GOD HAS GIVEN ALL THAT YOU NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS: SO WHY PRAY? PART 5
PRAYING OR SPEAKING IN NEW TONGUES contd.
From capsule 47 we have engaged in the discussion on speaking in new tongues as part of the larger topic of prayer and as usual I have tried to correct some mainstream misconception. Over the last week, I have been meditating and reflecting on the capsules since the beginning of the year, the set from capsule 36 up to date have profoundly affected me. This is hard for me to explain, ordinarily I can only teach things that I have experienced and tested, even then these set of capsules have blessed me so much that on occasions I struggle with what to leave out. My prayer is that the same would happen to you.
Back to our current discussion, in 1 Corinthians 14:18-19, Apostle Paul made a staggering statement, 'saying he spoke in tongues more than the whole church in Corinth put together in his devotional time'. Can you imagine what this means?. In Galatians 1:17, we found that after the conversion experience, he spent 3 years in Arabia without conferring with anybody. This same man who unlike the other Apostles never had contact with Christ whilst He was on earth, had the most In-depth revelation of the risen Lord, so much so that Peter attested to it (2Peter 3:15-16). He had so much revelation of the grace of God that he wrote half of the books in the New Testament. Remember that 1 Corinthians 14:2, 2:7 describe speaking in new tongues as conversation with God, speaking mysteries or the wisdom of God ordained by Him for our glory(benefit) before the world began. In 1 Corinthians 14:14a Paul says when you pray in unknown tongue it is your spirit that is praying. So what all these mean is that when you are praying in unknown tongues, your spirit is praying the mysteries of God or wisdom of God which He has ordained from the beginning of the world for our benefits or glory concerning that situation. 1 Corinthians 14:14b says your understanding is unfruitful when you are praying in tongues! This is a safety mechanism that God has put in place to keep out doubt, fear, unbelief and every other negative thoughts which are products of the mind, so that your spirit can flow unhindered.
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 KJV
Look at the scripture above, this is exactly what happens when you are praying in new tongues. The Holy Spirit transfers the deep things of God to our spirit so that we might know the things that are freely given unto us. Note that 'these things have already been freely given, they are waiting to be transferred....it's like when you download somethings that is already available in your computer so that you can access it and make use of it. The document is already there, what you are doing is downloading it so that you can make use of it. Except you know how to do this you remain helpless and frustrated. In the last few years that I have come to realise this, I spend virtually all my private devotional time praying in tongues. For me this is a zillion times more profitable, there is so much that God wants to show you, but He can only do it Spirit to spirit (John 4:24, 1 Corinthians 2:13). If you appreciate this you will understand the reason why Paul prayed in new or unknown tongues more than the whole church in Corinth. No wonder he said he was shown somethings by God that words could not express and it was unlawful to tell any other man, wow! Do you know what that means? Paul virtually became a custodian of God's secrets, a confidant of God !(Psalm 119:18, Ephesians 1:17-18).
I know a lot of what I have said here might be completely out of scale for the majority, that is because you have not previously given it thought and consideration or you have never been taught before. I feel compelled to make some assertions and I pray you will see the sincerity behind such. From my own personal experience and observation of others, unless you are baptised in the Holy Spirit, speak in new tongues and understand it's purpose, you will always struggle to transition from the OT to the NT completely; somehow you will keep mixing the two together, the OT will have a strong attraction for you (Galatians 3:24-25, Luke 5:36-39), and the concept of 'Grace versus the Law' would at best be a theory not a functional concept by which you relate with God and live (Luke 9:54-56, Romans 5:13, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19) In the next capsule I will validate this further and I guarantee you your understanding of the scriptures and Christian life will never be the same again if you accept these truths and put them into practise (James 1:22-25)
IT IS TIME TO COMPARE SPIRITUAL WITH SPIRITUAL! (John 3:6, 1 Corinthians 2:13)