Thursday 16 November 2017

More Specifics on the gift of tongues

Mark 16.17 These [d]signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
don't let evangelicals do what Anglicans do with infant baptism....take one single verse (in 1 Corinthians 13) right out of context and then build their convenient cessationist mountain by which they camp.
! Corinthians 12 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith [d]by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of [e]healing [f]by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the [g]effecting of [h]miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the [i]distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
1 Cor 13.1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Cor 14. Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one [a]understands, but [b]in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. 4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.

Quite separate to a discussion on tongues yesterday I received a bit more clarity inwardly as to why the gift of tongues is so powerful.
Separation thinking is so endemic to our fallen condition that we bring it into the Kingdom with us until we have had a radical encounter with the real living God. This can either be like Mary Magdalen who as a prostitute with 8 demons, had nothing to lose and just went for it..... or you be like the disciples and take 3 1/2 years of constant ministry alongside the Co creator of the universe in human form and only then, it dawn on you how much you need God .
Until we reach a Romans 7 end of ourselves stage in our growth in Christ , frankly every prayer we pray in our mother tongue is tinged with
the two sides of Satanic orphan hood
1. Either a grovelling to an “ out there somewhere God
2. Or an overcompensating overweening pride that calls down fire on villages for not listening to us.... see John in the gospels or Jonah sulking under a tree..... basically the same egocentric stuff
Tongues abolishes this from the start. It by passes our infected leftbrain from the beginning of our walk. We learn to pray from sensitivity alone since we haven’t a clue what anything means in English. We only learn senses of things.... like groaning within over a problem or situation , and then the release as the burden lifts and we know inwardly that it is answered or partly answered for now.
True prayer isn’t false grovelling... I mean it is a cry to the Lord but it is engaging with His strong arm of salvation.... if you are wracked with orphanhood not knowing your right to be there as a Son.... your praying will be dreadful. And God makes it clear in James.... that we aren’t to be as those tossed by the waves of the sea.
Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Tongues speaks from our spirit straight and direct through to the throne.
Next, tongues doesn’t get fobbed off by a mind that says what we are praying for is too big.
God specialises in too big.
He is a too big God.
Our leftbrain cannot handle what our spirit is laying hold of God for .... not until we have reached Psalm 130 in our psalm of ascents.... when the leftbrain has been weaned of its egocentricity and also its imposition on God of its own materialistic ideas about what a God does and doesn’t do.
Our leftbrain is bound by the 5 material senses.... it just cannot handle Gods invasions into our reality and needs to be silenced.
Everything God does relates to the new creation so being grounded in the Old creation doesn’t help at all.
Are any of you now catching the sheer genius of this little gift of our pink loose and wiggly bit? The one girls have as well!!!!!

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