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Only God Can Give the Increase

Paul was trying to get the Corinthian church to look

past the ministry of men and to focus on the ministry of

the Holy Spirit within them — the only ministry that

could actually transform their lives and cause them to

walk in the biblical principles that they were learning

from their teachers.

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Notice the terminology Paul used when he said, “I

planted.” He was speaking of his apostleship, his proper

gift of God. He had pioneered the original ground for

the Corinthians.

So Paul was saying, “I came and got you born again. I

planted you into God’s Kingdom. Later I sent Apollos,

and he watered your life by teaching you about faith

and your inheritance in God.

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“But who are we but men by whom you have heard the

Gospel? I can’t heal you. I have only my gift from God. I

can only preach salvation and healing to you, but God is

the One who saves and heals you. Although I have sown

and Apollos has watered, it is God who must come and

work inside of you to give you the increase.”

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Then Paul went on through the entire Book of

Corinthians to outline many spiritual principles that

will take us out of carnality if we apply them to our

lives. He dealt with important issues such as brothers

in Christ suing one another; marriage problems; the

callings, offices, and anointings of the Church; walking

in the love of God; the resurrection of the dead; and

questions regarding Communion. Although all these

issues fall under the category of “the milk of the Word,”

they still have to be spiritually discerned.

In essence Paul was saying, “All we preachers can do is

to lay out these basic principles that are designed to

take you out of carnality. But if you won’t allow the

Holy Spirit’s ministry in you to transform you according

to the principles you are hearing, we can’t do anything

about it. That’s where our ministry ends.”

You Are God’s Building

Then in First Corinthians 3:7-11, Paul says this:

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he

that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and

every man shall receive his own reward according to

his own labour.

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s

husbandry, YE ARE GOD’S BUILDING.

According to the grace of God which is given unto me,

as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and

another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed

how he buildeth thereupon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid,

which is Jesus Christ.

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What are you? You are one lively stone in a vast

spiritual structure called the building of

God. As a lively stone, you are called to fulfill a unique

ministry as a colaborer in the Body of Christ, always

building on the foundation that Paul laid as a wise

master builder the revelation of “Jesus Christ, and Him

crucified” (1Cor. 2:2).

So where does my ministry as a minister of the Gospel

end and the Holy Spirit’s ministry take over? Well, I can

instruct you in your inheritance in God. I can give you

an occasional word of wisdom or word of knowledge as

the Spirit wills. I can teach you about faith, love, and

the anointings of God.

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But I cannot give you the anointing and the equipping

for your individual call as a lively stone in the building

of God. You are going to have to go to God for what no

man can give you.

It is the Holy Ghost and His personal involvement on

the inside of you that brings the increase.

 

And I’ll tell you this: You cannot spend time praying in

the Holy Ghost without praying the plan of God and

coming forth better equipped for your contribution as a

lively stone in His building.

My ministry ends with giving you knowledge. I can sow

you into the Kingdom and water you with instruction,

but I cannot give you the increase. Only God can give

you that.

That’s why Paul told the Corinthians, “I have received

grace from God to be the master builder. I have

received a mystery from God and have laid the

foundation of Jesus Christ crucified.

“You may as well know that as you answer God’s call

and fulfill your ministry, there is no other foundation

than the one I have laid. When your life takes shape

and you make your contribution to the Body, you

become an addition, another layer, to God’s building.

But you better take heed how you build upon the

foundation that I have already preached to you.

Why fulfill your ministry in a way that produces only

wood, hay, and stubble [1 Cor. 3:12]? Why would

you do that when you could go to the Source?”

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Paul’s Source of Revelation

The Apostle Paul actually received from God the

blueprint for the foundation of the Early Church. That

includes the gifts, offices, and operations of the Spirit in

First Corinthians 12that we already discussed.

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The Extent Of Paul’s Revelation Knowledge

As I study the Pauline epistles, I am absolutely amazed

to see the extent of detail that God revealed to Paul’s

spirit regarding the complete foundational structure

for the Church.

It becomes obvious that the revelation Paul received is

every bit as powerful and detailed as what Moses

received on Mount Sinai when God gave Israel the Law.

The revelation given to Moses as he stood in God’s

Presence included not only the Ten Commandments,

but the intricacies of the Law in all of its meticulous

detail and administration.

