“keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). In the beginning, everything seems forced, but in a few days, you will be able to tell what fits and what doesn’t. God is poised and ready to baptize you in His Holy Spirit when you ask Him. Designed by Praying Medic | Powered by the Holy Spirit, March 7, 2016 / He’s a crusher. The really valuable contribution of the Charismatic renewal is their relentless emphasis on the truth that receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is a real, life-changing experience. In short, start babbling like a baby. I, too, find the sound of my voice distracting. I’m not sure why it happens, but perhaps to minister to others who are in similar situations. I knew my spirit took over when i was not thinking of the next syllable to sing. Many people incorrectly believe that gifts from God are bestowed upon us all at once and in full and their inability to heal, prophesy, or speak in tongues is because God has not yet blessed them with the gift. However,Jude 1:20 says, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” Receiving […] Some will work some won’t. Don’t feel like you’re cheating though, you learn every day through external stimulus so don’t let this be any different. Verse 39 says, “The promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, everyone to whom the Lord our God calls to him.” No one comes to faith in Christ unless the Father draws him (John 6:44, 65). Do gifts (like tongues) happen instantly? When you read the New Testament honestly, you can’t help but get the impression of a big difference from a lot of contemporary Christian experience. Let’s say one of your basic sounds is “ma”. And that’s a lot of us! There is no reason to think that even for Paul the baptism in the Holy Spirit was limited to the initial moment of conversion. In the terminology of Acts we could say, what a powerless Christian needs is a baptism in the Holy Spirit. I have never found anyone else who has had the same experience and when I hear people try to form words using their own language it’s hard to believe that it comes from the Holy Spirit because I have heard the language o the Holy Spirit before and its something I will never forget. It takes them from “A” to “Z” in the doctrine of this experience and shares very practical steps on how to receive the gift of speaking in tongues. Most likely it will be very choppy, repetitive, and hard to resist your mind taking back control of your mouth. This step is the most obvious step, but it’s where most people go wrong – open your mouth. (2) How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is not going to force you to speak. As people are filled with the Holy Spirit, they exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, especially love (Gal. 2. But the limitations of the sounds r there. In the same way, so many people are afraid they aren’t going to do it right, but even if you don’t do it right your Father likes it. That sounds exactly like what happened, I opened my mouth and out it came, no rehearsing or chanting or helping along, it was just there. Reading through the Bible in context helps us understand this question better. Thanks to all for your comments, it really helped me to not only understand how to progress in tongues but to also know that I’m not alone in my experiences! Worrying about your technique of a God-given gift, where the Holy Spirit prays with you, where spoken words aren’t understood…you get my point, worrying is meaningless and is going to do nothing but throw you off track. And for sure in the book of Acts the baptism in the Holy Spirit is more than a subconscious divine act of regeneration — it is a conscious experience of power (Acts 1:8). If you want to understand the New Testament you need the same experience that all its writers had. Practice is not prayer, and that is obvious since you are fully aware that you have taken the lead. Thank you, Jesus, for everything. Then you will get to the point you don’t need to start with a song. 4. One of the most widely used books in contemporary charismatic renewal is The Holy Spirit and You by Dennis and Rita Bennet, an Episcopal priest and his wife. He could ask it, I think, because receiving the Holy Spirit is a real experience. About a week after this event I shared my story with my sister who also wanted to receive this gift. All it takes is a little practice and faith. 2. Late one evening in mid December, 1976, I was kicked back in my Lazy-Boy recliner reading a paperback book about receiving the baptism of the holy Spirit. "While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit just as you received Jesus—by faith, by believing God’s Word. We are called to pray with our minds as well as with our spirits, and starting to pray with the Holy Spirit really is as easy as the above steps. . This is my experience with the Holy Spirit. I pray in tongues and I say about 9 syllables over and over again. I sometimes fear that we have so redefined conversion in terms of human decisions and have so removed any necessity of the experience of God’s Spirit, that many people think they are saved when in fact they only have Christian ideas in their head not spiritual power in their heart. Nice post! For many people searching to learn the “how to” speak in tongues, their search ends in frustration. Then simply practice by going through the alphabet in order: ba, ca, da, fa, ga…etc etc. Pray to be given the tools to ask for forgiveness, and pray for faith. I don’t understand how you can even ask the question.” How could Paul ask that question? I’ll take the negative first so I can end with the positive. The Word has been heard. And the best way to test the faith of these so-called disciples is to ask them about their experience of the Spirit. Praise God!!! My mom taught me to start with a song, singing the words then changing the syllables. Tongues is not mentioned, but since the language is the same as at Cornelius’s house (fallen Acts 8:16; fell Acts 10:44), it’s likely the Samaritans spoke in tongues, too. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributed and resting on each one of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”, The next time tongues is mentioned in Acts is when Peter went to preach at Cornelius’s house in Acts 10:44–46. You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to have the Holy Spirit in you. Christ had commanded it (Matthew 28:18–20) and the church practiced it. It was miraculous. Now the positive thing I want to say about the moderate Pentecostal teaching (represented by the Bennets) is that it is right to stress the experiential reality of receiving the Spirit. It is not taught anywhere in the New Testament. They sum up the classical two-stage Pentecostal teaching: The first experience of the Christian life, salvation, is the incoming of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ, to give us new life, God’s life, eternal life. I am aware that in 1 Corinthians 12:13 Paul says that baptism in the Spirit is an act of God by which we become a part of the body of Christ at conversion, so that in his terminology all genuine converts have been baptized in the Spirit. In Acts, the Holy Spirit is not a silent influence but an experienced power. I had no idea what it meant to speak in tongues but after they prayed they told me to open my mouth and let God use my tongue and when I opened my mouth… words/sounds came out. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. The gift of speaking in tongues IS something we should all desire, and it's available to all of us. thank you so much for your by Anonymous We all sin once in a while—it's part of human nature. In Acts 11:15–17 Peter reports how the Holy Spirit fell on Cornelius just as on the disciples at Pentecost. It is easy to imagine a spiritual counselor saying to a new convert today, “Don’t expect to notice any difference. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! How to Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit, John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. That is the biblical sign. Buried by a volume of books, videos, and articles on the “why” of tongues, it can be hard to find the actions to start praying in tongues. Acts 2:2–4 says, “And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. I think we would say something like, “I thought we automatically received the Holy Spirit when we believed. Speaking in tongues is only spoken to God. He will like that you are trying. It may be present or may not. And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. Do you think this is me hindering the Spirit or is that all He’s giving me. Great advice! 2. 3. This is no different than what Paul said in Romans 8:14, “All who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God” (see 2 Corinthians 13:5 and 1 John 3:24; 4:12–13). . These prayers come from our spirit straight to the Spirit of God, using our natural lips, tongues and voices. So if each person heard what was being spoken in their own language it seems obvious to me that they were all “hearing an interpretation of what was being spoken” and not that the speaker was speaking their language! I love how Robert Morris of Gateway Church puts it so simply in this video (4:50): Babies don’t start speaking fluently, and here is the amazing thing…we think it’s cute. The consequence of faith: The fourth reason we should stress the experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit is that in Acts the apostles teach that it is a consequence of faith not a subconscious cause of faith. The words were perfectly formed and my mouth knew exactly what it was doing but it has never happened again. Not only is it said that you will speak in tongues, but it is often taught that unless you do so then you have not been filled with the Holy Spirit. God can touch, bless and encourage us with the Holy Spirit before we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I opened my mouth and began to speak in a language I didn’t understand but my mouth knew what it was doing, I didn’t know I was speaking in tounges at the time and only realized it years later. No, you don't have to speak in tongues if you receive the Holy Spirit.God gives different spiritual gifts to different believers so that we will be able to bless and edify one another. In fact, hearing Cornelius and his household speak in tongues … . We actually minister to Him!!! The book of Acts records three times when receiving the Holy Spirit was associated with speaking in tongues. When you speak the language of the Holy Spirit, you find that He’s an enabling. Baptism was the universal experience of all Christians in the New Testament. This is wonderful I totally agree with the writer of this article. He spoke personally to me. After this demon episode is gone. My prayer language is simple and vowel heavy. You trust his power to help you obey. And you trust his promises for your future. The gift of tongues was the most common spiritual gift in the New