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Speaking in tongues-

Having a Right Motive and Understanding- A Contextual Study on 1st Corinthians 14 as it relates to the church.

f677603e-5f54-4c04-8922-9da24bb4ffb2-1‘…It is important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in the language everyone understands, than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language…- 1st Corinthians 14:5 (Msg)

When the Holy Spirit fell upon the Apostles, they began to speak in tongues (in a number of different languages) and the people (Parthians, Medes, Elamites; visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene; immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; Cretans and Arabs) understood them according to his/her tribe (Acts 2:1-11 Msg).

Speaking in tongues is a sign for unbelievers (1st Corinthians 14:22 Msg). I would like to believe that when the disciples spoke, Jewish people were around also (yes they were) – if they spoke in other tongues, how is it that even their people understood? What if they wouldn’t have understood?

The only time speaking in tongues to the public (Church) is significant, is when there is an interpreter as the Holy Spirit did in the time of the Apostles. This is because if you speak in a way no one understands, what’s the point of opening your mouth’? (1st Corinthians 14:9 Msg)

‘He who speaks in tongues edifies himself… unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified’- (1st Corinthians 14:4-5 Niv).

Don’t get me wrong- Speaking in tongues is a beautiful experience God has allowed us share with Him and even Apostle Paul who wrote to the Corinthians affirmed to the wonderful intimacy it provides us with God (1st Corinthians 14:18 Msg). However, my point is this; ‘since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church- (1st Corinthians 14:12 Niv)

THE ABUSE-

Isn’t it funny how people think ‘speaking in tongues’ and ‘saying things you don’t understand’ are synonymous?- Sst

And so they open their mouths in church to speak ten thousand words that sound like gibberish, rather than speak five that everyone will understand’-1st Corinthians 14:19 Msg (paraphrased).

The value and beauty of speaking in tongues has been nullified to a very large extend by people who have adapted the world system of ‘wanting to feel among’ and unfortunately the church isn’t doing much about it; some new ministries even promote this directly or indirectly. What are you as a pastor or child of God doing about this?

In those days, people believed the size of your bible is the size of your anointing and so you see pastors and ‘strong men of God’ with huge bibles. People with little bibles on the other hand were always looked down upon; and so everyone wanted a big bible, just so, they too can feel among. Do you remember those days?

Don’t get me wrong- MOTIVE… motive is the foundation of everything penned down today, so unless you are guilty, don’t feel the guilt!

People these days go to the extent of learning and memorizing how to speak in tongues, word for word from what they heard from their Pastors/Ministers. This is partly because churches (new generational churches) sometimes make members feel ‘incomplete’ if they cannot speak in tongues.

Oh! You don’t have the Holy Spirit in you-

I remember a true life story a friend once shared with me. After a program that was organized and facilitated by ‘ministers of God’, one of the facilitators (a Nigerian) was asked why he didn’t speak in tongues- they wondered- didn’t he have the Holy Spirit? After much defensive arguing, the other facilitators began to pray for him to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit whose evidence was in the speaking of tongues; when this man noticed they weren’t going to give up, he started speaking his local dialect (unknown to them). On hearing him speak in a different language, they began to praise God for they had given him the spirit of tongues.

  • What God does not give you, man cannot!
  • Isn’t it funny how people think ‘speaking in tongues’ and ‘saying things you don’t understand’ are synonymous?- Sst
  • Hypocrisy and mediocrity become your bedspread when you don’t allow God to use you, but use yourself for God- Sst
  • Only God can give you a discerning spirit. This is missed when your will is not in line with God’s will- Sst

THE IDEAL-

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.’-1st Corinthians 14:26-33 Niv

‘If you won’t play by these rules, God cannot use you’- 1st Corinthians 14:37-38 Msg

‘Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way’. – 1st Corinthians 14 39-40

‘Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling’.- Philippians 2:12

Speaking in tongues is not an immunity to sin, neither is it a proof of a higher calling of purity. Walk your faith with the grace of God to His glory, not to the pleasing of the population of your congregation. Desire and accept the Holy Spirit. Never do His work with his walk in your life.  

Remember the disciples spoke in tongues as the Spirit prompted/enabled them and not as they prompted or enabled the Spirit- Acts 2:4

God’s grace upon you with love,

Oluwatosin Olabode (Sst)

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Identity- WHO ARE YOU?

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‘No matter how old (or long) a ‘man’ is (or has lived), without an identity; he is yet to exist’-Sst

Every ‘man’ needs an identity. He needs a name. He needs somewhere to belong. He needs to know who he is…

Have you been called a failure?

Have they told you, you are not good enough?

Have you been called useless?

Or are you like Jacob a ‘Trickster’?

………..

You are not just industrious

You are so classless

You are a bastard child

You are a man without purpose

You are not who the world (devil and sinful people) says you are. You are who God says you are

Have you grown to believe what people said about you- that you just ain’t good enough?

