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Coded Messages

Coded Messages

1 Corinthians 14:2, 14(NKJV) - For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.... For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Coded messages to God. That's one way to describe tongues. It's when your body and soul take a step back so that your spirit can talk directly to God. You may not understand what you're saying but God does and that's what really matters. In the spirit the limitations of time and space do not exist. In the spirit, with no inside information, you can pray for things taking place in your vicinity, far away or even in the future. When you pray in tongues you pray for God's agenda.

This is the seventh message in our series, "Seeing The Invisible." It's a continuation from Part Six, "The Mystery of Tongues". Join us as we journey into the spirit realm where important things are taking place which we cannot see.

Coded Messages

Acts 2:1-4(NKJV) - When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

In 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, nine spiritual gifts are listed which are given to people as The Holy Spirit desires. However, the first gift offered by The Holy Spirit at the birth of The Church in Acts 2 was tongues. Without question, by The Law of First Mention, since it was not anyone but God's choice to do so, the gift of tongues must be very important. It is true that the gift of prophesy is definitely more important for communicating to the corporate church body based on 1 Corinthians 14. However, it was only after they spoke in tongues that The Apostle Peter arose and prophesied.

Anyway, I've heard people say that since 1 Corinthians 12 says spiritual gifts are given as The Holy Spirit desires, the gift of tongues is not for everyone. If you get it, you get it. If you don't you don't. So if you don't speak in tongues it must be God's Will that you have a severe disadvantage in your prayer life. You better know lots of scriptures about all kinds of stuff or you will be stuck very often during prayer time. So is it completely true that a Christian without the gift of tongues can do nothing about it since it's God's Will? Let's see!

The Mystery of Tongues

1 Corinthians 14:1(NKJV) - Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Luke 11:9-14(NKJV) - “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!(emphasis mine)

So not only can you desire spiritual gifts but you can ask God for His Holy Spirit and He will deliver. Luke 11:9-13 has been used in all different types of contexts but Jesus was dealing with one specific request. It was not about money. It was not about healing. It was not about anything like that. Maybe it applies but it was not about any of those. It was concerning a request for The Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit who chose as His first gift to The Church, the gift of tongues. This specific gift unless interpreted serves no other purpose than to elevate our prayer life. So why would God deny such a request? If you are a Christian and you want it, just ask!

1 Corinthians 14:4,18(NKJV) - He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

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