from the inside of us... out.
The book of 1 Corinthians is filled
with chapters on spiritual gifts and
how we are to use them in conjunction
with love and the church.
But it also speaks much about
our passion, talents and gifts.
I think it's fair to say
that some of us, maybe many,
have reasoned that some of these gifts
don't exist anymore...
like healing, prophecy and
speaking in tongues.
Probably because we are personally
too uncomfortable with them.
But could it be that we dismiss them
because we haven't experienced them
in the right way?
Could it be that we may not be given,
or open to the right measure
of faith in that area?
But God is God.
He hasn't changed since the creation
of the earth, so why should the gifts
He gives change?
I believe He can move mountains.
Even though I've never seen it happen.
I think that's simply because my faith
is not strong enough in that area.
So could it be that things I struggle
with considering to be, or not be,
to exist, or not exist...
the spiritual gifts I am unsure are
still of God, could be things
that I haven't seen, simply because
I don't have the faith for them?
Personally, I don't speak in tongues.
But do I believe other people do...
Tongues are simply another language
spoken by the Spirit of God
Paul encourages us within the church
to desire to have such spiritual gifts,
along with teaching, and healing.
And the gifts he most encourages
are the ones that edify and encourage
desire earnestly to prophesy, and
do not forbid to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently
and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:39-40
Now what Paul is speaking of here
does not simply reference
the telling of the future,
That's what most people think of
when they hear the word prophecy.
But the true definition to prophesy,
means to speak forth and to reveal
the mind and message of God.
In some cases it may be predicting
the future, if God reveals it.
But even speaking the Word of God,
which is the Bible, is revealing
His mind and His message.
And here Paul encourages us to...
desire earnestly to prophesy.
This figuratively means
we should be so eager
to share His word that we
bubble over as the sound of
water heated to boiling.
This is truly a zeal for the Lord!
But then he literally tells us not to
forbid or hinder others from speaking
in languages inspired by God.
It doesn't sound as strange
when we put it like that,
I just don't see why
we get so bent out of shape
over something we don't understand?
Why is it that, if we are unable
to do something, we must shame it
or make it unacceptable to
our standard of "normal?"
Isn't that just childish behavior?
Let us rather embrace all things
gifted by the Holy Spirit,
that we may be encouraged more.
Who knows, maybe one day
our faith will grow into understanding.
Or perhaps, gifting and participation
of the same.
Now eagerly desire..,
(find your ZEAL for)
the greater gifts.
And yet I will show you
the most excellent way.
1 Corinthians 12:31
Word of God
train me today...
To embrace all the gifting of Your Spirit.
To grow in faith as I lean into You,
earnestly desiring to prophesy, always.
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