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FORERUNNER SCHOOL OF MINISTRY – MIKE BICKLE Song of Songs Transcript: 3/16/07 Page 1 of 15 Session 5: God’s Love is Better Than Wine I will take just a moment and give a review from last session for those who are new with us tonight. If you want the notes you can get them off the website. They are available right now. REVIEW: UNDERSTANDING THE KISSES OF GOD’S WORD The last session we looked at the theme verse of this eight-chapter love song. Where the bride cries out, “Let Him”— she is speaking
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  F  ORERUNNER  S  CHOOL OF   M   INISTRY   –   M   IKE   B  ICKLE    Song of Songs Transcript: 3/16/07 Page 1 of 15  IHOP-KC Missions Base MikeBickle.org IHOP.org   Session 5: God’s Love is Better Than Wine I will take just a moment and give a review from last session for those who are newwith us tonight. If you want the notes you can get them off the website. They areavailable right now. REVIEW: UNDERSTANDING THE KISSES OF GOD’S WORD The last session we looked at the theme verse of this eight-chapter love song.Where the bride cries out, “Let Him”— she is speaking to the Father—“let Himkiss me with the kisses of His mouth (Word)—For Your love is better than wine”(Song 1:2). What is happening in this passage is that the bride is making a requestto the One who has authority over the King? In terms of the spiritual analogy, theKing obviously is Jesus since she is speaking to the One who has authority over the personal matters of the King. She is talking to the Father. We looked at that indetail in our last session. It is in essence the prayer for the first commandment to bereleased, the grace to walk in the first commandment.Jesus said—as a prophecy, and even more a word of instruction—the lastdeclaration He gave to the nation of Israel publicly. He said you shall love the Lordyour God with all of your heart, then He went on and described this as the firstcommandment, and it is the great commandment.The cry for the kisses of God’s Word is actually, in our context, it is the prayer of faith that God would release the anointing for us to walk in the first commandment,that it would be first place in our life. Now, before Jesus returns, the firstcommandment will be restored to first place around the whole earth. No matter what different ministry agenda the different ministries have, I can assure you at thevery top of God’s priority list is to cause the first commandment to be received infirst place in the body of Christ. It is not only the first commandment it is the greatone. TO RESTORE THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT TO FIRSTPLACE  Now just again for those who are new with us in this first session, it is session five but it is your first time with us. The kiss of the Word, the kisses of His mouth refer to the Word of God. The Word is that which proceeded out of the mouth of God in   Song of Songs– M   IKE   B  ICKLE    Session 5: God’s Love is Better Than Wine Transcript: 3/16/07 Page 2 of 15  IHOP-KC Missions Base MikeBickle.org IHOP.org  Deuteronomy 8:3. For many generations, the Rabbi’s would refer to this verse asthe kisses of the Torah, the kisses of the Word or the kisses of the law. Now thetheme of the love song, it is an eight chapter love song; the theme of the bride iscrying out that God would kiss her with His Word.What that means is, as we looked at it last session, that God would reveal HisWord to her in a way that awakens love in her heart. There are many differentcategories and themes in the Word of God. She is crying out for the Word thatreveals the love of God and awakens the love of God in our spirit. It is the kisses of His Word. It is not just apostolic strategy for outreach for nations. Those are veryimportant categories in the Word of God. The cry of the bride is not only for this but it is her premiere cry. THE BRIDE CRIES FOR THE WORD TO TOUCH THE HER HEART Lord, I want the Word in as much as it reveals Your love and awakens love in mefor You and then overflowing to other people. So we study the Word of God withthis focus. For some years now I have studied the Word of God specifically,strategically studying God’s emotions.I want to understand how God feels. I appreciate the story that Allen Hood, the president of the Bible school, tells. That he was here fifteen years ago in KansasCity as a part of the church here. I said it many times so I do not remember thetime he was referring. He was twenty-one years old. Twenty, I guess it is six,seventeen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two years ago. I gave a challenge to gothrough and mark every place in the Bible that emphasizes or reveals somethingabout God’s emotions. He said, I was a twenty-one year old and I did it.I went. I took my Bible. It took me months. I marked every single place that spokeabout God’s emotions and I studied them. That is what I mean by the kisses of theWord. It is the word in as much as it reveals the passion of God’s heart.So these many years later, what fifteen, sixteen, seventeen years later he tells thestory as to that put a plumb line in his soul—that put a foundation in him. I want toencourage you to do that again. I would refer to that, in the Song of Solomonlanguage, as the kisses of His word. I love that theme. I have not graduated from ityet. A billion years from now in the resurrection, I will still be focused on thattheme as will you and the whole body of Christ.   