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Gifted 2: Tongues and Prophecy, Part 2

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May 26, 2021 9:00 am

Gifted 2: Tongues and Prophecy, Part 2

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May 26, 2021 9:00 am

The “gift of tongues” is one of the most confusing and controversial topics in the Bible. What does that phrase even mean? Pastor J.D. brings some clarity on this subject as he continues our study titled, Rushing Wind.


Jenny clear talks about the gift of tongues will speak in tongues calls for more into the sea with the spirit calls for more interaction with the spirit.

There is nothing he says about your interaction with the spirit with desirably you have lots even more to prophesy because the one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues muscle one interprets that the church may be filled out their day.

My career I Molly benefits not surprising that the gift of tongues is one of the most confusing and controversial topics in the Bible phrase even mean does it mean that you can speak a bunch of languages or is it that you pray in a mysterious heavenly language and was it a gift for only the early church, or does it still happen today. These are the types of questions that many believers have Pastor Jenny bring some clarity as he continues our study of the Holy Spirit rushing if you missed any of the previous messages you can find Katie Now let's get started personal of all and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy for one speaks about tongs, speaks not to men but to God, for nobody understands him, but he utters mysteries in the spirit. Last week I gave you a definition of tongs that was this a form of prayer and praise that you expressed to God in a language you do not understand that's very important were to come back to that, but for now Keep reading okay. Conversely, on the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and their encouragement and their consolation rights will talk about prophecy for a minute I last week I give you the definition of prophecy. The prophecy is speaking God's word or speaking God's will into a situation that takes primarily three forms in the Bible. The first form is just preaching is what I do each week. It's what I take the word of God and I explained it and then I apply it to you, but there are two other forms. One we saw last week was called the word of wisdom and that's where God gives somebody insight into an issue where you don't have a chapter in verse God sometimes gives different people in his church, words of wisdom when they say this is how I think the Holy Spirit is leading you to resolve this issue with this decision to make that sort of wisdom there's 1/3 kind called the word of knowledge board of knowledge and that's where God gives somebody supernatural insight into somebody's life so that they know just what to say or just how to pray right so preaching the word of wisdom or knowledge. Now here's the thing about those last two word of wisdom the word of knowledge.

Never take on the weight of Scripture when I stand up here and tell you this is what God's word says, that takes on a whole different way than somebody saying nothing God might be leading you to do this.

Also, like, hey, nobody in here is the gift is on preaching a verse that Weber's just wrong. I just told me that Paul says in first Leslie 520 Lucas pulses. Do not despise prophesying, but test everything and hold fast what is good, but was weighed out ground rules when you're giving a word processing number one, you should never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever got seven average, which is the number of perfection claim the authority of God. When you speak, it sounds a bit like this.I think might be putting this on my heart and give it to you what you tested out like Paul said in first Thessalonians.

You should never ever say this is what God's word says unless you got a verse of Scripture by number two is always best when tied to Scripture. When you speak a word from yourself. I can be sure it's coming from God. But when it resonates with the Scripture.

Then I have no doubts about it. Number three, you should use it for the purposes that are given. See verse three Paul said 03 purposes for the words of prophecy for upbuilding for encouragement and consolation. Those are the three reasons that you give someone a word of prophecy. I remember Christian leader a few years ago saying that a 900 foot Jesus appeared to him and told him that unless he raised $20 million in six months God was telling I think she is not cemented upbuilding encouragement consolation I'm seeing that as a money raising tool rights.

That's ground rules for giving it. Here's a few ground rules for receiving it.

Three questions you should ask first what does it contradict what God has clearly said elsewhere.does not contradict his word. So it never contradicts her she had asked that does in accord with what God is doing in your life as it makes sense as it further something that you see God doing several years ago, I received word prophecy. There was some trouble with my best friend named Bruce Ashford was an elder in our church. He was speaking on a weekend is a little tiny church that is South Carolina is about 35 people in attendance. Bruce preaches and he gets to the end of his message and he looks and he says to the pianist was sick the day. He said he said my friend JD is in the audience and he's a very gifted musician.

