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The Devil’s Photos of Your Divorce and Remarriage

I give Kenneth Hagin, my mentor and brother in Christ, the credit for this message. He’s with Jesus now, but I have learned so much from him and feel like I know him personally. (Remember there is no time and/or space in the spirit realm where God is!) On with the message!

Since my divorce and remarriage, the enemy has tried to plague me as a Christian, with doubts of my salvation, and, hence, a lack of the joy of my salvation and the mighty strength that gives us as believers. A great tactic on the enemy’s part. Here’s how the devil puts it: “You (me) had no right to remarry after your divorce. Don’t you know you are living in sin now? You should leave your new husband and live alone for the rest of your life, or you will go to hell! It doesn’t matter that your former spouse verbally abused you, used pornography all his life, treated you horribly or threatened to lock you up in a sanitarium. After all he never actually did that last part. So what if he had anger issues and had you so afraid of him that you resorted to living in a locked room in your own house? You still don’t have any hard evidence that he physically cheated on you. So you have no Biblical grounds to leave him and marry another! You’re not saved, and you are going to hell!”

I woke up this morning with that issue heavy on my heart again. Funny how the enemy attacks when you are sleeping sometimes! At the same time, I heard Kenneth Hagin’s message in my ear ( I sleep with Godly sermons playing through my ear buds all night) saying something like this, “Satan, take your old photos of the past and leave! That’s all they are, just photos! The enemy will try to shut down your power for the Lord and your joy and your strength (the joy of the Lord is my strength!) by making you feel guilty where there is no guilt!”

Reverend Hagin also wrote many books among which is one titled, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage. God has used this book mightily in my life to teach me that I AM His daughter, I AM saved, and I AM going to heaven when I die! In this book Kenneth Hagin deals with the situation of a young woman whose husband to all outward appearances was a believer. However, he ran away and never came back or even contacted her. She believed her life was over at an early age…doomed to live and raise her young son alone… because the Bible says in Corinthians 7:15, “But if the unbeliever depart, let him depart. A brother or sister is not under bondage in such cases…” In her case, however, her husband was a believer.  Mr. Hagin pointed out to the young woman’s father, who was a pastor also, that 1 Timothy 5:8 says. “If any provide not for his own, especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.” Reverend Hagin went on to explain that they are worse than unbelievers because they know better. They’ve been enlightened.

In his book, Reverend Hagin goes on to write the following: There may be a man who claims to be a Christian but is treating his wife badly, perhaps abusing her severely. The wife may have pleaded with her husband not to treat her that way. Other Christians, including the pastor (who represents the church), may have also talked with the husband. Should the wife stay in a marriage where a so-called “Christian husband” is putting her emotional and physical well being at risk? Jesus said in Matthew 10:17 that if the offending person continually disregards counsel, he is just like a heathen man. In other words, his conduct is like that of an unbeliever. He is worse than an infidel. — from Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage by Kenneth Hagin, pg. 45.

Even as I write this, the Holy Spirit is impressing me to notice well the phrase, “he has denied the faith” in that verse we just spoke of, 1Timothy5:8. Is someone who has denied the faith still a born again Christian? I don’t believe so. Praise our beautiful God who sets us free from bondage of all kinds! If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, friend, take this message of freedom and grace in Jesus to them! Romans 8:15 says, “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bearing witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God…” Hallelujah! We are not under bondage in such cases!

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Are Tongues For Real?

Praying in Tongues, Is It for Real?

Are you a Christian? Do you pray in tongues? What are ‘tongues’ and why should you care?
If you already know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, then you should absolutely want the gift of tongues.
I wasted years holding off on this. I was born again, loved the Lord, but that tongues stuff was just too weird for me. I thought it was either some kind of occult thing or it was just a practice of the early church that went away with the first apostles.
Something kept quietly nagging me deep inside once in a while about it. I kept pushing it back thinking, ‘I’ll deal with that later.”
So later finally came when I began to follow Derek Prince on YouTube. I got into the habit of listening to him teach as I fell asleep at night. I loved what I was learning so much! I entered a new dimension of my walk with the Lord through all the things Derek taught. I ordered a workbook from his ministry called Self Study Bible Course on basics of the Christian faith, and this workbook included the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Well, after I finished Study No. 7, I couldn’t deny any longer that speaking and praying in tongues was for me. It is a gift. A free gift of the Holy Spirit. But it only comes to those Christians who are baptized, or filled, with the Holy Spirit.

In Luke 11:13 we learn what good gift God the Father will give to all His children who ask Him. It’s the Holy Spirit Himself!! All we need to do is ask the Father, in Jesus name and believe that we have what we ask! We know we are asking according to His will so we know we have the Holy Ghost! Yes, it is by faith. But the Christian walk is a faith walk. Faith is the only way to please our God. He is a faith God!
My little study went on to show me that the first thing that happened when the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples on Pentecost is that they began to speak with other tongues! Acts 2:4 Wow! Same thing happened to the people that Peter was preaching to in the house of Cornelius. They began to speak in tongues!
Paul himself declares in his letter to the Corinthian Christians (1 Corinthians 14:18) that he spoke in tongues ‘more than
you all.’ He also says that all Christians can pray in tongues, and he wishes that they did! 1 Corinthians 14:5

When a Christian speaks or prays in tongues, he does 4 things:
1. He speaks to God. It’s like a secret love language between you and God that not even the devil can hack into!
2. He speaks mysteries in the spirit. That means the Christian’s spirit, with the help of the Holy Ghost, speaks things to God that not even his own intellectual mind knows that he needs to talk to God about.
3. He edifies himself. This simply means that he builds himself up. Becomes stronger and stronger in the Lord and in His Spirit. He grows in his spiritual walk with God.
4. Jude teaches us that praying in tongues builds our faith.

The book of 1 Corinthians in the Bible has a lot to say about praying in tongues. I also learned much about this subject from my other mentor, Kenneth E. Hagin. If you ever wondered how anyone could possibly spend hours in prayer, it’s because they pray ‘in the Spirit.’ The Holy Spirit takes over and prays in your spirit, through you and for you.

After an honest look at all this evidence, I told the Lord, “Lord, please fill me with your Holy Spirit. If You want me to pray in tongues then I will obey You. I will feel foolish, but Lord, I’ll gladly feel foolish for You.” I opened my mouth and let the Holy Spirit fill it with His language and His prayers. I have never looked back. I was missing so much!
The wonderful Amplified Bible says, “…the Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.
And He (God) Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the Holy Spirit (what His intent is), because the Spirit intercedes and pleads before God in behalf of the saints (that’s us, Christians…did you know God considers us all saints after we are born again?) according to and in harmony with God’s will.
If you are a Christian who has not yet been filled with the Holy Ghost, nor spoken or prayed in a private prayer language to our Lord, don’t wait another day! Your walk with God will deepen and grow like never before. The gifts of the Holy Spirit will begin to manifest in your life. God will be so real to you! Just step out in faith, like a child, and so what if you feel a little foolish? It doesn’t last long, I promise!