Dear Lord Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus, men are disappearing from the pulpit and we need them desperately.
According to your Holy Word there is only One that was chosen to be in the pulpit, after the Son of Man had ascended into heaven. That One that God refers to is the Holy Spirit.
Please send the Holy Spirit to our pulpit and I donít care if You send Him in a donkey, just so it is Him.
Please forgive the men that try to keep the Holy Spirit quiet, just because they do not approve of the vessel You have chosen for Him to speak through. Amen
Yes, there is only One that should be in the pulpit and that One is the Holy Spirit!
25"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28You have heard Me say to you, "I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, "I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
16But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams. 18And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.
1 Corinthians 3 16Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
1 Corinthians 6 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh."17But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Corinthians 12 3Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Hebrews 10 15But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 16"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them," 17then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 18Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
10Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things which angels desire to look into.
2 Peter 119And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
********And the final note with the verse that has upset many, because of a lack of understanding.*********
In these following verses, Paul was not addressing men and women of the church here, but the prophets of the church and if you are well versed in the Bible, you should know that women were also prophets both in the old testament and new. If this is new to you, I would be happy to send you verses that show this ( you can search for yourself in Biblegateway.com, using the word prophetess).
But because God considers all of mankind as women and Christ their Husband, Paul was warning the prophets to not speak out in church, but to let the Holy Spirit speak unhindered. And we must not forget that it was God and not a man speaking here. If any prophet should question what the Spirit has to say, they should remain silent and then they should go home and pray (as the Bible recommends) behind closed doors.
And if you do not find this to be the Truth, then you need to go to the Lord in prayer. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
1 Corinthians 14 29Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. 31For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 32And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 34Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.
36Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
37If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. 38But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. 39Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. 40Let all things be done decently and in order.
5"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.7And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Thank you for saying what is and has been in my spirit for so long so very clearly. Thank you SO much!!! Sister, you have outlined it so clearly and I was truly in need of this word today. I just want give you a high *5* or a pat on the back or something. I just pray the Lord will bless you greatly instead. How's that? I feel like crawling up on top of the house or something!!! :::grin:::