Facebook Etiquette For Christians

by Steve Higginbotham

I’ve been a Facebook user since 2006.  Since that time, I would consider myself a moderate user (my children would choose the term “creeper”).  Whatever term best identifies me, I’ve been around long enough to be “put off,” “disappointed,” “embarrassed,” and “shocked” by some of the things I’ve read and seen.  Therefore, I’m going to share a few “Etiquette Tips” for Christian Facebook users.  Now, I’m no “Emily Post” (for those of you who don’t know who Emily Post is, Wiki her), but I do think the following suggestions would go a long way in making Facebook a more productive experience.  So here’s my “Top Ten List.”

  1. Don’t criticize the church or your brethren. Remember, the world is looking on!  When King David learned of Saul’s death, he instructed Israel to “tell it not in Gath…lest they rejoice” (2 Samuel 1:20).  Gath was a Philistine city, the home of Goliath.  David didn’t want the sad news of Saul’s death to be used as an opportunity for his enemies to rejoice.  Can you identify problems and imperfections in your local congregation?  Of course you can, because the church consists of imperfect people.  But may I suggest that when you are able to identify weaknesses and failures among your brethren, “Tell it not on Facebook.” After all, Jesus has a better way of dealing with it, doesn’t he? (Matthew 18:15-17).
  2. Don’t constantly whine. Or would it be more biblical to say “murmur and complain” (Philippians 2:14)?  Now, I know there are times when you want to share the events of your life with others, and sometimes those events are burdensome.  That’s not what I’m talking about.  In fact, one of the redeeming qualities of Facebook is that it can be a forum to encourage, edify, and bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:1).  I’m not talking about one who uses Facebook for those purposes.  I’m talking about the constant complainer.  The one who seems to be unable to count his blessings, but sure can count his/her problems.  Listen, if you’re a Christian, regardless of what your problems are, your blessings infinitely exceed your trials.
  3. Don’t take cryptic “pot shots” at some unnamed person who, when they read your post, will know you’re talking about them. If you have something to say to an individual, go to that individual and don’t take your problem public (Matthew 5:23-24).  By going public, you only peak the curiosity of others and potentially and unnecessarily pull them into something that is none of their business.
  4. Think before you post. Innuendo’s and off-color comments should never be posted (Ephesians 4:29).
  5. Don’t post inappropriate pictures. Pictures showing you breaking the law, abusing alcohol, wearing immodest clothing, etc. damage your influence and do not glorify Christ.  Better yet, do not engage in these activities in the first place.
  6. Do some self-evaluation. Look at your profile.  What do you have to say about yourself.  If you proudly identify yourself as a Christian and the Bible as one of your favorite books, then please make sure the rest of what you like is consistent with that profession.  Saying you’re a Christian and love the Bible, while in the next breath identifying as your favorites some of the most salacious books, movies, and performers causes others to blaspheme God (Romans 2:24).
  7. Don’t use Facebook as an escape from reality. If you’re unhappy about your marriage, get off Facebook and work on your marriage!  I know of too many stories where Facebook became the medium for adultery and broken homes.  You know why you’re “friending” people.  You know why you’re talking with them more and more.  Stop deceiving yourself, and flee from that which can flame inappropriate desires and actions (2 Timothy 2:22).
  8. Be kind (Ephesians 4:32).  I’ve sometimes witnessed a person express some biblical error or misunderstanding only to be met with harsh and judgmental words.  The fact that one may be in error doesn’t imply sinister motives.  I’m convinced that the impersonal nature of the Internet emboldens people to act “bigger,” and “tougher” than they really are.  I once had a dog that when she was in the safety of her cage sounded as though she would eat a person alive.  But let her out of the cage, and she became as meek and cowardly as can be.  I’m convinced that some of the harsh, hateful, judgmental words that I have seen typed would never be spoken if they were face to face with their offender.  Paul instructs us to preach with all “longsuffering” (2 Timothy 4:2).  That’s true of what we preach as well as what we type.
  9. Don’t gossip. The rules of the tongue apply to the keyboard as well.  Give care that what you say is true as well as helpful.  If James were to write James 3:6 today, it might read as follows, “And the keyboard is a fire, a world of iniquity…”. Lying, gossiping, stating as truth what we do not know to be true, etc. are as wrong on Facebook as they are when speaking to another face to face.
  10. And finally, use it for good (1 Corinthians 9:22).  Speak of your faith often, encourage others, point people to Jesus, take advantage of opportunities to speak for Jesus, and let people see that there is an undeniable family resemblance between you and your heavenly Father.

