Why The Word Must Take Preeminence

A few weeks ago the Pope, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, said there is no hell. The whole of
Christianity was aghast that he would say such a thing. Why would he say such a thing and why would
everyone be standing there with their jaws on the ground?
To the first question, I don’t know why a man that made a life of trying to keep people out of hell would
turn around and say there is no hell. It kinda flies in the face of reason.
So, why is everybody else upset. Well it is like this. If there is no hell then by shear logic there is no
heaven. And, if you continue to go down the line of logic there is no devil and there is no God. So, the
Pope said that there was no reason for Jesus Christ to have come to Earth and no reason to save
mankind from their sins. In other words there is no punishment for living an evil life and no rewards for
living by the edicts of God. He has turned the Roman Catholic Church to the philosophy of the
Epicureans “let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
This is where most people’s heads start to spin, they throw their hands up and walk away. This sort of
thing is why Christianity has become a laughing stock to the rest of the world. So, what do you do?
The ONE RULE to hold on to, the ONE RULE to cling to, like a little girl holding a doll in a gale, is that THE
BIBLE IS THE AUTHORITY. It has the preeminence and it is our only guide for faith and practice.
Men may come and men may go, but, God liveth and abideth forever. Patrick Henry said that he would
live to see the day when no one would read the Bible. Patrick Henry died over two hundred years ago
and there are millions still reading the Bible.
What man says, even the Pope, doesn’t matter unless it lines up with the written, revealed Word of
God.
So, let’s take a look at what the Bible says
Revelation 1:17-18 (KJV)
17 And when I saw him (Jesus Christ), I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying
unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of
hell and of death.
Why does Jesus Christ have the keys to hell and death? Because he is our redeemer and without him no
one would rise from the dead.
2 Peter 2:1-9 (KJV)
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers
among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought
them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil
spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose
judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them
into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness,
bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow,
making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul
from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto
the day of judgment to be punished:
Yep, I told you that there is a hell and there is punishment. Did you know that part of our hope is to see
all those that persecuted us here on earth get their just desserts in the end?
2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (KJV)
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith
groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your
persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of
the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven
with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of
our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the
glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe
(because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
God is real, Heaven is real, Jesus Christ is real and what Jesus Christ accomplished here on Earth
is real.
Genesis 1:1 (KJV)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
In the beginning GOD! God created the heaven and the earth not man, not Patrick Henry or the
Pope or any other man or woman. Not only did God create the earth He sent His son to save us.John 3:14-17 (KJV)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might
be saved.
Psalm 33:12-22 (KJV)
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his
own inheritance.
13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much
strength.
17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
No man is saved by his strength and no man is saved by his intellect. We are SAVED by believing that
Jesus is lord and that God raised him from the dead. Part of the being saved package is that we go to
heaven.
Ephesians 1:8-14 (KJV)
8 Wherein he (God) hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath
purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him
who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the
praise of his glory.
Well, I got off the subject of the authority of God’s Word. That’s OK because you need to know what the
Bible says about life and death and Heaven and hell.But, what about the authority of God’s Word?
2 Peter 1:16-21 (KJV)
16 For we (the Apostles) have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto
you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him
from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto
a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The Bible didn’t come by the will of man. It came from God
Galatians 1:11-12 (KJV)
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
How did Paul get the Epistles that he wrote? By revelation!
Psalm 138:2 (KJV)
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for
thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
God didn’t magnify man above His name nor did He magnify the stars or the hills or anything else. He
magnified His WORD.
There has been and will continually be men that try to disparage and to laugh at the Bible. Don’t pay any
attention to them no matter what position they hold. Stay with and in the Word and you will reap the
rewards for all eternity

