Taber's Truths | RSS Feed Speaking The Truth In Love Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:36:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 7 Prayer Strategies That Can Change Your Life In 2015 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:36:06 +0000 Read More]]> Many people treat prayer as some type of ritual they must engage in to get God to do something for them.

They want to follow step one, step two, and step three and then bang, they are done and God is on the hook to move on their behalf.

Unfortunately prayer doesn’t work that way.

Prayer is communication with God and as such, it doesn’t have a formula.

So this is not a list of things to do per se, but instead is a list of strategies that if you will apply those strategies, it will transform your life and you will see God move in ways you haven’t seen before.

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9 Quirky Habits Charismatic And Pentecostal Christians Should Break Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:04:53 +0000 Read More]]> I have been a Spirit filled Christian for 34 years now. Over the years I have seen different practices that in all honesty are a little quirky. I know that some of these practices started in the infancy of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements and that they might have taken hold just because people didn’t work through their implications due to their immaturity. However I think it might be time that we grow up a little and think through these things and lay them aside for the greater good of people and the gospel. Here are 9 of them that we should really examine a little more closely.

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Why Every Christian Should Dance Before The Lord At Least Once! Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:50:35 +0000 Read More]]> The first time I heard a message in the church about dancing was in a Baptist church. The Pastor was explaining that we should not dance because dancing leads to sex. Seeing how I am a little of a smart alek, I turned to my wife and suggested that we go dancing after church.

Later in my Christian life, I encountered where Pentecostals would have an experience that they called dancing in the Spirit. Basically they would let out a shout, and start to do what can only be described as a frenzied jig.

Dancing has been stigmatized in the church as something that is worldly or carnal or it has been hyper spiritualized to the point that it is only allowed if you are somehow taken over by the Spirit of God and it is not you that is really dancing. I think both of these mentalities in the church are neither healthy nor biblical. I believe that there are real benefits of allowing yourself to dance before the Lord.

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10 Myths About Pentecostal And Charismatic Christians Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:37:30 +0000 Read More]]> Ihave been a Spirit filled Christian for over 34 years. During that time I have heard almost every argument imaginable against the Spirit filled lifestyle. When I started this website I made the choice to make it unashamedly focused on the Spirit filled lifestyle. So, I thought this would be a good time to list for you some of the myths that people believe concerning Spirit filled living.

10 Myths About Spirit Filled Living And Spirit Filled Believers.

Myth #1; Spiritual Gifts Prove Spiritual Character

In our culture, we glorify and glamorize people with special abilities. Whether it is sports abilities, musical abilities, or speaking abilities, we seem to think that they are something better than the rest of ordinary humanity.

Unfortunately many Spirit filled Christians allow this worldly attitude to pervade how they perceive people with powerful spiritual gifts.

The word used in the greek language for spiritual gifts is charismata. It means a favour with which one receives without any merit of his own the gift of divine grace.

Spiritual gifts are given by grace and not because of the special holiness of the person operating in the gift or because they some how were rewarded because they had good character. So to think that a person operating in a spiritual gift is somehow an indicator of their spiritual character is false. They can have the greatest prowess using their spiritual gifts but still be the biggest phony and hypocrite around.

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Living In The Power Of The Spirit Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Read More]]> Recently I had a discussion with someone from a church that has made it a doctrine that certain practices and manifestations of the Holy Spirit are meant to be kept in special believers meetings. I understand why they came up with this doctrine but for the life of me cannot understand how they biblically justify it. It takes a major twisting of 1 Corinthians 14 to even come to a shred of justification for this belief.

My Experience With Supernatural Christian Living

I do understand why they do it. A couple of weeks after I gave my life to Jesus, I had an experience with the Holy Spirit, that set me down a path of being open to supernatural things happening. I had read the book by Hal Lindsey entitled “Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth. In which he devoted a chapter to what he called “the tongues movement”. Well I was so ignorant and naive, that I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. So I asked a friend. What I didn’t know was my friends dad was the pastor in the Foursquare denomination. (a traditional pentecostal church). He explained to me that it was a prayer language and that you ask God and He gives it to you.

