A Proper Care for the Meetings
1 Cor. 14:26 What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. (29) And as to prophets, two or three should speak, and the others discern. (30) But if something is revealed to another sitting by, the first should be silent. (31) For you can all prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be encouraged. (32) And the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; (33) For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
First Corinthians 14:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit guides us by means of what we have, while verses 27 to 33 tell us that the guidance of the Holy Spirit is also in accord with the circumstances. For instance, the evening meeting in the church ends at nine o’clock. The Holy Spirit will not guide you to stand up and give a long talk when it is nearly nine; He will make you realize that time is running out and that you should not call a long Song or talk too much. While you supply the church with what you have, you must also learn the lesson that “the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.” If you have something, you can bring it to the meeting, but you must consider what others have.
In the meeting there may be more than twenty brothers and each one may have a song; you also have a song. When you realize that two or three have called their songs, you no longer need to call yours. There is no need for each of the twenty or more brothers to call a song; if this happens, the singing will go on until midnight. This is contrary to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants us to do all things becomingly and in order (1 Cor. 14:40). What we have qualifies us to supply others, while the circumstances teach us to be guided by the Spirit. In our meetings we should observe the principle of “two or three” (1 Cor. 14:29). The Spirit will not guide us to supply what we do not have, nor will He contradict the principle of “two or three.” If we have something before the Lord, we can be guided to stand up and speak. However, if other brothers have received the same thing, we should hold our peace.