How I Began Speaking In Tongues
Have you ever heard someone speaking in tongues? It can be quite a strange sound to hear, maybe even scary. What strange utterances can come from the human tongue! A person who normally speaks perfectly good English is suddenly speaking what sounds like gibberish. Or maybe it sounds like an actual language like Spanish or Russian. I did not hear anyone speaking in tongues until I had been a Christian for a least a year or more. I had heard of it and I knew the Bible talked about it, but I didn’t know if it was something for people today.
There are a group of people who do believe that the gift of speaking in tongues and other gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased. I think it is easy to believe that if you do not see the Holy Spirit working in signs and wonders in your life, or in the lives of others you know. The first time I heard someone speaking in tongues I wasn’t sure what to think! It sounded weird and I just kept wondering if they were faking it. After all, how am I to know what speaking in tongues is supposed to sound like? So I did what any other curious person would do. I found a YouTube video of someone speaking in tongues to see if it sounded the same.
Ok, so that didn’t exactly help me determine if what I heard was the real deal or not. It was interesting and I grew more curious about the gift of speaking in tongues. The problem was I really didn’t know anyone who had the gift of speaking in tongues and certainly no one at my church did. At least not that I knew of. It seems to be a bit of a controversial topic, speaking in tongues. I was told that anyone who speaks in tongues is from the devil. Very interesting view-point I must say, considering that speaking in tongues originated from the Holy Spirit. I think this really points to the fact that things that are different or unknown can really scare people. The Holy Spirit is unpredictable, and cannot be controlled. Therefore it is safe to say He will do things quite out of the ordinary for us. That does not mean it is from the devil. It means that God is much bigger than are limited understanding of who He is.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians
It wasn’t until this year that I really got up close and personal with the gift of speaking in tongues. I was at a wonderful place I found in a nearby city where they gather in an upper room for worship, words of knowledge, prophesying, etc. once a week. I heard many voices raise up speaking in tongues and it was a beautiful sound! It was something I wanted as a gift for myself, because as an intercessor I often found myself wanting and needing to pray for another, but lacking the words to pray with. Or there have been times when I needed to pray on my own behalf, but could not utter a word to save myself. This is exactly when speaking in tongues is very useful.
I had actually been hearing a strange thing in my head for a couple of weeks prior to my first visit at this upper room. It sounded like another language that would pop up out of nowhere. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, didn’t know what it meant and couldn’t get it to come out of my mouth. At this upper room a friend prayed over me to release the gift of speaking in tongues (or praying in tongues as I like to call it). It was just a few days or maybe a week later there was an increase of this foreign language in my head. I wanted badly for it to come out of my mouth, but I was afraid. I wasn’t sure if it was speaking in tongues or not, and I really didn’t know what it was supposed to sound like.
Before I knew it, tongues was rolling out of my mouth like water. It was such a beautiful experience, and it elevated my connection to God. I could easily pray for others by speaking in tongues, and even though I didn’t know what I was saying, I could see with my spirit that it was affecting great change on their behalf in the spirit realm! I also have the gift of discerning spirits, so I can sense demons and angels. Even the demons respond to speaking in tongues! I most often pray for others in tongues, but it is so nice to have a special language to speak to God with, when I just don’t know what words to use.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2
My gift of speaking in tongues has increased in the past couple of months (that is how long I have had it for as I write this). It has been a great comfort to me. I have used it to lift spiritual attack and have used it to break off oppression from others, or to cast away evil spirits. I have used it to sing to God and to empower angels to help people. I can’t honestly tell you how it works, but I know that speaking in tongues is a miraculous gift from our Father in Heaven! It is a gift I believe any Christian can have. I believe that anyone who asks for the gift of speaking in tongues with faith can receive it. Some will be more strong in this gift than others, as with any other gift. Some may only feel the need to use it only occasionally. As long as you let the Holy Spirit lead you, that is all that matters!
