1 Corinthians 12:2 (NKJV) And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues
Paul talked about the different ministries in the Church of Jesus Christ (universal church). It is God who ordains, sets, and appoints all these offices - those in the five-fold ministry. He also sets people in the local church in the ministry of helps. This ministry is a supportive ministry to the fivefold ministry. God puts you in the local church to support the pastoral ministry. A definite and great way we can help is in prayer. When we pray, we are helping the local church fulfil whatever God has called us to do. We have a part in helping to fulfil God’s holy mandate upon the local church.
YOU AND YOUR PRAYERS ARE GIFTS
People who pray are a gift to their local church. The Apostle Paul acknowledged the Corinthian churches’ help in his many perils and trials through their prayers.
2 Corinthians 1:11 (NKJV) You also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
Not only did the prayers of the believers in the Corinthian churches help and deliver Paul, but they were also a gift to the other churches that Paul ministered to. When Paul’s ministry received help through prayer, he ended up helping more people. As you help your local church in prayer, your church will help more people. People will thank God for the gift of prayer. Others will give thanks to God for the gift of prayer from your church to them. As we pray with and for our bible school alumni and their ministries, people will thank God for the gift of prayer from our church. Hence, prayer is a ministry of help. We minister help and support to those whom God ordains.
There is a supply that comes through our prayers to others, and it is the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. So the Apostle Paul knew what the prayers of the saints could do for him. He knew there would be a bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ through their prayers. Therefore, it turned out for his deliverance and preservation and availed much (Philippians 1:19).
When we pray and supply the Spirit of Jesus Christ to others, it provides them with whatever is necessary for their situation, such as God the Father’s wisdom and strength. The Spirit of the Lord is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. It is also the Spirit of counsel and might and the Spirit of knowledge and reverence for the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-2). Therefore, when we pray, we supply supernatural wisdom and power to those whom we pray. They can be pastors, the government, and those in authority.
For that reason, we must pray for all those in authority. For example, there will be a constant supply of heavenly wisdom to government leaders and those in authority. They can tap into the higher wisdom of God in formulating policies and in their decision making.
If the church does not pray, there can be no wisdom from on high to tap. When God’s wisdom is not made available, they will then operate from the lower wisdom of the world, which is earthly and demonic. Thus, there are two kinds of wisdom: God’s heavenly wisdom and the lower and fleshly wisdom of the world (James 3:15-17).
The supply of the Spirit of wisdom is made available through prayer. The supernatural supply from heaven will bring deliverance, wisdom, and changes, affecting things in the natural. Prayer brings about a heavenly supply. When prayer stops, it cuts the supply off. So let us continue to supply prayer to whomever, wherever, and whenever needed.
BUILD YOUR PRAYER LIFE - Prophecy by Kenneth E. Hagin 1981
The following is a portion of prophecy given through Kenneth E. Hagin on March 1, 1981. Prophecies given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is timeless and it is still for us today:
"Now forasmuch as you're zealous of spiritual things you're to be commended for that," saith the Lord. "Forasmuch as you are zealous to desire to be used of God. Yea, forasmuch as you're zealous and even sense the call upon your life unto the ministry, you do well," saith the Lord. "But remember this, that your ministry will never be powerful. It'll never, speaking from the human standpoint, get off of the ground unless it's backed up with prayer. So build your prayer life first. Build your prayer life upon the Word. Build your prayer life. Wait upon Me," saith the Lord, "and you'll renew your strength. Yea, you'll run and you'll not be weary and you'll walk and not faint. Yea, only a ministry that's built upon prayer will be effective in these last days.”
"And then some say, 'Well, the Word will do it, just let the Word do it.' But the Word will never be effective as it should if that who delivers the Word is not backed up with a life of prayer. So let the prayer life come first. Let the ministry of prayer be first. And you're to be commended because you're zealous of spiritual gifts.” "'Oh, to be used of the Lord,' some have said. 'Yes, to be used. Lord, use me. Lord, use me.' But remember, even the gifts of the Spirit can be misused. Remember, the gifts of the Spirit if used in the flesh are not powerful. They must be backed up with a life of prayer. And so when they're backed up with a life of prayer, then those become great weapons, powerful weapons to pull down the strongholds of the enemy. To do the work of God.”
