Demons often sit in people’s minds even today
are you not still carnal?
Are you looking foward to a war next where millions of Jews may wind up dead?
How to handle divorce
what the Bible actually says on Tithing
Demons often sit in people’s minds even today
are you not still carnal?
Are you looking foward to a war next where millions of Jews may wind up dead?
How to handle divorce
what the Bible actually says on Tithing
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” Spending time alone with Jesus is essential for your well being. It is not a luxury or an option; it is a necessity. Therefore, don’t feel guilty about taking time out to be with Him. Remember satan is the accuser of believers. He delights in heaping those guilty feelings on us, especially when we are enjoying the presence of Jesus. When you feel satans accusations, you are most likely on the right track. Use your shield of faith to protect yourself from him. Talk with Jesus and tell Him what you are experiencing, and ask Him to show you the way forward. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Get close to Jesus, and He will get close to you.” Bismark Kobi
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, :23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
ONE CAN IMMEDIATELY HAVE THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BY ASKING FOR IT.. THERE ARE NO CONDTIONS. UNLIKE THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Mental Conversion to Jesus may take only a moment but practical, real transformation, conversion may take a lifetime?
BASICALLY IT ALL DEPENDS HOW LONG YOU REALY WANT TO MAKE JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR WHOLE LIFE AND DIE TO SELF.. IN A MOMENT OR IN A LIFE TIME?
Is Jesus Christ now the Lord of your life? or not yet? WHY NOT?
SOME PERSONS STILL NEVER MAKE THE FULL TRANSITION SADLY..
(John 1:12 KJV) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
(John 6:29 KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
(John 9:35 KJV) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
(John 9:36 KJV) He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
(John 17:20 KJV) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
(Acts 16:31 KJV) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
(Acts 19:4 KJV) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
(Rom 4:24 KJV) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
(Phil 1:29 KJV) For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
(1 John 3:23 KJV) And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
(1 John 5:13 KJV) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
If Jesus Christ now is not the Lord of your life yet do not be suprised God is not using you, or that you are not being enpowered by the Holy Spirit, and as a result you are mostly BARREN
AND FOR A TOUCH OF HEAVEN HERE ON EARTH.. CLAIM THESE PROMISES NOW
Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
(Rev 21:4 KJV) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
” There is a river of the Holy Spirit that comes from God whose streams makes glad “believers” and fills them with joy and peace. As a result this river gives them joy and gladness, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Yes, Joy and gladness are the trade marks of being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Christianity is not only to be understood with our hearts and minds and appreciated for its many miracles, signs and wonders but it’s to be experienced through the moving of the Holy Spirit. ” Walt Kam ”
There are some people who want to be the bride on every wedding and the corpse on every funeral! Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:8-11 Remember the cause of King Herod’s death? Acts 12:21-24″ Magumba Martin
Still the essentials of the Bible are:
I believe that Jesus Christ was literally conceived and born of a virgin named Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-33).
I believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jn. 3:5).
I believe that salvation is in none other than through the name, person, work, and grace of Jesus Christ (Jn. 14:6; Jn. 3:16; Rom.5:8).
I believe that all 66 books of the Bible are the “only” inspired word of God to the world. I do not acknowledge the Apocrypha, Psuedopigrapha, Gnostic Gospels, or the Book of Mormon to be “inspired scripture” (Tim. 3:16).
I believe that God is the creator of all things, is all-poIrful, all-knowing, and in control to do as He wills (14:15; Jer. 32:17; Eph. 3:20; Psa.139:1-4; 1 Sam.2:6-9; Psa. 24:1).
I believe that all of humanity has fallen short of God’s glory and is in need of salvation; hence the reason Jesus Christ came to the earth (Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23; Rom. 5:8; Jn. 14:6).
I believe that God is one, but reveals Himself through the persons of the Trinity as The Father, The Son as Jesus Christ , and The Holy Spirit. Furthermore, I believe that each Person of this Trinity is God (1 Cor. 8:6 6:44; Rom. 1:7; Isa. 9:6; Jn. 1:1 Acts 5:3; Heb 9:14; Jn. 4:24).
I believe that those who die without salvation go to a literal place called Hell (Psa. 9:17; Psa.73:12-19; Luke 16:23.26; Jn. 12:48).
I believe that those who belong to Christ will inherit eternal life in a literal Kingdom of Heaven (Isaiah 65; Zech. 14).