The Benefits of Speaking in Tongues

I have been writing articles about 1speaking in tongues, the manifestation of the holy spirit, what we
receive when we confess with our mouths that Jesus is lord and believe in our hearts that God raised
him from the dead (Rom. 10:9,10.) Speaking in tongues has been in the Bible all this time, but, it is
almost entirely missed by the Christian community or, as some denominations do, they mix it with
practices unbecoming of the Christian Church and its members. So, tonight I would like to share with
you what speaking in tongues does for the believer.
First, let’s look at Acts chapter two.
Acts 2:1-11 (KJV)
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they, the apostles, were all with one accord in
one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the
house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because
that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these
which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and
Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of
Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
So, speaking in tongues IS speaking the wonderful works of God.
Acts 10:44-46 (KJV)
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 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.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Speaking in tongues MAGNIFIES God.
When God gives us holy spirit it comes with nine manifestations. One of those manifestations is
speaking in tongues. When we operate a manifestation, such as speaking in tongues or any other
1 You can find all of my articles at www.truthandtheamericanway.comof the nine, it is our freewill decision to operate that manifestation, but, it is God that supplies the
information, power, words. So it is God, who is The Holy Spirit, energizing, in each believer,
His gift in us, which is holy spirit. That is why in Romans 8:16 it says:
Romans 8:16 (KJV)
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
God is bearing witness with us when we speak in tongues that we are His children!
Romans 8:17 (KJV)
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him,
that we may be also glorified together.
Not only does He bear witness, with us, that we are His children, but also, that we are heirs of
God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
It sounds to good, but, it is true!
Now knowing how God energizes the spirit within a Christian let’s look at Romans 8:26-28.
Romans 8:26-28 (KJV)
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
People for centuries have misunderstood verse 28 and they take it out of context and say
“whatever is going on in your life is ok because everything works for good. So, if you love God
and your sick that’s ok because it all works for good.” “If you are having financial troubles it’s
ok because it all works for good.” Well that is absolutely wrong. If this were the case then we
would not have needed a Savior, the Bible wouldn’t be filled with God beseeching us to claim
His help and deliverance.
Context, you have to understand this verse in light of the context.
So, knowing that God energizes the spirit within let’s reread these three verses.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Likewise the holy spirit which God gives when we do Romans 10:9,10 helps our infirmity (singular) and
that infirmity is that sometimes we don’t know what we should pray for. We see a situation or we hear
about someone’s need, but aren’t sure what to pray for, so, we can pray in tongues for that situation
and our spirit makes intercession for us. It is perfect prayer.
1 Corinthians 14:15 (KJV)
15 What is it then? 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.So, there is prayer with the understanding and perfect prayer by means of speaking in tongues.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And He that searcheth the hearts ( who searches the heart? God) knows what is the purpose, the intent,
of the spirit in the man because when the man speaks in tongues for a situation the spirit makes
intercession for the Christians according to the will of God.
We know that when we speak in tongues we are speaking God’s will because he is the one doing the
energizing!
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
Therefore, because of our ability to pray for a situation by speaking in tongues, we know that God is in
the situation and He will provide. Note, also, the use of the word “saints.” Saint are not dead people
from centuries gone by, they are the set apart ones, the Christians.
Speaking in Tongues is perfect prayer.
1 Corinthians 14:2 (KJV)
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man
understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
When you speak in tongues your are speaking the mysteries, divine secrets of God.
1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV)
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself
When you speak in tongues you edify, you build yourself up spiritually.
1 Corinthians 14:17 (KJV)
17 For thou verily givest thanks well
When you speak in tongues you give thanks well. To whom are you giving thanks well to? God!
1 Corinthians 14:21 (KJV)
21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet
for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
It is written in Isaiah.
Isaiah 28:11-12 (KJV)
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing:
yet they would not hear.When you speak in tongues it is rest to your soul.
1 Corinthians 14:22 (KJV)
22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but
prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
In the Church, when someone speaks in tongues and interprets, it is a sign to the uninitiated ones that
there IS power in the Church. Power to heal, power to deliver, power to bless people’s lives!
Ephesians 3:16 (KJV)
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his
Spirit in the inner man;
What is the inner man? It is the spiritual part of a Christian, it is the Christ within. How do you
strengthen and build this spiritual side of a Christian up? You can’t feed it hamburgers and French fries
and the Bible is in the senses world. By studying it you build yourself of mentally. There is only one way
to strengthen the spirit and it is by spirit, it is by speaking in tongues.
Jude 1:19-20 (KJV)
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
You don’t pray so much that you can pray God into a room. How silly! Look at the context! Verse
nineteen says they didn’t have the spirit. They weren’t born again of God’s spirit. They were not
Christians. BUT, but, but, but, but you build yourselves up, you strengthen yourselves by praying in the
holy spirit which is speaking in tongues.
Let me remind you in closing that no one curses Jesus Christ when they speak in tongues and no man
can truly say Jesus is lord, but, by speaking in tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:3 (KJV)
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:
and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost

