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So, Now You Speak In

Part 2

The biggest hindrance to the acceptance and furtherance of God’s supernatural power is unbelief!

I’m not talking about the situation outside the Church; I mean – WITHIN it! There are so many unbelievers who call themselves ‘believers’.

If you believe in God, you must believe in His supernatural power. That is a prerequisite to receiving from God. Jesus always said that what people receive is according to their faith. If you don’t believe, you don’t receive. It’s as simple as that.

Paul’s strident warning to shun those who don’t accept the power of God (2 Tim 3:5) contrasts sharply with the Churches of God today and many other dead groups who shut out the Spirit through human domination. They have reverted to an intellectual gospel only. The testimony of the apostles in Acts is much different:

...many wonders and signs were done through the apostles (Acts 2:43).

...through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people (Acts 5:12).

...the miracles which he [Philip] did... unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed (Acts 8:6,7).

God was fulfilling His promise through Jesus:

You shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me... (Acts 1:8).

The believers who truly believe in the power of God, and accept it, are doing that today. Those who don’t have that strength of faith, don’t!

They have replaced a spiritual union with Jesus with a substitute – giving allegiance to church leaders. That has killed true faith. They are deceived that they have faith in God, when all they have is mental acquiescence to some of what He says.

These guys in Acts did what they did because they had union with Jesus through the Spirit. Hence they believed! Today’s leaders in dead churches, which shut out the Spirit through human control, have no evident supernatural power to their credit.

Their ethos contrasts sharply with the apostles’:

...by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus (Acts 4:30).

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people (Acts 6:8).

“Full of faith and power” is what Jesus wants you to have. He promised:

Most assuredly I say to you [Jesus was emphatic, because He foreknew the unbelief that prevents most truly believing His words!] he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these... (Jn 14:12).

So, we are now in the end time, near the close of this age, when greater works are being done, true to Jesus’ words! The dead are raised, supernatural power is shaking the Church, and power is flowing down. But only believers see it.

Speaking in tongues is a widespread, although minor spiritual gift in comparison with the greater gifts.

It fulfils Jesus’ words:

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues (Mk 16:17). ...but he who does not believe will be condemned (Mk 16:16b).

There are many today whom Jesus condemns because they don’t believe in tongues. They traduce it.

In 2004, Mila Thompson received the following dream depicting God’s outpouring of His Spirit and how people react to it:

The Church Fights Against The Fires Of Revival!

Sept 17, 2004 (the night of the Feast of Trumpets)
House on Fire

I was a student at school. My class was in the upper room. [A class of advanced learning, closer to the pure truth with God. Part of MM’s work.] There were many of us.

Then a fire alarm sounded. We didn’t see any fire, but most of the students hastily left the room. Only a few students remained in the classroom, including myself. I don’t know what kept the others, but I was looking for my books.

I was going from desk to desk looking for my books and could not find them. [Mila was put in the place of Christians who are engrossed in their own studies, unaware of what God is doing.]

Suddenly a fire began coming through the ceiling. One of the male students started putting it out. I noticed another place where the fire began coming through the wall in front of me and ran to fight that fire. I began beating the tongues of fire with something I had in my hands. Then I noticed that the tongues of flame I had been fighting were only forerunners of a very powerful ball of fire that was cutting through the wall.

The same thing was happening at other places in the room. It was a very bright white flame resembling that of the welding rod. It could not be extinguished. So I stopped trying.

There was no fear, no feeling of danger. However, I cannot say that I or anyone else of those who remained in the room had any idea of what was going on.

Meaning: The school building represents the Church, and we are all students of the Word of God. The upper room and the fire coming through have such a strong parallel with the account in the Book of Acts, that I believe it symbolizes the work of Elijah – the fire of God’s Spirit.

It signifies that the outpouring of the Spirit has already been happening. Sadly, the majority of the Church got scared and ran away, leaving without a chance to receive it.

To my shame and reproach I must say that not one of us who did not run away were understanding what was going on. I was depicted being too busy with looking for “my books” (intellectual knowledge?) Others were also minding their own business. And later, when the fire began coming through, we were trying to put it out!

I believe that this dream is a wake-up call and a warning to all Christians to stop being busy with what we think we need, and listen to God, paying attention to His Spirit.

Mila Thompson

The dream illustrates a widespread problem.

