I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.
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"THE GIFT OF TONGUES" BY DAVID MCMILLEN
THE GIFT OF TONGUES
I HAVE BEEN QUESTIONED AGAIN AND AGAIN ABOUT SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND I THOUGHT I WOULD TRY TO EXPLAIN IT ONE MORE TIME BY TELLING YOU WHAT, I BELIEVE, THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT IT. HOWEVER, YOU NEED TO CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELVES. NEVER BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TEACHING. THE BIBLE SAYS THERE ARE FALSE TEACHERS OUT THERE AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING WE HEAR LINES UP WITH GOD'S WORD. HE IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY.
IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU HAVE HOLY SPIRIT DWELLING IN YOU AND I DON'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN TONGUES TO PROVE IT, NO MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS TO PROVE YOU ARE BORN AGAIN. IT IS A CHOICE THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE. WE CHRISTIANS HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE THE POWER OF HOLY SPIRIT. HE IS IN US ALL AND WE HAVE TO EXERCISE THAT RIGHT TO USE HIS POWER. IF WE DON'T, WE ARE MISSING OUT ON HELPING OURSELVES AND OTHERS.
IF YOU DON'T THINK THAT THERE IS POWER IN HAVING HOLY SPIRIT, JUST REMEMBER IT WAS HIM THAT RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, I BELIEVE THAT IT TOOK MORE POWER THAN CREATING ALL OF CREATION BECAUSE IN THE CREATION THERE WAS NO OPPOSITION AGAINST HIM. I AM SURE SATAN DID EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO STOP HIM FROM RAISING JESUS FROM THE DEAD.
SO, IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN YOU HAVE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO SPEAK IN TONGUES IF YOU CHOOSE TO. THE REASON I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE GOD GAVE TONGUES TO BELIEVERS IN THE OLD DAYS AND THE BIBLE SAYS THAT GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER AND HE IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS. IF HE GAVE TONGUES TO PEOPLE THEN HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR US. LOOK WHAT JOHN THE BAPTIST SAYS IN MATTHEW 3:11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" TELL JESUS THAT YOU WANT TO BE BAPTIZED WITH HOLY SPIRIT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
SOME PEOPLE THAT SAY TONGUES ARE NOT FOR US TODAY USUALLY TAKES IT FROM 1ST CORINTHIANS 13:8 WHERE IT SAYS "whether there be tongues, they shall cease". WHAT THEY DON'T TELL YOU IS IN THAT SAME VERSE IT SAYS THAT "whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away". NOW WE KNOW THAT KNOWLEDGE HAS NOT VANISHED AWAY. IN VERSES 8-12 IT TALKS ABOUT US KNOWING IN PART AND NOT SEEING A CLEAR PICTURE OF THINGS BUT IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT WHEN THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS COME, THAT WHICH IS IN PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY. WELL, THAT WHICH IS PERFECT IS JESUS AND WHEN HE COMES AND WE SEE HIM FACE TO FACE WE WILL KNOW ALL THINGS. READ IT FOR YOURSELVES AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK.
1ST CORINTHIANS 13:8-12 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
EVEN THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA, FROM WHOM JESUS ASK FOR A DRINK OF WATER, KNEW THAT WHEN JESUS COMES WE WILL KNOW ALL THINGS AND JESUS CONFIRMED IT. (JOHN 4:25-26 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.)
I SPEAK IN TONGUES, OR IN THE SPIRIT AS IT IS SOMETIMES CALLED, WHEN I AM PRAYING AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO PRAY ON SOME PARTICULAR THING. I ALSO SING IN THE SPIRIT SOMETIMES WHEN I AM WORSHIPING JESUS. I HAVE NEVER SPOKE IN TONGUES IN CHURCH BECAUSE, AS PAUL SAYS, IF THERE IS NO ONE TO INTERPRET IT, WHAT GOOD WILL IT DO ANYONE. LOOK WHAT PAUL SAYS IN THESE VERSES IN 1ST CORINTHIANS. (14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.) AND (14:14-15 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.)
I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS THOUGHT. ASK HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE YOU ON THIS. JESUS TELLS US THIS IN JOHN 16:13 WHERE HE SAYS "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." LEAVE IT UP TO HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG. AS I SAID BEFORE, THIS IS WHAT I UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE IS SAYING BUT STUDY IT FOR YOURSELF. ALWAYS TAKE GOD'S WORD AS TRUTH.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.