STIR UP THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT IS WITHIN YOU


         SPELLING EDITED

STIR UP THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! 


Do you want more of God’s power? Do you want to walk in a greater degree of God’s love? Do you want to have the strength to overcome the deeds of the flesh so that you can live your life free from sin? Do you desire to have more boldness in witnessing for the Lord? Would you like to know how to pray for every situation you are faced with? Are you longing to have more joy and peace in your life? Do you desire to have any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Do you have the desire to speak in other tongues?

I could probably ask a hundred or more questions like these and still not cover everything the Holy Spirit has for us. Even if none of these questions touch upon a specific desire that is presently in your heart, there is one question that I believe all Christians would undoubtedly and unanimously give a yes. And this question is “Do you desire to be in God’s WILL?”

What do I mean by stirring up the GIFT of the Holy Spirit who DWELLS IN every Christians the very moment a person BELIEVES that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God to be saved. Let us begin this study in God’s word by reading Ephesians 5:17 which teaches us that the WILL of God for all Christians is to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit. There is a difference between the Holy Spirit DWELLING in every Christian from every Christian being FILLED with the Holy Spirit. 


Ephesians 5:17.


“Wherefore, be not unwise, but understanding what the WILL of the Lord IS. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be FILLED with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

  

Not only is it God’s WILL for us to be baptized with the Holy Spirit but also to be CONTINUALLY filled with the Spirit of God. Many Christians have missed out on God’s best for them because they have not continued exercising their gift of the Holy Ghost dwelling in them. What I mean by this is that after they have “INITIALLY” received the baptism of the Holy Spirit when they were initially saved they did not seek to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit. And other Christians who have been initially filled with the Holy Spirit and have spoken in other tongues have stopped using their heavenly prayer language. In other words, after they first received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke with other tongues they did not continue to stir up this gift of the Holy Ghost that is DWELLING WITHIN them by continuing to pray in other tongues on a daily basis.

Now for you, the reader, who does not know what I am talking about please put this study on hold for a while and read first the study entitled “THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER” and then come back to this study. For you see, the WILL of God is for ALL Christians to know that they have been endued with POWER from on high. In other words, you may KNOW that the Holy Spirit DWELLS in you but do you know that the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit are meant to be DESIRED and sought after to receive?

For those of you who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues but only have spoken in tongues on that initial infilling of the Spirit of God, or you ONLY speak in tongues on occasion, then please continue reading.

God does NOT desire for us to let the gift of the Holy Spirit that He has given us to simply lie dormant in our lives.


Please read 1 Timothy 4:11.


Neglect NOT the GIFT that is IN you which was given you by prophecy with the laying on of hands of the presbytery.”

 

You need to know the importance of this truth, so let us look at this same verse again from the Jerusalem Bible.


1 Timothy 4:11 from the Jerusalem Bible.


“You have IN you a spiritual gift which was given you when the prophets spoke and the body of elders laid their hands on you; DO NOT LET IT LIE UNUSED.”     

  

2 Timothy 1:6,7 tells us this same truth in a slightly different way.


2 Timothy 1:6,7.


“Wherefore I put you in remembrance that you STIR UP the gift of God, which is IN you by the putting on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but (Or But rather, God has given us His Holy Spirit) of power and of love, and of a sound mind.”

  

Almighty God the Father has given us His Holy Spirit to dwell IN us the very moment we first BELIEVED. Know you not that you are the TEMPLE of God? How do we know that God DWELLS in us from the very moment we first BELIEVED?


Please read 1 John 4:7-16.


“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and everyone that LOVES is born of God and knows God. (Speaking of God giving us His Spirit of LOVE in our hearts or our INNER man also called our spirit. So if you are a born-again Christians you have all of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, that God gives to us as believers, which is called the EARNEST of the Spirit. In other words, no Christian has MORE of the Holy Spirit than any other Christian, but rather, we all have the SAME measure of the Holy Spirit the very moment we first believe)

8.  He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. 

9.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him. 