Most believers don’t recognise it when God begins His ‘new thing’ on earth. He promised to send Elijah the prophet before the end of the age. Here we are now at that time, and His Spirit is at work. He is restoring truth, pouring out His power in signs and wonders to confirm it, and the Church is opposing it or ignoring it.

However, for the small minority at the moment who are receptive to the ‘new thing’ of the Spirit, God gives a greater infilling, an ‘anointing’ to accomplish His task. All the gifts of the Spirit are distributed to fulfil what He promised (Acts 1:8).

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you... [to be] endued with POWER from on high (Luke 24:49).

Either you believe that is still true today, or you don’t. And if you don’t, you are out of touch with reality and contradict what He promised (see Jn 14:12; Heb 13:8; Mk 16:17,18).

Scripture Encourages Glossolalia

Speaking or praying in tongues is usually unintelligible speech. It’s not always a recognisable language. It has been called glossolalia and has many benefits. Here are some which Scripture mentions:

1. You are speaking to God when you speak in tongues, inspired by the Spirit. You are not speaking to man, unless the message is interpreted. 1 Cor 14:2.

2. You are edified by tongues. 1 Cor 14:4.

3. Your spirit prays when you pray in tongues; the words put there by the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 14:14. So you link up to the Spirit to receive in other ways also.

4. Zeal for tongues and other spiritual gifts, for the edification of the church, should be encouraged, said Paul. 1 Cor 14:12. By the gifts of God’s Spirit, spiritual growth and advancement takes place.

He exhorted: Seek to excel in the gifts of the Spirit and to interpret tongues. 1 Cor 14:13.

5. Through praying in tongues, you intercede. How much was Paul praying in tongues? A lot! (1 Cor 14:18.) He must have interceded much!

6. ALL can prophesy, if they want to (14:31). Some will do so through tongues; some in common speech – but all can be moved by the Spirit. Tongues therefore encourages unity in the fellowship group.

7. Tongues is a desirable gift. Desire to speak by the Spirit, and don’t forbid to speak in tongues, Paul said. 1 Cor 14:39.

Having said the above, tongues is NOT the most important spiritual gift. It’s actually the bottom rung of the ladder. There are more important spiritual gifts, in God’s overall scheme, but that doesn’t mean tongues should be neglected, rather the opposite! For many Christians tongues is the start of a wonderful adventure in the Spirit, opening a door for an intimate relationship with God.

One caution: don’t use it mechanically, otherwise demons can influence it. Yield to the HOLY Spirit, and it will remain pure. It is to help birth holiness in you.

Besides the four purposes of tongues which we mentioned in Part 1, here is another:

5. Tongues can achieve the unexpected.

This incident happened in Coussouka, Upper Volta, Africa in the late 1960’s. It was reported by Missionary John Hall:

It was market day in Titao, and many people had swarmed in for the occasion, among them two Fulani herdsmen. They decided to rest for a while in the shade of the church where Somfida is pastor.

Meanwhile, a young Christian Mossi girl went into the church to pray. To the dismay of the two men outside, they heard her suddenly begin to speak in their language. Worse, she was rebuking them for sin of a vulgar nature.

Hurrying to the market, the men found Pastor Somfida and began to ask, “Who is the Fulani Christian girl?”

“I don’t know of one,” he replied.

“Oh, but there is one,” they insisted. “We heard her speaking our language clearly, rebuking us, and telling us we should accept Christ as our Saviour.” (From Spoken By The Spirit, pp 15-16.)

Also reported by John Hall was this incident:

Irissa Ouedraogo worked for the agriculture department of the government in Ouahigouya. Although he was a godly Christian, a fellow worker, of the Gourenga tribe often ridiculed him for his Pentecostal experience of speaking in other tongues. One day as he approached Irissa’s house, he noticed him go into his prayer room, and decided to sneak up behind the house and listen.

As Irissa began to pray in his native Mossi tongue, suddenly the Holy Spirit came upon him, and he prayed for a while in the Gourende language (used by the Gourenga tribe). Irissa’s fellow worker was astonished, for he had worked with him for a long time and knew he was unfamiliar with the Gourende language. Furthermore, pouring out of the lips of Irissa was a rebuke from the Lord!

That was the last of his ridicule! (Ibid., p 16.)

God will bring down all the proud and lofty who don’t believe in tongues!

Malcolm B Heap, February 2008

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