"So build a life of prayer. Yea, put prayer first, and by so doing the Word, other things, ministry, vocal ministry, singing ministry, gifts of the Spirit in operations will come into their rightful place. And because your spirit has had times of fellowship with the Father and enough fellowship to become keen, then you'll understand the move of the Spirit. And then automatically you'll move with the Spirit. And you'll not come to the place you'd say, 'Well, I don't know what to do now. What should I do now?' Because your spirit is so in tune with heaven that you'll know heaven's desire heaven's will and heaven's plan. And so you will enjoy heaven upon the earth. So begin now. Begin now to build a life of prayer, to build a life, a ministry, of prayer. To give yourself unto the Spirit; for the Spirit would seek those whom He could use. Through whom He can voice the desires of the Father, speaking out the will of God to be done within the earth. And so you'll be glad that you did. You'll be glad that you did.”
Deuteronomy 7:7–9 (NIV) 7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
God’s love for Israel was the reason He kept His covenant made with Abraham. The Abrahamic covenant was one of love and blessing. Love blesses and does not curse. God is also faithful; that does not change either. He is faithful to keep His covenant of love which He swore with Abraham.
We, believers in Christ, have a better covenant than Abraham’s; it is sealed with Jesus’ blood. So, likewise, the Heavenly Father who sent Jesus to establish a covenant with us is faithful to keep His commitment to His covenant of love.
The Heavenly Father is committed to delivering His children if they get into any bondage. He is committed to delivering us from the bondage of sickness and disease or oppression. He is also committed to delivering us from debt. He is committed to meet our every need and want. He is committed to direct and guide our lives to success. He is committed to blessing us spiritually, physically, and financially. The Heavenly Father is committed to making us rich because Jesus became poor for us. He does all these because He has to keep His covenant of love unconditionally. God bound Himself with the blood covenant of Jesus, the covenant of grace.
THE HEAVENLY FATHER’S LOVE TURNS CURSE INTO BLESSING
The blood covenant of our Lord Jesus Christ is a covenant of love and blessing. The Heavenly Father’s commitment to fulfilling His promise to Abraham is to make us a blessing. At the same time, Satan curses the earth and humankind. But the Heavenly Father’s love is committed to turning every curse into a blessing; we see this nature of the Heavenly Father in the Old Covenant.
Deuteronomy 23:5 (NKJV) Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.
Balak, king of Moab, hired Balaam, a prophet, to curse Israel. On the contrary, God’s purpose is to love and bless. He can turn the curse into a blessing; nothing is impossible with God to those who believe. The Father’s love is purposeful, determined and unwavering to bless us.
Whom God blesses, no one can curse. He will turn the curse into a blessing for you because of His love. He loves His children and will not curse His own. The Father’s love does not harm nor curse His children. God is love, and His love is unfailing. Therefore, God’s love never fails to turn the curse into a blessing. Has God stopped loving some people? No. If God is love, then God can never curse anyone. His love will turn the curse into a blessing because He never changes. Jesus became poor so that the Heavenly Father can turn every curse into a blessing to make us rich.
God's covenant is His commitment to the people, and there are requirements of the people. The nature of the covenant is a solemn agreement or promise. The covenant is confirmed sometimes by sacrifice. For example, God told Noah He would establish His covenant with him. After he came out of the ark, Noah built an altar and sacrificed to the Lord. It was a type of Jesus the sacrifice for the redemption of sin. Noah was keeping his commitment to the covenant when he offered sacrifices at the altar.
God's covenant is a covenant of blessing because it is a covenant of love. God is love. Every covenant He established with humankind is a covenant of love.
Romans 13:10 says love does no harm to your neighbour because God is love, and He will neither harm the earth nor human beings. On the contrary, His covenant is to protect, preserve, and bless.
John 3:16 says, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. It is a covenant of love. Anyone born again, the Holy Spirit makes them righteous and holy and dwells and pours His love in their spirit.
Since the Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit, we have His righteous and holy nature; we also have His love in our spirit in its entirety (John 14:17). Thus, as the Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit, He fills our spirit with the fullness of God's love.
The love of God fills our spirit in its entirety. But, besides love, we are filled with the other nature of the Holy Spirit in its entirety.
