Friday, June 20, 2014

.so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-9

Not everything that is refined by fire stands the test of time. Gold although refined by fire still perishes. Gold doesn't have lasting eternal value like our faith does. When our lives are touched by fire, our fire tested faith results in a life that worships. The life the possesses genuine proven faith produces praise, glory and honor to God. The faith that worships is the faith that results in salvation. It is interesting that the testing of faith produces praise, glory, and honor come at the revelation of Jesus. Fiery trail in worship out. After which Peter explains that these saints love Jesus although they have never seen Him. They believe in Him and Rejoice with Joy that taps out the depths of human expression. These saints must have seen something. They are receiving the goal of their faith which is the salvation of their souls. When we are not seeing God by way of revelation, we are receiving something that breaths life into our emotions.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6 NIV)

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV)

I feel like The Lord is going to build on the seasonal theme of prayer and faith when we move into the season of love. In the last month of our seasonal focus of prayer and building the altar of worship, the Lord spoke to us about faith in prayer to speak to the mountains that stand in the way of the building of the temple. He also has spoken about the City of our God, Mount Zion, in the context of living our days to establish that city in our families in Charlotte through vocalizing praise. And mountains that protect us like the mountains around Jerusalem Ps.125

Prayer that goes up without faith is not really prayer at all. We must pray with faith. Faith in God is the main ingredient of our prayers. We must come to him believing he exists and rewards our diligent search for Him. In Mark 11:22, Jesus tells us to have faith in God in the contexts of prayer. 

Just like faith needs to be mixed into prayer in order to bring the kingdom to the earth, so love has to be mixed into our faith. The only thing that matters is faith expressing itself through love. If I have faith to move mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing. We want to be something. God wants us to be something, so lets have love added to the mountain moving faith He is establishing in our prayer lives. 
I feel like revelation of love, specifically that enhances faith is coming.  Faith fortified with love produces a praying people that speaks to mountains and watches them move. The temple, the King's people, the Jesus people will have an increased presence in the earth when mountains of resistance are moved out of the way with shouts of grace! Grace! As we see Mount Zion start to form in the horizon of this work. I feel like the Lord is going to add a depth of love to us for an assignment in prayer a year from now as we visit this prayer season again. We will have been strengthened in loving faithful prayer.

1 Thess 1:2 We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1 Cor. 13:13 And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The life of faith Jesus demonstrated was the result of a deep seated love for humanity. He loved us and gave Himself up for us. All his labor was prompted by love. He loves 100%. 100% of the time. As Graham Cooke says, "He just can't be anything else. It is just what he is like." 
 We need faith infused prayers and love infused faith, and community building love. We need to have multiple encounters daily of this fantastic love. Love that empowers us to be inconvenienced, but not really, because we love and have been deeply loved. We need to be infused with all the character attributes of love. Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it doesn't boast, It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking, It is not easily angered it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres, Love never fails.

Today in church Ps. 23 came out in reading and in a prophetic song. John 10 He is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep because he cares.  The revelation of love begins. 

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