June 7: Concerning Spiritual Gifts

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This is the Third part of the series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

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NOW ABOUT the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed. ICorinthians 12:1 (Amp)

The gifts that Paul is talking to the Corinthian church about in this section of his letter are also known as The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. What is strikingly important to realise here is that he is not talking about innate talents. They are not psychological or intellectual gifts. Instead, he makes it very clear that these are “Supernatural” gifts. They are of spiritual origin and that they are not resident; they don’t become the possession of the user.

holy_spirit_-_pentacost_jwiThere has been so much confusion, within the church, on this subject alone, that it is worth spending some time to give it the respect, it is due, and to take the time to examine some of the fallacies that have been perpetuated, most of them doctrinal, based on nothing more than mere opinion, rather than the due attention that scripture itself spends on this subject.

More often, than not, these same opinions were generated by men, themselves ignorant of any experience of walking in the spirit themselves; as Paul describes them: carnal minds unable to discern the difference between the Spirit, Soul and the Body. Paul, in an earlier part of this same letters already dealt with this inability:

But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. ICorinthians 2:14 (Amp)

The concept of Doctrine, Dogma and Tradition as the “Foundations of the Church” is insufficient when it comes to the discussion of spiritual matters. Doctrine, Dogma and Tradition are constructs of ‘religious’ men. They do not originate from the spirit, but from the sensory, or carnal, fleshly nature of the person.

Now, this is the second time I have referred to the opinions and constructs of “men” and I make no apology for that. By doing so, I am pointing out the lack of involvement that women have been permitted to be involved in these matters. I am laying the responsibility for these matters fairly and squarely at the feet of those responsible. This does not, for on moment mean that women are incapable of making the same mistakes. On the contrary, it is merely a matter of pointing out the facts.

freedom-rising-above-pain-hurt-angerIn Jesus’ day, as in Paul’s, the watchword of the Pharisees and the Sadducees was “Tradition.” On more than one occasion throughout the synoptic gospels Jesus is noted for pointing out how the traditions of these men had “Made the covenant of God ineffective.” The practice of their religious traditions had taken the place of the power of God to be able to manifest itself in healing and deliverance from sickness, disease and had allowed the devil to blind the minds of the Children of Abraham to all  the meaning of the redemptive names of Jehovah. Their traditions nothing more than human constructs trying to reach the God who is omnipresent.

Don’t get me wrong now, the pentecostal movement has had its far share and opportunity to fall into this snare of the enemy. many of the traditions have come about as a result of misunderstanding an aspect of a mighty move of God.Consider this:

In a revival in a small town church somewhere a member of the congregation received a miraculous healing and was able to see for the first time in 40 years. But, instead of looking to God to find out what they had done and the attitudes that had allowed this miracle to be manifest they looked to the circumstances:

“About the time that Sister so-and-so got her sight back we’d sung hymn number 34 four times. Brother Steve had been blowing his nose hard into his handkerchief. Mary-Jane was wandering among the pews and Old Mother Jones had felt the glory upon her so bad she’d taken off at a run around the church. With that the Pastor knocked over a vase of flowers beside the pulpit and Elder Samuel had slammed the front door to the church, real hard……….” And on it goes.  

Since then, every Sunday morning, faithfully, for the last 30 years they’ve been replicating those same conditions, to the point that there’s a hole in the floor beside the pulpit, where the water has caused the boards to rot and Old Mother Jones (we almost lost her last year) doesn’t so much run any more, as shuffles around the church, at a snail’s pace. “But we’re sure that one of these days God’s gonna do one of them miracles again!”

This particular example is an exaggerated  fiction. But, it is similar to stories I have heard, over the years an it is the way traditions and “Sacred Cows” are born. However, I think you probably get my drift. Human beings want to see everything that happens in relation to their 5 senses. But, as Paul said “The things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned.” That is where Faith, real bible Faith comes into operation. Faith takes over where the senses fall short and all things from God require us to approach them in Faith.

It is important to remember, that Paul is writing this letter to a church that had taken the use of spiritual gifts to the extreme. In his attempt to bring some order and decorum to the situation, he was also aware of the need not to quench the spirit and the enthusiasm of these people. As he says later on in this letter of instruction: “The Holy Spirit does things decently and in order.”

As we read the book of Acts of the Apostles we are given insight into the growth of the early church over something of a 30 year period. From its beginnings in Jerusalem at the feast of Pentecost, just after the resurrection and at each Dove Rainbow 1step of its growth out into the wider world, it is clear to see that the supernatural nature of the church, and the use of the supernatural gifts and ministrations of the Holy Spirit were not an adjunct to, but rather an integral part of that growth. You did not receive Christ without following through with water baptism and you did not receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, a subsequent action to salvation, without the manifestation of the Spiritual gifts; most importantly the individual, personal gift of “Other Tongues”; to ensure you had a way to build up and to maintain your faith.

Sadly, this spontaneous utterance has been watered down, to the point where people have been led to believe that the disciples, only on the day of Pentecost, spoke in tongues and that they were speaking the different languages of the peoplle in the regions that had gathered in Jerusalem. Very little, if  any, attention is paid to the significance of that particular event in Jerusalem, as well as the perculiar language that Luke uses to describe the event.

He does not so muc say that the disciples were speaking in kknown languages, as much that the people from all around ‘HEARD’ them in their native tongue. By diminishing the supernatural aspect of this event the neglect the fact that there was as much “Interpretation of tongues” going on, as there weere people speaking languages they had never learned.

The initial sign, the signature gift of the the Holy Spirit, endowed upon all of those who are baptised in the spirit, is also the doorway intom the supernatural aspect of Life in the Spirit and the empowering that Jesus emphasised that ALL his disciples would need to be able to function effectively as a part of the body of Christ. Anyone who suggestssnared that the supernatural aspect of Christianity is unnecessary is either a fool, or is blinded by “the god of this world,” or both. A cursory glance at the list if the most popular shows onn television over the past 20 years alone would demonstrate how much people crave the supernatural in their lives.

It has come to the point where witches, demons, vampires, werewolves and zombies, previously portrayed as either evil, or the villains in the past, are now regarded as heroes and states of life to aspire towards. The church, deservedly so, is portrayed as weak, ineffective and irrelevant in the face of oposition to this craving; particularly by the youth right through to those in their late forties. Deservedly so, because the church has been more interested in getting caught up in politics and affairs of distribution. It’s priests and ministers have been embarrassed as some within their ranks have been exposed for the fakes and charlatans that have sought refuge and abuse their privilege among those of good conscience within church organisations, bringing them into disrepute.