I believe that Jesus Christ will return to gather His people, as Ill as the resurrection of the dead in Christ at His return (1 Cor. 15:21-23).
I believe in the water baptism of believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38-41; Acts 22:16).
I belive in God’s will still is healing for his children, it is the children’s bread
I believe in the Holy Spirit baptism of believers in Christians evidenced by speaking in tongues as a separate experience upon making Jesus Christ Lord of your life personally ( Acts 10:38)
I believe that Christ is the Head of the church, which should be governed by Him and that all ministers are simply under-shepherds, mutual and voluntarily submissive one to another, plural eldershp(Eph. 1:22-23).
More helps? great links, see
-Does God speak to you? http://mccainvrsobama.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/does-god-speak-to-you/
-God still speaks outside of the Bible as well http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/god-still-speaks-outside-of-the-bible-as-well/
-THE PROMISE of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit IS FOR YOU http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/the-promise-of-the-outpouring-of-the-holy-spirit-is-for-you/
-Anointed Christian believers http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/anointed-christian-believers/
-Anointed Continued http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/03/anointed-continued/
-Jesus Christ http://witnessed.wordpress.com/tag/jesus-christ/?vm=r
-The Church of Jesus Christ http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/the-church-of-jesus-christ/
-Alive, alive my Jesus is alive for evermore http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/alive-alive-my-jesus-is-alive-for-evermore/
-The true Church of Jesus Christ http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/the-true-church-of-jesus-christ/
-God has set us free http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/11/26/god-has-set-us-free/
-Jesus can give us a fresh start everyday even in all things http://postedat.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/jesus-can-give-us-a-fresh-start-everyday-even-in-all-things/
-The Holy Spirit’s anointing http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/11/26/the-holy-spirits-anointing/
-A SABBATH REST OR A GODLY REST? http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/a-sabbath-rest-or-a-godly-rest/
-True Christians Are Holy Ghost Baptized http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/true-christians-are-holy-ghost-baptized/
-Why God Used D. L. Moody By R. A. Torrey http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/why-god-used-d-l-moody-by-r-a-torrey/
-The Holy Spirit is the mind of Christ http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/the-holy-spirit-is-the-mind-of-christ/
-The false Demotion of the Holy Spirit, Jesus http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/the-false-demotion-of-the-holy-spirt-jesus/
-The restoration of http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/the-restoration-of/
-The essential Political, Relgious, Christian truths http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/the-essential-political-relgious-christian-truths/
-Worship Him by giving http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/worship-him-by-giving/
-The gift of discernment http://postedat.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/the-gift-of-discernment/
-Righteous In Christ Alone! http://jesussayscome.wordpress.com/
-The Supremacy of Jesus Christ http://jesussayscome.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/supremacy-of-jesus-christ/
The Promises OF Eternal Life by Jesus Christ http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2008/09/27/the-promises-of-eternal-life-by-jesus-christ/
-Some people are realy lucky.. they experience Jesus http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/
-How do you recognize if a person is a true Christian, or what is a Christian? http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/how-do-you-recognize-if-a-person-is-a-true-christian-or-what-is-a-christian/
-Once Saved Always Saved ? Can you still lose your salvation in Jesus Christ? http://postedat.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/once-saved-always-saved-can-you-still-lose-your-salvation-in-jesus-christ/
-Bad Pastors, bad deacons, bad elders = bad church http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/bad-pastors-bad-deacons-bad-elders-bad-church/
-Many persons now they are trying to change others http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/many-persons-now-they-are-trying-to-change-others/
-About those that hate me and thee wrongfully http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/about-those-that-hate-me-and-thee-wrongfully/
-Laying of hands, Impartation, Breathe of the Spirit, Anointings, Anointed http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/05/laying-of-hands-impartation-breathe-of-the-spirit-anointings-anointed/
-They realy have not been Baptized yet by the Lord Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit http://mccainvrsobama.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/they-realy-have-not-been-baptized-yet-by-the-lord-jesus-christ-and-his-holy-spirit/
-They ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ http://jesussayscome.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/they-ceased-not-to-teach-and-preach-jesus-christ/
-The power in the name of jesus http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/the-power-in-the-name-of-jesus/
