i wanted to talk about first fruits. (it's not even in the notes, i know!) it is important for all the gifts but especially for the prophet. Arthur spoke about a time he was heading up a prayer network, the work of the kingdom was high but low and behold his intimacy with God was plummeting. interesting indeed. it was because "the person we take our first fruits of emotions to (joy or pain) is the one we become intimate with."
see psalm 25:1 To you, O LORD, I lift my soul. how Arthur gets this teaching from this verse is superlative. i just read it and move on..but i am learning.
this has been truly a bonding experience in my life and i can see the the outworkings of this even though i had no language or knew i was scoring big by this action.
at a time when pain was high and no human was going to be able to cope on a regular basis with my thrashings; oh yes, 'to you o Lord, do i indeed lift up my soul..'
i also love swimming and walking the beach as many of you know, and when joy is high and believe me it is high tide indeed, there too do i lift my emotions of exhuberance to the most high once again.
has anyone a similar experience or looking to change something to experience higher intimacy with this principle?