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THE BENEFITS OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES
This lesson is about some of the benefits of speaking in tongues. Hopefully you’ve already received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the scripture says that you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. The purpose of all this is that God never did anything without the Holy Spirit. He created the heavens and the earth by the spirit moving upon the waters. Jesus did no miracles until the Holy Spirit descended on Him and anointed Him. We can’t be effective without the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Even after you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it’s not automatic. It doesn’t mean the power of God flows out of you at all times.
There are things you have to do to release and manifest the power of the Holy Spirit, one of which is speaking in tongues. Jude 20-21 says, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God.” When you put this scripture with some others and research them, I believe when they say, “praying in the Holy Ghost” they are talking about praying in tongues. One of the things that happened when the baptism of the Holy Spirit came was that they spoke in tongues. Acts 2:4, says that on the day of Pentecost they were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Consistently all the way through the book of Acts there was a manifestation of God’s presence when the people received the Holy Spirit.
Of course, there is much more to the Holy Spirit than speaking in tongues, but it is one of the important manifestations. One of the reasons for this is in 1Corinthians 12 where it lists nine of the different gifts of the Holy Spirit and gives some instructions about speaking in tongues. For the sake of time, we’ll go over to 1 Corinthians 14:13-14 where it says, “Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he might interpret. For if I pray in an Unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
Remember when a person is born again, they literally receive a new identity and become a totally new person in their spirit. They are completely changed. So how do you get this change out? There are a number of ways, and one of them is that when you are praying in tongues, your spirit prays. This part of you that has the perfect wisdom, power, and faith of God is being released when you speak in tongues. When you pray in tongues. Your sprit prays.
In 1 Corinthians 2:6-7, the Apostle Paul says, “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” Paul said he was speaking wisdom not of this world but the wisdom of God, and it came in a mystery. Put this together with Ephesians 3:3 where he said that God had revealed these mysteries to him. How is it that you get revelation, that these mysteries become alive? If you remember, he said he was speaking the hidden wisdom of God in a mystery. Put that together with 1 Corinthians 14:2, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” This is the exact same terminology, by the same author and in the same book. So he is saying here that you are speaking the hidden wisdom of God when you speak in tongues.
In 1Corinthians 2:16, the same context of the verse we just used, it says, “…we have the mind of Christ.” And 1 John 2:20 says, “But ye have unction [anointing] from the Holy One and ye know all things. “This isn’t talking about your brain. You can prove by your last test score that you don’t yet know all things with your mind, but in your spirit you have the mind of Christ – you know all things. How do you make this wisdom functional in your life? One way is to start speaking in tongues, and according to 1Corinthians 14:2 in the spirit you are speaking mysteries, the hidden wisdom of God. Then in verses 13-14, which we have already read, it says that once you speak in tongues, pray that you interpret so your understanding will become fruitful.
When I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and started speaking in tongues, it changed my life dramatically. I believe when I got born again Christ came to live inside of me and deposited everything there, but when the Holy Spirit came upon me, it started to manifest to me and other people. There are a couple of things that happened. When I pray in tongues, it’s foolishness to my mind. The first year I prayed in tongues, my mind told me it was crazy, that all I was doing was wasting time. It took faith for me to pray in tongues, which is the reason Jude 20 says you build yourself up in your most holy faith. It takes you out of natural thinking and reasoning, and puts you into a supernatural realm of faith.
Another thing I experienced was that when I prayed in tongues, people I hadn’t thought of for years would come to my remembrance. I’d start praying for them, and within a day or two they would contact me and I’d find that something miraculous had happened. This happened so many times that I finally began to put these things together and realize that when I was praying in tongues. I was praying with wisdom that went beyond my mental ability. My spirit that knew all things and had the mind of Christ was praying for people in ways that I could never do with my own physical understanding.
One day I was praying in tongues – as I said, it took faith for me to pray in tongues – and I was battling some thought like, “You could be speaking in English and doing some good instead of speaking this gibberish.” I had to deal with these thoughts and put them down, and I just kept praying. A guy I hadn’t seen for four years knocked on my door. He came in didn’t say hello or anything, sat down, and began to cry and pour out his heart because he was having a lot of problems. I sat there thinking, “Boy, I should have been praying in English.” My next thought was, “How would I have known to pray for him when I haven’t seen him in four years?” Finally it just dawned on me that I had been praying and God had been preparing me. I had been interceding for him in a way that I couldn’t have done if I were praying with my understanding. Suddenly, a revelation began to come to me and I told him, “I can tell you what your problem is.” I finished his story for him and gave him his answer.
You have to understand that this was back when I was in a denominational church. He didn’t know what had happened to me, I wasn’t sure, and it scared us both. But it was the power of God in manifestation, and He used it supernaturally. That is what this means: when you pray in tongues, it is your spirit praying. Your spirit has been born again, has the mind of Christ, and knows exactly what to do. It has an unction (anointing) from God so that you know all things. And there is no limitation in your spirit. If you could walk in the power and revelation of your spirit, it would transform your physical life. One way of doing that, though not the only way, is to just start speaking in tongues. Recognize and believe that when you do you’re building yourself up in your most holy faith, that your spirit is praying the hidden wisdom of God, and the perfect revelation of God is coming. Then, according to 1 Corinthians 14:13, pray that you can interpret. That doesn’t mean you have to stop praying in tongues and pray in English to interpret; it just means your understanding becomes fruitful.
If you give a message in tongues in a church service, you have to stop and interpret in English. When you’re praying by yourself what I do is pray in tongues and trust that God is giving me revelation. Sometimes my attitude just changes. I don’t have a specific word, but suddenly I see things clearly and get a different perspective. It may take a week before I get the full revelation, but I believe the time spent praying in tongues and believing I interpret is a part of it.
Speaking in tongues is important for many reasons, certainly more than to prove you’ve received the Holy Spirit. It should be a part of everyday life. It is a way to communicate directly from your heart to the Father, bypassing your brain with its doubts and fears. It builds you up in your most holy faith and releases the hidden wisdom of God. I just pray that all of you will be able to flow in this, release your faith, and receive the full benefit of speaking in tongues.