-The need for binding and loosening related to Satan, his evil spirits. http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/the-need-for-binding-and-loosening-related-to-satan-his-evil-spirits/
-The Pentecostal Movement http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/the-pentecostal-movement/
-My biggest regrets http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/my-biggest-regrets/
-You cannot judge me http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/you-cannot-judge-me/
-Pride leads to destruction and humility to honour.. What motivates many persons these days? http://postedat.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/pride-leads-to-destruction-and-humility-to-honour-what-motivates-many-persons-these-days/
-The ostrich form of Christianity that contradicts the Bible http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/the-ostrich-form-of-christianity-that-contradicts-the-bible/
-It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/t-is-better-to-hear-the-rebuke-of-the-wise-than-for-a-man-to-hear-the-song-of-fools/
- WHO IS JESUS CHRIST – IS HE A JEW, GENTILE OR NEITHER NOW? http://thefocusonthefamily.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/who-is-jesus-christ-is-he-a-jew-gentile-or-neither-now/
-What does the word chosen mean in the Bible? http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/what-does-the-word-chosen-mean-in-the-bible/
-Jews, Arabs, None of them politically correct. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/jews-arabs-none-of-them-politically-correct/
-Now why was Jesus even so angry with the Pharisees http://postedat.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/now-why-was-jesus-even-so-angry-with-the-pharisees/
-About those Jews, persons who still falsely refuse to acknowledge openly Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/about-those-jews-persons-who-still-falsely-refuse-to-acknowledge-openly-jesus-christ-as-their-lord-and-savior/
-Sheep or trouble maker? http://postedat.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/trouble-maker-or-a-timid-sheep/
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Countless numbers of believers today testify that they too have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoken in tongues. They see themselves as standing in the line of Jerusalem and Caesarea (and, later, —Acts 19:6). For them, speaking in tongues is not so much “proof” as it is supernatural evidence of the Holy Spirit’s powerful presence and activity.
Speaking in tongues is only one of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit but still the sign of receiving the HS or filled with the HS was always tongues. Now the New testament Bible records that people spoke in tongues when the Holy Spirit came upon them, it means that everyone must then speak in tongues when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.. or do you use another false Bible?
Do you even know the true benefits of speaking in tongues, as yo why this gift is so valuable.
“ Here are 10 reasons to prove why we need this wonderful gift.
1. The manifestation that came with the gift of the Holy Spirit was speaking in tongues. It wasn’t the wind, fire, noise or feeling of God’s presence that was evidence of the gift being received but a spirit language—believers began speaking languages of the Spirit they didn’t understand. It was God’s plan for the gift to function as a spirit language for His children (Acts 2:4, 11; 1 Cor. 14:2).
2. Jesus commanded us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus commissioned the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father, He didn’t say, “Do this if you feel led to do so, or if it fits in your doctrinal or denominational beliefs, or if you have the time, or if you are so inclined, or if you feel comfortable about it.” No! Jesus commanded them to wait until they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Since Jesus put such importance on their receiving this gift, that’s more than enough reason for every Christian to seek God until they receive it too (Acts 1:4; 5:32; John 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18).
3. The Scriptures exhort us to be filled with the Spirit and to pray in the new tongues of our spirit language. Our spirit language enables us to live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, be led of the Spirit, have the fruit of the Spirit, manifest the gifts of the Spirit and go from glory to glory until we are transformed into His same image (Gal. 5:22-25; Rom. 8:14; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; 14:15; Eph. 5:18; Acts 19:2; 2 Cor. 3:18).
4. A spirit language is the greatest gift the Holy Spirit can give a believer. Jesus is the greatest gift God could give for the redemption of the world, and the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift Jesus could give to His church. Of all the resources in heaven and the eternal universe, nothing is more valuable, beneficial or important for the Holy Spirit to give the individual child of God than her own spirit language (1 Cor. 12:31; 14:4).
5. Our spirit language enables us to have spirit-to-Spirit communication with God. Humans are spirit beings clothed with flesh-and-bone bodies. While man’s sin deadened the spirit, Jesus brings the spirit back to life by imparting His everlasting life into us. The Holy Spirit gives us a spirit language so we can communicate directly with God (John 4:24; 1 Cor. 15:45; Gen. 2:7; Rom. 5:12; John 3:3-5, 16).
