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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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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

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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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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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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The Miracle of Tongues

In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Actually, the devil does whatever he can to prevent

people from ever receiving the baptism of the Holy

Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

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you don’t need the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT AND FOR SURE NOT TONGUES (HE HE)

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I didn’t know that the moment I said, “Fill me with the

Holy Ghost,” the Holy Ghost had begun to create His

supernatural words in my spirit. So the words came out

in stammering lips because I was afraid to say them out

loud. I was sure it would be just me speaking. I didn’t

realize that my mouth was actually shaping an entire

supernatural language of the Holy Spirit.

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He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out

of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.(But this

spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him

should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;

because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)— John 7:38,39

It wasn’t long before I was speaking a full prayer

language by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Benefits of Praying in Tongues

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Now, if God the Holy Spirit literally creates this

language in our spirit, what kind of prayer could it

possibly be? What benefits could it possibly hold for

us? We’ve already seen some of the benefits of praying

in other tongues, and we’ll discuss several of them in

depth later on. But I want to just mention a few of the

benefits right now.

For one thing, the Holy Spirit came into our spirit to

bring us revelation knowledge of the Cross and

everything that Jesus has become to us. Also, on the day

you and I spoke with tongues, a viable, powerful

working of God’s government came into operation

within designed to give us and cause us to understand

what no man can give us through natural means—

spiritual authority.

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This spiritual power and authority is the means God

gives us to overcome torment , worry, fear, and the

hopelessness that can take over our lives when we

move from one overwhelming situation to another,

continually losing ground. Praying in other tongues also

supplies the power to overcome character flaws —

those deep-seated character traits that keep cropping

up and robbing us of our stamina and initiative to

overcome in the face of the common testings and trials

that precede almost every major victory and promotion

by God.

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Praying in tongues always affects us in a positive way.

God says that it edifies us (1 Cor.14:4). In Jude 20, He

says that it builds us up on our most holy faith. As we

faithfully spend time praying in tongues, our lives begin

to be transformed. The Word of God begins to come

alive as we place our spirit, the “candle of the Lord”

(Prov. 20:27), in the hands of the expert Illuminator.

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We need to understand the One to whom the Father

turned us over for our instruction the One to whom we

can lend our spirit in prayer. Remember, it is the third

Person of the Trinity Himself, the Holy Spirit of

promise, who has filled us.

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We should consider it our privilege and heart’s desire

to lock ourselves away with the Holy Spirit in prayer.

He has no problems or concerns of His own to pray

about; He is not the One who needs illumination. Yet He

is more than willing to pray through us for all that

concerns us. He is eager to teach us and to guide us into

all truth (John 16:13).

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It doesn’t matter what kind of carnal state we are in

when we are first born again. It doesn’t matter if we’ve

been stealing money, lying, drinking whiskey, or

stalking women down dark alleys. When we are

baptized in the Holy Spirit, that first simple little gift of

speaking in tongues goes into operation for one reason:

to edify or build us up. That’s why we are not to wait to

pray in tongues until we feel sufficiently spiritual.

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“But, Brother Roberson, I live a carnal lifestyle.” That

can change. God wants to bring you from “there to

here” — from a life of carnality to a life of freedom and

victory. That’s why the Holy Spirit came, bringing His

supernatural language with Him. No matter how

spiritual or nonspiritual you may feel, when you start

praying in the Holy Ghost, you have begun the edi-

fication process.

Dave Roberson

UNTIL NEXT TIME

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AMBASSADOR / SERVANT

LARRY

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ACTS 29 TODAY

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Diversities of Tongues In God’s Government

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We’ve seen that the diversities of tongues is an entire

operation of God placed into God’s government to serve

a crucial purpose. To deny it is to deny the perfecting of

the Body of Christ.

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So let’s find out more about the role of diversities of

tongues in God’s government and the reason God would

designate an entire operation to it. I want you to

understand what He has made available to us through

this awesome gift of speaking with tongues — a gift that

Satan has deceived many into believing is either

obsolete or insignificant.

