This post is scheduled.
By the time you read this, I should already be on my way to Jos.
It’s time to sit in at Jesus’s feet without distractions.
NCCF(Christian corpers) will be having their national conference at Jos starting today. You guys know how I don’t play with time to soak in the Spirit, even shifted a book launch date for it in the past.
So bear with me, I will be off line and there will be no posts on the blog till next week.
So on last week’s #OnlineBibleStudy, where I talked about praying in the Spirit, I got a question from a blog sister, and I sent her a mail with my answer and asked her if I could share on the blog and she graciously said yes.
Her words: “you can share on our blog” (this made me smile).
So what you’ll read below is her question and my answer with just a little bit of difference with me pasting the Bible verses here (I didn’t do that when I mailed her because I wanted her to check the Word for herself).
So here it is:
September 23, 2015 at 11:12 am
Definitely doing a prayer sessionâ¦.. but is speaking in tongue learnt and does everyone have to speak in tongues?
I saw your comment on yesterday’s #onlinebiblestudy and I will reply there and reply here too. Hopefully you’ll see the both of them.
Ok, you asked if speaking in tongues can be learnt and whether all Christians should speak in tongues.
Ok, firstly, no, speaking in tongues cannot be learnt.
Tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit which comes on us when we receive the in filing of âthe Holy Ghost.
I say “receive” because He has been given to us already.
Acts Chapter 2 is a basic foundation for how the gift of speaking in tongues came to be.
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”
That was the first time Christians ever spoke in tongues and ever since then, He has been filling believers…
Now how do we receive the Holy Ghost and the gift of speaking in tongues?
One by desiring Him.
Paul says in 1Corinthians 12:31 that we should desire the most helpful gifts and the gift of the Holy Ghost sure is a most helpful gift.
Jesus didn’t even want the disciples to do anything till they received Him
“Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, âDo not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.â
Now someone can be born again without receiving the in filing of the Spirit and this is no crime, lots of believers don’t speak in tongues but I believe that we should all desire to do so. Because we would be missing out on this wonderful free gift of God if we don’t.
Who wouldn’t want to be filled with the same Spirit that is in God?
It’s a privilege that Jesus asked of the Father and He granted it to Him for us.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isnât looking for him and doesnât recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”
(You can also read John chapters 14-16, it spells out why Jesus wanted us to have the Holy Ghost.â)
Speaking in tongues is simply a manifestation of the fullness of the Spirit in us… it’s the reason why Jesus could say in John 7:37-39 that rivers of living water will flow from our hearts…
“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, âAnyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, âRivers of living water will flow from his heart.ââ (When he said âliving water,â he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)”
Rivers of living water is speaking in the language of the Spirit which He gives you utterance to do when you are filled with Him. (I’m being hinted that rivers of living water is also something more than speaking in tongues, I will share when I get rev on it)
Putting into consideration the mighty benefits of speaking in tongues, who wouldn’t want to receive this free gift?
See 1Corinthians 14:2
“For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].”
Notice the “he speaks to God directly?”
And he speaks divine secrets in the Spirit – divine mysteries and secrets which the Spirit then reveals unto His own mind. That’s like a free pass to insight and revelation on the things of God.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost”
You can also build on your faith by praying in tongues!
Think spiritual growth!
Waxing stronger in the spirit… increasing spiritually.
These are just a few benefits…
Now how can one receive Him?
Firstly by being born again.
If you are born again, your body(temple) has been cleansed so God’s Spirit can come and dwell within you.
So you can either ask to be laid hands upon by a pastor or someone â who God can use to do this.
Eg, in Acts 19, Paul met some believers who hadn’t received the Holy Spirit though they were born again.
He explained to them who the Spirit is and laid hands on them and instantly they received the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in other tongues.
“While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers.
âDid you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?â he asked them.
âNo,â they replied, âwe havenât even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.â âThen what baptism did you experience?â he asked.
And they replied, âThe baptism of John.â
Paul said, âJohnâs baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.â
As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.”