I'm asking to come up here and lead on the invitation him since there's no other pianist. Now I can play two songs on the piano services over the pastor's wife comes walking up and you could tell that she was she was moving in the spirit she comes up and she's like I got a word for you boys. I got a word from the Holy Spirit you wanted and Bruce and Leica yeah okay so she's like so she grabs her hands and she starts way I played with a backboard and she's like the Holy Spirit says and then she looked up at Bruce and she said to be the next Billy Graham given a preaching millions of people around the world to come to Jesus through your preaching Mitchell Trevor making success on squeezing my hand, she says, and you're going to travel with him as his concert pianist not see it did not accord with what God was doing in my life right or does it accord with what God is doing in your life.

That's one of the side that you know it is coming from God. Here's here's 1/3 thing doesn't glorify God, or the private glorify God I desire people all the time trying to use this stuff to bolster their own authority. God didn't give you the best of both your authority David so that it can be used for upbuilding encouragement, consolation summit will tell you is we need more of this.

We need a congregation where you are not just praying to God you praying with God as God gives you insight and wisdom where I'm not just up your preaching about God. I'm preaching with God. By the way, if you're having trouble with this and I know some of you are just as yourself this. You believe that God is alive and that he supernaturally moves on the earth, but he works through his church that he will put thoughts in your mind to pray for people that he will put urges in you that you were supposed to obey you believe that there is a God who not just wrote the Bible and left but is alive and well and working in his church. If the answer is yes. That's all talking about you might not have just know exactly what to call it the New Testament calls it words of wisdom. Words of knowledge is God's Spirit works through his church and shows that he is a God who is alive that he is a God, not just appeared in history is a God works in your life in real time right now.

I verse five because we are 35 or so for me at the number five now what you all speak in tongues. Only all speak in tongues.

Call us for more intimacy with the spirit calls for more interaction with the spirit. There is nothing he says about your interaction with the spirit of desire for you to have words. I wish you had every spiritual gift known to man, but even more to prophesy because the one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets so that the church may be built up. What was the purpose of the gifts. What was the purpose of the just look at this last week with the purpose of the gifts to make you feel closer to God. Is that why God gave them know the purpose of the gifts was to build up the body.

That's why prescriptive 13 comes between chapter 12 and 14 is not just a numerical thing is 13 is the love chapter 12 and 14 all about spiritual gifts all put prescriptive 13 in the middle.

Not so you have something to read your wedding the reader what it is and here's randomly reported failure about love because love is to be the basis of all the gifts. The gifts are used never to serve yourself not to make you feel closer to God not to bolster your authority. There used to build and encourage the body for six now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues benefit.

You will also bring some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching that you understand nobody understand what I'm saying cannot possibly be building you off many uses three great examples of this verse seven. If even lifeless instrument, such as the Florida heart distinct notes played right side to dip into the recesses of my 2 1/2 years in the fourth grade years in the fourth grade. But here's that's really piano lessons around the fourth grade and I remember my music teacher telling me that music. Good music is it really consist of at least three things what is our number rhythm, harmony and melody and harmony, melody, you have music you just have a random collage of notes. That is some pretty anybody else so I told you I see you got like you got rhythm with equal timestamps so that you gotta know right on this thing right got rhythm.

It's on the floor for time.

I think that's a little syncopated beat because it's on the off of the notes on the off rhythm to his gotta melody to harmony if you do that to say notes about any of those things. Just like garbage right and you don't want to put that on your iPod because that's going to get annoying after a while music Scott have a rhythm. It's got to have a belly pulls like all you're doing is that's not helping anybody at all is to get back downright annoying after a while because it's not actually communicate anything. Here's a second example is verse eight. If a pupil gives an interesting sound ready for battle in battle, and the trumpet blowing out and you'll know what it means you're going to forward them to go back with me.

That's kind of important thing to know about right. Should you retreated to advance with somebody else doing the board have one backward that's chaos. Why would God speak to his church in a way they can understand right what you claim that you will just to hear himself playing God trying to communicate something to his army. Verse nine.

So with your cell. Your tongue with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible know what's sad to be speaking in the air example.

