Word at Work March 20, 2017

Scripture: Isaiah 28:13

Isaiah 28:13 says, “But the word of the Lord was to them, ‘Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little,’ That they might go and fall backward, and be broken And snared and caught.” God has sent us this developmental path to the character of Christ. This developmental path will keep heaven open and will keep us from falling. It will supply an abundant entrance to the Kingdom. Yet part of this developmental path comes in an offensive package. Many do not see the value of tongues – there is often disagreement over it among various denominations and believers. Healing and miracles are embraced but tongues is often disputed. God sent tongues as His blessing and as one of the highest-valued aspects in His school of growth and development. However it comes in a language that is foreign enough that some reject or devalue it. We must remember that the wisdom of God is far beyond the wisdom of man. God wants humility and one of the ways He gains it is by asking us to surrender to His will. He directs us to use our prayer language and it supplies an abundant opening to the fullness of His blessing. In saying yes we enter into the simplicity and childlikeness of surrendering ourselves as a vessel. By this act of obedience the Holy Spirit can move and bypass our understanding to propel us forward in our Christian walk. With many of us there is a war in our mind about our prayer language sounding crazy to us or appearing strange to others. But obedience is never crazy to God. Obedience is pleasing and a joy to God! Praying in tongues is valued and normal in God’s Kingdom realm. The choice is ours – will we do it?

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