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The mission of the Christian Girl Magazine is “awakening the beauty and purpose of being a Christian girl”.
Just to give you a little flavor flav of their magazine, I decided to share their article title: Speaking in Tongues.
I know this can be a “taboo topic” for Christians but we have to face the music, it is in the New Testament and the followers of Jesus are suppose to do it. I plan on creating a Bible study for it in spring of next year, but for the meantime and as a little starter, read this article!
SPEAKING IN TONGUES
Published on: July 29th, 2015
Written by: Lindsey Choate
For one reason or another, many Christians live their entire lives without speaking in tongues; they never take hold of the benefits that God intended us to have by way of our heavenly language. In this article, I hope to give a very necessary introduction to this topic and some insight into the importance of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. Let’s start by considering what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples that He would be leaving them, but was giving them a comforter in His place; someone He said was a promise from God the Father. The Holy Spirit is to you, what Jesus was to the disciples. He is your guide, and He will lead you into everything that God the Father has for you to do. Jesus said that when they received this comforter, the Holy Spirit, they would receive power (Acts 1:8). As His disciples gathered to worship Him in one accord, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
“Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (NKJV, Acts, 2.3-4).
After Jesus’ followers were filled, they immediately began to speak with other tongues, which means tongues is a sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit and the power of God. Notice that while the Holy Spirit gave them the words to speak, the ones being filled chose to speak those words. This means that in order to speak in tongues, you must be willing to yield to the Holy Spirit. You have full control of when, how long, and if you pray in tongues. The Holy Spirit simply gives you the words to speak. But then of course, why should we yield to the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues?
The Holy Spirit helps us pray for things we don’t understand.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (NKJV, Romans 8.26).
Have you ever felt a desire to pray for someone or something and not known exactly how to go about it? The Holy Spirit is our advocate in these situations; He knows all things and, when you pray in tongues, you are allowing God to pray a perfect prayer for any situation through you. How cool is that?! If you ever feel deeply troubled or like you need to pray for something without a lot of information, speaking in tongues will bring you peace and allow God to work in the situation.
See also: 1 Corinthians 14.2
Speaking in tongues edifies your spirit and disciplines your mind.
“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself…” (NKJV, 1 Corinthians, 14.4).
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my understanding is unfruitful” (NKJV, 1 Corinthians 14.14).
If we can’t hear God’s voice, it’s because we are so used to using our mind and our flesh to interact with the world. Speaking in tongues is an awesome way to exercise your spirit; by exercising your spirit you are strengthening your ability to hear God, and lessening your dependence on your own understanding. The more exercise your spirit gets daily, the more clearly you can hear God’s voice!
See also: 1 Corinthians 14.4
Speaking in tongues allows you to pray the perfect will of God.
“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (NKJV, Romans 8.27).
We don’t always know what steps are coming in our walk with God that we will need to be prepared for; speaking in tongues allows you to pray for specific things in the will of God for your life that your mind isn’t even aware of. If there are situations that you need to be ready for, speaking in tongues will give you the spiritual insight required to be at the right place at the right time.
Jesus said that all believers would speak in tongues; not just the apostles (Mark 16.17). So, if you are a Christian, you have a right to be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person if you don’t currently speak in tongues, but it does mean that you are missing out on what Jesus described as a part of your inheritance as a Christian. Speaking in tongues allows you to have a direct prayer line to God and to strengthen your spirit so you can stand against the temptations of the Devil. A Christian who speaks in tongues is not easily deceived and is a more capable tool for the kingdom of God.
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Subject: Praying in Tongues
Bible translation used: New King James Version (NKJV) New Spirit Filled Life Bible New King James Version Copyright © edited by Jack Hayford
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