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With the exception of Jesus, Paul undoubtedly received

more direct revelation from God than any man since

Moses. Once I realized that, I became fascinated with

the search to discover Paul’s source of revelation

knowledge. I found the answer in the Book of First

Corinthians, and now I want to show you how to tap

into that same source to receive every good thing God

has planned for your life.

You see, Paul didn’t receive revelation knowledge just

because he was an apostle. He received revelation

because he decided for himself to go into God as far as

he could go to receive everything God had for him.

Jesus said, For many are called, but few are chosen

(Matt. 22:14). Those who are not only called but chosen

make the same decision Paul did.

Paul’s Definition of the Carnal Christian

The entire Book of First Corinthians was written to

Christians who feed only on the milk, not on the meat,

of the Word. Paul classified this kind of Christian as

“carnal”:

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto

spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in

Christ.

I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for

hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are

ye able. — 1 Corinthians 3:1,2

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Paul was saying to the Corinthians, “Look, there are so

many things I want to tell you, but I can’t. You are

carnal. You are not yet able to bear the meat of the

Word.”

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Then Paul went on to write the entire book to what he

labeled as the carnal mind — a mind not yet capable of

really receiving, discerning, and understanding

spiritual matters.

(That’s a little scary when you consider how few

preachers in the Church actually understand, much less

walk in, the “milk” of First Corinthians! No wonder the

Church walks in so little of the power of God. No

wonder the world looks at most believers as not having

the answers it needs.)

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IS IT OVER YET

Then in First Corinthians 3:3, Paul defined what

constitutes carnality:

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you

envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal,

and walk as men?

In other words, Paul was saying, “Do you not walk as

mere natural men instead of as those who have

received the power of God in a new nature?”

It doesn’t take a super-spiritual Christian to understand

that if envying, strife, and divisions exist among a

group of people, they are walking as carnal men. Who

wouldn’t accuse someone who walked in envy and strife

of being carnal?

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WHY DID YOU VOTE FOR PURPLE CARPET

God once told me, “Do not hurt people. Do not in any

way destroy them — not for any reason.” Interestingly,

it seems irrelevant to our Heavenly Father what people

do to us. He simply said, “Don’t hurt them.”

The more I attempt to know God, the more I find out

that He wants His love, outlined in First Corinthians 13,

to be fulfilled in me. That includes thinking no evil and

having no regard to the evil done to me. I am also

finding that the further I go into the realm of First

Corinthians 13, the more peace, confidence, and

assurance in my Father I experience.

If we are full of envy and strife, the world labels us as

carnal. But if we begin to walk in the maximum degree

of love and say, “I will not hurt another man,” the world

says we are eccentric. That’s why we should only want

to please Jesus. The world won’t be holding our hand on

the day of reckoning. We will stand alone before Jesus,

accountable for our own actions.

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So Paul labeled envyings and strife as carnality. I can

understand that. The more kindly we treat people the

more we let God love others through us the more real

His Presence becomes to us.

But notice something else that Paul labeled as carnal in

First Corinthians 3:4 and 5. He said we are carnal if

we run after men:

For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of

Apollos; are ye not carnal?

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Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by

whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

In other words, Paul is saying in verse 5: “God gave us

our ministry, and because of that ministry you believed

unto salvation. But He has given every man a ministry.”

Then in verse 6, Paul goes on to say, I have planted[you

received salvation through my ministry], Apollos

watered [he came along to instruct you] ; but GOD

GAVE THE INCREASE.

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Larry

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Do All Speak With Tongues?

Now that you understand the four basic diversities of

tongues, you can better understand what Paul was

talking about in First Corinthians 12:29 and 30 when he

asks several questions. He starts out by asking, Are all a

postles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all

workers of miracles? (v.29). The correct answer to all

these questions is, “Of course not.”

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Who are these “workers of miracles” that Paul is

talking about? They are those who operate in the

working of miracles, one of the gifts of the Spirit that

qualifies the five fold offices.

No, not everyone is called to have that gift of the Spirit

operating in their lives to the extent that it qualifies

them for the five fold ministry. But everyone in the

Body of Christ is called to fulfill the commission of the

believer found in Mark 16:16-18: to speak with new

tongues, lay hands on the sick and see them recover,

and cast out devils. And at times, as the Spirit wills, that

does include the working of miracles!

