WARM UP BEFORE YOU GO TO CHURCH BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

11th December, 2018

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

Topic: WARM UP BEFORE YOU GO TO CHURCH

THEME SCRIPTURE:
1 Corinthians 14:18-19 (KJV)
[18] I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: [19] Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

MESSAGE
Some uninformed believers have misconstrued Apostle Paul’s analogy in our theme Scripture. They have concluded that speaking in tongues is not to be done in church, but that would mean taking Apostle Paul’s statement out of context.

When you look at verses 18 and 19 of First Corinthians chapter 14 in context, you’d notice Apostle Paul said he spoke in tongues more than all of the Corinthian church folks put together. Meaning, he must have spent many hours in a day speaking in tongues, right? Where did he spend time speaking in tongues if he didn’t do that in church? That’s food for thought!

The Corinthian church folks were boastful of their great ability to speak in tongues, to the extent that even when one had to communicate a message through teaching or preaching, such a person would speak in tongues the whole period, out of sheer boastfulness of his/her spiritual prowess. And this is what Apostle Paul sought to address; he wasn’t condemning speaking in tongues in church meetings; he was guiding the church to prioritize the use of other gifts   such as prophecy for the edification of one another in church, more than the use of speaking in tongues which is for personal edification.

In essence, we’re to use the gift of speaking in tongues more, outside of church meetings, than during church meetings. Since the gift is for personal edification, each and every member of the church is expected to have “fired up” at home or wherever he/she may be before joining a church gathering. If we’re all “on fire” before we meet at church, we won’t spend the long hours we use in church to  “warm up.” We can ignite a revival in no time if we’re all on fire before we meet at church.

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