I love You.” I though how sweet is this message! I opened my mouth and began to speak in a language I didn’t understand but my mouth knew what it was doing, I didn’t know I was speaking in tounges at the time and only realized it years later. I think we would say something like, “I thought we automatically received the Holy Spirit when we believed. Don’t feel like you’re cheating though, you learn every day through external stimulus so don’t let this be any different. Designed by Praying Medic | Powered by the Holy Spirit, March 7, 2016 / I’ve been told it’s like a muscle that needs to be exercised so I shall continue to ‘practice’!! Joseph explains the benefits of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. For many Christians today it is a fact of doctrine. Tongues is not mentioned, but since the language is the same as at Cornelius’s house (fallen Acts 8:16; fell Acts 10:44), it’s likely the Samaritans spoke in tongues, too. It may be present or may not. It is inevitable that when the object of your heart’s worship changes, your obedience changes. When you read the New Testament honestly, you can’t help but get the impression of a big difference from a lot of contemporary Christian experience. Through practice, you will start to gain awareness of your prayer language, and you will start to notice repetition and a lack of diversity in the syllables/sounds you’re speaking. Just phrases here and there. 3. We all sin once in a while—it's part of human nature. As I began to wake up and heard the news that the baby was born I thought to myself God bless this new baby and new life, take care of her etc. The only other place tongues is referred to in Acts is 19:6. Notice that the gift of the Spirit, or baptism in the Spirit, is preceded by faith. Speaking in tongues is nowhere presented as something all Christians should expect when they receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and are therefore baptized in the Holy Spirit. For the next 3 days my lips and teeth have constant spells of wanting to pray in tongues. “John immersed in water; you will be immersed in the Spirit.” If the Spirit overwhelms you like a baptism, you can’t imagine him merely sneaking in quietly while you are asleep and taking up inconspicuous residence. Is Tongues the Least of the Gifts? Paul explains to them that John pointed people forward to Jesus, and so verse 5 says, “On hearing this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. It seems real obvious to me that God is allowing them to receive the interpretation and not that I’m actually praying in their language. The words were perfectly formed and my mouth knew exactly what it was doing but it has never happened again. We see in 1 Corinthians 12:13 that baptism of the Holy Spirit is a common and initial experience of all Christians who are entering the body of Christ. And, generally, following water-baptism at some later point, you pray for the baptism in the Spirit and are overwhelmed with a new fullness and freedom and power accompanied by speaking in tongues. This shows how difficult it is to establish a norm from the way things happened back then. So the baptism of the Spirit (verse 16) or the receiving of the gift of the Spirit (verse 17) cannot be the same as the work of God before faith which enables faith (which Luke speaks of in Acts 2:39; 5:31; 16:14; 11:18; 15:10; 14:27). There are marks of it in your life. These prayers come from our spirit straight to the Spirit of God, using our natural lips, tongues and voices. Are these the tongues you speak of? Christ had commanded it (Matthew 28:18–20) and the church practiced it. Nice post! What is Speaking in Tongues Speaking in tongues, for the Christian, is a way of allowing the regenerated human spirit to pray to God or to praise God, or to speak a message from God, without the interference or limitations of the human mind. As a convinced Calvinist, I believe with all my heart that the grace of God precedes and enables saving faith. Related: 4. Simply repeat this prayer out loud: Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus, and I desire to be baptized with Your Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in … Late one evening in mid December, 1976, I was kicked back in my Lazy-Boy recliner reading a paperback book about receiving the baptism of the holy Spirit. Some refuse to acknowledge it, others reject it as demonic, or the church simply doesn’t have the pastoral staff to nurture it. The book of Acts records three times when receiving the Holy Spirit was associated with speaking in tongues. Obedience: The other mark I’ll mention is obedience. First, Acts 2:4 records, "They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." Some will work some won’t. I’ll take the negative first so I can end with the positive. I’m excited to keep trying and hope the Holy Spirit guides me into learning to pray in tongues. I stopped crying. In the passage above, the apostle Paul said under divine inspiration from the Holy Spirit (since all Scripture is given by inspiration of God per 2 Timothy 3:16) that he wished all of us spoke with tongues. