We’ve all heard it. One side of the Body of Christ says that the gift of tongues and Gifts of the Spirit are for today, the other side says that they are not. Both take out their Bibles and their logical arguments and cause a commotion. Soon it leaves frustrated Christians on both sides and a secular world which sees it as Christians not getting along… again.
The best answer to this and to any Christian who wishes to know the truth about the Gifts of the Spirit is: ask Jesus what the truth is. Ask Him to reveal to you His truth and to not let the enemy influence you in this matter. And then, you wait for Him.
I have read and talked to many Christians concerning this and most of them never asked Jesus for the truth. They either got surprised by Jesus revealing the truth to them or they formed their own logical opinions based on their interpretation of scripture and/or their logical opinions based on what they’ve seen.
If you don’t think that this is true, all you have to do is read other articles on the internet or talk to your local Christian family. Ask yourself how you came to your belief about the Gifts of the Spirit.
Remember this: Jesus, when you ask Him, will reveal things in the Scripture to you as well as show you- in the world around you- what is His truth concerning this.
If you don’t ask Jesus, you will get caught up in your own opinions. How many times have we seen people who form opinions due to their interpretation of Scripture? Some people interpret “Jesus turned water into wine” as “Jesus turned water into grape juice (because He was against drunkenness)”. While others interpret “Jesus turned water into wine” as literal as it is read. Both have their own interpretation. That’s why you MUST ask Jesus for His truth.
God’s Word is infallible but your interpretation of it is fallible. Don’t let opinions keep you from the truth. Pride, reputation, belief and personal theology is never worth it.
To conclude- God bless you, dear reader! Blessings upon you that you may have the mind of Christ, wisdom, peace and ears to hear the Lord clearly! May your family also be blessed with the love of Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
The Ancient Jewish Wedding Ceremony
In an ancient Jewish wedding the father of a young man would search out a bride fit for his son to marry. Upon finding one suitable, the bridegroom would have to pay a “bride price” for her to her family. Usually the price was something valuable such as gold or land. To enter into the engagement, both the bride and the bridegroom would ceremoniously drink from a cup of wine to seal their marriage. Afterward, a contract was drawn to state the agreements made by both parties. The bridegroom promised and stated that he would take care of all her needs.
This begins a one to two year period where the two would not see each other. The bridegroom would return to his father’s house to prepare a place for the wedding and for the coming bride. The bride returned to her family’s house to prepare herself for the wedding day. The bridegroom’s coming was always sudden and unexpected but shortly preceded by his friend or friends to shout out the good news to the bride. Whether in the day or in the middle of the night, the bride was to be ready for her bridegroom. He would ‘kidnap’ her and take her back to the place he had prepared for her. The wedding celebration would then begin!
The Bride of Christ
Jesus revealed to us that He is the Bridegroom (Mark 2:18-20) (Luke 5:33-35) (John 3:27-29). His Father (God) searched for a bride for His Son (1 Peter 1:2) (Revelation 21:9) and found ‘her’. We, the ones that Jesus saved, are the Bride. Jesus then paid the bridal price which was His blood that was shed on the cross for us. In the Last Supper, Jesus gave communion which is the “engagement cup” and told those that would follow Him that He would not drink it again until that day of meeting in His Father’s kingdom, the day of the wedding (Matthew 26:26-29). The Bridegroom promised that He would take care of all our needs (Philippians 4:19)(Matthew 6:25-33).
Jesus returned to His Father’s house to prepare a place for us, His Bride (John 14:1-4). We are called to be prepared for the day that we will meet Him again (Matthew 24:42) (Matthew 25:23) (Mark 13:35). His sudden coming will be with a shout and the blast of a trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) (1 Corinthians 15:52-57)! The wedding wil then commence (Revelation 19:6-9)!
The Bride: Foolish or Wise
In Matthew 25:1-13, Jesus’ parable likens those in the kingdom of God to ten brides awaiting their bridegroom. Five of those brides were wise; the other five were foolish. The wise prepared themselves for the waiting period but the foolish didn’t. When the friend of the bridegroom came and alerted them to the Bridegroom’s coming, the wise went out to meet him while the foolish found themselves unprepared. While they were trying to prepare, the bridegroom closed the door to the wedding chambers. The foolish were stuck outside as the wise brides became the bridegroom’s wife.
It is this way with all who are saved, regardless of gender, age, race or background. Each one of us is either a foolish or wise bride. We are prepared for Jesus’ coming or we are not. Jesus doesn’t desire for anyone to be a foolish bride. In the gospels, He is recorded to often call us to be watchful, to be set apart from the world’s influence and to be ready for His coming and His kingdom.
[To be continued in Part Two- The Bride Makes Herself Ready…]
Have you ever wondered why stress, fear, worry and other emotional disorders are plaguing you when you are a child of the Most High God? Most of us accept it and believe we must suffer through it while we live this life. Others try to fight back by simply willing the stress or fear away. Yet, neither control or rid the problem. Living with it is not what the Bible teaches and forcing yourself to somehow be happy or calm is simply fighting the spiritual problem in the flesh. How do we then fight? How do we live in God’s promises? Below are a few keys concerning peace.
1.) God’s peace is not seasonal.
Upon accepting Jesus as our savior, Holy Spirit lives inside of us. Galatians 5:22 says that one of Holy Spirit’s fruit is peace. God’s fruit (peace) isn’t a seasonal fruit. In gardening, you can only grow and pick certain plants each season. In the spring you can harvest strawberries but if you were to try to plant and pick strawberries in the middle of winter, it would be difficult- if not impossible. However, God’s peace is available 24/7, 365 days a year for all of eternity. You can access it any time you need or want.
