Word at Work March 7, 2017

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:3-5

1 Corinthians 14:3-5 says, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.” Verse 4 says that he who speaks in a tongue edifies himself. The Greek word translated “edify” is oy-kod-om-eh-o and means ‘to build, to embolden, to square a foundation, to restore or repair that which has been damaged or broken.’ It also means, ‘To promote growth in Christian wisdom, affection, grace, virtue and holiness.’ It includes growing in both wisdom and knowledge. What an opportunity for blessing! If we truly want to grow, then one key avenue for growth is to pray in the Spirit. It is a vital path to character development. How many of us are not yet highly developed in the realm and power of the Spirit? Are we highly developed so that we can respond to the enemy appropriately like the warriors of old just as the prophet Elijah? Why are many of us not where we long to be in the dimension of the Spirit like some of the great men and women of Scripture? Is it possible that our prayer language is being minimized or under-developed? Are there some potential giants in faith out there that are not yet seen because a key element of growth is being passed over for lack of use? Is it time for God’s great champions to emerge! These champions may very well emerge as people who have learned intercession in the Holy Spirit. Let’s do it, in Jesus’ name!

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