1 Corinthians 12: 4-6 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
1 Corinthians 12:7 “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”
The gift of “speaking in tongues” is a difficult topic to be assigned to write on and one that can create doubt and an uneasy feeling of madness, too bizarre, unattainable, or of foolish trickery. The mere thought of “it” can send people running as skeptics or quick to take to verbal offense. Though hard to grasp, it is stated in the bible as a gift from God, “As It is Written…..”! The gift requires a fully surrendered heart (self, mind, body, soul, spirit) with the flesh man completely removed from it. It has to be accepted, along with it’s bizarre characteristics, as nothing less than a blessed communicative tool given to some for use in heavy prayer from Heaven to earth and earth to Heaven! This gift, just as the other spiritual gifts, are to be used to serve The Lord ONLY, to Glorify God ONLY, and to help “ready” God’s people for “His Kingdom Come”!
Revelations 22:20 “He who is the faithful witness (JESUS) to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
Though the doubting world has defined this gift as something too strange, a little scary, or oddly bizarre… I choose NOT to try and figure it out but to just accept it as biblical and for what it seems to be…..a Love Language or Heavenly Language spoken directly to Jesus.
Psalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the LORD SAY SO, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” …SO BE IT!
“A Love Language” has the connotation of intimate emotion. Perhaps, “this language” is a deeply inspired private love letter and/or love song to be recited and sung, without understanding, directly to Jesus and to His accompanying angels. I think SEEING the gift in this formatt of untainted love and as a request for mercy, peace, guidance, and endurance…. takes the edge off of the difficulty in embracing the bizarre and unknown. God’s miracles and gifts are not meant to be truly understood but to be executed, at His command, confidently and passionately through powerful prayer, unshakable faith, and complete trust in who He is, “The Great I Am”!
I SEE this gift as POWERFUL, UNPREDICTABLE, UNEXPLAINABLE, EMOTIONALLY HEAVY…. “rushing winds” comes to mind! “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord!” Amen!
Acts 2:1-4 “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
God has challenged me to be brave and willing as I travel along my own Jesus Journey….refined by fire in a perfecting process. He says to receive Him in full and to never question His written word or His miracles. Witnessed! He desires a transformation of my mind and asks of me to be unaffected by the world’s attitudes of doubt, circumstances, pointing fingers, and skepticism. And in response, I can boldly SPEAK IN LOVE, “Here Am I , Send Me”!
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…..”
“The One I Love” by Third Day
“Jesus” by Chris Tomlin