Why Speaking in
Awesome, Wonderful and Good!
Be BAPTIZED IN (immersed IN/filled with) THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!
Here's some encouragement I wanted to share with you about: finding grace to ask God to BAPTIZE you IN (immerse IN/fill with) THE HOLY SPIRIT! It is SO WONDERFUL to receive this/these experience(s). Why? Because more of the Holy Spirit means MORE OF GOD! More of JESUS! And Jesus is the Best! The more of Jesus' Word & Spirit we receive the BETTER! Psalm 84 says: "Better is one day IN YOUR COURTS (close to God) than a thousand elsewhere!"
The purpose of speaking in tongues and each of the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit is to HELP US GET CLOSER TO GOD! Therefore speaking in tongues, like all gifts from God, is VERY GOOD! The Baptism (Gk. immersion) of the Spirit is an experience of God Himself filling us with HIS Spirit (see this as described in Acts 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:1-6, Mark 16:17-18, etc.). The Holy Spirit and each of Jesus' gifts are awesome! You want Jesus. You want the Holy Spirit. You want spiritual gifts. You want to speak in tongues and prophesy. All of these are really GREAT!!!
1 Corinthians 14:1-2 "Follow the way of love and EAGERLY DESIRE spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy...Anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God."
Speaking in tongues has many uses and purposes. The primary one is a NEW WAY TO SPEAK TO GOD! In OTHER languages! All God's gifts have blessed use, purpose and meaning.
Once we receive Jesus as our Salvation, we can experience yet a further deep, filling touch and immersion of God's Spirit. Jesus is the One Who SAVES us. But the Holy Spirit is the One Who FILLS us. And empowers us to walk in a way which pleases God! The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. And the power God gives us to witness to others. The Holy Spirit is a Person (not some impersonal force). To grow in Christ, there can be many additional (later) repeat experiences of fillings (baptisms of the Spirit) over the years following. We can experience God's Presence during our daily seeking and walking. And ask Him to fill us. To learn (as John 15 teaches), to abide in the Vine. So the fruit of God emanates from our lives!
The point is we need God's Spirit badly! Because we are weak, empty humans without God. We need our hearts to be FILLED WITH JESUS! And God's Presence is WONDERFUL!!! Be FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT! Ephesians 5:18
SPEAKING IN TONGUES HELPS IN PRAYER!
I often spend an hour or two or three in prayer and needily listening to the Bible some days. Sometimes when praying I run out of words (or faith inspiration) to pray with my own thoughts or ideas, so I am in a "rut." There is something (which the Bible calls) "speaking in tongues" which is very good right then. Every Christian needs this EXTRA HELP in prayer! For example, I did a good amount of praying in other (Holy Spirit given) language(s) today. This "speaking in tongues" helps us pray beyond what we can figure out ourselves. And leads us further into the realm of the Holy Spirit, truly beyond the limitations of our finite, human minds. Into a realm of colaboring with God in our praying. Being led and filled by the Spirit. Letting the Holy Spirit pray the Father's will and glorify Jesus through us! Speaking in tongues helps in prayer and GLORIFIES JESUS!
1Cor. 14:39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and
Do not forbid speaking in tongues.
1Cor. 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
1Cor. 14:2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. (This is prayer.) Indeed, no one (except God) understands him; he utters mysteries (in prayer and worship to God) with his spirit. 1Cor. 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies (spiritually strengthens) himself (and draws close to God in prayer that exalts Jesus in an expression of supernatural worship), but he who prophesies edifies (strengthens) the church (both himself and others). 1Cor. 14:13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. 1Cor. 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 1Cor. 14:15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit (praying to Jesus in a Spirit-given language), but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
Notice that nowhere does the scripture say to be afraid of or shy away from the Jesus-given gift of "speaking in tongues." It is simply a nice, enjoyable, helpful, edifying, blessed supernatural experience which enhances prayer and worship in the life of the believer. According to Jesus this is for "those who believe." Mark 16:15-20 Paul also recommended speaking in tongues as something he wished would be the experience of EVERY Christian!
