On Speaking in Tongues (Glossolalia) and the Benefits

Tongues - sign with words and dove

 

The Bible has a lot to say about tongues. It is one of the few topics where God has devoted a whole Bible chapter on it (1 Cor 14) so we can learn to operate it more effectively.

First of all, whatever tongues are, we are commanded to seek to speak in tongues.

1 Cor 12:31 “But covet earnestly the best gifts [all of them, whatever you need or can do now as well as the others you do not do now, all nine of them, including tongues]: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way [of agape/love so that this love is the driving factor that causes you to seek good for the current need by exercising the manifestations of Holy Spirit that helps to bring that good into manifestation for people’s good].”

1 Cor 14:1 “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts [all of them which includes unknown tongues], but rather that ye may prophesy.”

1 Cor 14:5 “I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

1 Cor 14:18 “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.”

1 Cor 14:39 “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.”

There seem to be three basic types of tongues.

1.       Contemporary languages but never learned by the speaker

2.       Languages not contemporary or languages of angels

3.       Known or existing language tongue that is prayer or prophesy/utterances – this is hard to separate from prophecy

 

There appear to be two major places to speak them.

1.       Public in a meeting or with any number of other people

a.       Tongues + interpretation = prophesy

b.      Personal in a group, people can hear you,  and possibly disturbing others

2.       Private in personal prayer and worship

a.       No one else around – and you speak in tongues softly, medium or loud, hard and fast.

b.      In your mind/very softy under your breath so others do not know you are praying in tongues

There appear to a variety of manifestations.

1.       Words (range from in head, soft words/muttering to loud shouts)

2.       Song (in head and out loud at any volume)

3.       Praise, thanksgiving, rejoicing, prophesying and dancing

4.       With or without joy, laughter and dancing

5.       Ecstatic – being overcome and speaking almost as if forced to

6.       The words spoken or sung of those in a group all appear to be different

7.       When singing in tongues in a group, the melodies may be similar, yet the combined, melodies sound like a super choir

Christians have experienced some practices:

1.       Singing in a group like a choir (tongues the language of angels?)

2.       Waking up at night during sleep and speaking/singing in tongues

3.       Going to bed speaking in tongues

4.       Waking up at regular times speaking in tongues

5.       Praying in tongues while the leader speaks in English

6.       Interior urging to speak in tongues

Impact of tongues

1.       See immediate answer to prayer

2.       Do not see immediate answer to prayer

3.       Get a revelation or “word” to know what to do next (right away or later)

4.       Sense of increased strength, awareness, direction, energy or peace (right away or later).

ECSTATIC TONGUES 

Ecstatic tongues are where the person loses some control or all control (robot mode). The person usually sings, dances, and prophesies (mostly praises to God) where they are overcome and seem not to have a choice. This ecstatic type is illustrated in the Old Testament. First with Saul before he became king and Samuel tells him:

1 Sam 10:5 “After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: 6 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man (act very differently).

Ecstatic episodes also saved David when Saul came looking to kill him.  Here God used this to save David by having his attackers be overcome of the spirit and prophesy (includes dancing, singing, and rejoicing).

1 Sam 19:20 “And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also. 22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah. 23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. 24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?”

Saul sent three groups and then came himself. Here all 4 groups were overcome with ecstatic events that overcome them and controlled them so that they could no longer hunt for David. This appeared to be a very nice way to disable those who sought to kill David, but it did not change the attacker’s attitude toward God or man. As soon as the Spirit left they went back to looking for David to kill him. So this kind of event, with tongues, is a very low-level of spirituality or spiritual maturity as there is not much impact on the one who experience such an ecstatic state. Nor was it about the piety of the attackers, but more about God getting something done.

The type of tongues on the Day of Pentecost appears to have been the ecstatic type where the 120 were overcome and went out praising God. The people from many different lands heard their own language as they spoke in tongues. From the scriptures it could be that either the tongues was in the language of the hearer’s, or the hearers were gifted with interpretation to understand the tongues in their own languages. The inference is that those speaking did not all have the same tongue language. It could have been one or the other or a combination. Since then both kinds of events have been experienced by Christians.

