TONGUES     “WORTH CONSIDERING”   6/2/19  (Long but worth the time.)

In the Sunday’s liberal newspaper of West Hawaii Today there was this cartoon,  “DILBERT”  Such good thought went in the the humor of that cartoon I could not help but laugh and it got me started on this subject.  Most of us have fallen into the trap of “coloring” the truth a little or lie as the case may be.  It is interesting that the Bible has a lot to share about telling the truth.   Abraham got into trouble, David got into trouble and of course Peter was not to be left out for lying.

Of course the Big Ten commands us not to lie…  But sometimes we skid around the corners when we ask someone how they are feeling when we really don’t care.  Or we tell them fine when we are dying of cancer and have a few weeks to live.  Or we listen and nod yes while we are totally thinking about something else.  Including church, business, activities or home,  I am not sure that I know of any one who is really totally truthful.  Personally I am trying to think ahead about what I am about to say now with a filter or check of truth before I speak and so it would seem I am not talking as much as I use to.  Of course the Bible says to be quick to listen and slow to speak, anyway.

As the Christ, is also named the WORD of GOD would mean that our Creator has a great deal of concern about the power of what is said.  In Proverbs 18:21 it is said this way, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  In fact it is our heart confession by tongue that Christ Jesus becomes our LORD and part of getting saved from the eternal hell of outer darkness.  We are instructed to keep our communications simple: James 5:12 “Rather let your “Yes” be · yes and your “No,” no, so that you may not fall under judgment.”  The seventh deadly sin is of the tongue in Prov. 6:19,  “A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.  James 3:4-6 tells us about his experiences,  “4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.  5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.  and goes on from there,  need to read the whole chapter 3, several times.  And James concludes with the beautiful wisdom: ” 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy (acting or lying.)  18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

It is my supposition that tongues is listed in the gifts of the Spirit as most difficult to control.  As we bring our tongue under the obedience of Christ Jesus then as per the Holy Scriptures,  HE give HIS Holy Spirit to them who Obey Him and we receive the empowering of the Holy Spirit and a prayer language.   There is a big difference between speaking out of the resources of our heads or speaking as anointed by the Holy Spirit.   Our head speech can take up valuable time, miss opportunities and take communications off course from what the Holy Spirit want to do and where HE want to go.   When we speak as moved by the Holy Spirit there is mercy, good fruits, peace and Christ Jesus is lifted up.  As a gathering comes into unity where the Holy Spirit is in charge folks are saved, empowered, delivered and healed  and the power of the HOLY SPIRIT is obvious and draws all souls unto Jesus.   But with Head or worldly flesh speech it draws people into lifting up the speaker and there is little power.   Pride speech can confuse a gathering and waste valuable time.  And Holy Spirit Speech is always full of the exceptional use of Holy Scripture.

Tongues was one of the 1st major curses that GOD placed on planet earth due to pride and rebellion.  You can read about it in Gen.11:6-7 and notice that they were using their unified tongue in a negative way to be like GOD.  So we are challenged in John 17 by our LORD, CHRIST JESUS to find UNITY in God’s Loving Truth,  speak the same thing and bring the world back for HIM.   Adam gave the world to Lucifer,  we, as the Church in Christ Jesus,  get to take it back and return it to Christ Jesus and our Heavenly Father. This is all of God’s eternal vision for us in allowing us to learn how to use our free will in obedience.   This will also make us ready to learn how to live in HIS Eternal Kingdom and timeless dimension.  And of course, this is up to us wanting it.  All that remains for us to do is to say yes to HIS light and HE will assist us in finding our way to HIS HOME and OURS.

So experiencing the empowering of the Holy Spirit with a prayer language is just the beginning in exploring all of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.  A gift is received and given it is not a ministry.  As HIS Church we are invited to explore and reach out for all 9 gifts of the Spirit.  But the call to a given ministry, Eph. 4:11,  is a totally different issue in the Holy Spirit.  But if the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit are in place then the world get to Christ Jesus, high and lifted up.  The Elders are there to help teach and keep HIS CHURCH from wild fire.  The demonic counterfeits that look spiritual but are not.

So we by faith come to Christ Jesus as LORD to begin the walk of salvation as we follow the light that we see in the creation and the the Holy Scriptures.  We then by faith bury our flesh inheritance from old man Adam in baptism;  then we can ask and received the empowering of the Holy Spirit as we come into humility and obedience to the Holy Spirit, Lk.11:9-13.  Every True Believer should know this 3 fold experience foundationally.  This begins the process of sanctification to help us become like Jesus.   And it is not how we start that counts but how we end up at our final graduation.  James 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  2 Tim. 4:6-8, 6 (Paul) For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

So we, through the knowledge of the WORD of GOD and the Holy Spirit learn to speak for GOD : ” … he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” 1 Cor 14:3 or  “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine, 2 Tim.4:2.  And carefully study, 1 Cor.14: whole chapter (23-33):   23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?  24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:  25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.  26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

This is not an easy study and I am totally open to helping if I can.  But it is imperative that you assimilate this basic information if you would like to spend eternity with GOD in heaven.

Yours, In HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><
(Please be in prayer for Jenny (cancer) and Michael and me that I will have the LORD’s wisdom in starting this little fire in Kealia, HI.  Really powerful gathering on Friday 5/31/19….)

We are also looking for some live-in help,  single or a married couple here at TrueVine as a Caretaker and perhaps help with Christian Studies if interested.  Private room and use of new community kitchen and bath.

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