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Some examples of five fold ministers who have been

qualified by the Spirit in the working of miracles

include William Branham, George Jeffreys, Maria

Woodworth-Etter, and Kathryn Kuhlman. Each of these

ministers of the Gospel stood in an office ordained of

God that was empowered by a certain blend of the nine

gifts of the Spirit.

So when Paul asks, “Are all workers of miracles?” the

answer is no. Then in verse 30, he goes on to ask, Have

all the gifts of healing? [No, of course not.] do all speak

with tongues? do all interpret?

At one time I wished Paul had left out the question

about tongues. In fact, a lot of people who don’t believe

in speaking in tongues in this day and age use this verse

as an argument for their case.

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The last time I encountered someone who did that was

at a wedding. Without meaning to, I locked horns with a

fiery grandma. She got right up in my face and asked,

“What faith are you?” She was concerned because I was

the minister marrying her grandson to his bride.

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I mentioned the names of a few well-known preachers

of the time, thinking the grandma would recognize

them. She had not heard of any of them. So I asked her

if she had heard of a certain denomination. She said,

“Oh, yes, the Charismatic people. You’re one of those.

Well, you have your place.”

I asked, “What do you mean, Ma’am?”

She explained what she had learned through her

church background. She had been taught that

according to First Corinthians 12:28 and 29, God placed

some in the Body as apostles, prophets, and teachers,

but that not all are called to each office.

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Then she got to First Corinthians 12:30: Have all the

gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all

interpret? I asked her, “Well, do all speak with

tongues?”

She answered, “No, it’s listed right here with all the

other offices. Everyone isn’t supposed to speak with

tongues.” It was her understanding that we are all

called to our special unique place in the part of the

Body in which we feel comfortable.

I said, “No, Ma’am, we are called to the same Body. It is

men who have brought divisions.”

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“Well, then,” she replied, “why does it say, ‘Do all speak

with tongues?’ Paul wouldn’t have asked that question

if we were all supposed to speak with tongues!”

I must admit I had no answer for that little grandma at

the time. And as I said, I thought it would have been

better if Paul had left that question out of the verse. But

he didn’t, so eventually I had to deal with it.

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I finally noticed the next question Paul asks in verse 30:

“Do all interpret?” and realized that Paul was talking

about the second diversity of tongues, tongues for

interpretation. He was not referring to the gift of

tongues for our own personal edification.

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So Paul is asking, “Do all operate in tongues and

interpretation in a public assembly?” The answer is a

definite no. Not everyone is called to operate in that

diversity of tongues. But all are called by God to speak

with tongues for personal edification, which is the

number-one diversity of tongues.

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(LB) WOW AMAZING STUFF BY DAVE, AND CHANGED MY WHOLE WORLD, I SEARCHED FOR THESE THINGS FOR 20 YEARS IN THE BUILDING ON SUNDAY MORNINGS, NEVER FOUND THEM THERE.

BUT THANK GOD I DID FIND THE TRUTH IN THE TRUCK WHEN I WONDERED WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I STARTED TO PRAY IN THE SPIRIT INSTEAD OF BEGGING GOD IN ENGLISH.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME

AMBASSADOR / SERVANT

LARRY

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EDIFY MEANS TO BUILD UP LIKE A MAGNIFICENT BUILDING

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Tongues for Personal Edification

The most common, yet perhaps the most unique,

manifestation of diversities of tongues is tongues for

personal edification. This is the prayer language each of

us receives when we are filled with the Holy Ghost. It is

used by God to transfer divine secrets and mysteries

from His Spirit to ours.

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In my earlier hypothetical illustration, Jesus ascended

on high the third time to gather armfuls of the

diversities of tongues. Then He threw that operation

into the Body of Christ, and every believer received the

potential for tongues for personal edification. If any

believer will step out and receive that gift by faith, it is

his.

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Tongues for personal edification is the most basic

foundational operation of God, because it is designed

by God to do for you what no preacher or teacher can

do. It edifies you by building into your spirit godly

traits such as love, divine insight into God’s Word, and

wisdom to know right from wrong and truth from

falsehood.

