Speaking in Tongues

Category: Doctrine | Title: Holy Spirit|  Written by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Speaking in tongues is the most talked about phenomena in Christianity.  Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement has brought speaking in tongues to the forefront, and these branches of Christianity are without doubt the fastest growing segments of Christianity.  These movements are impacting the world even more than the reformation did. Yet with all the talk about speaking in tongues, only very few understand what it’s all about.  It is the least understood and the most controversial subject among believers.  People will be surprise to find that the Bible mentions speaking in tongues thirty-five times. That is a lot, so this subject should not be taken lightly and kept aside as unimportant to the Church.  God does not fill His book with things of minor importance.

God knew the controversies that would surround this gift in the 20th century. Yet He felt the church needed this gift to fulfill its ministry.  Even major truths such as the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, the Humanity of Christ and the Person of the Holy Spirit have been opposed and have faced controversy in the history of Christendom.  So it should not surprise us if the gift of “tongues” has been controversial too.  It is always best to stick exactly to what Scripture says on all doctrinal matters.

Greek terms

There are two different Greek terms used to represent the speaking in tongues.

Glossolalia  = glossa  means “tongue, language” + lalia means talk or to speak, speaking in non existing language there may not be any meaning to what is spoken.

Xenoglossia, which is the biblical “gift of tongues.”

Glossolalia is babbling in a nonexistent language, where as  xenoglossia is the ability to speak fluently a language the speaker has never learned.

Some of the misconceptions about tongues today among churches

  • Some Christian churches teach that all the charismatic gifts (speaking in tongues, word of knowledge, prophecy, etc.) have ceased with the completion of the New Testament.  It is no more applicable for today. 1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
  • Some churches teach that you must speak in tongues in order to be saved.
  • If tongues is spoken it must be interpreted.
  • Tongues have passed away because we now have the Scriptures in print and don’t need them anymore.
  • Tongues should be ignored because the Corinthian church spoke in tongues and Paul accused them of being carnal. 1 Corinthians 13
  • Tongues are gibberish (meaningless or unintelligible talk) and should be rejected
  • some Christians believe tongues are a sign of demonic possession like many thought during the original Pentecostal revival in the early 1900s
  • Speaking in tongues guarantees heaven to us
  • You are superior than your neighbor as you speaking in tongues where as he or she doesn’t
  • Speaking in tongues is a gift given only to special people according to the will of God

Three levels of the working of the Holy Spirit

Spirit of God dwells with us

John 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

  • Even before our salvation
  • Even when we were sinners
  • With every human being living in sin, he prompts and convicts people to receive Christ

Spirit of God lives in us

John 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

  • He starts living in us once we receive Him
  • At the time of salvation
  • His abiding presence, that never take away
  • He comes silent

Spirit of God comes upon us

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

  • He comes upon us to baptize us with Spirit
  • He comes upon us for service
  • He comes like a rushing wind Acts 2:2
  • He comes like a divided tongues Acts 2:3
  • He comes like a fire  Acts 2:3
  • He comes with an initial evidence of speaking in tongues Acts 2:4
  • To make us bold to preach the Gospel Acts 4:8, 31 Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Presence & Power

These two terms are interchangeably used among believers today.

Presence is God’s glory.  God’s glory His abiding presence comes inside our heart and remains.  It comes inside silently, it invades our heart and stills our soul.   The presence of the Lord comes inside us at the time of salvation.  This presence is to change our own life.  It transforms us.  This presence of the Holy Spirit witnesses and gives us assurance that we are children of God.

Power is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  It comes upon us according to Acts 1:8.  It comes as a mighty rushing wind, divided tongues and flames of fire according to Acts 2, The power of God comes upon us for service, to stand as witness.