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:30 that “not all speak in tongues” and the words he uses are for general tongues speaking, not merely for a special “gift of tongues” used in church. Yes, Laurie, my experience was more similar to yours. The gift of speaking in tongues IS something we should all desire, and it's available to all of us. 5:5). Most likely it will be very choppy, repetitive, and hard to resist your mind taking back control of your mouth. God can touch, bless and encourage us with the Holy Spirit before we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. What difference does seeing and savoring the providence of God make? For all I know, God could change the meaning of what I’m saying each and every time, since it’s His language. And when you really turn to Christ for new paths and new power, you open yourself to the Holy Spirit, because it is by his Spirit that Christ guides and empowers. The Holy Spirit is not going to force you to speak. Keep with it, *practice* more, and always trust God. What Jesus does teach in Acts 1:5, 8 is that the experience of baptism in the Spirit will bring power to witness into the Christian life. Thank you so much for your kindness in helping me along! God is poised and ready to baptize you in His Holy Spirit when you ask Him. 3. Do you think this is me hindering the Spirit or is that all He’s giving me. So this means for many of us, we must build up these gifts in a continuous cycle of action and faith. Start making syllables and word sounds. When I began, many of my first attempts were filled with me repeating “Lord increase my faith” over and over again. Apart from Christ, we were so sinful, so wicked, so rebellious that Scripture called us children of disobedience. You don’t have to speak in tongues to have times of feeling filled with the Holy Spirit, but if you want the free and full outpouring that is the baptism in the Holy Spirit, you must expect it to happen as in Scripture. Amen. In the beginning, it will not be fluent. My point is pray to be shown your iniquities and generational curses, and pray for them to be released. Many people incorrectly believe that gifts from God are bestowed upon us all at once and in full and their inability to heal, prophesy, or speak in tongues is because God has not yet blessed them with the gift. . I asked, Is this it God? Terminology: The very term “baptized in the Holy Spirit” (1:5; 11:16) implies an immersion in the life of the Spirit. We actually minister to Him!!! It really spoke to me and is very encouraging. 1. The preached word is heard with conviction and power only when the effectual call of God lays hold on the hearers. To this day I still listen for those hints God hands out; whether it is a flash of a word part or name in my mind or a new sound that catches my ear. I began to call prayer lines all over the country asking for help to receive what I understood to be a gift. The evidence of having God’s Spirit should be displayed through our change of character as we begin to develop the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control ( Galatians 5:22-23 ). I heard his very words. Pentecostals argue that since baptism in the Spirit happened these four times with speaking in tongues, we should regard this as normative. Romans 8:9. I sometimes fear that we have so redefined conversion in terms of human decisions and have so removed any necessity of the experience of God’s Spirit, that many people think they are saved when in fact they only have Christian ideas in their head not spiritual power in their heart. I don’t understand how you can even ask the question.” How could Paul ask that question? New Christian here from Singapore. 4. Most of the participants on the calls pray with the evidence of speaking in tongues. He seems to have in view the person who feels ostracized without tongues and says (verse 16), “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body.” Paul responds, “Not everybody speaks in tongues!”, For these five reasons I cannot say with the Pentecostals that no Christian has been baptized in the Holy Spirit unless he has spoken in tongues. The whole gift of praying in tongues is to give God your tongue and time so your spirit can be built up. This is no different than what Paul said in Romans 8:14, “All who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God” (see 2 Corinthians 13:5 and 1 John 3:24; 4:12–13). If you’re serious about the edification process, add tongues into your prayer life. Just believe you have received the Spirit.” But that is far from what we see in the New Testament. So I pray in tongues a lot while I’m at work, at the grocery store, while driving or planting flowers, etc. The God who keeps watch over the nations, this God still speaks today. “It comes with the package!” Speaking in tongues is not the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but it is what happens when and as you are baptized in the Spirit and it becomes an important resource to help you continue, as Paul says, to . And that’s a lot of us! . Tongues as initial evidence of Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Though there are many promises that believers shall receive the Holy Spirit and speak with other tongues, there are only four accounts given, describing this New Testament experience. I so appreciate your message and I will certainly give all your suggestions careful consideration. 1. Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit just as you received Jesus—by faith, by believing God’s Word. Second, the Bible provides a good amount of explicit teaching (not mere historical inference) about the evidence of being filled with the Spirit, and none of it centers on speaking in tongues. We must “receive the word.” Verse 41: “So those who received his word were baptized.” Receiving the Word means that it becomes part of you so that you trust the Christ it presents. The testimony of acts: In fact, the third reason I think so is that, when you take your concordance and look up every text in Acts where the Holy Spirit works in believers, it is never subconscious. Not everyone is bestowed of this gift. I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I should withstand God?”. Father grant me the power to speak in tongues. I of course have no idea if that is what He’s doing, or if, like I stated before, He personally wants to emphasize something and feels the need to speak it forth multiple times. Let it sink into your spirit that you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then … Both the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues are accompanied by speaking in tongues. For many people searching to learn the “how to” speak in tongues, their search ends in frustration. It takes them from “A” to “Z” in the doctrine of this experience and shares very practical steps on how to receive the gift of speaking in tongues. Do gifts (like tongues) happen instantly? These accounts are found in … Sure do – I think it is awesome when it does! So you see, the real issue the Charismatics raise for us is not the issue of tongues. Focus your mind on God and the holy spirit that God has filled you with. 4. 5. Does speaking in tongues show a person has the Holy Spirit? But the limitations of the sounds r there. Internal discovery would be listening for queues in your mind, queues that the Holy Spirit might be giving you. Practice is not prayer, and that is obvious since you are fully aware that you have taken the lead. I had no idea what it meant to speak in tongues but after they prayed they told me to open my mouth and let God use my tongue and when I opened my mouth… words/sounds came out. I was first shocked. You may be stuck on one or more of these crossroads as well, and if that’s the case this article on how to pray in tongues for you. The answer is simple: you don’t need a feeling, you only need to believe and if you believe, you will speak; for God says, “Believe that you receive and you shall have.” To believe is of the heart. You don’t have to speak in tongues if you receive the Holy Spirit. Someone at churches prayed I’d receive the Holy Ghost with signs of speaking in tongues right after I got saved. . Let pray for fresh grace There were no unbaptized Christians after Pentecost. I have two things to say about this, one negative and one positive. 13; Rom. “keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). To say this person is not the beneficiary of Jesus’s promise to baptize us in the Holy Spirit goes beyond Scripture. Prayer to speak in tongues. Reading through the Bible in context helps us understand this question better. Maybe i focus too much on the sounds rather than focussing on the Spirit and my heart. I was waiting for a baby to be born in the family. Speaking in tongues actually happens when a person allows syllables to flow out of their mouth without consciously controlling them. And that radical commitment to Christ always involves repentance — a turning away from your own self-wrought provisions and paths and powers and promises. And the best way to test the faith of these so-called disciples is to ask them about their experience of the Spirit. The second experience is the receiving, or making welcome of the Holy Spirit so that Jesus can cause Him to pour out this new life from our spirits, to baptize our souls and bodies and then our world around, with his refreshing and renewing power. The Bible tells us in Acts 2:4 that all of the original 120 disciples at Pentecost spoke in tongues in the Upper Room: "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit … You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in … When that happens, stop attempting to pray in tongues and ask the Father (in your native language) for more faith. Then laughter, supernatural laughter from deep within poured from my belly, a laughter I could not contain. Doubt cripples faith, so quit worrying about the details. As Paul explained to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 12:4, "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. Throughout the New Testament, everyone who was baptized in the Holy Spirit began to speak in tongues. In Acts 5:29 Peter and the apostles say to the Sadducees who had arrested them, “We must obey God rather than men.” Then in verse 32 he says, “We are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God gave to those who are obeying him.” (“Gave” is past tense; “obey” is present, ongoing tense.). I was praying (in English) intently, really focused and out came my prayer