You see, a teacher can tell us that we should walk in

love, but he can’t give us the strength to do it. That

strength comes only from our reborn human spirit, and

praying in tongues provides the means by which the

Holy Spirit can build that strength into our spirit.

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YOU SHOULD WALK IN LOVE

Praying in tongues is as supernatural as raising the

dead, because it doesn’t originate with you. The source

of both the raising of the dead and this supernatural

language is the power of the Holy Spirit. The only

difference is the availability of the gift.

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You see, all nine gifts of the Spirit, the first seven

operations of God as listed in First Corinthians 12:28,

and three of the four diversities of tongues are all given

as the Holy Spirit wills. But there is one diversity of

tongues that you can operate at will — anytime you

want to, as long as you want to — immediately after

being filled with the Holy Ghost, and that is tongues for

personal edification.

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I wish I could operate in the mighty working of miracles

or the discerning of spirits anytime I wanted to. But I

cannot, because all the gifts of the Spirit flow through

me severally as He wills for the edification of other

people.

But there’s one simple gift that flows to me to build me

up and edify me. God has done with this simple gift

what He has done with no other, because He has made

me the steward of my own edification.

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WAIT…WHAT?    WOW THAT’S AMAZING

It is a remarkable truth that we have been given

stewardship of the operation of this simple gift called

tongues. Now with our own free will, we determine how

much or how little we want to be edified by allowing

the Holy Spirit to pray through us.

Anytime we want to pray in tongues, all we have to do is

reach out momentarily with our faith. The Holy Spirit

will immediately respond and begin to create that

supernatural language down on the inside of our spirit.

And He will continue to do so hour after hour, as long

as we want to stay in the prayer closet. We could pray

for twelve hours, and it would do nothing but

permanently benefit us in our climb toward becoming

qualified for God’s call on our lives.

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You see, contrary to what some people say, praying in

tongues does not make us strange. Any kind of prayer

within the guidelines of Scripture can do nothing but

exalt the Word of God within us. Remember, the Spirit

and the Word are one (1 John 5:7).

Praying in the Spirit never takes away from the Word.

Instead, it builds up our spirit by giving us greater

understanding of the revelation knowledge already

contained within the Word. Why? Because as the Holy

Spirit prays through us, He is always in total agreement

with the Word.

Therefore, it is absolutely impossible to pray too much

in the Holy Ghost. Tongues for personal edification

does nothing but enhance the working of the Word on

the inside of us, causing us to receive and walk in more

of God’s power as we become more yielded to Him.

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So after receiving this first diversity through the

baptism of the Holy Spirit, we begin our climb into the

spiritual qualifications for any or all of the other seven

operations of God.

As we pray in tongues for our own personal edification,

the Holy Spirit releases the Father’s perfect plan for us.

The Spirit of God is certainly the One most able to

qualify us for that plan.

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As we pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit prays through

our spirit for needs in our lives that we aren’t even

aware of. You see, God knows what lies in the deepest

recesses of our being, and He through the Holy Spirit

prays for us.

In this edification process, spiritual authority grows

and our faith is built up. We can reach the place where

so much authority is released as we line up against the

devil and bind him in Jesus’ Name that our commands

of faith literally shake the enemy’s kingdom.

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But we aren’t going to cause the devil’s kingdom to

crumble and fall when our faith is still shaken over a

credit card balance that we can’t pay!

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That’s a lesson that even the prophet Elijah had to

learn. After defeating the prophets of Baal on Mount

Carmel, he sat and whined under the juniper tree that

the evil Queen Jezebel was going to take his life until

God dealt with him and got him back into faith (1 Kings

18 and 19).

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BUT JESIBELL IS GOING TO GET ME

God has created a place of peace that we can enter into

in prayer. This is the place where we can “count it all

joy” when we fall into different temptations, tests, and

trials (James 1:2). Why can we do that? Because we have

grown in our spiritual authority, building up ourselves

on our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost

(Jude 20). We have begun to learn how to change

circumstances arrayed against us rather than to have

circumstances rule over us.

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Tongues for personal edification also develops our

character, which is of utmost importance. God requires

holiness, because His power operating through unholy

character will eventually destroy the vessel through

which the power flows.

I once prayed for a little girl in a service who greatly

needed a creative miracle but didn’t instantly receive

one. I was bitterly disappointed, knowing that God

wanted to see that little girl whole. After the service, I

went to my hotel room perplexed and sad, asking God

why no miracle had occurred.