Acts 2:4 “And they were all (120 per verse Act 1:15) filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”

I have been speaking in tongues for some 35 years and I am not aware that I have ever done ecstatic tongues or that those hearing me heard it in their own language. There may have been many, but I never heard anyone telling me that I spoke and they understood the language. Others have reported both tongues that were in a modern language, but one they never learned. And others have reported that they understood what was being said and they at that time were not Christians, as the person spoke in tongues.

I think Paul included speaking and singing in tongues as part of praying in tongues.

1 Cor 14:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 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.”

One big message of 1 Cor 14 is that the tongues Paul is talking about are not ecstatic type and that in the church type events always under the control of the one speaking. Notice he says “I will pray,” and “I will sing.” The decision process is the same if you prayed or sang in your own language or with the spirit in tongues with the language of angels. In all cases here, it is a decision, not an unction or overwhelming desire.

1 Cor 14:32 “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”

But the inference is that those speaking in tongues or prophesying thought that they were ecstatic and they were not in control. So Paul is telling them not to let it get uncontrollable.

Now I have met people who were taught the only way to speak in tongues was when they were “overcome” and they saw no issue with interrupting a meeting and no interpretations was forthcoming. But I have never done that as I recall. The teaching in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 focus on individual choice and resistance to being “overcome” when it is out-of-order.

PERSONAL TONGUES 

Paul states that he in his personal time prayed in tongues (speak and sing) more that all the people in that Corinthian church. So he definitely prayed in tongues hours per day.  Consider, if there were 100 people and they prayed 15 minutes in church, then that is 1,500 minutes or about 25 hours. If there were 200 people, then that is about 50 hours, and if they prayed 30 minutes it would be 100 hours for 200 people. 25 hours over 7 days is 3.4 hours per day, and 100 hours is 14 hours a day just to match them.  And to do more than them, Paul would have to do a lot more to say “more than ye all.”  So between 2 and 15 hours a day would fit with Paul’s statement.

1 Cor 14:18 “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”

I think it would be safe to say that if these numbers are even close, then tongues had a large part to do with Paul’s ministry.

1 Corinthians 14 talks about public tongues and their misuse. So tongues, while from God, are at your command for public or private use. For me it is usually a decision to pray in tongues. I may have had strong “unction” to pray in tongues, but I felt I could have said no. Since I am not aware of ever having said no, or being overcome, I am not sure what prevailed.

1 Cor 14:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

In tongues it is Holy Spirit using you to speak the words He needs to get things done. Your understanding is not involved.

Dr. Andrew Newberg of the University of Pennsylvania has done scans of nuns in “ecstatic” tongue speaking, and he saw that the vocal control parts of the brain were not active. So the source of the words was not the typical source for regular speech.  The statement that your spirit or Holy Spirit, or in the case of demons speaking though you, the standard speech centers are not activated. He calls some of his findings and interpretations Neurotheology and using tools called neuro-imaging to see these effects. Also Dr. Newberg noted that in those ecstatic tongues did not produce the same kinds of scans in experienced Tibetan monks in meditation. So biblical tongues is different from Oriental meditation and comes from a different source. In tongues the source it not the person (as we understand it scientifically right now).

Note oriental meditation is a process of emptying the mind to get “insight.”

Biblical meditation is the exact opposite of oriental meditation, where instead of emptying your mind, you fill your mind with verses, chapter or whole books of the Bible, and repeat continually by decision.

What I do know is that unless I ask for interpretation, I usually do not know what I am saying in speaking or singing in tongues. Since much of my “tongue time” is also listening to good Bible teaching or Scripture, driving or less complicated tasks, my mind is usually not as involved. If I focus on the tongues they tend to get more intense, even louder if the situation allows. If I focus on what I am listening to in teaching, Scripture songs or Scripture, then I tend to speak tongues more in the background and therefore quieter and less forceful.

At times I have prayed in tongues all day and not listened to anything. When thinking of others, or looking at a prayer list, and praying in tongues, I seem to recall a greater sense of “connection” with those I am praying for. But I had to work on staying focused with a name list or situation list handy. I call this ministry or directed prayer tongues. I tend to stay on each item as feels right to me. So some are short, others longer, or even all day.

Many think tongues are either for private use only, or public use only. Both are valid. Here it seems that Paul is talking about a mix of public and private tongues.