6. Praying in tongues builds and increases our faith. Faith is the medium of exchange for all heavenly things, just as money is the medium of exchange for all earthly things. A major way to increase our faith is to pray in the tongues of our spirit language (Rom. 12:6; Jude 1:20; Mark 9:23; Matt. 9:29).
7. Praying in tongues activates the fruit of the Spirit. It’s vital and beneficial to have each of the spiritual attributes become active and mature in us. Praying in tongues helps us fulfill God’s predestined purpose for us to be conformed to the image of His Son (Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 13:1-13; Rom. 8:29).
8. Praying in our spirit language is the main way we fulfill the scriptural admonition to “pray without ceasing.” Christians can pray in tongues at any time. If we are in a place where it isn’t convenient or wise to speak out loud in tongues, we can pray with our inner man without making an audible sound (Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; Matt. 26:41; Luke 18:1; 21:36; 1 Cor. 14:15).
9. The Holy Spirit directs our spirit language to pray in accordance with the will of God. Probably the only time we can be assured that we are praying 100 percent in the will of God is when we are praying in our spirit language. God always answers requests that are made in alignment with His will (Rom. 8:27; 1 John 5:14-15).
10. Praying in tongues quiets the mind. When Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist, compared brain scans of Christians praying in tongues with Buddhist monks chanting and Catholic nuns praying, the study showed the frontal lobes—the brain’s control center—went quiet in the brains of Christians talking in tongues, proving that speaking in tongues isn’t a function of the natural brain but an operation of the spirit (1 Cor. 14:2, 14). “Adapted from Seventy Reasons for Speaking in Tongues by Bill Hamon .
The people who say they have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit without speaking in tongues tend to have no visible evidence of it..
After we have given our lives to Jesus as Lord and received the Holy Spirit, we begin to realize that the purpose of our existence is to praise the Lord (Eph 1:12). Most of our earthly life will pass away, but praising the Lord will last forever. Although praising Him is our heart’s desire and our eternal destiny, we have difficulty living a life of praise.
1) Giving thanks is the beginning of praising the Lord. We enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts (Ps 100:4). Those who are not familiar with praising the Lord should begin by thanking Him.
2) We naturally move to praise from thanksgiving (Ps 100:4). We move from focusing on the works of God to the God of works. We come to realize He is worthy to be praised (Rv 5:12).
3) After thanking and praising the Lord for a few minutes, we run out of ways to express ourselves. Not that there isn’t more to say in praise of God, but our consciousness, memory, and vocabulary are limited. When someone or something exceeds our ability to communicate, we usually try to extend our powers of communication by shouting or singing. We may even get into non-verbal forms of communication, such as clapping, dancing, and liturgical actions such as lifting our hands, bowing, etc.
4) But even if we have the best Biblical vocabulary and are free and talented enough to shout, sing, and dance; we cannot sustain praising God for more than a few minutes. We need the Spirit’s gift of praising the Lord in another language, the gift of tongues (1 Cor 12:10). As with our native language, we form the words but the Lord provides the motivation. We pray in other tongues in obedience, simply because we believe the Lord is telling us to do so.
Reason Number One
The Word of God teaches that when we are filled with the Holy Ghost, we speak with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance. Speaking in tongues is an initial evidence, or sign, of the baptism of the Holy Spirit: “And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and began to SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4).
Reason Number Two
Paul encouraged the Corinthian Christians to continue the practice of speaking with other tongues in their worship of God. He also encouraged them to speak in tongues in their individual prayer life as a means of spiritual edification, or building up. The Bible says, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself . . .” (1 Cor. 14:4).
Paul also stated in First Corinthians 14:14, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, MY SPIRIT PRAYETH, but my understanding is unfruitful.” Notice he said, “My spirit prays.”
The Amplified Bible reads, “My spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays . . . .” God is a Spirit. When you pray in tongues, your spirit is in direct contact with God, who is a Spirit. When you speak in tongues, you are talking to Him by divine, supernatural means.
Reason Number Three
A third reason people should speak with other tongues is that speaking with tongues keeps us continually aware of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling Presence. Not only is speaking with tongues the initial sign or evidence of the Holy Spirit’s infilling, but continuing to pray and to worship God in tongues helps us to be ever-conscious of His indwelling Presence. And if you are conscious of the indwelling Presence of the Holy Ghost every day, that is bound to affect the way you think and live.