  • His presence or glory can not be felt, only the power can be felt.
  • God’s presence or Glory is not manifested to physical body , it  cannot be felt, but His power can be felt.
  • The presence of God will cause us to be His children, the power of God will cause us to do.
  • God’s presence does not heal the sick body, His power heals the sick
  • God’s presence or Glory changes our lives, but His power affects others.
  • God’s presence convicts us of sins, God’s power destroys Satan and his authority.
  • God presence can be obtained with no price at the time of salvation, but His power can be received by paying a price in terms of prayer, absolute surrender, complete faith and dependency, sometime even fasting and waiting.

Is speaking in tongues Biblical?

  • Spoken by the prophet –Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people,
  • 1st instance reported in Bible – Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
  • While Peter was preaching – Acts 10:44-46 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
  • Speaking to God –1 Corinthians 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
  • Self edification –1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
  • Importance of interpretation-1 Corinthians 14:5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.
  • Something we all need to long for –1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
  • Paul’s personal experience – 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;
  • Sign for unbelievers –1 Corinthians 14:22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. (a believer among unbelievers can be identified as a believer as he or she speaks in tongues, a prophet among believers can be identified by other believers as he prophesies)
  • Importance of interpretation –1 Corinthians 14:27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
  • Do not stop people who are speaking in tongues – 1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.

Five different types of tongues

  1. Tongues of Men – 1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  2. Tongues of Angels – 1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  3. Language of Paradise – 2 Corinthians 12:3-4 And I know such a man whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
  4. Language of the Spirit – Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
  5. God’s language – Isaiah 28:11-12 (NIV) Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,

Exercising speaking in tongues:

In a private setup (edify himself)

When a person speaks in tongues, his spirit (heart) speaks forth syllables (directly from his heart to his mouth, bypassing his mind) and thus he pours out whatever is in his heart to God – whether that be an overflow of joy or a burden caused by sorrow or discouragement. Thus the pressure on his heart is relieved. That is how he is ‘edified’

1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

This can happen during personal prayer or during a time of worship & prayer in the church.  This is done with a low voice by all believers, not appears to be giving a message and interpretation, it is done for the personal edification and infilling of the Holy Spirit,

Usually in churches a specific time is given so that all believers can refresh & align themselves with the mind of the Holy Spirit.

In a public setup (edifies the church)

In a church-meeting, if someone speaks in a tongue, one of those having the gift of prophecy, if the person is walking in the light of God, will find a thought being impressed on his or her mind, if the “tongue” is genuinely from God. That person speaks forth that thought in his or her own words – remember it is not a translation, but an interpretation.

If another person (who also has the gift of interpretation) had interpreted the “tongue”, the interpretation would have been the same (although in his own words). This would be the case if both interpreters were in perfect touch with the Lord.

Since no revelation from God can contradict what is written in the Bible, the interpretation will be in accordance with Scripture – just like all true prophecy will also be in line with the Scriptures.

So if tongues is spoken out loud in a church setup, it should follow with an interpretation otherwise it will not benefit the audience.  In this situation, both the gifts speaking in different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues are in operation.

Benefits of speaking in tongues

We believe that the initial physical evidence of having been baptized in the Holy Spirit is to speak in an unknown tongue as the Holy Spirit gives the utterance. So, tongues proves you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit but a person can be saved without being baptized in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.  Speaking in tongues is not the evidence of our salvation, it is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Of course, there is much more to the Holy Spirit than speaking in tongues, but speaking in tongues is one of the important manifestations.

Speaking in tongues is important for many reasons, certainly more than to prove you’ve received the Holy Spirit. It should be a part of everyday life. It is a way to communicate directly from your heart to the Father, bypassing your brain with its doubts and fears. It builds you up in your most holy faith and releases the hidden wisdom of God.