If we would do these things, Facebook would be a better place.  Come to think of it, if we would do these things the world would be a better place.

Do you have any further “etiquette” suggestions?  Share them in the comments section.  Furthermore, if you think these things need to be said, share this on your page for others to read.

Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ, near Knoxville, TN

(Article reposted from : http://www.wordandwork.org/2012/06/facebook-etiquette-for-christians/)

New twist in wrangle over changing physical constant

A new study of distant galaxies is adding a fresh perspective to the debate over whether a fundamental physical constant has actually changed over time. The work suggests the number has not varied in the last 7 billion years, but more observations are still needed to settle the issue.

The controversy centres on the fine-structure constant, also called alpha, which governs how electrons and light interact. Alpha is an amalgam of other constants, including the speed of light. So any change in alpha implies a change in the speed of light – and indeed in the entire standard model of physics – with string theories touting extra spatial dimensions stepping in to fill the breach.

So it caused a sensation in 2001 when a team led by John Webb, an astrophysicist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, announced the constant had changed by about one part in 100,000 over 12 billion years. Webb’s team studied about 140 clouds of gas and dust that absorb light from distant, bright quasars. Subtle changes in the relative position of absorption lines from elements in the clouds’ spectra suggested alpha had changed over time.

But another team using higher-quality quasar absorption data, though fewer observations, failed to find any change in 2004. And different researchers studying a natural nuclear reactor in Oklo, Gabon in Africa have also come to opposing conclusions about alpha’s constancy.Slippery customer

John Bahcall, an astrophysicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, US, helped pioneer quasar absorption studies in the 1960s, but he says this method can be slippery to interpret.

“The absorption line data is subject to misidentification of the lines and to the introduction of theoretical assumptions which may not be correct,” he told New Scientist. He adds that the spectral lines may be faint and can overlap, making it difficult to tell the lines’ source, and that astronomers must assume that all of the clouds share the same basic composition. Similarly, he says, interpreting the Oklo data involves making assumptions about other physical constants that might be subject to change.

Now, astronomers have used another method Bahcall developed to probe alpha. Rather than using absorption lines from clouds in space, a team led by Jeffrey Newman of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, US, has focused directly on a pair of emission lines from ionised oxygen in the galaxies themselves.

“With emission lines, you can choose systems that have a very strong, characteristic appearance and are isolated to be sure you have the right objects,” says Bahcall. And because the average wavelength of the light emitted by the oxygen ions is a direct measurement of alpha, he says, “the fine-structure constant pops out without any interpretation”.

Clean and simple

However, the new study cannot yet claim the precision of Webb’s result. Newman’s group used observations of 300 galaxies, lying between 4 billion and 7 billion light years away, to find that alpha has changed by no more than one part in 30,000 – the resolution limit of the data – in 7 billion years.

But Newman says the method is superior to the absorption line alternative, telling New Scientist: “It’s simpler, it’s cleaner, and to date people haven’t gotten contradictory results from it.”

Bahcall says the team has done an “absolutely superb job” and adds that more observations – including more distant galaxies – will improve the precision of the measurement still further.

Newman presented the results, from a survey of distant galaxies called DEEP2, at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Tampa, Florida, on Monday.

(Article from New Scientist published on 15:33 19 April 2005 by Maggie McKee at http://www.newscientist.com)

500 Year Old Map Was Discovered That Shatters The “Official” History Of The Planet

p-728x400Human history is quite an enigma. We know so little, and much of what we think we know seems to be highly questionable in the wake of new evidence, as well as pre-existing information that challenges our current understanding of the world.

Our world is no stranger to unexplained mystery, and there are numerous examples of verified phenomenon, ancient monuments, books, teachings, understandings and more that lack any explanation and counter what we’ve already been taught. We are like a race with amnesia, able to put together small bits and pieces of our history yet unable to provide any sort of verified explanation. There are still many missing pieces to the puzzle.

One great example is the Piri Reis map, a genuine document that was re-made (copied from older documents) at Constantinople in AD 1513, and discovered in 1929. It focuses on the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. It was drawn by the military intelligence of Admiral Piri Reis of the Ottoman era. He is a well-known historical figure whose identity is well established. The Admiral made a copy of it, and the original was drawn based on documents that date back to at least the fourth century BC, and on information obtained by multiple explorers.