So I went home that day, went to my bedroom, asked God, and got it! No mighty rushing wind, no flames descending upon our house, and no being flattened on the ground. I just got it. I went to my church the next Sunday, and told them what had happened and they looked at me like I had swallowed a demon. Not what I expected in the least!

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How To See Signs And Wonders In Your Personal Life Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:20:19 +0000 Read More]]> There is a fad within Christendom that doesn’t seem to want to go away. It is the fad of people always chasing after signs and wonders. It is one thing for non believers to be drawn by signs and wonders. That is the purpose of signs and wonders. However, it is another thing when believers go chasing after the latest sign or wonder.

Signs Are Supposed To Follow Believers

In Marks gospel chapter 16 it says,

Mark 16:17-18

These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

Notice that it says that miraculous signs will accompany those that have become believers in Jesus. If this is supposed to be the way it happens then why in the heck do we have Christian people traveling all over the nation and even the world to “experience” a miraculous service?

Could it be that we have the wrong perspective concerning signs and wonders? Could it be that we are wanting to be part of a miracle service rather than to do what it takes to be the conduit of miracle power? Are we so event centered that we don’t even think that the miraculous can be a part of our Christian walk? Have we segregated our Christian life to such a point that we only expect God to show up at a church service or event?

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How To Be An Extravagant Worshipper Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:29:01 +0000 Read More]]> Christian worship is one of the most important spiritual disciplines in the Christian life. If you don’t like worship then you will not like heaven because worship is something that happens all the time in heaven. (Rev. 4:9-11) It is not just something we do as a warm up act for the preaching of the Bible. It is something that we do that has just as much importance as the preaching of the Bible. It is an expression of gratitude and reverence from our heart towards God. So I want to take a moment to share with you some of the things I have learned about worship over the 33 years I have been a believer in Jesus and some of the biblical principles I use when worshiping God.

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What Is Revival And Are We Ready For It? Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:04:16 +0000 Read More]]> Christian revival, renewal, outpouring, or times of refreshing, no matter what you call it, is something that has been happening ever since the first outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. I honestly don’t care what you call it. Quibbling over semantics is silly. The fact of the matter is that there have been ebbs and flows of spiritual fervor throughout the history of Christianity. Until the time where there is no longer a war between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of God; until such a time as the war between the flesh and the Spirit has been resolved, there will always be a need for Christian revival in each generation. It is up to each one of you that read this article to come to your own conclusions concerning whether or not there is a need for revival not only in our respective nations but in our personal lives as well. We have to discern if there has been a decline in our spiritual passion and fervor in our churches, communities and most importantly, families.

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The Miracles Of Jesus Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:52:56 +0000 Read More]]> Recently my eyes have been opened to a strange phenomenon in church. I don’t know if it is just that I never paid attention to this or if it is something recent that has developed but I have seen on more than one occasion where there has been a miracle done by God and people just don’t see it. It is almost like they go out of their way to find a natural reason for what happened instead of giving glory to God for the miraculous. It is like there is nothing that they can liken it to, so they don’t even think to consider that it was truly God in their midst changing the situation.

Because of this, I wanted to do an article on the miracles of Jesus. I have always been fascinated and intrigued with the miracles of Jesus. I have gone so far as to underline in one of my older Bibles all the times Jesus healed the sick. I have placed myself in the story line of the times that there were miraculous events surrounding Jesus and tried to think of how I would have reacted and behaved if it had happened in our time. So come with me if you will and let’s take a look at some of my favorite miracles of Jesus.

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What Is The Five Fold Ministry? Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:46:16 +0000 Read More]]> Many times in Christian circles there are terms that are thrown around that become popular but the average person has no clue what they are talking about. The term “five fold ministry” is one of those catch phrases. I am going to do my best to explain the term and then point out some of my concerns about how this term is taught and what is being taught when people start espousing the five fold ministry. The term five fold ministry is not found word for word in the Bible. The principle comes from the passage in Ephesians where it talks about Christ giving gifts to the church in the form of ministry offices. Here is the Bible verses this is based on.

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