A More Excellent Way

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“Pursue the greater gifts, and let me tell you of a more excellent way—love.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 The Voice

1 Corinthians always stirs something big deep inside of me.  It underscores for me how we need God and each other.  It had such an impact on me that I asked God to give me a picture of what it looks like when the body of Christ is operating together, in unity, in His love.

So here is the picture:

There is a place where we will all come and there will be many believers working, operating in one accord, one song. It’s beautiful and powerful. It’s like a song. Or an ocean wave. It will rise and fall like a beautiful melody. It will ebb and flow like tides of the ocean. All the notes become one. The drops become one body of water. It’s how God made us all.  There is such power and beauty awaiting the body of Christ should we come together, when we come together. God’s heart will be so full on that day! We will all be as one. The bride and bridegroom will be one again. The only thing that separates us is the separation between the members of the body. Oh how God yearns for us to be as one! He yearns for His bride.

Father, thank you for Your love and grace and mercy. I pray for the day that we will all be as one. I pray that You will put a thirst in all our hearts to operate as one in unison with our eyes on You!

! Corinthians 13:13, Romans 12:3-5, 1 Corinthians 12:25-27, Colossians 3:15

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“4 The weapons of the war we’re fighting are not of this world but are powered by God and effective at tearing down the strongholds erected against His truth. We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The Voice

True. One true God. Historically, true was not a word that packed a lot of punch for me.  As it becomes more and more challenging to tell the difference between pop spiritualism and the gospel, I am beginning to understand that true is a very powerful word.

True: Adjective– conforming to reality or fact; not false. Real, genuine, authentic. Sincere, not deceitful. Loyal, faithful, steadfast. Reflecting the essential or genuine character of something. Conforming to a standard. Exact, precise, accurate, correct. Legitimate or rightful. Reliable, unfailing, sure. Exactly or accurately shaped, formed, fitted or placed. Honest, honorable, upright.

As I look at these descriptions, they hold great power.  For me, it offers a word of caution.  We should be wary of things that do not reflect this description; things that are not true.

So Father, put a thirst in my heart for all things true, for all things of You.  Help me come to understand You as the One True God.  Help me embrace all the ways that You are true.  Father, I pray that I will be true to You in all things and in all ways.  Thank you for Your true and perfect love and mercy and grace.  Thank you for giving me these gifts undeservedly.  Thank you for loving me so true and unconditionally.

Matthew 6:22, 24:35; Mark 3:35, John 1:9, 3:21, 15:1

Where Is It?

“20 Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display,21 nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].” Luke 17:20-21 AMP

So the kingdom of God is IN us.  As I was reading this passage, it reminded me of a passage that is also in The Lord’s Prayer:  “Your kingdom come.” I got caught up reading a lot of commentaries. It occurred to me that I needed to simply be quiet and listen to what God had to say about these passages.  Here is what I heard: He is waiting for us all to come into a state of obedience and alignment so that we will not continue to lay fragmented and broken as a body.  That when we come together, we will no longer be vulnerable to heresy and apostacy. We will no longer be plagued with malice and strife between ourselves. We will be able to stand together, resolute for our King. And then, His Kingdom will have arrived.

Lord, I pray that Your kingdom come and that Your will be done in my heart and the hearts of all Christians.  I pray that we come together as one body.  Make us strong in that body so that we can stand together and stand strong, united and operating as one body in Christ, a true reflection of You.

Mathew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4