People, declaring themselves to be the prophets of a new age, the infiltration of ‘other‘ mysticism offering alternatives; usually accompanied by a taste of the supernatural, such as Yoga as well as the proliferation of ‘Martial Arts,’ in the guise of exercise and self defence alone have introduced Eastern mysticism that appears superior to the ways of Christ and his church. Yet the disciplines are rooted in religious practices in opposition to Christ.

The outcome of this is a drawing away, paricularly the next generation of leaders. With the ascendancy of these rites within the church as organisation, rather than as the body of Christ, has seen the undermining of the Charismatic renewal within the existing Christian denominations in the 1960s. The adoption of Aquarian practices and the attempt to mix these with authentic practice, in an attempt to legitimise them. The Buddistic Ohm took precedence over the Authentic Tongues as a gift from the Holy Spirit.

I will make a point here, in case anyone is of the opinion that any of these things, in and of themselves actually affect, or hurt God, or Jesus, or, are even slightly capable of inflicting harm upon God;; I would suggest a serious re-think. None of these things are capable of harming God. But, it is the people of God who are aflicted and undermined, while in this present world, by these practices and their accompanying dis – ease. It iis for this reason alone that God is even concerned about them; he is omnipotent, omniscient  and omnipresent, for our sakes.

The church that has the manifestation of the spiritual gifts, which are supernatural in origin  and demonstration and not What-is-the-Role-of-the-Holy-Spiritdependant upon emotion are more than sufficient to meet the needs of those who are drawn away from   churches that have become dry and lifeless as a result of dead tradition and nothinbg more than a social gospel. To address this falling away (which has been prophesied from old) will require a revival in the church heretofore unprecedented. The demonstratiion of the Holy Spirit and Power, the Dunamis, the world changing, life changing power of God will need to be commonplace, rather than sporadic and has been prophesied by Joel and spoken nof by Peter at the very beginning of the church age, on the First Pentecost.

This revival will require the emergence of the Five-fold Ministry gifts with both Ecsusia and Dunamis, both Authority and Miraculous power in the Name of Jesus. It will require leadership like the church and the world have not seen for a very long time; the word of God preached with authority and demonstration. The difference is that this revival will require those who have been regarded as base and unremarkable; those who have been rejected or undermined by those in leadership in recent times.

This is one of the reasons for the rise of the affirming movement in the church; as God alone builds his church.  It is the weak and the broken, who know that they are is the result of God and not their own efforts, are those preparing aHunger Bible testimony of power and with authority; able to attest to the saving Grace of God. Add to that their hunger for the Word of God, and their use of that word as their foundation and their benchmark; they build a testament to all that God is truly able to do to and for those who truly love and trust him.

As Paul commands:

But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all—love]. ICorinthians 12:31 (Amplified)

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Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desireand cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy (interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching). ICorinthians 14:1 (Amplified)

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So [to conclude], my brethren, earnestly desire andset your hearts on prophesying (on being inspired topreach and teach and to interpret God’s will and purpose), and do not forbid or hinder speaking in [unknown] tongues. ICorinthians 14:39 (Amplified)

Now more than ever we need to be encouraging the use and practice of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit combined with the development of the Fruit of the Spirit. Rather than the trend of forbidding, not through any blatant proclamation; rather constraining the opportunity for those gifts to be used and given the credibility they deserve.

Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit; do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning]. IThessalonians 5:19-20

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May 31: “I Would Not Have You Ignorant”

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This is the Second part of the series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

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PentecostHave you ever wondered why the period from around 500AD to 1350 and the start of the Renaissance is referred to as The Dark Ages? More significantly, why the church, which had begun with such demonstration of the power and wonder of God, failed to continue that vigour; only to fall into a a pit of what can only be described as dead religion.

An empire built on the bones and despair and political determination of men determined to secure themselves a lifestyle of comfort and pleasure. A culture much akin to the rulers of the temple and the religious men of the day, when Christ walked upon the earth. Men whom he referred to as “Whitewashed tombs full of dead mens bones.” Men he declared had “Made the Covenant of God of No Effect.”

All of Europe is filled with great palaces and cathedrals constructed with every last penny that clerics could secure, byarchitecture_arches_dark_ages_1680x1050_desktop_1680x1050_hd-wallpaper-169335 one means, or another from the rich, who wanted to buy their way in the securing of a place in Heaven. Or, by demanding that the poor remember that the church was their only source of succour; that God had made them for this station in life as a purgative way to enter the pearly gates. The introduction of indulgences and penance discriminated very little.

Few would be saved and even that was not guaranteed. Hell was an ever present threat, by which the masses were to be controlled.Politics and the courting of princes became the mainstay of the church. No monarch could be named King, or Queen, without the ascent of Rome.

grunewaldcrucif1A dead Christ was ever before the face of the congregants. How could anyone nailed to a tree do anything to help your lot in this life. What was worse, was that every sin was another blow of the hammer upon those nails. Or another stroke of the lash upon that Christ. The children of God were brought to the Cross and left there to mourn and wallow in the guilt and shame that it was they who had put Christ on that cross.

Then to cap it all off the written word of God to His people, was hidden away, in monasteries. Imprisoned, behind insurmountable walls. Retained for the eyes of the elite few who could both read and were educated to even begin to172616_443805 comprehend and for them to interpret.

That last action. The locking away of the scriptures from the ‘common man,’ was the snuffing of the only remaining candle. But still, God would not be mocked.

It would appear that the scarlet thread that flows throughout the Old Testament, from Rahab and Joshua. That remnant that God has always had there in reserve, like the prophets that had not bowed to Baal, when Elijah thought that he was the only one who remained faithful. God has always had those embers sitting quietly, waiting to burst into wildfire, throughout even this dark period of time.

God would move, by his Holy Spirit, upon a St Francis, in Assisi; St Tereasa in Avila. and many others scattered throughout history; keeping that wondrous hope, that God was still the wonder-working God of the Old and New Testaments. That the miraculous, as infrequent as it appeared, could still manifest.

 With the advent of the printing press and the emergence of the  protestant church the word of God began a course that would secure the ability of every person, in the western world, who wanted to read the bible access; through the combination of both availability and the education of the masses.

Resistance to this access was maintained, in some quarters, right up to the mid 20th century. It was David du Plessis (Mr Pentecost himself) who petitioned the then pope John XXIII to allow the people to read their bibles. Permission was given, but was not encouraged while priests maintained their hold on what waining authority they had over their congregants.