2.) Jesus has overcome all- including stress, worry, anger, fear, etc.
While on the cross, Jesus not only defeated sin but the effects of sin, (Isaiah 53:4-5). This world is still held in sin as well as the effects of sin because the world has not accepted Jesus’ sacrifice. While we are here, the enemy not only tempts us but tries to overcome us with many things such as fear, stress, anxiety and more. Jesus said in John 16:33 that He has already overcome the world… “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Because of His finished work on the cross, He has overcome everything. If we are His, we are over comers as well, (Romans 8:35-37).
3.) Things that “De-throne” God
Stress, worry and fear are forms of pride. To do these things is to literally take Almighty God off of the throne of our hearts and place ourselves back on the throne. We are making the statement that He can’t handle the issue(s) so we must take care of it ourselves. It is the opposite of faith.
Now, because we have lived in this world and trained ourselves to think like the world, we have the habit to go right back to worrying, fear and stress even if we are saved. But God has said that when we are redeemed and become His children, we have a new DNA in us. We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We can now learn and train to rewrite the old thinking, the old habits, the old nature, (2 Peter 1:3-4).
4.) Action- Taking Biblical, rightful authority
Because fear, stress and worry are not from God (2 Tim. 1:7) (Matt. 6:25-30) but from the enemy, through Jesus you can live this life without them.
When stress and negative thoughts, emotions or situations come, we are commanded to take every anti-Jesus notion captive (1 Corinthians 10:4-5). Think of every emotion, thought or situation that is causing you trouble and form all of it into a “person” in your mind. And as if that “person” were standing in front of you, tell them that Jesus warned you they were coming and that you aren’t worried because Jesus has already defeated and overcome them. Then tell them to leave in Jesus’ name! (Eph. 1:20-23) (Phil. 2:9-10) Afterward, ask Holy Spirit for His never ceasing peace to fill you and overflow.
When putting scripture into practice like this, it exercises your faith and God loves it!
A word of caution–
While you can be free from these things when everyone else around you is bogged down, you always have to choice to be afraid, worried, stressed and frustrated as well. When stressful thoughts or emotions come, you can sense them coming and send them away again with number 4. Or, you can choose to accept those things and fall back into the old habits.
The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. It also means ‘completeness’. When you live in God’s shalom, you are complete! Consider this promise of God, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:7
Have you ever studied or at least thought about the names of God? What about the names of Jesus? Or Holy Spirit? What does each name share about that aspect of His personality? What does that name mean to you? Have you ever experienced Him in connection to that name?
True, many of the names overlap because the Trinity is One God but take a few moments and think about these names. This list is not comprehensive and you can certainly add to it. Maybe this will spark your own interest in the names of God.
God the Father: Jesus Christ:
-YHVH (I Am/I Am That I Am) -Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah)
-Almighty God -The Son of God/Son of Man
-Ancient of Days -Lion of Judah
-Adonai (my Lord) -The Root and Offspring of David
-Father of Lights -Morning Star
-Father of Spirits -Light of the World
-Abba, Father (Daddy, Father) -Lamb of God
-El Elyon (The Most High) -Servant of God
-The Lord God of Israel -Bridegroom
-The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -King of Glory
-The Lord our Righteousness -Prince of Peace
-The Lord of Hosts/Armies -King of Kings
-The Lord my Sheperd -The Bread of Life
-The Lord our Healer -Kinsman Redeemer
-The Lord your God -Beginning and the End
-The Lord our Rock -Cornerstone
-The Living God -Head of the Church
-Creator -The Last Adam
-El Shaddai (All Suffient God) -Firstborn from the Dead
-Spirit of the Living God
-Spirit of Truth
-Spirit of Counsel
-Spirit of Wisdom
-Spirit of Might
-The Spirit of Joy
-Spirit of Holiness
-Spirit of Love
-Spirit of Sound Mind
-Spirit of Understanding
-Spirit of Knowledge
-Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
-Spirit of God’s Son
-Spirit of Power
-Fountain of Living Water
How do these names effect you? How well do you know the Lord from any of these aspects of His character? God is calling us all into a deeper relationship with Him. To know Him is the biggest thing we will ever set out to do. It will take many eternities to fully know God but the good news is that we can start now! We can’t wait until heaven to start knowing Him (nor should we) because time is ever growing short. We as the body of Christ are His representative on Earth- we should know Who we are representing!
Don’t you want to know Daddy God? The Bread of Life? The Spirit of the Living God? They have been waiting to know you!
Hello and welcome to the “Dwelling Place of Light” blogspot!
Hopefully this blog encourages you and brings you closer to the great Creator! Wherever you go, whatever you do- know that God is thinking about you and desires to be close to you, His beloved creation. Whether you’re on the top of the mountain or in the lowest part of the valley, know that God is there with you. He hasn’t let go of you. He hasn’t given up.
You are worth more than rubies, diamonds and gold to Him. He has given everything just for you. This is because He loves you. He has storehouses full of His love for you. When you decide to come to Him, He pours out what seems to be a load of love over you. You don’t have to wait until heaven to find out how much He cares or what He thinks about you. You don’t have to run from Him in fear that He will condemn you and strike you down. He’s right behind you. Even now. Waiting patiently. When you come to Him, He will embrace you and forgive every wrong thing you’ve ever done. He literally casts the memory of your sins so far away, it cannot be found. He sees you like He sees His wonderful, amazing Son, Jesus. You are pure in His eyes.
Don’t go another second without Him. Turn to Him right now and fall into His arms, asking for forgiveness and grace.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -Hebrews 4:14-16