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Message given on August 17 PM, 2008

Is Speaking in Tongues for Today?

Old Testament references

Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

From the book of Proverbs we see that the writer mentions reproof. The word reproof means to bring the words of correction and asks the listener to make a change or turn around. If the listener turns around and receives correction, he or she is promised the Holy Spirit being poured out on them. So we see from the Old Testament that we are promised the living water of the Holy Spirit if we repent and turn to God. The Holy Spirit does not come into any vessel that has not been cleansed from sin. Of course we know that to be cleansed from sin, we have to believe in the power of Jesus Christ to cleanse us from sin.

Also from the book of Joel we read:

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joe 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

The prophet Joel foretells of the outpouring of the spirit on all flesh. The apostle Peter quotes Joel in the book of Acts. Up until this time the Holy Spirit is only poured out on one or two isolated people at a time to which the Lord called into special service. In the latter days, it is to be poured out upon all flesh. I say that of course with the understanding that it is to be poured out upon those who seek and come Godís way. God will not pour out His spirit upon those that do not believe or that reject His Son.

In Isaiah we read:

Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
Isa 28:12 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.

This promise of the spirit is a refreshing. I will mention more on refreshing later.

Again in Isaiah:

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Isaiah speaks of the spirit as water upon those that are thirsty. Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as living water when He spoke to the woman at the well.
In the days of Moses some of the Israelites were jealous for Mosesí sake when a group of people were filled with Godís spirit and began to prophesy.

Numbers 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

It seems like Moses may have had a hint of what is to come when he rebuked Joshua for wanting to forbid people other than him from speaking by the spirit.

My message is mostly on the tongues or languages that usually accompany the outpouring of the Holy Spirit because that is what usually causes so many to be offended but we see in some places that prophesy also accompany the Holy Spirit outpouring.

Many people assume prophesying is foretelling the future. It is usually not the case although prophesying can occasionally contain warnings or comfort of the future. All preaching is not prophesying but it is possible that preaching may be prophesying. Giving a prophesy is similar to a message in tongues and an interpretation of the tongues only prophesy is speaking without the tongues proceeding it. In other words it is a message usually short in duration but without the speaking in tongues occurring first. It is equal to tongues and interpretation.

Notice that Joel speaks of both sons and daughters prophesying so we see that the Holy Spirit is also for women. Iím glad the Lord doesnít leave anyone  out.

Reading from the New Testament:

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit on many occasions:

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

John the Baptist also speaks of the coming of the one who baptizes with the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luk 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Luk 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

We see from these scriptures that the Holy Spirit is given to those who ask Him.

The Holy Spirit is a comforter to be with us after Jesus departed to sit on the throne with His Father in Heaven.

Now we will go to the book of Acts:

Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Act 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

This outpouring of the Holy Ghost was to endue the recipients with power so that they could preach the gospel more effectively. The Holy Spirit is the one that convicts of sin and without the presence of the Holy Spirit no one can be saved.

Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit spoke through the ones that were in the upper room. Looks as if they began to go out into the streets for many heard them speak in the languages that they spoke in the countries where they were born.

At first people thought they were drunk until Peter began to explain what had occurred. He then quotes the prophet Joel.

Act 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
Act 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Act 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Act 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Act 10:45 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.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Some were speaking in tongues or in another language not understood by the one speaking. They were speaking by the unction of the Holy Spirit. Some were prophesying which is also speaking forth a message in a language that is understood.

So we see that they were speaking about the mighty works of God when they began to prophesy. Many were speaking at the same time. This spirit was poured out on many people at the same time.

Sometimes we take the words of Paul that I will speak of later and take it to extremes and get all bent out of shape if we hear someone speak in tongues in church. I wonder what we would think if we would have been here on the day of Pentecost when many were speaking on tongues and prophesying at the same time. If God does something, who are we to criticize? Tongues is a gift of God. This is a Pentecostal church. That is what we do. When we receive the Holy Ghost for the first time and sometimes when we are gathering together and the Holy Spirit is poured out over and over again, we will usually speak in tongues or in another language other than English. Why do we get offended at something from God?

