DO I REALLY NEED TO PRAY IN TONGUES ?

This is a sermon outline that I preached at Victory. I posted it because of the importance of our prayer language. You can look at the scriptures posted and strengthen your faith concerning the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Enjoy !!!

I. TWO KINDS OF TONGUES

1.ONE IS STRICTLY A PRAYER LANGUAGE – TALKING TO GOD

1 Cor.14:2 – TPT – When someone speaks in tongues, no one understands a word he says, because he’s not speaking to people, but to God—he is speaking intimate mysteries in the Spirit.

2. ONE IS A MESSAGE INTENDED TO BE INTERPRETED

1Cor. 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

1Cor. 12:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

1Cor. 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,

1Cor. 12:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

1Cor. 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

II. WHY DO I EMPHASIZE THE PRAYER LANGUAGE

1. SPEAKING INTIMACIES TO GOD RESTORATION OF INTIMACY

1 Cor.14:2 – Message – If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him.

1 Cor.14:2 – TPT – When someone speaks in tongues, no one understands a word he says, because he’s not speaking to people, but to God—he is speaking intimate mysteries in the Spirit.

2. IT IS A SIGN TO THIS GENERATION

1Cor. 14:22 ¶ Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.

Is. 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue

He will speak to this people,

Is. 28:12 To whom He said, “This is the rest with which

You may cause the weary to rest,”

And, “This is the refreshing”;

Yet they would not hear.

3. IT CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE FOR THE SUPERNATURAL

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Rev.1:10 – I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,

4. BUILDS FAITH

Jude 20 ¶ But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life

5. THIS CAUSES US TO GROW SPIRITUALLY

1Cor. 14:2-4 – For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

6. HELPS ME OVERCOME MY WEAKNESSES

Rom. 8:26 ¶ Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

7. THE PROPHETIC NATURE OF THE PRAYER LANGUAGE

1Cor. 14:13-15 ¶ Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

Acts 2:17“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,

That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your young men shall see visions,

Your old men shall dream dreams.

Acts 2:18And on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days;

And they shall prophesy.

8. THE ANOINTING AND PASSION FOR INTERCESSION

Rom. 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Rom. 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

9. CONNECTED TO GOD’S WILL

Rom. 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

10. WALKING IN LOVE

Jude 20 ¶ But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

11. RELEASING THE PRAYERS OF JESUS

Rom. 8:34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

12. BY PASS NATURAL THINKING

1Cor. 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

1Cor. 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

13. THERAPY AND REST

Is. 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Is. 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Is. 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

14. PUTTING TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE FLESH

Rom. 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

15. WISDOM FROM GOD ACCESSED

1 Cor.2:10-13 – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

16. CONNECTED TO THE PRESENCE

Acts 2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

17. RENEWAL OF OUR MIND AND OUR INNER MAN

ISA.28:11,12 – For with stammering lips and another tongue

He will speak to this people,

To whom He said, “This is the rest with which

You may cause the weary to rest,”

And, “This is the refreshing”;

Yet they would not hear

18. BE STRENGTHENED IN YOUR INNER MAN

Eph.6:10,18 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…..praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

19. RELEASING THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

Acts 2:17,18 – “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;

even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

20. HELPS US STEP INTO THE SPIRITUAL REALM

Rev.1:10 – I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet

21. HELPS US TO PRAY

Rom.8:26 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

THE HARMONY OF DRINKING TOGETHER

1 Cor.12:13 – For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

I haven’t drunk alcohol for many years so you will have to forgive me if I get this wrong. There is often some kind of strange ‘drinking buddy’ harmony that sets in on those who drink together. It seems like drunks often love everybody. Then on the other hand things can quickly head south. The drunken love fest can quickly turn into a brawl. Not so with the Holy Spirit kind of intoxication. Drinking with our spiritual drinking buddies can lead to magnificent displays of God’s glory flowing from a harmony that can only be displayed as supernatural. The Azusa Street Revival in 1906 often had an intoxicating influence on its participants. There would be unusual displays of harmony often characterized by singing for extended periods of time in what could only be described as a supernatural song. Here is a description from Vincent Synan – in his book on William Seymour.

“One of the most remarkable features of the meetings was the “heavenly choir.” As few as one or two or as many as twenty men and women would spontaneously join in an anthem, all in harmony and in different pitches, each singing in a language that was unknown to them. An observer described the manifestation by saying, “This singing service was literally inspired by the Holy Ghost. It was mostly in known tunes, but the words were chosen by the Holy Ghost.” “It was not something that could be repeated at will, but supernaturally given for each special occasion and was one of the most indisputable evidences of the presence of the power of God.” Bartleman said it was “beyond description…the very foretaste of the rapture.” Williams reported, “It would sweep over the congregation, no words, just worshiping, intoning in the Spirit.” Many skeptics were convinced of the authenticity of Pentecost when they saw and heard this demonstration.”

This harmony birthed in supernatural corporate encounters with the Lord can actually become the life of a local church. This common experience can continue in the general life of the body. It can bring a cohesion or harmony that permeates every part of the church. This is the life that can shine like a light in the world. Maybe this is what Jesus meant when He said they will know that they are my disciples by the way they love one another.