1 Cor 14:2 “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men [public], but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries [public or private].”

1 Cor 14:4 “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself [public or private]; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church [public benefit from God]. 5 I would that ye all spake with tongues [private or public] …”

Here the purpose of tongues that is not prophesy is to edify the person speaking in tongues, and Paul (Holy Spirit) wants all to pray in tongues. This could include participation in public tongues and interpretation = prophesy for edification of others. Dr. Lake and Curry Blake say that speaking in personal tongues loud, hard and fast is a way to build spiritual power and confidence in God when combined with Scripture. I have also experienced this.

Here we are told that praying in the Spirit builds up our ability to believe or have confidence in God.

Jude 20 “But ye, agape/beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (tongues), 21 keep yourselves in the agape/love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal zoe/life.”

So tongues combined with Scripture reading or listening can be a way to build faith for a more effective Christ-like walk.

Some Christians say I glow in the dark. That is what they say, but not everyone sees it, and neither do I.   I guess a 5th way for tongues is in church or prayer meetings where we may pray or sing in the Spirit, usually in a medium voice. I love to pray in tongues as I read the Bible and occasionally as I read good, biblically accurate books.

Benefits of tongues are they build me up in my most holy faith and open me to the love of God. Lots of praying in tongues increases my ability to believe the impossible things of God and so I get to do and see more miracles.

My physical tongue sometimes gets sore from lots of praying in tongues.  Spiritually when I do loud, hard and fast tongues, I can feel my spirit in my chest area rise up and it is like my spirit is stirred up. To get there usually takes me at least 5-20 minutes. Loud, hard and fast tongues also builds me up physically – it is work, especially if done while walking. So regular loud, hard and fast tongues for hours at a time, builds me up both spiritually and physically.

When I am at church or prayer meetings, I usually pray in tongues for the preacher silently or under my breath during the meeting. I see a variety of effects. Sometimes I see or am aware of nothing. The preachers may start to preach more Scripture with more accurate interpretations, various spiritual attacks are thwarted, or witches in the congregation will start to have “problems” with me. I keep blessing anyway. Often the godly spiritual power in the meeting increases. Other times it seems to incite the demons to frustration and manifestation. Then I direct my natural language and/or tongues to get the people free.

I do not typically do tongues and interpretations in a group setting. I do get interpretations, by asking if none from anyone else seems to be forthcoming, and I do prophesy also.

Another benefit of tongues is it lets me know that God is there. I sometimes wonder if it is really God or not. He usually persuades me by a variety of means. But if I keep to my regular goal of 2 hours a day I have/tolerate less questioning thoughts. For more spiritual power, I up it to more loud, hard and fast, and aim for 3-6 hours.

It seems to me that 2 hours of tongues strengthens me for 2-3 days in most peaceful or normal conditions. Other times, 2 hours is only “good” for about 15 minutes of intense situations.

I am always aware of what I am doing, and do not go into any “ecstatic modes.” I don’t look for them or avoid them. I guess if I asked for some, I would get them. When I ask, I do get interpretations of them and sometimes slip back and forth into English.

I have never been aware of tongue results in healing like commanding in English. I have seen people die while the whole group prayed for days in tongues without any aiteo commanding prayer. I know others do feel like they get “commanding” tongues and do see results.

I do experience songs of deliverance that seem to impact me and others I am specifically praying for. I may go from speaking to singing to English and back and forth. Thank you, Jack Hayford.

Ps 32:7 “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”

Often in a prayer battle, if one is leading I may join in with tongues rather than praises or echoing their commands. I am aware often that I am ministering to others at a distance as I pray in tongues. I once raised a dead baby that way and found out about it from the parents later, but as I became aware of the battle in the Spirit, I switched to English and commanded life and told death to go in the name of Jesus. That battle seemed to last about 15-30 minutes as I recall. But as I started in tongues and only finished in English, the English part was 5-10 minutes. So not sure what part tongues played in that battle except to stir me up and/or make me more aware.

I heard one person say tongues was like spiritual java, it works them up. I know I use tongues to get myself stirred up before I pray. John Lake said there were two elements in healing, faith and power. You get faith from the Word and power from tongues or praising God, affirmations, proclamations, etc. Dr. Lake said tongues made his ministry, so you know he prayed in tongues a lot, throughout the day, and often late into the night.

