Measure it to Scripture
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In Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth the Bible records, “And he could do no mighty work there ... and he marveled because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:5a-6). Jesus performed miracles that matched the faith of the group or individual. Miracles like prophecy or speaking in tongues may be limited due to the unbelief of the secular society, and the reluctance of Christians to step out in faith to use such a gift.
Ultimately, God uses His people when and how He wants – if they are open to being used by Him. Just because someone can or cannot speak in tongues does not indicate salvation. This gift can genuinely come from the Holy Spirit, but some of it will depend on the denomination or church background of the individual. If it happens, measure it up to the standards of Scripture. Is there an interpreter? Does it glorify God? Does it spread the Gospel? If prophetic, does the prophecy align with the Bible? Prayer for God’s guidance, because His wisdom and Holy Spirit will reveal the truth.
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