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Prophecy and Tongues

I wanted to share with you what I have learned the hard way I might add, over forty six years about what we call the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I want to focus on prophecy and tongues. These gifts are mighty for the work of the kingdom, and I have a very broad experience in the area. Over the years I have heard false tongues made-up tongues, and I have probably heard more false or bad prophecies then most people have prophecy. This is also my responsibility, other words it is my duty. I will share my call with you from the Lord that I received February the seventh at 2: pm 1985.I have never shared it publicly until the last few month I will share it now to let you know that I am coming to you with a mandate, and with authority as one who is speaking for the Lord It is my responsibility to encourage you in these gifts.

I was on my knees before the Lord just praying, in general, I don’t remember what I was praying about.  I  think that I was more like just fellowshipping with the Lord  The Lord spoke to me in what I perceived to be an  audible voice  He said to me loud and clear   BOB! “I am calling you in to the ministry: calling you to be a prophet to go in and out among the people, A prophet unto the nations” at that point I was taken into A vision, and I saw many, many people just moving about in a very nice setting with streets, and large trees buses people just going about their business people just in their normal routine I saw nothing unusual about them. I did not see a Church. The Lord’s voice shook me, so I said;” Lord I want you to confirm this today by somebody.” I don’t know why I said that, and then I said no, Lord, I want you to confirm it right now by your word. My Bible was laying on a coffee table behind me, so I put my right hand over my eyes looking straight ahead and  put my left hand behind my back I reached down and flipped my Bible open. When I turned, I was shocked.  I looked down, and this verse was like glowing to me.

Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou came forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations ( Jer 1:5) I was now after that, more scared than ever I’m not sure why maybe I feared the great responsibility, or just overwhelmed by the mighty voice of God.

I believe this was on Saturday because that night I went to a meeting in a pastors office a few men would meet to pray for the Sunday morning service. While we were praying the pastor said,” Bob,” did you know that the Lord called you to great ministry before you were ever born.” I said,” yes, and he said,” how did you know? I said,” the Lord spoke to me today and told me so.” He said,” can I see you in my office when we are finished? And I said,” Yes” This might be one of my most rememberable moments for me with a pastor it just throws hearing from God into a whole new arena.  The pastor said,” you said you head from God, Bob, “when I am preaching, and I say God said, I don’t really mean God said, or that I heard from God, or that God spoke to me I am just using an expression” So I don’t think you heard from God. This is truly something I’m standing before the man that Father God is using to confirm his word to me and to prophecy to me, and he had spoken the very word of God over my life. So now I needed to convince him that he was God’s voice to me at that moment. He could not believe what he prophesied. I say we should just always keep this school of learning the prophetic open for all of us.

They are nine spiritual gifts that are to be used in the Church, and they are: The word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gift of faith, the gift of healing, the gift of the working of miracles   the gift of prophecy the gift of the discerning of spirits the gift of different kind of tongues, and finally the gift of the interpretation of tongues.  Now if these magnificence spiritual gifts that the Lord has given us for the Church are working in the body of your Church than the body of your church will throw off these fruits, your Church will produce these nine  beautiful, desirable  hanging spiritual fruits from  its branches  after all, what else can spiritual gifts produce but spiritual fruit.

Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians5:22-23), my friend, can’t you just imagine people coming into your Church and feasting on this kind of Fruit.

As I said earlier, I want us to zero in and take a look at Prophecy: The Lord will use you to speak forth something that He, wants others to hear, you then become His voice.

I ask you, friend, can He count on you to be used?  Father wants you to Covet this gift of prophecy.” He wants to use you.

The apostle Paul said, “Brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.”(1Cor14:39)

The gift of prophecy is used by a child of God from time to time as he or she is yielded to the Holy Spirit and has developed his or her spirit by spending a lot of time in prayer and taking in the word of God which is spirit and life in, and that is what he wants flowing out of you, His encouraging words. When the Spirit moves, you move. You don’t need to have the gift of prophecy to prophecy.

Paul said, “For you may all prophesy one by one that all may learn, and then all may be comforted.” (1Cor14:31)  This takes patience and time to develop in the Church, but it is well worth it.but he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, exhortation, and comfort.” (1Cor14:3”)  That should be about the extent of it for those who are prophesying. Notice we need to be taught

The office of the prophet, out of the five-fold ministry, will, in most cases, operate in a little higher realm of revelation. He or she is God’s mouth. We may all prophesy, bu,t{ he gave  some prophets.]( Eph 4:11)

Now the One that stands in the office of the prophet will sometimes give direction but most of the time a higher level of encouragement. I have been used by the Lord a few times to call people into the ministry. I remember being caught up in the Spirit with the Lord one night, and He showed me a young man sitting at a table, and the Lord said, “I am calling this one into the ministry.” The next morning I was seated facing him at that same table. I had never seen this man or the table before.

