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1 Chronicles 12:1-2
Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war. They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.
The Chapter goes on to list those from certain tribes of Israel that came to join David. I will just list certain ones that mention Special Forces characteristics.
Vs. 8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains. These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks: and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east and toward the west.
Those who came to David in Hebron:
Vs. 23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war and came to David to Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.
Vs. 24-38 then lists the various tribes and their numbers. I will mention a few items.
Vs. 24 The children of Judah that bare shiel and spear, ready armed to the warm.
Vs. 25 Of the children of Simeon, might men of valour for the war.
Vs. 30 And of the children of Ephraim mighty men of valour, famous throughout their father’s house.
Vs. 32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.
Vs. 33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all the instruments of war, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
Vs. 34 Of Naphtali with shield and spear
Vs. 35 Of the Danites expert in war
Vs. 36 Of Asher such as went forth to battle, expert in war.
Vs. 37 And on the other side Jordan, of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for battle.
Vs. 38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron.
Assignment: think on these characteristics, better yet make a list of them and make a spiritual application to your life in today’s Kingdom Special Forces.
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 prove 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).
Adapted from Seventy Reasons for Speaking in Tongues by Bill Hamon (Destiny Image). Reproduced by permission of Destiny Image.
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If we are indeed new creatures in Christ then we must conclude that the new creature or species has a nature that is different than the old creature or species.
I propose that the commandment to love and the nature to love are synonymous. Just as when God created light, He spoke it into being and that speaking contained the laws which govern the nature of light.
The OT prophesied of a time when the laws would be written on our hearts or we could say, the very nature of our being.
This becomes easy to see if we simply substitute the word ‘nature’ for the word ‘law’ in all of Romans 8.
I’m sure I am not expounding on this as clearly as I have it in my heart, so I will attempt to give an illustration:
A duck doesn’t obey a written set of laws from the “ducks for dummies” book to know to fly south in the winter. He just knows to do so because of the law written in his heart or his nature.
The dilemma a new creation in Christ finds himself in is that he has a mind which was trained by the old creation.
Walking in the spirit is about yielding to the change taking place in your heart and being willing to forgo what your head has to say whenever it contradicts.
It is religion which says that God forgives us but can’t change us.
Christianity is about God changing us because He has already forgiven us.
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” is a prayer that got answered.
“Who is he, that I might believe in him?” John 9:36
Would you like God to do something for you?
There are many promises in His Word of what He is willing to do for you.
Are you not quite sure what the promises are?
Coming to faith is a process and doesn’t have to be a long one.
You hear the promise.
You believe the promise. When you believe the promise you are believing the God Who made the promise.
Romans 10:17 says that ‘faith comes’. In hearing a promise from the Word of God, faith comes along with hearing the promise to help you believe for what has been promised.
We hear the statement, ‘so and so came to faith in Christ’. How did they do that? They heard the message about Christ and faith came to them to believe the message.
When faith came, they then ‘came’ to the faith. It is the same with whatever you need from God.
You must hear to have faith come. And when faith comes, you must come to meet the faith that has come to you. God does His part to bring you the faith to believe Him, then you do your part by believing!
God has made it simple enough even a child can do it.
Become like a little child and enter the promises of the Kingdom.
Here is a site containing some of God’s promises to you.
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