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no you do not need to pray in tongues….pa leeeas…..believe me. (ha ha)

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The Unique Nature Of Diversities of Tongues

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There is only one operation we can fulfill immediately

after we are born again: the eighth operation of

diversities of tongues. The moment we receive Jesus as

Savior, we can also receive the baptism of the Holy

Spirit and begin to speak with other tongues, which

begins our spiritual qualification for any and all of the

other operations to which we may be called.

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BORN AGAIN, BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH TONGUES, AND WATER BAPTIZED, WITHIN 3 DAYS

A person cannot become a mighty apostle or prophet

five minutes after he is born again even if that is what

he is called to be. He first must become qualified,

trained, prepared, and seasoned by the Holy Spirit

before God will separate him to the office he is called

to.

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That’s true with any of the first seven operations listed

in First Corinthians 12:28. Not everyone is qualified to

teach God’s Word. You can tell that by the people who

nod off to sleep while some ministers teach! A person

can’t immediately enter into a full-blown ministry oper-

ating in the working of miracles or gifts of healings

either.

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IS IT OVER YET

In every one of the first seven operations, including

helps and governments, a person must first be found

faithful and receive the equipping of the Holy Ghost

before he can fulfill the operation to which he is called.

On the other hand, a person can move into the eighth

operation instantaneously with his rebirth.

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Suppose the person responds to an altar call and says,

“I receive Jesus as Savior.” Then someone steps up and

says to him, “You just received God’s nature. Now you

need to be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

He asks, “What are you talking about?” He learns that

because his spirit just became the receptor of a new

nature, he is now able to receive the baptism of the

Holy Spirit. “Yes, I’d like to be filled with the Holy

Ghost,” he says.

 

“Then receive the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father.”

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SINCE YOU BELIEVED…MEANING AFTER YOU WERE SAVED

All of a sudden, the person’s chin starts shaking. “Speak

it out,” he is instructed. His mouth starts forming

words, and soon he is speaking in tongues. He dances

around for days, speaking in his new language with

great joy.

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Why did God design it that way? Why are tongues

available to us instantaneously with our rebirth?

Because praying in tongues has everything to do with

our becoming prepared and qualified for our particular

calling. And as we pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit is

able to build into our heart the understanding of God’s

will for our personal lives.

Sometimes people get the baptism of the Holy Ghost

mixed up with the new birth. However, there is a great

difference between being born again and receiving the

indwelling fullness of the Holy Spirit’s Presence.

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The Holy Spirit is a Person just as each of us is a person.

When we were born again, we received Him in the

creative process that caused us to become new

creations. But we didn’t receive Him in His fullness

until we were baptized in the holy ghost. Now he lives

inside us, partnering with us in prayer, empowering

our lives, and bringing revelation of the word as we

walk in obedience to god

It is Gods will that the moment we are born again, we

lift our hands in submission and praise to receive the

baptism of the Holy Spirit. that’s the very best way be

filled with the Holy Spirit. But the dEVIL has managed

to separate the new birth from the baptism of the Holy

Spirit through divisions of doctrines so that now, as a

rule, the two experiences don’t occur together.

DAVE ROBERSON

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(LB) MANY CHURCHES NOW DON’T EVEN TEACH THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ANYMORE, ALL THE YEARS I WAS IN TRAVELING MINISTRY, EVEN THE SO CALLED SPIRIT FILLED CHURCHES HAD A LARGE PERCENTAGE THAT WERE NOT FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OR HAD BEEN BUT NEVER EXPERIENCED THEIR PRAYER LANGUAGE.

AS ONE OF THE 3 FOUNDATION STONES OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES, ITS NOT TO HARD TO SEE WHY THE MAJORITY OF THE CHURCH IS SOOOO WEAK AND POWERLESS, THEY HAVE REJECTED THE VERY POWER OF GOD TO WORK IN THEIR LIVES, GOD HELP US.

