The Power of Speaking in Tongues
By Apostle John Eckhardt, www.impactnetwork.net
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1 Corinthians 14:4
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that
prophesieth edifieth the church.
Tongues is a biblical way to edify oneself. The Holy Spirit uses the utterance of tongues in
prayer to help the believer charge and build up his/her spirit. Spending time speaking or
singing in tongues will bring refreshing and strength to believers.
Tongues is the foundation of a Spirit-filled lifestyle. Tongues helps us pray according to the
will of God. Tongues aligns our spirits with the Spirit of God. Tongues fines tunes our spirits
and makes us more sensitive to the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit.
Tongues is the doorway into the supernatural and the gifts of the Spirit. People who speak in
tongues generally operate in the other gifts of the Spirit as well. Tongues seems to be the
dividing line between those who walk in the supernatural and those who do not.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake
with tongues, and prophesied.
Prophecy can flow out of speaking in tongues. The Ephesian believers spoke in tongues and
prophesied when they received the Holy Spirit. We often will speak in tongues before we utter
a prophetic word.
Tongues and interpretation of tongues is equivalent to prophesy. The church receives
edification through prophecy and tongues and interpretation.
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members,
that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
It is interesting that the tongue is what controls our lives. James talked about the power of the
tongue. It should not be surprising then that Holy Spirit gives us utterance in tongues since
the tongue is such a powerful part of directing our lives. Death and life are in the power of the
tongue. I believe that the Holy Spirit uses speaking in tongues as a way to help direct our lives
into the perfect will of God.
Speaking in tongues helps us rise above the limitations of the mind. We can pray and sing
beyond the limitations of our natural language and natural mind. Tongues can lift us into
relams of the Spirit beyond our natural ability.
Here are some benefits of Tongues (by Glen Arekion)
Tongues is the entrance into the realm of the spirit – the miraculous zone.
Tongues is strengthening your inner man with might.
Tongues keeps you spiritually fit.
Tongues is praying things that have been concealed to be revealed.
Tongues is giving praise and thanksgiving well unto God.
Tongues builds and stimulates your faith.
Tongues is the ultimate assistance to prayer.
Tongues magnifies God.
Tongues helps you to develop your prayer life.
Tongues is the beginning and the maintaining of partnership with the Holy Spirit.
Tongues are life-filled words, faith-filled words and anointing-filled words.
Tongues is rivers of living waters flowing out of you.
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