Ephesians 4:11-13 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
To walk in love, we have to maintain a strong spirit. We must continually nourish our hearts with The WORD of GOD. Just as we deplete our natural strength when we exert ourselves physically, and have to eat natural food, when we exert ourselves spiritually by walking in love (and it does take real spiritual exertion to do it!), we deplete our spiritual strength. So we must continually replenish it by feeding on The WORD.
One way we do that, is by spending time alone reading the Bible. We don’t have to wait for someone else to feed US, we can get into God’s WORD for ourselves.
But it’s also important for us to go somewhere where we can hear someone especially called and gifted by God to teach and preach His WORD. When we receive The WORD that way, there is an extra anointing and impartation on it. That anointing will cut through some of the mixed-up thinking we may not have previously been aware of. It will straighten out and renew our minds. The anointing God has given to that minister will add something to us that we just can’t get on our own.
That’s the reason we go to many church services. That’s why we have a collection of CDs and DVDs. We can listen to messages that we have had for years and have listened to them many times before. When we hear them again, the anointing is still on them to strengthen and build us up spiritually.
Some people don’t understand that. They think you just listen to ministers preach The Word so you can get new information. But actually, you listen to get revelation. You might think you know all there is to know about love, for instance. But, when you hear someone preach about it under the anointing, more revelation on it will come. You will get more light and insight about it, and you will walk out of that meeting (or away from the CD or DVD) more empowered and equipped to walk in love than you have ever been before.
As Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by The WORD of God.”
So, find some good, anointed preaching, and keep your spirit strong with a continual feast of The WORD!
Excerpts from “LIMITLESSLOVE” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland