The windows that had curtains being pulled on it was the prophetic gifting being shut down and it led me to thinking of the scriptures in 1 Cor 13 about the gifts. "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbol. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.....v8 "But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away...."
Unadulterated passion for Jesus - what does that look like? It looks like a passion that effects everyone around you. I remember as a young women in love with my soon to be husband, I was annoying in some ways to the people around me because I was so 'sickly in love'.
Often I can look around me and in churches there is good learning and teaching going on, good ministry happening in the lives of people around, but the passion and 'first love' for Jesus is rarely seen. People want to serve Jesus which is great, people want to grow in giftings and see the miraculous happening around them, which too is great and so there is a certainly a love there that wants to serve Jesus, but the 'first love' that is infectious and consuming to those around you, I often struggle to find. And yes we are all different, but whether your an introvert or an extrovert, you can tell someone who is passionately on fire for something whether it be a rugby match or Jesus.
We cannot do it in our own strength once again but it can be something we desire, something we pursue like any thing, there are things you decide you want to focus on, whether it be a date night with your husband so you maintain a good marriage, or a coffee with a friend or watching a movie, I can decide that I want to invest my time in and for my first love to be kept in a place of passion then I need to spend time with my lover of lovers, the King of Kings and in that my love and desire is renewed, my passion restored. If we are not spending the time with the source of life, then how can we love and give life to the ones around us. We can once again become busy spending time learning how to move in the gifts, learning to serve The Lord in all sorts of ways and see the fruit of that, but in that forget to spend time with the lover of our souls, which in turn will effect the things that you may be currently seeing happening around you.
As we move into a season I believe of great signs and miracles from Heaven, please make sure you continue to spend time with the Lover. Please make sure that in the busyness of what The Lord may be doing around you, please continue to make Him the number one in your life not what happens because of Him.