10.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 

11.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (Teaching us that we must choose to use the LOVE that God has shed abroad in our hearts. That love dwelling in us is not forced upon us to be used. It is WE who do the CHOOSING to use or not to use God’s love dwelling in us)

12.  No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God DWELLS IN us, and his love is perfected in us. (This is one of many pieces of evidence that the Holy Spirit of God DWELLS IN every believer from the very moment we first believe)

13.  Hereby we KNOW that we DWELL in him, and HE IN us because he has given us of his Spirit. (You cannot be saved if the Holy Spirit does not dwell in you. So EVERY Christians has received the INDWELLING Of the Holy Spirit the very moment that they first believe. The evidence of speaking in other tongues has NOTHING to do with the INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit. What I mean by this is that some Pentecostal Christians WRONGLY teach that a Christian MUST speak in other tongues as the ONLY PROOF that they are truly a Christian. And that FALSE teaching has caused even more division in the church. Please read the study MUST CHRISTIANS SPEAK IN OTHER TONGUES? The short answer is NO! We could not love one another in our OWN strength. It is the Spirit of POWER and LOVE and a sound mind that we RECEIVED the very moment we first BELIEVED to be saved)

14.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world

15.  WHOSOEVER shall CONFESS that Jesus is the Son of God, God DWELLS IN him, and he in God

16.  And we have known and believed the love that God has toward us. God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.”


So I implore all Christians to KNOW that the Holy Spirit of Almighty God is ALREADY DWELLING in you from the very moment you first believed. I say this because some Pentecostal Christians wrongly teach that any Christians who have not spoken in other tongues have not received the Holy Spirit and they are not truly saved. Do NOT believe that lie of the devil. Again, please read the study “MUST CHRISTIANS SPEAK IN OTHER TONGUES?” And again, the short answer is absolutely NOT! And all the Scriptures that support this truth are found in the study so if you have any doubts that you do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you or that you must speak in other tongues then I implore you to read that study. This study that you are reading now is focused on STIRRING UP the GIFT of the Holy Spirit who is ALREADY DWELLING in EVERY believer in Jesus.

The words “stir up” in Greek means to kindle afresh, or to keep in full flame. By comparison, a fire that is neglected will soon die out. Remember the parable of the ten virgins, five wise virgins, who had oil, that is to say, who were full of the Holy Spirit in their waiting for the Lord, and five foolish virgins, who had no oil remaining, as in, they were not keeping themselves FULL of the Holy Spirit by praying in other tongues.

Notice that the word of God says that WE are to stir up the Holy Ghost that is already dwelling WITHIN us the moment we first believed. The Holy Spirit is not going to force you to pray in tongues, nor is he going to pray in tongues for you. When we pray in the Spirit, that is to say in other tongues, we are using the gift of the Holy Ghost, that is to say, that we are stirring up the gift of the Holy Ghost that is within us to SPEAK in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance. 

It is we who are actually doing the praying as an act of our own free will by making the choice to pray in our heavenly language while the Holy Spirit is the one who supplies us with the utterances in other tongues. And at times, it may seem like we are making up the words that we speak in other tongues until we are FILLED with the Holy Spirit. Also, we should seek to interpret the meaning of the other tongues we speak. In fact, when we speak in an unknown tongue in the church ASSEMBLY, the Bible instructs us to seek the interpretation of what we speak in tongues. And this is good practice to seek the meaning of the words we speak privately to God in our prayer closet so to speak. At times, God will tell us who we are praying for but not what we are praying for. And at other times, God will tell us what we are praying for but not WHO we are praying for. God has revealed to me only a few times both what and who I am praying for in other tongues. All we really need to know is that ALL the praying in other tongues is working together for GOOD to those who LOVE the Lord.

The Bible also says that the Spirit helps our weakness. The word “helps” literally means to take hold together with against. Here is how E-Sword defines the Greek word translated as helps our weaknesses.