Climb Back Into Daddy’s Arms

I had a particularly trying two days last week and after they were done I thought about the people in the
World, the Christians and especially YOU! Everybody has trying times, once in a while, but, what
happens during and after is what this article is about.
You see, as Christians, we have an adversary. He is called the prince of the World, Satan and the Devil
just to name a few and he doesn’t want the Christian to prosper. So, he goes about to make inroads into
your mind so you will not/cannot believe the Bible and more specifically the promises of God and what
He says about you!
Have you ever thought about how the Brain works? How it gathers information, processes it and acts on
it? Our brains work exactly like a computer. What you allow into your mind is what you will become. It
will be how you think of yourself, how you see the World and how you will interact and ultimately
succeed or fail. All of this lies within your ability to control what goes into your mind.
What you watch on TV, what you read, what you listen to, who you hang around and who you are
friends with.
The Bible calls the positive programming of the mind by studying God Word the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
WHY and what does that mean?
When you are born of God’s spirit (Rom. 10:9,10) God creates spirit in you. You are now, spiritually, a
new man or woman. What is funny about this is that you cannot see, smell, hear, taste or touch spirit.
The only tools that we have to learn with. What we have to do is go to the fountainhead from which you
learned how to be born again to find out everything you have, who you are and how to operate what
you have. Not only that, but, how to interact with the World and other Christians. This process is called
the renewing of the mind.
There is another aspect to this renewing of the mind and that is unlike a computer. We sometimes can’t
stop the information coming to our minds. So, the World is trying to program your mind to think it’s way
and God calls you to program your brain to what He says about you. That is where I was for two days. I
had programmed my mind on who I am in Christ and I knew that God was with me and talks with me,
but, after two wearying days of confrontation I was tired and felt beat up. Have you ever felt this way?
Usually, the average person when in a situation like this will just go on with life and wait for time to blur
the memories of the event/programing. But, there is a much faster way to cleanse your mind and heal
up and that is to renew your mind.
Now that you know how the mind works and you know the fountainhead of all truth you can reprogram
your mind to think the positive thoughts of God’s Word.
The World will tell you that you are no good, that you won’t amount to anything and that you won’t win.
On the contrary God tells us that He loves us, that we are more than conquerors and that we will bevictorious! He tells us that we are His and He comforts us by His words. When you start seeing and
believing these words it is like a small child climbing into his daddy’s arms for comfort and love.
1 John 4:10 (KJV)
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for
our sins.
1 Corinthians 1:5 (KJV)
5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV)
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all
comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any
trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Galatians 1:3-5 (KJV)
3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the
will of God and our Father:
5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 John 5:4 (KJV)
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world,
even our faith.
Romans 8:35-39 (KJV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now in this programming of the mind there are two ways to program the mind and neither one will due
by itself. The first is to study to show yourself approved unto God.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth.
I liken this to having a pitcher of muddy water. The only way you can clear the mud out is to keep
pouring clear water into the pitcher until it flushes out the mud.
By the way, part “B” of this is to stop listening to the World. Stop the negatives that bombard you every
day!Part two is to keep your mind focused on one verse of scripture until your mind changes. Salesmen the
world over know this and practice this. They will stand in front of the mirror and keep repeating that
they are strong and great salesmen. They will do this until their mind changes and they start believing it.
How much more you can do with the greatness of the power of God when you change your mind and
start to believe!
Ephesians 1:19 (KJV)
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of
his mighty power.
Here is one verse that is great for this purpose.
I confess that I have been delivered from the power of darkness by my lord and savior Jesus Christ.
(paraphrased from Col. 1:13.)
Another is:
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them (all the evil wicked things of this World:) because
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Look, the World and the things of the World will always vote against you. God will always vote for you.
How you vote will determine the outcome.
So study God’s Word to know who you are and then when the World gets you down just climb into the
loving arms of God by coming back to His word and seeing how important you are and how much He
cares for you.

BUT FIRST THE RESURRECTION

Most of Christendom espouses I Corinthians 2:2 “For I determined not to know anything among you
except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Everywhere you look you see the cross, on steeples, on necklaces
on the covers of Bibles etc.. It is always about Jesus Christ and him crucified. However, by only going as
far as Jesus Christ’s crucifixion the unsaved stays in the state of sin and iniquity.
Why? Because there is no power there. If all Jesus Christ did was to accomplish miracles while he walked
the earth and then died then all hope and all power to and for the believer would have been lost.
Ephesians 2:12
That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers
from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Neither does the sinners prayer get you any closer to salvation because that is a work of the flesh.
According to Ephesians 2:9 we are not saved by works. You don’t confess your sins. You confess the
savior from sin the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was declared to be the Son of God by his works while he was on earth. But, now he has
been declared to be the Son of God by power never before seen on earth.
Romans 1:4 4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the
resurrection from the dead.
Now, because Christ rose from the dead God has called to YOU!
Romans 1:5&6 5By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all
nations, for his name: 6Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 2:8,9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest
any man should boast.
We see, now, that the doctrine of the modern church is lacking the key ingredient in the road to
salvation. Many good intentioned ministers have led their followers down a dead end road and many
good intentioned people will wake up in the last day to find themselves outside the pail of Christianity.
However it is so easy to be assured of heaven and salvation, but, first you must understand the
resurrection! It is in the resurrection that we find our salvation!
In I Corithinians 2:6-9 it says the devil would not have crucified Jesus Christ if he knew what was coming
after the crucifixion.I Corinthinians 2:6-9
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the
princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the
hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this
world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him.
So something great was coming and it was kept secret from before the world began and that something
was the resurrection of Christ and all that that encompasses.
Let’s look at some of the verses dealing with the resurrection.
John 11:25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet
shall he live.
When the apostles were choosing someone to take Judas’s place the one criteria that they had was that
that person had to be a witness of the resurrection.
Acts 1:22,23
Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out
among us, 22Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must
one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Acts 4:33
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace
was upon them all.
Philippians 3:4-10
4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof
he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of
Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6Concerning zeal, persecuting the
church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ. 8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the
knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but
dung, that I may win Christ,
9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is
through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10That I may know him, and the
power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings. The great apostle Paul, the one to whom the great mystery was revealed to, gave up all that he
had, his position as a Pharisee and all of his wealth for one thing; that is he could know Christ Jesus and
the power of his, Jesus Christ’s, resurrection.
Now we must ask ourselves why the resurrection, what is so important about the resurrection?
Romans 10:9,10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and
with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The word saved is the Greek word sozo. Sozo means completely whole. Whole in every aspect.
Physically, mentally, spiritually, financially whole.
I Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever.
This is the beginning of the Christian walk! It is being born again of God’s spirit. Beloved now are we the
sons of God (I John 3:2.)
All of God’s goodness to the Christian is available to you when you understand the resurrection and
confess, the savior from sin, Jesus as Lord in and of your life

