9. SELF CONTROL
The gifts and fruits are meant to be used together in a complementary fashion.
Typologies In The Old Testament.
As you know, at one time there was no New Testament. It should come as no surprise that the New Testament came out of the Old. Paul, who wrote 3/4 of the New, taught from the only written word available, which was obviously The Old Covenant. The letters he wrote were direct revelations given to him specifically by the Holy Spirit.
It should also come as no surprise that everything in the New is hidden somewhere in the Old. Hidden throughout are beautiful pictures of Jesus, Israel, the Church. Among other things is the answer as to how to properly use the Gifts and Fruits in complementary fashion. This information is hidden in the most surprising and unexpected place: The garments of the High Priest!
And upon its hem (of the High Priest’s garment) you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around. And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the Lord and when he comes out, that he may not die.”
Why did God choose pomegranates? The Song of Solomon in chapter 6 verse 7 gives us a clue:
“Like a piece of pomegranate Are your temples behind your veil.”
Again, it’s a “Word,” NOT a “paragraph,” because any more than that is TMI. God is not running a gossip mill.
When you step out in faith on anything, you will feel God’s leading because you have a sense of peace about it. Where there is no peace, you know not to go that way.
Isaiah 55:12 tells us “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
The mountains and trees are picture of people and places in the world. Wherever we go, we are a blessing going somewhere to happen. Others around us will feel better just because we are there, not because we’re so great, but because we carry inside us the very life of the Living God! Out of our belly flows living water, something for which everyone around us is thirsty.
#8 The Gift of Tongues goes with the #8 The Fruit of Gentleness.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:4-5, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church May receive edification.”
The man who speaks or prays in tongues edifies, or builds up, himself. This is both spiritually AND for you physical body. But when employed in a corporate setting, it must come with an interpretation so that the whole body of believers may be edified. This edification must be delivered with gentleness, or meekness. It is never harsh or condemnatory. It must inspire, encourage, and strengthen the hearers.
Gentleness or meekness is power under control. It is an exhibition of God’s power but it is not to be used to berate or tear down, rather to build up in every way.
#9 The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues goes with The Fruit of Self-Control.
Now here’s a picture for you. Ever been in a charismatic church where your hair was practically singed from someone’s “Interpretation of tongues?” I have.
It’s not pretty or pleasant. It’s also not from God. He does not cajole, berate, chide, or condemn His people. That’s the devil’s M.O.
Some folks with a hard, or law-centric, view of God can get a little carried away and start spewing out all kinds of filth. As you read above, the gift of tongues must EDIFY the hearers. There is nothing that grieves the Holy Spirit more than someone beating His flock with condemnation.
A little self-control here, which I remind you is a FRUIT, would stop the fiery rhetoric in its tracks. How to we bear this fruit? By having a BIG REVELATION of Who Jesus is. We are transformed by beholding (Him), not scolding.
(If you follow the link below, you can read all about what really grieves the Holy Spirit:
Ever wonder why the Holy Spirit always appears like a Dove? Our Master Storyteller, is painting pictures for us again!
Doves have 9 primary feathers on each wing. When all the gifts and fruits are working together in harmony, there is perfect balance.
You see, if there is only the gifts operating in the Church, it’s like the Dove trying to fly straight with only one wing. The same applies if only the fruits are operating. The Church flies straight when both are used in HARMONY. A bird with one wing can only fly in circles, going nowhere and accomplishing nothing.