G4878

συναντιλαμβάνομαι

sunantilambanomai

soon-an-tee-lam-ban'-om-ahee

From G4862 and G482; to take hold of opposite together, that is, co-operate (assist): - help.


If you were to go and help a friend move a large heavy object such as a table, you would take hold of the table together with your friend against the heavyweight of that table, or for the purpose at hand, which in this instance is to move the table. 1 Corinthians 3: 6-9 tells us that we are laborers together WITH God. We plant, and water the seed of God’s word, and the Holy Spirit confirms the word with signs following. In other words, God gives the increase because God is WITH us through the Holy Spirit.

We need to take the first step and begin praying. It is only as we make ourselves available, by praying for others, that the Holy Spirit will take hold together with us and gives us the utterances in other tongues to help us pray as we ought, according to God’s will. It is then up to us to speak out these utterances that the Holy Spirit gives to us by faith knowing that we are praying the will of God. James 4:8 tells us that we are to draw nigh to God and then He will draw nigh to us. 

Suppose I were to ask you the question, “Are you able to pray any time you desire?” Your answer would undoubtedly be yes, of course, I can pray anytime I choose to pray.

 

Now, look at 1 Corinthians 14:15.


“I WILL pray in the Spirit, and I WILL pray with the understanding also; I WILL sing with the spirit and I WILL sing with the understanding also.”

 

You are able to pray in your own understanding anytime you desire. It is simply the matter of you consciously making the decision to pray and then acting upon the decision you have made. Sometimes we are not in the “mood” to pray or in the “mood” to read the Bible so we have to discipline our flesh to obey our hearts. Most Christians do not have a problem praying in their own understanding any time they desire but when it comes to praying in tongues there seems to be this huge roadblock where they think that they must FEEL God’s presence all over them.

The reason for this mental block is because we have not been properly taught in this area of praying. I do not know any Christians that believe they must feel God’s presence all over them before they can pray to God in their own native language. It seems that when Christians are baptized in the Holy Spirit that the body of Christ, in general, has developed the mentality that speaking in other tongues is the highest level, spiritually, that you can attain. In other words, the wrong thinking that you have made it now, so just sit back and relax, has somehow been ingrained into some Christians' thinking. They think that if they speak in other tongues they will be more accepted by God. This is not at all the case! We are to use our heavenly prayer language, which is speaking in tongues, on a daily basis to EDIFY ourselves and to BUILD UP our own faith. Drawing closely to God does not make us more accepted by God. God loved us while we were yet sinners so drawing closer to God simply makes us a brighter LIGHT to reach the unsaved.

Then there are other Christians that wrongly teach that speaking in other tongues has ceased with the first-century church. And some of those Christians also wrongly teach that speaking in other tongues in the church today is of Satan and not of God. Please read the study “HAS SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES CEASED?” What those Christians have failed to see is that the Apostle Paul was CORRECTING the improper use of speaking in other tongues IN the church ASSEMBLY. So then, Paul was not teaching against speaking in other tongues as some Christians claim. But rather, Paul said to the church at Corinth which prayed in tongues quite extensively that he spoke in other tongues MORE than them ALL. And that was in the SAME letter to the Corinthian church correcting them or teaching them the correct way to USE their gift of speaking in other tongues IN the church assembly.


1 Corinthians 14:8.


“I thank my God I speak in tongues MORE than you all.”


Paul is teaching us the great value of praying in tongues while at the same time teaching us the common courtesy to others who do not yet understand this gift of the Holy Spirit.

Let me refresh your memory of this vital truth to stir up the gift of the Holy Ghost that is now WITHIN you by looking at 2 Timothy 1:6,7 from another translation of the Bible.

 

Today’s English Version of 2 Timothy 1:6,7.


“For this reason, I remind you to KEEP ALIVE the gift that God gave to you when I laid my hand on you. For the Spirit that God has given us does NOT make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with POWER, LOVE, and SELF-CONTROL.”