Christianity Is Not a Religion

I tell people this all the time “Christianity is not a religion!” But, a lot of times it falls on deaf ears. I think,
perhaps, it it because people don’t know what a religion is or they have been taught, all their lives, that
“Christianity is one of the major religions.” People see in Christian Churches similar practices as the
major religions, so, it is hard to see the difference. Frankly, the leaders of the so called “Christian
Churches” don’t know any better. Tonight I want to explain, to you, the difference between a religion
and Christianity.
First, let me give you a definition of “religion.”
Dictionary.com says that reliion is “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed
upon by a number of persons or sects:”
The 1828 version of the American Dictionary of the English Language defines religion as “consisting in
the belief of a superior power or powers governing the World and in the worship of such power or
powers.”
If you look at these two definitions, closely, you will see that the underlying basis of religion is Man
chooses, man decides and then the worshipers are obligated to rules and regulations of that religion.
All religions are manmade.
In Contrast Christianity is God made, God chosen, and God implemented! It is what God wrought in
Christ Jesus when He raised Christ from the dead and set him at his own right hand.
God chose you before the foundation of the World.
Ephesians 1:3-4 (KJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be
holy and without blame before him in love:
God paid for you.
John 3:16 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 3:23-25 (KJV)
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness
for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;1 John 2:2 (KJV)
2 And he, Jesus Christ, is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the
whole world.
Propitiation means payment. God paid for our sins with the blood of His only begotten son. Have
you ever asked yourself “why” He did it. We weren’t worthy. We were dead in trespasses and
sins. We were without God and we were without hope. So, why did he allow His only begotten
son to die for us?
1 John 4:10 (KJV)
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for
our sins.
1 John 4:8 (KJV)
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
He did it because we needed it.
God is not a God of fire and brimstone. God does not want strike you down with lightning. God loves
you and wants to give you the best and the best part of this is that you didn’t have to be good to get it
because you could never be good enough. Israel tried it for centuries and never got it right. So, all we
have to do is believe.
Religion is a system of have to. Religion is a system of do’s and don’ts. Do this, don’t do that.
Christianity is wrapped up in the word “done!” It has all been done for you by God and Jesus Christ.
Because of what they accomplished we bask in the glory of what we have been given. We have been
made righteous.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of
God in him.
We have peace.
Romans 5:1 (KJV)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:Ephesians 2:14 (KJV)
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition
between us;
God has set us for heaven and nothing can stop us from going. (Eph. 2:6)
We have sanctification, redemption, justification. We have the holy spirit of promise. We have been
given the right and privilege of being a super conqueror in this World by believing what we in Christ
Jesus.
We also, have the privilege of walking with and talking with God! You see Christianity is not a religion it
is the way of a father with His children.
1 John 3:1-3 (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he
that is in the world.
I am reminded that God hides us under the shadow of His wings. This is a figure of speech showing us
how much God loves us and cares for us. The pictures that I have included show the tenderness, the
warmth and the love that God has for His children and how He wants to protect you.
Psalm 17:6-8 (KJV)
6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my
speech.
7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their
trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,We don’t have to “do” to be righteous, he made us righteous. Because we have been given so
much, when we see it, really see it we want to give to others, we want to walk the Christ walk.
We walk through this life rejoicing and having a Father/son, Father/daughter relationship with
the One, True God

