January 26, 2022
1 Corinthians 14:27- 28:
27 “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.
28 "But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”
The first time that I every experienced this gift in operation was in a little Pentecostal church in the Lake of the Ozarks just out side a small town called Green View, Missouri. They had a guest speaker there that night, and I promise you that I will never forget his name as long as I’m alive.
That little church was filled to the brim and the air felt like it was electrified. A woman that I had gone to high school with back in the early 70s started crying. Several people walked with her down the center of the church and ended up on the stage with Rev. Round-tree. Everyone jumped to their feet with hands stretched towards her and they all erupted into praying over her with a sound that set shivers up and down my spine.
There was no one sitting behind my wife and my brothers, so I choked back the fear that covered me from my head to my feet and stood there in total disbelief. Shelia started dancing on the stage and she began shouting in a Tongue that I had never heard before. Then she, and those that brought her forward, came off the stage and stood behind us in the vestibule. So now they are not only in front of us, they are to the right of us, to the left of us, and now they are behind us as well.
The evangelist said to the congregation that he saw three people in the crowd that don’t believe what they are seeing. Then he shouted with a loud voice, "Get up out of your seat, come down here and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior!" We got up alright, but we turned and ran out the back door.
To be continued...
Father God, please forgive us for our unbelief. In Jesus's name, Amen.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.