Christ came!

I woke up at this morning and I thought to myself, It’s Christmas again hmmm, Lord I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but so what? There’s really nothing special about the day.

Anybody feel me?

Hold that thought and listen to what God told me.

God: Christ came!

Me: I know

God: Christ came! He came! I made a promise and I kept it. I promised you a savior and Christ came.

My mind automatically went to Scriptures like Isaiah 9:6 (The promise) and Luke 2:11 (The fulfillment)

God continued: When I make a promise, I keep it-no matter how long it takes.

It took over a thousand years for the savior to come, but He came.

I don’t know about you, but in my life, I’ve had enough broken promises to last me a lifetime so it’s good to have a reminder that there is someone who keeps His word at all costs.

The best part of Christmas, God promised a savior and Christ came!

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

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WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

 

When you saw the question above, you most likely rattled out your home address right?

Don’t worry I do the same. 

I was preparing a lesson recently and a very popular Scripture that I had known for ages took on an entirely new meaning.

Read with me: ‘He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty’- Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)- We know this verse right?

Now read with me again in another translation. ‘He who lives in the secret place of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.- Psalm 91:1 (NLT)

And then it hit me, the same way I have a physical to live in the physical, God prepares a place for me to live spiritually.  At the end of every day, I go home to rest physically but do I go home spiritually?

God has prepared a place of rest for me, a place where I can call home spiritually. It’s called ‘The Secret Place’ and it is only when I live there that I can find rest under the protective shadow of the almighty.

This begs the question, Where is the Secret Place? Read with me: ‘The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that He has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.’- Deut 29:29 (NLT)

The secret place is the place of Obedience. When you obey God, you have peace with Him and with men.

It is worthy of note that the scripture uses the word ‘live’ or ‘dwell’ which connotes permanence which is the opposite of a visiting which is temporal. It does not say ‘Those that visit’, instead, it says ‘those that dwell/live’.

This tells me that I cannot pick and choose which instructions to obey or only obey when it’s convenient (visiting) and hope to read the rewards of dwellers. To dwell is to obey ALL instructions ALL of the time.

I have definitely been visiting and not dwelling in obedience (The Secret Place)  while expecting the reward of dwellers.

Change of heart mode activated.

I need to obey ALL my Instructions ALL of the time.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

MUCH ADO ABOUT TONGUES

Last Sunday I had to teach/learn about the baptism of the Holy Spirit twice. And in both classes someone asked if speaking in tongues was compulsory part of being baptised with the Holy Spirit.

I said NO. One of my students vehemently disagreed and that led to this post.

If you’ve been in the Pentecostal church long enough, you’ll probably disagree with me too but that’s fine.

Let’s go to the scriptures that are usually used to justify this teaching and see exactly what it says.

Acts 2:4 is the scripture that is usually used to justify the teaching that speaking in tongues is a compulsory part of the Holy Spirit Baptism.  It reads: ‘All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them’

This begs the question, why was the Holy Spirit given? The answer is found in Acts 1:8 which reads ‘And you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses…’

The Holy Spirit is given to believers for effective Christian service i.e. to do the primary work of Jesus which is to witness to others, not primarily to speak in other tongues.

Follow me to Acts 2:17-21 and you’ll see that peter attributed the coming of the Holy Spirit to the fulfilment of the prophecy by Joel. A careful reading of that list will show that ‘speaking in tongues was not one of the evidence of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit being poured out.

Then do we have incidences of speaking in tongues related to the baptism of the Holy Spirit in scripture?

The gift of tongues is one of the 9 gifts of the spirit which the Holy Spirit gives as He pleases to enhance effective Christian service. It is not a compulsory part of the ‘Holy Spirit Baptism. They are eight other gifts. – 1 Corinthians 12:7-10

Why did the disciples and Cornelius speak in tongues when they were baptised in the Holy Spirit?

The gift of tongues was going to be the most effective ministry tool for them at the time.

Read with me: ‘Now there were staying in Jerusalem at that time, God fearing Jews from every nation under heaven’-Acts 2:5’

Evangelism is effective when we speak the same language. That was the essence of the gift of tongues in Acts 2:4

In the case of Cornelius in Acts 10, the gift of tongues was needed to convince the Jews that Christ was given for the whole world.

Summary: The gift of tongues is just that-a gift that is at the discretion of the Holy Spirit to give. It does not prove or disprove the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The only thing that shows that you’ve been baptised by the Holy Spirit is the fruit you bear not how tongues you speak.

So child of God, speaking in tongues as fantastic as it is has no direct impact on your salvation. It is the   fruit you bear that matters

Do not focus on the gifts at the expense of the fruit. You may never speak in tongues and make it to heaven and you may speak PHD level tongues and end in hell.

I’m focusing on the fruit the Holy Spirit enables me to bear rather than the gift(s) he has to give.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba

KNOWING GOD’S WILL

If you’ve been in church/Christendom for a while, you’ve probably heard that you should seek to do God’s will in every area of our lives.

If you’re like me, you’ve asked the question, ‘How do I know God’s will for my life?’ And I’m sure you’ve heard answers like ‘Pray and ask God’.

Any witnesses?

I don’t know about you, but for me, that answer just never does it for me but I’ve accepted it as the general consensus and I’ve  used it a few times.

Until this morning.

I was having a totally unrelated conversation with God this morning and He said to me, Let’s talk about Romans 12:2. (This conversation was long overdue. I had been putting it off)

So I started quoting ‘Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may be able to prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. –Romans 12:2 (NKJV).

We went through this scripture in a few translations for the sake of clearer understanding and  a few things stand out clearly.

Contrary to popular teaching, prayer is NOT the way to know the will of God. Before you crucify me, read the above scripture  in as many translations as you can find and feel free to point out to me where you find prayer as a criteria for knowing the will of God.,

You cannot run your life by the standards of this world, think the way the world thinks and know the will of God no matter how many prayers you pray or how many tongues you speak or how born again you say you are.

You thoughts have to have lined up your life with the thoughts and life of God for you to know the will of God

Lining up your thoughts with the thoughts of God=Knowing the will of God.

The thoughts of God are found in His Word –The Bible.

Lining up your thoughts with the thoughts of God is a continuous process, not something you do once and it’s done,  hence the use of the word ‘renewing’ in the scripture above.

Get into the word consistently to line up your thoughts with God’s thoughts.

When your thoughts line up with the thoughts of God, you don’t pray to know the will of God, you just know it.

Where you start wondering about the will of God in a particular area of your life, check it!

Are your thoughts lined up with the word or the world?

Enough of the uncertainty.

I’m lining my thoughts up with the word of God

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba