A NEW Speaking In Tongues: Modern Jargon

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     Most places I go to these days, I see lots and lots of things. Over 7 years ago, I overheard some ministers speaking a language I never had heard before and dad was one of them. They would say, ‘Rabababarakumaya‘ and I would be asking dad about the word he spoke. He would tell me, ‘That was speaking in tongues.’
       It really was surprising to hear that. If I asked dad what language it was, he would say, ‘It’s no less a heavenly language.’ Though I was 12 years old then, I was aware of the tricks involved in ministry and how Father’s ministry seemed to be taken as ours rather than his.
     At that young age, I searched through the scripture to find out what the apostles really called speaking in tongues. Actually, it didn’t have anything to do with the so-called heavenly language which I heard dad talk about. Of course, he realized it but it was some time later.
       So, what’s this tongues stuff about?
          Tongue Means Language

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     The English Dictionary defines tongue to mean language while the Amplified bible records what happened on the Pentecost. Read gently and see some important notes in black, italic-underlined.
     3 And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.
     4 And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words]. (Acts 2:3-4).
      Thus, the tongues which the Holy Spirit released as a gift to the apostles weren’t some unearthly language as most people suppose. It’s different languages which exist here on earth.
       It’s no doubt that the first gift they received when the Spirit came upon them wasn’t prophecy, though these other gifts must have been released simultaneously since they all stem from the Spirit in us. It was the gift of languages (tongues).
       The other verses records what kind of languages these were. Join me investigate if there’s any mention of some heavenly languages in this text.
     5Now there were then residing in Jerusalem Jews, devout and God-fearing men from every country under heaven.
     6And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together and they were astonished and bewildered, because each one heard them [the apostles] speaking in his own [particular] dialect.
     7And they were beside themselves with amazement, saying, Are not all these who are talking Galileans?
     8Then how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own (particular) dialect to which we were born?
     9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and [the province of] Asia,
     10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and the transient residents from Rome, both Jews and the proselytes [to Judaism from other religions],
     11Cretans and Arabians too–we all hear them speaking in our own native tongues [and telling of] the mighty works of God!
     12And all were beside themselves with amazement and were puzzled and bewildered, saying one to another, What can this mean? (Vs 5-12).

       From the above, we see that those whom the apostles spoke their tongues weren’t angels. The bible says there were then residing in Jerusalem Jews, devout and God-fearing men from every country under heaven (vs 5).
       Under heaven talks about all that is beneath the sky. Most times in the bible, heaven may be used to mean different things: the sky, God’s eternal dwelling, etc but that verse said all those beneath the sky.
     Let’s look at those languages which the apostles were speaking on that day, sure, there should be a heavenly language there. The bible mentioned the tribes or nations which were present at the Pentecost and they are:

Parthians
Medes
Elamites 
inhabitants of Mesopotamia,
Judea
Cappadocia,
Pontus 
[the province of] Asia,
Phrygia
Pamphylia,
Egypt
parts of Libya about Cyrene,
the transient residents from Rome, both Jews and the proselytes.
Cretans and Arabians.

     Is there any mention of heavenly languages? Therefore, this gift is mostly overused by anyone who just jumps in the post of a minister. In every sermon, there’s a repetition of the same jargon. It would have been better if he could speak in his own language if he doesn’t understand English, and there’s someone there to interpret what he’s saying. Though, that looks dramatic sometimes and may look awkward, it’s still better than fabricating a whole lot of a jargon which is certainly not spirit-enabled.
     I remember a lady who’s trying to be a minister but her college of theology strictly emphasizes that if she can’t speak in tongues, she’s not at all qualified. What do you think that is? It’s only growing people who come to live in delusion rather than a growing life blown by his Spirit.

             They Were All Galileans

    The witnesses were asking themselves, Are not all these who are talking Galileans? Yes they were and all they said was spirit-enabled. They had no theology school and they didn’t attend universities to learn languages. The spirit just filled them with that gift. They were all Galileans; no Egyptians, Persians, etc.

10To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:10).

      Paul was making it clear that speaking these tongues is so useless if there were no interpretation of them. It’s so rampant these days to find us speaking never-existing tongues which has no interpretation. Of course, you can’t interpret that which exist not.
     In linguistics, there are so many languages. Studying these languages scientifically, helps one to be able to interpret the languages of other nations. However, divinely speaking, the Holy Spirit enables those who can’t interpret these tongues to be able to interpret them when they hear it. These wasn’t studied in a school that teaches linguistics but was divinely granted unto us by the Holy Spirit.

