The gifts that are misunderstood
The Gift of Speaking in tongues is one of the nine gifts mentioned in 1st Cor 12 :8-10 but is refused by many believers today. The use of it is encouraged by Paul the Apostle for the believers at church of Corinth, so why so many are refusing it?
Follow the way of love, and eagerly desire the gifts of the spirit, especially the gift of PROPHECY. For anyone that speaks in a tongue, does not speak to people, but to God. Indeed no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.
1 Cor 14:1-2
Many believers today are rejecting these powerful gifts, and are quite misunderstood within the body! Especially Tongue speaking, and Prophecy.
We got to ask, why are so many rejecting this gift? Has it been missused in the body, or handled incorrectly? And why does the enemy NOT want us to use these gifts?
I too was challenged to refuse this GIFT!
We do not practice this gift within OUR Church so I would suggest you to stop speaking in tongues.-A Pastor
My thing is this! Who authorized you, or anyone for that matter, to forbid people to stop speaking in tongues, or even remove those gifts altogether? When it was PAUL who encouraged the believers to use the GIFTS, with WISDOM of course, and not for selfish gains.
Because God is NOT a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Cor 14:33
So what is this gift, and how do I use it?
I’m glad you asked
The Gift of Tongues is a natural inclination, spiritual talent, or ability, to speak in different kinds of tongues. The holy spirit enables you to speak at the appropriate time, for a purpose. This is not of OURSELVES!
To the outside, looking in, these tongues will sound foreign, or even gibberish, but to those who are on the inside [believers] this is quite normal, and encouraged.
Some groups, or churches, have embraced this gift, while others have misused it, abused it, or incorrectly handled it, causing it to disappear, or miss function in the body.
This gift is still available to believers today!
With foreign tongues and strange tongues, God will speak to his people.
It is in FACT a Promise, a declaration that something will or will not be done or given.
A promise that was given by God to fulfill his plan.
and again in Mark 16:17
And these signs will accompany those who believe. In my name, they will drive out demons, they will speak with new tongues.
Tongues are a sign not for believers, but for those who do not believe1 Cor 14:22a NIV
Paul makes Note of that in 1 Cor 14: 23
Suppose the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or an Inquirer comesin while everyone is prophesying [ making known the plan of God, speaking of Gods miraculous wonders] they are convicted of sin, and are brought under judgement by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
It was important! It must be important to us!
The gift of interpreting tongues is just that, an ability or natural inclination to interpret tongues [spiritual language of heaven]. The tongues are spoken in the bible, tongues that are used to speak to God in a language that we ourselves cannot understand. Only God understands and gives us the ability to understand! But here’s the kicker! Paul the apostle encourages the church to pray for the gift of interpreting those languages, and NOT just the gift of speaking in tongues.
It is possible!
I always spoke in tongues, but was unfruitful in my understanding, so I asked God to give me the ability to understand! With time, I began to understand what it was I saying, and it was mind blowing to me! I had no idea how it worked so I asked God.
Ignorance will have us blind, foolish and naked. Ignorance is not foolishness, it is a LACK of information, because of foolishness, or ability to gain information. Do not confuse the two!
Here’s a revelation of what God made available to me on the gift of soeaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues.
Two separate gifts, or can be combined with understanding of God.
Interpretation of Tongues, and Tongue Speaking are BOTH GIFTS of the Spirit.
It is the God who distributes them, and how he sees fit to benefit the body!
It’s a GIFT
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 NIV
Natural ability given to us by God. WE don’t have to force it, we don’t have to put any kind of work, or effort towards it, go to school for it, study it, we just naturally flow in it!
Just like one naturally flows in speaking, writing, dancing, cooking, teaching.
An interpretation of tongue speaking is just THAT. A sense of knowing, a reveal of what is said in tongues, SO that there is no misunderstanding in the midst, or assumptions. These TWO are dangerous! Assumptions and missunderstandings! Misunderstanding occurs because someone doesn’t have full information, or is lacking information, to create an idea, or belief about a particular person, thing, or idea. Assumptions are dangerous because they are not fully truth, not are they fully false.
We must be wise!
Tongues, or interpretation of tongues are available to us.
FOR OUR BENEFIT
- To comfort us that is to soothe, console, or reassure the body when one is going through difficulties, or hardships.
- To strengthen the body to grow in our faith or develop in our walk and strength.
- encourage us in the faith, walk, or journey.
These words will flow naturally, without you asking for it, in a form of mental image, scripture, a name, place, a certain situation, or circumstance. Once we pick up what we are seeing we ask God to show us what we do.
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
THE HOLY spirit is waiting on us to STEP INTO ACTION!
▪If I see an image, ask “What are you showing me God, give me an interpretation“.
▪ If I see scripture, “ How do I apply this scripture to the situation, journey, life, to successfully fight my battles?
▪If I see a name, place, or a situation? “How do you want me to pray for this person, or what are they are facing?”
~ When we are faithful in responding and stepping into action, God begins to reward us for our diligence and effort. ~
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
If applied correctly THE gift of tongues, as well as interpretation of tongues, can be used as a powerful tool against our enemy- the devil, for our benefit, and those assigned to us.
I encourage you to read 1 Cor 14, and the uses of it in full context of scripture.
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