The Greek army pretended to sail away and left on the shore a huge, hollow wooden horse as an apparent victory gift.
The underworld has successfully dispatched many human targets by beautifully wrapping a bomb as a gift with an ornate bow and paper that explodes when opened.
About halfway to my destination, I caught a ride with a kind, middle-aged Pentecostal lady who was very pleased to hear of my recent conversion. And not wanting to be deprived of something so important, I began a very deep search into the controversial subject of tongues. I also recognize that even among charismatics there are vast differences of interpretation regarding the gift of tongues, so forgive me if I generalize at times.
Rather, it would be an instantaneous gift to fluently preach in a previously unfamiliar language. If we look at these three cases, we should find a clearer picture of this controversial gift.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. It was not a gift of hearing given to the listeners, but rather a gift of the Spirit given to enable the believers to speak (Acts 2:4).
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
History also tells us that the servants in a Roman home could be from anywhere in the world.
In other words, they spoke languages they had not formerly known in a way that could be understood.
When the Holy Spirit came upon these 12 Ephesian men, Paul recognized that they were prophesying, or preaching, in new languages.
The place was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, but because there were no foreigners present, the gift of tongues was absent. The Corinthian church obviously had a specific, temporary problem because Paul's second letter to Corinth never even mentions tongues. Because the Corinthian church was a melting pot of many different nationalities, its services often became chaotic and confusing. But the Scriptures teach that some of the gifts are more important than others and that we should focus on the most important ones.
They would have us think that a Christian who does not speak in tongues is a second-class citizen.
But these same preachers would have us believe that the fruit of the Spirit is tongues or that every person who is filled with the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues.
This modern manifestation of tongues finds its roots not in the Bible, but rather in ancient pagan spiritualistic rituals. The weird sounds the priestess muttered were then interpreted by a priest, who usually spoke in verse. The Indians would eat the hallucinogenic peyote, then sit in a circle and chant and pound drums for hours. Eventually some of the people would become possessed by their gods and begin speaking the eerie languages of the spirit world.
Many of the African slaves who were brought to America and forced to accept Christianity were unable to read the Bible for themselves.
The reason God gives us His Spirit is to restore in us His image-not to rob us of all dignity and self control! I have spoken in tongues for years and know it is from God!" As Christians, we should never base our conclusions on how we feel.
Revelation is telling us that in the last days, God's people are to be called out of Babylon and its confusing counterfeit religious systems.
Today the devil is using a counterfeit gift of the Spirit -a pagan form of the gift of tongues- to gain access to the church of God and destroy it from within. How could the apostles go out preaching to all the world when they spoke only one or two languages? And there appeared unto them cloven [divided] tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
God chose this timely opportunity to bestow this gift of tongues upon the disciples so they could preach to the visiting Jews in their native languages. It is not called the gift of ears for the listeners, but the gift of tongues for the speakers. Because there were obvious language barriers at this meeting, Peter likely began to preach through an interpreter.