The Gathering Together – Our Hope

There are many story lines and many ideas that the World uses or touts as truth that, in fact, are truths
taken from the Bible and twisted to fit a different agenda. One of these truths is called The Gathering
Together. However, the secular World call it the ascendance.
The way secular man has described it is when man get’s smart enough here on Earth then they become
enlightened and then turn into energy or light and float off into a different dimension or higher reality. I
have seen this portrayed in all sorts of movies and in writings from popular writers of today. I don’t want
to name names because I want to focus on God and the things of God. But, I bet if you thought about it
for a minute you could come up with at least three articles or movies where this was the topic.
This concept, although based in the Bible, is totally in error! The truth is much bigger and much more
exciting than that. First, no one ever will “ascend” by being smart, nor will anyone “ascend” by how
good they are. Also, no one will “ascend” just because mankind has evolved! Why?
You have to understand that this World is temporary. Everything in it is temporary. The trees, the seas,
the birds, fish and animals are temporary. At some point in time all of this will vanish away and a new
Heaven and a new Earth will take it’s place.
Because we are temporal (earthly,) and temporary, most of us will die, and because Adam committed
high treason and gave his dominion of the Earth to the Devil and because Israel rejected the Messiah,
Jesus Christ and because the Devil crucified Jesus Christ when he had no right to AND finally because
God Raised Jesus Christ from the dead and seated him on His own right hand, it became available for
anyone to “ascend.” The prerequisite is to confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, Jesus as Lord in your
life and to believe that God not only had the power to, but, actually raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
By doing this you are given a spiritual body. You don’t have to wait for it. It is created in you in a
moment of time. That “moment” in the Bible is the word “atom.” That is how quick God creates spirit in
you. Not in a minute, not in a second, not in a split second BUT in an atom of time. This sets the
Christian up for the gathering together.
Did you know that the only people going to heaven are Christians? Thaaat’s right! Everyone else, if they
are good in this life, are promised paradise which is here on the new Earth.
There are two scriptures that I want to share with you and the first is in I Corinthians chapter 15.
1 Corinthians 15:20 (KJV)
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept (died).
1 Corinthians 15:21-24 (KJV)
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he
shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (KJV)
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may
chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts,
another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and
the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:
for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a
spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a
quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that
which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also
that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
There is so much information in this short that I can’t cover it all in this article, but, I do want to point
out a few things. First, there is a resurrection of the good people and a second resurrection of the bad orevil people. The good people, those not born again of God’s spirit live in eternity in paradise. The evil
ones are banished from God’s presence. But, there is another group that are not resurrected because to
be resurrected everyone must be dead. This group is given a pass to heaven long before the
resurrections. This record in I Thessalonians talks about what happens to the Christians.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them (the Christians) which are
asleep (dead), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them (the Christians) also which
sleep (are dead and waiting for return of Jesus Christ) in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord shall not prevent (this is the old English word for precede) them which are
asleep (dead).
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The dead Christians rise first and then the Christians that are still living at the first return of our
Lord Jesus Christ will be changed. Changed into what? Spiritual Beings! That’s what! Then it
says we meet the Lord in the air, so shall we ever be with the Lord. Where is Jesus Christ now?
In Heaven! Where will he be in the future? In Heaven! Where will the Christians be? In Heaven!
That is why it says in Ephesians chapter two that we are already seated in Heaven!
Here is another point. There are TWO (2) returns of our Lord Jesus Christ. The first is his return
for his saints, the Christians. The second time he returns it is with his saints.
Ephesians 2:4-9 (KJV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together (made us spiritually alive) with Christ, (by
grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us
through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The comfort of I Thess.4:18 is in knowing that no matter how temporary our lives may be and no
matter how many trials and tribulations your endure in this life, there is a time coming that not
only you, but, your loved ones who are Christians and all other Christians, that have died, are
gathered together at the same time as spiritual beings and then hand in hand, rejoicing as we go,
go to Heaven!

A Study of I Corinthians 14 (Part 2)

In our continued study of I Corinthians chapter fourteen we will proceed with verses twenty
three through forty.
Remember we are dealing with the operations of the manifestations of the gift of holy spirit
WITHIN the church (group of believers.)
1 Corinthians 14:23-40 (KJV)
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and
there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
One of the greatest deceptions by the Devil himself is to use well meaning Christians to queer
the use of the manifestations so that when level headed people, Christians or not, look at the
goings on in the Church that they become repulsed by the insanity. That is what was happening
in the Church in Corinth AND it is happening today in the Pentecostal Churches today. Sheer
insanity. Multiple people speaking in tongues all at one time. In today’s Churches there is rolling
in the isles, slain in the spirit and a multitude of other nonsense that only hurts the church.
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is
convinced of all, he is judged of all:
“All” at once? No, a thousand times no. Hang in there because Paul is about to tell us HOW and
WHEN to operate the manifestations in the Church.
When faithful believers prophesy people are edified and loving reproved.
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will
worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a
doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto
edifying.
Let me point out that there is nothing wrong with the manifestations. What is wrong is the
peoples misuse of those manifestations. For example, if someone gave me a trumpet and I played
it in a band or in front of a crowd that paid to see me play that would be proper usage of the
trumpet. But, if I took that trumpet and started blowing it in a library or where someone is giving
a speech it would be wrong usage. Nothing wrong with the trumpet!
27 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.
So, HERE is how it is supposed to be done! If, in the Church, a person speaks in tongues, he
must interpret and let only two or the most three speak in tongues and interpret or prophesy and
let one speak and when he/she is done the next one can speak and after him the third can speak.
“let one interpret” should be let THAT one interpret. There is no such thing as one speaking in
tongues and another interpreting, period.28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself,
and to God.
If you don’t know how to speak in tongues AND interpret then you should sit there and be quite.
You can always speak in tongues quietly praying perfect prayers.
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
If there are men/women with a gift ministry let them speak, in course, first, second, third and let
the others in the congregation weigh their words.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
That is right! God is at work, by revelation, with in the gift ministries. One prophet may receive
revelation from God and not the other. So, the one that did not receive revelation is to sit there
and be quiet.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
“Ye,” ye who? Ye, the prophets, ye the ones ordained of God, may all prophesy, if God reveals
things to you, but it has to be one by one so that the whole congregation is edified and
comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
Let me shout this so that you understand THE SPIRIT OF THE PROPHETS IS SUBJECT TO
THE PROPHETS. That means that there is NONE of this stuff of God using or taking over the
person. No gibberish, no crazy antics only harmony and order! Any time you cannot control the
spirit qwithin it is not holy spirit, it is from the devil.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but
they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
Verse 34 has been used to literally oppress women. People have used this to say women have no
place for leadership or speaking in the Church. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The body
of Christ is made up of both Jews and Gentiles as well as Men and Women! We have ALL
become a member of the body of Christ and as such have inalienable rights within the body. That
includes the operation of ALL of the manifestations of holy spirit as well as God prerogative to
call any one of us, man or woman, to the ministry.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for
women to speak in the church.36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
What are verses 34 through 36 saying? Who are they speaking to? In the Church at Corinth men
of God would bring their families to Church. These men of God, prophets, would get revelation
from God and they would start to speak and their wives would interrupt them and try to correct
or ask them something. Could you imagine Moses or Joshua or Elijah standing before the
Children of Israel and laying it on the line as God had told them and right in the middle their
wife interrupts them?? That wouldn’t have lasted more than five seconds. However, it was
happening in the Church at Corinth. God says, you wives be quiet! If you want to talk to your
husbands do it at home!
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that
I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Amen to that! Thousand maybe millions of born again Christians with all the latent abilities that
God put in every Christian and, yet, they refuse to operate, they refuse to listen and they fight
against the commandments of God.
39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
And the sum of this whole chapter is LET ALL THINGS, ESPECIALLY IN THE CHURCH,
BE DONE DECENTLY AND IN ORDER!
What a wonderful God and what a wonderful opportunity we have to bless the Church when we
know HOW to speak in tongues and interpret AND prophesy

A Study of I Corinthians 14 (part one)

