Doubt cripples faith, so quit worrying about the details. I am aware that in 1 Corinthians 12:13 Paul says that baptism in the Spirit is an act of God by which we become a part of the body of Christ at conversion, so that in his terminology all genuine converts have been baptized in the Spirit. . Months of this without going to Church, i prayed myself it always sound made up or fake or like baby blabberings. One possible way to view your blockage is purely physical, and one way to train new muscles is to *practice*. As people are filled with the Holy Spirit, they exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, especially love (Gal. As Paul explained to the Corinthians: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. (2) How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? 5. That is the biblical sign. When that day finally came, I was asleep on the couch in my parents living room. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. I’ll take the negative first so I can end with the positive. 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). Some refuse to acknowledge it, others reject it as demonic, or the church simply doesn’t have the pastoral staff to nurture it. On pages 64–65 the question is posed, “What if I don’t speak in tongues? So you see, the real issue the Charismatics raise for us is not the issue of tongues. 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. "While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. Just phrases here and there. One evening after yet another call to the Richard Roberts prayer line without success I sat and cried, certain that I had in someway done something that somehow I had done something which disqualified me from receiving this gift, that somehow God did not love me as much as he did those who had received. I stopped crying. Someone at churches prayed I’d receive the Holy Ghost with signs of speaking in tongues right after I got saved. Keep with it, *practice* more, and always trust God. In 1987 I had a incredibly supernatural experience with God but did not speak in another language. This is the same material I give to those who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit at our Gospel Truth Seminars. There are five reasons why I am not as confident as the Pentecostals are that speaking in tongues is a necessary part of being baptized in the Spirit: 1. Sure do – I think it is awesome when it does! My husband often prays in English while I pray in tongues, so I can focus on his voice while allowing myself to speak in tongues. I promise there will be a day where it all comes out like a flood and you will finally think “I’m doing it! This step is the most obvious step, but it’s where most people go wrong – open your mouth. We actually minister to Him!!! I practiced the most while driving my car so I didn’t over think it. To say this person is not the beneficiary of Jesus’s promise to baptize us in the Holy Spirit goes beyond Scripture. But we have done wrong in limiting Paul’s understanding of the baptism in the Holy Spirit to this initial, subconscious divine act in conversion and then forcing all of Luke’s theology in Acts into that little mold. 1 John 1:8 says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Vlymen prayed for a long time to see angles (discernment). You trust his path for your life. My prayer language is simple and vowel heavy. 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. Not everyone is bestowed of this gift. This is wonderful I totally agree with the writer of this article. 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 … I would have to agree, sometimes He has us chase a goal because it is the journey that will benefit us the greatest. I pray in tongues often and everywhere. See 1 Corinthians 14:5, 18, 39.). 3. As I prayed, sinful memories bubbled up into my memory, but I instantly felt the guilt and shame associated with these sins release. If you want to feel God's presence—the Holy Spirit—in your life, you'll have to admit those sins to God, ask for His forgiveness, and repent, or commit to doing better in the future. I began to call prayer lines all over the country asking for help to receive what I understood to be a gift. Paul writes, Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit … Surely the Charismatic renewal has something to teach us here. 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 ). And that’s a lot of us! We’re on a mission to change that. As a result, they never step out in faith to try or they quit early, but this just is another example of the old saying “Jesus can’t take the wheel of a parked car”. It seems to me that Luke leaves wide open the possibility that the Holy Spirit might fall upon a person with revolutionizing power over sin and power for witnessing and power in worship and yet not with tongues. 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?”. I heard his very words. It is not taught anywhere in the New Testament. That is a very good tip about having to start in your fleah! But I’ll mention two things from the book of Acts — things that mark the experience of being baptized in the Holy Spirit or of receiving the gift of the Spirit. by. I just experienced it now as I come from that lonely room. I’ve tried working in complex sounds such as “x” and “ing”, but it physically doesn’t come out of my mouth when I’m in prayer – so I’m not going to force it! These accounts are found in … and you shall be my witnesses.” This is an experience of boldness and confidence and victory over sin. 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. Most of the participants on the calls pray with the evidence of speaking in tongues. He’s a crusher. There are marks of it in your life. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! But this regenerating work of God’s Spirit is not the limit of what Peter means by baptism in the Spirit. The negative thing is that I think the Bennets are probably wrong in making tongues a necessary part of the baptism in the Spirit. The Bible says those baptized with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost "began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4). My mom taught me to start with a song, singing the words then changing the syllables. The preached word is heard with conviction and power only when the effectual call of God lays hold on the hearers. You trust his power to help you obey. This shows how difficult it is to establish a norm from the way things happened back then. Terminology: The very term “baptized in the Holy Spirit” (1:5; 11:16) implies an immersion in the life of the Spirit. Most likely it will be very choppy, repetitive, and hard to resist your mind taking back control of your mouth. fantastic blog. God initiates it by enabling us to believe (Ephesians 2:8–9; 2 Timothy 2:25; John 1:13). Praise God!!! I’m sure you have heard people say that if you receive the Holy Ghost then you will speak in tongues. For many years, I’ve never progressed beyond 3 words that I say over and over. 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. 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. Buried by a volume of books, videos, and articles on the “why” of tongues, it can be hard to find the actions to start praying in tongues. Father, I call on you for the grace of a new language. It releases rivers of practical supply and life into your situations. I don’t think our prayer language is a language like any other language that exists. Throughout the New Testament, everyone who was baptized in the Holy Spirit began to speak in tongues. 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. They didn’t just believe it happened because an apostle said so. It is the life-changing experience of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord of the universe. No, there needs to be a combination of acting through faith and our freewill to bring it into action. 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. My Guest Blogger today is Max Pool. I just open up my mouth and let God have His way with what comes out. You trust his provision for your forgiveness. Working towards preparing your “soil” does not disqualify or cheapen these gifts. 13; Rom. I was first shocked. However, sometimes amidst all the practice we just don’t feel powerful enough to break into the next level. 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. 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. He spoke personally to me. 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." Romans 8:9. That sounds exactly like what happened, I opened my mouth and out it came, no rehearsing or chanting or helping along, it was just there. Does speaking in tongues show a person has the Holy Spirit? . Singing in tongues is even easier—especially if you like to sing! But there are many others that need to act in faith to see the rewards. The point is that this is a time of prayer, and you will need the same type of quiet isolation that your prayer time normally demands plus a little extra. Do gifts (like tongues) happen instantly? 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. Submerge my soul in your Spirit and gift me with the power to pray in tongues. 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. All I am doing is allowing God to use me for His purpose in praying what He deams necessary at that moment and since I don’t know what I’m saying in the first place I haven’t felt a need to over think it. You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to have the Holy … Thank you, Jesus, for everything. I’m praying in tongues!” In that moment all your previous worries will dissolve and your faith in this gift will be forever changed. First, the word of the gospel is received by faith. You need to cooperate with Him by opening your mouth and speaking in faith. There is no reason to think that even for Paul the baptism in the Holy Spirit was limited to the initial moment of conversion. . My Testimony about Speaking in Tongues I so appreciate your message and I will certainly give all your suggestions careful consideration. To add complications, there are many churches that don’t support this gift. As I sat alone, crying, all of a sudden from my belly welled up words, beautiful words. (Whether or not a Christian should seek to speak in tongues is another issue that we are working on in the evening. Once you have unglued those sounds that feel like they might work, then switch to prayer using those new sounds. I’ve been told it’s like a muscle that needs to be exercised so I shall continue to ‘practice’!! A Christian without power is a Christian who needs a baptism in the Holy Spirit. 5:5). I got so excited that I lost focus and haven’t been able to get it back (flowing) since. In itself that is relatively unimportant. The gift of speaking in tongues IS something we should all desire, and it's available to all of us. Yes, Laurie, my experience was more similar to yours. Practice is not prayer, and that is obvious since you are fully aware that you have taken the lead. who shares a simple strategy for learning to praying in tongues. 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. If there is one thing that will kill your ability to start receiving this gift it’s being distracted as you learn. . 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? What is your need today? Some people believe that you should not pray in the Spirit or in tongues in the open or a group. 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. Depend on God to help you increase your faith in praying with the Holy Spirit, and trust that the Father will remove any barriers in your way. Not only is it said that you will speak in tongues, but it is often taught that unless you do so then you have not been filled with the Holy Spirit. I remember looking down at my mouth in disbelief trying to understand what was happening. 