Kimberly Fincher is author of two books: Freedom Behind Bars and Following God. You can purchase them on Amazon.com. She's also a minister of the Word of God publishing a monthly newsletter to those in prison through out the U.S. and writes a daily blog: Loving Water for Life.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Why Do We Praise Him
Why Do We Praise Him:
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
LOVE. An expression of our deep gratitude and appreciation for His saving grace and our salvation. Why do they not praise Him? Religion. Cold, impersonal, a to-do list.
Why do we speak in tongues? When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will speak in tongues. It’s another way to express your love to Him and a gift of the Spirit to give a message, with either you being the interpreter or another with this gift. The saddest thing is to see people who’ve been going to church all their lives speak down on these expressions of being spirit-filled. They walk by religious things instead of by spiritual things. We are called to walk by faith, not by site. We can not see Jesus with our physical eyes, yet we are called to be like Jesus to others and these miracles will be done and even greater it says to the disciples; when the Holy Spirit comes on the day of Pentecost. It is Jesus’ gift to us, from the Father to all believer’s. I pray today that somebody will ask the Holy Spirit into their heart, somebody whose saved, and baptized but not filled and overflowing with God’s Spirit, somebody who doesn’t praise God, sing unto Him a new song, nor gives to others as a generous giver. I’m speaking to you today. My heart aches for your soul, for salvation is a spiritual matter, not a religious one. There are many who say they’ve cast out demons in Jesus’ name, but He will say: “I do not know you.”
Have you replaced faith, with rhetoric. Have you replaced conversations with your Father God, for bible studies, and AWANA. Are you teaching your children the most important things in life- How to love like Him? There is no salvation without LOVE.
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
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