If your faith can carry you too, you might not need the laying on of hands.
I wasn’t laid hands on before I started speaking in tongues. I went to a service where I purposed in my heart to have something different happen in my spirit. They called for those who desired to be filled with the Spirit and I went. The pastor just said lift up your hands in faith and say “I receive you Holy Spirit” and I did that in faith. And boom, that was it. Others spoke in tongues while they were in front of the altar but asâ IÂ returned to my seat still in faith, He filled me and the utterance just rushed right out of my belly.
And it has been that way since then.
So if you desire Him in faith, sometimes, even without the laying on of hands, you can receive Him. But still faster, you can see a trustworthy man of God to lay hands on you and you in faith, receive the Holy Ghost.
Like I have said, not all believers have received the Holy Ghost and it’s not a sin.
The believers in Acts 19 hadn’t received Him yet too but Paul knew the power of the Spirit and knew that they should have Him in them that’s why He quickly educated them and laid hands on them.
The Spirit in us gives us direction.
The Spirit in us gives us power over sin.
The gift of speaking in tongues that He gives is a treasure that builds up our faith, helps us pray according to the will of God(Romans 8:26), gives us access to directly speak to the Father(1Corinthians 14:2) and then helps us even worship God truly in Spirit and in truth.
There are times your own words aren’t enough to tell God how awesome He is and the Spirit takes over from there.
He helps us in prayers too. There are times you get a burden and don’t know what it is, but the Spirit nudges you and you start releasing His utterance in your heart in tongues till you get release of that burden and know that you’ve gotten the victory.
Oh, the benefits are too numerous for us not to receive this free gift the Father gave to us.
It’s God’s own Spirit – the very power that raised Jesus from the dead that He gave to us to dwell in us for free!
Romans 8.11a &15
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you…So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received Godâs Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, âAbba, Father.â
The only currency to receive Him is faith.
You don’t learn how to speak in tongues, He gives you the utterance when He fills you. It doesn’t sound like something that makes sense because it’s a language of the Spirit and that’s okay.
All you have to do when you receive the Spirit and feel the words in you is to speak them out. As you do so, you get more fluent and get taken into deeper and deeper depths.
I hope I have been able to clarify things for you and help with just how you can gain access to this wonderful gift of God to us believers.
I also hope that you will take some required steps to get filled with Him… its a free gift, please go ahead and receive in faith. either through laying of hands (fastest way to do so) or exercising your faith yourself.
Which ever way it happens, I pray that you get to partake of this amazing gift our Daddy has given to us.
She again sent me a message:
Tongues have always been confusing for me but it has been perfectly explained and received. I will try to put what you have spoken to practice. We don’t practice tongues in my church; I go to a predominantly white church. But thanks. I will let go and let the holy spirit descend on me cause sometimes I feel a knot inside me but its like I’m not fully allowing it. But I don’t know how to fully let go and accept it. I don’t know what I’m holding on to. I will keep praying and will try not to be too controlling and just let him.
Oh, I understand now why you are confused about it, based on your church… my family church too which is Anglican didn’t use to do anything like receiving the Holy Ghost(not sure if they do now) but when I went to Uni and gave my life to God, everything changed.
Like you, I used to feel the words in my belly but was too scared to speak them out.
I remember a day in my room, I knew words were in me but I held my mouth tightly. I didn’t understand till I went to the programme where I finally let go and received Him.
The only difference between both incidences was that “I desired to be filled with the Spirit with evidence of speaking in other tongues”.
In my room, I was holding back and scared. But after the explanations in the programme attended, I wanted Him. Badly too if I might add.
I didn’t want to go back home without that change happening In me and He came. I remember begging Him never to leave on my way home (how silly because the gifts of the Lord are unrepentant). But that was in 2012, and He is still in me.
It’s been amazing really. Really amazing.
So let your desire to be filled with Him be stronger and override all fear.
Don’t look at the practice of the Church, look at the word of God.
