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I do think your post encouraging us to ask about things in our path that we are brought to pay attention to are to be realized as useful for us to learn about things GOD would have us take note of and learn from HIs perspective about their true nature and effects.
I have seen and learned many times about truth of GOD world view by way of having had something bring my attention to study of something in the Word. I am thankful to God for this important truth for us as we learn to walk along trusting what GOD has had recorded in scripture for us to also learn from in the present life we are living through this world. Jhn It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Pastor Jack. This is a great article! Where can I find those resources? I have read a couple of your articles, found a link to your archive and plan to read many more! Do you have a resource for a strong Bible-based forum for Christian discussion? I want to be certain I am getting God-breathed responses to my questions. I know many other Christians are feeling His call more than ever. He is prompting me to study, dive into His Word, learn from others that are His teachers and spend more quality time with Him.
I am waiting on His leading and for Him to point the way. I will do whatever He wants me to do, go where ever He wants me to go — in His name, for His glory. Hello Cynthia. Thank you for your encouragement and I am thrilled that you want to grow and to also find out what your gifts are to strengthen and serve the Church of Jesus Christ.
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Here are a couple of links that allow you to take a test to find out where your gifts or strengths are at:. Here is a test for adults but this website also have ones for youth too but I perceive you are an adult just from the maturity you wrote with:. As for having a forum or website that allows discussions for Christians to grow, there are several but some problems occur where readers differ and sometimes argue over non-essentials to salvation issues that are needless to debate. What I sense you want is to grow and many churches have Sunday school programs such as the church I am under-shepherd of that allow the class to have input which we do.
Others have Sunday night services that are dedicated to a more intensive Bible Study and still others have Weds. There are many Christian forums but you will find that frequently they are taking about issues that do not have to do with doctrine but about personal beliefs in grey areas that sometimes lead into wrangling which the Bible commands Christians not to do. Please note that our website allows comments on all of the articles and you can ask or comment with other readers and even the authors of these articles and to me, it is one of the greatest tools for growth.
The vast majority of our readers and commentators who reply with comments have so much to add that I grow too in the process. I hope this helps. We have over articles about various topics. Need Answers? Ask Us. Happy hunting and growing in grace and knowledge Cynthia. I took both tests and found that Faith was very strong on both. I also had a strong aptitude for Mercy on both. Is it possible through study, prayer and training to strengthen a particular gift? Or does the Spirit fill your cup up only so much? I am earnestly seeking.
For clarification, I am an adult 54 years and have actually been a Christian for about 40 years now.
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A falling down, mess of a Christian at times, but one with a testimony! God if faithful. God is faithful. Thank you Cynthia. I describe myself to the church as a train wreck but God can never fix us until we are first broken.
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Also, I believe that if you feel called into something, like for example visitation which is part of mercy by visiting hospitals and nursing homes, you will find whether you really feel passionate about it or not by just diving into it. No harm. If you feel passionate about something, that is almost always an indication that you are called to that for God gives us a passion for something we are likely gifted in.
I regularly visit our local nursing home and these residents are so lonely. Same for hospital. These tests were written by humans and not inspired by God and so just use them for a guide only. Other Christians will sometimes either confirm your calling in such an area and other times you will feel complete peace or joy about it. Let that decide and no test score alone. The Spirit never errs…but tests and yes, I do too are not inspired by God. Hope this helps.
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Brother Jack once again I agree with what you are teaching the only thing we differ on is I beleave tongues are still in the church today. Hurry up and write some more articles im enjoying reading them I share them on my facebook many times to other Christians and unsaved friends. I just wanted to share what I have found out on tongues and how the Spirit, I felt, led me to a definitive answer. I have struggled with this question, literally, for years — at least 30, I would say. It began with an experience that occurred when I was friends with a young man who was Charismatic and was, he, himself, very charismatic!
He introduced me to the concept of speaking in tongues. He did it himself and encouraged me to do so as well. It made me feel inadequate as a Christian and I so wanted to be fulfilled by everything the Spirit had to offer, yet, somehow, I could just not muster a syllable. Then one evening, we had a small prayer group of mostly his friends that I had become acquainted with and they laid hands on me.
I opened my mouth and out spilled this gobbledy-gook of words that I knew in my heart I was just making up so that I could prove to them that I had the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I felt shame, not joy. I continued to fake it, questioning the depth of my faith and why the Spirit was not giving me this gift.
As we walked into the front door, we were met with loud praying by the large group that was in the front room — they were all chanting and uttering what seemed to be other languages or random syllables. The Holy Spirit in me resisted and wanted me out of there. It was as though a huge red flag was being waved and I asked my friend if we could leave. We walked right back out the door. My friendship with him dissolved soon thereafter.
I no longer felt like this was a teaching I could follow — the Holy Spirit led me away from it. Over the years, I continued to ask questions from time to time of people who I considered filled with the Spirit of God. Time and again, I would receive confirmation that tongues was an edification for the person, not God, and served no valid purpose in the way it is practiced by various Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.
I also would encounter those that spoke in tongues. I would usually not react adversely in any way or judge that person, but I still did not feel at peace with it. Are there people that speak in tongues today? Does the language always come from God? Over the years, I maintained a contact with this old Charismatic friend of mine. He is a pastor now, an author, a teacher, a mentor, a counselor and has a ministry in Africa.
I have an Agape love for him. Regardless of our different beliefs in speaking in tongues — and he still does — he is a brother in Christ. Yesterday, the question came up again for me.
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Even though I had sought answers and felt that I had found them, I asked God once more to show me the truth. I opened my Bible and went where God led me. He goes into great detail and spends a little extra time talking about the gift of tongues. He emphasizes that all are an important part of the Body of Christ but goes on to say that not all Spirit-filled Christians possess ALL the gifts but the Spirit apportions them as is the Will of God. Now, in 1 Corinthians 14 Paul goes into more detail about tongues. He is actually warning the Corinthians to NOT use the gift of tongues in a manner that would hinder the unbeliever.
A miraculous event! The act glorified God and brought many to a believing faith in Jesus. It was also a sign in those early days of the ministry, so that the disciples would be assured that their message and the subsequent embodiment of the Holy Spirit was taking place. So, no sooner had I thanked God for finally giving me clear answers in His Word, then my Charismatic friend sends me a message.
This led to an online discussion and finally a phone call conversation on the subject of tongues. He proceeded to lead me through scriptures that said again and again that there would be outward signs of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. One new one he shared was Acts , 46 in which Cornelius a gentile and his household received the Holy Spirit and burst out speaking in tongues. But why? This was a sign to Peter that the Holy Spirit was also for gentiles.
He got the message. Jesus is for ALL. I admitted to my friend that I had faked it all those years ago.
I stood on the message that God had given me that I did not have to speak in tongues to know that the Spirit is alive and working in me. I already know it.