Doubtless many different languages in the world and none of them is without meaning to me. If I don't know the meaning of the language corner to the speaker and the speakers in order to me that were formed by the way, is a great record. Barbara Ross, barbarian, Greek speaking people call anybody who didn't speak Greek. It sounded like there was one Barbara Barbara become like us and blah blah blah blah. You guess what it sounds like to me. I don't know the language, how much is to be benefit it might be cute for a few minutes you speak another language you but have a lot to say what you're saying that's not benefiting me if I sit up here. The sermon I was like hello #Jacob Right now you might do it while he speaks Indonesia but was it was time and imitating was about to my house is on fire. Yeah right. If my house really is on fire. I'm not helping you by saying that it's it's useless in balls like you're speaking a language nobody understands you're not for anybody.

So with yourselves verse 12.

Since your eager for manifestations of the spirit, strive to excel in building up the church very important. What were they to seek for receipt gifts that build up the body.

Verse 13 therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret for if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful with me. If I'm talking to God to tongue, my spirit friend say notes was five and would benefit me. Therefore, what am I to do.

I will pray with my spirit but I will pray with my mind.

Also I'm missing prays my spirit sing with my mind.

Also I want to choose between the two sing with my mind about the spirit sing with the spirit, mind, so when I am going to praise God, whether publicly or privately. I'm going to do so in a way that benefits both my spirit and my mind for 16 otherwise.

If you give thanks for your spirit. How can anyone help anyone in the position of an outsider. Say amen to your Thanksgiving when you know what you say you might be getting thankful about what the other person is not being built up in the middle of worship you, how the time. Some of you how glory to God in the highest God is saying these rescue me. God is more to me is better to me than my mother and father, I thank God for saving me. I thank God for all his promises because you are worshiping in a way that engages your mind and my mind and I've been edified to Paul say verse 18 I think God I speak in tongues, will you the Corinthians spot.

They were like really spiritual because they have the spiritual X-Men powers superheroes for the record, more gifts, and all of somebody's ready is really claiming prescriptive 31 to speak in the tongues of angels which are spiritual gift I speak in polls like this for the record, I got all applicable tongues and all you and that's what I'm not writing Bible will not be flipped open the third heaven are not healing, raising people from the deadline date when I'm not doing those things. I'm speaking more tongues than all of you roasted to translate that right. Verse 19. Nevertheless, in church, I'd rather speak five words with my mind it over to instruct others than 10,000 words in a tongue, but only 10,000 was the highest number in Greek.

So when somebody says 10,000 that's like saying infinity. I'd rather speak five words with my mind Jesus in my place.

Amen. I'd rather speak five words in my mind this beginning of words in a time that nobody understands the words Paul say I'm the most gifted time using my gifts I'm using them to serve essentially what he saying is I would never speak in tongues in church. That's why Paul will not permit on intelligibility in the church do anybody any good. Verse 20 brothers do not be children in your thinking be influence in regards to evil, but in your thinking be mature. The Corinthians are immature, but only what sound do infants make about right there saying something. You'll notice you don't play on words there is like you guys like you and your guy got going all over the place. There the Caribbean start their gift elevated them above others. They thought their gift made them feel close to God. And Paul said that is not mature tortillas.

When you find your identity in the gospel, and did you use your gift to serve others. Maturity is when the finished work of Christ on the cross makes you feel close to God. The gospel is that Jesus has absorbed anything that separate you from God to himself, and is giving you his perfect righteousness. That means I cannot be closer to God right now if I had all the spiritual gifts I could be closer to him about it the perfect life you want to know why I can't get you closer to God. The Christ has made me in himself, and because I have the perfect righteousness of Christ. Anything to bring you closer to God. I just rest and how close he has made me to God. It is the gift of God to me that makes people close to God, not the gifts that I have for him. Paul said that's maturity and when you get that when you get that is the blood of Jesus that made you. You close you start to offer your gifts, others the way to Jesus used his for you. Jesus did not take what he had and use it to elevate his position before the father because he didn't even elevated position, he poured out his gift to serve others and if you get that that's working to see you sit around doing stuff makes awful close to God for not yourself with Jesus, poured out for you is in excess. Verse 21. This is very important also to give you teaching that will make you mature in the wall. It is written by people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord just got quotes around it because it's a quote from Isaiah 28, 11 and 12. Thus, tongues are a what sign sign that points to the right you don't dislike have a random like Orenstein out there on the roadway, a pretty color also brought this sign is there to tell you something Paul says tongues are a sign, not for believers there assigned for unbelievers. While prophecy is aside not from believers prophecy is aside for believers to tongues or assign who is the sign for this is not hard.

