This is a most interesting hour.
Many who call themselves “Spirit filled” Christians deny the most basic and elementary teachings of Scripture as concerns the things of the Spirit of God.
They maintain that “tongues aren’t for everyone” or that “tongues don’t belong in a church gathering – because we don’t want to offend anyone.”
Since when does the Holy Spirit offending someone matter? Are we moved by our love for God and His kingdom or are we moved by what others think?
The former teaching is typical of satan’s deceits in that it gives great pride to those who have “the gift” and the latter reveals satan’s fear of tongues – the least of the gifts – in it’s power to arrest the attention of the unbeliever and to strengthen the believer. (1Cor. 14:22; 1 Cor. 14:4)
Isn’t it odd that Jesus would command all of his followers to receive the promise of the Father and then change His mind as it relates to the Church of today. That He would give the early Church power but withhold that same power from the believer of today is inconceivable to me. Has God become a “respecter of persons” or is there now a “difference” so that one can be more, or have more, than another. I think not! (Act 1:4,5,8;Luk 24:49;Joh 7:37-39) (Act 10:34; 15:8-9)
Every translation that I am aware of says basically the same thing in 1 Corinthians 14:39: “DO NOT FORBID OR HINDER speaking in (unknown) TONGUES.” That seems fairly clear to me. How about you?
How can one build themselves up if they are not allowed to do what is required to accomplish the task. Jude says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,”. (Jud 1:20; 1Co 14:4)
Guard and Keep Yourselves in the love of God
This is a time of great outpouring and visitation from God! It is also a time of great darkness. In Jude we are warned of times like these that we live in and are given the key to safety in Christ:
Jud 1:18-AMP They (the Apostles) told you beforehand, In the last days (in the end time) there will be scoffers – who seek to gratify their own unholy desires – following after their own ungodly passions.
Jud 1:19-AMP It is these who are (agitators) setting up distinctions and causing divisions; merely sensual (creatures) – carnal, worldly-minded people – devoid of the (Holy) Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life.
Jud 1:20-AMP But you, beloved, build yourselves up (founded) on your most holy faith – make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher – praying in the Holy Spirit;(1Co 14:4; Act 1:4; 8:14-17; 10:44-47; 19:2-6)
Jud 1:21-AMP Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, (which will bring you) unto life eternal.
We must not surrender to the socialism and secularism that is sweeping our country and invading our churches. It is time to raise the banner of love and power over His Church and be continually filled with supernatural ability and power.
“Guard and keep yourselves” –
“Building yourselves up” –
“Praying in the Holy Spirit”
This is the essence of the last command of Jesus before He departed earth.
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. Acts 1:4 (KJV)
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (KJV)