Hi Heartsong,Way back in college, I belonged to a fellowship of believers. It pretty much ran like a church as it was our primary/only place of fellowship I knew a sister who the Lord used in an interesting way: when someone gave a message/word in a supernatural language/tongues, [which wasn't regular], she would interpret what they said in English. There was always a witness in my spirit that it was the Holy Ghost.She wasn't superspiritual in any way, but you know when you're in the presence of one who enjoys intimate fellowship with the Lord. She was like that. I haven't met anyone who the Lord uses like that in recent years though....
HeartSong wrote:While I have talked to a few people that speak in tongues, I have yet to meet anyone that interprets tongues. ...I have no doubt that one of these days the Lord will show me.
DeepThinkerThere are teachings out there that one receives the Holy Spirit when they "Believe." I wonder why the devils don't get the Holy Ghost for it says they "believe and tremble".
An article / sermon by Zac Poonen:[url=https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=23346][b][i]Baptism of the Holy Spirit[/i][/b][/url]A different article by Zac Poonen:[url=https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=18335][b][i]Our New-Covenant Birthright[/b][/i][/url]Under the old covenant, the Holy Spirit came only upon certain people, to enable them to fulfil a specific task for God. Under the new covenant, however, the Holy Spirit can be received by all. He has come to show us the glory of Jesus and to transform us into His likeness.John the Baptist pointed to two ministries that Jesus would fulfil - one was to take away sins and the other was to baptize people in the Holy Spirit (Jn. 1:29,33). We need to experience both of these.The first promise in the New Testament is: "He will save His people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21). The second promise in the New Testament is: "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 3:11).It's significant that the New Testament opens with these two promises. This was the beginning of a new era in God's dealings with man - the new covenant. This is then our double birthright as children of God - to be saved from our sins and to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And God certainly wants to give us our full birthright - not just half of it.The first five books of the New Testament each begin with the promise of the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 3:16; Jn. 1:33; Acts 1:5). Yet so many Christians have neglected to claim this for themselves.
...the devils believe and tremble...I believe that Scripture refers to those who believe God exists out where somewhere and wish to go no further.The devils believe and tremble because they have known His awful holiness and want no part of it.We, however, not only believe Him to be, we also believe on Him as our Savior and are increasing in that revelation till we see Him.