The apostle Paul said, “Now you are the body of Christ and members in particular. And God has set some of you in the Church first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1Cor12:28) {Can you imagine a Church or anyone trying to do away with what God has set in order.}

And he gave some, { God gave} apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:. 1till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, (Eph4:11) I say never try to put a coma, where God has put a Period.

If we want to see these gifts working in our Churches, we need all five of these ministries to make a strong five-cylinder Church. With Pastor only you have a one cylinder. I can without a doubt tells you on February seventh at Two P.M.1985 Father God was steal calling men to these ministries.

The Old Testament prophet heard the audible voice of God; the New Testament prophet must be moved to speak by the Spirit. However, Our God is never limited.  I have heard the audible voice of God, but only a few times. The Spirit has spoken to my spirit several times, but most of the time you must prophesy out of the depths of your faith.

 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.”(Rom16:6)

JUDGING PROPHECY

Judging Prophecy: Listen, listen, listen, the Lord taught me many years ago how to judge prophecies, and just how important it is. When someone gives you a word, of prophecy and you question it for any reason, throw it out. I asked what if it was from you. He said, if you question it walk away and if it is from me I will bring it back to you again, and it will be clear.  If you question it, Satan can still say has God said: “Has God indeed said”? Was that person right, was that God The devil will also bring confusion to your mind.  He will want to help you make the wrong decision and cause you to use poor judgment. Never try to put a prophecy together just to make it work. No matter who gives you the prophecy, if you question it let it die. The devil can bring much confusion to a prophecy. You might ask yourself did that word bring me edification, exhortation, and comfort. Let your spirit be the judge when it is the Lord you just know it.

Tongues the Power Gift

Paul said diver’s kinds of tongues, more than one. (Ch 12:10)

Paul said,” I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all.” (1cor14:18) thank God for this gift also. Paul is putting a big endorsement here on tongues, and so does Jesus.

Jesus said“And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.”(Mark 16:17) Any person that rejects this gift would be challenging the Master himself,

The gift of tongues that operates in the church brings forth a message from the Spirit of God. It becomes a prophecy when it’s interpreted; It is a very pure or a sure word of prophecy. Now, this gift is part of the nine gifts given to the church. This gift is to be used to speak to the body tongues and interpretations equal prophecies.  I think this is the purest form of prophecy I have been operating in this gift for many, many years. What makes it so pure, First of all when bringing forth the message in tongues by the Holy Spirit it is spontaneous flow. The interpretation is also spontaneous flow it will be the general message that was spoken in tongues you don’t have time to think. You just speak what you see before you. With me it is like a ticker-tape I cannot inject one thought of your own into it; I don’t get a chance because it comes so fast you just follow the words. The interpretation may come from someone else in the church, or the one that is speaking the tongues may bring it. When you are to bring the message or the interpretation, you may feel a little pressure build up inside by the Holy Spirit; this is the signal that the Holy Spirit wants to speak through you.

I have, on several occasions, been in desperate situations. While praying in tongues, the Holy Spirit would come upon me, and kick my pray tongues into another new Holy Spirit language and the Lord would speak back to me. He would speak very clearly through my own interpretation; which then becomes a prophecy.  Every time it was at a real point of need in my life, and always brought a great blessing from the Lord. Let me make this clear, I cannot do this at will, but I can always pray in tongues at will.

I want to share one such time when the Lord blessed me be on  my wildness imagine from my own interpretation. I had throat cancer about thirty-six years ago, and I had forty hits of radiation one  a day. I was told if it did not come back I would be ok well it was not too long before I started having pain starting in my shoulders, and then it spread to my neck and then to my head and up into my brain. This was scarey It got to be more pain then I could stand, and it was like it began speaking to me it got almost unbearable coupled with fear I think it was trying to say you are a dead man. I got up early on Friday morning,and I got in my prayer closet room and begin crying out to God, as usual, I started praying in tongues and after a while my prayer langue changed, and I started speaking in tongues, and the interpretation came upon me ,and out of my mouth the  Lord spoke by  the Holy Spirit, and said stand with me Bob –FOR- am standing with you.  Now, this was not my words at all or my thought, but out of my mouth. I set back I thought what does He mean to stand with me when I am the one with the problem. Just like that, it was quicken to me He is telling me I have already taken my stand on healing now will you stand with me. I said Lord I will stand. I got up Healed in one second for the rest of my life. I could not find a pain even if II tried How wonderful all fear is gone Peace, Rest, Joy came upon me all in one second I called and canceled my Monday appointment I have never been back to the Dr. It made me wish that I owned this gift of tongues, and interpretation I can tell you for sure that is wonderful, but you can’t make it work. on your own it is the Holy spirits gifts.