I ask you again, “Do you want more of God’s power in your life?” If the answer is yes, then be baptized with the Holy Spirit and pray in tongues on a daily basis! Keep in mind that Oneness Pentecostal Christians use the word “baptism” of the Holy Spirit to mean the same thing as being FILLED with the Holy Spirit and also “RECEIVING” the Holy Spirit. To me, the context of each of these terms teaches us that there is a difference between receiving the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit. But my point right now is “Do you desire to walk in a greater degree of God’s love?” If so, then remain full of the Holy Ghost by praying in your heavenly language every day! “Is your spirit crying out to be free from sin?” Then stir up the Holy Spirit that is WITHIN you by fellowshipping with your heavenly Father daily by praying in tongues! I sincerely believe that EVERY Christian already has ALL of the Holy Spirit that God gives to every Christian to dwell in them the moment we first believed. So it is up to each individual Christian to STIR UP the GIFT of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them by beginning to speak in other tongues by FAITH. Praying in other tongues has many BENEFITS.

Praying in other tongues builds us up, or edifies us. It strengthens our inner man which is our spirit.

 

Please read Jude 1:20.


“But you, beloved, BUILDING UP yourselves on your most holy faith, (How? How do we BUILD UP our faith? BY) Praying in the Holy Ghost.”


One meaning of “building up” is to embolden which means to foster, or promote the development of BOLDNESS in you. It also means to encourage and to rear up. Nearly all of us desire greater boldness, to share the gospel with strangers and even with people we know. So again, how is it that we build our faith in this area of boldness? Clearly, the Scripture states as a fact with no interpretation needed that we build up our most holy FAITH by praying in the Holy Spirit. And in the LIGHT of the whole word of God, praying in the Holy Spirit IS praying in other tongues. So then, praying in other tongues to God in our daily prayers is one of the things which the word of God teaches us that builds our faith and gives us boldness. That is just ONE of the BENEFITS of praying to God in other tongues. 

We have only just begun our study of the benefits of praying in tongues and we have already found that we receive power, greater love, more self-control, and boldness in our faith by praying in the Spirit. Any single one of these would be enough to exhort us to STIR UP the Holy Spirit that is within us by praying in other tongues, but there are many more benefits of dwelling in our mansion. Our mansion in John 14:2 is not some mansion up in heaven as some Christians teach. Rather, the word translated as mansions means ABIDING place. And to abide means to REMAIN. God’s WILL for us is to be BEING filled with His Holy Spirit, as in, to CONTINUE to be REFILLED with the Holy Spirit over and over. For example, WHILE the Spirit was upon Elijah he challenged four hundred false prophets of Baal and called fire to come down from heaven but when the Spirit was NOT upon Elijah he ran and hid like a coward. For a deeper understanding of the Greek word that is translated as mansion please read the study “THE POWER AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER!” But for now, let us continue to look at some more benefits of speaking in other tongues to God in prayer.

 

1 Corinthians 14:4.


“He that speaks in an unknown tongue EDIFIES himself.”


The Living Bible says it this way.


1 Corinthians 14:4 from the Living Bible.


“So a person speaking in tongues helps himself grow spiritually.”


The word “edifies” means to build up, or charge up like a battery, to embolden, to strengthen, to enlighten, or to instruct. Therefore, praying in tongues helps us also to grow spiritually! It opens our eyes to the understanding of the truth of God’s word.

 

Read 1 Corinthians 2:12-14.


“Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; (Why?) that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God

13. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 

14. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, (Why?) because they are spiritually discerned.”


Praying in other tongues helps us grow spiritually in the understanding of God’s word. God opens the eyes of our understanding to know the correct sound Biblical meaning of verses of Scripture. And I believe that we can also INTERCEDE for others by praying in other tongues as well. Sometimes they will see and receive the truth while at other times their eyes will be opened to see the truth but they will not receive the truth. Rather, they will try to explain away the truth.

