Third Thursday Devotional: April 2015

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Third Thursday is coming up this week and we’d love to use 1 Corinthians 14:1 to help shape our devotion this week.

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1 ESV)

PURSUE LOVE

Paul as he is instructing a church that has become a bit unruly, begins his instruction regarding spiritual gifts with a very important first step. Before you use spiritual gifts, pursue love. If you want to use spiritual gifts that Glorify God and edify the church you must be one who loves Jesus, loves others and especially his Church. This can only be done if you have received the precious love that the Father has for you.

As we walk through our time in preparation for Third Thursday stop for a few minutes right now and ask God:

  • What does love look like in your life toward God, others, and the church?
  • Ask him if there is anything getting in the way of your receiving the Love he has for you?

EARNESTLY DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Paul makes it very clear that believers are invited/called to desire spiritual gifts. In 1 Cor 12 Paul tells us that the Spirit gives gifts as he wills to the body and that every member of the body has gifts. For some reason our desire seems connected to it in some way shape or form. This invitation to earnestly desire spiritual gifts is an interesting one, and one I think we should not skim past too quickly.

  • What does it look like for you to earnestly desire the spiritual gifts?
  • What gets in the way of you desiring spiritual gifts God has for you?

ESPECIALLY THAT YOU MAY PROPHESY

So Paul lays it out here as he’s instructing the church. Pursue love → earnestly desire the spiritual gifts → especially that you may prophesy. Now there may be many a folks who stop reading right here. But brothers and sisters despite how you may or may not feel about this passage we cannot pick and choose what parts of the Bible we want to submit to. Paul is writing to a group of believers encouraging them all to desire that they may prophesy. Why?

Edification

On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. (1 Corinthians 14:3 ESV)

Mission

But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you. (1 Corinthians 14:24-25 ESV)

What Paul is writing is not something that we can just toss around or skim over, in vs 37 he lets us know that what he is writing isn’t a suggestion but a command as he closes with once again telling the church in Corinth to earnestly desire to prophesy and not forbid speaking in tongues. But all should be done decently and in order. I love this Paul is not saying things should get all crazy and super weird no its going to be done orderly in love, and its going to reek of Almighty God if its true.

So as you spend time meditating over 1 Corinthians 14, and this section, "especially that you may prophesy," be really really honest with the Lord where you are at with this. If your heart is tripped up in regards to this prophecy stuff ask God to give you a heart that desires to prophecy. Ask God to give you a prophecy that accomplishes what 1 Corinthians 14:3 says.

Come Join us on Third Thursday as we continue to walk through this as a family and workshop together what it looks like to be a family that pursues love, desires the spiritual gifts, especially prophecy.


Third Thursday is one day, specifically set apart each month, to slow down from our daily routine to seek God more intentionally. This posture of prayer, fasting, and worship is something that we want to grow in as a church, as a family. Together, we strive to set aside our busy-ness and passionately seek Him for our lives, our church, our friends, families and our communities.

As part of our rhythm, you are invited into a day of preparation. There are a few things you are invited into:

  • Take the day to fast from food (or, if there are dietary restrictions, something else in your normal rhythm of life)
  • Join us for prayer from 12-1PM at our Thousand Oaks campus
  • Come prepared to worship, pray, and minister to and with the body at 7PM at our Thousand Oaks campus