PRAYER: Please pray today for healing. Healing of our land from this pandemic. Cry out to God today for mercy.
DEVOTION: “And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 – 14:3
Smith speaks in the paragraph following this verse about how it’s easy to have a structure built if the foundation is solid. The same applies to our spiritual rise. If we have a firm foundation, we are set up for success. For many of us, we have not grown in our relationship with Jesus because we haven’t had a firm foundation in our relationship with Him. We won’t be able to stand when the winds blow. When the trials come. We need to be able to stand firmly fixed in the Word of God.
There must be three things in our lives if we wish to go all the way with God in the fullness of Pentecost. First we must be grounded and settled in love, we must have a real knowledge of what love is. Secondly, we must have a clear understanding of the Word, for love must manifest the Word. Thirdly, we must clearly understand our own ground, because it is our own ground that needs to be looked after the most.
So, this paragraph above by Smith clearly states and lays out a foundation plan for a walk with Jesus. Grounded in love, grounded in the Word and grounded in ourselves and our surroundings. He goes on to mention the stories from Matthew 13:8 and Mark 4:8 about the good ground where the seed was thrown. Still very relevant to this day. Even in the good ground, the seed yielded different portions of fruit.
So, our charge, if we so desire, is to put ourselves, our abilities, desires, thoughts, hopes, dreams…all of it, into the hands of the Lord so that He can then spread the seeds where they go and we can act on all of those talents and abilities that He’s given us in the worlds that we live in. So that we can be a reflection of Jesus with the gifts that He’s given to us and the gifts that He grows within us.
So today, maybe the ground is a little hard. Maybe it needs some watering, some nurturing. Maybe it needs a complete overhaul. Not quite sure where you’re at but take a minute today and talk to God about it.
Be open to the change that He may bring in your landscape.