If something occurs in the New Testament, I would be inclined to accept it whether or not it is church tradition to do so. People shy away from tongues because it is the one gift of the spirit that seems strange and foreign to them. Others shy away from the teaching on tongues because they themselves never experienced it and if one never has spoken in tongues it is easier for them to assume that it was for the apostles only.

Teaching on the cessation of tongues may simply mean that the church did lose those gifts as some began to enter into apostasy after the death of the apostles as our beloved apostle Paul warned would happen.

The seven letters to the churches in Revelation 2 and 3 indicate that some churches had begun to fall away even when the Apostle John was still living.

When we start to fall away, naturally the gifts would not be in operation. So those that wrote that the gifts died out after the death of the apostles were right in one way but wrong in the reason. They didn't die out because God withdrew them, they died out because of apostasy. God does not pour out the Holy Spirit on those that are not seeking after Him and who do not repent of sin and receive Jesus Christ.

In reading church history itís easy to see that people were not being saved as we would call it but converted to a religion called Christianity. There is a big difference in being born of the spirit and being converted to a religion.

After the church went deeper into apostasy those that were once persecuted for their faith, began to persecute those that tried to point out the errors the church had gotten into. It took much bloodshed, prayers and tears to get the church ready for another outpouring of the Spirit. Except for isolated cases, the outpouring of the spirit did not occur until the 19th century.

Without the Holy Spirit, the love of God is lacking in a believer. We just have a mere religion and not the living presence of God within our inner being. If we stop seeking to be filled with the Spirit we become a dead, dry, boring churches that have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof.

In the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century we saw a revival of the gifts of the spirit. This latter day outpouring did not just occur in Azusa Street California, as some believe. It occurred in other parts of the world. Some places were North Carolina, England, Armenia and Kansas. I'm sure there were many other places. Tongues were evident mainly because that gift catches more attention because it is different than all others.

Just so we donít assume that the Holy Spirit was only poured out on the day of Pentecost, I go to other scriptures.

Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Act 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
Act 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Act 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Act 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

So we see the Samaritans had received the word but the Holy Ghost had not yet come upon them until Peter and John came and prayed with them.

Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Act 10:45 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.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Act 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Here is another incidence when we see the ones who received the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues. This shows us that when we speak in tongues our spirit prays and we are magnifying God.

People seem to get confused about the gift of tongues. First of all there are different kinds of tongues. One is the tongues we receive when we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. It is not always meant to be interpreted but it is for devotions. It is given for us to worship and praise God. When we pray in the spirit, we can pray in tongues or in our own language but sometimes when we pray in tongues we know the spirit is praying through us and is praying the will of God. If you ever have felt like you need to pray yet you didnít know what to say, tongues help us to pray. Sometimes we can get caught up in prayer that we begin to pray the same way in our own language and it is also praying in the spirit. We can also sing in tongues and sing with the understanding. There is nothing wrong with worshipping God in this manner.

There is also a gift of tongues that is mean to be a message and interpretation. It is a sign that it is a special message of the Holy Spirit for the whole church. This is different than the devotional tongue. It is usually louder and easily recognized to be a message. This type of tongue should be interpreted. This is where we get confused. We think devotional tongues should be interpreted but that is simply not the case. A message in tongues or a prophecy should always be tested by the word of God and judged whether or not it is from the Lord. We do not judge the person speaking but the message itself.

Some would deny this as being of God. It is normal to wonder at this since anything new in the way of religion is always to be discerned. We are not to accept everything that comes along without checking it out with the scriptures.

But alas, dear people, it is in the scriptures and it cannot be denied. First of all if we think of tongues as languages instead of tongues maybe we can see that it is not so strange. We would not think it strange if a person entered our assembly and began to speak in Spanish if that was his native tongue and he didn't know our language.

We would not consider it strange if we took a course in French and practiced speaking in French. Then why do we think is strange that a person could begin to speak in another language as the Spirit of God gives utterance. God probably speaks every language known to man. It is miraculous, it is wonderful but it is not weird or strange.