1 Cor. 14:5
"I would like every one of you to speak in tongues."
SPEAKING IN TONGUES ENHANCES PERSONAL WORSHIP! (and glorifies Jesus)
1Cor. 14:16-17 shares that "Speaking in tongues" is an HONORING way to praise God and "give thanks well."
The Holy Spirit (God's Word) through Paul was very clear that speaking in tongues is GOOD. Paul Himself enjoyed this gift in His prayer life. And worshipped JESUS in other languages as the Spirit gave him utterance. Paul was THANKFUL for speaking in tongues. And wanted every Christian to receive this experience.
1 Cor. 14:18 "I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you."
1 Cor. 14:5 "I would like every one of you to speak in tongues."
SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS A FULFILLMENT OF ISAIAH'S PROPHECY
1 Cor. 14:21 In the Law it is written: "Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord.
1Cor. 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
I must admit being both discouraged and mystified by a loud minority of Christians who fear or hate the Holy Spirit and His gifts. It is shameful and dishonoring to the Lord to reject His gifts. God's gifts are ALL good! James 1:16-17 says. Just like the gift of salvation, EACH of the Holy Spirit's gifts bring MORE OF JESUS to us! And JESUS IS GOOD!
Notice Jesus clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit and His gifts are expressions of love from the Father to bless His children.
Luke 11:9-13 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Matthew 7:6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
MAT 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
MAT 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
MAT 7:9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
MAT 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
MAT 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Neither Luke, Matthew, Paul or Jesus had a "phobia" about spiritual gifts. We are to ask and receive what God calls good. And not be confused or deceived by satan about the true (good) nature of spiritual gifts.
Another deception is the false notion that God USED to give such gifts but (supposedly) not now? 1 Cor. 13, properly understood, says that the gifts will CONTINUE throughout the New Covenant until we see Jesus FACE TO FACE. Then in heaven the partial glimpses of His glory (like prophecy and tongues and miracles) will no longer be needed. They are only for AS LONG AS EARTH LASTS. For the whole of the New Covenant. 1 Cor. 13 is really an encouragement to receive the LOVE of God along with the gifts. And 1 Cor. 14 confirms the dual, unchanging purpose of God (LOVE & GIFTS) for all believers.
Notice the UNCHANGING nature of God and the
UNCHANGING nature of the giving of His gifts.
James 1:16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb. 13:9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. (In other words, simply accept and stay close to what the BIBLE says. On all matters. For...) It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace."
The Holy Spirit is a GIVER of GRACE. Each spiritual gift, including speaking in tongues, is an EXPERIENCE OF GRACE.
Isaiah, amazingly, prophesied that the Lord would endeavor to bring the spiritual gifts of Jesus, (the Cornerstone), Salvation (through JESUS) and speaking in other languages (as a gift from God) to men in a future time. Though this was yet in the future, when prophesied from the time of Isaiah, God said that when these gifts are brought to men some"will not listen."
Isaiah 28:9 "Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? 28:11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, 28:12 to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose" &emdash; but they would not listen.
Paul quotes Isaiah 28:11-12 (in 1 Cor. 14:21) and defines Isaiah's "tongues" as referring to the New Covenant spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. Isaiah said that foreign and strange tongues where a means by which " God will speak to this people." We should realize that it is only satan who wishes to silence God's Word. Or discredit God's gifts. When God speaks, satan wants to persuade men to NOT listen. Yet, " God will speak to this people."
Isaiah goes on to warn that if we reject the prophesied working and gifts of the Holy Spirit, then we will only be left with DEAD LEGALISM (a "to do" list of a bunch of religious rules. A dwarfed experience of "Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule." Instead of the life of the Spirit and the grace of Jesus. Isaiah 28:13 So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there &emdash; so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured.
