Don’t Limit the Limitless One
During the Gulf war I read about an interesting incident which happened to a sergeant who was a member of the Assemblies of God (I don’t remember which Assemblies publication it was. I am not attempting to quote but simply remember the story’s basic details). He and his men were awaiting orders at a designated position. While they were at this position, they were guarding some supplies. An Arab rode up on a camel and when he climbed down, he presented the men with a small bundle. He was apparently quite desperate. It was obvious that he was pleading with the American soldiers but they were unable to understand the source of his desperation because the man only spoke Arabic. From a distance, the sergeant was sitting in a jeep watching the proceedings as the man fell to the ground and began drawing in the sand in an effort to communicate. Something in the sergeant’s heart was stirred as he observed the Arab’s frantic efforts. He walked over to where the commotion was and asked what was going on. The men showed him the bundle which contained an infant. The sergeant then asked the Arab what he needed. The Arab responded with great relief that, finally, someone could understand him. He told the sergeant that the baby was in desperate need of milk. It just so happened that there was a large stack of milk in cases which the soldiers were guarding. The sergeant gave his men orders to load as much milk as possible on the man’s camel. After the Arab had left, the soldiers approached the sergeant in amazement. One soldier spoke up and said, “Sir, none of us knew that you spoke Arabic.” The sergeant replied, “I don’t speak a word of Arabic.” With inquisitive looks, his men protested, “But, sir, we all heard you just speak Arabic to that man.” The sergeant heard himself speaking English and heard the Arab replying in English, yet they were both speaking Arabic. I wonder which operation of the Holy Spirit that was. Perhaps it was the compassionate heart of Jesus enabling two men to communicate who, otherwise, had no logical way of communicating. So, was it the gift of tongues or interpretation or was it mercy or the word of knowledge or the word of wisdom or perhaps some other? The end result was that a person who has experienced the power of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues was able to communicate with a man who spoke a language which he did not understand. Why would we want to limit this Limitless God Jehovah which we serve?
(This is an excerpt from the book “Prophetic Characteristics and Guidelines” written by Marty Gabler.)
MARTY GABLER is speaking at the Kingdom Equipping Congress.
KEC2016 March 2-4, 2016
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