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Building up the church!

Scripture reading for September 13th: Isaiah 49-52, Psalm 69, 1st Corinthians 14

1st Corinthians 14: 1-5 “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be build up”

Paul wrote to instruct the new Corinthian believers on the proper use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. There had been confusion in their midst as those speaking in tongues were talking in their spiritual languages and no one was interpreting. Unbelievers could not understand and were confused and believers also could not be edified because they did not understand what was being said. However, prophesy is speaking in a known language under the influence of the Holy Spirit and it is profitable for all who hear. It builds up the believers in the Church and it brings conviction on the unbelievers. If tongues are spoken, they need to be interpreted. Tongues plus the gift of interpretation is the same as prophesy. Then all can be edified. Jesus Christ modeled prophesy in His living and His speaking as Isaiah the prophet foresaw.

Isaiah 50:4-5 “The Lord has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning He awakens; He awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the Holy Spirit and the gifts He brings to build up Your Church. Thank You for those given gifts of prophesy and tongues and words of wisdom and knowledge. Teach my tongue through Your Holy Spirit to speak words that builds up Your Church and encourages those who are weary. Open my ears to hear Your voice and direction in each opportunity.

Psalm 69:30-32 “I will praise the Name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.”

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Building up the Church!

Scripture reading for July 24th:  1st Corinthians 14

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophesy.  For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God.  Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.  But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.”  (1st Corinthians 14:1-3)  Paul encouraged the church members to follow the excellent way of love and to eagerly desire spiritual gifts.  The one gift to be especially sought was prophesy.

Prophesy was not just a foretelling of the future.  Prophesy was speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in a known language to strengthen and encourage others in the faith.  God knows each individual and group of believers and wants to communicate with them to help them in their walk and mission.  God uses people who are willing to share His word and speak by the Spirit’s inspiration.

The Corinthians were often speaking in tongues in their meetings.  Paul stated that this gift was good, but in order to help others, tongues must be interpreted and put into a language that all could understand and benefit.  (1st Corinthians 14:13-17)  When a person speaks in tongues by the Spirit, he is speaking directly to God and speaks ‘mysteries’.  When someone who is gifted to interpret gives the understanding, then all are edified.

Paul did want all church members to eagerly desire the spiritual gifts.  He also wanted the gifts to be used to build up the church. “When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.”  (1st Corinthians 14:26)  Are you eagerly seeking spiritual gifts?

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