BENEFITS 

The more tongues I do, the more bold I seem to be, especially in street ministry. Also if ministering to a large crowd, and the immediate miracles seem to slow down, I will take a break and do loud, hard and fast tongues, or even alternate between that and worshiping type tongues until I feel ready to go again. I may invite others in the crowd to do the same, but that is not always possible, so I depend on myself and not the crowd. This can take 3-20 minutes of tongues.

Unless I am “aiming” my tongues at a particular issue, I am simply letting Holy Spirit do “His thing,” and use me. Usually I feel like I am thanking or praising when I sing in tongues, but occasionally that has also turned to commanding type tongues.

Other results are in my business life where I have gone into impossible situations, and by praying in tongues, along with affirmation magnets, ended up doing the right things. This is daily tongues, not just one time events. So I would say the benefit was the Lord got me to do the right things, but I could not explain how I did it. The right things just came to me “naturally” without following some plan.

I do most of my praying in tongues in the car listening to good teaching. So whenever I get in my car or anyone else’s, I’ll start praying in tongues either out loud, if by myself, or silently if there are others.

The overall results is my life so far, now at age 65, which is pretty cool. I’ve done things people only dream about, my business results have rarely been equaled, and in ministry I have had some significant events, and I have a lot more coming. So while I live, and until the Lord comes, Holy Spirit tongues – private & public – will always be part of me.

Dr. John Lake stated that tongues was the making of his ministry. One key that he developed was tongues and interpretation for ministry. Lake would pray in tongues all day, so he probably got those 3-6 hours or more in a day. After a while, he would speak in tongues for a while, and then ask God for the interpretation, and he would use that as his basis for his sermons. This was either notes to follow, or major sections of text. I do similar for my books and other writings.

Lake suspected this was how the Apostle Paul developed his revelations of the work of redemption in Jesus. After all, Paul spoke in tongues, “more than ye all.” Others prophesy by first “stirring” themselves up with tongues, and then speaking. So the effect is one of tongues, interpretation and prophesy, all mixed together. I have some videos showing Tim Storey doing the same kind of thing in a healing ministry. So we are talking tongues first, then ministry, then periods of tongues during the ministry, all intermingled.

Early in his ministry, Oral Roberts would spend hours walking in Tulsa praying in tongues. As he did, God showed him many things, including  where and how to build his church and schools. For most of his ministry, whenever he had problems, issues or opportunity in his ministry, he would pray in tongues for long periods before making any decisions.

I do similar, but sometimes it is hard to say, “I’ll answer in a few days,” and then actually spend the time I need in tongues. Over the years I have proven to myself, a lack of tongues does not mean less troubles, but it does mean less godly responses in myself and others, and absolutely more better decisions, not to mention more love to others.

I consider tongues a vital part of my life, and definitely one of my spiritual disciplines. Another is using tongues to practice the presence of God and stirring myself in the dominion of Jesus, especially to dominate devil works to destroy them with the name of Jesus. Here this may be a combination of muttering various Scriptures and then moving back and forth into tongues as I do. As Curry Blake says, “It is not so much the words you pray, but you knowing you are connected to God continually for, with and in Him.”

Refreshing: Another benefit of tongues is refreshing and restoring of your soul. Smith Wigglesworth once said something like this, “I take a vacation every day as I speak in tongues until I am once again refreshed and encouraged.”

This is based on where Paul is explaining the value of Holy Spirit tongues:

1 Cor 14:21 “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.”

And this is an excerpt from this Old Testament teaching on tongues.:

Isa 28:11 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

This suggests that failure to speak in tongues on a regular basis leads to spiritual overload, frustration and poor decisions. Many pray for refreshing while God has placed it in our hands – oraissedr tongues.

We are destroyed, walk in failure, fear and confusion, by lack of knowledge and lies, not some administrative decision by God. As Jesus said we will know the truth if we stay in His word, then any problem is a shortage of grace and truth. We already have all the power there is in Holy Spirit in us, the issue is getting into enough agreement in Him with grace and truth so He can do the good He so desires to do through you.

God is no respecter of persons. His ways are like the laws of science. Do the right things and you will get the right results; do anything different and you will be unhappy sooner or later. Digital Universe.

