Importance of speaking in tongues emphasized. This is a special gift from God and is the only gift that is for us individually to mature and edify. Communication directly with the Lord is vital to our growth.
There is much power in the heavenly tongues. Satan understands what we speak and his powers can be broken through this language.
Jude is a key book for today. Faith is the key and Jude 20 is the key to anointing.
Mystery of God as revealed in Christ. This was done in degrees. Man couldn't take all of them at once. The Adam/God relationship was not complete. God had more in mind even from the beginning. The cross is an essential part of that mystery. Jesus had to come in the flesh to show that God wanted fellowship.
God's divine purpose - to have a body He can inhabit; a place He can rest.
We are to be that habitation. He will find rest in us as we find rest in Him. He is sufficient for all -- this gives us rest. Grace, not law. New Testament, not Old. "Ye are the temple." He does not desire to live with us (Old Testament), but IN US.
John 17, 1 John 3:2-3
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is not for power, but to make us like him. Only God can cause us to be holy.
"Stir up the gifts" -- this is the means of distributing grace (the manifold grace of God)
God wants the church -- the body -- in operation, just the leaders.
Three stages of the church:
2. Functioning body - corporate
3. Habitation of God (Ephesians)
We are to emanate God. Everything else is the build-up. He wants to be revealed to the world.
1 John 2:20
We have the anointing. We don't know what to do with it. We have underestimated the power and have not exercised faith.
The Holy Spirit comes on us = power
The Holy Spirit (anointing) = teaches us
Pray in tongues - God does the rest.
Proclamation is not its own fulfillment.
Jesus must be given all the glory. We are not to take our "cut" from Him.
1 John 2:12-14
Maturity should bring communion. Our desire should be to KNOW GOD and not seek exploits. A relationship with Him will get the job done.
We must do what we have to do -- stir up the gifts -- but the final analysis is that God will get it done. Get acquainted with Him and He will get things done. There are certain things that only God can do.