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What Does All of This Mean ??????

 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

(Acts 2:5-13)

Today, whenever the Holy Spirit makes His presence known to us we describe our experience with words such as “amazing,” “incredible,” “worried,” or “I just can’t believe it”. When the crowd heard the disciples’ speaking in tongues, some thought it was gibberish while others were amazed that they were speaking in their native language.

This reminds me of a story I read recently. There was a church conference being held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort in Oklahoma. I have been at the same conference spot myself a few times. The group was made up of non-charismatic pastors, and there were some lay people attending as well. The norm at the resort is that whenever the conference room is open, the bar is too, even if it is not in use. During one of the sessions the bartender was quietly cleaning glasses in the back of the room. All of a sudden a man stood up and began to speak in tongues. He was speaking words that no one understood. The moderator thanked the man and appropriately asked him to sit down because there was no one present who could interpret his words. Following the meeting the bartender who was from Iraq came with tears streaming down his face and asked who the man was who had spoken of the great mysteries of God and the Messiah in his native language. The man was saved that evening.

The Holy Spirit is like that. It’s total nonsense to some (“They have had too much wine”), and it’s amazing to others. What is your response when the Holy Spirit speaks to you? Is it nonsense that you ignore, or do you go with it? The disciples went with it and they gave themselves over to the power of the Spirit in faith. They didn’t try to understand it first. This is the mistake we make in our dealings with the Spirit. We try to understand and process everything logically first. You will never experience the full power of the Spirit unless you release control to Him.

Is the Lord asking you to do something right now that seems a little out of whack, illogical? It could be something radical. It doesn’t have to be of course. God can surprise us in the most unlikely situations. Maybe it’s to call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile; maybe to attend a gathering; or to help a stranded motorist; or to ask someone who looks lost if you can help with directions; etc. It can be the most ordinary of circumstances that will give us the most amazing results because God is constantly at work.

Something to think about on this beautiful Lord’s day.

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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Let Trials Bless !!!!!!

Let Trials Bless !!!!!!

Knowing that tribulation worketh patience. (Romans 5:3)

This is a promise in essence if not in form. We have need of patience, and here we see the way of getting it. It is only by enduring that we learn to endure, even as by swimming men learn to swim. You could not learn that art on dry land, nor learn patience without trouble. Is it not worth while to suffer tribulation for the sake of gaining that beautiful equanimity of mind which quietly acquiesces in all the will of God?

Yet our text sets forth a singular fact, which is not according to nature but is supernatural. Tribulation in and of itself worketh petulance, unbelief, and rebellion. It is only by the sacred alchemy of grace that it is made to work in us patience. We do not thresh the wheat to lay the dust: yet the Rail of tribulation does this upon God’s floor. We do not toss a man about in order to give him rest, and yet so the Lord dealeth with His children. Truly this is not the manner of man but greatly redounds to the glory of our all-wise God.

Oh, for grace to let my trials bless me! Why should I wish to stay their gracious operation? Lord, I ask Thee to remove my affliction, but I beseech Thee ten times more to remove my impatience. Precious Lord Jesus, with Thy cross engrave the image of Thy patience on my heart.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
 

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Urgent Prayer Request

Originally posted on The Acts 12 Movement:

This was sent in by one of our readers”

This is an urgent prayer request that was sent to me from Jews For Jesus. I have verified the information through sources. Please continue to pray for this situation until you hear that it has been stopped. I remember praying for ISIS from a post a few days ago.

please pass the
following URGENT prayer request along to everyone you can think of. This
is urgent news from Samaritans Purse. This was sent to me for prayer from
Chaplains with Rapid Response Team. Pray & pass to others.

Dear Friends,

Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone
from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then
spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this
urgent prayer need with all of our contacts. “We lost the city…

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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

He Led Them By A Right Way ( A John Newton Poem )

When Israel was from Egypt freed,
The Lord, who brought them out,
Helped them in every time of need,
But led them round about.

To enter Canaan soon they hoped,
But quickly changed their mind;
When the Red Sea their passage stopped,
And Pharaoh marched behind.

The desert filled them with alarms,
For water and for food;
And Amalek, by force of arms,
To check their progress stood.

They often murmured by the way,
Because they judged by sight;
But were at length constrained to say,
The Lord had led them right.

In the Red Sea that stopped them first,
Their enemies were drowned;
The rocks gave water for their thirst,
And Manna spread the ground.

By fire and cloud their way was shown,
Across the pathless sands;
And Amalek was overthrown,
By Moses’ lifted hands.

The way was right their hearts to prove,
To make God’s glory known;
And show his wisdom, pow’r and love,
Engaged to save his own.

Just so the true believer’s path
Through many dangers lies;
Though dark to sense, ’tis right to faith,
And leads us to the skies.

 
 

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Perfect Willingness !!!!!!

Perfect Willingness !!!!!!