Most likely they spoke in languages common throughout the Roman Empire, since that would be practical for spreading the Gospel. Evidently some of the members would pray, testify, or preach in languages unknown to the others present. Consequently, if there is no interpreter, the speaker is simply speaking into the air and the only ones present who know what is being said are God and himself.
But Paul makes it clear that different gifts are given to different people, and no one is expected to have all the gifts. Yet out of more than 50 examples in the Bible where God filled His people with the Spirit, only three times is tongues connected with the experience. I used to wonder why, if this was a message from God, wouldn't He give it to us in English the first time.
Before long, several were spasmodically muttering as they experienced their tormenting visions. See Acts 28:3-6.) For people to hunt down and pick up deadly snakes in order to prove that they have the Holy Spirit is, in reality, tempting God! From there, leaders continued to refine the doctrines and make them more attractive and palatable to other mainline Christians. The dominant, repetitious rhythms and syncopated beat disarm the higher reasoning powers and put the subconscious mind in a hypnotic state.
Some of these charismatic churches go so far as to say that the Bible is the old letter, and that messages which come through tongues are fresh revelations of the Spirit and therefore more dependable.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (verses 2, 4).
There are some basic requirements for receiving this most precious gift of the Holy Spirit. Sinon, a Greek spy inside Troy, persuaded the Trojans to bring the horse within the city walls, saying that to do so would mysteriously make Troy invincible. After all, Jesus' disciples were very bright, even though most of them were not formally educated. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? At least 15 different language groups were represented in the crowd that day (Acts 2:9-11)! Furthermore, the sign was not ears of fire on the listeners, but tongues of fire on the ones preaching. But when the Holy Ghost fell upon Cornelius and his household, the Jews with Peter could understand the Gentiles speaking in languages other than their native tongues. Luke does not say that they received a form of tongues different from the first two examples, so we must assume that it was the same type of gift given at Pentecost. This is why Paul commanded that if they spoke in a tongue unknown to the majority, they should remain silent unless there was someone there to interpret or translate (1 Corinthians 14:28). Clearly, the entire purpose of tongues is to cross language barriers and communicate the gospel! Today the charismatic churches are by far the most popular among the Native Americans because it is such an easy and natural transition from their old religions. A true Christian should be willing to surrender every cherished view and practice on the altar of God's will and forsake any practice that may be questionable-no matter how popular, accepted, or beloved among other Christians. We carried it proudly all the way back to one of their houses and proceeded to patch the hole with a piece of plywood and tar. In order to fulfill the great commission, He promised to give them a unique gift from the Holy Spirit. In other words, it's not polite to speak in a language that your audience cannot understand. I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Delphi was also sacred to Dionysus, the god associated with wine, fertility, and sensual dance, and to the nine Muses, patron goddesses of music.
There are some things that are highly esteemed among men but are an abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15). Remember that the confusion of tongues at Babel was not a blessing of the Spirit, but rather a curse for their rebellion. After killing the Trojan guards, they opened the gates to the waiting Greek soldiers, and Troy was captured and burned. It was a miraculous, supernatural ability to speak foreign languages they had not formerly studied or known for the purpose of spreading the Gospel. Then, after Pentecost, they in turn carried their new faith home to their respective countries.


Listen to these plain statements from the apostle: "Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest" (1 Corinthians 14:15,16)? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? One of the boys found a canoe paddle in the weeds and we three got into the boat and started to paddle out.
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. We feverishly paddled with that one oar and bailed out the water with our hands and an old can. Barely we made it to shore and got out just before the boat sank below the water and headed downstream.
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. Wet, cold and shaking the three of us headed home knowing we would never tell our parents of this stupid adventure.
We were lucky to be alive and it was only by Goda€™s grace that I can live to tell about it. Sometimes that other road will bring you back to your original path and sometimes it will take you farther away from it.
But God used him to gather and lead his people out of Pharaoha€™s slavery and split the Red Sea in two.A  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was cast into prison but became the second most powerful person inEgypt.
Or, maybe just maybe a smile or a kind word from you to a stranger may just prevent them from going home and ending their own life and their grandson will some day save the world.
He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people's hearts.
Throw your troubled waters out of your boat and paddle on down that river of life with Him at your side.
You have ears, but you don't really listen.Psalm 13:2 -- How long must I worry and feel sad in my heart all day? I have been praying for something to happen for 4A? years now and what I prayed for was not granted. Leta€™s speak of reality a€“ He is God and He can do what He wants to or not do what He doesna€™t want to. We cannot command the Lord to do anything whether we do it in pleading, tears, anger, or desperation.
If God has the will, He may answer our prayers about life but nothing says that He absolutely has to. All we have is the hope that he will hear us, see what we are going through, and grant us a little drop of His mercy in this life. He will cure a cancer, heal the deaf, grow an arm back or bring someone back to life but that does not mean He will do it all the time. He has given us guidance through His word (the Bible) and occasionally gives us a nudge or lesson to learn from but basically kicks us out of the nest like the mother bird does to face the challenges of life. I get so frustrated at times that my prayers are not answered and I have to keep reminding myself that this is my life and I need to deal with it on my own sometimes. Their job is to preach the message to inspire, encourage, and give hope to their congregations. If we are to be an example of His mercy to others, it can only be done with people of lesser stature than us.
He wants us to spread the Gospel and not make up stories of what He has done for us personally in life.
Just show others how you believe in His salvation and forgiveness and tell them of His Word. He has promised everything in His kingdom of Heaven to those who accept His Son as Lord and Savior. Life here is just a temporary setback, trial and test to see if we are worthy of everlasting life sharing in His love -- or without it in a very dark place.
So accept His Son as your Lord and claim the only real promise that He made to us --- Forgiveness and Salvation.



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