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The Lord told me that He cared for both the little girl

and for me. He said that until my character was further

developed in Him, He had to withhold the kind of

power necessary to cause that kind of creative miracle.

If I had received that level of His power at my level of

spiritual maturity, it would have destroyed me.

Until there is nothing more important to us than

seeking first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, His

power will do us little good. As we mature in Him, we

will become more and more of an asset to Him. Tongues

for personal edification is the only diversity of tongues

that we can operate “on purpose,” just because we want

to, in order to arrive at that mature state.

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AMBASSADOR / SERVANT

LARRY

 

 

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The Four Basic Diversities

Of Tongues

When I first became a Christian and then subsequently

received the gift of speaking in tongues, I was taught

that I could only pray “in the Spirit” when a strong

unction of the Holy Spirit overpowered me and drove

me to nearly shout in tongues. I later learned that this

is not so.

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YOU CAN ONLY PRAY IN THE SPIRIT……..

The truth is, not much is taught on the diversities of

tongues because within the Church, not much

understanding exists regarding the workings of the

Spirit.

The operations of the Spirit cannot be understood with

the natural mind. For instance, it is foolishness to the

natural mind to think that speaking in a language that

neither you nor anyone else understands will not only

edify you and enlighten you to the things of God, but

will launch you into fulfilling your divine call.

 

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WAIT….WHAT????

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The Different Supernatural Flows of Tongues

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So let’s explore further this little-understood eighth

operation of God. The word “diversities” simply means

differences. Therefore, the terms “divers tongues” and

“diversities of tongues” tell us there are different

supernatural flows or manifestations of tongues.

The reason the church world is so confused over the

subject of tongues is that believers generally try to

impose the same set of rules on all the different

operations or manifestations of tongues. To do so

causes mass confusion among believers and misuses

the gifts of the Spirit so that instead of being drawn to

Jesus, the world doesn’t even want what we have to

offer.

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Although many diversification’s of tongues occur as the

Spirit wills, four basic manifestations are outlined in

the Word:

1.

Tongues for personal edification (1 Cor. 14:4)

This is the supernatural language the Holy Spirit prays

through us that we can use to pray hour after hour as

we desire. It accompanies the baptism in the Holy

Spirit.

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2.

Tongues for interpretation (1 Cor. 14:5)

This manifestation of tongues is normally presented in

a public assembly, accompanied by interpretation by

the same or another person.

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Tongues of deep intercessional groaning s (Rom. 8:26)

This diversification of tongues empowers the believers

to stand in the gap for their own lives, their families,

their church, their city, their nation, etc. God may also

call on them to intercede for someone or for some

situation that is totally unknown to them.

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4.

Tongues as a sign to the unbeliever (1 Cor. 14:22)

This is the phenomenon that took place on the Day of

Pentecost (Acts 2:4-11). It occurs when the Holy Spirit

transcends the intellect and all language barriers by

empowering a believer to preach, teach, or testify

about Christ in some language of men of which the

believer himself has no knowledge.

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The rules that govern the operation of tongues for

personal edification are as different as night and day

from the rules that govern tongues for interpretation.

For that matter, the rules governing the deep

intercessional groaning s of the Spirit are completely

different from either one of the other two

manifestations of tongues. And the diversity of tongues

that presents itself as a sign to the unbeliever has very

different rules from the other three!

Of these four different manifestations of tongues, two

are designed to be used in the individual prayer life of a

believer: tongues for personal edification and tongues

that extend into the deep intercessional groaning s of

the Holy Spirit. The other two, tongues for

interpretation and tongues as a sign to the unbeliever,

are normally for use in public assembly. As a believer

begins to understand and yield to these four different

manifestations of the diversities of tongues, it will

completely transform his life.

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(LB) WHEN I FIRST LEARNED ABOUT THE 4 BASIC DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES, I WAS BLOWN AWAY, HOW LITTLE THE CHURCH KNOWS ABOUT ANYTHING TO DO WITH TONGUES.