Song of Songs– M   IKE   B  ICKLE    Session 5: God’s Love is Better Than Wine Transcript: 3/16/07 Page 3 of 15  IHOP-KC Missions Base MikeBickle.org IHOP.org  THE SUPERIOR PLEASURES IN THE GRACE OF GOD The superior pleasures and the grace of God. The superior pleasures in God’sgrace. I wrote a book called, “The Pleasure of Loving God.” I give several chaptersto the theme of the superior pleasure of loving God and being loved by God. It isone of my most exciting themes to touch my heart. It is the pleasure, the pleasureof giving ourselves to God and knowing how God gave himself to us. The other  book, “The Seven Longings of the Heart,” it is the same theme. It is the pleasurewe feel when God touches our spirit. STUDENT OF THE EMOTIONS OF GOD We cannot emphasize this theme enough. I want to urge you to become students of the emotions of God. Now she has been asking the Father, let Him kiss me with thekisses of His word. Now, she is going to give us the reason why she wants the kissof God’s word. Now, she turns her focus from the Father to Jesus. Again, using thespiritual application of this love song, we understand that this love song waswritten in its srcinal context to extol or to magnify the beauty of married love.Song of Solomon is still to be read that way.That is not the only interpretation and application. There is a spiritual one as well.So now she says Father let Him kiss me with the kisses of His Word. Now sheturns to Jesus. She says because or for—it is the same word—because Your love or Your affection is better than wine.What a powerful sentence. We get insight into her heart by that one phrase morethan any other phrase in all of Song of Solomon. Why do I want the word of Godso? Why am I so ravenously hungry for God’s word? For this reason, Your affection for me is better than the wine of this fallen world. Your affection, whichis communicated to me by the kisses of Your word, it is so exciting to my spirit. Itso exhilarates my spirit, I want Your word more than anything. I understand itreveals Your love or Your affection which is greater than the wine of this fallenworld. WINE EXHILARATES THE HEART  Now, she uses the wine metaphor because she is talking in the context of amarriage relationship—in the celebration of marriage. Wine is that whichexhilarates the heart. That is how it is meant to be understood in this love song. Itis referring to the drink of earthly celebration—that is what it is talking about. It is   Song of Songs– M   IKE   B  ICKLE    Session 5: God’s Love is Better Than Wine Transcript: 3/16/07 Page 4 of 15  IHOP-KC Missions Base MikeBickle.org IHOP.org  the drink of gladness. It is the drink of the wedding celebration in ancient Israel. Iwill just summarize it. It speaks of the things that exhilarate the human heart, thewine. Now there is a good wine and there is a bad wine in terms of this analogy.She is not only talking about the wine of sin, of the intoxications that are dark. Shesays even the wine of Your blessing, even the blessings You give me. For You totouch my heart in intimacy, it is even more exhilarating than You to bless mycircumstances. To have her heart grow in God is more powerful than even the goodwine of God’s blessing. She is saying more than Your word is more exciting thansin. She is saying more than that. She is saying it is even more exciting when Your word kisses my heart than even the blessings You put in my hand. Now, we do not turn away God’s blessings. We want God’s blessings but at thesame time we understand that there is something more powerful than blessedcircumstances. The blessing I am referring to, financial increase, that is good. Iwant zeros added on the financial increase that God wants to give me. I want tohelp fund the going forth of the gospel in the prayer movement in a supernaturalway with finances. I want financial increase. Favor in relationships, physicalhealth, these are wonderful blessings. New spheres of influence, whether ministryor in the market place or whatever, these are different facets of the blessings of God. Now here is the problem: as good as God’s blessings are—they are good, noqualifier—but we want the blessings of God, they are not to be the primary focusof the bride’s heart. AS WONDERFUL AS GOD’S BLESSINGS ARE, THEY ARE NOT OUR FOCUS They are to be the secondary focus, not the primary. What happens, history provesit, many people who get touched by God’s blessing in ministry, finance or favor gets so preoccupied with the blessing that their heart actually diminishes in itscommunion and its experience with Jesus.They get so busy managing the blessing that they begin to diminish, it is very slow,it is so gradual but their spiritual connection at the heart level. Their heartdiminishes. It gets smaller in that sense. Now this is the thing that Jesus told themabout in Revelation 2 when He said: “I know you have persevered and have patience, and have labored and I am blessed by that” (verse 3, paraphrased).Revelation 2:4 (paraphrased): “He said I have something against you even thoughyou worked so hard for Me. I appreciate that you are faithful in that regard. I have
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