Reason Number Four
Speaking in tongues eliminates the possibility of selfishness entering our prayer life. For instance, if I pray a prayer out of my own mind and out of my own thinking, it may be unscriptural. It may be selfish.
Paul wrote to the Church at Rome, “We know not what we should pray for as we ought. . .” (Rom. 8:26). He didn’t say we didn’t know how to pray, because we are instructed to pray to the Father in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:23–24).
But just because I know how to pray doesn’t mean that I know what to pray for as I ought. So Paul said, “We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself [Himself] maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26).
The Holy Ghost is not going to do our praying for us. He is sent to help us pray. Speaking with other tongues is praying as the Spirit gives utterance. It is Spirit-directed praying. And it eliminates the possibility of selfishness in our prayers.
Reason Number Five
A fifth reason believers should speak with tongues is that it helps them learn to trust God more fully. It builds one’s faith to speak in tongues. The Bible says, “Building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude 20).
Speaking in tongues stimulates faith and helps us learn how to trust God more fully. For example, faith must be exercised to speak with tongues because the Holy Spirit supernaturally directs the words we speak. You see, we don’t know what the next word will be—we have to trust God for that. And trusting God in one area helps us learn to trust Him in another area.
Reason Number Six
A sixth reason every believer should speak in tongues is that it provides a way for you to pray about things that you wouldn’t think to pray about or aren’t even aware of. We already know that the Holy Spirit helps us pray for particular situations when we don’t know how to pray about those situations. In addition, the Holy Spirit, Who knows everything, can pray things through us for things about which our natural mind knows nothing.
Reason Number Seven
A seventh reason why every believer should speak with tongues is found in James 3:8. “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison,” Yielding your tongue to the Holy Spirit to speak with other tongues is a big step toward being able to fully yield all of your members to God; for if you can yield your tongue, you can yield any member of your body to God.
Speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. God has given us this wonderful spiritual gift to bless us, edify us, and refresh us throughout our lives on this earth. Let’s receive what God has provided and enjoy the benefits of speaking in tongues!
There are six purposes for speaking in tongues. These six purposes are divided into three categories: the initial evidence of Spirit baptism, personal edification, and corporate edification. It must be understood that the “tongues” being discussed in each case are the same tongues. It is their purpose in each situation which distinguishes them.
Let me use the English language to provide a very simple illustration of what I mean. Some people are professional singers and use the English language to make beautiful music with their voices. Others, who have no ability to sing, may use the same English language to preach moving sermons in churches, teach excellent lessons in the classroom, or make powerful, moving political speeches. Still others may not be able to do any of those things, but still use the English language to communicate on a routine daily basis. In each of these situations it is the same language, but used for different purposes.
This is the broadest and most basic manifestation of the use of tongues. When Christians are baptized with the Holy Spirit they are enabled by the Spirit to speak in tongues. This is a language either “angelic” or “human” (1 Cor 13:1) that the individual has never learned. The “tongue” in this instance is the initial evidence of having been filled with (or baptized with) the Holy Spirit. There may be other evidences as well, but EVERYONE who is baptized with the Holy Spirit will speak in other tongues!
There are three clear accounts in the Bible where people who were initially baptized in the Holy Spirit spoke in other tongues, and which provides the Scriptural basis for this being the pattern for everyone who is Spirit baptized:
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place…All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.”
“…Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit’…When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”
In each of these instances the disciples KNEW they had been “clothed with power from on high” according to Luke 24:49, or “filled with the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 2:4) because they spoke with other tongues! It must be understood that this impartation by the Spirit to speak in tongues is NOT the “Gift of Tongues!” The Gift of tongues will be discussed later in this article.
The next four purposes for speaking in tongues are personal in nature and involve the individual edification (building up) of the believer.
As Christians all of us should want to grow and be built up in our faith. The word edification means “building up.” One way of doing this is mentioned in:
1 Corinthians 14:4
“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…”
This personal edification is perfectly acceptable and necessary for a healthy Christian life. The four personal uses of tongues are:
The first of these personal purposes is a personal prayer language. According to the Bible there are two types of languages: human languages and angelic languages.
1 Corinthians 13:1
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
So, the prayer language, or tongue, that a person receives at their Spirit baptism may be a human language or an angelic language. Human languages are relatively easy to recognize. However, angelic languages are not that familiar to us. Generally, they are what we refer to as Glossolalia. Some say that glossolalia sounds a lot like gibberish. But trust me, it is not! But I want to repeat here, whether the language a person receives from the Holy Spirit is a human language or an angelic language, it is NOT a language they have learned.
