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“It appears to be a divine ecstasy which lifts the soul above the ordinary modes & expressions of reason & utterance…The spirit is the higher element & in the gift of tongues appears to overlap the mind altogether, & find its expression in speech quite unintelligible to the person himself, yet truly expressing the higher thought & feeling of the exalted spiritual state of the subject.”
“...a burst of ecstatic overflow that no language could express…a sort of inarticulate cry…the artless freedom of the Spirit’s voice.” —A.B. Simpson
“My desire was for a relationship. In fact, the thought that I might speak in tongues was a very real deterrent to me. I was not seeking an emotional experience or signs of any kind…Gently, beautifully, wonderfully, God met the
need of my hungry heart, & I knew that He had filled me with His own blessed Self. Quietly, while seated, I began of my own volition, but enabled by God’s imparted ability, to speak in a language which I had not learned but given to me by the Holy Spirit.” —Paris Reidhead, Sudan Interior Mission missionary, friend of A.W. Tozer & later Alliance pastor
“There welled up deep within me a fresh spring of spiritual water—bubbling & bubbling...Everything seemed to
have come into a deeper dimension.” —Joy Boese, C&MA missionary nurse
“As we come to tongues, let us take the shoes off our feet, for the ground whereon we stand is holy…This is where the supernatural predominates to such a degree that God is more in evidence than man, or simply the operation of the Spirit upon man. It is a speaking manifestation of Deity—a supernatural Spirit-given utterance to men clothed with power & authority from on high.” —W. T. Dixon, early Quaker missionary who became an Alliance pastor.
Are you experiencing the above? If not you need to read on.
“But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people”. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Dear brethren, Timothy’s words ring true to me when as a five year old an angel appeared to me with God’s word of TRUTH. Which is? To be more attuned to what the Holy Spirit is saying by knowing the true nature of the eternal father and His Son Christ Jesus. John 17:3 says this:
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (ESV).
Let me ask you this question; “what would hinder your progress in knowing God?”
You may rightly answer Satan! But heaven forbid if you were to say; “brethren devoid of Christ-like LOVE!”
Ponder this scripture: “In journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren” (2 Corinthians 11:26 NLT).
The above mentions Paul’s perils with rough seas and the betrayal of his own countrymen who would rob him. But more importantly, perils with so called brothers in Christ. Obviously Paul using his gift of discernment exposed them as deceitful workers masquerading as angels of light. Yes! Indeed: “false prophets who come to us in sheep ‘clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves”--says Mathew? Read 2 Corinthians 11:13-14.
Do you think Paul and Mathew are describing today’s institutionalised Church? Look around have you not noticed a decline in prophetic utterances, discernment, worship, healing, deliverance and hospitality? The main reason I disassociated myself from the Jehovah’s witnesses was because they deleted the long conclusion of Mark 16 from their new grey Bible-without even having a footnote.
But as far as I’m concerned, if Pentecostalism and alike are ignoring Mark 16:16-18 and 1Corintheans 12:8-10 it’s the same as omitting it.
How does this affect your salvation?
Dearest brethren, is your inheritance to eternal life hindered to the point where you are desperately clinging to Christian values? There is one thing in having an inheritance waiting-- but another in making a claim! For heaven’s sake, don’t become a ‘church pew potato’ believing your salvation is unconditional. Just keeping your head above water won’t cut with God!
Contrary to what is taught in some faiths, salvation is conditional that you grow in the knowledge of God. In other words you need to build a relationship based on trust and obedience to His WORD so that you can stand firm to the end. Jesus said this:
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them”(John 14:23 NIV).
Am I saying that one can lose their salvation? Yes! according to 2 Peter 2:20-22 ("If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: 'A dog returns to its vomit,' and, 'A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.' ") those who turn away from knowing Jesus and become entangled in the world's corruption are worse off than they were at the beginning.
According to Revelation 3:5 ("He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels."), those who won't have their names blotted out of the book of life are those who overcome. And in 1 Corinthians 9:27 ("No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."), Paul says he takes care so that he doesn't become disqualified for eternal life.
Time is of the essence!
Now is the time to implement a survival strategy beginning with the removal of all ungodly obstacles that would block your pathway to righteousness- even if it means sacrificing your beloved ‘Nickies’ for a pair of sandals. Then in humility, make sure that every step be nurtured in faith, love, hope and indeed caution.
To the words of the Psalmist 37:23:
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way” (KJV).
Below are set of rules that I try to stick by which you may find helpful.
(1) Learn the art of LOVE by being more hospitable kind and considerate.
(2) Be doers and not just hearers of the WORD-- Walk the Talk!
(3) Get rid of any condemnation that would taint your heart.
(4) Never be too proud –admit when you’re wrong and take good criticism.
(5) Have an open mind for change.
(6) Always encourage fellow brethren and greet them with LOVE.
(7) Never take church leaders at face value - rather get to know them as you would your brothers and sisters so that a relationship of trust can be established.
(8) Always have an enquiring mind and question everything that is said on the pulpit.
(9) Seek the gifts of the spirit-- especially the speaking in tongues. That alone may not get you to heaven, but it will certainly help avoid any obstacles that would hinder your progress.
Dearest brothers and sisters, I truly believe that if you follow all nine rules to the very best of your ability, you can rest assure that your salvation is secure.
In finishing, we of the New Prophecy Church have in place a ‘spiritual retreat’ nestling in the beautiful hinterlands of Maleny Queensland Australia. This is a place of learning, meditation and the rejuvenation of your Pentecostal spiritual gifts.
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