This should scare you! Humans can so misrepresent the way of Christ. Until nothing is left in it but DEAD LEGALISM. Missing the Spirit, rejecting the gifts, bypassing grace. Forgetting Jesus as the ONE FOUNDATION!
Speaking in tongues is a gift of GRACE which helps us walk closer to God!
Without the Holy Spirit we cannot live the Christian life. By nature, man is a sinner. By definition, we need the power of God to rise above our humanness and walk closely with Jesus! Speaking in tongues and each gift of the Spirit are EMPOWERMENTS of GRACE to walk closer to God! And so needed. The New Testament word, "gift" is usually "charis" (in the Greek), and means BOTH gift and grace.
Isaiah 28:14 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem.
God's heart is made clear in Isaiah 28 & 1 Cor. 14 on the matters of being baptized in the Holy Spirit, receiving and enjoying spiritual gifts and welcoming speaking in tongues as good.
THE WHOLE POINT of signs, gifts and tongues is SO JESUS MAY BE REVEALED!
Curiously, Isaiah goes right on to prophesy that THE WHOLE POINT of signs, gifts and tongues as Spirit given experiences is SO THAT JESUS MAY BE REVEALED! Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed." Jesus (more of Him in our hearts) is the ultimate purpose of all the spiritual gifts.
Read these verses TOGETHER and see the flow of
context (the Holy Spirit and tongues LEADS TO JESUS!)...
Isaiah 28:11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, 28:12 to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose" &emdash; but they would not listen. Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed."
It's ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!
Isaiah says that this supernatural "tongues" by the giving of the Spirit is companion to God laying further the foundation of Jesus in our lives! Isaiah (28) goes on to say that we are to LISTEN and TRUST what God's Word says. To listen and receive Jesus, the Holy Spirit and tongues. That Jesus and these experiences (according to Isaiah 28) are trustworthy, true, the right way and FROM THE LORD!
Read these verses TOGETHER and see the flow of
context (and where all these things come from)...
Isaiah 28:11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, 28:12 to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose" &emdash; but they would not listen. Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed." Isaiah 28:23 Listen and hear My voice; pay attention and hear what I say. 28:26 His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. 28:29 All this comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.
I am kind of amazed that Isaiah prophesied speaking in tongues would be a wonderful New Covenant experience which would REVEAL JESUS! And bring more of Christ into our lives. But that some humans would, nevertheless, misunderstand - even refuse to listen or experience God's blessing. Rejecting God's rest and failing to embrace the revelation of Jesus. And not understand that Jesus companions with each of the Holy Spirit's gifts and wants them for us. Isaiah's prophecy concludes EMPHATICALLY stating that "All this (Jesus, the Revelation of Jesus, the Foundation of Jesus AND SPEAKING IN TONGUES) comes from the LORD Almighty!" It all comes from God. And it all is about JESUS!
Well, I've heard some people foolishly say otherwise.
Believe God's Word and no one else!
As for me, I am going to go with GOD'S WORD (NOT what HUMANS say). On all subjects. And on all THESE subjects Isaiah hit every nail right on the head. God is right. The Bible is infallible truth. And all voices contrary to scripture are false.
Romans 3:2-4 They (Jews like Isaiah through whom came the revelation of Scripture) have been entrusted with the very words of God. What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge."
God knows everything. The Holy Spirit prays through us knowing all of God's heart. Knowing more than we ever will. So speaking in tongues as prayer (or worship) to God is a very good thing. It is for all believers (as Jesus said: Mark 16:15-20).
Have you ever spoken in tongues? According to scripture, every (any) believer can. "Ask and ye shall receive."
These are some of my favorite scriptures on speaking in tongues: Acts 1:4-8. Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-48 & Acts 19:1-6 All these passages share important instances of people encountering the power of God's Spirit touching them. This is important to all believers.
Jesus & the Holy Spirit are the SAME yesterday, today and FOREVER! Hebrews 13:8, Mal. 3:6 So we know according to God's Word that nothing has changed (or ever will). James 1:16-17 shares the longevity of God's gracious gifts as well.