Community of Jesus # 2

Continued from yesterday

4. The local church is the place of gifting and impartation.
1Cor. 12:12 ¶ For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
There is a special anointing that the Lord places in each local church. There is an anointing on the house. During the time of David he pitched a tabernacle on Mount Zion. This tabernacle became a type of the New Testament local church. In it there was a special anointing that the Lord had placed on David. Others, like Asaph and the sons of Korah ministered under that anointing of the house. Their songs were like the Psalms of David and carried the anointing of the house. There is something unique in our house. Those that embrace this community begin to experience the anointing that is in this house.

5. The community of Jesus also provides a place of accountability and discipleship.
Matt. 28:19,20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Correction is never fun but it is necessary. The Lord corrects those He loves and changes them. The local church provides the place of safety and love where this discipline can happen.

6. It is the love of God that is the life source of our community
Col. 3:12-15 ¶ Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
The love of God is very real and is what absolutely makes this community different from all others. Jesus Himself said that the world would know we are His disciples by our love for one another.

7. It is in this fellowship that we experience revelation.
Luke 24:30,31- When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.
Jesus really lives in our midst. One of His promises was that wherever two or three of His followers gather together He would be in their midst. It is in His community that we see Him the most clearly.

“ENORMOUS EYE GIGANTIC HEAD” 

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MERRY WEDNESDAY BY PARRIS

“But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own.” 1 COR. 12
Paul never stopped developing the mystery of Christ in us, the hope of glory. Not only did he explain how to use the spiritual gifts to build up the body but had a beautiful revelation of the bride of Christ. Paul saw the union between man and women resemble the relationship between Christ and the church. Paul saw the church working together as a spiritual house.

We can say this beautiful dance started with the Trinity. Tim Kelley in his book “The Reason For God, says, “The Trinity is described as perichoresis – to dance or flow around, mutual movement, mutual indwelling. Each of the divine persons centers upon the others. None demands that the others revolve around him. Each voluntarily circles the other two, pouring love, delight, and adoration into them. Each person of the Trinity loves, adores, defers to, and rejoices in the others. That creates a dynamic, pulsating dance of joy and love. Creation is a dance with the inner life of the Trinity written all through it. We lost the dance in the refusal to serve God and participate in his community – Adam onward. We return to the dance through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”

When we are touched by God we are brought into the dance of the Trinity and in turn we become a part of the Body of Christ. The Message Bible stresses “You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”: apostles prophets teachers miracle workers healers helpers organizers those who pray in tongues. But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts. But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.”

Part of us becoming whole is not just being born again, that becomes the doorway into a whole new world or as Jesus said, the kingdom of God. The Message continues when it says, “Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary.” It will be important as a Christian to understand that the very thing you need to grow in and be whole is residing in another Christian. God designed the dance of the Trinity to participate and when we do, the gifts are poured out.

I pray 2017 paints a new world of fellowship, less Facebook, more church going, less TV and using your gifts for the body of Christ.

DRINKIN’ BUDDIES

DRINKIN’ BUDDIES

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
1 Cor.12:13 ESV

Everyone knows what a drinkin’ buddy is, why it is your friend you used to get together with just to go “drinkin”. I had some friends like that before I became a Christian, sometimes we would sit around and drink, listen to music, and say nothing. Our fellowship was in the drink. Once I became a Christian I lost my interest in that kind of friendship, come to think of it my friends lost their interest in me. It wasn’t like I didn’t want to have fun any more, it’s just that worldly drink lost it’s attraction. I had begun to drink of another “Spirit” and I met some new drinkin’ buddies.
If you don’t know what I am talking about let me tell you in plain, everyday language. All of us are thirsty for God, many people just don’t know it. They think they can follow the crowd to the party thinking that that is the place of real fun. But somehow the buzz just doesn’t last. We think we are having fun until “life” interrupts the party, it always does. What do I mean by life, things like the loss of your job, no money to pay rent, unexpected children with unexpected bills and responsibility, need I say more, we all know the drill. If you don’t know what I mean, someday you will. Many of us wait for life to hit us upside the head before we wake up. The good news is that the Lord is patient, merciful and waiting with open arms for you to turn to Him. That is when it gets really good. Once you begin to call on the Lord you begin to discover that He offers a drink too. The thing is, His drink is very different from the world’s beverage of choice. The drink He offers has a positive influence on every part of us. Instead of hostile and looking for a fight, this drink as a strange effect on us, it fills us with humility. Instead of promiscuous behavior, it fills us with modesty and holiness. Instead of making us sick, the Lord’s drink heals our body. As for the drinkin’ buddies, there are plenty of them. The true church is full of them. Like today’s scripture says, “He makes us all drink of one Spirit”. Before you know it you will be hanging out with your new friends, maybe listening to some worship music, not doing anything, just enjoying this brand new life. So, at the end of the day, we all have drink’ buddies. I guess the question you have to ask is what are you and your friends drinking?

