And They Were All Filled With The Holy Ghost, And Began To Speak With Other Tongues
by Sis. Jane Kimmes | May 26, 2015
Hello All at GWOD,
Wow, what a powerful move of God today! We will continue to clean out the clutter and be free. God is Good and only He is Good. "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments" Matt 19:16-17. Jesus is God and He was not denying that He was God, but rather teaching the rich young ruler a lesson about the desperate condition of his sinful self-righteous heart. Jesus pointed out how that he must obey all of God's laws perfectly (which no person can do) to enter eternal life (obeying the letter of the law). He was showing him how sinful he really was and that obeying the law perfectly was impossible and only through Jesus could this young man enter eternal life. This rich young ruler thought he was good enough and could enter eternal life by doing more good things (read Matt 19:16-26). Only through Jesus can we approach God. No one without the Holy Ghost is good enough no matter what! We must all be filled with the Holy Ghost because only then are we acceptable in God's eyes. Our own righteousness (goodness) is filthy to God, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away" Isaiah 64:6. We are saved only by grace through faith, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast" Eph 2:8-9. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life" Titus 3:5-7. So let people know that they are saved only by grace through faith in Jesus and not of their own works of self-righteousness. "Jesus saith unto him I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" John 14:6.
The lesson today at GWOD was from Acts 2:1-7, Acts 2:12, and 1 Cor 14:13-19.
Acts 2:1-7 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?"
Acts 2:12 "And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?"
1 Cor 14:13-19 "Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 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. 16 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? 17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 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."
Eldress Mary began teaching the lesson by saying that in Acts 2:4, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and that we must all be filled with the Holy Ghost, it is necessary. Immediately God had His way in the service and the gifts of the Holy Ghost were evident. Co Pastor Lane exhorted that those without the Holy Ghost are still dead in trespasses and sin. There are NO good people in the world and there isn't anything good until the Holy Ghost comes in. When people think of themselves as good, they are still dead in sin in their body, soul, and spirit because of Adam's sin and they are in need of a Saviour. So without the Holy Ghost we are not out of our sins and if we die without the Holy Ghost we will go to Hell. Unless you have the Holy Ghost you will not make it, there will be nothing to raise you up in the last days.
God brought the rest of the message through Pastor Crowder. She went to Rom 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid, How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" With the Holy Ghost you will not continue in sin. You can read Scripture but if you don't have the Holy Ghost you are lost. The Holy Ghost with speaking in tongues is for everybody who calls upon the Name of Jesus. He sent the Comforter and that is the Holy Ghost (Christ in us). Jesus said, "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" John 14:26.
Pastor Crowder continued in Rom 8:2-11 for the rest of the service and God moved mightily showing Himself strong in deliverance. Read it once again, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you" Rom 8:2-11.
Pastor Crowder explained that in Rom 8:2-11, Spirit is capitalized (meaning He, a person): Spirit of life, Spirit, Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ. He (Christ in you) is the only One that can free you. The Holy Ghost will not dwell in an unclean temple, you must lay down all of yourself. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" 1 Cor 3:16-17. It is the Holy Ghost that condemns the sin in your flesh. Just being in church is not enough, you need some power. The Holy Ghost will show Himself strong, He is a witness and there will be evidence! Keep yourselves alive in the Lord by the Holy Ghost and through Him you will be able to do what the Word says. He is our keeping power.
Those that are after the flesh (calling themselves good) will "slip off" and sip a little wine, "slip off" and wear pants, "slip off" and lie, "slip off" and flirt with your husband, "slip off" and do anything their flesh desires, etc. You're either on the Lord's side or on the devil's side. Sin is sin and always has a "because" attached to it. The devil whispers into your ear and you listen to him and disobey God. However, if you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you don't mind hearing the truth and you will not be offended when correction comes. You will be spiritually minded and have life and peace. The more you speak in tongues the more help and power you get. It is a language and the gift of interpretation determines what was said. Don't let anyone tell you that tongues are not important or not necessary and only for some. I would like to point out that the gift of divers kinds of tongues is for some as God chooses (1 Cor 12:10 and 1 Cor 14:27-28), but when we are filled with the Holy Ghost, we will all have the evidence of tongues in adoration and praise to God, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" Acts 2:4. Read also Rom 8:26, Eph 6:18, Jude 20, and all of 1 Cor 14 for further clarification of the difference between praying in tongues and the gift of divers tongues.
The carnal mind is enmity to God and not subject to God. Those with a carnal mind will lie, fight, steal, etc. They say, "I want it my way." Weak leaders will say, "Well, leave them alone." No, work on them and clean them up! If you don't have the Spirit, you are none of His. The body is dead because of sin. Get filled and be refilled if you have slipped. Do you have joy? Do you have life? Where is your Holy Ghost? Pray for more! Let the Lord give you more, we don't have enough. Work out your own salvation, no one else can do that for you. "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" Phil 2:12-13. The Holy Ghost will quicken your body, it shakes you and takes you to a heavenly place. The worldly church is losing this, you need the Holy Ghost. If you're dead it means that you don't have the Holy Ghost!
Pastor prophesied that we are at the brink of Hell opening up and we had better be on fire with the Holy Ghost. We have to lean on Jesus because our Nation is corrupt, police are corrupt, doctors are corrupt, men are kissing men, etc. The worldly church calls us the "gated church" meaning that we won't let all people in. Yes, we will let them in and we want them saved. We will work with them, but they will have to have a change. So we must have the Holy Ghost, He is what will make the change in you. The Holy Ghost will make you a strong soldier. Keep on speaking in tongues, speaking in tongues keeps you strong in the Lord and spares you.
So you can see how important it is to have the Holy Ghost and to be filled to overflowing every day, not only for yourselves but also to help others come to Jesus. It is a matter of life or death; eternity with God or eternity separated from God. We choose life and eternity with God. God is so Good. Be Blessed everybody! We know what to do and we are accountable for the Word of Truth that we have received. I will close with this,"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness" Acts 4:31. This was a refilling when they were being persecuted for preaching about Jesus (read Acts 4). Better yet read Acts 1-4 and ask God for an understanding and to fill you with the Holy Ghost and for those that have the Holy Ghost pray for another filling. His supply is bountiful and we are greatly in need of Him in this hour. Praise and worship Him and be thankful, He is Wonderful.