     Talking about understanding these tongues, Paul said some astounding words which fits our modern Christianity.
For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding] (1 Corinthians 14:2).

He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself. . . (vs 4).

. . . He who prophesies [who is inspired to preach and teach] is greater (more useful and more important) than he who speaks in [unknown] tongues, unless he should interpret [what he says], so that the church may be edified and receive good [from it] (vs 5).

Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in [unknown] tongues, how shall I make it to your advantage unless I speak to you either in revelation (disclosure of God’s will to man) in knowledge or in prophecy or in instruction?

7If even inanimate musical instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone [listening] know or understand what is played?

8And if the war bugle gives an uncertain (indistinct) call, who will prepare for battle?

9Just so it is with you; if you in the [unknown] tongue speak words that are not intelligible, how will anyone understand what you are saying? For you will be talking into empty space!

10There are, I suppose, all these many [to us unknown] tongues in the world [somewhere], and none is destitute of [its own power of] expression and meaning.

11But if I do not know the force and significance of the speech (language), I shall seem to be a foreigner to the one who speaks [to me], and the speaker who addresses [me] will seem a foreigner to me (vs 6-11).

13Therefore, the person who speaks in an [unknown] tongue should pray [for the power] to interpret and explain what he says (vs 13).

14For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody] (vs 14).

16Otherwise, if you bless and render thanks with [your] spirit [[f]thoroughly aroused by the Holy Spirit], how can anyone in the position of an outsider or he who is not gifted with [interpreting of unknown] tongues, say the Amen to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? [I Chron. 16:36; Ps. 106:48.]

17To be sure, you may give thanks well (nobly), but the bystander is not edified [it does him no good].

18I thank God that I speak in [strange] tongues (languages) more than any of you or all of you put together; (16-18).

Then he went on to say what he suggests would be best:

19Nevertheless, in public worship, I would rather say five words with my understanding and intelligently in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a [strange] tongue (language). (Vs 19).

      So where did we find ours? If Paul was able to say of all these, then it’s sure that it was occurring in his time too.
None of those words above in italics are mine. Paul said them. So it’s better we look past our dramatic tongue-speaking and focus on the Holy Spirit doing his job through us.

This note was taken from my unpublished story, FOLLOWING JESUS OUTSIDE THE BOX OF ORGANIZED RELIGION (Unpublished).

Junoi.

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Matthew 6:19: Don’t Ever Break-Through!

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   Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal (Matthew 6:19).

   Do you notice that word in italics, black and underlined? It’s the most used word when believers are so focused on money.
   Here in the West, there’s much attention directed toward this word. Most prayers are rapped on it, “Lord, please I need breakthrough in my finance”, “I need breakthrough in my marital-life”. And patiently, God answers this sometimes for reasons they haven’t really understood. Most times, he rarely does!
    So what’s the word in italic, black and underlined? Breakthrough!
Jesus said, where thieves break through and steal. He said it’s thieves who spend time breaking through to get things. When robbers decide to get a huge sum of money and the whole building is totally surrounded, what do they do? They break through to have it. Breaking through is simply a word that implies force and illegal means of obtaining things.
    The ways of thieves are illegal and their way requires breaking through. So do we still need to break through?

                This World Is A Bank

      Lately, news ran across the country that over fifty robbers had robbed banks and we were told how they got in. They had to breakthrough. While robbers do breakthrough, normal citizens who respect the law do enter in through the door of the bank.
    In the same way, we should understand we don’t need breaking through in any part of our lives. We need to trust Jesus.
   This world is like a bank. It has lots of good things that the heart lust after. However, we’re not to lust after them but ask Jesus and if he’s willing, he’ll give them to us. We ain’t made for them but they were made for us.
   In getting the things of this world, thieves breakthrough but Jesus said how we’re to get them,

I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. (John 10:9).

    All we need to do is ENTER IN. To who? Into the Door. Thieves break through the walls but Christians enter in through the door to get what’s in the Lord’s will.
    This is where the verse ASK and it shall be GIVEN unto you comes alive. We get in to live, ASK and receive. The children of this world break through to kill, take by force and and receive. It’s exactly what the devil does in every way.
     
    
                           Enter In

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            Just ASK!!!

      We’re to enter in, not break through to get whatever is necessary in our lives. God knows we need these things and is wholeheartedly ready to give them to us. He doesn’t want us to breakthrough but just ASK. Children ask from their daddy. Thieves get by FORCE.
     Yes, we all need finance, children, marriages and many more but the key is by ASKING. We aren’t told to seek these things but seek Jesus and he will add them all. We don’t break through. We let God open the door for us to get in.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

     When we seek him, we’re simply entering in but when we seek the things of this world, we’ll no less breakthrough to get them.

