Wig’s Word of God Today 6-6-2011
In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world. John 16:33b
Acts 19:1-8, Psalm 68 & John 16: 29-33
Paul is traveling through Ephesus and comes across some followers of Jesus and asks: “Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:2 He advises them that being Baptized by John was done with water but to truly follow the Christ you must be Baptized in His Name and be Baptized in Spirit by the laying of hands. After Paul Baptizes them in the Name of Jesus and lay hands on them, they go about speaking in tongues and praising God.
I have many family members in Georgia who are ministers or strong followers of Jesus Christ and I am reminded of them when I read about speaking in tongues because I have witness many a tongue speaker when I have attended a service with them or attended a funeral. Once my uncle passed away who was a preacher and it seemed every preacher from miles around had attended his funeral. I sat and listened to one after the other rise and speak in words I have never heard before yet one of my uncles would rise and begin speaking clearly Scripture versus as they were talking. I mentioned to him afterwards his beautiful words I enjoyed understanding and my aunt spoke up and said he had the gift of tongue translation. My uncle was translating the speaking of tongues the ministers were speaking and I could feel the Holy Spirit there as the hairs of my body tingled.
My wife and I watched a special about the Russian writer Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn who was imprisoned during the World War II after being a decorated war hero for writing his college friend and telling him his distain for the Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin. After years of torture and imprisonment, he became many would agree as the man who help tear down the Soviet Communist Empire by his writings. I mention him today because his literary work was based upon what he called living the Truth in God. Jesus tells us today in John 16:33 that “in the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world” and this man used his faith in Christ to ultimately overcome communism, imprisonment and cancer.
He once was asked to give the commencement speech at Harvard University and by people’s opinion he slapped America in the face by his blunt speaking of the Truth. Here is a small yet important piece of this Truth that even Dan Rather said later was very important for every American to hear and learn by.
“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. Such as it is, however, the press has become the greatest power within the Western countries, more powerful than the legislative power, the executive, and the judiciary.” “If humanism were right in declaring that man is born only to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It cannot be the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then cheerfully get the most of them. It has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one’s life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that one may leave life a better human being than one started it. It is imperative to review the table of widespread human values. Its present incorrectness is astounding. It is not possible that assessment of the President’s performance be reduced to the question how much money one makes or of unlimited availability of gasoline. Only voluntary, inspired self-restraint can raise man above the world stream of materialism.”
On June 8th, 1978 this amazing author spoke up about the world of self and the secular worlds hold on humanity that we as a people over 33 years later are reeling from the effects of the same obvious lack of concern for Spiritual growth than that of material growth causing America and the world to lose touch with it Almighty Creator. It is time we stand up for the Truth in the Word of God as a majority and stop letting the secular world ruin the future of generations to come by our lack of respect to our youth, our families and our worlds Spiritual growth. Stop being silent and show your love of loving Christ Jesus and help save the world from lies and live in Truth.
So we ask in prayer: Dear God, we pray today for the Emmaus Weekend people of St. Louis. May the Fire of Christ burning in their hearts fill their lives with Truth. We pray Augie Silva’s continued healing. We pray we are never afraid of speaking the Truth even though we know the world will hate us for it. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
God Bless His Truth for America,
Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
“Spirit led God inspired Christ fed“
Afraid Not of Speaking His Truth
I live to see the journey
His Word I learn to speak
Not for my own gain
America’s return to joy I seek
How can we live blind to enjoy
A world of secular sin and self
Will we learn from history
Or die as the communists felt
I will go on speaking and writing this love
Joined by the majority as proof
We will live to see America rejoice
Afraid not of speaking His Truth
© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins June 6, 2011 @ 5:12 AM EST