Often when we pray we run out of our own words and wish there were a better way to express our deepest concerns to God. It is at this point that praying in tongues or “praying in the Spirit” (synonymous expressions) becomes invaluable! The Apostle Paul explains in:
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
1 Corinthians 14:2, 14-15 says,
“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God…For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.”
When a person prays in tongues they don’t know exactly what they are saying, but the Spirit is praying in tune with God’s will. And God knows what is being said. Paul asks the question in verse 15 “So what shall I do?” and then answers it by saying, “I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind…”
Being able to pray both in our known language, and in “tongues” (in the Spirit) is a distinct benefit of being filled with the Spirit! It is part of the power we receive when we are Spirit baptized.
We are instructed by both the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Jude to pray in the Spirit:
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”
In our personal worship of God singing is one way we express our love for Him. When we are filled with the Spirit we can sing in our own language and we can sing in tongues too.
1 Corinthians 14:15
“So what shall I do?… I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.”
Again, in our expressions of love for God we can praise Him in our known language or we can praise Him in tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:16-17
“If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?”
Paul is here explaining why, in a public worship service, a person should not praise God audibly in tongues. Nevertheless, praising God quietly, or privately in tongues is perfectly acceptable!
And singing praises to God in the privacy of our own home in the Spirit, or in tongues, is to be encouraged! Do it often!
As with praising God, after we are filled with the Spirit, we can also give thanks to God in either our known language or in tongues. Paul continues his instruction of the Corinthians in the proper use of tongues in a public worship service when he says,
1 Corinthians 14:17
“You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.”
His primary concern is with everyone being built up in their faith when the whole church comes together. By giving thanks to God in tongues, an individual may be doing it well enough between himself and God, but because those around him don’t understand what he is saying they are not built up. So, giving thanks to God in tongues privately is very appropriate, but without an interpretation, it should not be done out loud in a public worship service.
Finally, one purpose for the use of tongues is public and is intended to edify the corporate body of believers (the congregation as a whole).
Each of the personal purposes of speaking in tongues mentioned before (prayer, singing, praising God, giving thanks to God) can also be used in a public worship service. However in the public worship setting, though they are the same tongues, they have a different function and their use is restricted by very clear biblical guidelines for their exercise.
The tongues used in a public worship service are referred to as one of the “Spiritual Gifts.”
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
“To one there is given through the Spirit…speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”
These two gifts of the Holy Spirit (speaking in different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues) are to function together when the corporate body of Christ is in worship. When these two gifts function together in a service it is God speaking to the church directly through a Christian who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
There are three primary differences between the personal and the public use of tongues.
First, whenever tongues are used audibly in a public worship service they are to be interpreted by someone so the entire congregation can be built up and not just the one doing the speaking. In private there is no interpretation of tongues.
Second, the number of times an utterance in tongues followed by an interpretation can be given in a corporate worship setting is limited to two or at the most three.
Third, though every Christian is to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues, NOT everyone who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues, will be able to use their tongues in a public message, in a corporate worship setting, followed by an interpretation.
Only those who the Holy Spirit specifically selects, out of those who have been Spirit baptized, will be used in giving a message in tongues in a church service. They are the ones who have been given the “Gift of Tongues.” http://www.openbibleministries.com/03hsbapt2.php#.Uu-9f2eEgbI
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Hidden agendas, the world is full of it, many people have hidden agendas. some not too well hidden even. Sadly some people they tend present their own “facts,” but fall short in truthfulness for they tend to falsely have a hidden agenda, one of which is that often they want to get rich, and /or live in the kingdom of self, to be falsely personally worshipped and still live in sin too.
Jehovah’s witnesses are very strongly cultic in both doctrine and behaviour, thus fitting both categories of false doctrine and mind control. They believe that all true Christian churches are of the devil.
They believe Jesus is not God, but is the Archangel Michael – the first being created by God.
They deny that God is a Trinity.
They believe Jesus died on a stake, rather than a cross.
They deny that Jesus rose bodily from the dead.
They believe that ony 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses will go to heaven. The rest will live forever in a paradise on Earth, never meeting the person who died for them – Jesus Christ.
They believe that salvation is impossible outside of the Watchtower.
