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Daily Bread - March 8, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:19
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.


Have you ever wondered why it is not okay if people pray, sing, and speak
in the heavenly language in church; but it is okay if we do not prophesy,
do not cast out devils, and do not minister healing and miracles? (1
Corinthians 12:10, 28, 14:26; John 14:12; Mark 16:17). What if we took
every dimension of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and display of the
power of God out of the life of Jesus - what would His ministry look like?
He would have been a preacher who described the glory and splendor of
Heaven, but could have never displayed it. He would have talked about how
much God loves everyone, but would have never been able to demonstrate that
love on any significant level. When the centurion came to Jesus regarding
his dying servant, Jesus would have said, "Put your trust in God." When the
lepers came crying out to be cleansed, they would have heard, "Rejoice in
your affliction." When Jairus came desiring Jesus to heal his daughter, and
then discovered that she was dead, the message would have been, "It's not
always God's will to heal; we must trust in providence."

How long will we play games with God and His church? How long will we
thrust forward blind, and unwilling to turn from the pride of our own
biased opinions? Can we be right with God while we oppose the doctrine of
the Lord Jesus - as it is revealed in the New Testament? Is it more
important to us to justify ourselves rather than to get desperate and
hungry to have what God has described in His Word? Must we continue to seek
to vindicate our own experiences rather than seeking the Kingdom of God and
His righteousness? Is it right to preach the gospel and attempt to be the
witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus without the power of the Holy Ghost?
Who will step up and say, "No more!"? If you want what God wants, then you
will have to start imitating Jesus and start doing those things that He
commanded for us to do. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Ghost,
then you have not been qualified by God as a witness; so get baptized!
Everyone must move beyond the limitations of their own abilities and fears,
and follow Jesus, in order to do what He did. Start laying hands on the
sick and proclaiming liberty to the captives. Take hold of the power from
on high that has been freely given through the ministry of Jesus, and flow
in the Holy Ghost.

The leadership and ministry of the Holy Spirit must have first place in our
life. If we will begin to recognize those things that He does, then we will
quickly learn to honor Him. It was the work of the Holy Spirit that was
placed front and center in the incarnation of God into human flesh (Matthew
1:18, 20; Luke 1:35). John the Baptist recognized when the Holy Spirit came
upon Jesus, and it was by the manifestation of the Holy Ghost that Jesus
would be identified (John 1:33; Luke 3:22). John the Baptist also revealed
that baptism into the Holy Spirit would be as central to the ministry of
Jesus as water baptism had been to his own ministry (Matthew 3:11; Mark
1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33). Luke noted that when Jesus began His ministry,
He came in the power of the Holy Ghost (Luke 4:1). Jesus declared that the
Holy Spirit was upon Him and had empowered Him to preach the gospel (Luke
4:18). He credited the Holy Spirit with the ability to cast out devils and
reveal the power of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 12:28). Jesus taught that
the Holy Spirit would change a person into a new creation (John 3:3-6).
Jesus taught that those who would receive the gift of God would be
identified through the expressions of the Holy Spirit, Who would come like
rivers (John 7:38-39). It would be the Holy Spirit Who would come to lead
us, guide us, and to glorify Jesus (John 14:26, 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians
2:9-10). It would be through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that the
revelation that 'the Father was in Christ Jesus and that Jesus is in us'
was given (John 14:20).

If we are ever going to be led by the Holy Spirit, then we must not resist
Him and grieve Him. We must remain deeply desiring for His work to be
revealed in the midst of our lives and our assemblies. We cannot lead a
cause against any manifestation of the Holy Spirit. If we are going to
follow Jesus, then we must learn how to be submitted to the work of the
Holy Spirit, even as Jesus was. We must begin to recognize the deceptive
tactics that Satan has used to shut down the working of the Holy Spirit,
which usually come cloaked as some pious act of honoring God. If we are
going to mind the things of the Spirit, and yield ourselves to His
leadership, we cannot walk in our own imaginations of what that looks like.
The Bible fully describes what the Holy Spirit has done, is doing, and
wants to do in the midst of the church and through the lives of all those
who have been filled with His presence.