The rise of a new Pentecost in the US eventually flowed into the denominational churches and this “Charismatic Move” saw the emergence of many who had never even known if they owned a bible, as much as opened one. The stock standard excuse they had been fed that it was all a “Mystery” when questions couldn’t be answered became, suddenly, baptism_by_fireunsatisfactory and unacceptable.

There is a much deeper understanding of church history to be gained through a thorough study of that subject, if you are so inclined. Penguin produced a very accessible series of books that will provide a very handy reference to the avid historian. Suffice to say that it is the current move of the Holy Spirit that concerns us today.

The 20th century saw the revival of the miraculous, supernatural church in a world in dire need of miracles. The Azusa St Mission, in Los Angeles, became a famous centre of this revival and an attempt to once again live according to the written word of God.

The Healing revival swept the globe, the Jesus Movement gathered momentum and Evangelism became a common occourance in the marketplace and every street corner.

People were reading their bibles, under the inspiration of the very same Holy Ghost who had inspired their writing in the first place. It is important to remember that the concept of the things of God being mysteries is correct. But, we are told that these mysteries are not hidden from the children of God. But, rather, they are hidden FOR the children of God. And as Jesus said “it gives your Father great pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) and that “There is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed (Luke 12:2).

in ICorinthians 12 Paul starts out declaring that he does not want the peolpe of God to be ignorant of Spiritual matters. In particular, in this chapter he discusses the nine public administrations of the Holy Spirit. But in all his writings he makes it very clear that the gateway to accessing anything of the Spirit of God and the Kingdom is through the individual and very personal gift of ‘Speaking with Other Tongues’ this is seperate to the public ministration.

Over the next few sessions we will delve further into these public gifts as well as looking at how the Holty Spirit, the Holy Ghost, is able to reveal to us the heart of the Father and make us more aware of the Kingdom of God that he desires to manifest.

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May 24: The Holy Spirit- Who is He? “And They Were All Filled”

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This is the Second part of the series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

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The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is God, in the same way that Jesus is God and The Father is also God. They are one and the same and equal.

So when Jesus told the disciples, in John chapter 14, that he would be going away so that the Holy Spirit could come. He was letting them know that He was going away so that he wouldn’t just be limited to his fleshly body. But, that by going away, he would send himself, as the Holy Spirit, who would not just be WITH them, but, that he would also be IN THEM.

 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—
The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
John 14:16-18 (Amplified)

The word chosen for the Holy Spirit in this and 2 other times in the same chapter is usually only translated as “Comforter.”  However, the greek word Parakletos, that is used, is much deeper and encapsulates the description of Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby.

Jesus is describing his own relationship with the disciples, but he is saying that when he is dwelling inside them they will have access to someone who is all of these things and will always be with them, providing all of these atributes.

As I’ve said, in this particular passage, Jesus describes the person of the Holy Spirit, in this way 3 times. It is certainly possible to take from this that Jesus is trying to drive a point home. In fact, youo can almost hear Jesus saying “c’mon boys! Have you got it yet?” behind the third time that he says it. Because they keep on saying to him “Lord, why don’t you show us the Father?” It’s very possible to think that Jesus’ patience is truly being put to the test with this bunch.

Post resurrection and Jesus spends the next 40 days visiting with the disciples (not just the 11 remaining apostles) appearing to them and sitting down to eat with them. By doing these things in particular he left them no doubt that he was truly risen from the dead. He knew what each one of them faced in their futures; he knew what they would be required to endure for His Name’s Sake.

So he was ensuring that they had a firm foundation. They knew, that they knew, that they knew, that Jesus Christ, The Messiah, The Annointed One, had risen from the dead AND was still Alive. We hear how important this is in the opening to the first Epistle of John. As well as in Peter and John’s proclamation, in the Book of Acts, within the first few chapters, speaking to the Jewish leaders when they had been arrested because they had raised up the man, crippled from birth, who daily sat at the Beautiful gate.

In that 40 day period, leading up to the Jewish celebration of Shavuaot (Festival of Weeks) and in particular in that year it accompanied the Festival of Yovel or Jubilee which fell 10 days later. For the Christian this is known as “The Day of Pentecost.”

Because of these particular festivals falling at this time men from every people and tongue from the Nation of Israel were required to be in Jerusalem, to present themselves to The Holy One; it should be remembered that this was the same temple where the curtain seperating the Holy of Holies from the people had been rent in two. I’m sure the significance of all of these circumstances  culminating at this precise moment in time and space is not lost when you consider them in the light of the book of Acts chapter 2.

The enabling, the enduement, with power from on high. Of Dunamis, life-changing, miraculous, world-altering power, that would not just be with them, but would come to liveScreenshot 2015-05-26 22.45.59 IN them. That is the reason that Jesus was so determined that they undesrstand that they were to WAIT in Jerusalem. He was adamant, because had they done otherwise there would have been serious consequences. Not the least of these being the birth of the church, the ekklesia.

In Old-Time Pentecostal circles the word Tarry became synonymous with those who wanted to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the manifestation of Other Tongues. They taught that the seeker had to tarry, or wait, because Jesus had told his disciples they had to wait.

But, the fact is that the day of pentecost has come and gone and the Holy Spirit HAS been poured out upon the Earth already. There is no longer the need to Wait to receive Him. There is no mneed to Wait to speak in Other Tongues. One only has to be Born Again and be open to RECIEVE the Holy Spirit.

You need only yield your tongue to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to give you the utterance. BUT, it is YOU who will do the speaking, NOT Him. You will use YOUR VOICE, YOUR BREATH, YOUR MOUTH AND YOU wil be the one making the sound. Just remember, it is NOT an earthly language, or any language you will have spent time learning. It will NOT come from the mind. It is a Spiritual language and will comedirectly from YOUR SPIRIT. These points are essential to realise, because this is where the majority of confusion comes from, regarding this essentail gift from God.

The Holy Spirit does NOT take you over to speak through you. He gives your spirit the sounds to make. To do otherwise would be akin to posession. God would never over-ride the free will of any human being; that was the particular atribute, the ability to self-determine, that identified humanity from the rest of His creation.

Many Christians want to argue along the lines that: “I don’t need other tongues. I have a very good prayer life. God and I understand one another very well.” My response to something is I won’t argue with you. But, I will pray that you cast aside the spirit of Pride that you are entertaining. Aside from that I believe that it is important to consider some VERY important issues around this gift.

