I heard, “This is the moment of exponential growth.”
It is the moment of Glory. Fear is not stopping many hearts, as they are moving forward by faith in The Word of God despite the steaming fears. God is fulfilling long awaited promises in this hour upon many lives.
Yes, we are still on our subject of speaking in tongues. This manner of communicating with God is rather unattractive to many that are wise after the flesh, but it is a great help to the humble and feeble of heart, as the Spirit exceeds our expectations when we lean on him in prayer through speaking in tongues.
Many say on The Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell upon the Apostles, they spoke with tongues and people that were there heard them speaking in their own earthly languages, therefore one must hear what you say when you speak in tongues.
But what does the scripture say about this notion?
There are two kinds of tongues, speaking in tongues as a prayer language to God and speaking in diverse kinds of tongues as gift. We also have something else as the gift of interpretation of tongues.
Speaking in tongues as a spiritual prayer language is a heavenly tongue we use to communicate with God directly to which no man understands except the Spirit.
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries,” 1 Corinthians 14:2.
This is a direct communication with God and not to men. Observe carefully the above statement, it is said “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him” or, “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him.”
This is not intended for man to understand, for he speaks not to man but unto God. This is tongues as a spiritual prayer language used to communicate to God.
As great as Apostle Paul was, he confessed that he understood not his tongues as a prayer language.
“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful,” 1 Corinthians 14:14.
Hence, the notion that all tongues must be understood and interpreted is false. We are not greater than the Apostles to which this mystery began with. As faithful followers, we go with the foundation of the Apostles and ignore modern day theology.
Then we have diverse kinds of tongues which is a gift.
“To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues,” 1 Corinthians 12:10.
I have heard of the evangelists of old on how. Before they would travel to a nation for their evangelical work, many would cry out to God for this gift.
Speaking in diverse kinds of tongues is what happened on The Day of Pentecost.
This is not a prayer language, but it is speaking with earthly tongues by the power of the Spirit as a sign to unbelievers. It is used when mastering to people.
I have heard that before these evangelists of old would go out to their mission fields, they would cry out to God for this gift, after receiving the gift, they would travel to the places they were called to by the Holy Spirit.
As they would enter these places, they by the power of the Spirit would begin communicating with the people in their own earthly tongues without prior studies or knowledge of these tongues.
“Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not,” 1 Corinthians 14:22.
This is a wonderful sign. It is a great gift even as it was on The Day of Pentecost where 3000 people saw this and accepted The LORD.
Oh how I covet this gift, an efficient gift for the revival upon us.
Then we have the gift of interpretation of tongues, and not everyone has it, so not everyone is expected to interpret tongues. It is a gift. This gift is needed when tongues are to be used as prophecy or teaching in a Church Service.
If you desire to minister to the congregation in tongues, then there must be an interpreter but if there is no interpreter, you ought to be quiet and use tongues in a Church Service as a prayer language to your God and not to the congregation.
“But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God,”1 Corinthians 14:28.
Observe carefully the last statement “let him speak to himself, and to God” There is this demonic doctrine that says Paul said “if there is no interpreter, tongues should not be spoken in the Church.”
No! It is a command that we speak using tongues as a prayer language to ourselves for edification and to God in the Church.
If there is no interpreter, we are to pray in tongues to God, but not minister to people in tongues. This is what Paul meant as you can see from the above scripture. This is very simple and true yet the devil has blinded many for years.
The Apostle went on by the power of The Spirit which foresaw our modern doctrines, and commanded that no one should forbid speaking in tongues in the Church;
“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order,”1 Corinthians 14:39-40.
The Apostle was only trying to establish decency and order and not forbidding the speaking with tongues in the church.
Observe again that he says speaking with tongues and not speaking in tongues. Speaking with tongues connotes speaking with diverse kinds of tongues.
The place to use speaking in tongues as a prayer language, the place to use speaking with diverse tongues for ministering to others and the place for prophecy should all be ordered and not mixed up in the Church.
You get to start exercising your faith by engaging this gift. Others think the Holy Ghost must lay hold on their tongues and speak in tongues for them, but that notion too is wrong, you choose when to start and when to stop.
You pray with the Spirit, you also pray with the understanding. Look at what the Apostle says;
“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also,” 1 Corinthians 14:15.
Observe the statements carefully, he says “I will pray with the spirit”not the spirit forcing him, but it was a conscious decision. And why is this so? We are told;
“And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets,” 1 Corinthians 14:32.
May The LORD grant unto us the Grace and Revelation to lay hold on this wonderful opportunity in seeing the fullness of God manifesting in our lives.
In an encounter with the LORD, I saw a Christian who visited his home town which he left when he was very young.
As he went to his own house, he was finding it difficult to recognize the house, because he had grown so much that these houses he used to see as very tall buildings were now so short before his eyes. Then The LORD said “This is the moment of exponential growth.”
I was led to;
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and The LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great,” Genesis 26:12-13.
Then the LORD said; “This is the moment of exponential growth. A sudden growth beyond your expectations is upon all you do.
I have blessed you, and in season, you are waxing great, going forward, growing and becoming very great.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.