Each person in the church who has been born of God carries a responsibility
to function in the realms of the Spirit in order that the Kingdom of God be
revealed to those who do not believe or do not understand the gospel (1
Corinthians 12:7-11; John 16:12-15; Ephesians 1:23). We must yield to the
work of the Holy Ghost, Who would baptize us all into one body to function
with one heart and one mind (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 15:6). If we are
unwilling to yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, then Christ Jesus will not
be revealed (John 16:14). For it is only in the context of the
manifestation of the Spirit that the body of Christ is revealed (1
Corinthians 12:7-27). Each person in the church is to be so full of the
Spirit that words of life and revelation can proceed from their mouths
revealing the secrets of the hearts of men (1 Corinthians 14:24-25). The
example that Paul gave was similar to what happened when Nathaniel
encountered Jesus. Jesus revealed the secrets of Nathaniel's heart, and
Nathaniel became a believer and worshipped Jesus (John 1:46-49).

We must realize that we were not called to live a "Christian life"; we were
called to live the life of Jesus. God has given every person a special
anointing to live in Christ (1 John 2:27; John 15:1-5; Philippians 1:21;
John 17:21-13). The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every person so
that each may function in the authority of the kingdom and reveal the
ministry of Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:7; John 7:38-39; Luke 24:49; Acts
2:4,16-18, 39). God is not looking for orators or performers. He is looking
for yielded vessels that He can fill with His Spirit; who will speak all
the words of this life and bring the gospel of salvation to all mankind (1
Corinthians 2:4, 13, 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:5).
Daily Bread - March 7, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:43
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.


There are some who would try to explain away the language of the Holy
Spirit as being needed for those who do not have the ability to speak the
language of the people they are sent to. Well, this certainly would not
explain the Apostle Paul's need for the language of the Spirit.
Furthermore, such a notion is not supplied to us with respect to the many
references to tongues. First of all, Paul was a Roman who was trained in
the best schools of his time, and most certainly spoke those languages that
were more commonly used. Yet, more essential to the issue than anything
else is Paul's explanation of tongues as a language which no man
understands, "For he that speaks in tongues does not speak to men, but unto
God: for no man understands him; howbeit in the Spirit he speaks mysteries
(1 Corinthians 14:2). Of course, Paul made this point over and again as he
contrasted tongues (or speaking, praying, or singing in the Spirit) with
the utterances that could be understood. If tongues were only to
communicate to people in a language that the speaker did not understand,
then nothing that Paul said in First Corinthians chapter fourteen makes any

It has been argued that when men speak in tongues, they speak in the
languages of men and angels, and is therefore proof that tongues are a
means by which the speaker can speak the languages known to other men (1
Corinthians 13:1). However, 1 Corinthians 13:1 can be understood in exactly
the same way that Paul explains tongues in the next chapter. Certainly,
there are no contradictions with what Paul said in chapter thirteen and
which was repeated over and again in chapter fourteen. Speaking in the
tongues of men and angels can simply be another way to express the
difference between speaking with the understanding in contrast to speaking
a spiritual language, which once again "no man understands."

One of the signs of the believer is to speak with "new tongues." Once
again, this can be understood as speaking a language that has never been
heard before which 'καινός' (new, unused) can infer (Mark 16:17). This is
certainly the proper way to understand 'καινός' in view of the Holy Spirit
bringing us the spiritual language that had never been heard until the day
of Pentecost. It is only the Holy Spirit Who could teach this language,
which Paul strongly contrasted when highlighting the differences between
tongues and the language(s) that could be understood by men. Tongues are
undeniably the expressions of the Holy Spirit in which mysteries (μυστήρια)
are being uttered to God. These are secret or hidden things that only God
can understand. By definition, they would be unknown to anyone other than
God, unless He choose to reveal them. That which is being spoken in tongues
is concealed to men, unless there is one who makes it known through an
interpretation given by the Holy Spirit.

When tongues are being uttered, they are not being spoken to men, but to
God. This is one of the more important points that cannot be over
emphasized (1 Corinthians 14:2, 14-16, 28). This is a communion with God,
not a means of communication with others; which further emphasizes its
place in church without any need for interpretation. In fact, there is no
argument given by Paul that tongues should not be spoken and heard in the
meeting; but instead, the opposite is true. It has been reported from the
experience of men on many different occasions that when they spoke in a
tongue unknown to themselves, it was at least known in part to some who
spoke other languages. While this miraculous event is certainly not
excluded, it is not what the Scripture reveals about the primary nature of
the language of the Spirit. Those baptized in the Holy Spirit speak divine
mysteries in the Spirit directly to God. The nature of tongues then, by
themselves, is not intended to be revelation. It is only when there is an
interpretation that allows the message to be made known that the tongues
become revelation to the hearers, which is entirely secondary to their

