Many people don’t believe that speaking in tongues is meant for every born again Christian. Paul touched base on this when he said, “You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you.” in 1 Corinthians 14:17-18.
He knew the secret and he believed in it. Isn’t this what Mark 16:17 says, “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.” The reason why many born again Christian don’t speak in tongues is because they don’t believe, for they do not understand the difference between the gift from of the Spirit and the sign which shall follow those who believe.
Explaining the Gifts of the Spirit and the Ability of Every Christian:
Let us take a look at 1 Corithians 12:1-12 to get a better understanding, “Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
Then we read in Mark 16:16-18, “Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 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.”
You see, there is a difference between a gift form the Spirit and a Sign that follow those who believe. Both comes from the same Spirit, but one being a gift and another being a sign. A gift is given to some born again Christians and these gifts works when God wants it to work. Every born again Christian does have a gift or even gifts, but not all will have the same gifts. It is not our believing that makes these gifts work, it is God Who make it work when He wants them to work. A sign on the other hand works because of our believing. So when we believe, these signs will follow us and it will work. I hope you have a better understanding between the two now.
Tapping into the Ability:
What I want to tap into in this article is the sign of speaking and worshiping in tongues. Every born again Christian should do this, for it is the Spirit of God Who lives in you Who gives you the ability to do so. Now if you are born again and do believe, but don’t speak in tongues yet; then you need to start today. You can do so right now by praying thus: ‘Dear Father, I want to worship You in spirit and in truth, therefore I believe and give the Holy Spirit charge to go ahead and utter in tongues unto You prayers of worship and thanks giving in Jesus Name!” Now all you need to do is open your mouth and speak whatever the Holy Spirit put in your mouth.
If you find it difficult to speak in tongues, then find someone who does speak in tongues to lay hands on you and help you by praying in tongues over you. What we must realize is that to start speaking in tongues is like a baby starting to speak his/her first words. The vocabulary might not be full, but there will be words coming out – just go ahead and speak, with often speaking in tongues, your vocabulary will increase.
Speaking in tongues helps us receiving deeper revelations which leads us into the greater truth. It helps us become successful soul winners and it gives us confidence when ministering the Word of God unto others. Like Paul made mention to the church in Corinths, “You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you.” Why? Because he knew the secret for people to receive what He ministered, it was by “…speaking in tongues more than any of them.” If you ever wondered why you find it difficult to minister to someone, or to pray in front of people, or to step out an evangelize, etc… it is because you most probably don’t speak in tongues, and if you do, you don’t do so enough. Take note the words Paul used when he spoke to the church. He said, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you.” He didn’t say ‘I thank God that I speak in tongues more than most of you.” This show that every member in the church who was born again spoke in tongues, just that they didn’t learn to do so more often. We must speak in tongues to if we want to experience the glory of God in full.
John was on the Greek island of Pastmos which we read in Revelation 1:9-10, “I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. 10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast.”
Note, John was worshiping in the ‘SPIRIT’ when suddenly he heard behind him a loud voice like a trumpet blast. Reading on, we see that it was Jesus Who appeared to him. Furthermore, we read that he was translated in the spirit and was shown heaven and all that is to happen. John had developed such a high and deep level of worshiping God in spirit (tongues) that he entered into the presence of the Lord, and furthermore, received a such a profound revelation which most of it is written in the book which brings our faith to its completion and ushers us into eternity – the Book of Revelation.
When we pray in spirit / tongues and even learn to worship in spirit, it unlocks the super-natural; but take note, this starts within us. There is a stirring up from within that takes place and when we release the Words of the Spirit, extra-ordinary things starts to happen. All that God needs is a willing vessel who submits to His Will; and when you become that vessel, you will experience God’s Mighty Hand at work. You will just know that you know it’s God’s Hand. You will also start responding different to things; and as the scripture says, all things works together for our good… you will start experiencing joy, peace and happiness in all you do. We can enter deep and high places when we learn how to surrender to God in full submission of worshiping our Creator.
In conclusion of our series on ‘Entering God’s Presence’ of this 4 article series, I believe you will experience deep secrets which will be revealed unto you that was hidden since before the beginning of time. It is better to learn how to worship God now, because when we enter heaven, that’s all we going to be doing – Revelation 7:15, “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter.”
The secret prayer is the secret of prayer. Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” (Matthew 6:6). Close the door of your prayer room, and the door of heaven opens. When the 120 disciples locked themselves in, the windows of glory were unlocked and the Holy Spirit rained upon them (Acts 2). The devil will try to stop you from praying because prayer stops him. All around the world, there are prayer rooms, upper rooms, in churches, colleges, even in administrative offices. They are typical places full of the Gospel and Spirit-filled Christians. A prayer room is a power house. “Pray without ceasing…” today (1Thess 5:17), for “…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” (James 5:16/Ampl.v).
You are richly blessed as you walk with God to higher grounds!