What is the Spirit saying to the churches… Someone told a prophetic ministry once, “The Holy Spirit isn’t saying as much as we think He is saying, but He is saying a whole lot more than anyone of us wants to hear.” Whatever the Holy Spirit is saying, He must be listened to. The word “listen” is found in Isaiah 49:1 (KJV). The word “listen” means “to hear intelligently, with attention, with obedience in mind; to hear carefully, willingly consenting to listen, considering what is being said; diligently discerning what is being said.” If you listen well, you will be a witness to the messages God gives.
I asked the Lord not too long ago, “What are you saying to the church?” The Holy Spirit said, “Love is out of order amongst My people.” It’s the agape (unconditional) love that God wants to set in order in us… His love, and not the eros (passionate) or phileo (friendship, loyalty) love. Paul in Galatians 1:6 teaches that God has called us into the grace of Christ, that He has called us to participate in the blessings of the kingdom of God. If you are not participating in the blessings of the kingdom of God your love may be out of order. I was reading in Romans 12:8 and found the word “cheerfulness.” The word “cheerfulness” brings to mind a picture of the heart laughing and the eyes dancing. I like that. If your heart is not laughing and your eyes are not dancing or sparkling, your love may be out of order. God wants to change you. The Lord wants His people to have joy in their hearts and a sparkle in their eyes. The Holy Spirit wants to bring our lives into their full potential. He wants to fill up the hollow places. Galatians 5:16 exhorts us to “walk in the Spirit” (KJV). A walk in the Spirit is not a walk on cloud nine. It is not being able to walk on water. It is not stopping tornadoes. These things are not the sum of the Christian walk. Walking in the spirit is a walk in balance, where what you believe and what you practice are joined together. Walking in the Spirit means that the Spirit is producing in you a quality lifestyle. You are refreshed daily, and you are reinforced, strengthened, pruned, and encouraged daily.
Why is love out of order? Let’s look…
What is the Spirit saying today? He is saying, “Get your love in order.” Why? Because there is too much inordinate affection in the land and in the church (Colossians 3:5). The Song of Solomon teaches the power of genuine love. It teaches about the relationship of love. The Lord wants to develop relationship. There is a tendency today to know only the power of faith. Faith is necessary, but in the Song of Solomon we see love in the believer releasing faith to do good works.
John 5:42 reads… “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you” (KJV). Religion that is empty of love is empty of life, joy, and peace. If you are angry all the time your love is out of order. If you put up walls against others, your love is out of order. Many people have more love for the world than they have for the Father (1 John 2:15).
Song of Solomon 8:6-7… “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned” (KJV). “Waters” refers to people and their words that hurt you; “floods” refers to the devil and his attempts to overwhelm you.
Some good questions would be… Is your love in order? Is your love as strong as death? Is your love as strong as the grave, which will never let go of the body? Do trials and tests quench your love? Do floods of abuse and torments drown whatever love you have? If you had all the riches in the world and you have no love, would you trade it all for love? If trials overwhelm you and demons oppress you, your love may be out of order.
Romans 5:5 teaches that “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (KJV). The New Testament is full of Scriptures on the love of God. The Holy Spirit wants to set our love in order. The world has lost its love… The church has lost its love… The family has lost its love… But Paul teaches in 2 Thessalonians 3:5, “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God.” Unless the Holy Spirit directs our heart into the love of God, we will come short.
Song of Solomon 2:4… “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love” (KJV). This phrase is really “He set in order charity in me” (Douay-Rheims). The word “charity” is an old English word for love. I discovered this years ago, and it opened up the whole book of the Song of Solomon to me. It took eight chapters to bring the bride to the point where her love is so strong that nothing in this world could quench it. Can you imagine a church filled with agape love where every Christian is filled with a love that prevails when everything else fails?
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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