UNTIL NEXT TIME REMEMBER:

THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES US EVERYTHING WE CANNOT DISCERN, HE SHOWS US MYSTERIES AND DIVINE SECRETS WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD AND HIS WAYS, HE IS…….OUR FIRST AND FOREMOST TEACHER

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LARRY

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Divine Help To Find Your Place

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Earlier I asked you the question, “Where do you fit in?”

Where do you fit in the plan of redemption laid out

before the foundation of the world, hidden in a mystery

in the heart of God? Are you called to be an apostle,

prophet, teacher, evangelist, or pastor? Are you called

to administer or to make millions to finance the

Gospel?

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GOOD QUESTION…..AM NOT SURE!

As I said before, every believer, including you, fits

somewhere in the eight operations of God found in First

Corinthians 12:28. But how will you know where you fit

in? How will you keep from being deceived by the

enemy into trying to fill a place in the Body you are not

called to or are not yet prepared for?

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That’s one of the reasons God gave us the foundational

eighth operation, diversities of tongues — to help us

discover His perfect plan for our lives. Through the

supernatural prayer language given to us and prayed

through us by the Holy Spirit, God imparts to our spirits

the mysteries hidden in Him throughout all the ages —

Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). Thank God for

divine assistance in finding our place in His great plan!

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(LB)

If not for praying in the Spirit for 2 years and beyond, I WOULD STILL BE DRIVING A SEMI TRUCK DELIVERING MARACHAAN NOODLES TO COSTCO STORES UP AND DOWN THE WEST COAST.

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INSTEAD I PRAYED OUT THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD FOR MY LIFE FOR THOSE 18 YEARS OR SO AND THE SUPERNATURAL PLAN OF GOD THAT WAS IN THAT SUPERNATURAL LANGUAGE OF TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION (JUDE 20) HAD AUTHORITY OVER THIS NATURAL WORLD.

AND AT ONE POINT THE NATURAL WORLD

HAD TO…..NOT MIGHT HAPPEN… IT HAD TO

LINE UP WITH THE PLAN OF GOD THAT I HAD PRAYED OUT IN THE SPIRIT, AND OVER A PERIOD OF TIME IT DID COME INTO LINE WITH GODS PLAN FOR MY LIFE, AND I WAS SUPERNATURALLY ABLE ALSO BY HIS POWER AND GRACE TO FULFILL THAT PART OF THE PLAN.

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UNFORTUNATELY AT SOME POINT LIFE BECAME VERY HECTIC AND BUSY AND I STOPPED PRAYING IN TONGUES FOR EDIFICATION AND THE dEVIL WAS ABLE TO DO SOME STEALING FROM ME.

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BUT THANK GOD NOW I AM BACK ON TRACK PRAYING AGAIN THE PERFECT PLAN OF GOD FOR WHAT EVER AMOUNT OF TIME I HAVE LEFT ON THIS EARTH, AND HES ALREADY SHOWED ME SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE IN STORE.

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SO NOW YOU CAN JOIN ME IN FULFILLING 2 MORE SCRIPTURES, JUDE 20, AND REDEEMING THE TIME FOR THE DAYS ARE EVIL.

REDEEM MEANS TO TURN INTO SOMETHING OF VALUE, SO THE BEST WAY TO TURN OUR TIME INTO SOMETHING OF REAL VALUE IS TO PRAY IN THE SPIRIT.

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JUST FOR AN UPDATE, THESE SERIES OF BLOGS ARE A BOOK REPORT FROM DAVE ROBERSON’S BOOK THE WALK OF THE SPIRIT THE WALK OF POWER

When I call you and separate you

through ordination

to an operation that I place you in,

My power will qualify you to fulfill that office

from within.

For I have made all things possible to him who

believeth.

Therefore, approach not My Presence

in your own understanding

or in the ideals, creeds, and doctrines

as men would put them forth.

For I place within you an anointing

that cannot lie.

That anointing is truth and will teach you

all things.

Yield yourself to My Spirit for the purposes

of edification,

and I will lift you up.

I will build you into every operation

that I have separated you unto,

and I will qualify you by My power

THIS WORD WAS GIVEN BY DAVE ROBERSON

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These guidelines I’ve given you for praying in the Spirit

are by no means exhaustive. They are just signposts

pointing the way to a more effective prayer life.