  1. Praying in other tongues will edify you (1 Corinthians 14:4.) To edify means to build up, strengthen, recharge.
  2. Praying in other tongues is initial evidence of the Holy Spirit coming upon you. (Acts 10:45-46)
  3. Praying in tongues builds up your faith, and helps you trust God more fully. (Jude 20, 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,)
  4. Praying in tongues is a great way to give thanks to God. (1 Corinthians 14:15-17)
  5. Praying in tongues helps us to yield our tongues, as well as the rest of our bodies, to the control of the Holy Spirit. (James 3:8, 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.)
  6. Praying in tongues helps us to pray God’s perfect will, even when we don’t know what or how to pray. (Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.)
  7. Praying in tongues brings us into God’s rest and refreshing. (Isaiah 28:11-12 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, 12 To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,”  And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear.)

You may ask, Can I do ministry without speaking in tongues?

The answer is yes.  You can do the ministry with your salvation experience.  The abiding presence of the Holy Spirit is in you.  He will lead you and guide you.  Souls will be saved, if you pray sick will be healed, miracles will happen, even demonic activities can be handled up to some extent.  Many evangelists and missionaries never took time to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, but they continued ministering with their salvation experience and added thousands of souls to God’s kingdom.  Even some of the evangelical and missionary organizations don’t teach the importance of speaking in tongues.

But remember, the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit is given for you to commune with God.  You need the power from above in order to minister or to serve the Lord.  There are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Three of them are related to speaking in tongues.  They are the vocal gifts 7) gift of tongues, 8) interpretations of tongues, and 9) some extend prophecy.   If one doesn’t speak in tongues, these 3 gifts won’t operate, may be the remaining 6 gifts will operate.

Most of the ministries involve dealing with bondage and the oppression of the enemy.  These bondage need to be broken in order to experience the deliverance.  As a minister of God, if we dare to pray for such bondage without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we may be in trouble as the demonic power may overcome us.  That’s the reason Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

God has the power package of the anointing of the Holy Spirit already prepared for us.  He is willing to give it free of cost as He has already paid the price for it.  Due to our lack of understanding and other various reason, if we say we don’t trust or we don’t believe this anointing, we are the losers.

Where do we start if we never spoke in tongues?

  • The pre requisite to start speaking in tongues is Salvation.  A strong assurance that my sins are washed by the blood of Jesus, I am forgiven & I am a child of God.
  • Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10: 47-48 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.)
  • Believe and take a step of faith.  Don’t be too critical about this.  Salvation is a step of faith, you do not feel anything different and do not see anything different in your body once you are saved.  In the same manner, take a step of faith to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Do not let your human mind interfere with the greater plan of God.
  • Do not wait to feel anything in your body, take a step of faith.  You didn’t feel anything in your body when you were saved.  In the same way don’t expect to feel anything.  You may or may not feel something as the power comes on you.
  • Develop an un quenching desire within you to receive this heavenly blessing. Because God says, Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
  • Start praying about it.  Ask the Lord to fill you, you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit even while praying in your prayer closet and start speaking in tongues.
  • Join with a group of believer who are anointed and speak in tongues.  It is like even if a live tree is cut and put it inside the flaming fire, you can find even the live tree catching fire in it.  It need not be dry.  Same way when you join together with a bunch of believers who pray in the Holy Ghost, the anointing on them catch on you and you start speaking in tongues.  Remember, even ordinary men who were not prophets started prophesying when they joined a group of prophets?  Also remember when a dead body fell on the bones of Elisha became alive (2 Kings 13:20-21).  It is a powerful experience God has in place for you.
  • Make sure you attend a spirit filled church where you find corporate anointing.  Congregation is allowed to be filled with the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues and to prophesy.

What do we do next if we are already blessed with this supernatural gift?

  • We need to exercise this gift daily, any gift that is not used often is going to deteriorate in its effectiveness.
  • If you  say that once you were anointed, speaking in tongues, but now if you are not able to do that, ask the Lord to fill you again.  The anointing you received is in you, it needs to be revived.  Join with believers who can pray with you, so that you may be revived.
  • If you speak in tongues, ask the Lord to give you new tongues every time you pray, every day, as the Lord enables, start speaking in different languages that are not known to you, but someone else can understand.
  • If you speak in tongues, ask for the gift interpretation of tongues.  1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.
  • If you feel that God is giving you interpretation, remember that gift is not given to have it within you.  It is given to you so that you may serve the Lord.  Find a way to involve in ministry where you are encouraged to use your gift to bring souls into God’s kingdom.

