Try speaking in tongues to Siri. You won’t get very far. Siri can’t interpret tongues and most of us people can’t either. Wouldn’t it be great if you could ask Siri to translate what God wants us to do? Don’t be surprised if your friends are not any better. Look at Job. He might have been better off talking to Siri than to his friends.
Prayer is not just talking to God. We also need to decipher what He is saying. Don’t be deceived. The Bible is full of examples of deceit and misdirection. It is also full of people who claimed to speak for God when they are only speaking their demands in His name.
Look out when people loudly proclaim, “God told us to……” I may follow that person but there better be substance behind it. In other words, they get one chance. If they are wrong once I will probably not listen again. I will also not listen if it goes off the instruction in the Bible.
Be careful out there. There are no simple answers.
1 Corinthians 14:28
If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.
Every time we visit an orphanage we take gifts for the children. Soccer balls, cars, dolls, etc. The children love them and run off to play. The next time we go to visit, NONE of those toys can be found. We ask “what happened to the toys that we brought?”
Some of the answers are: They broke, they were stolen, they are lost, they got kicked over the wall, the orphanage workers took them for their own children. I think it is nearly impossible to keep toys in an orphanage.
Where are the gifts that God gave you? Are they broken? Were they stolen or lost? Did you use them so hard that they were kicked out of your life – lost forever?
God has blessed you with so many gifts and yet you act like you don’t have any. Prophets come to your church and you ask for more wisdom and gifts. Maybe those prophets should ask what you are doing with the ones you already have.
Take a look around your house and see what is hiding. You may be surprised at what God has already given you.
1 Corinthians 12:27-29 (NIV)
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
*On this trip to Guatemala, I bought Isaiah new Nike sneakers because his were duct taped together! I never saw those shoes again and he didn’t remember what happened to them! He did wear out shoes fast!