Tongues are not inspired by the thoughts of men. They are not personally
inspired, or belonging to, any personal faculty of men. It is the language
of the Spirit spoken as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. It is profitable
to the speaker and not to the hearer (1 Corinthians 14:2, 4). It is the
intercessions of the Holy Ghost under His control, and the speaker is only
a yielded vessel by which this divine communion takes place. Someone may
say it is a gift, so it belongs to the individual, as though the individual
becomes the administrator of the gift. However, this is not true of any of
the gifts. It is only by being yielded to the Holy Spirit that any of His
manifestations will function through our lives. Just as one works miracles
by the Spirit, even so, one speaks in the heavenly language by the Spirit
(Galatians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Our spirits, which are joined unto
the Holy Spirit, become the organ through which the Holy Spirit expresses
His thoughts (1 Corinthians 6:17).
Daily Bread - March 3, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 03 March 2017 09:06
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.


The language of the Spirit was a new kind of prophecy for the New Testament
believer, which would mature into an understanding of how to participate
with the Holy Ghost in an unlimited divine ability. This special gift was
placed front and center in terms of what God now purposed to do in the
midst of His church. Tongues belong in the church since they were placed
there by the Lord Jesus and function as the utterance of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28, 14:1, 26, 39; Mark 16:17). Now, in 1
Corinthians 14, Paul gives sixteen reasons why we should speak in tongues
in the church:
1. We are to desire the spiritual, and tongues exemplifies the spiritual (1
Corinthians 14:1, 12).

2. He that speaks in tongues speaks to God in a direct way that allows for
the mysteries of God to be spoken. There would be no way for Paul to give
tongues a higher status than to refer to it as the activity of our spirit
speaking directly to God by the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 14:2).

3. When we speak in tongues, we strengthen ourselves in the things of the
Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:4).

4. It was Paul's desire that we all speak with tongues; and no one knew
better what was needed in the church (1 Corinthians 14:5).

5. Tongues will excel to the interpretation of tongues; therefore, if there
are no tongues, then we would be deprived of a special realm of prophecy:
the interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 14:12-13, 27).

6. When we pray in tongues, our spirits are engaged in prayer to God (1
Corinthians 14:14).

7. Without tongues, we would not be able to pray in the Spirit, which leads
to praying in the understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15).

8. Without tongues, we would not be able to sing in the Spirit, which then
leads to singing in the understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15).

9. When we speak with tongues, we bless with the Spirit (1 Corinthians

10. When we speak with tongues, we give thanks (1 Corinthians 14:16).

11. When we speak with tongues, we give thanks excellently (1 Corinthians

12. Paul, an example that we should all follow, spoke in tongues more than
everyone (1 Corinthians 14:18).

13. Speaking in tongues is the fulfillment of prophecy, which revealed that
God would speak through His people in a special way (1 Corinthians 14:21).

14. Speaking in tongues is a sign for the unbeliever; it is a revelation
that the New Covenant has begun (1 Corinthians 14:22; Acts 2:33).

15. When we assemble in the church, everyone should have the expression of
tongues (1 Corinthians 14:26).

16. Tongues is the first expression of the Holy Spirit in the church, and
no one has the right to forbid it (1 Corinthians 14:39; Acts 2:3-4).
Daily Bread - March 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:06
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

Tongues: Interpretation of Tongues

Distinct from praying, singing, and giving of thanks in the language of the
Spirit is a message in tongues. Just as prophesy delivers a message to the
church, even so, there is a message that can be delivered through tongues,
which is accompanied by a distinct gift that works alongside of it called
the interpretation of tongues. Yet, it must be emphasized that this is not
the same expression of tongues that falls on everyone for prayer and
singing. Anyone who has operated in the gift of tongues will recognize that
there are diversities of tongues which are expressed in different ways (1
Corinthians 12:28). The 'diversity of tongues', which is translated from
the Greek 'genos glosson', may be translated also as 'natures' or
'families' of tongues. In some instances, the moving of the Spirit touches
everyone at the same time as in Acts chapters 2, 10 and 19. This does not
necessarily happen once, but can take place throughout the meeting. There
can also be, as it were, waves of this Holy Ghost manifestation in which
one person after another will speak in a tongue that is for a message. At
other times, the utterance will fall strongly upon only one person, which
could either be the preacher or a person in the congregation. When a
message in tongues is given it needs to be interpreted, and of course, must
be done one at a time so everyone can hear what is being said by the Holy
Spirit. When there is a tongue given for a message, it has a unique
expression that those who are discerning recognize. However, at the same
time, context will reveal it as well. If someone is preaching and a person
starts to speak in tongues, then that must be interpreted. So long as it is
interpreted, it is never out of order.