HAVE ANOTHER DRINK

HAVE ANOTHER DRINK

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves* or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Cor.12:13 ESV

I will never forget the revival meetings I attended in Rockwall, Texas in 1994. It was as if I had stepped into another era, or had been transported to another planet. I was totally caught by surprise at the tangible presence of God . I never had any idea that that was even available to us today. I had been a “spirit filled christian” for over twenty years at that time, but this was all new to me. People “stuck” to the floor for hours, others laughing like I had never seen before, others shaking or jumping for joy, if I had not felt the overwhelming presence of God, I would have thought it was all just a show. And then I remember hearing Rodney Howard-Browne, crying out, ‘DRINK, DRINK”. I had no idea what he was talking about but I was about to learn. What I discovered was that “drinking” was a biblical concept that meant to take in or to receive. Obviously, I had forgotten how to receive, that’s why everything seemed so foreign to me. At the beginning of the 20th century, A.B. Simpson was a well known pastor in New York. Here is what he said about drinking.
“It is one thing to be baptized into the one body by the Spirit; it is another thing to drink into that one Spirit. The first is an act; the second is a habit. The first brings us into a relationship; the second is the true use of that relationship, the drinking of His fullness until we become filled, and the habit of abiding in His fullness so that we are always filled.”
I like that, drinking of His fullness until we are filled, and developing the habit of abiding in His fullness so that we are always filled. That is what I learned in those powerful days of revival in 1994. I learned that drinking of His fullness needed to become a habit in my life. Once I tasted the joy of drinking, making it a habit became quite easy. In those early days of revival I learned different ways to drink. Drinking in worship, drinking in reading the word, drinking by just enjoying His beautiful world. Drinking His Spirit became quite natural, like breathing or drinking water. The second lesson was abiding in His fullness. Drinking could bring me into a new life and lifestyle, as Paul said, “the new and living way”. There is a life of fullness, how do I find it? You find this fullness by learning how to drink.

DIFFERENT ANOINTINGS

DIFFERENT ANOINTINGS

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
1 Cor.12:4-6

The body of Christ is very diverse. Each member is important, each member has a different role to play. The common denominator in the whole mix is the supernatural nature of the body of Christ. The Lord distributes His gifts as He wills, to display His glory and to fulfill His purposes. Zodhiates’ word book brings out some of the meaning of these “activities” of the Spirit. The gifts are not only different in each of us, they are also active.

energēma; an effect: – operation, working. In the NT used only in 1 Corinthians 12:6; the results of the energy of God in the believer, but actually it is the results energized by God’s grace.

The gifts of the Spirit are the manifestation of the life of God in us and through us. These gifts were displayed in the life of Jesus after His baptism in the Jordan River. He was said to move in the power of the Spirit from that day on. That is another way of saying that the gifts of the Spirit were being activated.
In the same way the spiritual gifts can be activated in your life today. The gifts are part of the normal Christian experience and flow out of the intimate life the Lord is calling each of us to enjoy. How can these gifts be activated in our lives today? It is really quite simple. As we see in Paul’s teaching in
1Corinthians, the gifts are associated with the life that flows through the local church. Your relationship to the church is critical.
Three things are important, first, we need to be connected to a church that welcomes and embraces the spiritual gifts. Secondly, we need to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. The gifts can be seen as the overflow of our relationship with the Lord. Only when our cup is full will the gifts begin to manifest in our lives. Finally, put yourself in a position for the gifts to be released. What do I mean by that? Reach out to hurting people, that is what Jesus did and that is the place you will find the gifts of the Spirit being activated.

PUTTING ON CHRIST

PUTTING ON CHRIST

For several days I have talked about putting on Christ. There is another practical way to put on Christ. Paul says in 1 Cor. 12:13, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and all were make to drink of one Spirit.”

Paul taught us to drink the Holy Spirit. This was also a common theme in the teaching of Jesus. “If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink,” Jesus said.

What does it mean to drink the Holy Spirit? Drinking is a means of receiving something. The Holy Spirit is tangible, portrayed as the liquid love of God. As we open our hearts in humility, we can receive His presence. His presence satisfies our thirsty souls and equips us for the journey that we are on.
I will never forget those meetings in Dallas with Rodney Howard Browne in 1994. In one of the meetings he was crying out “Drink”. I had no idea what he was saying. After several days in those meetings, I finally got it. Drinking was receiving. The Lord was teaching me to open my heart and drink in His Spirit. This was life changing for me. From that day forward, I have determined to drink of His Presence every day.

I know the struggles of daily life, the challenges of family life, the financial challenges we all face daily, the health problems that we are all confronted with.  Not to forget the challenges of ministry, of temptation, of human interaction. The challenges are overwhelming without the help of God. I must drink of His presence.

Personally, I have learned to drink several ways. Praying extended amounts of time in my prayer language, keeping the atmosphere filled with God while listening to worship music, drawing near to God in corporate worship settings, and reading the historic books from seasons of awakening. I have to drink in His presence everyday. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ today, drinking in His precious presence.

Today, let your spiritual appetite increase. Draw near to God. Call upon His name and thank Him for His blood. Feast on the word of God, food for your soul. Drink in the Holy Spirit – put on the Lord Jesus Christ.