Also, when we pray in tongues, we pray according to God’s WILL. And I believe that we all desire to be IN God’s WILL. 


Romans 8:26-28.


“Likewise, the Spirit also helps our infirmities; (Or the Holy Spirit helps our weaknesses of not being sure what words we are to pray) for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered, (Or the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance, as in, the words in an unknown tongue for us to speak. The Holy Spirit does not possess us to MAKE us pray in other tongues by taking control of our mouth to speak for us)

27.  And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because he makes intercession for the saints ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD

28. And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”


The words “all things” here literally mean all these matters of UTTERANCES. The word “things” is not in the original text and the context is about speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit helps us by giving us the words to speak. In other words, every single utterance, or word you pray in an unknown tongue works together for good to them that love God. Therefore, if you do not know how to pray for something or someone in certain circumstances, then pray in your heavenly language. It will be then that you are guaranteed by the word of God that you are indeed praying according to the WILL of God. Hence praying in tongues is equivalent to praying the exact WILL of God. This is why the devil tries so hard to keep us from praying in other tongues. Satan has deceived some Christians to wrongly believe that there is no such thing as a prayer language in the Bible. Keep reading and you will see that there is indeed a prayer language in the Bible which is yet another BENEFIT to Christians.

When praying in tongues we speak directly to God in SECRET, sort of a “hotline” directly to God so to speak. Praying in the Spirit is a direct line of communication that cannot be intercepted by our enemy, Satan. For you see, we are praying SECRETLY to God in an UNKNOWN tongue.

  

1 Corinthians 14: 2.

 

For he that speaks in an UNKNOWN tongue, speaks not unto men, but unto God, for no man understands him, howbeit IN the spirit he speaks MYSTERIES.”

 

The word “mysteries” here can also be translated as divine secrets or secretly. Therefore, we are speaking divine secrets unto God when we pray in the Spirit. In other words, a secret is something KEPT from everyone but the one we are speaking the secret to. And thus, Satan can NOT understand what we are praying to God in an UNKNOWN tongue. And that IS our prayer “language”. Now, not only are we speaking directly to God but God is speaking directly to our spirits as well bypassing our minds. And that is yet another BENEFIT of praying in other tongues. For you see, God REVEALS to our spirits things as we are speaking in other tongues. Then our spirit knows things that were not taught to us by man. God teaches us to understand “doctrine” while speaking in other tongues. Now, this does NOT mean that a Christian who has never spoken in other tongues cannot understand doctrine by reading and studying God's word. Rather, it simply means that speaking in other tongues is ANOTHER WAY that God's Holy Spirit leads and guides us into all truth. Think about it this way, while we are speaking to God in other tongues, God is also speaking to our spirit or our inner man. In this way, God bypasses our carnal minds so to speak. Now, this may not always happen immediately at the very moment that we are praying in other tongues. What I mean by this is that when I come across a verse of Scripture that I am not sure what it means and I truly desire to know the true sound Biblical meaning then I pray about it in both my understanding or in my own language and also in other tongues. Sometimes I get the answer right away, but at other times, the answer pops in my mind while reading over that verse of Scripture again. Please consider the following passage of Scripture that is often overlooked.


Please read Isaiah 28:11.


“For with stammering lips and ANOTHER TONGUE will He (Almighty God the Father) speak TO this people.”

 

The context is about WHO God will TEACH doctrine and give them understanding. This benefit alone would be enough to help us stir up the gift of the Holy Spirit that is WITHIN us but there are many other benefits as well. Another benefit of speaking in other tongues is singing and praising God in other tongues to enter into His glorious PRESENCE and feel His warm embrace hugging you.

In my opinion, there is no greater way to bless Almighty God and give Him thanks, than to pray and sing in other tongues. When our own words, in our own understanding can no longer fully express what is deep in our hearts, that is to say, our spirits, whether it be in petition or praise, then STIR UP the gift of the Holy Spirit that is WITHIN you, and pray, or sing in your heavenly language by FAITH as an act of your own will. For when you pray in tongues the Holy Spirit picks up where your own natural praying falls short. 