What Paul is instructing for us to do in the church makes perfect sense for
those who are constantly engaged in the moving of the Spirit. When everyone
is praying or singing in tongues, it does not create any kind of
distraction at all, but is glorious and inspiring. However, when someone
wants to speak in tongues overtop of the preacher, or the one prophesying,
then that creates a disruption. If multiple people were taken by the gift
of tongues, and then spoke at the same time while someone began to
interpret over top of that, then there would be confusion. The gift itself
can activate the gift in those who are sensitive to the operation of the
Holy Ghost, so there must be a sensitivity and respect with regards to
delivering the message. The interpretation of tongues is to be delivered
like any other exhortation or sermon. It is ridiculous for those who know
nothing about the practical application of the gift to suppose that they
can understand all that Paul implies in 1 Corinthians 14, and especially as
it relates to verses 27-28. Furthermore, when their rules and regulations
bring an end to the flow of tongues in the church, then it is obvious that
they have stepped outside of the bounds set forth in scripture, and their
misunderstanding is further emphasized.

There has been much confusion about the utterance of the language of the
Spirit. Many good folks have some interesting preconceived ideas as to what
an interpretation is supposed to look and sound like. Many believe that
there has to be a little space of silence, then suddenly someone starts
shouting, "thus saith the Lord," like the prophets of old. It does not have
to work like that. When we define interpretation of tongues, it may extend
beyond many people's definitions, so everyone needs to just be a little
more flexible and develop a sensitivity to what God is doing. The
interpretation of tongues, which is different from prophesy, functions
specifically from the inspiration invoked by the 'message tongues.' The
Greek word that is used for this gift is 'diermeneuo.' The usage of this
word by Josephus and Philo conveys a meaning different from just providing
a translation by interpreting one language into another. The word
'diermeneuo' may be understood as 'to put into words', or 'bring to
articulate expressions' (The Anchor Bible Dictionary - Gift of Tongues).
The first manifestation of the interpretation of tongues, observed in Acts
2:7-8, was a miracle not given by a human interpreter. Those who heard what
the disciples were saying in their own language did so in the context of
one hundred twenty people swept away with the utterance of tongues, which
in any other circumstance, would have been impossible. The interpretation
was by the assistance of a divine interpreter. The 'divine interpreter' is
also suggested to us by the text as well with the use of the word 'hear'
instead of 'speaking.' Although the disciples were speaking in the tongues
of the Spirit, many of the people who were present heard what they were
saying in their own language. Thus the miracle of interpretation rested in
the hearing, and not in the speaking. "Amazed and astonished they ask, are
not all of these speaking Galileans. And how is it that we hear each in our
own native language." Keep in mind one hundred twenty are speaking in
tongues, and more than three thousand are listening - that's a miracle no
matter how you approach the situation. In this event, there were also those
who spoke the same languages, but only heard the utterance of stammering
lips and other tongues, and mocked saying, " They are filled with new wine"
(Acts 2:13). If, as some suggest, the tongues of the Spirit were simply the
languages of men given to the disciples supernaturally, then there would
have been no group of people who thought that the tongues were the
babblings of those drunk on wine. If the one hundred twenty were speaking
one by one in tongues, and that was followed by and interpretation, the
text would have said so; but as it stands, it reveals only that they all
spoke with tongues at the same time. As they spoke, fourteen different
dialects were being heard by a massive audience - which is nothing short of