"Speaking in tongues" is really a wonderful and VERY GOOD experience for any Christian. Needed in prayer especially. The Apostle Paul did it regularly and was very thankful for it. 1 Cor. 14 tells more "Speaking in tongues" is mainly for private prayer, intercession and worship ("giving thanks" to God well). Jesus also said we could/would do this in His Name: Mark 16:15-20 "In My Name they will speak in new tongues."
Here is how other people received speaking in tongues...
Acts 1:4-8 On one occasion, while Jesus was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Acts 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 10:44-48 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Acts 19:1-11 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" ¶ "John's baptism," they replied. Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.
"Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord. God did extraordinary miracles..."
SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS A REVELATION OF JESUS!
"Speaking in tongues" is nothing overly scary or "spooky." It is simply speaking in other languages. Only there is a supernatural element because the words proceed out of your innermost being (like Jesus described in John 7:37-39) like a river flowing. It is not the result of your intellect, but of the Holy Spirit flowing a language or certain words or phrases (as prayer or worship) in you or through you. You are not "out of control" or taken over by anything. Paul simply said: "When I speak in a tongue (language) my SPIRIT prays." - 1 Cor. 14 Speaking in tongues is a good experience, part of the normal Christian life. Though very wonderful. Speaking in tongues, like each of the gifts of the Spirit, is meant to be a REVELATION OF JESUS to us (and through us to benefit others).
SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS AN EXPERIENCE OF REST
I have been just relaxing and praying in tongues for awhile for ten or fifteen minutes. And then I felt rested. Is. 28 (which is quoted in 1 Cor. 14) says that speaking in tongues has the side benefit of bringing rest (like Matt. 11:28-30 describes). Rest is given to those who pray to Jesus in other languages (tongues). Rest comes because speaking in tongues is one more way (an important one) of COMING TO JESUS! Speaking in tongues is meant to companion with a heart wishing to draw near to Jesus in prayer or worship, then the revelation of Jesus will often come to you. And in Matt. 11:28-30 Jesus said this would bring an experience of "rest for your souls."
Is it possible that for some Christians, even years along in pursuing God & truth, that the baptism (immersion/filling) in the Spirit has been partially missed? Or some of God's gifts have somehow been ignored? Or may there be yet more from the Holy Spirit for us to receive? Is there always an even closer walk with Jesus through the Holy Spirit? These scriptures can guide our way: Acts 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:1-6, Mark 16:17-18, etc.
Trying to be a Christian without the very real and heart-touching infilling of the Spirit is like going to a church for years but only having "God the Holy Bible." Somehow missing the "Word MADE FLESH" (Jesus & His Word made real in us by the Spirit). We can be Christians, yet lacking the Spirit's strength and vision to see "Christ in us the hope of glory." The Holy Spirit IN US is the power we need to live the Christian life and move past obstacles which hinder our way. We need more of God!!! Speaking in tongues is one more important grace experience from Jesus. For all Christians.
People today receive Jesus, the Holy Spirit & speaking in tongues
A baptism in the Spirit with speaking in tongues can open new realms of spiritual reality to you. Jesus will become more real. You'll understand the Bible better. And your prayer life will increase. Love for others and a heart for evangelism, even a deeper experience of drawing near to God in worship all tend to come with the "package deal."
I personally did not get very much of a grasp on God or His Word until I was FILLED/BAPTIZED/immersed in the Holy Spirit's infilling/overflowing (which happened one day in Feb. 1982). I experienced it like Acts 2:4 & Acts 19:1-6 describe. Though I was unsure of these new experiences, I simply read the book of Acts and believed the Bible was true. And asked God, like a child, to experience the filling of the Spirit in a new measure WITH SPEAKING IN TONGUES. "Ask and ye shall receive." There are wonderful gifts to be given us from Heaven above! And Jesus is the BEST gift of all!!! Speaking in tongues is a devotional expression of close and deep love for Jesus, the Son of God and Saviour of all. It is like the deep understandings which only a husband and wife can express by "languages" which go beyond words. Jesus wishes that we would hunger and thirst for Him. And then, within us, "deep (would) call unto deep." Psalm 42
Since we are too weak in ourselves and unable to live the Christian life alone by our strength, it is important to seek more of God (MORE from the Holy Spirit). Letting the SUPERNATURAL of God work IN us daily. Jesus is our DAILY BREAD!