In 1 Corinthians 14:12-17, Paul is giving us instruction to be zealous and seek to pray more in tongues, but at the same time if we are praying or speaking in tongues in the church, then we must seek to interpret so that the whole church may be edified. And even in your own PRIVATE time with God praying in tongues STILL seek the interpretation for it may edify the whole body as well at a later time with revelation knowledge of God’s word.

 

Here is 1 Corinthians 13:16,17.


“Else when you shall BLESS (God) with the spirit, (Praying in other tongues) how shall he that occupies the room of the unlearned say Amen at your GIVING OF THANKS, seeing he understands not what you say (TO God)

17. For you verily GIVE THANKS well, but the other is not edified.”

  

Paul is not condemning praying in tongues here, but rather, he is saying that if we pray in tongues when we assemble as a body of believers that we ought to pray in tongues quietly within ourselves unto the Lord. And if we feel led by the Spirit to pray out boldly before the whole church then there should be an interpretation. There is such a fine line here that I feel the church has drawn back from exercising the gifts of the Spirit, rather than zealously seeking after them. There seems to be a fear of casting a stumbling block before the unlearned, or because the desired results of speaking in tongues do not always come immediately. It seems that in our business, some Christians are not willing to WAIT upon the Lord to renew their strength.

More than not, people who begin exercising in the natural quit prematurely because they find out that it is hard work and it often leaves their muscles tender and sore. However, it is when our muscles become tender that they are ready and PRIME to be developed and strengthened. Likewise, when our spirits become “tender” to the Holy Spirit that is when we will develop spiritually and become strong in the Lord. But we must continue walking in the Spirit by exercising our spiritual gifts and praying in tongues.

Again, praying in the Spirit is the perfect form of praise to God and His Son seeing that we are to honor the Son even as we honor the Father.


Jesus tells us in John 4: 23, 24.


“But the hour comes and now is when true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 

And how can we speak anything that is not the truth when speaking of in other tongues IS speaking according to the WILL of God? What I mean by this is that it is the Holy Spirit who GIVES us the UTTERANCE to speak in other tongues. And since it is impossible for God to LIE then it is certain that God would never give to us utterances to speak forth in other tongues that are NOT the truth. And if it was NOT God's WILL for us to speak in other tongues then why would the Holy Spirit GIVE us the utterance or the words to speak in other tongues. You see, God looks upon our HEART and at times our head knowledge does not agree with what our heart or our inner man of our human spirit is receiving from God through His Holy Spirit dwelling in us. The Holy Spirit still teaches our inner man of the spirit even if we do not speak in other tongues. So what I am trying to say is that God SEEKS or DESIRES for us to stir up the gift of the Holy Spirit in us to praise and worship God is the SPIRIT by praising God in other tongues. For you see, we cannot speak anything that is FALSE while we are praising God in other tongues because it is the Spirit Himself who is giving us the UTTERANCE in other tongues. Let me explain a little further what I mean by this. We all understand that SOME of the songs that we sing to God and about God are NOT sound Biblical songs. But the songs that we singe to about in other togues are TRUTH because Almighty God Himself GAVE us the words in other tongues to praise Him.


And then in Acts 10:46, we are told.


“For they heard them speak with tongues and MAGNIFY God

 

When we speak or pray in other tongues we magnify God. We give THANKS to God WELL or in a good way. And for me, it is the BEST way because I can enter into the glorious presence of God much faster than praising God in my own understanding.


And again, in Philippians 3:3 we read.


“For we are the circumcision, which worships God in the SPIRIT, and rejoices in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”


Again, there are times in my worship of God that I, myself, do not have confidence in my flesh to adequately express myself. So if for no other reason than to worship and praise God, we should all start to exercise our prayer language by praying and singing every day in other tongues TO God because, in my opinion, there is no better way to enter into the fullness of God’s presence than to sing and pray with the spirit IN the Spirit.