I WAS LISTENING TO A CHRISTIAN GOD-CAST TODAY AND THE HOST MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT TONGUES AND HAD NO CLUE OF WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT, AND THAT’S NOT A CRITICISM OF HIM, HE JUST DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THE DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES BECAUSE NO ONE HAS TAUGHT HIM ABOUT IT, JUST AS NO ONE HAD TAUGHT ME ABOUT IT FOR 20 YEARS OF GOING TO CHURCH.

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is it over yet

I MIGHT AS WELL TELL YOU UP FRONT THAT PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME EVERYDAY WILL NOT BE EASY, BECAUSE THE dEVIL WILL FIGHT YOU MORE ON THIS ONE THING THAN ANY OTHER THING IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.

WHY?

BECAUSE YOU WILL BECOME UNCONTROLLABLE TO HIM

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PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND SHARE THESE POST WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW AS THIS IS THE MOST NEEDED MESSAGE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST TODAY AND THE LEAST TAUGHT.

AMBASSADOR / SERVANT

larry

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Three Categories of Gifts

For Three Purposes

Now let’s look at the divine sequence found in First Corinthians 12:28. We know that Jesus only ascended on high once and gave gifts unto men. But for the sake of teaching you how First Corinthians 12:28 ties in to Ephesians 4:11, let’s just say that, hypothetically speaking,Jesus ascended on high in three different phases — one time for each of three categories of gifts.

The first time, Jesus grabbed a handful of five fold ministry gifts and threw them down into the Body of Christ. A whole group of people stood up to receive the gifts.

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(LB) sadly today there is only 1 ministry that is widely accepted and honored and that is the pastor, so you can see why progress in the Church is so amazingly slow HARD TO FUNCTION WITH JUST ONE FINGER ON YOUR HAND.

One said, “My gosh, I’m an apostle to the Body!” Another said, “I am separated to the office of the prophet.” Someone else said, “I’m called to be an evangelist.” Others exclaimed, “The gift of teaching has landed on me!” or “I’m called to be a pastor!” Those who were called to these ministry offices stood up, recognized their calling, and said, “We have received grace for this.”

For what purpose did He give these ministry offices? He gave them for the perfecting, or the maturing,of the saints (Eph. 4:12). Those in the five fold ministry are supposed to supply the Body of Christ with the revelation knowledge they receive from the Lord. They are to minister the Word of God to bring the saints from spiritual milk to strong meat. In this way, the saints can mature until their transformation is complete.

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Then let’s say Jesus looked the Body over and said, “The five fold ministry offices are not enough for the smooth operation of the Body of Christ. I must ascend and grab another handful.”

So in this hypothetical illustration, He ascended on high a second time. He grabbed another handful of gifts and threw them down into the Body. This time thousands upon thousands of people stood up and said, “Why, I’m called to helps!” or “I’ve received the gift of governments.” And to these, Jesus said, “Good for you! I have given you your grace, and it is just as much a gift to My Church as the apostle or prophet.”

And what do helps and governments do in the Body of Christ? They fulfill the second purpose listed in Ephesians 4:12: They do the work of the ministry.

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I AM DOING THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY

(LB) THIS IS WHERE THE LIGHTS REALLY CAME ON FOR ME AS FAR AS UNDERSTANDING THIS PROGRESSION, THESE PEOPLE ARE CALLED TO DO THE …..WORK…..OF THE MINISTRY…..NOT …THE MINISTRY. THAT IS THE CALLING OF HELPS AND GOVERNMENTS.

But as Jesus looked the Body over one more time, He said, “It isn’t enough. My people still have to learn to operate out of My Spirit.” So He ascended one more time to finish equipping the Body of Christ. This time He grabbed the eighth operation of God — diversities of tongues— and threw it into the entire Body of Christ.

Every person in the Body should have stood up and received this gift. Why? Because the most important manifestation of the diversities of tongues is the direct operation of the Holy Spirit within the believer’s spirit to edify himself.

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That is the purpose that this one operation fulfills: It is given for the edification of the saints — until what happens? Until we all come into the unity of the faith. Until we quit being deceived by the cunning craftiness of men. Until we fulfill our call, speaking the truth in love.

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SEE….TONGUES ARE NOT FOR TODAY

Every one of us is supposed to receive this operation, because if we are ever going to come into the unity of the faith, we must learn how to release the power of the Holy Spirit, our Teacher who dwells inside of us. He is more than willing to pray hour after hour in divine secrets and mysteries before the Father to help us prepare spiritually for the operation to which God separated us at our rebirth.