That’s why I sent the Bible verses and didn’t paste them in the mail, so you will dig into them yourself and get the truth.
Did you know that Kenneth Hagin (the late one) got kicked out of Baptist because he believed in the Holy Spirit?
But his whole life was changed when he received Him. He went to a pastor in the morning, eager to be laid hands on and eager to receive the Spirit and that was the difference between not receiving Him and receiving Him. Faith. The Word. And desiring Him. Wanting the free gift. (You can and should get Kenneth Hagin’s book – Tongues beyond the upper room”)
And my prayer for T is my prayer for all of us who haven’t received the infiling of the Spirit…
I pray you’ll send me a mail soon with your experience on the day He came into your heart fully. (you know your being born again is still by the Spirit’s work, the in filling just takes it farther).
God bless you my sisters and brothers.
And if you have words to add to this, please comment below.
I understand that this is an area that confuses people. It’s in the Word but somehow we still don’t understand it.
So please help the family of believers by sharing your thoughts according to God’s word on the Spirit and speaking in tongues below.
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Highly FavoredSeptember 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm
Hi Francis, hope you enjoy your time in Jos!
Hope you won’t mind if I share biblical convictions on the topics of tongues that will encourage food for thought in a blog post I wrote on this topic: Evaluating The Evidence
I shared the blog link in order to not leave an extensive comment; however I will share this food for thought on having the infilling/evidence/demonstration of the Holy Spirit
Food for Thought:
Galatians 5:21-23 But the Spirit gives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 11:59 am
Hey Highly Favoured, thank you, Jos was great!
Yes, thanks for sharing that post, I agree wholeheartedly with all you said. The gift isn’t the basic evidence that we have the Spirit, the fruits are the most important… however I would love to point out that being baptized in the Spirit which is what happens when we become born again (John 3) and which is what brings the fruits into our lives is different from the infiling of the Holy Ghost which is what brings the evidence of speaking in tongues into our lives.
I was awakened yesterday morning and I was led to acts 2 again. Infact Acts 1 and 2.
Acts 2:4, “and everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability…”
Go back to John 3 and you’d realize that being born again which happens by the Spirit doesn’t make you filled with Him with evidence of speaking in tongues. They are two different experiences.
Yes the Spirit is in you when you become born again, that’s why you manifest the fruits which is more important than the gift, but no, you aren’t filled with Him at that experience with rivers of living water flowing out of your belly till you are infilled with Him like what happened in Acts 2.
Now a believer doesn’t lack salvation without being filled with the spirit but then, Jesus says in Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you..”
This infiling is the life force of every Christian. There is a difference when you don’t have this infiling in abundance. I’m being very careful here but I also have to state the truth.
The benefits of being filled with the Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues are really so wonderful, every Christian should desire to have them, this isn’t to say of course that they should forsake manifesting the fruits but if this free gift of all the benefits I spelt out above have been given to us, why not lay hold of it.
I read in your post also that the gift of speaking in tongues was given to the apostles in Acts 2 so they could reach other persons who were in Jerusalem at the time, and that is true too but read Acts 1 again and you’d see Jesus real reason for pouring out the Spirit on us…”for we would receive power..”.
This power isn’t just to cast and bind devils and intimidate others, it’s so that we “can be Jesus witnesses, telling people about Him everywhere”.
We need this infiling of the Spirit if we are to fulfil Jesus mandate of spreading Him everywhere we go. The infiling is the life force, it’s the power for whatever God has set us on.
And even as we go, we are to remain continually filled with the Spirit. How? Fellowship with Him, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs on Him, singing with thankful hearts(Col 3:16_17) as we do so, the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives increases more and more.
I believe every Christian who hasn’t been filled with the Holy Ghost knows that something’s missing. You just know it. And when you finally get the experience, you find out what exactly it is..being filled to overflowing with the spirit.
Truly, the amped up life of a Christian when this happens is too great to be missed out on.
