The Reason God Penned 1 Corinthians 13
Penned by: Kevin K O'Connor
Date: May 22, 2016
Thought: To examine the important things compared to the desired things
The supernatural, those things that are not of us and our natural surroundings. That's what seems to get our attention more than anything else. And since EVERYTHING about God is supernatural, we conclude that those who practice them must be the godliest, BUT '
It's not about 'technique', it's about Passion/Love.
It shouldn't be about teach me how to pray so that I may perform miracles, but teach me how to pray so I may learn how to Love.
God our Father delights in those who delight in Him. Psa 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The miraculous does NOT produce character, obedience to God's small still voice does.
The purpose of the miraculous is to develop what's most important in our lives, the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Fruit is who we are, the miraculous is what we do. Are we loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, and faithful? As noted by Gal_5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, OR, are we excellent at quoting scripture and performing miracles? Don't get me wrong, to have God's Word in our minds is important if it's ever to get into our hearts, and performing miracles is a natural thing for God, BUT ' if our focus is on those things rather than relationship with Him, we've totally missed what it's all about.
Those that make Him their focus will 'naturally' do the miraculous without seeking them. BUT, those seeking the miraculous may end up doing them but may also totally miss the heart of God. No wonder that the sheep's reply was 'when have we done those things Lord?' And the goat's response was 'when HAVEN'T we?' see Matt 25:32-46 Also, please note God's Word on those who may practice the miraculous but have totally missed the heart of God as noted here; Mat 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name, drove out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name, didn't we?' Mat 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you who practice evil!'
So to desire the things of God is awesome, BUT, to desire the Heart of God is BEST. So when you come across those who confess to practice the miraculous, first look for God's fruits. If they are there, you may then enjoy the things of God there as well.
Keep in mind, that satan was in a position of Heaven with great power and authority, and yet totally missed the heart of God and look where he has ended up. His whole purpose in being now is to do whatever it takes to keep our eyes off of a relationship with Jesus via means of the miraculous, pleasure, power, knowledge, popularity, religion, ANYTHING but a relationship of love with Jesus!
Notice God's Word here in 1Co 13:8 Love never fails. Now if there are prophecies, they will be done away with. If there are languages, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will be done away with. Notice how he says 'if' concerning the gifts. We know God HAS given the gifts BUT, what is most important is NOT the gifts but the purpose in WHY they were given, to produce the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Sooo if someone already has those Fruits flowing from their lives, they're already producing what the gifts were meant for. So that person may or may not be actively practicing the supernatural gifting BUT, they truly are, without knowing it, actively practicing the Greatest Supernatural Gifting of All Love, God's Love through us.
This thought is shared from one having been totally broken and filled by God's Holy Spirit as a 16 year old. Who then was told that due to being filled, I could then receive the supernatural gifting of tongues and upon reading where that was a gift of His to His kids, I received it by faith with no emotional experience like I had experienced during the Filling of the Holy Spirit. Over the 50 years of walking with Him, He has called me into all out spiritual warfare through intercessory prayer. And while there are those who have experienced the supernatural gifting would jump on me by saying the following; it's none the less true for I have personally experienced it.
To hear oneself pray all out with no restraints God's Word in a spirit of total passion and fervency, there is nothing like it! To hear and understand what God the Holy Spirit is praying through you, is WOW! You talk about being edified! There will be those who have the gift of tongues and say yes, but you need to be praying in tongues since that is praying His language, God's language. My friend, LOVE, is His language AND He desires to Love through us so that we may enter into that stream with passion and fervency. God will move mountains for ANYONE entering into that kind of relationship with Him.
So, if we have the supernatural gifting, let's KEEP IT in its right perspective! If we don't, let's MAKE SURE, we're totally surrendered to God's Holy Spirit and in a passionate and loving relationship with Jesus our Lord, He (The Holy Spirit) will give what He wants us to have concerning the supernatural gifts IF that is needed.
But above all, let's Love Jesus with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength! Mar 12:30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' Mar 12:31 The second is this: 'You must love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these.'
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the Precious Supernatural Gifting of the Holy Spirit! Please help us realize that the reason for those gifts is to help us grow in relationship with You & then others. Ever lead our hearts into a deeper and deeper walk with You. In Jesus Glorious Eternal Name, Amen.