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Slice of Bread : The Benefits of Speaking with Tongues

November 5, 2012

The Benefits of Speaking with Tongues

This post and the ones to follow on this topic will be in response to a question that was posed to me about speaking in tongues.

The following post has been taken from the book: Living the New Life, by Pastor Casey Treat.

Continued from Who is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for?

Ch. 7 pg.39-45

There are several very powerful benefits given to the Christian when speaking or praying in tongues. Because of these benefits you should develop a daily habit of praying in other tongues. Make it a part of your lifestyle to pray in the Spirit.

Praying in the Spirit:

1. Builds up the inner man.

“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.” (1 Corinthians 14:4)

The inner man is the spirit and soul. When you pray in tongues, you edify or strengthen this inner man. One Greek scholar said that the word edify means to charge, like you would a battery. When we take the time to pray in the Spirit, the inner man is charged up. you are ready to release power out of your innermost being (John 7:38,39).

2. Allows us to receive revelation knowledge.

“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no on eunderstands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.” (1 Corinthians 14:2)

The Father wants to share mysteries or divine secrets with us, but He cannot do it through our minds. We receive revealed knowledge, not through our human spirit, but the Holy Spirit. When we pray in tongues on a regular basis, we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit to receive revelation knowledge or things that cannot be known by the natural mind alone. Paul said,

” I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.” (1 Corinthians 14:18)

He defintey had more revelation knowledge than any other man.

3. Enables you to hear the voice of your spirit.

“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:14)

Sometimes our greatest problem is our mind or the way we think. God does not lead men by their minds. He works through the human spirit (Proverbs 20:27). When we pray in tongues, our minds are not involved, so we can hear our spirit.

4. Allows the Spirit to pray for things you dont know about.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” (Romans 8:26)

One of our greatest infirmities or weaknesses is not knowing how to pray. This is an inability to produce results, but the Holy Spirit wants to help us. When we are filled with the Spirit, He can pray through us with sounds that cannot be spoken in articulate speech – other tongues – and we will be praying for things that our natural minds don’t even know about. This is one of the greatest tools of the believer: intercessory prayer in the Spirit.

5. Allows us to pray the perfect will of God.

“And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. ” (Romans 8:27)

We all face situations when we dont know God’s will, but the Holy Spirit always knows the will of God. When we pray for a specific thing in other tongues, we can be sure we are praying the perfect will of God. In tongues, there is no unbelief, no mistakes, and no failure.

6. Builds you up on your faith.

“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 20)

This does not say tongues will give you faith, but praying in the Spirit will build you up on your faith. At times, you may sense that your faith is weak. If you will pray in the Spirit for a time, it will lift you up and you then can put your faith to work.

7. Brings rest and refreshing.

“Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom he said, ‘this is the resting place, let the weary rest’; and, ‘This is the place of repose’ – but they would not listen.” (Isaiah 28:11,12)

Have you ever awakened after eight hours of sleep and still felt tired? It wasn’t physical fatigue, but fatigue in the inner man. Isaiah prophesied that praying in tongues will bring rest and refreshing to the inner man. Even after hours of work, if you’ll spend time praying in tongues, you will begin to be refreshed.

8.Helps us keep our tongue in line with the Word.

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

“But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. ” (James 3:6,8-10)

You will have what you say, so it’s important to say the right thing. Natural man cannot tame the tongue, but with the help of the Spirit of God we can. When we pray in th eSpirit, we are taming the tongue and submitting it to the Lord.

9. Gives thanks and magnifies God.

“Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit…for thou verily givest thanks well.” (1 Corinthians 14:16,17, KJV)

“For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” (Acts 10:46)

There is no greater avenue of worship than in the Spirit. Paul said he sang in the Spirit. Jesus said true worship was in the Spirit (John 4:24). If you have ever seen a body of Spirit-filled believers worshipping God, you can quickly see a tremendous difference.

10. Is a sign to unbelievers.

“Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.” (1 Corinthians 14:22)

Many are worried about offending non-Christians in church, so they don’t allow speaking in tongues in the service. The Bible teaches that this sign will help the unbelievers to realize that God is present and His power is real. We shouldn’t quench the gifts of God, but encourage their manifestation.

The above writings were taken from the book Living the New Life, by Pastor Casey Treat. Chapter 7, pages 39-45.

Click here (coming soon) for, How to Receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.

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