Part 5 of “Strength To Forgive”

Many of us our running on fumes and running out of gas. We need to get this understood, get it down tight and examine ourselves a bit. “Buckle down, Get a grip”

Prov. 19:11 “The discretion of a man deffereth his anger; and it is glory to pass over a transgression.”

Drawing from the former parts of this message Pastor explained that God allowed Joseph to be in the armpit of Egypt (The World) so that God can shine. How we conduct ourselves is vital as we sojourn through this world. Prov. 16:7 “When a mans ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Think of Joseph and how he was always trusted and given responsibilities.

Gen.50:15-18 Joseph’s brothers fear after their father died that Joseph would hate them and requite them for their evil. Their guilt was turning to fear. They fall before Joseph to ask for forgiveness and they bow and give themselves over as servants. Pastor asks, “What took them so long?” (The fulfillment of Joseph’s dream) Yet one of the most revealing and powerful verses in this whole story is 50:19-21. How Joseph responded to his brothers, “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Then Joseph comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Pastor reminded us of the ultimate forgiveness in Luke 23:24 “Forgive them Father…..”

Three points in this message.
1. God has it.
2. We need it.
3. Life demands it.
(1) The power/strength of forgiveness is from God. He has it.
(2) Not only do we need to be forgiven but we need His forgiveness in us. Pastor brought up two references. Mat. 9:1-6 (Sins are forgiven being the same as saying rise and walk to the man stricken with Palsy and Mat chapter 18 where after being forgiven a great debt the same forgiven man went and showed no such compassion on one who owed him. Be ready to forgive, we have the resource from God to give us the strength to forgive.
(3) Pastor tossed us a whim saying the 3M’s describing Daniels disciplines. By way of Morsels, Morals and Music. Daniel was separated by his diet, his morals and his music. Daniel chapter 9 Daniel was praying for his sins and the sins of his people asking God to deliver. In Daniel 9:9 and the 9th word is “Forgiveness”  Life Demands Forgiveness.

1Jn.2:2 explains how Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and the sins of the whole world. The wrath being curbed.
1Cor13 I know as the Love Chapter. The better word being “Charity”. Charity suggests giving without a return. Paul clearly details how if we gain much in the Lord but do not have charity, we gain nothing. “Envy Not” That was Joseph’s brothers issue when they delivered him as a slave to travelers.

On a personal note: Suffer the loss for your brothers sake. You don’t lose anything by doing so, it just may feel that way. It will work the work of God.

What does the Bible say about speaking in tongues? – Part 2

Before I start this installment, I want to take a moment to clear some things up. These articles are a series of articles that I am putting together outlining the information that I have found in a pamphlet that was provided to me by Pastor G for this study. It is called The Gift of Tongues and is written by Ernest Pickering. I felt that this information could be very helpful to folks regarding sound doctrine in these last days.

It is also important to note that this article may not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Gospel Light in whole, but Gospel Light definitely agrees that speaking in tongues is not for our present age. Another thing to note is that Gospel Light does not believe that we need to refer to the Greek to get a fuller meaning. The only point of putting the Greek in this article was because that is what the tongues supporters go to in order to prove there point. However, we believe wholeheartedly that you can use the authorized King James Version to show that speaking in tongues is not for today.

Here goes Part 2:

What is the gift of tongues?

There are three different views on this:

1)      All tongues are ecstatic, unintelligible speech

2)      “tongues” in the book of Acts were human languages, but the “tongues” of 1 Corinthians were heavenly languages or unknown ecstatic utterances.

3)      That ALL references to “tongues” in the New Testament refer to human languages.

We believe the last position to be the correct one. Most modern tongue advocates hold to the second position.

Tongues Were Languages

After review of the Greek word for tongue – glossa, there is no evidence that it is used to mean ecstatic unintelligible speech.

Glossa means “language,” that is always referring to foreign languages. Therefore, it cannot refer to both foreign languages and unknown ecstatic utterances as modern tongue advocates claim.

Acts 2:4- “every man heard them speak in his own language.”

Acts 2:8- “How hear we every man in our own tongue wherein we were born?”

