One of the most divisive and misunderstood subjects in much of the church world today is regarding the operations of the Holy Spirit and tongues. With all the teaching we have, it is becoming clearer that more good teaching is needed. But even more importantly, we need demonstrations of what we teach.
There are two basic foundational truths many Bible believing Christians need to understand before they can move on with God. One is the difference between being born again and having the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, versus being filled or baptized with that same Holy Spirit and speaking with new tongues (Mk. 16:17b). It’s the difference between a well of water (Jn 4:13-14) and rivers of living water (Jn. 7:37-39). It’s the difference between having the Holy Spirit “in you” (Jn. 14:16-17) versus having the Holy Spirit “upon you” (Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:8). One if for fruit (Gal. 5:22-23) and the other is for power (Acts 1:8).
Secondly, believers today need to know the vast difference between one’s own private prayer language of tongues that everyone who is baptized in the Holy Spirit receives (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-6) versus the public gift of tongues, which comes with interpretation (1 Cor. 12:10; 14:27). See this short clip for a demonstration of tongues and interpretation YouTube
When Christians get a handle on these two basic foundational truths 90% of the confusion they’ve had about the Holy Spirit and tongues disappears. You then become a candidate to grow in the Spirit filled life and in the gifts and operations of the Holy Spirit. Until then, you are at a great disadvantage.
I wish I could get it over to ministers and believers how important it is to receive equipping and training in the ministry and operations of the Holy Spirit. But if these two basic foundational truths are not set in place you cannot advance in the Spirit. You will be stuck in one gear for the rest of your life. You may have fruit in your life but no power.
I know there are counterfeits. I know there are extremes. I know there are phonies. I know there is weirdness, goofiness, and flakiness. I know there is a lot of fluff out there that lacks real sound scriptural substance. Our Holy Ghost forums are not in any of these categories but are for the purpose of teaching and demonstrating the reality of these things through qualified seasoned ministers. And even if you have been in the ministry for some time you can always learn to be a better vessel for the Lord and excel in spiritual gifts to a higher degree.
Several years ago I began to fly out to Kansas City (where these forums originated) on a pretty regular basis at my own expense to attend these forums. They were led by two older Pentecostal men whose ministries were marked by the gifts of the Spirit and signs and wonders. I was not a stranger to the move of God having been involved in great revivals over the 25 plus years of my own ministry. But you’re never too old or too experienced or too seasoned to learn more. I caught a fresh wind of God’s Spirit through these forums and through my relationship with these aged men, and the Lord led us to bring this forum back to New England, and to other places where He leads.
We’ve hosted and participated in many of these forums and we’ve never been disappointed. Younger ministers, and even some of the older ones, you need to really prayerfully consider making an investment in attending a future forum. In a 3-4 year period I must of made about 16 trips out to KC to attend these forums. I kept going back because I placed a high value on the move of the Holy Spirit. I greatly esteemed the gifts and operations and administrations of the Holy Spirit. You always attract to yourself what you honor and respect. There are so many in the Church world today who make light of these things, or just don’t covet them enough. But there are also a growing number of believers who hunger and thirsty for these things.
Here is a testimony from one of our Holy Ghost Forum followers:
“I can’t tell you how awesome these are to me! I watch them while I do my artwork. I have gotten so much out of them. Believe me when I tell you that there are a lot of hungry believers that are stifeled in a traditional church setting. We need to be aware and coveting the gifts of the Spirit in our daily lives. It is a whole different ball game for believers that are not in “ministry”. We can hardly find a way to let the Holy Spirit move through us… unless it is outside the structure set up in the “churches. God Bess you and thanks!” J.N.
Pastors and church leaders, please pay attention to what this person is saying. There are many more like her who are starving for the true move and liberty of the Holy Spirit. There can be no true edification and equipping without it.
Jesus and the early apostles changed the world because of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the power of God they moved in. The early Church participated in the gifts of the Spirit in their regular gatherings (1 Cor 14:26). The supernatural was a common occurrence in Bible days, and should be today.
Make plans to come and join us in 2017 for one of our Holy Ghost Forums, or prayerfully consider hosting one in your city.
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God bless you!