Evil works inspired and powered by the devil are no match for the Living God, but they sure tempt fleshly leaky neurons, even in those spiritually righteous.

There are no wrong answers here, only seek more of Jesus who already paid for every failure we ever made, are now making, or will make. Since He was healed of it, so are you.

It will be shameful for you to show up on the Day of Judgment and see that every hardness of heart was already healed and waiting for you to do the right labour to get that hardness of heart healing already done in Jesus.

A Bible not devoured is like bags of seed stored away. The potential of God into the Earth is there, but never a harvest is made. Jesus is the Seed. The only soil that matters is your heart.

Keep Working the Word so God can Work!

God Bless You and Yours in the Name of Jesus to be more Noble in Him (Acts 17:11-12)

Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth!

Don

www.CovenantPeaceMinistries.com

 

8 responses to “On Speaking in Tongues (Glossolalia) and the Benefits

  1. Greetings!

    I recently started praying in tongues (1week). I belived for a long time that God would give me this gift but I always thought there would be some sort of feeling in order for it to happen; well since I never got the feeling it never happenend. One day I decided enough is enough, I believed the promises of God and in my prayer time the Holy Spirit released me. If was amazing, if that is ok to say. It was more like a conversation. was so natural that night i prayed in the spirit for 3hrs. I was so thankful.
    My qquestion is is ok to pray all the time?, am I abusing it? I don’t know if I am speaking in tongues and there should be an iterperter because I have only done it alone. Also why does it feel like a conversation versus praise of worship it feels so comfortable. Now I have noticed when worship music is on it feels more internse, or when I am driving (I am not a confident driver) it moves faster. Should I read my bible when I want to pray?
    Any assitance you could give my would be awesome!
    God Bless You.

    • Congratulations on stepping out in faith!
      The discussion in 1 Cor 14 is more about public tongues, when in a group of people. It also addresses private or personal tongues.
      In verse 18 Paul said he prayed in tongues more than a whole church, so that was 2-20 hours every day for personal tongues.
      What Paul was saying is that you should have a very active private time with tongues, but when you are in a group, the issue is not so much your edification but that for the group. In the group tongues plus interpretation = prophecy, which is fine and to be encouraged.
      There is no reason you cannot pray in tongues silently under your breath in a group, but do it so no one notices. I often do this to help the meeting.
      We are commanded: 1 Thess 5:17 ” Pray without ceasing.” I cannot see how this can be done without tongues.
      It is impossible to over use tongues except in relation to other people. Let love be your guide.
      There are a range of tongues, each with a different sound. War, praise, travail, groaning, worship, commands, edification, intercession, prayer, etc.. It sounds like the tongues you are using are more in the edification or prayer category.
      You can do two things at once, pray in tongues and do other things, like driving. Edification tongues builds you up by resolving areas of fear and distrust, and getting you into the Scriptures to build your confidence in God.
      1 Cor 14:4 “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edified himself.” For this I recommend at least 2 hours every day, more is better. You can do it while reading the Bible or listening to the Scriptures on tape, or driving a car, washing dishes, etc..
      For more focused times, aim at 2 hours of loud, fast and hard tongues. You force them out that way, the same way you can keep them quiet. Do this walking around or sitting still. Either way, it is work and will take some building up of your physical body. Start slow with 1-2 minutes and build up slowly.
      You can let Holy Spirit use your tongues totally, as in general edification of Him praying His priorities through you. Or you can “aim” them at a problem or need. This can take moments or days.
      A lot of this is the matter of your will or intention. You can pray with your understanding or in tongues. You can sing in tongues or with your understanding. You choose.
      1 Cor 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.”

      Did this answer your questions?

    • One more point. Many teach that tongues comes with lots of feelings, or Holy Spirit takes control of you as on that Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.

      This tends to be old Pentecostal teaching where they were doing the best they could, but now we understand the Scriptures, after 100 years of Holy Spirit teaching, a bit more completely.

      Yes, strong emotion, control can occur in the initial Holy Spirit tongues experience, but so far, worldwide, that is not the typical. The normal is, after a salvation or Holy Spirit baptism prayer (the prayer we use does both at once), “Now open your mouth and start speaking praises to God, and as new sounds come, follow them or keep repeating them instead of your normal language.”