In Mark 16 Jesus say’s that it would be one of the attesting signs of a person who is a follower and disciple of Jesus. In the first chapter of the Book of Acts Jesus commands, he doesn’t just suggest, that the disciples WAIT until they receive the enduement from on High; the gift of the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 2 we see that there were nearly 360 people in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (remember they only counted the men) plus Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mary, Mary Magdalene and Martha. As chapter 2 unfolds we discover that when the Holy Spirit descended and sat upon each one of them “AND they were ALL Filled AND began to Baptism-in-the-Holy-SpiritSpeak in Other Tongues” as the Holy Spirit gave them uttereance. ALL of them.

In all 5 accounts of the baptism with the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts the accompanying sign was that they spoke with Other Tongues. That includes the experience of Paul on the road to Damascus.

Although the account in Acts doesn’t directly say that Paul spoke with tongues when Cornelius laid hands on him to receive the Holy Spirit, we can deduce that it did occour. Because, in the first letter of Paul to the church in Corinth, who had been using the Gifts of the Spirit to excess, Paul comments on their abuse of their use of Tongues when he states: “I Thank My God I Speak with Tongues, More than all of you.” ICorinthians 14:18.

My response to someone who says that “I don’t NEED Tongues to be a good Christian!” (beyond the temptation to laugh) is to agree. The truth is that there are plenty of non-Christians who leed good lives (in some cases even better than some Christians I’ve met). But, I would have to ask that person: “are you better than Peter, James, John, Mary the Mother, Mary Magdalene and even Paul?”

I would then go deeper into the reasons why a Christian cannot live the fulness of their life, In Christ, without this subsequent experience. Why they cannot receive the revealed knowledge God has for them within his word. But, most important of all, is the importance of the enabling to live the Christian life that can ONLY come once the believer has received and experienced this very special gift from God. Over the following weeks these are areas we will investigate further.

I’ve lived with the baptism in the Holy Spirit for 43 years. I was Born Again as a child and was confirmed and baptised in the Holy Ghost at Age 9. Unfortunately it took another 8 years for me to hear that the Holy Spirit was still manifesting himself with the gift of Other Tongues. I had heard about this during the week and on Sunday, after receiving Holy Communion, I returned to my seat and prayed a very simple prayer: “God, if it’s real, I’ll have it!” with that I began to speak (quietly,at the level of a murmur) in a language that I had never learned. It sounded like something you might make up, yourself. to my mind it was gibberish. BUT God had answered my heartfelt prayer.

From that point in my life things took a different direction. It is only by looking back that I can see that I attained a level of confidence that I had not experienced before; slight as it was, I began to engage with the world around me in a more determined way.

It was 2 years later that I encountered a group of Christians witnessing in the main city street and after accepting their invitation to go to their coffee-shop meeting, that I was able to go forward, at the invitation, to experience a fulness of that experience that I had been missing out on for the previous 10 years.

It was an infilling so great that the person who had stood by me saw my whole body shake, yet I stood up strong and tall. All I knew was that I was flooded in the most amazing,baptised_in_fire rev brilliant white light, It was like I was enveloped in a fire; but safe and secure; a comforting warmth; and that the language that I had experienced in short, but effective ‘dribbles’ had become a flowing torrent. It wasn’t a matter that I couldn’t stop. It was more a case of not wanting to stop. The toll of the darkness and pain of the previous years seemed to be shattered by the Joy that was flooding my entire being.

The point I make here is that, because I had required no-one to school me in the experience, no-one can take it away from me; I wasn’t just copying something I had seen, or heard. For me, this experience was and still is as real as the day that it happened.

So, Who is this Holy Spirit?  He is God. He is Jesus come to reside within us, personally. He is the Spirit of Wisdom and so much more. Jesus told his disciples that “when He, the Spirit of Truth is come. He will lead and guide you into All the truth.” For this reason alone we need to ensure that we have and continue to yield ourselves to the promtings,instruction and direction of the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus descibed him to his disciples as:

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Comforter

Counselor

Helper

Intercessor

Advocate

Strengthener

Standby

Over the next few weeks we will look deeper into the role that this wonderful person of the Godhead plays in the life of the church and in the individual life of the believer.

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May 17: The Power of the Tongue – The Word Of Faith – We Preach

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Sticks and Stones, may break my bones.

But Words will never hurt me!   (Anonymous)

From personal experience, as a point I have made very clear in my book about my life, thus far, I can personally attest to the dirty lie that this little rhyme really is. Anyone who doesn’t believe that words are containers of power is really fooling themselves.

Proverbs 6:2 reminds us that we are snared by the words of our mouth andsnared taken captive by the words we speak. Proverbs 4:20-24

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my words. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them and medicine to all their flesh. Above all else, guard thy heart; for out of it flows the issues of life. Put away from thee the perversion of the mouth, and the deviation of the lips put far from thee. (Jubilee 2000 Version)

The writer here relays the ability of words to be like medicine, or have a medicinal effect upon your flesh.

You only have to think back earlier in the day, or, for that matter, yesterday to remember a time when something that someone said to you, you overtheard, or you listened to, from the radio or the television where you experienced some level of discomfort, at the least. Or, outright offended, or hurt.  Remember, these words may not have even been spoken directly to, or at you, yet you still experienced their effect. This is a very simplistic, yet poignant example of the affect of words on you.

They have an even greater effect and affect you in a much more painful, or fiery-dartsgratifying way, when they are directed at you. This effect is increased, or decreased accordingly, the closer, or the higher in esteme, that person is to you, the greater the effect will be. For the most part this is actually a spiritual response and not just an emotional or intilectual response.

Words have spiritual nature about them. As we have found they have the potential to Bless, or to Curse; they caqn bring Life, or Death. Yet, in Deuteronomy 30:19 God gives Moses and Joshua the clue to the decision  put before them when he adds “Therefore, choose Life!” I must admit, that I can almost imagine God sitting there with a bit of a smirk on his face giving them a bit of a hurrah, c’mon guys, the clue to this quandary is in the Right hand box; go on “Choose Life!

The power of the spoken word and its ability to create Life, or Death, is a common theme throughout the Old and the New Testament. From Genesis chapter 1 right through to the Book of Revelation including Rev 12:11; where the saints have overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb AND the Word of their Testimony (their profession of what God has done, is doing and Will do, in and on their behalf; because He is their God and their Father).