language, flowing! Last, remember that God holds no good thing (Psalm 84:11). Next experiment and practice with short vowel sounds, then long vowel sounds. In itself that is relatively unimportant. There appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed and resting on each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak" (Acts 2:1-4). It begins in Acts 1:5 where Jesus says to his disciples, “John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then in verse 8, he says, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses.” The fulfillment of these two promises came on the day of Pentecost. Thanks to all for your comments, it really helped me to not only understand how to progress in tongues but to also know that I’m not alone in my experiences! Thank you most gracious father for the gift of the holy spirit. Now the positive thing I want to say about the moderate Pentecostal teaching (represented by the Bennets) is that it is right to stress the experiential reality of receiving the Spirit. Praying in the spirit is one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenal as believers to live out the abundant life. 3. We could talk for hours about what that experience is. The negative thing is that I think the Bennets are probably wrong in making tongues a necessary part of the baptism in the Spirit. (2) How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? Can I receive the Holy Spirit without speaking in tongues?” Answer: “It comes with the package!” Speaking in tongues is not the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but it is what happens when and as you are baptized in the Spirit and it becomes an important resource to help you continue, as Paul says, to . Christ comes into your life by the Spirit. Prayer in tongues is meant to be an edification process, and personally when I began a huge release of sin and iniquity left me. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. I never once thought it was because I was stuck in my prayer language since I’ve never felt I had anything to do with my prayer language. First, the word of the gospel is received by faith. “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” Those words may have become stale or even cliché for some, but they represent the beauty and scandal of our confession. Believers experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit. That is the biblical sign. “While Peter was still saying this the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. I practiced the most while driving my car so I didn’t over think it. Surely the Charismatic renewal has something to teach us here. I pray in tongues often and everywhere. I would have to agree, sometimes He has us chase a goal because it is the journey that will benefit us the greatest. I got so excited that I lost focus and haven’t been able to get it back (flowing) since. In Acts, the Holy Spirit is not a silent influence but an experienced power. We’re on a mission to change that. Paul writes, Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit … He spoke personally to me. 2. And you trust his promises for your future. Age 81 on the computer ain’t that easy! We do not initiate our salvation by believing. Was saved by Jesus during a demonic spiritual attack. In war we use spies to send secret messages back to headquarters and we on purpose don’t state it in a way that is obvious. I’ve never found listening to my own voice disturbing or distracting since I’ve been hearing my own voice my whole life and I know I’m allowing God to speak through me and He can say whatever He wants to so I never even pay that much attention to what I’m saying. He is the power to say “I will” to God. It is the life-changing experience of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord of the universe. External discovery would be seeing a sign, billboard, or word in your mind and wondering “Would this sound make sense if I prayed it?” I’ve linguistically dissected many words that I’ve seen while on prayer walks – some sounds worked, some didn’t. The two questions I want to try to answer today are: (1) What does it mean to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? When that day finally came, I was asleep on the couch in my parents living room. I promise there will be a day where it all comes out like a flood and you will finally think “I’m doing it! and you shall receive power” (Acts 1:5, 8). I hope what I’ve said helps someone in just letting God use them as He sees fit. So a pastor prayed for me and I just be able to donit instantly. I just experienced it now as I come from that lonely room. When we speak in tongues, we use a language enabled by the Spirit that cannot be understood by the natural mind. As I sat alone, crying, all of a sudden from my belly welled up words, beautiful words. This article does not build a case to convince you on the biblical reasoning or benefits of prayer in tongues (there are a lot of great books by authors like Dave Roberson), but instead to provide you with very real and practical steps to jump start your ability to receive the gift of tongues. If there is one thing that will kill your ability to start receiving this gift it’s being distracted as you learn. Speaking in