Flowing in the gift of tongues is wonderful, but it cannot occupy the whole
church service. If everyone were only speaking in tongues throughout the
whole church service, it would be viewed by the visitor as a mad house!
This is the point that Paul is driving home - tongues cannot occupy the
entire service with no utterance given that can be understood. The service,
in other words, cannot go from people praying and singing in tongues to
individuals shouting out messages in tongues over top of each other. If
someone attempted to give an interpretation while others were speaking in
tongues, then the interpretation would not be heard. Someone trying to
interpret overtop of others speaking in tongues would not only be
confusing, but simply out of order. Each person in the context of
preaching, exhorting, or prophesying should be committed to speaking words
by the Holy Spirit so that everyone can understand them. Also, Paul is not
limiting the number of occurrences of this manifestation; for he has
already made room for everyone to participate in tongues and the
interpretation of tongues. When Paul said, "Two, or at most three," the
Greek implies 'on each occasion.' Just as Paul is not limiting the number
of those who can prophesy in the meeting, neither is he limiting the number
of messages that can be given by tongues and interpretation of tongues (1
Corinthians 14:31). When a message is given in tongues, the most optimal
order would be: one message in tongues immediately followed by the
interpretation. However, Paul did allow for up to two or three messages in
tongues before proceeding any further without an interpretation. Once an
interpretation was given, then there could be up to two or three additional
messages given; and once again, an interpretation. Paul did not place a
limitation on how long this could continue; rather, he praised the church
because everyone had a tongue and an interpretation of tongues (1
Corinthians 14:26). There certainly is no reason to believe that tongues
and interpretation of tongues, which are equal to prophecy, cannot be
practiced by everyone in the meeting.

The church service is not only about worshiping the Lord Jesus, but it is
also about establishing the saints in the things of God and reaching the
lost. Paul placed an emphasis on reaching the lost in the meeting, and
therefore, placed those words spoken by the understanding as far superior
to those spoken in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:24-25). Although Paul would
come speaking in tongues, he would be devoted to speaking by the Spirit
those words that all could understand as well (1 Corinthians 14:6).
Although tongues had a place of supreme importance in Paul's life, he
emphasized the importance of teaching others on the scale of speaking five
words that could be understood instead of ten thousand words in tongues (1
Corinthians 14:19). There certainly is no shortage of the words that men
can understand in our church meetings today. However, are we hearing that
message brought by the Holy Spirit through revelation, knowledge, prophesy,
and doctrine (1 Corinthians 14:6)? The first thing that Paul would ask many
in the church today is, "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you
believed?" There should be no one who would want things any other way than
Paul described them in 1 Corinthians 14:27-28. Surely there is no one that
wants confusion. Where many go beyond what Paul said is when they start
condemning those who pray in tongues during prayer time and sing in tongues
during worship. There are absolutely no restrictions placed on praying in
tongues all at the same time. Once again, this is an utterance of prayer
that is not addressing men, but God (1 Corinthians 14:2; Acts 2:11, 10:46).
If we cannot all pray in tongues at the same time, then we should not be
allowed to all pray with the understanding either. In either case, it is
not for those who are listening, but for God. Who can understand what a
group of people are praying in either case?

According to verse 13, the one who speaks in an unknown tongue should pray
that he may also interpret. Paul would not leave anyone to an expression
that did not result in them excelling in the gifts. The person who is
speaking in a tongue should allow the manifestation to develop to the point
that the divine speech is put into a divine message that the whole church
can spiritually benefit and mature through it. We should note that the
'miraculous speech' turned into a 'miraculous message' for Peter on the day
of Pentecost, and such should be the same result for us today. Likewise,
those who are functioning in the spiritual (tongues) should seek to excel,
or abound, in those gifts of the Spirit that would edify the church (1
Corinthians 14:12). Those gifts include more than prophesy, as Paul has
previously mentioned. They are revelation, knowledge, and doctrine; to
which we can add the word of wisdom (1 Corinthians 14:6, 12:8). However, if
the people of the God are not allowed to operate in the spiritual, how will
they ever have the opportunity to excel? Tongues is a miracle as much as
healings and all the other wonders. These are the manifestations of the
Spirit, not the manifestations of men; and they should be reverenced and
appreciated as such. When we pray in the Spirit under the influence of the
Holy Ghost, many divine expressions can follow. For example, praying in the
Holy Ghost can elevate into a message in tongues. There is a divine hook up
in the gift of tongues as was exemplified on the day of Pentecost; and out
of that flows the things that the Holy Spirit inspires us with. This moving
of the Holy Spirit is the opportunity for everyone to learn how to enter
into the Spirit knowledge that only few in the Old Testament times had
access too, but now has been poured out on all flesh. Through the activity
of the Spirit, we are strengthened and built up to move in signs, wonders,
and miracles. Therefore, all tongues should excel to these revelatory
expressions, so that everyone can be edified by what God says, and not men.
Daily Bread - March 1, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:17
Acts 1:5 - For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

Tongues: Praying and Singing in the Spirit - Part 3

We are to seek those things belonging to the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33;
Colossians 3:1-2), and prayer is one of the foremost ways in which we do
that. Prayer is to be the result of the Spirit of the Lord acting upon our
lives. It is one of primary responsibilities in the Kingdom of Christ
Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is the One Who gives us the ability to know how
to effectively do it. The prayer of the Holy Spirit activates faith;
mountain-moving, nation-changing, soul-winning, heaven-revealing, miracle
faith (John 11:41-44; Matthew 14:19-21; Luke 9:28-29; Mark 11:23-24; 1
Corinthians 12:9; Galatians 5:22; Jude 1:20; Matthew 7:7-11).