I only pray that we have correct teachings on this subject, not people aiming to Lord it over others because they speak in tongues. It’s been abused in today’s society but that doesn’t make its meaning in God’s sight and in a believer’s life any less relevant in our walk with God.
As always, the Word is the authority on this subject and I pray that we all delve into the Word and let the truth therein sink into our hearts in Jesus name, amen.
Highly FavoredOctober 13, 2015 at 2:47 pm
Thanks Francis for your response. I must say that the relationship I experience with God is fulfilling.
I’ve read Acts 1:8 and the complete verse says: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes into your life. You will tell about Me in the city of Jerusalem and over all the countries of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.â
What I received from the text is that the Holy Spirit empowers us to boldly witness for God. The Holy Spirit will equip us to teach, preach and live for Christ irrespective of the various persecutions/test/trials or fears in the flesh we may encounter while witnessing.
Frances OkoroOctober 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm
hi Highly Favoured…
i am sooo glad that you are experiencing an awesome relationship with God, thats the uppermost aim here..a vital union being maintained with Jesus…so so glad..
And yes, you are right about Acts 1:8, thats why i continued by saying this in my comment up there: “This power isnât just to cast and bind devils and intimidate others, itâs so that we âcan be Jesus witnesses, telling people about Him everywhereâ…
Wherever we are, i pray we all spread forth Jesus with the grace He gives to us in Jesus name, amen..
Frances OkoroMay 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm
Ohh, I know this is like almost a year after, but I got reminded of this statement I made Highly Favoured…
“That one who hasn’t started speaking in tongues just know something is missing”.
Oh, I hope that statement didn’t come out wrongly, got pinched to correct myself.
No, speaking in tongues isn’t the deal that completes us, it’s Christ only who completes us.
Being in Christ might also bring other things from Him but our completion is in Him and Him alone.
Just was suddenly reminded of this and led to correct it.
I hope and pray the words didn’t mislead anyone. I pray.
MobolajiSeptember 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm
Thanks Frances! God bless you.
I also got to know that someone close to me during the holidays didn’t believer in speaking in tongues because her church did/does not practice it. I bought her “Tongues: Beyond the Upper room” by Kenneth Hagin. It’s a beautiful book on this topic. Though the Bible is the more important in this matter! It is where all instructions lie. Speaking in tongues isn’t by force/ or a sin, but as one grows, I think Christ will want one to accept this gift. It can only be blocked if the person does not desire or want it at all.
Have a blessed time at the retreat! God replenish you! Muah!
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 11:41 am
Aww Bolaji, thanks for being such a great friend by seeking to enlighten her on tongues…
The world has abused this gift but still we need correct teachings on it, not staying away from it, it’s still in the Word, God hasn’t taken the gift back, what we need is right knowledge and right application.
lyndaOctober 1, 2015 at 12:11 am
I received the gift of tongues on Holy Wednesday seven years ago, on my way back home from school. I was in the bus and had just finished my rosary. (I am Catholic). Though I desired it before then, I never asked in faith until the Palm Sunday of Holy week. I went into the blessed sacrament chapel and asked and received it on Wednesday. I can’t forget the excitement! Yes, it is one of the best gifts I have. No, it is not a mark of spiritual superiority.
Highly Favored- you made good points. You can be filled with the holy spirit without speaking in tongues. The gifts of God are given at diff times for different purposes. The prophets of old prophesied through the holy spirit but didn’t speak in tongues. At the time, those prophecies were necessary to first prepare the people for the coming of the messiah. After the resurrection, the Holy Spirit was poured out to sanctify and edify believers. The early apostles spoke in different languages because at that time, it was necessary first to preach the gospel and spread it across nations. Now that we have international languages, what we have most commonly now is the tongues of angels (not a known human language that people understand) which helps a believer in prayer.
