BY: LINDA KEITH
SEPTEMBER 9, 2006
Yep, this first article that I have written in a while is about LOVE. You know how you felt when you first turned your life over to Jesus? Well, as I tell you about this thing or maybe I should say PERSON that I have experienced, here lately, you’ll understand what I am experiencing. I sure hope so.
We all THINK, well I love Father, so I have it all. I use to think that too. But, since my latest trip I found that the love that I thought I knew all about, I have found that it was just a realm of love and found there are more realms that I am sure I will move up into.
Recently, my attention was drawn to the Song of Solomon. This Book can be looked at in three ways.
1) The love of God for us.
2) The love of Christ for the church.
3) The love between a man and a woman.
I am sure that there are a lot more ways of looking at this Book, but right now, I want to focus on, JUST LOVE. I am a romantic and have always loved the idea of being in love. Oh, I know you guys are saying, “Isn’t that just like a woman?” But, this time it is different.
Song of Sol. 2:16-3:1, 2, 4, 5, “My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loverth” I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.”
This is where I found my love; in my mother’s house, the church. When I found Him, I automatically loved Him. Well, I loved Him with all that I knew about love; but that love was the natural love; the love that comes from the soul. I called it “the carnal love”, all that I was capable of, then. But until NOW, I didn’t know that Father had a time planned for me to know love, REAL LOVE.
“Stir not up, nor awake my love, until HE please.”
Oh yes, I came to love Him more and more, but it was still with that “natural love”. Boy, was I in for a big surprise!! But, before I tell you about this surprise, let’s go on and look at what Father says about love.
Prov 10:12, “… love covereth all sins.”
This tells me that when you love, you don’t see or recognize sin. This I have known for some time and it has been an awakened knowing within me. This verse has caused me to see past what my natural eyes would want me to see, in a person. Not only that, but Jesus took the sin of the world to the cross, which was the purest love that could ever be. There is no such thing as sin, IF we focus on Him. IF we still see sin in people, then we are not allowing love to flow.
Ecc. 8:16-9:1, “When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes) Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther, though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the Hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by by all that is before them.”
No man knoweth love… This is so true. We are Spirits and must think out of the Spirit, our real selves. We cannot know love, not real love, in the natural way of thinking. And yet, we have lived all of our lives loving with what we thought was love.
Now, this is where the surprise that Father spoke to me comes into play.
ALL love is God’s love!!!! It’s just that there are levels or realms of love that we must grow into, to know by experience. Remember when I shared with all of you that Father told me, “You cannot KNOW something, without experiencing that thing?” This includes LOVE, ALL THE LEVELS OF LOVE. I have had different levels of love, but it still seems to be lacking something.
This last verse tells us that “NO MAN KNOWETH LOVE…” Man (flesh) cannot know love, ONLY THE SPIRIT THAT WE ARE CAN KNOW LOVE!! Even though we may be called “Christians”, if we do not know Who we are, then we still love with the flesh. (by flesh, I mean the level of not knowing Who we are). It is not a “bad” thing, it is just that we cannot BE all that Father says that we are, IF we don’t KNOW Who we are. Remember, all love is God’s love at some level. But, we are to BE AS HE IS IN THIS WORLD, and to be as He is, we MUST LOVE HIS HIGHEST LEVEL OF LOVE. If we don’t come to that Highest level of love, it doesn’t mean that we don’t love Him. It simply means that He is not manifested in and through us, FULLY.
PS 91:14, “Because He hasth set his love upon me…”
Do you know what this means? It means that EVERY LEVEL of God’s love is with us. We MUST awaken to it. We MUST experience it in order to KNOW it. Father is bringing heaven and earth together.
We can experience a revelation from the Spirit and interpret it wrongly. IF we allow the natural mind to try to discern what a revelation means, we can miss out on the true interpretation. We, with the natural mind, can discern the revelation to mean ANYTHING we want it to mean. BUT, IF we keep seeking Father, He will deliver the true interpretation to us. But, the natural mind wants OUR interpretation to be real to us. It is then that we must make a decision; do I accept that this is the dear, sweet, adorable Voice that I have come to know? OR do I accept the first interpretation because it is something that I want? EVERYTHING depends on what we accept.
When we accept what the Spirit says to us, ALL IS WORTH IT. This is what happened with me. When I finally accepted the interpretation of the Spirit LOVE FLOODED ME. IT FLOODED ME LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER KNOWN OR REMEMBERED BEFORE! Father’s love is a life changing love. Even when you think that you have all that you want, it pales, compared with that glorious LOVE OF HIS.
1Cor 13:1-10, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as astounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge: and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. (read all of this chapter).
14:1, “FOLLOW AFTER LOVE…”
Now, this is the love of God that we are to follow after. This is the love that I just recently experienced. It was by watching a PEOPLE!! And it was by accepting Father’s interpretation that I accepted, instead of the interpretation I WANTED it to be.
I told Father that I had to have it, that I was not fulfilled. I coveted what I saw; what I felt. I want to tell you something, when this happens to you, YOU KNOW IT!! And you that have experienced it know what I am talking about. Actually, I can’t tell you in words what it is like. But, a CHANGE happens, takes place that YOU KNOW it has and boldness appears. Strength just appears that tells you, “I will never leave you.”
It can’t be explained, it is a KNOWING. It is worth all loss, worth anything that could happen to you, I just can’t explain it properly. You will KNOW what I am talking about, when it happens with you, if it hasn’t already.
Then, today I read an email sent by a precious brother that told about a meeting they had just held. THAT SAME LOVE EXPLODED during the meeting. It is happening everywhere. It is conformation upon conformation. Not that you NEED the conformation, the conformation is like a reward for making the right decision. It is Father coming forth; it’s Him MANIFESTING IN THE EARTH.
I wanted to share this with you. LOVE IS EVERYTHING. This REAL LOVE!! It is nothing like the love we have lived with. Crave it. Pray for it. Desire it. Covet it. ALLOW it to come forth. We can minister, work miracles, prophesy, what ever. But, until we EXPERIENCE THIS LOVE, nothing is real. The game playing ends with this love. I pray and call it forth in all, to experience.
L-O-V-E [Linda Keith] 9-9-06 1