Why The Map Is So Compelling

Right off the bat, one of the most compelling facts about the map is that it includes a continent that our history books tell us was not discovered until 1818.

Secondly, the map depicts what is known as “Queen Maud Land,” a 2.7 million-square-kilometer (1 million sq mi) region of Antarctica as it looked millions of years ago. This region and other regions shown on the map are thought to have been covered completely in ice, but the map tells a different story. It shows this area as ice free, which suggests that these areas passed through a long ice-free period which might not have come to an end until approximately six thousand years ago, which again, totally goes against what is taught and currently believed. Today, geological evidence has confirmed that this area could not have been ice-free until about 4000 BC.

Official science has been saying all along that the ice-cap which covers the Antarctic is millions of years old. The Piri Reis map shows that the northern part of that continent has been mapped before the ice did cover it. This means that it was mapped a million years ago, but that’s impossible, since mankind did not exist at that time. Quite the conundrum isn’t it?

Professor Charles Hapgood, who was a university history professor, wrote to the United States Air Force Reconnaissance Technical Squadron (SAC) and they also confirmed that“this indicates the coastline had been mapped before it was covered by the ice-cap.” (1) They also went on to state that “we have no idea how the data on this map can be reconciled with the supposed state of geographical knowledge in 1513.” (1) (The reply was from Harold Z. Ohlmeyer, a Lt Colonel, USAF)

Here’s what Professor Charles Hapgood had to say about it:

“It appears that accurate information has been passed down from people to people. It appears that the charts must have originated with a people unknown and they were passed on, perhaps by the Minoans and the Phoenicians, who were, for a thousand years and more, the greatest sailors of the ancient world. We have evidence that they were collected and studied in the great library of Alexandria (Egypt) and that compilations of them were made by the geographers that worked there.” (1)

Furthermore, the map is very detailed and includes mountain ranges in the Antarctic. which were not even discovered until 1952.

“His idea is original, of great simplicity, and – if it continues to prove itself – of great importance to everything that is related to the history of the Earth’s surface.” – Einstein on Hapgood’s interpretations of the map (1)(2) (From a forward Einstein wrote for Hapgood in one of his books)

So if what we always known about the earth history being millions of years old is being shaken now, maybe the whole idea of evolution and natural selection is baseless and inaccurate.

“If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

It has been found out a very long time ago through archaeologic researches and discoveries that complex organisms have existed at a very early stages of human history.  Why are we surprised at all that the earth may not be as old as we thought it is.

 

 Sources:

(1) Hancock, Graham. Fingerprints of the Gods: Canada: Anchor Canada, 2005

(2) Daniken, Erich. Chariots of The Gods. New York: Berkley Books, 1970

 

(Article from Collective Evolution published on February 24, 2015 by athttp://www.collective-evolution.com)

What Does the Bible Say About Same Sex Marriage?

gay-rights-picWhile the Bible does address homosexuality, it does not explicitly mention gay marriage/same-sex marriage. It is clear, however, that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. Leviticus 18:22 identifies homosexual sex as an abomination, a detestable sin. Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful, and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful.

Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.

The Bible alone, however, does not have to be used to demonstrate this understanding of marriage. The biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history. History argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” togetheriowa_marriage_answer_2_xlarge sexually. With the “natural” purpose of sexual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a sexual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage.

So, if the Bible, history, psychology, and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman—why is there such a controversy today? Why are those who are opposed to gay marriage/same-sex marriage labeled as hateful, intolerant bigots, no matter how respectfully the opposition is presented? Why is the gay rights movement so aggressively pushing for gay marriage/same-sex marriage when most people, religious and non-religious, are supportive of—or at least far less opposed to—gay couples having all the same legal rights as married couples with some form of civil union?

The answer, according to the Bible, is that everyone inherently knows that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural, and the only way to suppress this inherent knowledge is by normalizing homosexuality and attacking any and all opposition to it. The best way to normalize homosexuality is by placing gay marriage/same-sex marriage on an equal plane with traditional opposite-gender marriage. Romans 1:18-32 illustrates this. The truth is known because God has made it plain. The truth is rejected and replaced with a lie. The lie is then promoted and the truth suppressed and attacked. The vehemence and anger expressed by many in the gay rights movement to any who oppose them is, in fact, an indication that they know their position is indefensible. Trying to overcome a weak position by raising your voice is the oldest trick in the debating book. There is perhaps no more accurate description of the modern gay rights agenda than Romans 1:31, “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”

To give sanction to gay marriage/same-sex marriage would be to give approval to the homosexual lifestyle, which the Bible clearly and consistently condemns as sinful. Christians should stand firmly against the idea of gay marriage/same-sex marriage. Further, there are strong and logical arguments against gay marriage/same-sex marriage from contexts completely separated from the Bible. One does n491770_1_ftcot have to be an evangelical Christian to recognize that marriage is between a man and a woman.

