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Eyesalve: Speak in Tongues Often

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I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” I Corinthians 14:18

 

So why would Paul thank God that he spoke in tongues more than all the rest. Was he in competition with them? Was he to fill some mandate that a minister is supposed to speak in tongues more than others? Was he proud that others didn’t speak in tongues more than him and therefore he felt more spiritual? I don’t think so. I believe he said it because he wanted to make a strong point that he is not belittling tongues or trying to get the church to quit doing it. So he emphasized that he does it quite often to encourage believers to speak in tongues often. The whole idea of chapter 14 is not to have tongues cease, but to keep it in order during the church meeting.

Eyesalve: Smoking Flax

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Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.” Isaiah 42:1-3

 

This prophecy is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ and His bringing salvation to the Gentiles. Praise God, for I am a Gentile, a saved one. The Spirit of God plays the major part in salvation. Verse one says that the Spirit was upon God’s servant; again that servant is the One and only Jesus Christ. It was the power of the Spirit that brought forth salvation to the Gentiles. Verse three talks about a “smoking flax.” That is what happens when a fire is about to go out. It represents a life that is soon to be snuffed out. It represents Gentile’s desperate and holding out for truth, desiring salvation, but they have not much hope left. Church, there are millions of these smoking flax people all around us. We must not let the last flicker of hope go out. The answer again is found in verse one. It is a Spirit led, Spirit filled, Spirit powered believer who can cause the fire to burn. So much of what the church offers today is worldly and fleshy and void of the Spirit. No doubt many who use worldly means to reach the lost have sincere intentions. But we must understand that it is the world that smothers the fire, it is the absence of the Spirit that deprives fuel for the fire. “Quench not the Spirit.” (I Thessalonians 5:19). The Spirit does not need our help; we need the help of the Spirit. The Spirit of God just needs someone to perform through. If we quench the Spirit there is no other way for us to “bring forth judgment unto truth.” This generation like never before needs to be confronted by a Spirit filled people. You must be one.

Eyesalve: Don’t Refuse the Living Water

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The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 16The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.” Proverbs 30:15-16

 

In spite that it is harder than ever to find a good church these days, there are just some Christians who will never be filled or satisfied. They jump from church to church or from this doctrine to that doctrine, and yet never find what they are looking for. More than likely, their problem is that they refuse the living water of God to satisfy them. They look for other people and things to satisfy, but they never look for God.

Eyesalve: Good Soil

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But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:23

 

Some may ask, “What if I am not good ground?” Understand this, you are responsible for the kind of ground you are. How do you make your ground good? The answer is you must hear the word and understand it. To understand it starts with wanting to understand it and live it. Then the Holy Spirit will then open your eyes to the word and you will be good soil.

Eyesalve: For Themselves

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And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” John 4:42

 

New believers must move from believing what we say about God, to hearing and seeing God for themselves.

Eyesalve: Loosed by God

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And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. ” Luke 1:63-64

 

There really is not much difference between the man who can talk and the man who can’t talk, until their tongue is “loosed” by God. Speaking under the authority and power of the Holy Spirit is the only way talking will set people free.

Eyesalve: The Spirit is Willing

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Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41

 

Though it may require a lot of discipline to get your flesh to pray, be encouraged that the Spirit in you has great desire to pray. As you learn to walk in the Spirit, your desire for prayer will increase.

Eyesalve: The Seeker Sensitive Church

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And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

 

For many years now, I have been working at having a seeker sensitive church. A church where every true seeker of God will be encouraged to be more sensitive to the Spirit of God.

Eyesalve: Thine Are We

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Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.” I Chronicles 12:18

 

Any saint of God who has any spiritual sense, will expect their pastor or spiritual leaders to have God’s anointing. As a pastor I want to say that it works the other way as well. I expect those who I shepherd to have the Spirit come on them and convince them that they are with me. (Of course, only as I follow Christ).

Eyesalve: Truth Recognizes Truth

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This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” I John 5:6

 

The true remnant last day believers will be identified, not by their tenants or statement of faith that their church has in place, nor by a denomination they may belong to, but by the Spirit of truth. Truth recognizes truth.