OK. This is where I risk the loss of traditional church folks who refuse to believe the whole Bible rather than their traditions.
I pray you are not one of them. My thought for today is vital to the empowering of the Church for this last day hour.
Do Not Forbid …
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.1 Corinthians 14:39 (KJV)
Every Bible translation I have read says basically the same thing:
“DO NOT FORBID OR HINDER speaking in [unknown] TONGUES.” 1 Corinthians 14:39
That seems fairly clear to me. How about you?
How can one build themselves up if they do not allow themselves to do what is required to accomplish the task. The book of Jude says,
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,” Jude 1:20.
To me it is fairly obvious that we need the power of God more than ever before. These are days of gross darkness and it is only in the supernatural strength of Jesus Christ [The Anointed One] and His anointing that we will run the race, reach the mark, and win the crown promised the overcomer. [Jam 1:12; 1 Pet 5:4; Rev. 2:10; Rev. 3:11; ]
… Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Let this be a time of setting aside the traditions of men and the leaven of religious form without power. Let this be a time of seeking the Lord and of receiving ALL that He shed His blood and died to purchase for us.
Followers of Jesus, the Christ of God received a command from Him to receive this enduement of power:
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. Acts 1:4 (KJV)
Beloved, can’t you see that what Jesus did was to command His followers to wait for and receive the “promise of the Father?”
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. Luke 24:49 (KJV)
What was the “promise of the Father?” According to Acts 1:8 (KJV) it was that you would “receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: . . .”.
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