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. I love You.” I though how sweet is this message! In fact, hearing Cornelius and his household speak in tongues … A heart of praise: One is a heart of praise. I tried to pray myself but it sounds fake and forced. So this means for many of us, we must build up these gifts in a continuous cycle of action and faith. Worrying about your technique of a God-given gift, where the Holy Spirit prays with you, where spoken words aren’t understood…you get my point, worrying is meaningless and is going to do nothing but throw you off track. After many months I still unable to receive a break through. You act out of faith, your gift is strengthened, which results in increased faith for the next action. The words were perfectly formed and my mouth knew exactly what it was doing but it has never happened again. If you’re serious about the edification process, add tongues into your prayer life. The consequence of faith: The fourth reason we should stress the experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit is that in Acts the apostles teach that it is a consequence of faith not a subconscious cause of faith. In other words, I don’t think that every time I utter a certain sound it means a certain word because if it did, Satan would probably be able to figure out what God was having me pray and the whole point to praying in Tongues is so God can pray through us His perfect will and since the enemy also has no idea what I’m praying he can’t stand against it. For them the Holy Spirit was a fact of experience. After this demon episode is gone. Christ comes into your life by the Spirit. For many people searching to learn the “how to” speak in tongues, their search ends in frustration. The God who keeps watch over the nations, this God still speaks today. Great advice! Pray to be given the tools to ask for forgiveness, and pray for faith. We are called to pray with our minds as well as with our spirits, and starting to pray with the Holy Spirit really is as easy as the above steps. Some people might have a harder time letting go of the control of their tongue, and maybe they over analyze it way more than do, so I’m not saying that the advice already given is a wrong approach, all I’m stating is how it worked for me. He will like that you are trying. What difference does seeing and savoring the providence of God make? I hope what I’ve said helps someone in just letting God use them as He sees fit. Related: 4. In the same way, so many people are afraid they aren’t going to do it right, but even if you don’t do it right your Father likes it. The few sounds you are able to make at first are those most natural to you, that is, the ones which flowed out of your spirit the easiest. We use a secret code that only we know. I’m not sure why it happens, but perhaps to minister to others who are in similar situations. In Acts, the Holy Spirit is not a silent influence but an experienced power. 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. However in Church when I felt the Holy spirit presence is high, my tongues became more vigorous and natural. It was miraculous. 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. To receive the gift of tongues or any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit we start with praying for the baptism with the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t bother us when our children mispronounce words. When I started, with my eyes closed, I would see word parts or names flash in front of my eyes. Focus your mind on God and the holy spirit that God has filled you with. All it takes is a little practice and faith. Ask for God's forgiveness for your sins. 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. Start making syllables and word sounds. Nice post! I love how Robert Morris of Gateway Church puts it so simply in this video (4:50): Babies don’t start speaking fluently, and here is the amazing thing…we think it’s cute. As we step out in obedience, we may ask for and receive the any of gifts of the Spirit that we need to fulfill Jesus’ work. You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to have the Holy Spirit in you. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. 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. It really spoke to me and is very encouraging. Contrary to what many believe, the ability to speak in tongues is not described in Scripture as the proof that a Christian has the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues actually happens when a person allows syllables to flow out of their mouth without consciously controlling them. “While Peter was still saying this the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. In sacramental churches the gift of the Holy Spirit is virtually equated with the event of water baptism. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in … He is author of. Internal discovery would be listening for queues in your mind, queues that the Holy Spirit might be giving you. In fact, out of all the conversion accounts in the New Testament, only two record speaking in tongues in that context. Christ had commanded it (Matthew 28:18–20) and the church practiced it. . And you trust his promises for your future. You can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit by asking and yielding and receiving in faith, and stepping out and speaking in tongues. “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 . Amazing grace, how sweet etc da tah ka ma Ki la ti dee. In the terminology of Acts we could say, what a powerless Christian needs is a baptism in the Holy Spirit. 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. 1. Speaking in tongues is only spoken to God. We could talk for hours about what that experience is. Since this time I have prayed for many believers who have also received this wonderful, edifying gift. Obedience: The other mark I’ll mention is obedience. “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. Apart from Christ, we were so sinful, so wicked, so rebellious that Scripture called us children of disobedience. So we do today. 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. I don’t understand how you can even ask the question.” How could Paul ask that question? I was praying (in English) intently, really focused and out came my prayer language, flowing! I think that praying in tongues not only edifies us but also edifies God. 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