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Speaking in tongues
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What is speaking in tongues that people are talking about? A
question that I received on my guest book about tongues
caused me
to think that maybe I should write about the subject. If you are someone who
is wondering about tongues maybe this article will answer your questions.

We must back up here and look at God. What is God? God is a
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.  

With all the talk now about  evil spirits, it seems that most people
understand when you say someone has a demon. You would expect that
person to do evil deeds. Why would this be? Because the spirit within them
is evil. God being a perfectly good Spirit,
you would see good actions
from someone filled with His Spirit.
Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through
the Spirit
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
sons of God.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,

But what does this have to do with tongues? Well the
Bible says when we receive the Holy Spirit (The Spirit of God, or the Holy
we will speak in a language we never learned. How can we do
this? The power of God causes us to speak.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

In the Bible Jewish believers were shocked that the
gentiles (non-Jews)received the Holy Ghost (It came inside of them to dwell)
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished,
as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

How did they know that they received the Holy
We find the answer in the next verse.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Then answered Peter,

Millions around the world have had this experience.
God has given the promise to all who want to serve Him. In some countries
people sometimes speak in English and don’t know English. This is tongues
to them
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all
that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

There are many misunderstandings about tongues,
because there are
different kinds of tongues. The same Spirit of God
works them all, but in different ways. Let’s look at the different ways God
Corinthians I 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which
worketh all in all.

1. Speaking in tongues when we are first filled with
the Spirit.
When God comes into us for the first time, we speak in a
language that we never learned. This is when God speaks through us.
Some feel that this happens when we believe on Christ, without tongues.
We must not go by what we feel but by what the Bible says.
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning
the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,
both men and women.
Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and
Acts 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they
might receive the Holy Ghost:
Acts 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the
Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles'
hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Acts 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay
hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

Notice that they were believers before they received
the Holy Ghost.

What did Simon see?

2. The gift of “divers” tongues.
This is one of the gifts of
the spirit
given to the church. Not everyone in the church has this gift.
Divers means different tongues. I  received this gift many years after I
had received the Holy Spirit. As I listened to myself speak
I could hear the
languages change form one to another.
Apostle Paul spoke of this gift
when he said “Do all speak in tongues”.
Corinthians I 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
Corinthians I 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another
prophecy; to another discerning of spirits;
to another divers kinds of
to another the interpretation of tongues:

3. The message in tongues, This happens when God gives
someone who has the gift of divers tongues a message for the church.
the person with the message is not to speak it out in tongues if someone
with the gift of interpretation (another of the Spiritual gifts) is not present in
the service.
Corinthians I 14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by
two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
Corinthians I 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence
in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

4. Singing in tongues this is when God gives both the tongues
and a melody with it.
Corinthians I 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit
but my understanding is unfruitful.
Corinthians I 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray
with the understanding also:
I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with
the understanding also.

Is speaking in tongues the only sign that the Holy Spirit is
working in us? No, there is so much that the Spirit of God does for us that
would take quite some time to try to tell it all.
The fruit of the Spirit
alone is one great thing the Spirit brings us. We can be lead by the Spirit all
day long. The Spirit gives us power to live for God. The Spirit gives us a
new heart, (the desire to serve God).And the list goes on and on.
Corinthians II 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become

Why would anyone not want the Holy Ghost (Holy
I don’t know

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Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Are you sure? Many people have
been taught that a person is filled with the Spirit when they believe
and accept Christ. Let us look at what the Bible the source of truth
has to say.

Acts 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they
might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized
in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

These people believed, repented and were baptized, but had not as
yet received the Holy Spirit.