The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is the nature of God the Holy Spirit; He has the fulness of this nature. Our spirit is also filled with this nature. Our spirit man has the nature of love, joy, peace, long-suffering (patient), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. No law can fault us when we exhibit or walk in this nature of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (AMP) Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]..
The Heavenly Father's love is unfailing. The Father will do anything out of His love. His love does not fail, so He will not fail if we allow Him or follow the Holy Spirit and do as He instructs us. For His love for us will do anything He can to help us succeed. His love never fails; it never fails to help us succeed. His love also cannot fail. Jesus' blood covenant with us is the Heavenly Father's commitment to helping us succeed in life.
The Heavenly Father's love is perfect means it is complete and genuine. We need to know His love is complete; when He does something, it will be complete. He will completely deliver us, heal us, meet our needs, give us what we want. Then there is no fear that we will not be healed, not live long, or live in lack, and not get what we want from the Heavenly Father.
The Heavenly Father will completely protect us; there is no fear that He will not. Therefore, we do not move around with fear but with wisdom, common sense and obey Covid-19 safety measures.
In God's love, there is no fear that He will not protect and shield us. We are in God because God is in us; we do not fear anything. But at the same time, we do not act foolishly.
There are services specially planned for believers, but that does not mean an unbeliever will not walk into that service. These are usually held in a church setting.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES IN A BELIEVER'S SERVICE
1 Corinthians 14:26–33 (NKJV) 26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
Paul emphasised, “when you come together.” They had a church service when they came together. Let each speak and let it be done for edification. This was a believer’s service. It is not only the pastor or the apostle who speaks but anyone who has a psalm, teaching, a tongue, a revelation, or an interpretation. They are to speak, but it is to be done one at a time and in an orderly manner so that others may hear.
Paul said if one had a tongue and another had an interpretation in such a service, let them speak. This is the second kind of tongues that must come with interpretation. Paul did not forbid speaking in tongues in a believer’s service. They could speak to God with Personal Unknown Tongues. When you do not forbid speaking unknown tongues in the church service, then the second kind of tongues can manifest. However, once you forbid speaking Personal Unknown Tongues in church, the second and third kind of tongues will not manifest. That is because you are forbidding the Holy Ghost from giving them the utterance for the first kind of tongues, to begin with. You will be showing disregard to the Holy Spirit who is Lord and who wants to manifest.
Paul said in verse 28 if they had no interpreter, let him not speak out the second kind of tongues. Let him speak to himself and God; they could speak with Personal Unknown Tongues to God. Paul did not say not to speak in unknown tongues to God in a believer’s service.
They could all prophesy but to do it orderly - one at a time. Prophesy with utterances in a known language or prophesy with unknown tongues and interpretation. Not all will speak in a Sunday or teaching service, as the pastor or the teacher will mainly be speaking from the pulpit.
There are different services. We have Sunday church service, teaching service, prayer service, evangelistic service, and worship service. Each service has its purpose. When we forbid speaking in tongues in all these services, then more likely than not, we have misunderstood the purposes of these different services and the three usages of unknown tongues. Personal Unknown Tongues is for speaking to God. Unknown Tongues for Prophecy is for speaking to man, while Ministry Tongues is for speaking to man, angels or even demonic spirits.
UNKNOWN TONGUES IN A SERVICE FOR UNBELIEVERS
In what kind of service are unknown tongues spoken for unbelievers? You could scratch your head and wonder whether there is such a thing as speaking in unknown tongues for unbelievers.
1 Corinthians 14:22 (NKJV) Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
Here, Paul said tongues are for a sign to unbelievers. But how can an unbeliever understand unknown tongues? They cannot. Paul is bringing out another kind of unknown tongues spoken for the unbelievers. The way for them to understand what is expressed in the unknown tongues must be interpreted. Suppose we forbid speaking in unknown tongues in any service. In that case, the Holy Spirit cannot use unknown tongues as a sign for the unbeliever.
What kind of services can you find unbelievers present? You may find them in your Sunday church service, definitely in your evangelistic services. If they are, then there is a possibility the Holy Ghost could give utterances to a believer to speak out the unknown tongues and interpret the unknown tongues to the unbeliever as a sign. Let me illustrate.