Without an understanding of the connection between I Corinthians chapter twelve, thirteen and
fourteen you will not get the great understanding of I Corinthians chapter fourteen. As we saw, in
previous articles, chapter twelve deals with the gift of holy spirit and the operations of that gift.
Chapter thirteen teaches us that there is a better way than needing gift ministries of apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and that is for each member of the body of Christ to
operate the love of in the renewed mind in manifestation. Therefore, each one of us builds up the
body of believers. Now in chapter fourteen God is explaining how to conduct ourselves within a
group of Christians.
In studying I Corinthians chapter fourteen we have to, as we go through it, use the principles of
Biblical research that I have taught in previous articles, namely 1) when using the King James
Version of the Bible the italicized words were man added and could be correct or they could be
way off base. Howbeit, they have no authority and we can keep them or delete them as the
scripture dictates. 2) we have to use the Greek to see if the words were translated correctly. 3)
We must understand the context.
1 Corinthians 14:1-22 (KJV)
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
Charity is the love of God that we as Christians manifest when we study the Bible and practice
the principals directly given to the Christians.
The word “gifts” is in italics and is wrongly supplied. The Greek word is pheumaticos and means
things of the spirit or spiritual matters. But, more so, that you may prophesy. Where? Why?
We are talking about “HOW” to conduct ourselves in the Church. So, when we are in a body of
believers we are to Pursue a walk of love and covet the things of the spirit, but, more than that, in
the Church seek to prophesy.
There are two types of prophesying. Did you know that? Yup, there is! The first is “fore” telling
much like we think about in the Old Testament where men of God told what was going to
happen in the future. But, most of the prophesy is not that but is “forth” telling.
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man
understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
The word “unknown” could be removed or could be left. However, the word “him” has to be
deleted because there were, on the Day of Pentecost, men that understood what the Apostles
were saying. When a person speaks in tongues the only one guaranteed not to understand is the
person speaking. Otherwise, it would be a known language to that individual.
Understand that the word “he” is an inclusive noun and implies both men and women and
children too.3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort
.
So here it is. The REASON that we are to desire to prophesy IN THE CHURCH, is so that we
can edify (build up) the body of believers, exhort them to a more worthy endeavor and to
comfort them.
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the
church.
Delete the word “unknown” it is too confusing. Once you get rid of the confusing word
“unknown” this verse is very simple.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that
prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive
edifying.
Why, why, why? Why would a person be greater? As you will see, Paul is explaining in verses
6-25 that we are to build up the Church and you can not do that if people don’t understand what
you are saying. That is why he that prophesies is greater than he that doesn’t or that only speaks
in tongues.
Let me, also, explain that prophesy and speaking in tongues with interpretation are similar. They
both edify the body.
6 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?
7 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?
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be
known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without
signification.
11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a
barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the
edifying of the church.
Scratch out the word “gifts” it should be spiritual matters.
Bingo! In the Body of Believers the whole purpose is for people to be blessed and you can’t do
that by using the manifestation of speaking in tongues wrongly.
13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.Scratch out the word “unknown.” Let him that speaketh in a tongue BELIEVE to interpret as
well. You don’t have to pray and then wait for an answer from God! You have to believe to
operate what God has already given you.
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Scratch out the word “unkown.”
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, in my personal prayer life, and I will pray with the
understanding also: I will sing with the spirit in my personal prayer life, and I will sing with the
understanding also.
16 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?
Otherwise, when you speak in tongues and don’t interpret in a fellowship no one will understand
what you are saying.
17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
Do you see what is going on? In my personal prayer life I can speak in tongues all I want, but, in
the Church nobody will understand me unless I interpret. That way everyone gets blessed.
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
This is the great Apostle Paul who says that he spoke in tongues more than the whole Corinthian
Church put together. Now if he spoke in tongues wouldn’t it behoove us to follow his lead?
19 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.
How simple this is. How Paul loved the Church and how he wanted to bless them. But, speaking
in tongues in a fellowship without interpretation is wrong! Speaking in tongues is of God,
speaking in tongues is perfect prayer, but, speaking in tongues in a fellowship without
interpretation only leads to confusion.
20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in
understanding be men.
What the Corinthians were doing was speaking in tongues in a fellowship and causing confusion.
Paul says, stop it and grow up.
21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people;
and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: butprophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
That is right! Speaking in tongues in a fellowship, done correctly which is to speak in tongues
WITH the interpretation is a sign to them that are unlearned that there is power, the power of
God, at work in the Church. Not only that, they hear the message from God, a message of
edification, exhortation and comfort.
Prophesy is specifically for those that are more mature believers, they aren’t neophytes. They
know the difference between a person talking and one bring forth a message from God. A
message of edification, exhortation and comfort