Our very salvation is dependent upon first of all Hearing, then Speaking and Taking the promised outcome of the Words of the Gospel that is preached Romans 10:8- end of the chapter. In fact, as Jesus pointed out on more than one occassion these are the principles that govern the ability to receive anything by Faith; one of the most classic examples being Mark 11:22-25:

1 Have the God kind of (quality of) Faith

2 Believe in your Heart (Spirit)

3 Speak that Faith

4 Do Not Doubt

5 Take it by Faith maintaining your confessionof Faith until it manifests

6 Praise and Thank God for it as it is already in your posession/tangible

Mark 11:24 is where most people stop readiing  this passage of scripture. In fact the most essential element of the whole process is given to us in the very next thing Jesus teaches about this application of Faith. In the English language the word “AND” is referred to as aforgiveness conjunctive. It is a word that connects two points, or two statements in such a way as to make them co-dependent; in other words, the first statement will not work without the application of the second and vice versa.

Mark 11:25 begins with the word ‘AND’

7 When you are in the process of applying your FAITH you MUST ensure that you are not holding any UNFORGIVENESS. The key point is to ensure that you have forgiven ANYONE who has harmed you in any way. Without that FORGIVENESS you can essentailly forget the rest of your prayer.

This is borne out by the passage in scripture where the disciples ask Jesus to teach them How to Pray. Sadly, the church has taken this passage and created ‘A’ prayer, when in fact Jesus was teaching a METHOD of prayer, in Luke 11:2-4. Jesus taught that we could ask the Father for the things we need and that if we asked for forgiveness for our sins and only be forgiven to the degree that we have forgiven others (Now that’s food for thought).

“As we forgive those who have sinned against us.” those two words are so important. “As We” means In direct proportion to. We are in fact asking God to Forgive us in direct proportion to the level that we have forgiven others. This is a direct connectio to the Love walk.

We can only truly love others to the level that we have released unforgivemness in our own hearts. This is not a matter of saying that God is holding back. On the contrary, God HAS ALREADY given ALL that wee need. But, it is as if unforgiveness in our hearts takes up the very room that the Grace and the Love of God wish to and NEED to take up.

That purging of our very souls that can only occour as we allow the washing of the water of the Word of God Ephesians 5:26 to renew our minds Romans 12:2. The level to which we submit ourselves to becoming the embodiment of the Love of God in this world.

If nothing else, the whole prospect of being able to use your Faith effectively, is about being the most effective witness, to the world, of what God can do, in our lives.

The reason being our purpose of drawing those, in the world, to Christ. We need to to be witnesses to ALL that Christ can and wants to do in our lives. leap-of-faithWe need to ensure that we have a testimony, of what God can and has done, for us. WE need to have a genuine reason for people to come to Christ.

We need to ensure that we are looking for the times that God has worked amazing acts in our lives; not taking the things of God for granted. Our words govern us, in so many ways. We need to be able to account for every idle word. Yet, we also need to be real.

Remember: “Your Faith will NEVER Rise above the level of your Confession/Profession.”

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May 10: The Power of the Tongue – “Even In Thy Mouth”

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“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

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“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

There are more than 100 verses in the bible that deal specifically with the use of, as well as the outcome of, using and abusing the small member of your body that reside in the mouth.  In the last message we considered the woman with the issue of blood from Mark’s Gospel, chapter 5.

I suggest reading the passage again. Pay close attention to the detail contained in verses 25 to 34. Lets look at this passage a little closer:

WOMANWITHISSUEOFBLOOD.jpg~original1. This woman had an issue of blood, a haemorrhage for 12 Years.

2. She had originally been a wealthy woman. But over that time she had dwindled her money away seeing all the best doctors; to no avail.

3. In point of fact she had grown worse.

4. She heard about Jesus and what he had been doing AND that he was coming, in fact he had arrived in her town.

5. She went to see Jesus. Note that she didn’t go to look at Jesus, to see him wandering through the crowds in the street. She had no intention of simply observing him. She set out with the intention of actually getting to see Jesus. She was taking her life into her own hands, literally, because as a woman, with her condition, she was regarded as being unclean and anyone she touched would also be declared unclean. She was determined; she had set her face like flint.

6. As she went on her way she continually reminded herself of her purpose and her goal. She kept saying. She didn’t just speak her goal once. The scripture says that she kept saying to herself “If I can only get close enough to touch his garment. I WILL BE HEALED.” notice she didn’t say I could get healed; I might get healed; I might get lucky. No, she said, she spoke at the level of where her Faith was at: “I WILL BE HEALED.”

7. She fulfilled her task. She put her actions to her Faith, she achieved her goal and she touched the hem of his garment. She reached out and took her healing. She didn’t wait for her to fall on her like fruit off a tree. She reached out and drew on the power, the anointing that was upon Jesus.

We know that she did, because Jesus turned around, in a crowd pressing so close to him that he was almost suffocating and declared “Who touched my clothes.” This is confirmed by the disciples who said “Um, there are people up close, all around you touching your clothes. What do you mean, who touched me?” Jesus replied saying “I felt power, the anointing, virtue (it is translated in some versions) flow out from me.” He had felt her taking the healing from him.

8. She was Healed, completely.

9. She was not only healed from the issue of blood, but her health had been restored, in such a way that she even recognised the feeling of being well. She KNEW she was healed.

10.Jesus knew it. He had experienced the anointing flowing out of him.

11. She testified. She came to Jesus, in the midst of the crowd and declared what had actually taken place in her body and how she had got to that place. She expounded to Jesus how she had used her Faith. Because “He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in (into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [ distressing bodily] disease.”

Pay very close attention here Jesus did not say “I have healed you!” he said “Your Faith has healed you.” YOUR FAITH! Her very own faith and her acting upon that faith had produced the desired result.

Take note, throughout this entire passage, the word TRY does not appear. She did not go to the town square to see if it MIGHT work for her. She didn’t go saying MAYBE. She went Determined to receive. She heard about what Jesus was doing and she said: “I’ll have some of that! Thank You!”

12 We know that she testified to more than just Jesus, because WE got to hear about it.

There are 4 vital steps to receiving anything from God, by Faith, outlined here. They are:

1. Confess it out of your mouth. Say it. You need to speak yourtree_of_life_and_bible.b4u4gy3087wwkowk0c080ww08.6ylu316ao144c8c4woosog48w.th Faith.

2. Put Action to your Faith Confession, or Profession. Faith without a corresponding action is nothing more than wishing and dreaming.James 2:17-18. In fact it verges into the realms of Foolishness and Presumption.