According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Gay marriage/same-sex marriage is a perversion of the institution of marriage and an offense to the God who created marriage. As Christians, we are not to condone or ignore sin. Rather, we are to share the love of God and the forgiveness of sins that is available to all, including homosexuals, through Jesus Christ. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and contend for truth with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). As Christians, when we make a stand for truth and the result is personal attacks, insults, and persecution, we should remember the words of Jesus: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).

Recommended Resources: The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Must Know About What’s Really at Stake by Erwin Lutzer and Logos Bible Software.

(Article taken from Gotquestion.org at http://www.gotquestions.org/gay-marriage.html)

ISIS Executes Ethiopian Christians in Libya

The Islamic State released a new video Sunday that appears to show the coordinated executions of dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The video depicts ISIS gunmen shooting the Christians in a desert area.  It also shows ISIS killers beheading other believers on a beach.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is condemning this latest atrocity by the jihadist army.

“Our fellow citizens have just been killed on a faith-based violence that is totally unacceptable. This is outrageous,” a church spokesperson said.

CBN’s Erick Stakelbeck offered his insight on this latest ISIS atrocity on The 700 Club, April 20. Click play to watch the interview.

ISIS may have chosen Ethiopian Christians in part because of Ethiopia’s attacks on neighboring Somalia. Its population is largely Muslim. So far, the Ethiopian government has not responded to the killings.

The latest video is similar to one released in February that shows the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach.  The Egyptian government immediately responded to that with air strikes.

The new video represents the indicates growing strength of ISIS in Libya, and comes as the terrorist group continues to show strength in both Europe and the U.S.

Former German rapper Denis Cuspert is featured in a new ISIS video that threatens to activate sleeper cells in Germany, Britain and Australia.

There’s also concern in Britain about a friend of the radical Muslim Anjem Choudary taking his four children to a part of Syria controlled by ISIS.

In the U.S., authorities arrested six people on Sunday as part of a nationwide probe to locate those in this country that are recruiting for ISIS overseas.

“This radicalization piece cannot be underestimated,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, warned.

“The social media campaign and savviness of ISIS and the propaganda is what greatly concerns us as Homeland Security officials because they can radicalize from within the United States – sort of the enemy within the United States,” he said.

Another threat: terrorists training overseas and returning to the U.S. to launch an attack.

An Ohio man is being accused of just that after training with terrorists in Syria. The FBI says Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud was planning to kill U.S. soldiers, execution style.

Meanwhile, the latest ISIS execution video has not been verified.  But it appears to show the growing influence strength and resolve of what is clearly an international terror threat.

(Article taken from CBN News at http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2015/April/Video-ISIS-Executes-Ethiopian-Christians-in-Libya/)

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPEAKING IN TONGUE

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Manifestation of our Gift, the Holy Spirit, to be clothed with Power from On High.

The Greek word is Glosselaleo; the direct translation literally meaning, “language-speaking”. Tongue is another word for language. So speaking in tongues means speaking in a language that you don’t know what it means.

Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

We have come a long way holding fast to our faith and knowing deep within us that when we speak in tongues we are not purposefully forming a language to dramatize our believes, as many have claimed.  The video clip below shows how Science proves what the Christians have claimed all along.

Why Speak in Tongue?

Speaking in tongues is biblical and a promise from God.

Mark 16:17: “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;”

Acts 1:4-5: “Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Speaking in tongues is the external, tangible evidence in the senses realm, that the internal, intangible gift of Holy Spirit is inside you.

Tongues came from God.

Luke 24:49: “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 2:1-4: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

Benefits of Speaking in Tongue.

1.    Many times we know we need to pray for someone or something but do not know what to pray.  When we speak in tongues, the Holy Spirit who knows all thing help us to pray.   Romans 8:26: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;”

2.    Tongues takes over what words cannot express in our attitude towards God in worship.  1 Corinthians 14:15:  “What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.”