The same thing happened with Cornelius and his household (Acts 10:44-48) as took place at Pentecost. Acts 11:15 – Basically, if the tongues spoken at Pentecost were human languages, so were these. Acts 19:6 – Same thing.

Not Ecstatic Utterances

Large numbers of Pentecostalists hold that there is a difference between the tongues mentioned in Acts and those described in 1 Corinthians. Here are some arguments refuting this position.

1)      There is no sound reason for adopting this position. To ascribe two different meanings to the same word (glossa, tongue) without any definite support of such is questionable.

2)      The thought that the word “interpret” used in 1 Corinthians means to interpret some unintelligible language is false. It is talking about interpreting an actual human language.

3)      The term “beside ourselves” (2Cor. 5:13) is taken by some to mean that Paul and the Corinthians were speaking in tongues and appeared to be irrational. The phrase really has no connection with speaking in tongues.

4)      In both 1 Cor. 14 & 28 the reference to “speaking to God” is held by some to refer to a means of addressing God which is unintelligible. These verses don’t actually speak to the nature of the speech, but only the direction of it, i.e. to God.

5)      The fact that an interpreter was required at Corinth but none was required at Pentecost is seen by some as evidence of the fact that the Corinthians were speaking unknown” languages. However, no interpreter was needed at Pentecost because all of the people there could understand in their own languages. In Corinth, most of the members were from the community and would not have been familiar with foreign languages. Hence, they were in need of interpretation.

6)      The reference Paul made to the “tongues of angels” (1 Cor. 13:1) does not imply that people with the gift of tongues speak in “angelic” tongues unknown on earth. Paul was not saying that he or anyone else spoke in angelic languages. He is saying, “Supposing I had all the powers of earthly and heavenly utterance, and had not love…”

7)      1 Cor. 14:7-9 does not support the idea that Christians spoke unintelligible sounds. Speech that cannot be understood has no value.

8)      1 Cor. 14:23 – Paul’s statement that unbelievers visiting the church assembly might think the believers “mad” doesn’t imply that they were speaking ecstatically. Paul was concerned that when unbelievers heard church members speaking in earthly languages which they did not understand, and which were not being translated, they would think the speakers were mad.

9)      The Greek word dialektos is used in Acts 2:8 but not in 1 Cor. 12-14. This does not prove that the nature of the tongues was any different. The words dialektos and glossa are synonyms. The word tongue nowhere referred to ecstatic speech. All languages of the world, even the most primitive, have some grammar, syntax, and word structure.

I am really learning a lot here. I hope you are too! Have a great day and we will see you on Sunday Lord willing.


Deliverance in Dark Days – Part 2

Psalm 91:1-16

Pastor’s introduction was a very gripping story about four different soldiers from three different wars whose physical lives were spared by their pocket New Testament in their pocket over their heart. Two of them found that the last burn mark was located at Psalm 91:7.

These are definitely dark days. We need some bright spots. We need to be able to come to church and get some light.

1 Kings 8:10 – 12 – The cloud / thick darkness – God was insulating himself from man that is sinful.

2 Chronicles 5:11 – When the people are one and all the cylinders are hitting, wow what a service that can be!

Don’t dwell in the darkness too long. The darkness can trick you!

Heb 2:14-18
Luke 4:5 (Matt 4 – Companion vs) – Jesus tempted without sin – We can be tempted without sin.

The devil was trying to run interference with Jesus just like he tries to do with us.

The devil quotes the word of God. He knows exactly where Christians should be going for help, but he is twisting it. Memorize Psalm 91. Know where to go for help in time of need.

1)      A PLACE
Get alone with God.
Have a strong devotional life.
Psalm 17:7-9, Acts 10

A plague, contagious infectious disease, corruption, moral disease.
Acts 24:5

3)      PEACE
Psalm 91:4

4)      A PROMISE
Psalm 91:9

5)      POWER
Psalm 91:11
Psalm 91:14 – Deliverance in the day of darkness – Do you know God’s name?

6)      PERSONAL
Psalm 91:14-16 – God’s PS to us.
God wants us to have a personal relationship with him.