 I had a friend by the name of George Marshall He is now with the Lord, George and I were prayer partners, and together we were a ministry team we shared the same views when it comes to the word of God. We did deliverance ,and healing ministry together, we also led people to the Lord together. George ran the paint department at Ace Hardware for about fifteen years. He had like a corner in the store by himself, and he would preach or prophesy and lay hands on you for healing to about every customer they would leave there with something to read in there hands. He would by book by the case and give them out, and he had more sermons in his computer than he did paint mix formulas. I would of fired him, I say hats off, thumbs up  to Ace Hardware. George could sell paint thou I think Ace/George was the most effect church in our town for fifteen years. Getting back now to hearing from the Lord through your own interpretation That afternoon the day that the  Lord spoke to me and healed me George called and wanted me to go with him to a tent meeting in Fort Pierce Florida I didn’t want to go, but he talked me into it. George could find more meetings than any man I have ever seen, and if they used the name of God he was ready to go.

On the way to the meeting, I began to share with George how the Lord had healed me, and just how he when about speaking to me through tongues, and interpretation.  I zeroed in on what he was saying about taking a  stand. We talked together about what the Lord Jesus Christ has already done and that we need to stand on that, and then minister out of his finished  work. We got to the meeting it was in an open field an old run down the tent with about a dozen people, When the pastor spoke, he said he had to pay one hundred and twenty-five for the lot rent it was the last night, and he did not have it. I made sure I paid the rent. It did not look like much but then George had drug me to a lot of places. We set in the front row and a little lady who looked very poor by her appearance was playing the piano As she began to play, she said you know  you,just have to take a stand. and soon she was down  from the pulpit area   and marching up and down in front of George and me with no clue as to why saying you just have to take a stand; she got carried away with that statement, and we knew the Lord was speaking much encouragement to us for future ministry. I had just shared all this over, and over with George. The Pastor finally said you get back on the piano and I will do the preaching.I am sharing all of this to show how the Holy Spirit is always present and always working he heard what George and I talked about in the Car and is telling the little Lady on the piano what to say. If we could just learn to let him Him works.

Getting back to hearing by my own Interpretation than it is just explaining in the natural, what you heard in the spirit. Interpretation of tongues is used to speak for God and to bring an understanding of something spoken by the spirit. It comes in spontaneous flow, equal to prophesy.                                                             

Can everyone speak in tongues?  Probably not. I would say that ninety % of the Church body that prays in tongues cannot minister this speaking gift. It would be about the same percentage that can minister the gift of healing, or prophecy or any of the other nine gifts. The speaking gift is for the church and should operate in every church.

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 and hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edification(1Cor14:26)

This gift of speaking and praying in tongues comes with the baptism or the immersion of the Holy Spirit when He comes upon you, and only Jesus can baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

John answered, “saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” (Luke3:16”) Jesus is our Holy Spirit baptizer.

Can all pray in tongues? I think so Jesus said that it would be a sign that follows the believer, Paul seems to think, so that is why Paul said to pray in the Spirit and pray in the understanding also. Even though you can’t speak forth with the ministry gift, Paul said different gifts of tongues, so we can all pray after receiving.

Paul said “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays but my understanding is unfruitful; what is it then? [Iwill do both;] 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.”(1 Cor. 14:14-15), Please notice this is two different things.  You can even learn to sing to the Lord in your spirit. Question: Should it be for everybody? Yes, we are to pray and sing with our spirit and with our understanding. God is not a respecter of persons. God is a Spirit, and it is your spirit coming directly together with His Spirit when you pray in tongues; Paul said you are speaking mysteries unto God.  Paul said praying in tongues edifies you, this builds your spirit up and fills it up; who doesn’t need that!

But you beloved build up yourself in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” Jude, (verse: 20) Praying in the Holy Ghost means your spirit touches his. If all could not do this, we would not be told to do so.  Can you interpret your own prayer tongue? Most say yes I say No, you cannot. Your own prayer tongue never gets interpreted When the Holy Ghost gives the word in tongues there will always be a languish change that gets interpreted. Can everyone interpreter? There again it is a Holy Spirit gift if you have it yes. We must leave room for the Holy Spirit to direct or redirect at any time he can come up on you at will and give anyone a message in tongues, and he can give you an interpretation at any time, and to anyone No one can own this gift.

