Unbelieving Believers:   theunfetteredpreacher 

It happened again tonight, a man who I know loves the Lord, arguing about signs and wonders and the gifts of the Spirit. 

This is long,  but if you will ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, and you take off your Denominational glasses, and  believe the simple truth of the Word

Please prayerfully consider the following. 

My friend  used this scripture to say we shouldn’t seek signs and wonders.  

Matthew 12:38-39
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:”

He used this scripture to claim we shouldn’t seek signs, wonders or miracles.   

Not understanding Jesus was speaking to unbelievers.  Looking for a sign to believe. 

As believers we Seek signs, wonders and miracles to fulfil Jesus’s great commission.  

John 14:12
King James Version (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

John 14:26
King James Version (KJV)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Mark 16:17
King James Version (KJV)
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”

Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

The Gifts of Tongues and Interpretation and our Prayer language.   

If it’s a gift I shouldn’t have to learn it.  Gods not the Author of confusion.   Not everyone speaks in tongues.

If someone gave you an airplane, would you have to learn how to use it?   If you accepted the gift of God you wouldn’t be confused.   Not everyone speaks in tongues publicly,  but we all can use our prayer language. 

Acts 2:4
King James Version (KJV)
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:17-19
King James Version (KJV)
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

What does “all” mean?  Tongues, signs and wonders. 

Acts 2:22
King James Version (KJV)
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:”

Approved by signs and wonders. 

Acts 2:38-39
King James Version (KJV)
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

“All”

Deuteronomy 29:29
King James Version (KJV)
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

Acts 2:43
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 “And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

Acts 2:47
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Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Acts 8:15-18
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Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

What did he see Signs and wonders, tongues

Acts 10:44-48
King James Version (KJV)
 “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

All spoke with tongues.

Acts 19:2
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He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”

Acts 19:6
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And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”

1 Corinthians 12:1
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Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

1 Corinthians 12:11
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But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Read this carefully… he might be answering questions we do not see.

1 Corinthians 12:28-31
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And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?  

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Tongues and Interpretation together, public use.

Corinthians 14:1-2
King James Version (KJV)
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

You are not supposed to understand, your Spirit to God direct…  it bypasses our minds.

1 Corinthians 14:4-5
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He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Again in Church need Interpretation, alone edifying ourselves. 

1 Corinthians 14:13-20
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Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

Speak in tongues more than you all,  but in Church, must Interpret.  In understanding be men.

1 Corinthians 14:27-28
King James Version (KJV)
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

1 Corinthians 14:32
King James Version (KJV)
And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”

We control it, must ask and receive it, NO CONFUSION.   You are in control.

1 Corinthians 14:36-40
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What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Let all things be done decently and in order.

You control it….  I pray in Tongues, I do not seem to have the Gift  of Interpretation,  so I  use it only in my prayer closet.

Jude 1:17-21
King James Version (KJV)
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Build ourselves up, are you a mocker?

Romans 8:26-28

King James Version (KJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Sometimes  our burden is so great, our prayers in the Spirit are groanings. 
I am not saying you are not saved, or you “must” speak in tongues.  But if your Natural mind will not let you experience this supernatural gift of God,  you are refusing to increase the one Talent we all have been given.

All spoke with tongues, you have to surrender your mind, your feelings of foolishness and let the Holy Spirit show you, teaching you guide you into all truth.

God’s special Prayer language. 

1 Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Hebrews 2:3
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Do not Neglect, the Spirits Gift.

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