For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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I Corinthians 14:26-40
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all things should be done decently and in order.
Order allows the Holy Spirit to move and flow among us. There are no hindrances or obstacles and the minds and hearts are open to receive. Our spirit connects with His Spirit and we acknowledge and accept or reject. This principle of order can be applied to any situation. God is the God of order, not confusion. And this will allow us to judge whether the manifestations among us be of God or man.
“…What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.…”
When we meet do we have something to contribute that will build up those with us? Are we faithful in giving as well as receiving? Do we realized that when we come together not only do we benefit from the worship in our spirit and from the teaching in our knowledge but also that we are needed to provide the same for others in the group. We each can focus on how we can benefit the group as well as looking forward to taking something away from the gathering. Let us purpose before the next gathering to be ready to give to others in encouragement and love.