tongues is only spoken to God. God has … A planted seed only sprouts when the soil and conditions are ready to produce good fruit. However,Jude 1:20 says, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” Receiving […] Plateaus in anything can be frustrating, but it sounds like you have the will power of a saint – well done! Let’s walk with them through the book of Acts to see where they get their evidence. That is a very good tip about having to start in your fleah! In short, start babbling like a baby. To add complications, there are many churches that don’t support this gift. I wanted to also state that some people think we are praying in a known language that we ourselves don’t know because the crowd that heard them speaking on the day of Pentecost heard the men speaking in their own language. I’m not sure why it happens, but perhaps to minister to others who are in similar situations. . So if I’m speaking and one person hears me in Spanish, another in German, another in Italian and another in Greek… am I speaking 4 languages at once or am I speaking in an unknown tongue and God is allowing each of them to hear me in their own language so they can know what I’m praying? Following along with my mouth, I felt as if I was slowly being tutored to unglue my mouth. If you are constantly looking to see who might be watching, getting interrupted, or are distracted you aren’t going to be able to listen to the cues given to you. How to Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit, John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. In short, start babbling like a baby. 5:22–23; l Cor. You need God’s power to pray in tongues, so it’s alright to drop the “do it on my own strength” ego and ask for help on breaking through. I just open up my mouth and let God have His way with what comes out. There was no practicing of syllables or meditating or anything else like that. You trust his provision for your forgiveness. The Gift of Tongues No, you don't have to speak in tongues if you receive the Holy Spirit.God gives different spiritual gifts to different believers so that we will be able to bless and edify one another. Paul finds in Ephesus some disciples of John the Baptist who had never heard of the Holy Spirit. Ask for God's forgiveness for your sins. My mom taught me to start with a song, singing the words then changing the syllables. It was miraculous. It could be that there were special circumstances in Jerusalem, Samaria, Cornelius’s house, and Ephesus that made speaking in tongues especially helpful in communicating the truth that the Holy Spirit was creating a new unified body of Jew and Samaritan and Gentile. When you speak the language of the Holy Spirit, you find that He’s an enabling. by. The gift of tongues was the most common spiritual gift in the New Testament church. Getting hung up on linguistics can be a huge blockage – so start from scratch and start learning sounds again. All I’m doing is letting Him use my mouth to state what He wants and I never thought it was my job to care what I was saying but to trust Him to speak through me and to offer Him my mouth as often as I could think to do it. Acts records at least nine other conversion stories, but never again mentions a two-step sequence with tongues (Acts 8:36; 9:17–19; 13:12, 48; 14:1; 16:14; 17:4, 34). However, we see later in chapter 12 that not all who have this experience speak in tongues. Pastor John explains why providence overflows with practical implications. This is wonderful I totally agree with the writer of this article. My father and his friend laughed really hard they thought I was still asleep. God gives different spiritual gifts to different believers so that we will be able to bless and edify one another. After many months I still unable to receive a break through. Once one does receive the baptism they will know it because they will indeed speak in tongues. But one thing is sure: the heart in which the Holy Spirit has been poured out will stop magnifying self and start magnifying God. “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. One of the most widely used books in contemporary charismatic renewal is The Holy Spirit and You by Dennis and Rita Bennet, an Episcopal priest and his wife. About a week after this event I shared my story with my sister who also wanted to receive this gift. I think that praying in tongues not only edifies us but also edifies God. As I prayed, sinful memories bubbled up into my memory, but I instantly felt the guilt and shame associated with these sins release. He is author of. For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.”. However a secret code can eventually be decoded and God doesn’t deal in secrets, He deals in mysteries, so I’ve always assumed my prayer language was a mystery to Satan as much as it is to me and God’s mystery as to what I’m saying can not be decoded (either by me or Satan) but can only be understood if God Himself gives the interpretation. ( Whether or not a Christian who needs a baptism in the New Testament heard the word needs be... View your blockage is purely physical, and that radical commitment to Christ always involves repentance — a away. 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