3.  We can thank God and bless Him in the spirit even when times are difficult for us. 1 Corinthians 14:16-17: “Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?”

4.    When we speak in tongues, our spirit, which is always God-conscious, prays instead of our mind which is always easily distracted. 1 Corinthians 14:14: “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.”

5.    We edify ourselves.  1 Corinthians 14:4: “One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.”

6.    We build ourselves up in faith.  Jude 20: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,”

7.    The church may be edify if our tongues are interpreted.  1 Corinthians 14:5: “Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.”

8.    Tongues is a sign to the unbelievers.  1 Corinthians 14:22: “So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.”

9.    Tongues is a sign of power received from God. Acts 1:8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Is Speaking in Tongue a Possession?

NO, since in the bible we were told we have control over when and where we choose to speak in tongues.   1 Corinthians 14:15:  “What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.”

How often Should we Speak in Tongue?

As often as possible.  Apostle Paul instructed the Corinthian church regarding speaking in tongue.  He himself spoke in tongues very often, so much so he is very confident that none in the Corinthian church have spoken in tongues more than him.  Some bible version even says he spoke in tongues more than all of them added together”.  1 Corinthians 14:18:  “I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all;”

Is Speaking in Tongue the evidence of the Holy Spirit?

Acts 19:6: “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.”

Acts 10:44-47 “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?””

Acts 8:17:  “Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.”

Yes according to the above verses.  It often seems that whenever the Holy Spirit fell on the new believers, they will end up speaking in tongues.  However, there are also many occasions recorded in bible that it did not happen the same way.

Acts 2:41:  So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.

Acts 4:4:  “But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.”

Acts 8:38-39: “And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.”

So the claim that if a believer do not speak in tongues, then he/she may not have received the Holy Spirit is wrong and not biblical.  By faith we know the moment we believe we received the Holy Spirit.  We must understand that speaking in tongues will not get us saved, only believing in Jesus Christ, who saves us from our sins.

Why is There an Absent of Evidence?

1.    By Choice 1 Corinthians 14:19: “however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.”  We make the choice when or where we speak in tongues, or not at all.  Speaking in tongues is not a public demonstration of spiritual levels but an inward expression of our intimacy with God.

2.    Self Conscious.  When we are too conscious of ourselves we often become tongue-tied.  We are worried what others may think of us or what if we messed up. Matthew 16:24-25:  “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Self-consciousness is not God-consciousness.  God doesn’t want us focused on ourselves, He wants us to be focused on Him! It’s when we die to our flesh, that the life we’re living becomes the life He lives through us

3.    Lack of faith.  The main reason why so many Christians struggle with a lack of faith is because we follow our perceptions of what is true rather than what we know to be true by faith.  We are simply unwilling to do something we have never done before because we are afraid of the unknown, at least our own unknown.  2 Corinthians 5:7: “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”  Hebrews 11:6: ” And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  If we are able to see the truth; understand its importance and know what needs to be done but still we are stagnated, then we are living in fear.  Fear is living in a constant state of faithlessness.

Different Type of Tongues in the Bible

1.    An unknown tongue unto God. 1 Corinthians 14:2: “For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.”  This type of tongues edify oneself and build that person up in spiritual walk with the Lord.

2.    A known tongue that is a sign to unbelievers.  1 Corinthians 14:22: “So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.”  Acts 2:6: ” And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.”  This is usually a tongue recognizable to the unbelievers, a foreign earth language.

3.    A tongue that is understood through interpretation and edifies the church. 1 Corinthians 14:5: “Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.”  This is the type of tongues God gave to an individual for the church so that when another interpret it it give edification to the church.  That also means that when God gave the utterance for this type of tongues He will also give the interpretation through another or the same person.

How to Start Speaking in Tongue?

1.    You must be born again. Romans 10:9-10: “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

2.    You must have a desire for it and pray.  Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”  John 14:13: “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

3.    You are in control.  1 Corinthians 14:15:  “What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.”

4.    Remember you cannot do it wrong.  Well, there is one way to fail: When it comes to speaking in tongues, there is only one way to fail… and that is not to speak.

5.    Do not wait for a sign or right feelings, it may never come.

6.    When you start to speak, it is like you switched on the switch and automatically electricity will flow.  Nothing will flow as long as you do not switch on the switch.

7.    Practice and do it as often as we can.