Once during a service, Kenneth E. Hagin began to speak in unknown tongues. Seated among the congregation was a Jewish unbeliever. After the service ended, this man came up to Kenneth Hagin and told him that he spoke perfect Hebrew. Kenneth Hagin replied he could not even speak Spanish, let alone Hebrew (many Americans speak English and learn Spanish in school). Kenneth Hagin asked the Jewish man the content of what he said. The Jewish man said, “In perfect Hebrew, you said Jesus is the Messiah.” Kenneth Hagin had spoken in the second kind of unknown tongues for prophecy. It carried a revelation for that Jewish man. When this Jew realised Kenneth Hagin could not speak Hebrew, this second kind of unknown tongues with interpretation became a sign. So the manifestation of the gift of interpretation was given or manifested upon the Jewish man, and he could interpret Kenneth Hagin’s unknown tongues. The purpose of this second kind of unknown tongues was to encourage and comfort him, affirming Jesus was the Messiah; a sign to point him to accept Jesus as his Saviour.
To convince a Jew that Jesus is the Messiah, it would be easier when the Holy Ghost gives him a sign. Therefore, when we forbid speaking in unknown tongues in any service, we prohibit the Holy Spirit from using unknown tongues as a sign to the unbeliever to save him from going to hell.
To understand speaking in tongues in church, we need to identify the different kinds of services. Then, with proper understanding, we will not forbid it during these services.
TEACHING & PREACHING SERVICE
1 Corinthians 14:6 (NKJV) But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth and said if he came speaking to them in tongues, it would not benefit them. Why will it not benefit them? The first kind of tongues is Personal Unknown Tongues, and it is for speaking to God and not to man; no man understands it (1 Corinthians 14:2). No one would understand what Paul taught and preached if he did it with Personal Unknown Tongues. Even if Paul came to them fellowshipping with them in unknown tongues, no one would understand what he was saying too. Therefore, Personal Unknown Tongues is not to be used for teaching or preaching. Then Paul went on to say:
1 Corinthians 14:18–19 (NKJV). 18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Paul said he spoke with tongues more than them. He reiterated he spoke to God with Personal Unknown Tongues more than all of them. And he qualified this by saying that in the church to teach others, it would be foolish of him to speak in unknown tongues because no one would understand what he was teaching. So Paul was not telling the Corinthian church not to speak in tongues in the church service.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:6 if he came to them, it would benefit them if he prophesied to them. Prophecy is for strengthening, comfort, and encouragement (1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV). Thus, while teaching and preaching, the Holy Spirit could have Paul prophesy to minister to the people.
Prophecy may come in two ways. First, it may come as a direct prophecy. For instance, Paul could prophesy with known tongues (language). Or prophecy could also come in the form of unknown tongues together with the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:4-5 (NIV) 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.
Paul said he would like everyone to speak in tongues to edify themselves. But he preferred they prophesy to edify the church. Then he taught that unknown tongues and the interpretation of tongues were equivalent to direct prophecy in a known language; this is the second kind of tongues - Unknown Tongues for Prophecy.
In conclusion, Paul said that he would not speak with Personal Unknown Tongues when he came to teach them. But to benefit them, he should teach, prophesy (prophecy in a known language or in tongues together with interpretation), bring revelation, and bring knowledge. So here again, Paul did not say not to speak in unknown tongues or prophesy in the service.
There are different kinds of services for various purposes. Many preachers do not realise this. For example, many pastors forbid speaking with unknown tongues in the church. However, Paul did not forbid it. On the contrary, he encouraged the Corinthian church to do so. We need to identify the kind of service where speaking in tongues is appropriate.
1 Corinthians 14:2 (NKJV) For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
In a prayer service, we all come together as a congregation to speak to God concerning issues. Whatever the Holy Spirit will have us pray, He will give the utterances in unknown tongues to direct our prayers. So when the church comes together to speak to God concerning matters that He wants us to pray about, we pray in unity and united prayer as a local church in unknown tongues.
When Peter was in prison, the church came together at Mary's house to pray for him.
Acts 12:5 (NKJV) Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
The Heavenly Father wanted them to pray because He wanted to deliver Peter. So they came together to speak to the Father, and they must have prayed in both known tongues and unknown tongues.
