Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July 11 Thought for the day...talking God's way

Communication is a very difficult thing. It is probably the number one problem I help people through on a regular basis. God entrusted His powerful message of freedom to a group of humble, lower class, less educated people but He gave them the power to speak to change the world.

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; Mark 16:17

Let's go down the road together to understand one form of God's communication. In Acts 2 we see the first experience of speaking in new tongues. I am not going to quote the scripture here for space reasons. The scripture says there was a multitude gathered in Jerusalem. This is a huge crowd of people from many different countries speaking not only various languages but numerous dialects within those languages.

The Bible records that disciples were speaking so loudly and the tense means, non-stop, continuously! It caught the attention of the people in the street. The people were confounded or "overwhelmed" by them. They heard each one in their own "language," meaning not only the words but the exact dialect, slang, and accent that was spoken by every individual. In other words, 120 people were being heard in the exact style of language of the thousands of people in the street that day. How could that happen? We'll get there in a moment.

In Acts 2:7 the people were amazed because these were humble, common Galileans. The word amazed means, shocked, stunned, speechless. Imagine 120 people speaking in the language, dialect, and exact accent of over 5000 people. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 14 how that happens. Paul states when we speak in tongues we are speaking in an unknown language. The implication in the Greek is that tongues are not a language known by humans but a God language.

Three miracles occurred that day, believer's were filled with the Spirit of God, they were liberated so they could worship the Lord in Spirit, then the third is found in Acts 2;6,8, and 11 that the crowd "heard" them in their own language. The disciples were speaking freely as the Spirit spoke through them, a heavenly language. As they spoke, everyone heard them in the exact language and style as if they were home.

Tongues are the language of God, He certainly understands every language, but it is the special language of heaven. As a believer, we can all have access to this language by asking. I spend time every day praying in tongues knowing that these prayers are the language of heaven. Take time today to ask the Lord for this language. It is an important gift for you to prepare for your daily walk and allow others to see the power of God in you!

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