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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 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?
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?”
Ephesians 5:17 says,
“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. What I mean by this is that after they have “INITIALLY” received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, then they 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 continually stir up this gift of the Holy Ghost that is now 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 awhile and read first the study entitled "THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER" and then come back to this study.
And for those of you who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but only have spoken in tongues on that initial infilling of the Spirit of God, or 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 lie dormant in our lives.
1 Timothy 4: 11 tells us,
“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’s look at this same verse again 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.
“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 of power and of love, and of a sound mind.”
God the Father has given us his Holy Spirit to dwell IN us. The words “stir up” here in the Greek mean 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, who had oil, that is were full of the Holy Spirit, and five foolish, who had no oil remaining, in other words were not keeping themselves FULL of the Holy Spirit by praying in tongues.
Notice that the word of God says that WE are to stir up the Holy Ghost that is now WITHIN us. 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. 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 with the interpretation also. In fact the Bible instructs us to seek the interpretation of what we speak in tongues.
The Bible also says that the Spirit helps our weakness. The word “helps” literally means to take hold together with against. If you were to go and help a friend move a large object such as a table, you would take hold of the table together with your friend against, or for the purpose at hand, which in this instance is to move the table. 1st 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 others 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.
Now look at 1st Corinthians 14:15 where Paul says,
“ 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. 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.
The reason for this mental block is because we have not been properly taught in this area of praying. It seems that when Christians are baptized in the Holy Spirit that the body of Christ in general has developed the mentality that this is the highest level spiritually that you can attain. In other words the feeling that you have made it now, so just sit back and relax, has somehow been ingrained into our thinking. This is not at all the case! We are to use our heavenly prayer language, that is speaking in tongues, on a daily basis.
Paul said to the church at Corinth, which prayed in tongues quite extensively,
“I thank my God I speak in tongues MORE than you all.”
Paul was teaching us the great value of praying in tongues, while at the same time teaching us common courtesy to others who do not yet understand this gift of the Holy Spirit.
Let me refresh your memory this vital truth to stir up the gift of the Holy Ghost that is now WITHIN you by looking at
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 power?” If the answer is yes, then be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and pray in tongues on a daily basis! “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!
Praying in other tongues builds us up, or edifies us. It strengthens our inner man, which is our spirit.
Jude 20 says,
“But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, (how?) Praying in the Holy Ghost.”
One meaning of “building up” is to embolden, which means to foster, or promote the development of BOLDNESS in, to encourage, to rear up. Nearly all of us desire greater boldness, so again, how is it that we build our faith in this area of boldness? Clearly by praying in the Holy Spirit, that is, praying in other tongues is one of the things which the word of God tells us that builds our faith, and gives us boldness.
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.
1 Corinthians 14:4 tells us,
“He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself.”
The Living Bible says it this way,
“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 tongue helps us also to grow spiritually! It opens our eyes of understanding to 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.
Also, when we pray in tongues, we pray according to God’s WILL. We all desire to be in God’s will.
Romans 8: 26-28 says,
“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities (weaknesses); 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,
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. In other words every single utterance, or word you pray in an unknown tongue work 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 the WILL of God. This is why the devil tries so hard to keep us from praying in other tongues.
Oh, but there is more! When praying in tongues we speak directly to God in SECRET, sort of a “hot line” so to speak. Praying in the Spirit is a direct line of communication that cannot be intercepted by our enemy, Satan.
1 Corinthians 14: 2 tells us,
“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. Therefore we are speaking divine secrets unto God when we pray in the Spirit. Now not only are we speaking directly to God, but God is speaking directly to our spirits as well, bypassing our minds.
Look at Isaiah 28:11, which says,
“For with stammering lips and ANOTHER TONGUE will he (Almighty God the Father) speak to this people.”
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.
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 1st 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.
Look at verses 16 and 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?
17. For you verily GIVE THANKS Well, but the other is not edified.”
Paul is not condemning praying in tongues here, but 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 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, for fear of casting a stumbling block before the unlearned, or because the desired results do not come immediately. It seems that in our business many of us are not willing to WAIT upon the Lord to renew our 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.
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 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.
And again in Philippians 3:3 we read,
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the SPIRIT, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”
There are times in my worship of God that I 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, because in my opinion there is no better way to enter into the fullness of God’s presence than to sing and pray in the spirit.
Another benefit of praying in tongues is 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.
“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear has heard, neither have entered into the heart if man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. 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.
“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.”
This is why some, who do not have the baptism of the Holy Spirit, think that they don’t need to be filled with God’s Spirit, it seems foolish to them, because the natural man cannot receive the things of God.
Now go back to verses 12 and 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, IS 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.
1 John 2:27
“ But the anointing (the Holy Spirit) which you have received of him abides IN you, and you need not that any man teach 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.”
This word “abide” here is the same Greek word “meno”, which is the root word for “mone” that is translated as MANSIONS that Jesus went to the cross to prepare for us in John 14:2. Therefore, when we abide in the Holy Spirit by PRAYING IN OTHER TONGUES, then we are abiding in our mansion that Jesus went to the Father to prepare for us.
Acts 17: 28 says it this way,
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being.”
The American Heritage dictionary defines the word “abide” as to wait patiently for. Remember that Isaiah 40: 38 teaches us,
“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; 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, and 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!
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 teaches us,
“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.”
Again, due to the length of this topic, I have separated it under THIS VERY PURPOSE entitled, “THE FEAR OF THE LORD.”
“BE STRONG IN THE LORD AN IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT”
Yours Forever in the Lord Jesus Christ,
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