Summary: A message dealing with the gift of tongues. Do some have truly it today?

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“I Wasn’t Talking To You”

Joke: A sales manager overheard one of his salesman stating to a customer that they haven’t had any in a while and it didn’t look like they were going to get any in the near future. Not wanting to lose the customer the sales manager rushed up to them both and said, “Sir this man is new and just learning the business no matter what you want, if we don’t have it we will order it immediately, what was it you were wanting? The new salesman looked at the manager with disgust and said, “Rain.”

Children are a lot like that. They come into a room during a conversation and they don’t take the time to understand the conversation.

There are even adults like that and sometimes you just have to say, “I Wasn’t Talking To You.”

Every Sunday morning I come before you with messages that come from one main source, God’s Word.

These messages don’t always apply to everyone.

If I preach on lying and you don’t lie then I am not talking to you.

If I preach on committing adultery and you are not doing it then I am not talking to you.

If I preach on not being faithful to God and you are faithful then I am not talking to you.

And I hope this morning’s message applies to absolutely none of you.

So if you leave here thinking, I don’t do that, then you know what? I wasn’t talking to you.

There are several topics in the scriptures that are controversial simply because they are misunderstood and this message is meant to make it clear as to what the Bible says.

Now there are many different religions and many different beliefs that I don’t agree with, and neither does God’s Word.

I am always telling you that when Jesus or one of the Apostles is teaching to those direct they are also teaching to us.

This is a true statement but there are times when certain statements are made that don’t directly apply to us.

When Jesus told Peter to step out of the boat onto the water He was speaking directly to Peter, not to the other disciples, and certainly not to us today.

If you are under the assumption that Jesus was referring to everyone in this situation, after services go get you a boat, take it out in the middle of the lake, and get out and see what happens.

Trust me you will sink because what Jesus instructed Peter to do that day was a lesson. And it is not a lesson that needs to be carried out by everyone to prove it.

It’s unfortunate that God’s Word doesn’t use an asterisk with a footnote that says, “I wasn’t talking to you!”

Because there are times when we all could really use that kind of guidance.

Last week I spoke to you about gifts from God and how we should use them. And I told you that if you were not sure what your gift was, then simply ask God.

There were certain gifts given to the apostles to use for the building of Christ’s Church that some believe still exist today.

In other words they believe that Christ’s disciples were given these things and since we are disciples of Christ we have them also.

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