Devo Why Tongues Part 10
Mark 16:14-20 (NIV)
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
This declaration by Jesus is part of the new covenant, to do away with part of it is to do away with all of it. You can’t save salvation and do away with the rest. It is not a smorgasbord that you get to pick and choose. It is a package deal. Many want to do away with tongues. Why, because Satan knows the power of the believer is in the tongue. Silence tongues and who would be saved or delivered from bondage?
It was the religious people who did not recognize who Jesus was or the work of the Holy Spirit. They nailed Him to a cross to stop God’s work by shutting Him up, and now they try to silence the Apostles telling them not to preach in His name. Now they try to silence the Holy Spirit by shutting the months of believers. There is no tongues they say. Babel no power. Well if shutting the mouth of people has no power then why did God confuse the language of man at the tower of Babel? It has always been religious people who fought against the work of the Holy Spirit. (See Stephen’s speech before they stoned him) Tongues is the sword of the Spirit we are to fight with. Take away our spiritual weapon and we can’t fight. Tongues brings about the will of God on earth through intercession. It brings about the miraculous signs that confirm God’s word. Tongues is the initial evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, then signs will follow. Show me what’s your evidence Mr. religious leader? Signs will accompany those who preach God’s word. It is not a form of Godliness that denies the power of God, but action. It can’t be taught. It was bought. Knowledge will not conform us to be like or do the works of God, that was the lies of Satan. What’s in your walk? Where’s your confirmation? Jesus dropped His Mantel for us, pick it up and put it on and do His work.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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