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, saying God would deliver him again and again. Because of their help in prayer, the gift of grace was given to him and others for their deliverance.
2 Corinthians 1:10–11 (NKJV) 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
Caught in the storm and being out on the sea for 14 days, Paul's life and those on board the same ship were in danger. How did the church in Corinth know he was in danger of a shipwreck? And know how to pray with understanding for him? There was no way they could have known this. The Holy Spirit Himself led the Corinthian church to pray and direct their prayers for Paul's deliverance and gave them the utterances in unknown tongues.
In prayer services, we all come together to speak to the Heavenly Father with unknown tongues concerning mysteries that only the Father knows.
In united prayer, praying in unknown tongues, praying with supplication for family members, for yourself, and the church members are very effective and vital today.
It is wrong to forbid speaking in unknown tongues in the church when together in united prayer, we can make tremendous power available, dynamic in its working. Moreover, united prayer with unknown tongues is very powerful because everyone will be speaking with utterances given by the Holy Ghost, and they will be in one accord.
VISION OF ANGELS FOR SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT ON 9/11 (2)
I was told about what the Lord showed Patsy, hence this article.
You find two major crises in the Old Testament - famines and plagues that devastated the entire population.
Two passages of Scripture substantiate Patsy’s vision: 1. Acts 12 2. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Often, the Heavenly Father will make His grace available to you, again and again. But you have to receive His grace by faith and through faith. If you do not, it will be given to someone else.
It was how the flood came during Noah’s time. When the Bible says, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever…” (Genesis 6:3). It means, “My Spirit will not always protect humankind….” By default, God always protects humanity. But if they stray away into evil and continue with evil, there will come a time when God will no longer strive to keep them from wickedness. The word “strive” also means plead or to argue about something. God pleaded with the people to turn away from evil. But the people contended with Him, insisting on their own way. God judged that the world would not listen to Him and would not repent. Hence, God said, “My Spirit will not always protect humankind.” He could not protect them because He could see that the entire world at that time would not turn away from evil. They had strayed too deep into sin and away from His protection.
VISION OF ANGELS FOR SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT ON 9/11 (1)
In New York, there were twin towers named the World Trade Center (when it was just built, it was known as the tallest building in the world). Supposedly 40,000 to 50,000 people were working in both these twin towers daily. On the morning of September 11, 2001, two aeroplanes hijacked by terrorists crashed into both buildings, and the furious and extensive fires led to their complete collapse.
That morning Patsy and her husband were in California, staying in a pastor's home. When the pastor saw on TV what had happened, he quickly knocked on Patsy's bedroom door and told her the news. Then they prayed together.
During prayer, Patsy had a vision. In the vision, she saw hosts of angels; from one end of the vision to the other end, filled with countless angels. But these angels were only standing at attention, doing nothing.
Patsy then asked the Lord why the angels were standing still. She thought they should have flown off to help in this catastrophe. The Lord told Patsy that these squadrons of angels work only with the local church. Each squadron works with each local church, and we do not know how many there are in one. There are other hosts of angels for other purposes. But these squadrons of angels are specifically for working with the local church.
Then the Lord said something of great importance to Patsy. He said they were standing there because only the local church in CORPORATE PRAYER can send them, not by small group prayer or individual prayer.
CORPORATE PRAYER is when the senior pastor calls the whole church to come together for united prayer, praying in unknown tongues. CORPORATE PRAYER is ideally led by the senior pastor or his wife or someone God has placed an anointing to lead the prayer.
When local churches get into CORPORATE PRAYER, praying united prayers and in unknown tongues, these angels who specifically work with the local church will be sent forth. They act as shields over the city or the nation to protect them. Else these angels would just be standing still, as in the case of the twin towers tragedy.
Personal angels serve individuals, but squadrons of angels are only engaged in special service for the church.
** (Patsy Cameneti used to be Kenneth E Hagin's right-hand person, and operating as a prophet is her ministry gift.)
Remarks: I want to draw your attention to this. Suppose a local church in New York was constantly in CORPORATE united PRAYER. In that case, the Holy Spirit could lead them to pray corporately so that the squadron of angels could be dispatched to stop the September 11 attack.
Therefore, every province in China must have at least a local church that organises regular CORPORATE united PRAYER.