Here is some more on the benefit of praying in tongues to bring the revelation knowledge we receive from God through the person of the Holy Spirit. We have briefly looked at this earlier but I would like to take a closer look at 1 Corinthians 2:9,10,14.

 

1 Corinthians 2:9,10.

 

“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear has heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. 

10. BUT God has revealed them unto us BY his Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

 

The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He reveals to us the truth of God’s word. Now skip down to verse 14.


1 Corinthians 2:14.

 

“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”


Some Christians live in fear because of false teaching that they do NOT have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them because they do NOT speak in other tongues. This one verse should prove to you that you do indeed HAVE the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. For you see, the natural man or the unsaved person can NOT receive the INDWELLING of the Holy Spirit. But every person who is saved, God MARKS them as His BY giving them the EARNEST of His Holy Spirit to DWELL IN them.

So it is NOT a matter of not having the Holy Spirit IN you, but rather, the question is are you be BEING filled with the Holy Spirit on a regular basis to REMAIN FULL of the Holy Spirit? It is when we are not REMAINING full of the Holy Spirit that our hearing becomes dull and we grow spiritually cold. We become what the Bible calls CARNAL Christians. And being a carnal Christian does NOT mean that we are not truly born-again Christians. Being a carnal Christian simply means that we are not as close to God is that we are not communicating to God in the way that we used to when we first became Christians.


Now go back to verses 12 and 13.


1 Corinthians 2:12,13.


“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God, (Why?) that we might KNOW the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak. 

13. Not in the words which mans’ wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches: comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

 

The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He guides and leads us into all truth.

 

Jesus said in John 14:20.


“But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, and bring all things to your remembrance.”

 

Then we are told in John 16:13 that he will lead and guide us into all truth and show us things to come.

Notice again that the Holy Spirit was WITH the disciples but not yet IN them. This verse says “Howbeit WHEN he, the Spirit of truth, HAS COME” which clearly shows us that it is ONLY AFTER we are baptized and FILLED with the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of God dwells IN us that we FULLY receive all the benefits of the Holy Spirit as our teacher. This does NOT mean that the Holy Spirit does not teach us when we grow cold in the Lord or we backslide to become carnal Christians. It simply means that we hear God BETTER when we keep ourselves FULL of the Holy Spirit. Is not your JOY greater while you are actively praising God with all your being than it is when you have not praised and worshiped God for weeks or even months with your whole being? So all I am saying is that when we actively REMAIN in fellowship with God our JOY is fuller. The more we REMAIN in God's word the more we learn.

  

1 John 2:27.


“But the anointing (The Holy Spirit dwelling in us which we received the very moment we first believed) which you have received of him abides IN you, and you need not that any man teaches you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide IN him.”


So are YOU abiding IN the Holy Spirit by STIRRING UP the GIFT that is within you? In other words, are you REMAINING in a close fellowship with God? Speaking in other tongues is just ONE of the ways to REMAIN close to God. Yes, there are OTHER ways to ABIDE in God but this particular study is about teaching my readers to STIR UP the Holy Spirit dwelling in you BY way OF speaking in other tongues

This word “abide” here is the same Greek word “meno” G3306 which is from the root word for “mone” G3438 that is translated as MANSIONS that Jesus went to the cross to prepare for us in John 14:2. Here is how E-Sword defines the Greek word translated as mansions.


G3438

μονή

monē

mon-ay'

From G3306; a staying, that is, residence (the act or the place): - abode, mansion.


