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Speaking In Tongues


There are misconceptions when it comes to ‘speaking in tongues’. Some think it’s gibberish, some think it's devilish, and some think it’s of God. In actuality some speak gibberish, some are inspired by a demon or demons, and some do speak as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). First it’s important to note, that in order to speak in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance, you must first be a believer (Matthew 16:17). Next you must understand the how and why.


In Act 2:4 we see that believers received the ability to speak in tongues once they were filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s important to know that the function of the tongues at this point, was to convey the gospel to those of another language (Acts 2:8-1, 1 Cor 12:10, 28). Speaking or praying in tongues also has another function, and that is to spiritually edify the tongue-talker herself (1 Cor 14:2,4; Jude 1:20). These kinds of tongues do not need to be interpreted, but if you are giving a message to someone in tongues, it must be in their native tongue or interpreted (1 Cor 14:5).


When a person initially speaks in tongues, it’s an indicator (but not the only indicator) to themselves and others, that they as a believer have been baptized in the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:44-48).


Acts 1:8 says the believer receives power to be God’s witnesses, once the Holy Ghost comes upon them. The fact that the Spirit of God gives the tongue a new language is significant, because it is the tongue that reflects what inside of the heart (Luke 6:45, Romans 5:5). There have been those who have spoken gibberish to convince themselves and/or others that they have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and unfortunately some who are possessed with devils will speak in a demonic tongue so that the demon(s) that is causing it to happen can fool others into thinking that this tongue talker is connected to God, but any discerning spirit-filled believer will know the difference.


The clinical term for speaking in tongues is glossolalia (glosso = words, lalia = tongue). Scientists have discovered that there are parts of the brain that are activated when someone speaks in tongues, that otherwise are not activated.


Some only speak in tongues when they are initially filled with the Holy Ghost, but the bible says you need to do it all of the time, along with praying in your natural tongue (1 Cor 14:15, Eph 6:18).


When you pray in tongues, the Holy Ghost makes intercession for you and others. You may not know what to pray but the Holy Spirit is speaking mysteries on your behalf, when you pray in tongues (Romans 8:26-27).


You may have never spoken in tongues and want to experience it. Praying in the Spirit (in tongues) brings your prayer life and kingdom effectiveness to another level. Here is what you do:


  1. Repent of your sins and make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior (Acts 2:38)

  2. Ask Jesus to fill you with the Holy Ghost (Luke 11:13)

  3. Open your mouth wide and receive the Holy Ghost (Psalm 81:10). Try to avoid speaking in your natural language. Expect the Spirit to move upon your vocal organs and to put supernatural words on your lips which you are to speak out in cooperation with the Holy Spirit. Lift up your voice! The Holy Spirit gives the utterance, but you do the talking.




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