Decently and in Order

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

“Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Because God is a God of order in all of His creation, the distribution of the gifts of the Holy Spirit will also follow order. Confusion and chaos will never be the result of the proper administration of the gifts.

The Holy Spirit will not interrupt Himself. Many of us have been in meetings where one person might be trying to prophesy and give a prophetic utterance to the congregation, while at the same time another person is trying to give a message in tongues. You can easily see the competition between the two people, each trying to speak louder than the other one so they can be heard.

But if the source of the prophetic word and the source of the message in tongues are both truly authentic, then they would be giftings from the same Spirit and the Holy Spirit will not interrupt Himself. There should never be competition with the gifts, and if there is, it is not of God.

“If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret...But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent” (1 Corinthians 14:27,30).

As a young Christian, I remember attending a tent revival and watching a great man and woman of God operating in the gifts together. One would speak in an unknown tongue and the other would interpret. They flowed so well in the Spirit together that everyone was edified and strengthened by the word from God to the congregation.

While there will always be those who are critical of the move of God and will ridicule as on the Day of Pentecost, we cannot allow the words of the world to hinder us or cause us to quench the work of the Holy Spirit. As we are led by the Spirit, the gifts will flow properly and in accordance with order.

Devotion 0699