Of course, along with prophecy, it is one of the gifts most commonly abused. Some persons use it to intimidate gullible others into obedience and submission. Or to win members. After Jesus turned loaves into bread, the next day, the crowds followed him again to watch the miracle replay itself but he didn’t. So, how do you know for sure, if you do not have discernment, that someone who prophecies to you actually heard from God or that one is actually speaking in tongues for real. Also, it very easily leads to spiritual pride- the I am holier than you, our church is holier than yours attitude and anything pride – is of the devil. Spiritual pride made Lucifer lose his place in heaven. The pride comes from the thrill that you are able to do something supernatural. The apostles were excited that they could cast out demons in Jesus name but he told them to be more thrilled that their names were written in heaven. Maybe that’s the reason some churches don’t emphasize on it and probably is what St Paul was saying. Cos in church it’s more useful to communicate in the word or in love, which everybody understands than in tongues which edifies the believer only.
However, just like St.Paul, I wish everyone spoke in tongues. After I received the gift, I have had memorable spiritual experiences. I have laughed for hours under the spirit, been convicted very strongly of sin, commanded demons out completely under influence and he has manifested himself to bear witness to the word at times I could not control. Trust me, God’s greatest desire is to live in every heart and it pleases him that you go in prayer, not to ask for money or clothes but to ask for him. Just like he was pleased when Solomon asked for wisdom. God is wisdom.
It has also made me know God more deeply, made me know the enemy has no power over believers.. I used to be terrified of God – when I was growing up – I used to think of the spirit as a no nonsense roaring fire – all that screaming, shouting and demon casting in churches scared me, made me terrified of God. lol. But no, he is loving, kind and merciful, just like Christ is. And it is a gift- you don’t earn it, it’s given to help you in prayer. Someone can live actively in sexual sin and still actively speak in tongues. Though this grieves the holy spirit greatly and he mourns. That grief- that mixture of pain and love, has made me know how dangerous sin is to the soul, how much Jesus is hurt when we sin and how much God detests it.
So yes, we should desire it and ask for it in faith. It’s a great armour of warfare. How would you love God and not want it all. But we are not to rest on our oars after receiving it but to be steadfast in love and faith. As St.Paul said, it’s all gonna cease except for love. Love is that powerful. Jesus won people over with kindness and simplicity. He didn’t go roaring in tongues to them. .
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 11:39 am
This is just a powerful blend and balance on this topic of speaking in tongues..again, wow!
You didn’t go overboard on any of the virtues, you spelled out the benefits and the danger and then capped it all perfectly…now what is that if not the Spirit??!
Thank you for shedding light on this area that’s just confusing for lots of people. Thank you.
AnonymousOctober 28, 2015 at 4:47 am
I posted a question asking for scripture to support some statements lynda made about speaking in tongues for further self- study and you did not post my comment. I must say i am disappointed.
Frances OkoroOctober 28, 2015 at 5:23 am
I saw your first comment and I didn’t know if it was spam or not, that’s why I left it. I know you are new to My blog but look around, Of course I approve and reply all myâ comments… they mean a lot to me.
Now that I know, of course I’ll approve it.
And I will mail Lynda to pls answer.
anonymousOctober 23, 2015 at 7:07 am
Can you quote scripture for this comments.
The early apostles spoke in different languages because at that time, it was necessary first to preach the gospel and spread it across nations.
Now that we have international languages, what we have most commonly now is the tongues of angels (not a known human language that people understand) which helps a believer in prayer.
AmakamediaOctober 10, 2015 at 8:31 pm
Hello Sis Frances,
How was the journey to/from Jos? There’s no other place to be than in the presence of God.
Thanks for sharing this exposition on speaking in tongues. You said it all, we only need to desire it. Keep touching lives.
Frances OkoroOctober 12, 2015 at 9:43 am
Hey Amaka, Jos was awesome!
And yes, I pray a desire To be filled with the Spirit is ignited in hearts including mine.
EdetSeptember 18, 2021 at 6:07 pm
Wonderful teaching on speaking in tongues! This was really helpful. Thanks for sharing. Keep writing. God bless you!
Hephzibah FrancesNovember 19, 2021 at 3:35 pm
Amen..God bless you too.Edet