The other day I was listening to a friend who knows a lot about the clandestine motives and hidden background to world events, things the general public does not know. There are people who orchestrate international tragedies, as well as national ones and even down to the state and local levels. It can be horrifying, maddening and depressing. Religion might say, “Just don’t look at it.” That may be okay for some, but if we look at the Bible, we see that more often than not, God’s people were involved on the grass roots level of life. They faced the cultural and political fields head on and dealt with it.
In the Old Testament times, the Spirit of God was “on” a person. In Jesus’ time on earth the Spirit of God was “with” them. Jesus told His disciples that after He went back to the Father in Heaven, they would have the Spirit of God “in” them. Then He told them how they could build up that seed of His Spirit within. Remember, it’s called “being born again.” A baby has all the raw material, but needs to grow. That’s how Christ-in-us is.
“And he [Jesus] said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
‘And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.’
“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God” (Mark 16: 15-19).
Jesus told them they will speak in new tongues. Why would they need that? Well, Jerusalem and that part of the world wasn’t exactly in a peaceful place, much like the world now is not in a peaceful place. They would need to build up that Spirit in them as fast as they could, to be able to be strong and powerful and peaceful and trusting. They would have to be spiritually sharp on the inside, to be able to righteously handle the things happening on the outside.
Speaking in tongues is something that is spiritual “Wheaties,” or a power energy drink to the Christ-in-us.
The Apostle Paul said: “When a person speaks in another language, he helps himself grow” (1 Cor. 14: 4).
Jude corroborates this: “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20). “Praying in the Holy Spirit includes speaking in tongues. We need to be built up spiritually, just like the believers of the first century church.
I want to remind those of us who know how to speak in tongues, to do it more. For those who want to do it and don’t know how, it’s not hard at all. Thank the Lord for what He’s given you. He’s the one who said you can do it.
If you need more documentation, read the book of Acts and see how often it comes up. Regular people all over the book of Acts, spoke in tongues. Jesus told the disciples to breathe in, then speak out the words the Holy Spirit gives. They will be a different language than you already know, so don’t think it’s weird just because it sounds odd to you.
The more you speak, the more comfortable you will be. Once you start speaking in tongues out loud, probably in private, you can start speaking in tongues in your head, just like you would talk to yourself silently. This way, you can speak in tongues while you’re at work or at the gym or just going about your regular daily routines, without people wondering about what the heck you’re doing.
There are many other great benefits to speaking in tongues. Do you want to understand things better from God’s point of view? How about when you don’t exactly know what a person needs and you want to pray for them? The Word of God says speaking in tongues is for that. It’s perfect prayer. (See Romans 8: 26).
First Corinthians 14:22 says speaking in tongues is a sign to unbelievers. It’s also a sign to us. Anyone who takes the time to learn a different language knows it takes time and effort and memorization. When we speak in tongues, the words just come out. Maybe it’s a little slow at first, but not necessarily. In a very short time, it flows easily.
But the biggest affect you’ll see from speaking in tongues is that you’ll see yourself growing spiritually. You’ll experience more insight in your life, more power, more confidence, more trust, more might, more energy, all of which come from the spiritual fire getting stronger and bigger within you. Worth it? Yes, very worth it!
In a treacherous world we can be better equipped as ambassadors and warriors for our Lord when we agree with Jesus: “They shall speak with new tongues.” When a person speaks in tongues, “he helps himself grow.”
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