Wednesday, 25 November 2015


God's Pill Capsule 47


“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:17-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So far we have dealt with the primary purpose of prayer, that is having fellowship with God, getting to know Him instead of knowing about Him. We then discussed what I term prayer to change things and as part of this we considered what confession of faith is and in the last two capsules we discussed the doctrine of laying of hands particularly when ministering healing. The key to all these is that you must put them into practice (James 1:22-25), don't just pay lip service, things will only work if you work them.

The preamble
Starting with this capsule we would look at 'speaking or praying in new tongues'. This is the second in the list of five cardinal signs promised the believer in Mark 16:17-18. This comes with baptism of the Spirit, a separate experience that comes after salvation. Praying or speaking in new tongues is different from the gift of the spirit 'diverse kind of tongues' as found in 1Corinthians12:10, and they should not be confused. They serve different purpose. The discussion here is not intended to go into any deep analysis of the differences between the two, but suffice to say that the gift of diverse tongues, is like the name suggests a 'ministry gift', prophetic in purpose, and requires a corresponding gift of interpretation of tongues for it to be effective. Whereas praying in new tongues is available to all believers (Mark 16:17), it is a devotional language and does not require interpretation so to say (I will explain this later)

Before we look at the what, why, how and when of speaking in new tongues in the next few capsules I would like to challenge your thinking and possibly put somethings straight. The born again Christian life is not a changed life, it is an exchanged life, (Galatians 2:20, 2Corinthians 5:17, 2 Peter 1:2-4), except you understand and appreciate this in its fullness, not only will you struggle, it will be frustrating and nigh impossible life to live. At the Cross there was a complete and total exchange, the Old Covenant ended, expired and faded away (Hebrews 8:13) and the New Covenant was established, this is what Hebrews 10:19-20 describe as a NEW AND LIVING WAY (Hebrews 10:19-20). The pivotal problem that a lot of us struggle with is that we are unable to transition from the Old to the New, like Colossians 2:16-17 describes it, the Old Covenant is a shadow, not the real deal, we need to let go. Everything changed , our relationship with God the father changed completely, His divine nature, the very essence of God became the fabric of our spirit, molecule for molecule, atom for atom. 

Everything that we would ever need became available in the hidden man of the heart, yes I repeat everything! I know it sounds unbelievable but it is absolutely true (2 Peter 1:2-4, Ephesians 1:3,6, 1 John 4:17, Ephesians 2:10). Oh how I wish I have words to explain this. The Christian life is not that of begging and pleading with God to do something, on the contrary it is that of finding out what He has done for us already and learning to deploy them (Ephesians 1:17-20), it is not that of asking but receiving. Understanding this will open up a wealth of dimension that would take a life time to explore. We don't need more power, what we need is knowledge of the power we already have (Acts 1:8, John 1:16). When you understand this it makes the Christian life more interesting and frustration is banished.

This is a mystery that we can only get to grips with the help of the Holy Spirit and is where praying or speaking in tongues come in. I will like to leave you with a scripture to meditate on (please don't assume you know it, spend time meditating on it, study it in as many versions and I pray God gives understanding)

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:7-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


This is just a preamble, we would go into the what, why, when and how of praying in new tongues from capsule 48

'Femi Idowu