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power. (Psalm 110:3)

Blessed be the God of grace that it is so! He has a people whom He has chosen from of old to be His peculiar portion. These by nature have wills as stubborn as the rest of the froward sons of Adam; but when the day of His power comes and grace displays its omnipotence, they become willing to repent and to believe in Jesus. None are saved unwillingly, but the will is made sweetly to yield itself. What a wondrous power is this, which never violates the will and yet rules it! God does not break the lock, but He opens it by a master key which He alone can handle.

Now are we willing to be, to do, or to suffer as the Lord wills. If at any time we grow rebellious, He has but to come to us with power, and straightway we run in the way of His commands with all our hearts. May this be a day of power with me as to some noble effort for the glory of God and the good of my fellowmen! Lord, I am willing; may I not hope that this is a day of Thy power? I am wholly at Thy disposal; willing, yea, eager, to be used of Thee for Thy holy purposes. O Lord, let me not have to cry, “To will is present with me, but how to perform that which I would, I find not”; but give me power as Thou givest me will.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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My Last Day In New York This Month !!!!!!

Today is my last day in New York this month. I will be returning each month indefinitely. I suppose it seems shorter this time, because except for the past 3 weeks at home, I have been here for the prior 2 1/2 months. A lot has happened and I am starting to have a pretty regular rhythm. New York is fast paced and I’ve acclimated to it very well. It is the complete opposite of the country life which I also enjoy at home. I am really a very blessed guy to be able to share in both.

My week has been varied. On Monday there was a staff meeting which took the first half of the day. The main objective for this week was to make visits and to get into conversations with unsaved Jewish people. Both happened.

On Tuesday I was part of the team that set up a table at Hofstra University on Long Island. It has a large student body with about 60% of them being Jewish. The Long Island resident missionary, Susan Mendelson, had been trying vigilantly over time to be able to set up at the university, but when they found out it was Jews For Jesus it never seemed to get approved. Suddenly, the approval came. It was an answer to prayer. We were the first to set up in the common area, and as soon as we did our neighbors were Hillel and Chabad which are both Jewish groups. They honestly didn’t care for us being there much at all. It seems their eyes never stopped watching us,  which was fine.

A group of orthodox young men that were “investigating” various religions were quite open and before the conversation was over a gentleman with Chabad came over to invite them to Rosh Hashanah ( Jewish New Year ) next week. We are also having two of them in the area, but it will have a totally different message. Not one of mitzvahs ( keeping the 613 commandments ) which is not possible for us to keep perfectly, but our message will be that Yeshua ( Jesus ) successfully kept the law and became the substitute for sinners. Both messages are diametrically opposed to one another. It is law versus grace. Grace triumphs every time, and will in the end.

hofstra univ

The rest of the week I accompanied a NYC veteran missionary, Stewart Weinisch, on visits to Jewish men that he had recently led to The Lord. It was a real blessing to hear their testimonies to answer Bible questions they had. I hit the streets when time allowed by myself and engaged 3 different conversations and invited them to the Rosh Hashanah service here in Manhattan and gave them contact information. Our job is to plant the seed and The Holy Spirit does the rest. That’s what I love about the great commission; we are to proclaim the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and the rest is His work.

I was invited to the Weinisch’s home one evening for a great dinner and fellowship, and attended a send off party last night for a long-time employee who is moving to Pa.

When in Manhattan, there are 2 things that I don’t tire of, and those are the long walks in the City and the wonderful food. I always have the best pastrami sandwich and matzo ball soup at Sarge’s Deli. I can’t even eat a whole sandwich so I order a half since they’re so thick.

matzo ball

pastrami

It was a great week and am thankful to be a part of the NYC office even though it is a long way from home. I will finish today on the streets seeing who The Lord opens up for me to speak with. In the least, I will plant some more seeds by handing out our great tracts. You can usually hand out 300 or so in an hour or so in the busy part of the day.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Life, Love, Religion

 

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The Reason For Singing !!!!!!

The Reason For Singing !!!!!!

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

What a word is this! Jehovah God in the center of His people in all the majesty of His power! This presence alone suffices to inspire us with peace and hope. Treasures of boundless might are stored in our Jehovah, and He dwells in His church; therefore may His people shout for joy.

We not only have His presence, but He is engaged upon His choice work of salvation. “He will save.” He is always saving: He takes His name of Jesus from it. Let us not fear any danger, for He is mighty to save.

Nor is this all. He abides evermore the same, He saves, He finds rest in loving, He will not cease to love. His love gives Him joy. He even finds a theme for song in His beloved. This is exceedingly wonderful. When God wrought creation He did not sing but simply said, “It is very good”; but when He came to redemption, then the sacred Trinity felt a joy to be expressed in song, Think of it, and be astonished! Jehovah Jesus sings a marriage song over His chosen bride. She is to Him His love, His joy, His rest, His song. O Lord Jesus, by Thine immeasurable love to us teach us to love Thee, to rejoice in Thee, and to sing unto Thee our life-psalm.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
 

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