These things pertaining to the Kingdom of God and the working of the Holy
Spirit are supposed to be taught to us and modeled in church.
Unfortunately, in many places, prayer is a very small part of the
activities of the "house of prayer." Just as the church began in the books
of Acts with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, so it should be in every
service. Yet, rarely will you find anyone who yields the meetings to the
Holy Spirit in such a way. If each service was a day of Pentecost repeated,
the Holy Spirit would have control, and our results and impact would be far
greater. There certainly would not only be praying in the Holy Spirit, but
singing in the Holy Spirit as well. Instead, we find many who persecute the
move of God and want to argue about form and style. The doctrines of men
have set themselves against the prayer and praise of the Spirit in the
church calling it out of order. They argue that there needs to be an
interpreter, and that such prayer and praise is offensive and a stumbling
block. Yet, they have no similitude of the order of which they speak. These
so called "defenders of the faith" do not have two or three messages in
tongues, and they do not want us to have them either. We hear much about
man-made order and an interpreter, but very little about someone praying in
the Holy Ghost and praying with the understanding also. In so doing, many
church services end up with very little manifestation of the Spirit and the
Kingdom of God in their meetings. Men so grieve the Holy Spirit with their
hardness of heart that they have no tongue, no interpreter, and no
manifestation of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). The order of the
church has been a man-made order for so long that the order of the Holy
Ghost is not even recognized, and even worse is despised and called "out of

It is high time that we repent of our sensual and self-serving doctrines,
and turn back to God. We must allow the fires of the Holy Spirit to burn
bright once again in the assembly of the saints. We must throw down the
idols of self-will, and allow the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives
individually - and, as a result, of our church meetings as well. Then our
obscurity and defeat will be driven back, and the light and life of Jesus
will once again shine bright in a world of sin and darkness. Then once
again we will see a small but powerful church, turn the world upside down
(Acts 17:6). There must also be a place given for people to be Baptized in
the Holy Spirit in every meeting just as they were on the day of Pentecost,
or at the house of Cornelius, or at Ephesus.

The manifestation of talking to God through praying in tongues and
worshipping through singing in tongues must be promoted. A place for people
to grow and excel through tongues, so that they may also function in
prophesy and interpretation of tongues, must be given. Everyone may speak
in tongues at the same time as they did on the day of Pentecost and
experience those events that followed (Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6). Everyone may
pray in tongues at the same time just as we do when we pray with the
understanding. Everyone may sing in tongues at the same time as we all sing
any other song together. These conclusions do not contradict what Paul has
to say in the rules of 1 Corinthians 14. It is Paul's desire that everyone
speaks with tongues as well as prophesy. The primary points that Paul makes
regarding the interpretation of tongues is concerning a message in tongues
and its place in delivering a divine message and instruction to the people
(1 Corinthians 14:19, 27-32).

While the spiritual prayer and song are the giving forth of praise in an
excellent or perfect way, those who are unlearned cannot profit from it.
Yet, at the same time that does not mean that it should not be done; for as
Paul said "you give thanks well" (1 Corinthians 14:17). As was already
stated, the prayer and the song in tongues should distill into a divine
utterance that everyone can profit from. The expression of tongues should
turn into speech that can be understood by all. This is especially true if
it is an individual praying or singing in the meeting. Peter shows us how
quickly tongues will result in the revealing the secrets of the scripture
that had never before been understood (Acts 2:14-21).

Praying in tongues will lead into praying with the understanding also. Even
though we may pray in tongues for an hour before the understanding is
quickened, the results will be that which the Holy Spirit has to say. It is
a wonderful blessing to sing in tongues which then turns into a song of the
understanding that the church can join along singing and sometimes continue
to sing for years. Paul has no intention of squelching the flow of tongues
in the church service. He simply makes a call for each one to have increase
through the activity of the gift and excel to those utterances that can be
understood. The limits that he placed on tongues are only with respect to
delivering a message (1 Corinthians 14:27-28).
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