|Posted on 2 December, 2016 at 17:20||comments (16)|
Most Christians—charismatics included—don't understand the true benefits of speaking in tongues, nor why this gift is so valuable.
Here are 10 reasons to why we need this wonderful gift.
1. The manifestation that came with the gift of the Holy Spirit was speaking in tongues. It wasn't the wind, fire, noise or feeling of God's presence that was evidence of the gift being received but a spirit language—believers began speaking languages of the Spirit they didn't understand. It was God's plan for the gift to function as a spirit language for His children (Acts 2:4, 11; 1 Cor. 14:2).
2. Jesus commanded us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus commissioned the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father, He didn't say, "Do this if you feel led to do so, or if it fits in your doctrinal or denominational beliefs, or if you have the time, or if you are so inclined, or if you feel comfortable about it." No! Jesus commanded them to wait until they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Since Jesus put such importance on their receiving this gift, that's more than enough reason for every Christian to seek God until they receive it too (Acts 1:4; 5:32; John 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18).
3. The Scriptures exhort us to be filled with the Spirit and to pray in the new tongues of our spirit language. Our spirit language enables us to live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, be led of the Spirit, have the fruit of the Spirit, manifest the gifts of the Spirit and go from glory to glory until we are transformed into His same image (Gal. 5:22-25; Rom. 8:14; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; 14:15; Eph. 5:18; Acts 19:2; 2 Cor. 3:18).
4. A spirit language is the greatest gift the Holy Spirit can give a believer. Jesus is the greatest gift God could give for the redemption of the world, and the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift Jesus could give to His church. Of all the resources in heaven and the eternal universe, nothing is more valuable, beneficial or important for the Holy Spirit to give the individual child of God than her own spirit language (1 Cor. 12:31; 14:4).
5. Our spirit language enables us to have spirit-to-Spirit communication with God. Humans are spirit beings clothed with flesh-and-bone bodies. While man's sin deadened the spirit, Jesus brings the spirit back to life by imparting His everlasting life into us. The Holy Spirit gives us a spirit language so we can communicate directly with God (John 4:24; 1 Cor. 15:45; Gen. 2:7; Rom. 5:12; John 3:3-5, 16).
6. Praying in tongues builds and increases our faith. Faith is the medium of exchange for all heavenly things, just as money is the medium of exchange for all earthly things. A major way to increase our faith is to pray in the tongues of our spirit language (Rom. 12:6; Jude 1:20; Mark 9:23; Matt. 9:29).
7. Praying in tongues activates the fruit of the Spirit. It's vital and beneficial to have each of the spiritual attributes become active and mature in us. Praying in tongues helps us fulfill God's predestined purpose for us to be conformed to the image of His Son (Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 13:1-13; Rom. 8:29).
8. Praying in our spirit language is the main way we fulfill the scriptural admonition to "pray without ceasing." Christians can pray in tongues at any time. If we are in a place where it isn't convenient or wise to speak out loud in tongues, we can pray with our inner man without making an audible sound (Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; Matt. 26:41; Luke 18:1; 21:36; 1 Cor. 14:15).
9. The Holy Spirit directs our spirit language to pray in accordance with the will of God. Probably the only time we can be assured that we are praying 100 percent in the will of God is when we are praying in our spirit language. God always answers requests that are made in alignment with His will (Rom. 8:27; 1 John 5:14-15).
10. Praying in tongues quiets the mind. When Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist, compared brain scans of Christians praying in tongues with Buddhist monks chanting and Catholic nuns praying, the study showed the frontal lobes—the brain's control center—went quiet in the brains of Christians talking in tongues, proving that speaking in tongues isn't a function of the natural brain but an operation of the Spirit (1 Cor. 14:2, 14).
