message by the late david wilkerson

Rev. David Wilkerson

THE LORD OUR PEACE

Knowing and believing in God’s character as revealed in his names provides great protection against enemy attack. God declared through Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). The implication here is powerful. God is telling us that having an intimate knowledge of his nature and character, as revealed through his names, is a powerful shield against Satan’s lies.

This brings us to another of our Lord’s names: Jehovah Shalom. We find this name mentioned in the book of Judges. Here, the Lord revealed himself to Gideon in the form of an angel (see Judges 6:22–24). What does this name, Jehovah Shalom, mean exactly? As a noun, the Hebrew word shalom means “completeness, health, welfare.” It implies being whole, in harmony with God and man, having wholesome relationships. It also indicates a state of being at ease—not restless, having peace both inwardly and outwardly, being at rest both spiritually and emotionally. In short, shalom signifies wholeness in a life or work. And as a verb, shalom means to be completed or finished, or to make peace.

Once more, I’m driven to ask, “What does this particular name of God have to do with me and with the church today?”

Shalom cannot be earned. We’ll never receive the Lord’s shalom until we realize, “This is serious business. This is God almighty I’m dealing with, creator and sustainer of the universe. How can I continue taking him for granted? Why do I still test his grace, living with this lust as if he is deaf and blind to my secret acts?” Do you tremble at God’s Word? Are you ready to obey everything it says? If so, you’ll receive the revelation of Jehovah Shalom. He’ll come to you personally as “the Lord, your peace,” filling your spirit with supernatural strength against every enemy. You can’t earn this kind of peace; it’s a gift from God.

  

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foundations for victorious living

Rev. John Willoughby

FOUNDATIONS OF VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIVING

THE HOLY SPIRIT

All Scriptures are in the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.

Study 7  THE PRIVATE USE OF THE GIFT OF TONGUES

Some people may say, ‘what is the purpose of speaking in languages, which you do not understand?’ The following are some of the reasons.

1. IT IS GOD’S WILL FOR US

In his letter to the church atCorinth, Paul wrote, “I wish you all spoke with tongues”, he continued, “I thank my God that I speak in tongues more than you all” (I Cor 14:5, 18). We can at anytime, anywhere and under any circumstances intimately commune with Him in tongues, out loud or silently, by prayer or song (I Cor 14:15).

2. IT HELPS US IN OUR COMMUNICATION WITH GOD

This gift keeps us conscious of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the more we use it, the more we become aware of His presence and the more our faith is built up. Also we become channels, which the Spirit can use to convey worship and praise to the Father.

a) We speak not to men but to God. I Cor 14:2. There is freedom from the restrictions of the mind, thus we can speak about things given intuitively by the Spirit, which we might not even be fully aware of. This ability increases our awareness and personal intimate relationship with Him. 

b) We communicate with God by prayer, intercession, praise and thanksgiving. By using the gift privately:-

* It gives opportunity to thank God. I Cor 14:16-17. This thanks goes far beyond our own ability to express ourselves in our own words.

* It enables prayer and singing in the Spirit. I Cor 14:15. Our mind is relaxed, but our spirit is active.

* It releases us more in praise and worship to God. Acts 2:11.

* It helps us to pray for the needs of others. Rom 8:26-27. Sometimes we do not know fully the situation or we find it difficult to fully put our thoughts into prayer.

3. IT BUILDS US UP SPIRITUALLY

Jude wrote, “you beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God …. ” (v20-21). As a means of maintaining the fullness of the Spirit, we should communicate to God in tongues daily and as many times as possible.

a) As a source of personal edification. I Cor 14:4. To edify is to ‘build up’ and thus every time we pray in tongues, we are being built up a little more in the Spirit:-

* As a release of positive emotions. We are emotional beings and when the Spirit flows through them in purity as we use this gift, great blessings are released.

* As a source of rest and refreshing. Through this means of communing with God, our mind and body are completely relaxed, not having to think of what to say or how to say it. It is a tonic for spirit, soul and body.

* As we are built up spiritually, so others will be blessed, even though at times we may not be aware of it.

b) As a means of cleansing and release. Rom 8:26. Sometimes we are in need of assistance in areas in our own lives, which we find difficult to pray about. However, in such situations the Spirit is fully aware of all our needs and is able to pray through us in the will of God. This goes past our mind and emotions and is a wonderful way of renewing and cleansing us.

c) As a means of changing our minds into the mind of Christ. Rom 12:2. Paul wrote, “be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph 4:23) and “we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Cor 3:18). As we allow the Holy Spirit to renew our mind by the use of tongues, so it will effect our speech and sweet water will flow through us to others (Jms 3:11).