     From this moment on, may our desire be to seek Jesus without any intention to get the good things of this life and we’ll be surprised how much he knows about our needs and is ever willing to provide them. We’ll not need to break through!

God bless you.

Amen.

Junoi.

Church-Culling: the separation of those who feel right from those who don’t seem to.

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     Seeing the church in its present state is big enough to make me cry. But I know Christ will erase our divisions in the days ahead. That brings joy and happiness to my heart. Worthy is the Lamb!!!

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  Words from a heart that hates division. . .

     When there are mature believers and those who still are far from maturity, have many flaws and weaknesses, whose lives are spiritually empty or those mature ones who have different view points from that which we do or are basically failing in one area of life or the other, is there need for division?

             Don’t Separate Or Divide!

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     Especially here in the West, once there’s a certain failure or weakness, flaw or imperfection, the healthy side of the Western Church usually embark on dividing or separating from the ones who are still far from the point they are in or are failing one thing they already have comprehended. Wherever there’s separation in the body of Christ or among individuals, there’s the presence of the religious spirit. It’s the religious spirit that causes people-groups or individuals to embark on splitting as an option to solve the differences between them. Of course, it’s no use as long as we are living unbiblical like heathen men. Rather than engaging in The Ministry Of Encouragement, we would be busy joining the enemy in scattering Father’s people abroad.
     When we find out that there’s much disagreement, in-fighting, the next system isn’t church-culling but breach-repairing. We are to be the repairers of the breach and join the Lord in saving many other brethren in the body.  
      Suggesting culling as an option for clearing our many imperfections is useless. It’s no different from running away from our responsibility in aspect of the body of Christ. Christ wants an undivided church, wholly united, not one  which is fault-finding but that which desires unity among the believers.
    Thus, separating from these others increases the gap which exists among us, rather than breach it. What if Paul had separated from Peter the moment he found out Peter was no less engaging in hypocrisy? (Galatians 2:11-13). Several others had joined him in the act of which Paul opposed them. What would a mature believer (though quite young in years of conversion to the apostle who was with Jesus while he walked the earth) do when he discovered that his friend hadn’t learnt what he had learnt? Would Paul separate himself from Peter, Barnabas and others who were involved in the hypocritic attitude which Paul found Peter exhibiting?  Of course not! He opposed his behavior and opened Peter’s eyes to the truth (vs 14-22). If there’s anything we can stand against in the process of erasing disagreements, it’s those attitudes which are wrong and obverse to the Truth. We shouldn’t stand against anyone no matter their weight of blindness. Paul discovered that and was clear enough in conscience to humbly point to Peter that he was strictly against his hypocrisy, not him.
      Anytime you find people withdrawing from others because they found a little or some fault in them, they’re sure to also be withdrawing their love. Love is always committed to saving others no matter the errors in them.

    It’s Easy To Cull Especially Through The Rat-Hole Of The Box

     Our religious boxes are good enough to encourage culling among people-groups. However, we shouldn’t be stupid! It happens anywhere! For instance, Living Stone Church had the best Sunday-service (speaking religiously) but suddenly, there’s a news that it isn’t as it was 7 years ago. It’s ministers are more focused on the offerings and are concerned about the building’s expansion. People begin to withdraw from attending. Why? There’s an error! Who should fix it? Isn’t it easy to fix?
     Who can? When the attention is on fixing the error in the organized, you’re bound to be the next heretic. If you mention one word, there’s surely to be an uproar. So who should fix it? Next, you find people slipping out the hole of the box, for perhaps, no one can fix it.
     The truth is there’s no one whose ideas will be bought in the process of trying to breach the gap or correct the errors. They’ll take you for a poultry-chicken. Therefore, culling is always possible in the organized but breaching the gap or erasing errors is almost impossible except for change of heads.
     However, if the people are living as an organic body; more like a family under Father’s  authority, correcting or breaching the gap is possible and easy, for none is bossy but there exist a brotherly affection. The culling process may never even exist, for the church is not adapting an organized system that opens a chance for its members to find a moment to separate themselves from others who lack the knowledge they do.
      In the early church, while they spent time on food distribution, there was a complaint. The Greeks complained their wives never got as much as that of the Hebrew women. There were changes made! The Greeks didn’t have to leave or separate themselves in the name of minding their business. They brought out what they thought was best and the others looked into it, dealt with it and solved it. Why? There was no possible way that people would have to separate from others where the church was seen as a whole body.
     What makes division easy and possible these days is the extent of which more denominations seem to be built. If there were no denominations and the body was seen as a city-wide church, most problems we have these days won’t be there.
      To the extent to which division has grown is the same extent to which unbiblical and false doctrines have. If there were no divisions, perhaps, all the disagreements may seem simple to handle.
       Our different denominations is also known as divisions.
    Let’s join Jesus in gathering his own and shame the enemy.