Have you grown to believe the lies others told you- that you will never be better than the present state of your life?

Has your life now become this lie?

Have you believed so much, you are now the lie, such that,

You keep failing

You can’t keep a relationship

You con your way to success

You have become the definition of F.A.K.E

You might have done what people said you did but you are never what people say you are

To understand your identity, you must look to God to reveal. Your identity can only be found in Christ, and in His Word. Here are a few things He’s said about you:

You are born of God… 1 John 5:18

You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14

You are alive with Christ… Ephesians 2:5

You have the peace of God…Philippians 4:7

You have been set free… Galatians 5:1

You are more than a conqueror… Romans 8:37

You are an overcomer… Revelation 2:11

You are an ambassador… 2 Corinthians 5:20

You are a citizen of a holy nation… Exodus 19:6

You are a chosen generation… 1 Peter 2:9

You are a friend of God… John 15:15

You are the head and not the tail…Deuteronomy 28:13

You are God’s temple… 1 Corinthians 6:19

You are blessed… Ephesians 1:3

You are a peculiar treasure… Exodus 19:5

You are created in the image of God… Genesis 1:27

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you… Philippians 4:13

You are a son of the Most High God. You have been purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. You are a joint heir with Christ- a priest of the King of kings. There’s greatness in your bones and in your bloodline… Galatians 4:6-7

PRAYER-

Dear Lord, please ‘help me to see me the way you see me. I see where I am, but you see where I shall be’.

 

What is your identity? What’s that thing that makes you recognizable?

Oluwatosin Olabode

Kingdom Business

   

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This is the Father’s gist to us, His children…

  Heaven is looking for soul winners; people who will make heaven rejoice (Luke 15:7), people willing to totally submit to God’s authority ( Can heaven recommend you for this work?).
     It’s not about been a christian, it’s about what your Christianity does in people’s life ( remember,  Christianity is a lifestyle, so, if people see you and cannot see Christ, then you’re not a christian). Christians behave like Christ; if you don’t, you don’t… Christianity is not about getting wealth, you can’t have what you already have; you can only have more, but in Christ, you have “most”!!! So, I don’t see a christian looking for what he already has in totality.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”- Ephesians 1:3

      The above scripture says “who has” not ‘who will”… Christianity is about taking it ( Yes and Amen ), Christianity is living the future in God’s past ( context; remember, we behave like Christ, which only means Christ must have first behaved in a way we are now following ).

     Exploring this scripture, for instance,
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”- Philippians 4:19

     Now, because your ministry as a christian is a take it ministry, doesn’t mean you will not work to get it. The above verse says, “shall” not “might”, which simply means whenever you’re ready to take it ( the work is you actually taking it, by the way), He is going to give you (because spiritually it has already been given and you have physically received it, what’s remaining now, is for you to take it ).

     Kingdom business is about taking the souls God has won ( when he defeated the devil on the cross… this people have received their victory but the devil is deceiving them with various things, which blinds them from the truth of how easily they can access salvation in Christ Jesus), and bringing them back to him as His Holy Spirit works in you. As ambassadors of Christ, kingdom business entails heavenly connections; this is to say, living a life that connects people to God.

Olabode Oluwatosin

God bless.

A Lesson for Life…

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Principle of the Weed-

     Whenever fresh good plants are grown, fresh good weeds spring up too, without permission and tend to even grow better (if care is not taken) than the real plants. This same truth is applicable to life; when something good is about to happen, when God is ready to bring out something new in you, something else that is bad and capable of destroying that good (off course,  only with your permission) naturally comes up.
     From the lesson of the plant and weed, only the planter (farmer) can save the plant 100% by making sure no particle of that weed remains through various SET means… The plant on its own cannot fight the weed completely. This same principle applies to life; no man can fight the challenges that comes to his life as a result of the new things God is about doing ( or is already doing) for him, unless with the help of the Holy Spirit (that is, God).
     Just like in the concept of the plant and the weed; even when the weed is removed in stage one of the plant’s life, when the plant hits stage two, another weed springs up (and continuously like that), so also is it with life. For every new step you take, there is a new distraction ( whatever the hindrances might be), unless you have CHRIST your creator  ( as the plant, the farmer!), you would fall into those distractions-
     However, there is a stage the plant reaches, that the weed becomes insignificant, as its effects become fruitless and useless; better put, the weed becomes as though, absent. This is the same effect living your life with Christ has, when you put your trust so strongly in him, the weeds (distractions, e.t.c.) begin to ask “HEY YOU, HAVE YOU NOT NOTICED US ?”. It’s a level you reach in Christ, that hell must fear !!!   

In the words of SST-
                    ” IT’s A LEVEL Hell BETTER NOT TRY”.

     My charge to you; Dear Reader, is to stop worrying and complaining about the things life owes you, and use this little understanding to connect more directly with your Creator, so you do not owe Life anything when your time comes…

                                      
                                                                                                 
Yours truly,

Olabode Oluwatosin

God bless.