      Or for those already born again or already after one or more prayer for the baptism of Holy Spirit, deciding you have been Holy Spirit baptized and can speak in tongues is also very common.

      In fact, that was how I started 40 years ago. It was after reading a book, so I was alone and had never heard tongues before. My first sounds were just simple groans. Soon after, I went to my first prayer meeting, heard normal speaking and singing tongues, and just jumped right in.

      Those who have been taught that tongues only comes with strong emotion or control do not follow Paul’s command,
      1 Cor 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.”

      The operative words are, “I will” that make it a matter of choice and not strong unction or control. Operating by choice is a slightly higher level of maturity.

      When we teach to “strong unction” people this verse, they also operate in tongues “as they will.”

      As to a conversation tone in tongues, I think you mean speaking in tongues without emotion or a specific target, just saying or muttering words as you agree to speak them with no or little emotional involved.

      We call this typical or edification tongues. Here you are simply giving Holy Spirit permission to use you for Him to get His priorities done. This is part of humbling yourself before the Lord.

      During this time your brain is otherwise active and you can do other things as your mouth mutters in tongues. Make it more focused into loud, hard and strong, and you can still hear other things. Then listing to Scripture or solid teaching is good.

      Problems do arise when listening to what you consider “good” teaching, as you may like it, but Holy Spirit finds too many errors in it. That is never a problem when praying in tongues and listening to Scripture.

      Or, if you are siting and can do a Bible sturdy, as you listen to your “good” teaching, Holy Spirit may send you to the Bible to identify the errors in your current “good” teaching.

      As you do this situations may come to mind and then you can “aim” or intend for the tongues to deal with the situations. This will continue until Holy Spirit has dealt with all the prayer issues for the time being.

      Then there is a time for the people to cooperate with Holy Spirit in whatever they need to do. This may make the entire issue take a long time as freedom means that the people involved, you included must as some point agree with God to will and to do of His good pleasure. Otherwise you are left like Samson and will only follow your lusts to do good for the wrong reasons.

      Demons and sickness take shorter as Jesus demonstrated, but people’s hearts take much longer. (See “OK, GOD, Now What” for the process for heart change and how to increase your faith.)

      Just recognize that “prayed-in” heart-change means behavior changes and that takes months at best to replaced existing habits and attitudes with right ones.

      I am not aware of any instant “heart changes” anywhere in the Bible. In Paul’s case, it was months of the Lord’s dealing that had a breaking point on the road to Damascus.

      Charles Finney showed how this is done in his revival campaigns. Some resistant, offended in God, cases took years of constant tongues intercession by individuals or groups of 2-10 people before victory. It all depends on how much you really want them to see and operate in the love of God.

      In this kind of long term battle, tongues are best as it keeps the intercessors from getting into witchcraft or offense at God over the time required.

      Did this answer your questions?

      • Hi
        This does answer my quest and give me lots to think about as I allow the Holy Spirit to renew my mind. In my local church we witnessed only my Pastor praying in tongues when someone was in need of deliverance. I think we all assumed we need a “strong feeling” in order for the tongues to be manifested. So I was quited surprised that I was so “comfortable” i never knew there were so many different kinds or purposes for speaking/praying in tongues. Also when I spoke to people they said that if there is no interpation what is the point, How will people know what the the Lord is saying. Infortunalty I heard these statements before i found your blog. I hurt me, I also thought I wasn’t supposed to do it all the time, it was only for certain times. So all of these statements sent me searching. Like you stated I purposed in my heart beacuse I belived that I the Holy Spirit would meet me. I have encountered some difficlut situations in my life with Christ. and I wanted more. that night prayed and told Him I am not leaving until you meet me tonight. And as any loving father would He meet me and unwrapped this beautiful gift.

  2. Great, I am glad.
    We recommend every Christian plan on tithing 2.4 hours per day working with the Scriptures in repetition and new material. And along with that, as you can multi-task with tongues, do 2 hours each day in tongues, preferably in loud, hard and fast tongues. You can change the speed and intensity of tongues.

    This is a base recommendation and much less than the time Jesus taught His disciples and early believers practiced. I do most of my edification tongues as I walk, ride a bus or drive a car. This usually gives me 2 hours a day, if not more. I love long trips where I speak in tongues for more hours and listen to the Scriptures – alone or with like-minded people.