It's not a trick question is designed for unbelievers like what you going to the smell out.

What kind of unbelievers. As you talk about the quote from Isaiah 2011 by people of strange tongues about the lips of foreigners. I will speak to this people is referring to the Jewish nation of the first century BC, tongues were assign to unbelieving Jews.

But the gospel was not just for people to Hebrew tongue. It was for people of all tongues everywhere give you a little like you quick lesson of redemptive history. Genesis chapter 11.

All of mankind is gathered around what came to be known as the Tower of Babel right and at the Tower of Babel.

Everybody's in one language and erecting this tower basically to demonstrate their own awesomeness and God looks down in his mercy he says you cannot get units hereunder awesomeness that's the way to destruction, and mercy.

He divides them and gives them different languages so they scattered across the base of the earth now no longer understanding one another. Then God in Genesis chapter 12 chooses one man, Abram who would become Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation and the father if you will be Hebrew tongue and basically says I'm going to speak to the world through you and your children to the nation of Israel, and so he begins to build the nation of Israel and all the prophets are reviewing in Hebrew, God is dwelling on the Jewish nation but the whole time he is giving them a promise that one day I'm going to re-gather all people of different tongues and tribes back together but this time when they come together. They're not that I have a power that demonstrates their own awesomeness. I'm to regather them. Revelation chapter 5 around my throne that demonstrates my awesomeness are not to be proclaiming how awesome they are there going to be together in unison, saying, salvation belongs to God. So what you see in acts two. You see, like a mile marker between Genesis 12 and Revelation 5. Because you see the in breaking of this, you see all these different tribes and tongues begin to come together and understand one another not supposed to be a foretaste of Revelation chapter 5. It is a sign of what God is doing in history. #Actually look for the Jews is a sign of judgment sign for unbelievers being judge because they had not received Christ. So God is now's the same time to take my people development for people of other times and tried not just yours anymore because signs are positive and negative lightning like the 10 plagues signs of a positive or -10 plagues depends on your Moses and Pharaoh under Pharaoh bad if your nose or server-side of liberation, tongues, or assign to unbelieving Jews that God because of their hardness of heart is now speaking to people in other nations everywhere. There are positive side of the Gentiles because her saying God is actually going to establish the people of your people. That is the purpose of tongues. They were assign judgment in the new frontier of the gospel is for you to interact with the spirit, hear his voice and offer yourself to be used for his nation seems pretty straightforward right listening to Pastor JD Greer and Senate life. If you happen to join us late.

You can listen again free of JD okay so tomorrow is the last day of your teaching about the Holy Spirit. Can you tell us why you titled this teaching series rushing rent yet the question when the Holy Spirit came first to the church in acts chapter 2 English translations as he came in like a mighty rushing wind right here scholar savings account like a tornado. It was something that was somewhat terrifying. It wasn't like a calm breeze, but something that communicated power in the lives of believers that was going to change the story change that the conversation that's a recurring picture of the Holy Spirit that you see throughout the New Testament were supposed to be in such a dependent posture on him that we couldn't imagine getting up and going throughout the day without his energy and his wisdom making making spiritual truth. The reality I'm given us Christ mind and his heart, our newest resource is going to Paris so perfectly with our our study. It's it's 20 devotionals. It's also called rushing wind, and is God the Scripture passage of devotional thoughts couple of follow-up questions on a short prayer guide it'll help it if these trees are resonating with you from the series. In this study will help later rent so that it begins to saturate your life so that that these are not just concepts are hearing the truth that are transforming you little to give you a copy if you donate discredit JD you becoming a gospel partner with us. I'm just as always say thank you, will put this resource for you to get in touch with us today when you call us you have the option of donating to support this ministry.

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