Stir up yourselves!
by Pastor Doug Cox
The Apostle Paul instructs Christians to… “Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts and especially that you might prophecy.”
1 Corinthians 14:1
On St. Patrick’s Day right after a powerful time of worship the words “stir up yourselves” dropped into my heart. I felt the Lord moving on me to speak out and if I would open my mouth He would fill it. So I began to speak and the following was recorded.
“You are not ignorant concerning all the stirring that is going on in the world. There is a stirring of hatred, there is a stirring of unrest. There is a stirring upon the waters that represent people, the people are stirring and waves and the storms are blowing and it’s time for my people says the Lord, To stir yourselves. Stir yourselves in the things of God.To stir yourselves in the things of my love. To stir yourselves in my Word. It is no time for my people says the Lord, to sit by and be lazy and sit back and relax. For when the enemy is coming on full strength it is wrong for my people to sit back and relax and not go to war because when my people go to war I fight the battle for them! So stir yourselves, stir up the gift that is in you, stir up the gifts my people. This is not entertainment, this is a word from the Lord.This is for you to take heart and you are to take heart and take love and walk in it and pursue it like it’s the most valuable thing on this earth because it is! My love is the most valuable thing says the Lord that you have found in your lifetime, in your whole lifetime. It’s time for you to rekindle and stir that flame of love, that passion in your hearts.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Paul also writes… “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things, hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
Now it is your responsibility to do something with this message. It can be quenched and despised. It can also be weighed against what the rest of the Word says. It’s alright to judge prophecy but if it is speaking truth it is important that we ask the Lord to help us respond.