3. You need to take it, all the while giving thanks to God for his provision. You need to praise God for the healing, the Job, the salary; in the same manner as if someone had walked up to you and placed it in your hand. That doesn’t mean you should go out and spend up big and max out your credit cards, or run up a line of credit.

It means you need to have an attitude of thankfulness that backs up your confession. Like this woman, You Will KNOW when you have received what you are believing for.

4. You need to give testimony about what God has done for you. The emphasis is ALWAYS on what God has done. NOT on what a great FAITH PERSON you are. Nurture an “Attitude of Gratitude.”

Be honest, when giving your testimony. Don’t exaggerate, or use what has been termed “Evang-ELASTIC.” That’s just another word for LYING. If there were 3 people, don’t say there were 15. If the healing process was sped up to take 2 days instead of 6 then don’t start talking about the regrowth of a missing limb. I know that these things should go, without saying. However, the teaching of the application of Bible Faith has been hampered and much maligned through the excesses and exaggerations of the past.

Brother Kenneth E. Hagin, who went home to be with the Lord in 2003, put itHow To Write Your Own Ticket With God succinctly in his minibook “How To Write Your Own Ticket With God” he puts it as:

1. Say It

2. Do It

3. Receive It

4. Share It

There is an overarching principle that MUST be brought to bear in sharing all of this. You can’t just go about attempting to fulfil “The Lusts of the Flesh.” The ONLY way that you can apply this teaching is by “First and Foremost” finding the promises of God, in his Word, that govern what you are believing for.

It’s NOT about preparing your Christmas list and thinking that God is like the mythical “Santa Claus” that you believed in as a child.

I like to deal with “First Principles” here, as in other areas of life. in Matthew 6:33 Jesus said “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God AND HIS Righteousness.” He had just spent hours teaching the people that God knew what they NEEDED even more than They knew what they needed.

In Psalm 37:4 we are told that: If we draw near to God; If we delight ourselves in Him; if we are satiated by our relationship with HIM; then He will give US the Desires of Our Heart.” Now this particular scripture has been taught as:  “God is so desperate to know you, that as you spend time with Him; then, like a lovesick puppy, he will give you whatever your heart desires.”

love-hearts-and-kisses-wallpaper-hdOkay, so that might be an over-simplification of WHAT’s been taught. BUT, it is NOT an over-simplification of HOW it’s been used and abused.

Instead of God being the victim of Carpet baggers in this verse. I like to turn it on its head. It’s often a good way to approach scriptures that involve promises. In particular, it is a great way to examine the actual intention behind the promise.

What do I mean? Okay, let’s look at it this way:

The desires that you have “in your heart” will come about as a result of your principle action of Getting to know God better; through spending time With Him; In His Presence; Getting to know Him; Allowing Him to Know You. In other words: As your relationship with God develops and gets deeper and deeper in Him and With Him; because of WHO he is AND because of how mind-blowingly amazing that experience WILL be. YOU CANNOT walk in this world, as a RESULT of that relationship, without having been changed BY that relationship and throughout it all developing THE HEART OF GOD.

I believe that this simple phrase, from this psalm, holds a NUGGET, that is LIFE-CHANGING. As Your Heart grows into and develops God’s heart, wants and DESIRES, you would NEVER ask, or believe for anything that was not within the “Perfect Will” of God. In other words: He will Fill Your Heart with HIS Desires.

You see, there is a major key that many have forgotten. We CANNOT get our Faith to Work Without LOVE (Gal 5:6); in particular the LOVE of God as outlined in 1Cor 13:4-8a. Because, as the Beloved Apostle reminds us in 1John 4:7-8 LOVE and GOD are inseparably one and the same.

So, My prayer for you, as you head into the on-coming week, joins with the prayer of Paul in Philipians 4:7;

“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (AMP)

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Open Arms Fellowship: A Warm Welcome

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Religion is always a contentious topic. For many in the queer community it’s an especially difficult issue. Many LGBT people are told that their identity won’t fit in with their faith, or have passages from religious texts brought up in arguments against their human rights. However, some religious organisations are extending a welcome to the LGBT community in growing numbers.

One of these organisations is the Open Arms Fellowship, an affirming and Pentecostal church that prides itself on including all members of the community. Pastor Graham Douglas-Meyer shared with us some of the history of the church.

“The whole purpose of setting it up was basically because there wasn’t a Pentecostal GLBTI affirming or welcoming church in Perth. There was a particular gap for a group of people who were very excluded from the churches that they had belonged to in the past.” he said. Developing an inclusive Christian environment is a cause that’s close to Douglas-Meyer’s heart. He documented his experiences reconciling his faith and his.

“Having been through periods of depression in my life and in particular after coming out, and having psychologists turn to you and say ‘Well, maybe you should just drop that’, in relation to spirituality and particularly in relation to Christianity. It just didn’t feel very right.” he explained.

Douglas-Meyer said he’s committed to challenging stereotypes. “I’d be the only openly gay, openly HIV positive, openly married pastor in Perth. Damien and I have been married for just over eleven years now and we’ve been together for thirteen so we break the stereotype for a lot of people, in relation to homosexuals, anyway.”

Come June, the church will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. It’s part of an international movement of LGBTI-friendly congregations, and has a sister church in the New Covenant Church in Sydney, led by Pastor Sam Grebert, who Douglas-Meyer counts as a friend and source of inspiration.

“The wonderful thing about it is that in his church the trans community is welcome, and more than anything that’s one of my desires here for Perth, is to ensure that trans people realise there’s a church where they are not only welcome, but they’re affirmed for who they are, not for what people think they should be.”

According to Douglas-Meyer, the priority of Open Arms is to facilitate a relationship with Christ for anyone wishing to pursue it. “I believe in healing, I believe in people being saved. I believe in people being able to have their complete life turned around as a result of their spiritual experience.”

Find out more about the Open Arms Fellowhip at openarmsfellowship.org

Sophie Joske

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May 03: The Power of the Tongue – What You Say is What You get

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Be Careful about what comes out of your Mouth. You may find that you are getting, in your life, exactly what you have been saying all along.The simple truth is that we, as human beings have the ability to use words and words are carriers of power; energy.

Words can construct and words can destroy. As Christians we have the responsibility to ensure that our words construct The Blessing; that our lifeZipper-Mouth becomes a testimony to the wonder that it is to be In Christ.