Having said all these, what is our response to the Word today?  Shall we take a moment and thank the Lord for such a wonderful gift that He has bestowed in our lives.  Shall we call upon His name today and ask Him to fill us right now?

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  Ask Him right now.

Precious in My Sight

Series: General | Title: Precious in My Sight |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: Marine Dr Pentecostal Church Musquodoboit Harbour, NS | Date: October 20, 2013

Isaiah 43:4  Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you;

Therefore I will give men for you, And people for your life.

“We are precious in the sight of God” is one of the Biblical facts that is difficult to comprehend.  Many times we don’t find ourselves precious.  We have more complaints than the good things we have to say about our lives.

Self-Deprecation or self  condemnation is one of the seven basic character flaws.  Self-deprecation means disapproving yourself, or running yourself down, both internally and in the sight of others.  It is a drive to make yourself so small and insignificant as we live on this earth.

  • Many times we hear an inner voice within us telling:
  • Who am I?, I am not good enough, Nothing I do will ever result in something good
  • I should feel ashamed of myself just for being me
  • Even before I try, I know that I am going to fail— so what is the point in trying 
  • At least I will always be right about one thing: that’s about my inadequacy
  • I have nothing of value that I can bring to anyone else.  I don’t belong here.  I am a fake.

These are the kind of inner voices that comes in our minds.  The fear of inadequacy—never being good enough to please or satisfy someone, never being good enough to deserve success or love or happiness, these have been an ongoing problem in our lives.

  • I cannot succeed in life, I cannot feel good about my life, I cannot get on well with others.  The best I can hope for is to limit the damage within myself.  Why should I open it up in front of others?  So I better handle it on my own. 
  • If I am criticized, I probably deserve it.  But at least if I criticize myself first, I leave others with nothing to criticize about me.  Quite often we get into self-condemnation or self-disapproving mode in our lives. 

These are some of the inner voices we hear in our everyday living on this earth.  Many times we get carried away with such thoughts in our minds.  We feel so inadequate and inferior about ourselves and we don’t feel like doing anything at all.

  • The enemy has kept children of God under such a bondage today.  I see that in our community, in all the communities and many churches where I go.  He keep repeatedly telling us that you are good for nothing. 
  • But God wants to deliver us from this self-condemnation
  • God made all of us in His own image and he loves us just the way we are.  He is the one who brought us to this place, in this church, with a purpose; but the enemy is always trying to put you down and he is trying to make sure that we fail in fulfilling God’s purpose.  He doesn’t really care about what do we do, he doesn’t care about what we feel about ourselves; but he is very particular that we miserably fail the purpose of God in our lives.
  • Ultimately the devil is interested to see us is failing God’s purpose. It is very important to realize that we have a role to do in God’s kingdom.  That’s the reason God has called us to this place.  That’s the reason God has called everyone of us by their name. 

But God says,   Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you;

Isaiah 41:9 (NIV)    9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you.

I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

I want all of you to think about our past, where we are coming from, our past life – how it was, think about our childhood days.  God has brought us to this place with a purpose because He loves us, He is our God.  Today we are so proud to say that.  He blesses us.

 Jeremiah 31:3  “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
The love that doesn’t stop here, the love will continue even as we go into eternity.  He loved us with such a great love.

Psalm 119:73  Your hands have made me and fashioned me.

 

If we think about the fact that God has created us in His own image, with His own hands He has fashioned us; the moment the fact gets deep in our hearts, we don’t condemn ourselves.  It hurts the heart of God when we think so low about ourselves.  God feels bad. 

Jesus asked us to look at the birds of the air, look at the lilies of the valley, how much more will I feed you and how much more will I clothe you?  Then why are you so anxious?  That is the question Jesus asked the crowd.  Today, He is asking the same question to each and everyone of us.

