Read Matthew 22:23–46
Charles was new to Full Gospel Tabernacle. He often heard people praying in different languages. He was not against it, although it annoyed him at times. Speaking with other tongues didn’t fit his doctrine. Besides, what purpose did it serve? He still prayed, right? Wasn’t that good enough?
Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).
Phil, a deacon at church, sensed his frustration. He suggested that Charles take a second look at the Scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit, then pray about it for a while. Phil even gave him a list of verses. A few weeks later, something powerful happened. Charles was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began praying in a language he had never learned. Experiencing the power of God firsthand changed Charles’ perspective on tongues.
It helps to know all the Scriptures concerning an issue, but we also need to know the power of God. The Scriptures and the Spirit of God work in harmony to confirm truth. When we leave one of them out, doctrinal errors can occur.
Prayer Suggestion: Take your Bible to prayer. Let God’s Word enlighten you while His power touches you.
Quicklook: Matthew 22:23–32
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2007 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.