WEDNESDAY June 27, 2018
Significance of Language
There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
1 Corinthians 14:10-11
I have heard believers, as they have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and one person spoke in French. At Calvary Chapel, in an afterglow service during a time of prayer, you could hear the distinct sounds of diverse languages as some people, through the Holy Spirit, were praising the Lord.
On one occasion, while sitting in my room, I asked the Lord to baptize me with the Holy Spirit and give whatever He had for me. No man laid hands on me; I was alone. During this time, God gave me the gift of speaking in tongues in the Greek language. I do not know Greek, but as I praised Him, I recognized the Greek word Kurios––which means Lord. As I began to look up other words in Greek, I understood that what I was speaking was not a message in tongues, but I was praising the Lord.
Many people are afraid to speak in tongues because, intellectually, they think they are foolish, but it takes a step of faith. It is the same with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit; we use them by faith. If spiritual gifts are not used in the lives of believers, they will not go forward; they stay in the same place. The vision that God has given to them will never develop unless they really submit to what God has called them to do.
How many spiritual gifts do you possess in your life? More importantly, are you using the gifts God has given to you?
God commands us to be filled with the Spirit, and if we are not filled it is because we are living beneath our privileges.
~D. L. Moody~
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