 That is why Paul said to pray in the Spirit and pray for the understanding also. The tongues spoken by your spirit does not get interpreted because you are speaking mysteries unto God, mysteries are mysteries. You are just praying in your own spiritual langue. Tongues spoken while moved upon by the Holy Spirit should always be interpreted. The person that prays in tongues will, however, have a higher realm of understanding and revelation, and he will hear from God more clearly when he follows up by praying with the prayer of understanding. I have had this happen while playing in my prayer language the Holy Spirit would kick my tongue into a whole new language one of authority it would be no longer me praying, but the holy ghost would begin speaking when this happens the Lord will bring forth the interpretation. Tongues are the road that takes you to the place to get your most Holy faith. No wonder Paul said, “I thank my God that I speak in tongues more than you all.”

I want to share another story with you on speaking and interpretation, just too again show you the value of these great gifts. I had opened A Ben Franklin Store an had made a one-year demand note at ten % interest for three hundred thousand dollars thinking that interest rates would fall and I would refinance. Just before the year was up the bank informed   me that they would not be renewing my note. I was quite suppressed I had never been a day late with the payment, but for some reason, they got scared of me for one thing I was going through cancer. I still had a balance of two hundred and eighty-five thousand, and they demanded full payment now. They set a date for me to come in with the check for the full amount or they would foreclose on me. I was crying out to the Lord every day, and the morning I was to meet with the Bank I got on my keens before the Lord and started praying in tongues, and just crying out to the Lord.  While I was praying the Holy Spirit changed my langue, and I went from praying to speaking, and the interpretation came upon me, and out of my mouth the Holy Spirit spoke these words I am with you Bob, be at peace, you can rest, you can rest, you can rest. I said Lord I know you have spoken to me and when you speak something three times, it is confirmed. I said will you not confirm it to me by your word. I closed my eyes and flipped my Bible open and looked down at this verse   And this happens three times Acts11:10) I think this is the only time this is recorded this way in the whole Bible.

What a blessing I went to the Bank when I walked in the door they said would you like a cup of coffee Mr. Allen we will have your new loan papers ready in just a few minutes. They had just made the decision before I got there to renew the note. I got a much better rate and lower payments. This gift of tongues and interpretation is wonderful

The apostle Paul said,” For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; howbeit in the spirit, he speaks mysteries.” When you are speaking to God in your prayer tongue, it is just a mystery between you and the Lord. Nothing else can be said. It gives you a hotline directly to your heavenly Father.

When you pray in tongues, it takes you into a whole new revelation and understanding of God. You could be a Bible Scholar and study the word until you know every color in Joseph’s coat, but when you begin to pray in tongues, you access a whole new realm of understanding.  You completely bypass the mind realm. There is no way to doubt. Your prayers are pure and holy and not always about you, or your needs. The Holy Spirit uses your spirit and not your mind to pray.                                                                          

Real power ministry operates out of the spirit, and not the mind. Good information that you can learn comes out of the mind. Tongues take you above the natural man when your spirit touches God’s Spirit.

I think the reason we put so much emphasis on tongues, is that everyone that we see operating in the other gifts spends a lot of time praying in tongues.  I don’t think I have ever seen the other gifts used by anyone without a prayer language. I am sad to say this, but it is also the least sought after, and neglected of the gifts, as well as the least understood of all nine gifts.  I am not sure that you can’t function in the other gifts without tongues it is just that I have never seen it.

My friend, praying in tongues every day is like putting money in the bank; when you need to share or minister to someone or have a cry in your heart from the Lord, you will have spiritual power and strength to draw from.

Seek the Lord for his gifts; He loves to give good gifts to them that ask Him. Study the gifts   until you have a clear understanding. Now, remember, when you first start praying in tongues, you might get just a few words that sound like silly symbols, but just keep working on it, and the Holy Spirit will help you develop a beautiful prayer language. You have to do this for yourself. God does not pray for you. You may want to find someone filled with the Holy Ghost to lay hands on you and pray with you for the infillings of the Holy Spirit. Your purpose for wanting these gifts should be to draw closer to the Lord and to be a more successful witness. I notice almost everyone receives differently.

God has your Number?

He knows how many times you breathed yesterday. He holds your breath in His hand. God absolutely knows every move you make. The Lord has the hairs on your head numbered. He most definitely tracts your life. My friend, if the Lord has a call on your Life for the ministry, you couldn’t get away in a race car.

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