Remember, your key to unlock divine mysteries is

praying in tongues,

your destination is God’s perfect will for your life,

and your Helper throughout the journey is the Holy

Spirit living within! DAVE ROBERSON

ok until next time

please pray for me as i report on this most needed message to the body of Christ.

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LARRY

 

 

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(LB) hey folks this one is a little longer than most, but so important to put the whole thought into one blog.

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Diversities of Tongues:

The Foundational Operation

Now that we’ve looked in a general sense at the eight operations of God in First Corinthians 12:28, let’s focus on this eighth and final operation, the diversities of tongues.

I believe diversities of tongues is listed last in this scripture because it is the foundational operation. In the construction of a building, a foundation is the slab built to support the building from underneath. If the foundation is weak, the structure won’t stand the test of time nor weather the storms that beat against it. In the same way, diversities of tongues is the operation that the other seven rest upon.

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Why do I say that? Well, think about this very carefully: Where is the dividing line between Christians who believe in the power of God and the gifts of the Spirit and those who do not? I can tell you exactly where it is. The dividing line between those who enjoy the power of God and those who don’t is in the eighth operation of God, the diversities of tongues.

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Have you ever noticed that people who don’t speak with other tongues usually don’t operate in the other gifts of the Spirit either? On the other hand, people who do speak with tongues are more apt to operate in spiritual gifts. The more you study the matter, the more obvious it becomes: Speaking with other tongues is the dividing line. In fact, within many churches that don’t recognize tongues as a manifestation for this day and age, even the preaching of salvation has been lost.

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Not only is diversities of tongues the dividing line, but it is actually the entry level to the operation of the spiritual gifts that empower the various offices and callings in the Body of Christ. It is the switch we are looking for that pulls the operation we are called to out of the natural realm into the supernatural power of God.

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Why is that? Because speaking with other tongues is designed to equip us from the inside out. It affects the part of us from which all permanent change comes —the human spirit. So if a person refuses this eighth operation, he won’t have the spiritual empowerment to fulfill any of the other seven operations of God — at least not to the depth God desires for him.

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For example, someone may be called to one of the ministry offices; he may even be a good intellectual communicator or lecturer about the Word of God. But it is through the diversities of tongues that the power of the Holy Spirit activates the operation he has been called to ful – fill. And if he refuses to receive God’s gift of speaking in other tongues, he is not allowing himself to become spiritually qualified for his office.

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You see, as you pray in tongues, God will build an operation on the inside of you to qualify you for what He has called you to do. As He does, gifts will begin to operate through you that equip you for your particular call. For example, if I pray in the Holy Ghost a lot, God isn’t going to train me to be more skillful in carpentry or to perform brain surgery on someone. Those professions are not my calling.

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He is going to equip me with the graces and gifts of the Spirit that I need to fulfill my call, which is to preach the Gospel.

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That’s why the devil is so afraid of this eighth operation. Throughout history, it is the operation he has always tried hardest to discredit and remove from the Church.

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The enemy doesn’t want you to pray in tongues. In fact, the less you find out about this foundational operation, the better he likes it. He doesn’t care if you play at being an apostle, prophet, evangelist, or pastor — as long as you never qualify for these offices through the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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He even rather enjoys deceiving men into building massive organizations of their own making, separate from the calling of God. Men put themselves in charge of these organizations so they can hand down doctrinal rulings as to what is and is not God. With self-deceived pride, they proclaim great, swelling mandates, such as “Tongues are not for today” or “Healing is not for everyone.” or it is now ok for homosexuals to be ordained.

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The devil is a tactical genius. If he can’t remove tongues from some part of the Church, then he goes to step two of his plan: He tries to cause believers to enter into such fanaticism about tongues and hold such unruly, out-of-order services that the sinner doesn’t want much to do with them. Satan’s strategy is to confuse the use of tongues so greatly that the operation loses its effectiveness and credibility in the eyes of those who have been deceived by its misuse.

