2nd September 2020
“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.”
1 Corinthians 14:4 (NKJV)
The Christian life was never intended to be lived by one's own strength or wisdom, but by power from above. Jesus told us this: “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49 NKJV) In the Book of Acts we see the disciples gathering together in expectation of this: “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.” (Acts 2:3-4 NKJV) What followed was an explosion of the church in salvations, miracles and great joy being poured out. We can have the same today but we must embrace the power from on high. Speaking in tongues edifies and empowers you far beyond human understanding, filling you with His power and wisdom. The apostle Paul placed great emphasis on speaking in tongues in his own private life when he said: “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all” (1 Corinthians 14:18 NKJV) This experience enabled Paul to spend his life bringing the presence of Jesus to a lost and blinded world, and they then found salvation.
Some years ago I was ministering on the South Coast in church, when one evening a young lady came to the altar call struggling with being in rebellion against God, but she was desperate to get free. As we began to pray, the Holy Spirit said to me, pray over her in tongues. The result was that a wonderful deliverance took place. A demonic presence left her soul and she was filled with joy and her face glowed like a beautiful sunrise. Over these many years I continued to see a display of God's power in our ministry all because of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues. The overarching thing for me is the infilling and clothing with His presence which is accompanied by a great freedom in the spirit. “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV) The Lord himself told us: “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17 NKJV) If you are reading this today and you have not received the baptism of Holy Spirit baptism, have a chat to one of the campus leaders about speaking in tongues. For a number of years I used to think other people needed this encounter and not me, until God one day unexpectedly revealed to me how wonderful it was, and that I needed it too. We should never think we know better than God. To this day I pray in tongues regularly and am eternally grateful.