God is MORE interested in helping, saving, forgiving and filling us than we are ourselves. Jesus gives GOOD GIFTS to His kids! James 1:16-17
It is the Father's express offer and desire to redeem and save lives. Increasing experiences of Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:8, 2:4) deepen in us a POWER to be Jesus' witnesses in a needy world. Desire Jesus to fill you with more of His Spirit. Salvation is/was the first step. Yet Jesus is pursuing us daily with everlasting love. Jer. 31:3 And there is MORE. Speaking in tongues is only one more step in letting Jesus increase in your heart and life. And all God's gifts are GOOD! James 1:16-17 God wants to give more and more to us. Don't let anything hold you back from asking Jesus for more. I was afraid of this new experience when I first read about it. But I found faith to ASK by settling my mind in the scriptures themselves. God's Word is flawless. His gifts are perfect. "Ask and you shall receive!"
Romance with God is an everlasting LOVE that NEVER ENDS! Hallelujah! And when you LOVE someone, you give them GIFTS! Jesus is just the same.
Grace to you, my friend, IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. The "Dove" will come down and fill us again with wonderful GIFTS from above! All because of Jesus, His cross and Blood! "Ask and ye shall receive."
Joel 2 prophesies that dreams, visions, prophecies, signs, wonders and the POURING OUT OF GOD'S SPIRIT will be increased and readily available in the last days. These days are when Jesus will shine brightest! Truly, Jesus always saves the BEST wine for LAST!
- brother Jeff
If you wish to experience more of God in the ways these scriptures refer to...simply begin by reading the scriptures mentioned on this page. Perhaps, like me, you would also benefit from reading the book of Acts. Only make sure to see all things in Acts as "FOR ME." If you read the Bible like that - and ASK GOD to do those things in your life - He will. And your life will be changed.
Permanently banish from your mind all doubts, traditions or false teachings you've ever heard which (falsely try to) say God has "changed." Religious men (even some misguided 'Bible teachers') make great efforts to nullify God's Word and say His promises are "not for us today." They will even use the scriptures inappropriately to shut the Holy Spirit out of their churches. Do not follow them! God's gifts are all still here. Just like the SCRIPTURE says. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 Believe simply what the scripture says. Grow more in your personal hunger for God. Then Ask and receive. And you WILL.
I have found it important, in keeping with scripture, to ask God to fill you (or fill your heart more, "baptize you") in the Holy Spirit. Specifically ask for this. (And keep on asking.) Along with this, be very open to receive a prayer language when God ministers more of His Spirit within you. This can happen in a variety of ways. Just make sure you are open for Jesus to do as He wishes in you. He will touch you and fill you JUST LIKE THE SCRIPTURES SAY!
Remember that"Tongues" is for praying and worshipping Jesus in other languages. As Paul tried to explain (in 1 Cor. 13-14), this is actually a heavenly language given by the Holy Spirit to enhance private devotional worship and prayer (even singing). "Tongues" is a companion gift which happens in scripture right along with the BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT experience. This blessing is described in 1 Cor. 14 and Mark 16:17-18, Acts 1:8, 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:1-6. And many more scriptures. Other gifts may be given additionally to a person along with this new grace experience from God. First, receive Jesus as your Saviour. Then ask for a (further or fuller) filling of the Spirit. Have love in your heart for God and give thanks to Him in the new language He gives you. Worship Jesus! For the revelation of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. You may even get a second gift (like prophecy for others). All God's gifts are good.
Jesus said: "Ask and YE SHALL RECEIVE!"
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