    • Thank you for allowing God to use you to teach. The body of Christ is suffereing without because of erroneous teaching and practices. But I believe we still have the Power from God to grow and change so we can once again affect nations. I am excited to see where God will take me as I submitt to His will. God Bless You.

  3. As you read the rest of my blog posts you will find more helpful information on tongues and healing. It is there for those who will work with it. Enjoy.

  4. For those who what to understand what is salvation and how to get Holy Spirit for speaking in tongues:
    UNDERSTANDING
    THE SALVATION GOD OFFERS (Exerpt from “OK, GOD, Now What.”

    Here is the basic Gospel: You can only be right with the God of all creation and enter His great love plan for you through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the zoe/life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”

    If you want to know what Father God is really like, just look at Jesus. Col 1:13 ”… his agape/dear Son: 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 who is the image (exact likeness) of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” To know God, study Jesus in all He said, did and still does.

    Rom 4:24 “But for us also, to whom it (righteousness) shall be imputed (counted as valid in spite of conflicting facts), if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification (being made just as if you had never sinned or will sin again, to right standing, as a joint heir with Jesus, as a son of God).”

    1 Cor 15:1 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 by which also ye are sozo/saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

    Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father, never to die for sins again. Heb 10:12 “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”

    So how are we made the righteousness of God in Jesus? Rom 10:8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be sozo/saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto soteria/salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

    So you are made righteous by believing God raised Jesus from the dead, and you receive salvation by confessing or agreeing as true, with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord, Owner and Judge of all.

    The first step is the new birth or the new creation. John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

    This is where your spirit is recreated and made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and your task is to now renew your mind/soul and to do good works, with God working in and through you.

    A SALVATION PRAYER: “Lord Jesus, I believe You died for my sins, were buried and raissed by Father God on the third day for my justification, according to the Scriptures. I make you Lord of my life. Come rule and reign in and through me, my King. Baptize me with Your Holy Spirit and fire. Heal every part of my life. Teach me Your truth in love, that I may walk to Your glory. Amen and thank You.”

    A simpler prayer: “Jesus, God raised You from the dead. You are Lord. Fill me with Your Spirit to walk in agape/love. Thank You!”

    Now that you are born again by the action of God in your spirit, the next step is for you to be water baptized. Matt 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” So find a local church to join and get baptized there.

    If you want to know what God is really like, the Bible makes it very plain: Look to Jesus. Heb 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

    So whatever your view of God, He declares that the right view has to include all that Jesus was and now is, not His people (who obviously still fail), but Jesus Himself.

    In and through Jesus, God set things the way He wants them: Col 1:12 “Giving thanks (continually) unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his agape/dear Son: 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.”

    Salvation has two parts: an eternal one with God and another with our life here on Earth in the here and now. The earthly process of salvation is how God finishes the job of making Heaven on Earth, and this is a key to the Lord’s Prayer.

    Matt 6:9 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

    This includes you forgiving God, as well as anyone else who has offended you in any way. Many have opinions about how the world is, and ultimately they blame God. Forgiving Him for our ignorance and pride is a key part of success. Then, include forgiving others who have hurt you in any way. Ask God for His grace to do this work in you.

    Here is a summary of the Gospel Jesus preached. Jesus, the Christ/Messiah, came to demonstrate that now is the Day of Salvation from the evil rule of Satan in the present world system. This was seen in Jesus’ preaching of truth, and in the miracles of healing, dead raising, food multiplication, stopping storms and walking on water. This means God solved the problem of how God, by Jesus, through Holy Spirit, can reign on the Earth through men to bring Heaven to Earth and destroy the kingdom of darkness. This restores man to his original position as the vehicle by which God will fill the Universe with the glory of God. Man is the hope of Heaven, and Jesus did the work to make this a past completed potential. When you get born again, with indwelling Holy Spirit, you step into this awesome potential.

    Men must pray and act for God to get the job done. Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity (wrong thinking, acts and desires), and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of [doing] good works.”

    Stirring yourself in God, in His agape/love and compassion, to renew your mind into His way of thinking is one such good work and gets you operating more in God’s great love plan for you.

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