Some reject tongues because they have heard stories of accesses and strange things happening that is not found in scripture. I will not deny that this occurs. However, if a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ and then goes out and gets drunk by drinking too much alcohol, sleeps around with different partners, cusses and behaves badly, that doesn't cancel out the whole message of salvation or the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So why cancel out a gift of God because someone or a group of people act strangely. Satan tries to mimic and destroy any genuine work of God so it shouldn't surprise us to see accesses happen among any revival movement. Of course itís going to happen because the devil does not want people to be saved, or healed or believe in Jesus Christ. He is out to kill and destroy.

Even Pentecostals are starting to de-emphasize tongues and encourage less of them spoken in public assemblies. They take the writing of Paul to extremes. Paul was trying to maintain order among disorder so that those that needed to be edified by the Word of God could understand and be edified. He was not trying to stop anyone from speaking in tongues during prayer time, or when the word was not going forth by someone who was teaching the word.

Some go so far and to think anyone speaking in tongues in public is either not of God or out of the will of God. That is not so. Paul didn't say anything about anyone in the Corinthian church being "not of God". The gifts of the spirit are perfect but we who receive them are not perfect. We are occasionally going make mistakes.

We've got to get out of this mode though of accusing people of being, "of the devil" or not quite right. By love serve one another. Do we realize what damage we could do to a person by telling him that something he received from God was of the devil? Or if we tell them they are out of order when they may be praising God in another tongue when they wouldn't be considered out of order if they were praying in a known tongue?

If something or someone comes along and speaks in tongues but it is not of God, we do not have to fear. Do we fear someone who speaks in English and is of the devil? No we donít. As long as our hearts are right with God, we donít have to fear anything. Perfect love casts out all fear. He that fears has not been made perfect in love.

If we are diligently seeking God with a heart that longs to receive all that He has for us, He would not give us something that is not of His spirit.

If a preacher is presenting the word and another stands up and speaks in tongues and no one else interprets that tongues he is still not out of order unless he continues trying to speak with no interpretation and refuses to stop. That could be considered out of order. That doesn't mean he is of the devil or some bad person, it probably just means that he hasn't been taught the proper way to give forth a message in tongues. He may just have the tongues that one receives when they are baptized with the Holy Spirit or devotional tongues and not the type of tongues that is meant to be a message to be interpreted.

Whether or not we understand all about tongues is really not as important as being kind and not be quick to accuse people because they do things a little different. Naturally I say that with caution because if something happens that is not in scripture, we have every right to question it.

The 13th chapter of Corinthians is used by some to prove that tongues and the other gifts have ceased. I would say then, has knowledge ceased? The same chapter indicates that knowledge shall cease. Speaking in tongues will only cease either when that which is perfect has come which is the Lord Jesus and seeing Him face to face, or until every single individual soul has been saved and filled with the spirit on the face of the earth. We can see clearly that it has not occurred as yet and another reason for the tongues to cease would be if we allow it to happen and refuse to allow the gifts of the spirit among us. I believe that the 13th chapter was put in there so that we would remember to always operate in the gifts of the spirit with perfect love. Perfect love does not puff up self but desires to edify the body.

If abuses or fanaticism occurs it most probably is because the teaching of the word is being neglected. The gifts of the spirit also enables someone called to teach to teach more effectively. I love good praise and worship services but we must never have an hour of praise and worship and give only ten minutes to the word of God. That is happening. If that happens we will not have all that we need to face the trials of today. We need a balance between praise and worship (tongues included if one prays in tongues) and the teaching of the word.

We still have good preaching in many churches today and I for one love good preaching, but very little teaching verse by verse of the actual word. This is something we need to avoid fanaticism. It also helps us avoid worshipping God on Sunday and living for the devil all the rest of the week. Sound doctrine will never go out of style. We need the word in order to probably exercise the gifts of the spirit.

Since they are given to us to help us worship God in spirit (tongues), edify the body of Christ (preaching, teaching, healing, prophesies, interpretations of tongues, wisdom, knowledge, helps) and preach the gospel to the lost, it would be sad indeed if the word itself was neglected since that is the main reason Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit in the first place.

The greatest of the three things mentioned in the 13th chapter of Corinthians above faith and hope is love. Jesus said that

"By this shall all men know that you are my disciples when you have love one for another." That is a powerful message.