They are not allowed to question the Watchtower leadership or teaching.
They claim you need to read the Watchtower’s magazines and other material in order to understand the Bible correctly. If you don’t read the Watchtower’s books, you will “fall into darkness” – what they call reverting to normal Christianity.
They have falsely predicted the end of the world five times.
They have just changed a major Watchtower prediction that the end of the world would come before the generation of Witnesses born before 1914 died. They are encouraged to visit homes for at least 10 hours per month distributing Watchtower materials.
They use their own special translation of the Bible which mistranslates the original texts.
They are well known to disown, shun, and ignore any friends and family leaving the cult.
They discourage tertiary education.
They are not allowed to be in the army or wear crosses.
They are not allowed to celebrate birthdays.
They are not allowed to celebrate Christmas – the date we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Cults/jw.htm
JW are known liars in their false Bible translations. They lie and claim the original Hebrew New Testament existed.. with no proof..
They claim that there was a Hebrew original of the gospel of Matthew is a myth..
1.The best and only argument JW’s can come up with for inserting Jehovah into the New Testament is that the gospel of Matthew, unlike the other 26 books of the New Testament, was written in Hebrew.
2.Even if Matthew was written originally in Hebrew, it would still mean Jehovah’s Witnesses change the other 26 New Testament books that were originally written in Greek. But with brazen deception they think if the Holy Spirit wrote one NT book in Hebrew that contained YHWH, this justifies changing the Holy Spirit’s choice of not using YHWH, but LORD, in the other 26 books.
3.But the most important fact to note, is that Jehovah’s Witnesses admit that the other 26 books of the New Testament were written in Greek where the Hebrew “YHWH” would not be used. It is one thing to falsely argue that Matthew was written in Hebrew, then later corrupted when translated into Greek by removing YHWH, but quite another to explain why YHWH is never found in the other 26 New Testament books. You see, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the entire New Testament has been corrupted.
4.Anyone who has studied the writings of the “Apostolic Fathers” knows that they are quite unreliable. It is most likely that they thought a Hebrew translation of the original Greek text of Matthew into Hebrew was the original. They were mistaken.
5.It is also possible that Matthew produced both a Hebrew and a Greek Original, except for the fact that we have no textual manuscript evidence in the way of ancient fragments to support a Hebrew original of Matthew. The fact remains that there is absolutely no evidence of a Hebrew Matthew.
6.There has never been found any copies of a Hebrew Matthew, all were written in Greek, just like the other 26 books.
7.In fact of the 5000 oldest manuscripts of the Bible NONE use YHWH in the New Testament. So JW’s are found to be liars.
8.JW’s argue that the text of the Bible as we have it is corrupted and that it did originally contain YHWH, at least in Matthew, but it was removed. This is entirely different than saying Bible’s mistranslate the Greek underneath, because in this case, it is missing from the Greek.
9.If JWs can argue that YHWH was lost from the original, then Christians can argue the word “trinity” was originally used in the Bible, but lost. When JW’s argue that Trinity is never used in the Bible, we can equally argue that YHWH was never used in the New Testament. Of course this kind of simple logic is too much for the average JW to comprehend and they will argue in one breath that YHWH was lost from the Greek, then in the other breath say it is adding to the word of God if someone insists the word trinity is found in the Bible. (note: Trinity was never used in the Bible, but the argument is used for hypothetical reasons only. Go to our trinity in the Bible section for more details.)
10.Isn’t that convenient! They say that YHWH was originally in the Bible, but it was removed… but we have no evidence it was removed. They say Matthew was written in Hebrew… but there is no evidence it was ever written in Hebrew.
The internet is full of people with false, hidden agendas, liars,,, who have all kind of false motives for their false teachings.. JW Yeah your topic.. is sucker bait to reach people.. you are not a real Christian so what are you teaching…
A) you say that “I profess my faith in the living God” – who? Jesus Christ.. who was God form the foundation of the world, a part of the trinity?
B ) or the Jesus who became a god?
C) and there is no trinity?
D) Do you also now believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit still exists even today?
E) that the Holy Spirit is God, a person, is part of the trinity? Like real Christians do…
F) and do you believe this John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. ( Jesus was not a god but the God)..
Well? I am waiting for your replies.. not your false diversions, lies, slanders
“I will just just say a prayer for you.” Dream on ..