Testament church. Following along with my mouth, I felt as if I was slowly being tutored to unglue my mouth. In fact, out of all the conversion accounts in the New Testament, only two record speaking in tongues in that context. For many years, I’ve never progressed beyond 3 words that I say over and over. One possible way to view your blockage is purely physical, and one way to train new muscles is to *practice*. So a pastor prayed for me and I just be able to donit instantly. Cause I can’t speak several languages all at the same time. As a result, they never step out in faith to try or they quit early, but this just is another example of the old saying “Jesus can’t take the wheel of a parked car”. An evangelist prayed and anoint the Holy Spirit in me, took me 5 to 10 mins of her praying to open my mind and heart to speak first time in tongues. He gives you the power to say no, and He gives you the power to say yes. Obedience: The other mark I’ll mention is obedience. You may be stuck on one or more of these crossroads as well, and if that’s the case this article on how to pray in tongues for you. I was praying (in English) intently, really focused and out came my prayer language, flowing! There were no unbaptized Christians after Pentecost. So if I’m speaking and one person hears me in Spanish, another in German, another in Italian and another in Greek… am I speaking 4 languages at once or am I speaking in an unknown tongue and God is allowing each of them to hear me in their own language so they can know what I’m praying? Simply repeat this prayer out loud: Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus, and I desire to be baptized with Your Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in … All I’m doing is letting Him use my mouth to state what He wants and I never thought it was my job to care what I was saying but to trust Him to speak through me and to offer Him my mouth as often as I could think to do it. So I pray in tongues a lot while I’m at work, at the grocery store, while driving or planting flowers, etc. and you shall be my witnesses.” This is an experience of boldness and confidence and victory over sin. As I prayed, sinful memories bubbled up into my memory, but I instantly felt the guilt and shame associated with these sins release. Had a similar experience in 2009. Terminology: The very term “baptized in the Holy Spirit” (1:5; 11:16) implies an immersion in the life of the Spirit. So this means for many of us, we must build up these gifts in a continuous cycle of action and faith. Tongues as initial evidence of Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Though there are many promises that believers shall receive the Holy Spirit and speak with other tongues, there are only four accounts given, describing this New Testament experience. I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I should withstand God?”. In Acts 5:29 Peter and the apostles say to the Sadducees who had arrested them, “We must obey God rather than men.” Then in verse 32 he says, “We are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God gave to those who are obeying him.” (“Gave” is past tense; “obey” is present, ongoing tense.). Some people believe that you should not pray in the Spirit or in tongues in the open or a group. There appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed and resting on each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak" (Acts 2:1-4). This shows how difficult it is to establish a norm from the way things happened back then. 4. The answer is simple: you don’t need a feeling, you only need to believe and if you believe, you will speak; for God says, “Believe that you receive and you shall have.” To believe is of the heart. The first experience is whenever the demons attack me, the holy spirit will intercept and then my lips will tremble a little, teeth vibrate or shake a little and just pray automatically. Some refuse to acknowledge it, others reject it as demonic, or the church simply doesn’t have the pastoral staff to nurture it. In short, start babbling like a baby. by. . For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Speaking in tongues actually happens when a person allows syllables to flow out of their mouth without consciously controlling them. by Luke Wayne 11/2/16. Ask God right now. I asked, Is this it God? And, generally, following water-baptism at some later point, you pray for the baptism in the Spirit and are overwhelmed with a new fullness and freedom and power accompanied by speaking in tongues. In other words, I don’t think that every time I utter a certain sound it means a certain word because if it did, Satan would probably be able to figure out what God was having me pray and the whole point to praying in Tongues is so God can pray through us His perfect will and since the enemy also has no idea what I’m praying he can’t stand against it. 1 John 1:8 says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Happens each time the demon tries to attack. It is the life-changing experience of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord of the universe. God gives different spiritual gifts to different believers so that we will be able to bless and edify one another. Joseph explains the benefits of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. “While Peter was still saying this the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. Since this time I have prayed for many believers who have also received this wonderful, edifying gift. Internal