Love overlooks trivial things but love will correct important things. Love does not cancel out sound doctrine but love will overlook unimportant faults. Love will correct false doctrine but love will not be an accuser of the brethren when they are innocent or weak. By love serve one another. If your Christian neighbor does not speak in tongues yet claims to be save, do not say that they are not saved. Does you Christian neighbor speak in tongues? Do not say they are in the wrong. That is judging.

If your neighbor does not believe in the pre-tribulation rapture for instance, that does not have anything to do with whether he is a born again believer or not.

Paul closes his arguments in by saying, covet to prophesy and forbid not to speak in tongues. Let everything we done decently and in order. If tongues were not real, why bother to say that? Tongues are for today, the gifts of the spirit are for today. They will only disappear if we let them. God doesn't force anything on any of us. His gifts are too precious and holy to give to those who reject them.

We hear about and sometimes see many strange manifestations going on. We do have a responsibility to try the spirits and make sure they are of God. Notice we donít judge the individual but the spirit that is present in the services.

We shall know them by their fruits. Here are some things to look for.
ē Is what we hear or see found in the New Testament scripture?
ē Is what we hear or see endeavor to bring the lost to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?
ē Is what we hear or see bringing glory to God or the man (woman) doing the preaching. Notice that even if they use the name of Jesus and claim they are bringing glory to Jesus, they may be exalting self.
ē Is what we hear or see edifying the body and drawing us closer to God?
ē Is what we hear or see encouraging holiness or holy living?
ē Is what we hear or see bringing us to repentance if we are not living where we ought to be with God?
ē Is money the main emphasis of what we are hearing or seeing? In other words are Godís blessings being offered in exchange for sowing a seed with money?
ē Is the music, hype and fervor of the service being used in a way as to manipulate and work up the crowds into a frenzy or is it done to encourage true worship in spirit and in truth with no high pressure tactics?

If we pray in tongues, our spirit is praying. It is great and there is nothing wrong with this type of praying or worship. Isaiah foretold of this as a refreshing that comes from the Lord. That is a good way to describe praying in tongues. It is exactly like being refreshed in the spirit.

In public meetings we gather together to edify one another, worship together and study Godís word. If one stands and speaks in tongues for a long period of time without an interpretation given, he or she is praising God well but the other people present will not be edified and the word of God cannot be taught effectively, so we have to limit any long or loud worship to the time when the message is over and we are worshipping at the altar or gathering just to praise and worship. When its time for the message or when someone is testifying, singing etc, we should speak quietly to ourselves and to God.

Sometimes people who have received this gift recently and have not been taught these things may overdo it and we have to bear with them and not condemn them. It doesnít mean that they are of the devil or evil. It is not just tongues that can interrupt the message. If someone stood up and started singing out loud when the pastor is preaching, that also might be considered, out of order.

All things should be done to edify, or bless or to save the lost. Never should we use any of Godís gifts to exalt ourselves and appear to be more spiritual than someone or better than someone else. A true gift of the spirit is done in humility and thanksgiving that God would use us in such a holy way. In saying all these things remember that Paul warns us not to forbid the speaking in tongues and we are also warned not to despise prophecy. In other words, we donít have to be mean spirited if someone makes a mistake. Remember it is a gift of God. We are a Pentecostal church and that is what Pentecostals do. They speak in tongues when they pray.

Remember also the gifts are perfect but we are not. A person who is filled with the Holy Ghost is not going to be perfect all the time. They have flaws. They also do not walk in the Spirit at all times although that should be our goal. We still have the power to choose to yield to the flesh rather than the spirit.

Why did God use tongues? For one thing it is supernatural and a sign that God is present with us. How would we know we have received the Holy Spirit if there was not some sign. Not everyone may speak in tongues all the time, some more than others. Some may prophecy. Prophecy is speaking in a tongue one can understand but speaking by the spirit. Usually we think of prophecy is the giving forth of a message but that message is not preceded by tongues. It is similar to tongues and interpretation but a prophecy is a message without the tongues being spoken first. Preaching may be prophesying but not all preaching is prophesying. Usually prophecy are short messages rather than longer ones but there have been those that prophesy long messages.