The Worth of a Soul

Have you ever asked yourself “what am I worth.” No, not what is in your bank account, but, how
precious, how important are YOU in the eyes of God? How important is your life? The answer is
simple. To God, you are worth more than the whole World. This is not a group thing, but, as an
individual you and your life are more precious to God than all the wealth of the World.
To start to see this great love God has for you let’s look at John 3:16.
John 3:15-17 (KJV)
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might
be saved.
God allowed His son to pay the ultimate price to allow each person to, by free will, believe to
eternal life. You see, when Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil he
committed high treason against God. What he did was transfer the power and authority that God
had given him to the Devil. Before the transgression of Adam he had dominion over the world.
Genesis 1:27-28 (KJV)
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created
he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and
subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living
thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 2:18-20 (KJV)
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for
him.
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and
brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living
creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for
Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
However, in Matthew chapter four the Devil, when tempting Jesus Christ, said he, the Devil, had
the dominion, the authority.
Matthew 4:8-10 (KJV)
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of
the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy
God, and him only shalt thou serve.
If the Devil didn’t have that dominion then Jesus Christ would have called him on this. Jesus
Christ was really good at seeing through lies. But, even though the Devil is the father of lies he
wasn’t lying about this.
Notice Jesus Christ’s response to this. Jesus Christ could have ruled the World, but he chose to
fulfill his mission here on Earth. And what was that mission?
Luke 4:18-19 (KJV)
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he
hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to
the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
His mission here on Earth was to help people! He could have had all the riches of the World! He could
have had all the praise and glory of men. But, instead, he chose to help mankind and redeem mankind.
Jesus Christ, never sinned, never broke fellowship with God. He had sinless blood. Not since Adam had a
man sinless blood, but, Jesus Christ did (Matt. 27:4.) So, because the Devil killed Jesus Christ (Hebrews
2:14), which he had no right to do, Jesus Christ was able to make a way whereby anyone that comes
unto him will be saved (Romans 10:910.)
So how important are you to God? He knows how many hairs you have on your head. This is a figure of
speech that means He knows everything about you and He cares for you (I Peter 5:7.)
Luke 12:7 (KJV)
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than
many sparrows.
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he
that is in the world.
Ye are OF God. Just think about that! You who were dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1) NOW you are
Of GOD. You are His child!
We place too much emphasis on what mankind thinks of us rather than on what God thinks of us. We
strive for the accolades of men and, yet, God says He loves us and He cares for us. How much easier
would life be if we focus on God’s opinion of us!
Isaiah 49:15-16 (KJV)
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
One of the most tender sensitive parts of the body are the palms of our hands. No one tattoos the palms
of their hands because it is too painful, but, God says He has tattooed your name on the palms of His
hands AND His palms, with your name written on them, is continually before Him. This again is a figure
of speech as to how much God loves you.
The World will tell you that you are no good. The World will tell you that you aren’t worth anything. But,
God is always there with you. God never leaves you or forsakes you and you are the apple of God’s eye

I Corinthians 13

To get the understanding of I Corinthians chapters twelve, thirteen and fourteen you must read
them as a whole, together. People have taken one or the other of the three chapters and lauded
them to the sky without regard to the other two chapters.
What these chapters are dealing with is the operation of the spirit. Chapter twelve shows us the
operations within the gift of holy spirit namely speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues,
prophesy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith miracles and gifts of
healing.
Chapter 13 shows us the more excellent way. The “way” is the operation of ministries and
leadership within the body. The “more excellent way” is that of love.
Chapter fourteen rounds this all out by explaining how the manifestations are to be operated in
the Church with everything being done decently and in order.
Below, I have given you chapter thirteen in from the King James version of the Bible. After that
I have expanded chapter thirteen so that you can get a better understanding.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (KJV)
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,
and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed
up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be
tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when
I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then
shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.1 Although I speak with the tongues of men or of angels (speaking in tongues is always the
language of men or of angels) and don’t have the love of God in operation (evidence) in my life,
I will either be as a noisy gong or a crashing cymbal, loud and noisy but of no benefit.
2 And though I have the ability to prophesy and to understand all mysteries and to understand all
knowledge and have so trained myself to believe big enough that I can say to a mountain “be
thou removed and cast into the sea” and it goes lfying into the sea and don’t have the love of God
in operation in my life, I am nothing.
3 And though I give all of my worldly possessions to feed the hungry and though I work myself
to the bone to help others, it doesn’t benefit me one little bit if I don’t do it with the love of God.
4 When you operate love of God in the renewed mind you are long on patience, you are kind,
you don’t envy, you don’t boast, you are not a braggard or haughty.
5 When you are operating the love of God according to the Word of God you will not act in an
inappropriate manner, you won’t seek your own glory or benefit, you won’t be easily provoked,
when you are operating the love of God in the renewed mind you will think no evil!
6 When you are operating the love of God according to the Word of God you will not rejoice in
wrong but you will rejoice in truth.
7 You will cover the faults of others with silence, you can believe for God’s deliverance in all
situations, you will look forward in anticipation to the promises of God and you will be able to
endure anything.
8 The love of God in the renewed mind in operation will never fail! But, at the end of the age
prophesies shall be done away with, there won’t be a need for speaking in tongues and the
manifestation of word of knowledge will cease because we will know even as we are known.
9 For God gives us pieces of knowledge by revelation and prophesy when needed
10 But, when Christ comes for his Church (I Thess.4:13-17) then the manifestations of holy
spirit, as we know them, will be done away with.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I
became a man, I put away childish things. So, it will be at the coming of Christ. The tools God
has given us to use will be put away and we will have the fullness of God.
12 For now we can’t see things clearly, but rather, as if we were looking at the world in a
reflection from polished brass,
13 And now these three – believing, hope and the love of God in the renewed mind in operation
will continue even after the gathering together of the Christians; but the greatest of these is God’s
love that you can manifest in this day and in this time.So, how do you get this love of God into operation?? Look at Romans 12:2
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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