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TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION= UNITY OF THE FAITH

So when Jesus ascended on high, He gave three categories of gifts for three separate purposes: the five fold ministry for the maturing of the saints; helps and governments for the work of the ministry; and diversities of tongues for the edifying of the Body of Christ  These three categories were given so that we would all come into the unity of the faith and the fullness of the knowledge of the Son of God (Eph. 4:13).

Attaining the Unity of the Faith

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The devil has tried to utterly confuse the Church regarding the subject of tongues. He wants us to get so discouraged that we just quit using this divine gift.

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TONGUES IS JUST TO CONTROVERSIAL….LETS TALK ABOUT TITHING (he he)

(LB) WHY DO YOU THINK THE dEVIL HAS WORKED SO HARD TO KEEP TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION OUT OF THE CHURCH…SO THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST WILL NEVER COME INTO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH AND STOP BEING DECEIVED BY MEN WHO MISLEAD.

 

Yet of the three categories of gifts given unto men, God designated an entire category to one lone operation, the diversities of tongues! That one operation holds a third of the categories that it takes to bring the Body of Christ into the unity of the faith. (Think about that the next time someone tells you it doesn’t do any good to pray in tongues or that you can pray too much in tongues!)

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YES HES THE ONE WHO PRAYS IN TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION ALL THE TIME

Therefore, it would behoove us to find out from His Word the important role this operation is to play in our lives. The truth is, if all we ever fulfilled in the Body of Christ was the eighth operation of diversities of tongues, we would still be a gift to the Body of Christ for the edification of the saints. But no matter what other operation we are called by God to fulfill, we have access to this third category and the edification it provides as we pray in the Holy Ghost.

Yet despite the importance God places on diversities of tongues, many in the Body of Christ want to downplay or even exclude it. But if the category Jesus gave for the edifying of the saints is excluded, how are we ever going to come into the unity of the faith?

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It takes all three categories of gifts fulfilling all three purposes listed in Ephesians 4:12 for the Body of Christ to arrive at the place of unity God intended. And as each “measure of the gift of Christ” fulfills his or her call, the Body of Christ will begin to stand up…unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ(Eph. 4:13).

Why is all this necessary? Ephesians 4:14 and 15 tells us:

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.

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Isn’t it interesting why we need these gifts that Jesus gave unto men? We need them so we won’t be deceived by the cunning craftiness of men.

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(LB) WOW THIS WAS A FULL MEAL DEAL, THIS REALLY HELPED ME FINALLY UNDERSTAND EPH 4 FULLY AND REALLY MAKES SENSE TO.

YOU SEE THE dEVIL COULD CARE LESS THE PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH, TITHE, AND TRY TO BE GOOD PEOPLE.

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IN FACT HE LOVES IT WHEN THOUSANDS GO TO SOME BUILDING ON SUNDAYS AND LISTEN TO A HUMANISTIC, POWERLESS, AND UN ANOINTED SERMONET.

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WHY? BECAUSE THEY WILL NEVER GROW UP IN CHRIST THEY WILL NEVER BE A THREAT TO HIS KINGDOM, SO JUST LET THEM BE.

ITS THE ONE WHO PRAYS IN TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION HOURS ON END, WHO WORSHIPS AND STUDIES THE WORD AT HOME DURING THE WEEK THAT KEEPS THE dEVIL UP AT NIGHT.

Keep on praying, saith the Spirit of Grace,

and entering into Me,

And I’ll deliver things to you.

It will cause you and your loved ones

to be set free.

Just release Me, saith the Lord,

And you’ll soon see

that when I move in My power,

I can set people free.

THIS WORD GIVEN BY DAVE ROBERSON

BYE BYE LARRY

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ACTS 29 TODAY

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He Gave Gifts to All Men

So let’s go back now to Ephesians 4 to take a closer look

at God’s design for the working of the Body of Christ. It

will help us understand the role of diversities of

tongues in God’s government.

(He [Jesus] that descended is the same also that

ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all

things.)