How do you get the gift of speaking in tongues? I am not sure if there is just one answer to that question. I do feel that you can ask our wonderful Father for the gift. You can also ask for someone to pray to release and activate the gift of speaking in tongues over you. It may also just spontaneously come to you in a time of need. I have heard of it happening!
What is it like to pray in tongues? How do you know it is real or if you are doing it right? Speaking in tongues is very natural when you let it flow. I told my husband I wanted him to have this gift, and I prayed over him for it to be released and activated. It wasn’t long before he began to pray in tongues also. He doesn’t speak in tongues often though, and that is ok! He uses it when he feels called to. At first when I began speaking in tongues I was unsure of myself and so it didn’t come out naturally. I would stop and think about it, or would trip up a little. You have to let go and let the Spirit guide you. It is His work in you! We do this in the strength of God, not our own!
For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:2
When you let go and start speaking in tongues you will know it is real because it just flows out, without you thinking about it. As a matter of fact I have tried to think about what should come out next, but it never ends up sounding like what I think it will. It is really flowing from my spirit, not my mind. It comes out easily and I really have no control over it. I mean I could stop speaking in tongues if I wanted, but I can’t control what it is that comes out. At first my prayer language sounded a little like Hebrew. Then it changed and started to sound Spanish and then Russian. Is it really those languages? I can’t really be sure, but it doesn’t really matter. I am now praying to be able to interpret!
It was just about a week ago that I was at a healing service I go to once a month that I had an amazing experience. When we are obedient and let the Spirit freely flow through us, God does amazing things with us! He is so fun! Seriously! I was prayed for and the Holy Spirit began to fill me up so strongly that it was bubbling out of me and I began to shout out in tongues and cry out to Jesus! I was getting to filled up by the power of the Holy Spirit that I could only turn around and share it with my husband who was standing near by. I laid my hands on him and began to pray – while speaking in tongues!
It was like a fire was lit inside of me and I couldn’t stop! I had no idea what I was praying, I just let the Holy Spirit take over me and flow through me into my husband. I have no idea what the prayer language was saying, but I know it was working on his spirit! I then began to pray, one by one, for every other person who had been standing there watching me get prayed for. I was speaking in tongues while praying for each person. The Holy Spirit was serious about praying for each person and passing on His mighty work! God is so good and so glorious! Our Father gives such good gifts! Gifts that we are to share and edify our brothers and sisters with! Praise Him!
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
I know that some people may read this and think that it is wrong – that it is demonic or misusing or abusing the Holy Spirit. It is difficult to understand such things that seem so far out of your realm of experience. I assure you there was once a time that I may have thought the very same thing! Yet I have tried to be obedient to the Spirit, and not grieve Him. I have constantly prayed for God to have His way with my life, and to have more of Him. I can never get enough of Jesus, and I want as much of Him in my life as I can handle! So God has been increasing His presence, His giftings, His love, and His power in my life. Hallelujah!
When it comes to matters of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, we need to ask God and seek His counsel to understand who He is. It is easy to rely on man and what he would teach us is right and wrong. There are many great teachers and pastors out there that teach the gifts of the Spirit have ceased for today. They even quote the Bible as their source and reasoning. But man is using his own interpretation to come to these conclusions. Always test the spirits and every teacher that comes before you, lest you be deceived. God Himself will lead you in all wisdom and discernment, if you ask him with faith. Let the Holy Spirit reveal His truth to you. He lives inside of you can speaks to you all of the time, so why can He not teach you His truth?
Just remember, whatever gift God gives you, whether speaking in tongues or not, that you use it with love. All gifts are given by our Heavenly Father, for the use of building each other up. So if you use the gift of speaking in tongues, but don’t use it with love, what good is it? The gifts of the Spirit are given to us with love, and for love, to glorify our Father. So pray earnestly to receive gifts of the Spirit from our Father, so that you may use them to empower and inspire other believers, as well as non believers a like.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10