God does not hear the prayer of an Ungodly persons and their love of me is also impossible cause they do not have the love of the Holy Spirit..
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
(1 Cor 5:12 KJV) For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
(1 Cor 6:2 KJV) Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
1 Cor 6:5 KJV) I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
(1 Cor 10:15 KJV) I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
(1 Cor 14:29 KJV) Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
JW teach crap.. not the real Jesus It is always evident that the mostly still liars, people claiming to be good persons, who try to enforce the one way rules on others, those even they do not practice, are still just liars and hypocrites.. and of course they do not want you to judge them, to know and expose this to any others.. But a person is known by the company they keep.. One having bad company leads to one going to hell too.. tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are now.. a person is also know by what he does, and the values he or she have.. some people have bad values, some people falsely go extreme with good values..
Now real Biblical repentance evident and it includes s admitting one sins to God, stopping and consciously turning away from them, turning back toward God, and personally accepting Jesus Christ finished work, forgiveness for them. True repentance is confession, contrition, change; replacement and it involves the whole person, Our Body, Soul, Spirit. It is also a personal, ongoing event. It is visible to all now too..
(Rev 18:4 KJV) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev 18:5 KJV) For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven..
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. “
But who am I to say? I’m not his judge”???
If you yourself now cannot judge what people are like so how can you see the devil then too?
You yourself are not Holy Spirit filled even then.. one needs to deal with that firstly.. Of course the devil does not want you to have the gift of discernments of Spirits.. if the devil cannot get at you personally he will next come to you directly in the form of a bother, sister even, a person.. (2 Cor 2:11 KJV) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
There is no such thing as living in a world in which individuals are not being judged by others for the actions that they take or what they say. Making a statement such as, “you cannot judge me”, is ludicrous. A Christian person still can judge another Christian’s individual’s behavior or actions, writings, speech
The following is a list of twenty-two cult characteristics that will enable anyone to determine in five minutes what is and isn’t a cult.
•If the leader or leaders write their own material and claim that it is from God or “inspired by God” or “from the mouth of God” then they are a cult.
•If the leadership tells you that you can’t read anything written by any other church or religion and only can read what they write then it is a cult.
•If you are forbidden to speak to or read anything written by someone who has left the group for reasons of conscience or belief then it is most definitely a cult.
•If the leadership has to write its own version of the Bible and call it “improved” or “more accurate” and the use of that “translation” is unique to that religion then it is most definitely a cult.
•If personal choice and independent thought is considered to be “evil” then it is most definitely a cult.
•If asking difficult questions is discouraged then it is most definitely a cult.
•If, when finding a particular question difficult or impossible to answer you are told to just “have faith” or “wait on the Lord” then you are probably in a cult.
•If it is forbidden to disagree either privately or openly with the leadership on any point then it is most definitely a cult.
•If you are encouraged to sever ties with anyone not affiliated with your religion then it is most definitely a cult.
•If the group actively solicits membership it is probably a cult.
•If an interested person is only given enough information to pique their interest but not enough information to scare them away then it is most definitely a cult.
•If you are told to teach just “the good stuff” during the initial phase of a person “studying” with you then you are most definitely in a cult.
•If there are aspects of your teaching that are purposely kept hidden until the student is very far along in the indoctrination process then you are most definitely in a cult.
•If the members are instructed to be especially nice to new visitors then it is probably a cult.
•If the leadership teaches that they are the only ones with “the truth” and that everyone else is deceived then you are in a cult.
•If the members are encouraged to turn other members in for infractions then it is 100% most definitely a cult.
•If you are given a litany of rules and regulations to follow then you are most definitely in a cult.
•If your schedule is booked with group activities to the point that you have little or no time to yourself then you are most definitely in a cult.
•If you are told to have little or nothing to do with anyone, including close friends and family members, who choose to leave the group, then you are most definitely in a cult.
•If your leadership is nameless, mysterious, aloof, unapproachable, unaccountable or otherwise “nebulous” then you are most definitely in a cult.
•If your leadership doesn’t have to report their income to you or the government then you are most definitely in a cult.
•If higher education is considered evil and strongly discouraged by the leadership then you are most definitely in a cult.
How many of the above characteristics hit your religion? If it was more than five then you are probably in danger of being in a cult.
If you answered yes to ten or more than you are most definitely in a mind control cult.
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