|Should There Be Evidence of the Infilling of the Holy Spirit by Speaking in Tongues|
I understand that we receive the Holy Spirit when we believe. I also understand that the Holy Spirit helps us do what God wants us to do; but in studying Acts, I am still not clear on speaking in tongues. I know that I am filled with the Holy Spirit because of the wonderful things God is doing in my life and through my life; but should there be evidence of speaking in tongues in my life? I open my mouth and speak sounds, I can do that, but I'm not actually moved to do it. I understand that it is speaking to God in an unknown tongue which edifies me and gives Him glory. Is this gift maybe a gift I'm not ready for? I've talked to God about it in the past, but haven't really gotten an answer, yet.
The difference between having the Holy Spirit on you and the baptism of the Holy Spirit is symbolized in the difference between being sprinkled with water and being baptized (immersed) in water. The Holy Spirit will have an effect on any Christian even before that Christian ever speaks in tongues.
Tongues are not given for the sake of evidence. The Bible is clear that tongues are given to build ourselves up in the Spirit. They are a gift that we need so that we can build ourselves up, just as the Bible is a gift to build ourselves up. We can neglect speaking in tongues. We can neglect reading the Bible. We can neglect prophecy in the local assembly. We can neglect attending the local assembly. Neglecting to follow the leading of the Spirit of God will start a downward spiral.
I was raised in a denomination that does not believe in speaking in tongues, prophecy, the gifts of the Spirit, apostles, etc. The denomination preaches from the Bible and is really acceptable as far as most of the doctrine that they believe, but the organization got stuck a few hundred years ago. One day, the pastor was preaching from the Bible about the Holy Spirit. He just said what the Bible said. I kept thinking about that. I was riding in my car about Wednesday of the next week thinking about this, and I thought, "Wouldn't that be wonderful!" Wham! That's when the Holy Spirit filled me. I was a Christian before that and not walking in sin at all, but now everything changed. The Bible made sense in a way that it never had. I could not get enough of it. I knew nothing about speaking in tongues.
Last updated: Oct, 2011
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