Our God is our God, no doubt about that.  If you are children of God and you know the power of God, today He is willing to deliver us from that unknown and never ending struggle that we try to handle by our own.  

The reasons why I believe that I am precious in the sight of  God today, are the following:

1.    God’s Word says so

2.    He loved me when nobody loved me

3.    He understood me when everyone failed to understand me.  When everyone around me had no clue what’s going on in my life,  my savior understood me perfectly.

4.    He called me into this, while there are many out there who are more talented and more able – but they are not called. There are many out there who are capable of  doing many more things, but they are not willing to come over here.  We don’t find them here today.

5.    He trusted me when I was not trustworthy.  He trusted us and placed this church in our hands, similarly He placed our family and children in our hands even though we are not trustworthy. 

6.    He promised me saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.  Who is going to be with you if you are not precious?

7.    He has given me hope that He is going to come back to this world to take me home, what a precious promise it is!  If we are not precious, He would not have given such great promises in our life.  

What more evidence do we need to realize that we are precious in the sight of God?  We need to be proud of it and happy about it.

There are two reasons why we don’t realize that we are precious in God’s sight.

1. Comparison

Many times we compare ourselves with someone else and get discouraged.  But today God is telling us,”You are precious in my sight”.  Do you know that you are made unique in this world?  We sing a song and tell God “There is no one else like you.  I believe God looks at each one us and tells us,There is no one else like you.  We are unique.  In this vast universe, on Earth, even though we are one among the 7.2 billion living on this earth, yet, we are unique and we are precious to Him. Isn’t it wonderful?

The moment we compare ourselves with others, we fail to realize that uniqueness in us.  The moment we try to look at others, we fail God by saying that I am not like somebody else.  God wants us to realize that we are unique.  The moment we fail to realize our uniqueness, we get discouraged and we feel so low about ourselves.  God is telling us that, I have made you, just what you are today.  That is how I want you to be.  I don’t want you to be like someone else.  Today,

  • We may not be an Elijah to call fire from heaven
  • We may not be Moses to divide the read sea and take the children of Israel
  • We may not be like David who brought Goliath down
  • We may not be a Samson who set fire to the Philistines grains
  • We may not be talented as someone else
  • We may not be popular like someone, like sometimes kids feel that I am not popular in my class, in my school
  • We may not be like somebody else who is always liked by others
  • We may not be approached by anybody, we just come and go.  No one comes and talks to us and spends time with us
  • We may not be as successful as our brothers, sisters, or the other family members
  • We may not be liked by everyone in our family
  • We may not be understood and accepted by everyone around us today

But thank God that each and everyone of us is not like somebody else, we are unique.  We are just what we are.  I am just what I am and nothing can change me.  Similarly, nothing can change you, you are just what you are.  We do not have to worry about that, we are not like somebody else.

I thank God that I am not created like someone else, but I am created in the likeness of my God. That’s an amazing fact.  We find, we are precious the moment we realize that we are created in His own image.  I most often ask, “Have you seen God?”  They say,’no’.  I say, go and stand in front of the mirror because the Word of God says that I have created you in my own image.

God has certain unique plans for our lives, it doesn’t matter how old we are.  It probably cannot be achieved by someone else.  The Word of God tells us if God wants us to do something through us,  he can do so only through us.  Nobody else can replace us.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)  11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The moment we stop comparing ourselves with others, there is a great relief in knowing that God has a specific plan for me in my life.

 2. Dependency on self

There are many out there who are capable, talented, accepted by the society, they are popular, but they don’t have time for God.  We are so busy, we come to the church,  we go to the Bible study, we go to the intercessory prayer ministry and we do so many things but we question our talents.  There are many out there, they are much more talented but they are not willing.  Whereas, we are willing to go for it.  They boast about their own abilities, in their own achievements, they don’t depend on God, in effect they are useless for God.  But as we decide to depend on God, draw strength from him; we can be used by God.  We can be a useful vessel in the presence of God.