discovery would be listening for queues in your mind, queues that the Holy Spirit might be giving you. I had had a few real experiences with the Spirit but I did not know at that time that speaking in tongues was the evidence of Spirit baptism. It releases rivers of practical supply and life into your situations. Nothing more seems to come out of my mouth. My father and the baby’s father were standing there and I wanted to share my thoughts with them so I opened my mouth and instead of the prayers I was thinking coming out something in a different language did. When that day finally came, I was asleep on the couch in my parents living room. PM prayed over hundreds of people before seeing healing. My Guest Blogger today is Max Pool. The whole gift of praying in tongues is to give God your tongue and time so your spirit can be built up. My father and his friend laughed really hard they thought I was still asleep. The truth is God has already given you many gifts, but will only give us an amount that our faith can handle. You trust his path for your life. I close by pointing you to Peter’s instructions for how to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38–41: 1. Throughout the New Testament, everyone who was baptized in the Holy Spirit began to speak in tongues. Let pray for fresh grace Plateaus in anything can be frustrating, but it sounds like you have the will power of a saint – well done! Yes, Laurie, my experience was more similar to yours. Pentecostals argue that since baptism in the Spirit happened these four times with speaking in tongues, we should regard this as normative. Months of this without going to Church, i prayed myself it always sound made up or fake or like baby blabberings. Someone at churches prayed I’d receive the Holy Ghost with signs of speaking in tongues right after I got saved. Not everyone is bestowed of this gift. The Pentecostals are right to stress the experience of being baptized in the Spirit. There are five reasons why I am not as confident as the Pentecostals are that speaking in tongues is a necessary part of being baptized in the Spirit: 1. 1. The only other place tongues is referred to in Acts is 19:6. When that happens, stop attempting to pray in tongues and ask the Father (in your native language) for more faith. “It comes with the package!” Speaking in tongues is not the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but it is what happens when and as you are baptized in the Spirit and it becomes an important resource to help you continue, as Paul says, to . Doubt cripples faith, so quit worrying about the details. In Acts 10:46 the disciples knew the Holy Spirit had fallen because “they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling (or magnifying) God.” Speaking in tongues is one particular way of releasing the heart of praise. Paul writes, Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit … It seems real obvious to me that God is allowing them to receive the interpretation and not that I’m actually praying in their language. It seems risky to me to say, since it happened this way four times it must happen this way all the time. The point is that this is a time of prayer, and you will need the same type of quiet isolation that your prayer time normally demands plus a little extra. Christ comes into your life by the Spirit. You need to cooperate with Him by opening your mouth and speaking in faith. Notice that the gift of the Spirit, or baptism in the Spirit, is preceded by faith. Let’s walk with them through the book of Acts to see where they get their evidence. A heart of praise: One is a heart of praise. The two questions I want to try to answer today are: (1) What does it mean to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? For them the Holy Spirit was a fact of experience. So with that being said, even if it sounds as though I’m repeating the same thing over and over again, I might not be. A Christian without power is a Christian who needs a baptism in the Holy Spirit. I remember looking down at my mouth in disbelief trying to understand what was happening. This is why Paul can say in Acts 19:2 when he meets the confused disciples of John the Baptist, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” What would a contemporary Protestant evangelical say in response to that question? Prayer in tongues is meant to be an edification process, and personally when I began a huge release of sin and iniquity left me. I just experienced it now as I come from that lonely room. Heartfelt praise and worship is the mark of a real experience of the Holy Spirit. Would love to hear what you think. 2. You don’t have to speak in tongues to have times of feeling filled with the Holy Spirit, but if you want the free and full outpouring that is the baptism in the Holy Spirit, you must expect it to happen as in Scripture. Another possibility may be spiritual. 13; Rom. To receive the gift of tongues or any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit we start with praying for the baptism with the Holy Spirit. We could talk for hours about what that experience is. “keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). We do not initiate our salvation by believing. You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to be saved. Then laughter, supernatural laughter from deep within poured from my belly, a laughter I could not contain. Christian should seek to speak in tongues t speak several languages all the. 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