|Posted on 2 September, 2016 at 3:00||comments (0)|
DAILY BLOG.....(02/09/14) FACING THE GOLIATH....In the Bible, when David faced Goliath, everyone around him was talking about the mountain. They were saying, "Goliath is so big. There's no way we can defeat him." Then along came a young man named David. He was only 17 years old. But somehow, he had a different perspective. When he saw Goliath, instead of saying, "He's so big. We don't have a chance," he said, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?" He was saying, "Hey, wait a minute. This is not right. This mountain doesn't need to keep us from our destiny." David's friends and the people around him began to laugh. They said, "David, are you crazy? You can't fight Goliath. You're just a kid. You're too small. You don't have any experience." But David shook it off. He went out to face Goliath--his mountain--and Goliath began to laugh. When he saw how young and small David was, he said, "Am I a dog that you would come at me with a stick?" He was saying, "Don't you have anything better to send out against me than this little runt? It's not even going to be a fight." But, David wasn't focused on the size of his giant; he was focused on the size of his God. He didn't just pray that he would defeat Goliath. He didn't beg and plead with God. No, he knew he already had the victory! David spoke to his mountain. He looked Goliath in the eyes and said, "Goliath, you come against me with a sword and a shield, but I come against you in the name of the Lord God of Israel." In other words, "You've got a sword, but I've got something better. I've got the forces of heaven backing me up." He said, "Goliath, this day the Lord will deliver you into my hands. I will defeat you and feed your head to the birds of the air." He was saying, "You may be big, but I know my God is bigger. And when I speak to the mountain, God's promised it will be removed!"
If you're going to break old habits and make changes in your life, you've got to speak to the giants that mock your victory. No matter what you may be facing, no matter how big those goals and dreams may seem, start changing your words and declare victory. Don't talk about your mountain; talk to it! Don't tell the world how big your problems are; tell them how big your God is! Stand in faith, speak victory and move forward in the freedom and blessing God has in store for you!
"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." (Mark 11:23 NIV)
|Posted on 1 September, 2016 at 13:30||comments (0)|
PUT GOD FIRST
Put God first and you will never end as last.
Put God first to guarantee your place in the front.
Carry God on your head and you will never end as tail.
Those who display God can never be displaced by men.
GGCI FAMILY, Today our God will make a show of you everywhere AND anywhere you have been rejected...in the same place you shall be celebrated in Jesus name.
How has your day been GGCI FAMILY?
|Posted on 1 September, 2016 at 13:25||comments (0)|
EVERY MIRACLE REQUIRES HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY....
(1) before Jesus turned water to wine, the people had to get water for him.
(2) before the woman with the issue of blood was healed, she had to touch the helm of Jesus's garment.
(3) before the Shunamite woman had a baby, she had to host the prophet of God.
(4) before the blind man could see, he had to shout the name of Jesus Christ, the son of David.
(5) before GGCI CHURCH was birthed, we had to forgive ALL those who lied and conspired to bring us down.
STOP BLAMING OTHERS, DO SOMETHING, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR MIRACLES TO MANIFEST...
|Posted on 1 July, 2016 at 5:15||comments (0)|
1. The UNGRATEFUL.
2. The UNFAITHFUL.
3. The UNFOCUSED.
4. The UNTRUSTWORTHY.
5. The UNAPOLOGETIC.
6. The OVER-AMBITIOUS.
7. The GOSSIPS & BACKBITERS.
8. The TALKATIVES.
9. The JUDGMENTAL.
10. The LIARS.
11. The HATERS.
12. The UNFRIENDLY FRIENDS.
MAY THE GOOD LORD DELIVER YOU & ME FROM THEM ALL IN JESUS NAME...© Pastor Dele 2016
|Posted on 1 July, 2016 at 5:10||comments (0)|
In between your prayers and the results, there are many things happening...but the world will see only the results.
May the good Lord grant you answers to your prayers in Jesus name. #dontgiveup #Godanswersprayers #trustandobey
|Posted on 17 April, 2016 at 14:40||comments (0)|
POEM OF THE WEEK
Elder Emeka Obiandu
LIFE IN BATTLE
Yesterday the boy was born,
Next thing the man is gone.
Today is filled with life,
Far from easy; full of strife.
To the grave from the cradle,
Man is like on a saddle,
In all his struggles to live,
His many pains to relieve,
More than he envisaged,
He's in a battle engaged.
Fight he however gallantly,
His end comes instantly.
When his death knocks,
He goes down in a box.
And all the battle fought,
Will come to naught.
As his fabric rips at the seams,
Down go his hopes and dreams.