We usually love to hear anointed preaching but sometimes we can be fooled into thinking a lot of emotional hype is anointing. A quiet preacher can be just an anointed as an emotional one. Iíve heard emotional preachers who have a great message and then Iíve heard emotional preachers whose messages are empty.

Politicians sometimes speak with fervor and stir up the crowds so we have got to be careful not to think anointing is emotion. Here is the reason? Some of us behave differently in different situations. All the emotion is and Iím not against emotional preachers because they get our attention at least, but all that may be is their reaction to the presence of the Holy Spirit. A quiet person can be just as anointed and full of the Holy Spirit and speak softly. He just reacts to the Holy Spirit in a different way.

I believe sincerely that God wants His message of salvation to be preached to all different types of people. Some people will not hear a loud emotional preacher and will be offended, not hearing the message. Others will go to sleep with a quiet preacher and will response to the loud, emotional one. So we see our loving God trying to reach all of us because it is not His will that any one of us should perish.

I use to only listen to the loud hyped up preachers until I decided to listen to what they said rather than watch their actions. Some of the ones we may think is boring just may be saying something we need to hear. Listen to the message. When we sing a hymn preferring to hear music more upbeat with drums and loud rhythm, stop and listen to the words of the hymns. They have a message. We like to be stirred up, made to feel good and rejoice and all that is good but are we listening to the message? Is the word of God being hidden in our hearts so that we will not sin against Him?

We need the word and then we need the spirit of God to quicken that word and apply it to our hearts.

There is a false and there is a real. We must not allow rumors of false manifestationsí to cause us to shy away from the real thing. The gifts of the spirit are real, tongues are real. It is okay to speak in tongues. It is not strange or weird; it is a gift of God.

Yes, we do need to learn when and when not to speak in tongues, pray and testify while in public assemblies but if someone makes a mistake and does it wrong, it doesnít mean that they are not of God. Remember tongues are a gift of God. By love, let us serve one another and have compassion.

So did the gifts of the spirit die out when the apostles died? Only to those who let them die out. God doesnít give us anything we do not want.

Tongues are a sign. They are a sign that God is with us, the Holy Spirit is present. They are a sign to unbelievers that something different is occurring than the normal. I believe they are a sign that the gospel is for all nations and not just the Jews who was the first ones to receive the gospel. Tongues I believe are a sign that we need to control the tongue and use it for Godís glory, to speak the gospel, to edify the believers and worship God. The tongue is the hardest thing to control so perhaps that is why God chose to use tongues as a sign of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Maybe it is Godís way of saying that from now on we use our tongues for Him and not for evil. Thatís just my thoughts here there on this, though, Iím not saying it is Godís reason for using tongues.

So one may ask, do you have to speak in tongues to be saved? No, of course not. Some teach that not all speak in tongues and that sometimes there are other signs of receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost. If someone tells me that are full of the Holy Spirit and have never spoken with tongues, I am not going to tell them they do not have the Holy Spirit but I believe someone full of the Holy Ghost will eventually speak in tongues at one time or another. I personally believe it is a sign of the indwelling spirit but it is something I will not argue over. I do question our attitude though if we say, ďDo I have to speak in tongues?Ē Our attitude should be, ďDo I get to speak in tongues?Ē Remember it is a gift of God.

This also is not a onetime event. We need to keep seeking to be filled with the spirit all the time. The apostles were filled with the spirit many times. We read that the place was shaken when they gathered together to pray. Some say there was only one Pentecost, one mighty rushing wind and limit it to that day? I say, how do we know that? Iíve been in services and felt the rushing of wind before. I have not seen tongues of fire but I have seen tiny specks of light at times. There have been people that claim to have seen the fire. Letís not limit God to an event that happened 2000 years ago. Why would he give something and then take it away? The gifts and calling of God is without repentance. That means He doesnít change His mind which is what repent means. Repent means to change oneís mind. Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

I will conclude with the words of Peter:

Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

And the words of Jesus:
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Lets earnestly seek the gifts of God in order to more effectively serve Him and walk in love.

Dorna J Chambers