Sunday, October 2, 2011

Art of Living #46

Åґ☂ ◎ḟ ʟ☤√ḯη❡ #46 : "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!" (Luke 12:49).
Ѧ℘☺﹩☂◎łḯ¢ €ϰ℘øüηḓ : There are two specific places where the writers of the Gospel specifically mentioned the word fire with the Baptism of the Spirit. Apostle Matthew wrote about John the Baptist as saying, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matt 3:11) and also Luke the first theologian and historian of the Church wrote in Luke 3:16 the same about John the Baptist as saying, "...I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." Here in both the above verses the writers point to the fact that the Baptism with the fire will always succeed the Baptism with the Spirit. When we look to the day of fullfillment on the day of Pentecost, we see that the moment the disciples received the Baptism with the Spirit, they also received the Baptism with fire which appeared to them as "divided tongues, as of fire", as a result of it the One Spirit of God who came upon them all sat upon each of them individually. After this, they were filled with the Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave utterance (Acts 2:1-4).

What can we learn from this? The Baptism of fire accompanies the Baptism of the Spirit always. The infilling of the Spirit will be accompanied with the Spirit giving utterance to the people who are ready to speak with the other tongues. Many are not seeing the external manifestation of speaking in tongues because of unbelief, tradition of the Church in which they have been brought up, fear that some other evil spirit might give utternace, etc.... First of all it is God's will for all the believer's around the earth to receive the fire of tongues which Jesus had planned for every New Testament believer. This is why Jesus said, "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!" (Luke 12:49). Jesus was the first person to receive and operate in this awesome anointing of fire when He came to the earth (Luke 3:21-22; 11:1). The same fire began to descend upon all believers only from the day of Pentecost. Jesus wished that the fire of pentecost were already kindled during the time He visited the earth because he knew the power of the tongues of fire in His own life experience when He received it at the time He was water baptized by John the Baptist (Luke 12:50).

Many people around the world should genuinely seek the Baptism of the Spirit and Fire (Luke 11:13). As a result of it when they start to speak in tongues as a sign of receiving it from the Holy Spirit, it is good but this wonderful package doesn't stop there (Acts 10:46-47). God wants us to carry and kindle this tongues of fire daily by praying in it for atleast one hour (Matt 26:40). By praying like this in tongues the pure will of God for our lives will be prayed towards God for fulfillment by faith. When the will of God begins to get fulfilled, there will always be a division that will be caused on earth, even among family members who are the closest to us in flesh because of our faith (Luke 12:51-53). Do not be discouraged when such things happen to you, immediately do not stop praying in tongues being fearful of your circumstances that are turning out to be against you. You are becoming closer to the heart and will of God, Jesus has already overcome the world so take heart to carry the tongue of fire boldly and kindle it more and more (John 16:33). As you keep doing, who knows your family members who oppose your spirituality now might get drawn toward the Lord Jesus themselves to receive the same tongues of fire in their lives in the future. All these good blessings of the Lord which will come upon your family is dependent now on your prayer of fire that you kindle through tongues. THROUGH YOUR TIME OF DISTRESS TO FULFILL THE WILL OF GOD, THE GLADNESS THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE THROUGH PRAYING IN TONGUES OF FIRE, WILL CARRY YOU DAY AFTER DAY TILL YOU FULFILL THE WILL OF GOD PERFECTLY AND COMPLETELY BY THE GRACE OF GOD AT THE END OF YOUR LIFE (Isa 28:11-12). Will you wisely choose to invest your time by sending the fire of the Holy Spirit in all the earth through your disciplined and faith-filled prayer of tongues (Luke 12:50). When you are regularly praying in tongues, you are kindling a fire that will set the whole earth on fire. This is the way God transforms His servants like us as a flame of fire (Psa 104:4). I have done it for many years and I have no regret but only joy that increases day by day in my life.

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Å℘◎﹩☂øł☤ḉ ℚυ◎тℯṧ : "Tongues are the official supernatural language of the born-again spirit-man, exactly like our mother tongues is to our soul." — Abraham Israel

"If tongues are not that important as many Christians say these days, Jesus and all the apostles would not have spoken so much about it and also atleast some of them should not have spoken in this supernatural utterance in their lives personally. But the Bible says that they were all filled with the Spirit and began to speak in tongues." — Abraham Israel

Ḡґℯαт ℚυø⊥εṧ : "Beloved, settle it. It is one of the divine mediums and methods of communication between your spirit and God's. And as long as you live, when you talk about TONGUES, speak with reverence, for it is God. When you talk about healing, speak with reverence, for it is God. When you talk about prophecy, remember it is God." — John G. Lake

"I want to talk with the utmost frankness, and say to you that tongues have been to me the making of my ministry." — John G. Lake

"Baptism means a degree of the Spirit upon the life sufficient to give the Spirit of God such absolute control of the person that He will be able to speak through him in tongues. Any lesser degree cannot be called the baptism or submersion, and we feel could properly be spoken of as an anointing. The life may be covered with deep anointings of the Holy Ghost yet not in sufficient degree to be properly called the baptism." — John G. Lake

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