Romans 10:8-10 gives a prime example of where our faith needs to be located; in our heart and in our mouth. The word of Faith which we preach is built and developed by hearing and constantly re-hearing the word of God and by acting on that word (Rom 10:17)

Whenever Jesus was involved in healing, words were spoken; faith was released; corresponding actions were put into motion and the manifestation healingtheblindeither instantaneously presented, or as in the case of the 10 Lepers they noticed they were cleansed as they were obedient to do as Jesus had told them to.

Our own salvation is dependent upon hearing; accepting; deciding; speaking and acting on the word of God that we hear.

Hope is an important part in the process. It provides the structure upon which we can layer our faith. But, it is Faith that is needed, in order to see the manifestation of that hope; that which we desire. Hebrews 11:1 puts it this way:

Now Faith is the SUBSTANCE of the thing hoped for; the EVIDENCE of what has not yet been manifested to our physical senses. (paraphrased)

If you want to change your life. If you want to move the mountains in your life. If you have a need for physical healing, finances, or peace. then youtaming_the_tongue need to change the words that you speak to come into line with what God has already said to us about those things in his word. Feed our faith, not just once, keep it before our eyes, keep it on our lips and put the corresponding action into play.

Just step back for a moment and think about it:

When was the last time you said anything positive about where you work?

When was the last time you proclaimed the blessing, which is within your authority, within your workplace?

Or, was it easier to join in with everybody else and complain, or attack the very conduit that God has used to get his financial blessing to you?

So many Christians are believing God to prosper them financially. But, they are cursing the very tree that God is using to get that blessing to them.

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You have the power to both bless and to curse, with your mouth. If things are not going the right way in your workplace are you going to bless, or curse your tree? Seriously, stop! Think about it! Is unemployment a real choice? (your resounding response should be NO!!!!)

So, if your employer is going through a bad time should you be a part of the blessing or part of the curse? I don’t think I need to really answer that one, do I?

Be recognised as the blessing in your workplace. It will bring about promotion, it will bring about supernatural favour. It will produce opportunities that you might never have imagined possible. BUT, it is allballoon-rides-in-tulsa-03 reliant upon Putting God’s word FIRST PLACE AND following through; putting that word into ACTION.

From personal experience, I can tell you that, FAITH, without corresponding action is nothing more than “HOT AIR.”

GOD responds to, rejoices in, requires, above everything else, that we walk in FAITH. We CANNOT please God without it; so the premium is revealed.

If NOTHING else in my Life I want my Father to know that I know he IS and That HE IS the rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM!

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April 26: The Power of the Tongue – Our Confession Rules Us

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Proverbs 18:21 tells us:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. (Amplified)

The tongue is very powerful, yet, because it is so small, it can be considered insignificant. However, what we say, with our mouths governs the way we think and can determine the road that we either choose, or are forced to travel, all based on the words we have spoken; or in some cases, refused to speak.

MiracleofthefigtreeThis proverb is not the only passage that we can find in the bible that demonstrates the influence and the effect that the tongue and thereby words have over our very existence.

Christianity has often been referred to as “The Great Confession.” Romans 10:8-10 demonstrates the importance of confessing, or actually, of professing the faith that has been established in your heart. With our mouths we profess our salvation.

Likewise, we profess the state that we have found ourselves in, as a result of that salvation. The very action of speaking it enables our auditory senses to be satisfied and helps to reinforce that thing that we profess deeper within our psyche, after having first been developed within our Spirits. This is the essence of the word meditate; meaning to ruminate, to mutter, to chew something over and over in the same way a Cow chews its cud; an essential part of our self-talk.

“We will Never rise above the level of Our Confession” FF. Bosworth: Christ The Healer  p153.

It was Zig Ziglar who said:

The man who says he Can and the man who says he Can’t are BOTH Right.” (See You At The Top)

You can convince yourself that you are a failure, and you can speak negatively about your life and always be complaining. As long as your mouth produces negative fruit, that’s all you’ll ever have to eat.

You can alternatively choose to speak words that paint a positive picture oncol your life. You should never lie to yourself. But, you can actually draw positive fruit from the well that is your heart. Your whole outlook on life can be enhanced and that, in turn, can begin to produce better outcomes and will create physical changes in your life and your sense of wellbeing and that’s even without applying any of the additional promises that God has for us as followers of Christ; In Him.

As children we were given the memory verse:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones. But Words will never hurt you.” (Origin unknown)

However, I can personally attest to the fact that this is a lie from the very pit of Hell itself. It has been allowed to fabricate a false sense of security in the minds of vulnerable children in an attempt to silence their complaints about what another person, child or adult, has said to them, in their attempt to Pebble Heartattain superiority over this child. It devalues the destructive nature of verbal bullying that can devastate a child and has been found to have ramifications in their adult life.

The truth is, as we have discovered, over recent weeks, that words are vessels that carry power. They have the capacity to construct images, within our minds and to convey meaning. Writers use this capacity to construct images of characters and faraway places in the minds of their readers.

Or, they can use words to describe and construct processes and diagrams through the application of technical and industry specific terminology. They key to knowing what kind of writing is before you is dependent upon the cypher you have, in your possession, that gives you access and assists you to make meaning.

The Written word is referred to as the Logos in the greek language and theSword Word Spoken word is called the Rhema.The spoken word of God is imagined as:

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Heb 4:12 Amplified)

When we use and speak the word of God its very life force is able to both build up and strengthen or it can also be found to be a weapon; cutting down and rending and laced with judgement. That is why we, as Christians, are charged to become skilful in its use 2Tim 2:15.

Are you a good tree, producing good fruit? Or, are you an evil tree, producing evil, unsavoury, inedible, or poisonous fruit?

It’s entirely up to you? You choose!

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April 19: The Power of the Tongue – The Fruit of Our Lips

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The words that come out of our mouths in times of stress or trouble, which will inevitably come our way, give a clear indication of the treasure that is built up in your heart. They are a pretty clear indication of where your word level is and they will also give an insight as to the outcome you are bothtreasure_chest_1 expecting and will receive; unless you do something to repent those words.

Matt 12:34; Luke 6:45 and Prov 4:23 all speak about the contents of our hearts: “For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.” Are you aware of the words that automatically spring from your lips if you hit your thumb, instead of the nail? What about when you stub your toe in the dark of your bedroom in the middle of the night? Remember Jesus said: “But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.” Matt 12:36-37 AMP

Now, I don’t, for the slightest moment suggest that you become obsessive regarding this in your life. But, more importantly, it is NOT your job to police the words of those people around you, Christian, or non; no-one else is accountable to you.

However, we are told to keep guard over our hearts, because the issues;  the very forces of life itself flow from your Spirit being; your heart.