Therefore, when we abide in the Holy Spirit by PRAYING IN OTHER TONGUES then we are abiding in our mansion that Jesus went cross to prepare first and then ascended to the Father right after the cross to complete his prepare our abiding place for us. Again, there are other ways to ABIDE in God other than praying in other tongues. So please understand that I am NOT saying that praying in other tongues is the ONLY way to abide in God. We can abide in God and NEVER speak one word in another tongue. So I am NOT saying that we MUST speak in other tongues as some Oneness Pentecostal Christians WRONGLY demand. All I am saying is that that are many BENEFITS of speaking and praying in other tongues that some Christians may never fully enjoy because they have never been TAUGHT that they can STIR UP the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them to speak in other tongues by FAITH. Some Christians have been wrongly taught that the Holy Spirit takes over your mouth and that He does the speaking FOR us. And that is NOT what happens we a Christian speaks in other tongues. I have heard many Christians say that while they were singing praises to God in their OWN language that they ran out of words to sing and praise God with, in their own language, but deep inside they desired to praise God MORE because they felt the presence of God all over them. Now, IF they would have been TAUGHT to yield their tongue to the Holy Spirit and speak out the words by FAITH that they felt deep inside to praise God more then they would have spoken in other tongues. So praising God in other tongues is simply ANOTHER way to ABIDE in God.

 

Acts 17: 28 says it this way.


“For in him we live, (Or for IN him we ABIDE) and move, and have our being.”


The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word “abide” as being to wait patiently for. Remember what Isaiah 40:38 teaches us?


Isaiah 40:38.


“But they that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

The dictionary goes on to say that abide means to remain in one place or state, to continue or endure, to withstand, to persevere under, to dwell or sojourn, to conform to, and to comply with, and rest satisfied with. You see there is a peace that comes from abiding in God. There is a witness that bears witness with our spirits. There is a knowing that no man can take from us when we begin to abide and fellowship daily with God through the Holy Spirit with our heavenly prayer language, which is praying in tongues that are also called praying in the Spirit. So begin today to STIR UP the gift of the Holy Spirit that is now WITHIN you by praying in tongues DAILY! ADD to your faith the praying in other tongues. Yes, you can still go to heaven WITHOUT ever praying a single word in other tongues. But why would you not want ALL of what God has already given to you as His GIFT? Think of praying in other tongues as a TOOL that makes your job EASIER. Certainly, you can dig a basement with a hand shovel but is much easier to dig a basement with a bigger and better TOOL such as an excavator.

All that I can do is to share and encourage you with what God has revealed to me. And I have perceived that I receive great insight into God's word AFTER praying in other tongues. There have been many times when I seemed to hit a roadblock so to speak. And no matter how many times I read a verse of Scripture all I saw was what the mainstream church denomination taught me which deep inside I knew by God's Holy Spirit was wrong. I would pray in my own language and still, no revelation as to the true meaning of those verses came to me. But after praying in other tongues I understood those verses of Scripture. But that is not the ONLY benefit that I have perceived by the Holy Spirit concerning praying in other tongues. I have also found it to be much easier and much faster to enter into God's presence BY praising God in other tongues. In other words, what used to take me an hour or more of worshiping God is songs written by a man to feel God's presence all over me, can be cut in half or even less by praising God in FAITH in other tongues. And yet another benefit of praying in other tongues is KNOWING that every word you speak IS God's, perfect will. In other words, when God lays upon your heart to pray for a person you may not always know what to pray, but rather, you simply sense that God wants you to pray for that particular person. Well, the benefit of praying in other tongues is that it is God Himself who gives you the words to pray so you are praying EXACTLY what God desires you to pray. So again, all I can do is to encourage you to pray in other tongues by FAITH which is what I mean by STIRRING UP the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling in EVERY Christian.

Now we come to the consequences we face if we are NOT being continually filled with the Holy Spirit. I do not like pointing to the negative in order to exhort you to walk in the positive, but it would seem that for some this is necessary.

 

Jude 22,23.


“And of some have compassion, making a difference, and others save with FEAR, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

 

The context in Jude is ALSO about those with spots and blemishes who are NOT building up their most holy faith BY praying in the Holy Spirit. Again, due to the length of this topic of being out of fellowship with God and growing cold, I have separated it as a study of its own called “THE FEAR OF THE LORD”


“BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT”


And may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of Almighty God.


Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.


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