1 Timothy 1:5 - "The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."
It has become a popular saying that we should not seek the gifts, but the Giver. This sounds noble, but it is contrary to the Word of God which exhorts us to "pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts" (1 Corinthians 14:1).
Love is the foundation upon which spiritual authority, and, thereby, the gifts of the Spirit, operates.
Jesus expresses His love to us through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He healed the sick because He loved them and did not want them to suffer needlessly. He gave words of knowledge because He loved the people and wanted to impact them with the reality that God really did know them.
The gifts of the Spirit enabled Jesus to do something, not just feel something, with His love.
KNOWING THAT LOVE CAST OUT EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS THE MOVE OF GOD THROUGH ME GIVES ME A HIGHER UNDERSTANDING OF WHY I NEED TO VIGOROUSLY PURSUE LOVING ALL PEOPLE.
I EXHORT OTHERS INTO KINGDOM REALITIES.
Luke 6:8 - "But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to the man with the crippled hand, 'Stand up and come here to the front.' The man got up and stood there.'"
Jesus is telling me to come out of the back row of life; come out of darkness; come out of my comfort zone and launch out in a great leap of faith toward Him!
"Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom." - Song of Solomon 2:15
Ask the Lord to reveal to you the little foxes that are trying to crush the vine that will bring forth the new wine. Get a vision of your future identity. Ask the Lord to send a new wind and blow upon your garden.
Ask the Lord to come into your vineyard. Let Him prophetically reveal to you the fruit you are going to bring forth in the future. Enter into His PURPOSE for your life.
Allow the Lord to set you apart for the future. Let new joy and gladness arise. Declare you will sleep in peace and you will feel safe in the presence of God. It's time for new wine. It's time for the new wineskin. Enter in!
"The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me; I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; I have set the Lord continually before me; In your presence is fullness of joy." - Psalm 16:5-8,11