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Think about it. What is it about tongues that scares the devil so badly? Why has he worked so hard to surround this gift with so much confusion? Paul himself dedicated an entire chapter, First Corinthians 14, to straightening out the error and confusion within the Early Church concerning this gift. No other gift or operation has an entire chapter dedicated to explaining its proper use.

I can tell you why the devil is so afraid: If anything is ever going to build within us an understanding of spiritual matters and to quench our hunger to know Jesus in an intimate relationship, it is this foundational operation of diversities of tongues. And as we have seen, this operation is the supernatural means God has provided for us to become spiritually qualified for any of the other operations that make up His government.

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Therefore, Satan is very, very fearful of a people who will relentlessly pursue God through praying in tongues.

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Where Do You Fit In?

No matter what God has called you to do in life, your

calling or “job description” can be found enveloped

within one or more of these eight operations of God.

And if you are born again, you are called to fill that

operation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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“Do you know which operation I’m called to fill,

Brother Roberson?” you may ask. No, I don’t know. The

measure of faith has been placed on the inside of you in

seed form (Rom. 12:3). Your calling is hidden in that

seed for you, not for me, to discover.

Ephesians 4:7 says,

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the

measure of the gift of Christ. A measure is part of a

whole. The “whole” that Paul is talking about here is

the Body of Christ. It is a Body with many members in

particular, each with an individual calling. Just as a

person’s physical body has many members with

different functions, such as hands, eyes, ears, a nose,

and a mouth, Paul says that the Body of Christ also

includes different operations that together make up the

whole.

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What are you separated unto? What is your grace, your

measure, your part in the whole operation of the Body

of Christ? Whatever it is, God gives you grace for it.

That’s why Paul said this:

For I say, THROUGH THE GRACE GIVEN UNTO ME, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

— Romans 12:3

In essence Paul was saying, “I’m going to speak to you

according to the separation of God to my apostolic

office. I didn’t merit it. I didn’t deserve it. God not only

gave me the grace for my office — He gave me the faith

to fulfill it. Therefore, don’t think that you’re some kind

of special vehicle for God just because you’re called to a

certain office.”

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Some ministers have the attitude, “I’m a mighty

apostle. Get me a Rolls Royce or the Rams football team

to exalt me, you poor, beat-up sheep. I’m a special

calling and gift that is given to you, so you better treat

me right.” It’s that type of attitude that Paul warned

about when he said, “Think of yourself soberly,

realizing that God is the One who has dealt to every

man the measure of faith for his calling and his office.

In fact, God not only gave you the grace to receive your

calling, He also gave you the grace to fulfill it.”

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Certain Gifts Qualify Each Operation

Remember, the nine gifts of the Spirit not only supply

the power, but they qualify these eight operations.

Someone may say, “I’m an apostle.” But unless a certain

blend of the nine gifts of the Spirit is working in his

calling, he is not an apostle.

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Or a person may say, “Well, I’m a prophet.” But unless

he is qualified by the particular blend of the nine

spiritual gifts that qualifies and empowers the

prophetic office, that person is not a prophet.

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In fact, there seems to be a move abroad in the Body of

Christ in which many people think they are prophets,

but in truth they are not. Others think they are apostles

but are not.

These “self-acclaimed” people often attempt to operate

in certain gifts of the Spirit to prove their office. But

because they haven’t been qualified by the Holy Ghost

for that office, they mostly operate out of their own

fleshly nature. This is something I’ve found to be true

while traveling a long road of observation and

experience during more than twenty-five years of

ministry.

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So we see that you can only qualify for a particular operation if certain gifts are working in your calling.

But what about the eighth operation, diversities of

tongues? Well, it stands to reason that you can only

qualify and fulfill this eighth operation if you are

baptized in the Holy Ghost and speak with other

tongues!

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(LB) well folks there is soooooooooo much more to come, so chew on this for a few days and then come back for another meal.

and please pray for me to keep committed to feeding the sheep with the truth.

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next time; DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES….THE FOUNDATIONAL OPERATION

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