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and

some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;For

the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the

ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Preaching

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the

knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto

the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

— Ephesians 4:10-13

During the ’80s, I sat under a lot of teaching on this

passage of Scripture. This is how I was taught: Jesus

ascended on high, and He gave the five fold ministry

offices as a gift to the Church. For what purpose? For

the perfecting of the saints so that each and every

believer can do the work of the ministry, which then

brings edification to the Body of Christ.

Does this interpretation sound familiar? Well, I’ll tell

you what this teaching did for us ministers: Almost

everywhere we went to minister, the congregations

treated us as if we were the President of the United

States!

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I must admit that I didn’t mind riding the wave of all

that glory, especially in my more carnal early years. I

enjoyed the fire out of it! At camp meetings, we

ministers would be introduced something like this:

“Jesus ascended on high, led captivity captive, and gave

gifts unto men. And now let’s welcome one of those gifts

to the Body of Christ — evangelist and teacher

Dave Roberson!”

Somewhere deep inside, a thought lurked that I didn’t

even articulate to myself: You poor little peasants. I was

singled out as a special gift to you for your maturing so

you could do the work of the ministry for the edifying

of the Body of Christ. But the whole reason you’re being

edified and matured is the great gift that resides down

on the inside of me.I began to think I was something

special. (Thank God, since then He has healed me of

that unhealthy attitude!)

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A TRUE MINI-STAR

I could always tell which churches had received the

governmental teaching on “gifts to the Body of Christ,”

because I was always treated very respectfully in those

churches. For instance, I have had a Rolls Royce

assigned to me for my transportation and a man put on

duty in the room next to mine just in case I got a whim

at two o’clock in the morning for an ice cream cone! I

would be lying to you if I said I didn’t like that kind of

treatment.

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But some of us ministers began to expect that kind of

special treatment as our God-given right. If everything

in the hotel room wasn’t just right, we wanted to

complain. “Where is my‘ super-duper’ fruit basket?

Where is the guy who is supposed to be in the next

room, just waiting to drive me to the meeting?” I can

remember feeling insulted if the host church didn’t

have a car parked in front immediately after the

service so I could go out and get in it!

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HEY…WHERE IS MY SUPER DUPER RIDE AT

My wife was the first one to really recognize my wrong

attitude. One evening Rosalie and I were riding in the

elevator, and someone attending the camp meeting

spouted out to me above the heads of the people, “Boy,

the other ministers ought to hear you teach!” I replied

sourly, “Yeah, if they hung around long enough, they

would.” My wife caught the prideful attitude behind my

response and took me to task about it later.

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR ATTITUDE

But, you see, the teaching I was receiving on God’s

government wasn’t helping my attitude.Every time I

heard Ephesians 4 taught that way, my head would get a

little fatter as I became a little more convinced that I

was a special gift to the Body. Thank God, if we keep

praying in the Holy Ghost and speaking mysteries to the

Father, He will straighten us out!

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God sent me for a long run on a short rope and jerked

the slack out of me regarding my wrong, prideful

attitude. He revealed to my spirit the role that the other

operations — including diversities of tongues — play in

His government. I was so shocked when I first

understood what He was saying. I said, “Oh, Lord, You

weren’t exalting us ministers at all!”

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TRUE STORY

You see, it’s good to give honor where honor is due and

to show respect to a minister of the Gospel. But if you

think that his calling is more honored than yours, think

again. God is no respecter of persons. You are also a

precious gift to the Body of Christ! Whatever your

calling or office, it is every bit as important as a

minister’s calling in God’s eyes. You should be treated

with just as much respect as any minister is shown.

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So in context, Paul is referring to the entire Body of

Christ in First Corinthians 12:27. Then in verse 28, Paul

says, And God hath set some in the church….He goes on

to list all eight operations of God. Just as in Ephesians

4:11, he begins with the five fold ministry.

Then he goes on to list helps, governments, and

diversities of tongues. You see, when Jesus ascended on

high, He presented His shed blood to the Father for the

redemption of mankind, sat down at the right hand of

the Father, and said, “It is finished.” Then He began to

fill all in all — the entire Body of Christ — with His gifts.

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WELL I AM FULL UP, SO STAY TUNED WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED, THERE IS SOOOOO MUCH MORE TO COME ON THE VITAL ROLE OF PRAYING IN TONGUES.

UNTIL NEXT TIME;]

AMBASSADOR / SERVANT

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LARRY

 

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