Yet while he lives, fight he must,
So his armour knows no rust.
As he’s unable to lift life's siege,
May age, the end to him presage.
|Posted on 15 April, 2016 at 8:40||comments (1)|
Dear GGCI FAMILY, I saw this article and just to share with all.....
A Lack of Unoffendability
Humans display a remarkable ability to take offense.
Many live in offenses or supposed slights. Embittered, these seek to draw in others, and thereby defile them (Hebrews 12:15). Jesus said it would be thus in the last days.
Matthew 24:10-12: Then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another . . . and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Individuals need not enter this path, however; for God offers an unoffendable heart.
Ezekiel 36:26: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
TRUTH: Offenses are common to all (Matthew 18:7). In this world, people face tribulation (John 16:33). Christians especially endure hardships (Acts 14:22).
The offended then face a choice: hold onto or put away their “right” to bitterness, wrath, anger… They must choose, too, whether to pull others—via slander—into their offendedness.
Ephesians 4:31-32: Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
TRUTH: Refusal of God’s unoffendable heart leads to betrayal, hatred, and cold love (Matthew 24:10-12).
TRUTH: Most people do not aspire to betray, hate, and possess a hardened, cold heart.
Even so, many choose this path. Why?
Unbelievers… Those who reject the Almighty, Himself, walk in futility of mind. They are darkened and excluded from all God-life(Ephesians 4:18-19). Unbelievers, plainly, have no real ability to counter offenses wisely.
Believers… Any who wear the name “Christian” yet perpetually take offense and live in victimhood ought to examine themselves to see whether they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 3:5).
True disciples… Christians fail and fall. And, frankly, too many respond incorrectly to offense (probably mostly due to poor training in families and churches). Of more concern, though, are those who remain locked in offendedness. These often cannot see how they open a doorway for the enemy to harass and enslave them. Worse, how they might draw others into darkened paths and thinking. Entire congregations have fallen due to relatively minor trespasses handled wrongly.
Christians who respond maturely to offense recognize that God works all things for good. They believe no weapon formed against them will prosper. They know God uses offenses as tools to develop Christlikeness.
Those who love Jesus need—even if reacting wrongly at first—to grow to see offenses as God’s proving ground. This includes painful situations when others bring correction and even strong rebuke. At such times, Christians need not rush to defend themselves but ask whether the charge has merit. If so, believers in Jesus should see this and repent. If the words are falsehood and attack, Christians need remember that the persecuted are blessed. In turn, they should bless and not curse (Romans 12:14).
Trust in a good God when offenses come. We overcome because of Jesus’ blood and our testimony and not loving our lives when faced even with death (Revelation 12:11). To stay on this path, though—with our lives tucked beneath His blood, a good testimony, humility, and a willingness to die for Him—we do need to choose an unoffendable heart.
|Posted on 12 April, 2016 at 9:10||comments (0)|
Whatsoever that is under God's CONTROL can never be out of control...He cares for YOU and ME.
My prayer on this day for you and me is that, every unpleasant situation that people have tagged you and me with, shall receive the touch of God Almighty in Jesus name. Whatever unpleasant names people are calling you and me, shall receive the attention of God Almighty and change for good.(Be it singleness, barrenness, failure, sickness, disable, unhappy, ugly, monster, poor, divorcee, dullard, shameless, jobless) Friends...expect a change in every unpleasant identity in Jesus name......www.ggci.co.uk
|Posted on 12 April, 2016 at 9:05||comments (0)|
By Elder Emeka Obiandu
Amongst her friends,
She’s peerless in beauty.
Her outward grace
Is nature's favour.
By her distinction,
She is like the lone product
of one creative day.
Alas, beauty is but a loan,
With its date and rate.
In her hollow pride,
This sublime Elegance,
Shuns the admiring world.
Like shoddy wrapped in damask,
Like gold-plated cast iron,
Her essential fibre,
Is cocooned in an ornate shell.
But only for a while,
For nothing endures
but the substance.
As damask wears and tears,
Time reveals the shoddy.
When iron rusts and flakes,
Beauty departs with its retinue.
Then from her pedestal of envy,
The peerless must take her place,
In the common crowd
of the undistinguished.