 

But God doesn’t want us to go and do things on our own in this world.  He wants us to depend on Him.  The moment I try to do things by my own strength, I fail there.  God brings me to a point, to tell me that you are not trying to do things by My (God’s) strength, you are trying to do things by your own strength, it’s not possible.  It will appear that things are flourishing but the end is not going to be good. 

When everything is going on well, we tend to depend on God.  But God is asking, ”when things are not going well in your life,  are you still depending on Me?”

Everyday God expects us to completely depend on him-

For our studies

For our work situation

For our family issues

For our marriage to work well

For our business to flourish
For our church to be built

For our church to bring the gospel out to the community, we need to depend on God. 

When we depend on God, we are not limited by our abilities, that’s the secret of depending on God.
When I am depending on God, I am not limited by my abilities
When I depend on God, I need not to worry about what I am capable of doing
When I am depending on God, I do not worry about resources that I have within me but when I depend on God, my resources become limitless
When I am depending on God, my abilities go beyond the limit.
When I am depending on God, He gives me such a strength to do great things for Him.

Today God is asking us to depend on him.

When we depend on ourselves, we are afraid.  But when we depend on God, we are courageous.

When we depend on our own strength, we feel weak because we are weaker vessels.  More and more we depend on ourselves, we are going to become weaker and weaker.  God is telling us,”depend on me”.  Because He can strengthen those who are weak.

Once we start depending on God, we will realize, how precious we are in the sight of God.

Many times we get frustrated easily and say

Lord why am I going through all these things in my life.

Why is my sickness not leaving at all?

Why did this happen to my child?

Why no one on this Earth seems to understand me?

The answer is simple.  God wants us to depend on  Him, He doesn’t want us to depend on our abilities.  At times our faith and dependency on God is tested.  Even gold which is a precious metal, is tested by fire.  You and I are certainly more precious than gold, you and I are certainly more precious than the birds of the air and the lilies of the valley; how true is it that we are tested by fire in our lives.

 1 Peter 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

God wants us not to give up by looking at the difficulties.  God wants us to trust in Him and depend on Him.

 The more we depend on God, He is going to make us more precious; as gold is taken through the fire, its going to be pure and precious. 

Today God  is telling you,”just go through it”, it will result in praise, honor and glory.

When we don’t compare our selves with others.  We find that we are unique in the presence of the God.  We accept that we are so precious in God’s presence.

When we don’t depend on our abilities, we start depending on God’s abilities.  We find things start working in our lives.

We realize that we are so precious in God’s presence.

David realized this fact and he says,

Psalm 139:13-14   13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 139:16   Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. 

He says, you looked at my substance even before it was formed, even before shape was given to it; you knew me, right from the beginning.  You are able to take care of me until I finish my day.

It is God who created us.

It is God who put our parts together in our lives.

It was not a chance or an accident that we were born in this world.  It was God.

He saw us even before we were formed in our mother’s womb.

He called us even before the foundations of the earth was laid.

 He says,

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

 

Today, if you are frustrated with everything that’s going on in our lives, don’t give up.  Keep moving forward because God is with you and He is considering us precious.

We need to give our God another opportunity to work in our lives.

Today, He wants to set you free from the oppressing thoughts that  we are struggling with in our lives.

If you are sick and tired, start depending on God.

Your medications may not help at times, but Jesus is our healer.

If you are struggling with family issues and misunderstanding, lets came back to our creator.  Tell him,”Lord you created me, you know what I am going through in my life.  Lord, I pray that you put all those things together in my life”.

If someone is working against you in your life, if you are experiencing evil in your work place, in your business, in your society; God is telling us to depend on Him.
Zechariah 2:8  for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

Whatever we are dealing today, God wants us to know that He is able to deliver us because we are so precious.

Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you

 

Evangelism

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Ministry Training Sessions:

Session 1 – Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:00pm to 9:00pm