Just a quick reminder that as human beings we exist on three dimensions:

You are a:

Spirit = Heart, Core; the REAL you

you have a:

Soul = The Mind

           The Will

           The Emotions

and you Live in a:

Body = Physical Body; The Flesh; The Senses

body-soul-spiritOne of the Major Spiritual forces of the recreated Human Spirit is the Force of Faith. Heb 11:1 tells us that: “Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for; the EVIDENCE of things not seen.” (AV) Faith takes the place of the thing asked for, until it is manifest in the sensory realm; sometimes referred to as “the Flesh; the physical.” We are also reminded that the things that are seen were made from things that were not seen: “By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.” Heb 11:3 AMP The suggestion that the things that are in the realm of the spirit are in fact ‘MORE REAL’ than the things we can perceive with our senses.

It is for this reason that it is important that we understand the potential that our words have to create the world around us. Hebrews 11 goes on to describe that God created the universe and the world by Faith and as we go through Genesis chapter 1 and 2 we discover that words were the key tools400-creation-135157891 that God used to form and carry his Faith into place.

The realisation that Humans are the only creature on this planet that has the ability to choose and speak words (not just mimic them) and that we are made in the image of God; it is incumbent upon us to be aware of the power that our words have. Not only in our own lives. But in the lives of those around us.

Our health, prosperity and our salvation all hinge on the words of our mouths. Relationships can be formed, or broken by words. Covenants depend upon words; both blessing and curses.

Our Word level, the amount of the word of God and in particular the promises that God has made to us regarding the various areas in our lives will determine the level of Faith that we have to be able to use, in our time of need. Romans 10:17 “faith comes by hearing and a constant re-hearing of the Word of God.” by contrast Fear comes by listening to and hearing and re-hearing the word of Satan; the evil report; much like the Giants and Grasshoppers report in the story of Joshua and Caleb (the only two to bring Crystal-clear flowing watera good report to Moses).

Paul suggests that we need to renew our minds by the washing of the water of the Word of God so that we can develop the strength and the reservoir of Faith to hold us in good stead in the evil day. Rom 12:1-2

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April 12: The Power of the Tongue – You Can Have What You Say

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Two days after Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the day after Jesus cleared the money-changers and market-place out of the Temple and Jesus had returned once again to the House of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, in Bethany; Jesus and his disciples are once again heading for the Temple in Jerusalem:

“In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered [completely] away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree dead-fig-treewhich You doomed has withered away! And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it.” (Mark 11:22-24 AMP)

The words that we allow out of our mouths will either bind us. Or, they will release the good things that God has provided, for us, into our lives. Words are containers that carry great power and energy.

Have you ever given a thought to the way you imagine, or frame thoughts that go through your mind? It is interesting to note that we do not think in words, but rather we think in pictures; images. However, to convey ourWordimages thoughts to others we have to take those pictures and try our best to communicate those pictures as words.

Words can make, or break relationships;depending on the way they are conveyed and very often, if our shared language is limited, in any way, the message can be skewed, and the wrong impression given. It is for this reason that a person is considered a good or a bad writer are they able to convey the picture they have, in their mind, to you, the reader.

Jesus was an amazing communicator. his use of parables, accessing familiar images from the lives of the people he was speaking with, has enabled those timeless messages to maintain, both their clarity and their relevance today.

In this example, from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus uses a fig tree (an unproductive tree) to teach a very powerful object lesson to his disciples; “You can have what you Say!”

There is sooooooo much that can be said about this one topic alone. I’ve been reading this verse of scripture now for 33 years and still, to this day, it reveals something new. Added to that is the fact that we can attempt to read too much into some parts of scripture; when sometimes it simply means what it says.

This verse is about Faith and how to apply and release the force of Faith in your life and the world around you. Key to this is to take your time with each verse; sadly it is too easy to skip over essential verses like Mark 11:22. In most modern translations from the Greek this verse reads “Have Faith in God.” However, when we go back to the Aramaic text, the language that Jesus spoke, we discover that the verse reads as:

“Yeshua answered and he said to them, “May the faith of God be in you.” Mark 11:22 (ABPE)

To put it into perspective, Jesus was telling his disciples to take ahold of and use the “God KIND of Faith.” He had used the God quality of Faith and Moving-Mountains3 cropwanted them to understand that they could use it as well. The fact that it is included in the New Testament reveals to us that this wasn’t limited to the apostles of the Lamb (as the orignal 12 are referred to). But, that it was deemed important enough for All of those who would believe to learn as well.

The book of Hebrews 11:3 tells us that God used Faith to create the Universe and all that is in it. If we go to Genesis Chapter 1 we discover that each time God created something he spoke it into existence. This is further back up by Romans 10:8-13 where the great confession, or profession that brings about our salvation  is outlined.

Understanding this relationship between Faith, one of the major forces of the Human, recreated spirit, and the confession, or profession of our lips can provide insight into why and how our lives are currently going. But, at the same time gives us a clue as to how to also do something about it if we need and want to make a change.

IN Mark 11:23 and 24 the keys to operating by Faith is revealed to us, by Jesus himself. They are:

1. Speak the Answer to the problem form God’s Word

2. Don’t Doubt that It will come to pass

3. Believe You receive it BY FAITH.

4. Thank God for the Answer

5. Keep praising God for the Answer until you see it manifest.

Kenneth Copeland says it this way:

“You and I have the responsibility of getting our hearts and mouths in gear, speaking and acting as though we’ve already received the fulfillment of our desire. We believe we receive when we pray. From the moment we release our faith, we must talk and act as though it is done.” (Framing Your World with Faith. 2012)

Both the Old and New Testament give us plenty of examples to attempt to get us to learn this powerful lesson. James 3:6 and Proverbs18:21 both inform us that Life and Death are in the power of the Tongue. In Matthew 12:37 we are told by Jesus that “the words of your mouth will either justify you, or condemn you.” He also reminds us that it is not what goes into our mouths that defiles us. Rather, it is what comes out of our mouths that willLive is Christ defile us; shame us and that we will be held accountable for every frivolous, or idle word spoken.

As we continue this important series on “The Power of the Tongue” we will discover just how much of what happens to us, in this life, is framed by, or created by the very words we speak. We will learn just how important it is to control the things we say and what we need to do to make the necessary changes to be able to have more control over the outcomes in our lives.

We will discover that it’s not so much a matter of “Que sera sera”, as it is “You can Have What You Say.”

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ABPE refers to the Aramaic Bible in Plain English

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