Loves.

Junoi.

Deeper Than the LOVE Of Women

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That is love indeed…

   Hi friends! Hope you’re doing great today? It’s the second week of March and I’m these days finding out how much God means to me and how much I can share the love in my heart with others. Yes, those moments when it looked like there are incredible ways I could really love them, I had to see why: first, I had to know God loves me even if I am just so far from perfection (at least, in my eyes) and next, I found it a blessing to discover that I could love others irrespective of their imperfections.
    Studying about loving others in spite of what the world says about them, I remembered an intriguing story; really, a life+long relationship between two men. One was a King’s son who was supposed to be the next king after his dad dies. The other was no less a country-shepherd who had to tend his dad’s sheep, day and night. Yes, he was the last of the sons of Jesse, and was anointed as next king?
    So, what should I think? If I were in Jonathan’s shoes, (humanly speaking) I would fight for the throne and look for every way to get it. However, Jonathan’s love for David was more than concern for the Royal Throne: IT WAS THE LOVE WHICH WAS DEEPER THAN THE LOVE for WOMEN.
     He loved David and promised he (David) would be the next King after Saul. Would a human mind ever say that? No, it was a LOVING HEART who said that.

He Loved Him While The World Pointed Those Fingers At Him

    Love is always known for unbelievable sacrifices. To think Prince Jo. would spend his time trying to save a non-royal blood who’s going to become the King Of United Israel looks impossible and foolish to the natural mind. It was like Jesus’ death, the Jews thought him to be the chief-idiot on earth when he said he would sacrifice his life for humanity. It looked like a fool’s errand to Saul and it sure, seemed that way to everyone else who couldn’t look beyond Jonathan’s throne to his affection for David.
     In I Samuel 20, we find Jonathan assisting David in his quest for survival rather than siding his father in the devilish plans to kill God’s anointed King. That was love! The world had pointed the finger at him but one was enough to keep him moving.
    On our journey, do we really love others more than ourselves? (Vs 17) Jesus said the greatest expression of love is to lay down our lives for others. Jonathan was laying down his life for David. When Saul chased after David while he was in the wilderness of Ziph, Jonathan risked his life to encourage David, “fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee, and that also Saul my father knoweth (I Samuel 23:17).
   What a great sacrifice!

   We Can Love Others More Than The Love Men Have For Women
 

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    It’s true that the love between a honest man and wife is sincere and strong that he’s willing to die for her. However, we don’t have to use words like ‘Christian love’ when describing how believers should love others. And there’s no principle that states how we should express that love toward them. Jesus himself is our perfect Love. If he abides in us, we will love others affectionately than the way we love women. Before we can love others unconditionally, it begins with the Love that already abide in our hearts. A heart that lacks the Love of God in it can not love. Where Jesus is, there is a river of love which the world can’t destroy. No matter every search for blames and accusations, love stands in to encourage and agonize with the sufferer. How? He spends his time loving and freeing others; dying for others in every way Jesus did.
     By dying for others, I don’t mean dying for a guilty person. How do we die for/with those brothers and sisters in Christ’s body? By agonizing with them in whatever they go through. Jonathan was certainly agonizing or suffering with David in everything. That’s what it is to really love!

               People May Mistake It

    I wonder how many Christians dare tell their brethren, ‘I love you affectionately’. The other is bound to think he’s talking about some homosexual act Or sexual feeling. If anything, Jesus talked about love as if it were his breathe. He loved the word, for he is Love. However, if those words were directed toward a certain woman, I bet that comes out easily. Brotherly love in the body of Christ should be so easy to express to each other as if it were a woman it was been expressed to.
   If we loved a woman, we would spend our time caring, loving and agonizing with her in whatever she was going through. If she had a court case, we would find the best lawyer and if it were a financial problem, we would offer the help we can just to show her we love her.
     Nevertheless, a christian should be able to express his love toward others not necessarily with words, but his lifestyle toward them. It’s true that most people show us affection because of what they expect from us. However, that’s not love! It’s greed! They mistook it for love, just as they mistook your affection to mean sexual desire of some sort: homosexual, etc.
    Love isn’t forced out! It’s the Son in you who loves others through you. Therefore live free and experience the wonderful life of one who loves, more than the love of women.