Devo DO I have to speak in Tongues Part 1
James 3:2-3 (NIV)
2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
James 3:8 (NIV)
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Matthew 12:33-35 (NIV)
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
The part of the brain that is in control of the tongue controls the whole person. Make it good and produce good fruit but make it bad produce bad fruit. Problem is sin dwell there, therefore it produces bad fruit. No man can control the tongue unless he controls the spirit of the man. We want to be a perfect man but cannot. As Paul says I can’t do the things I want to. Not at all saying we aren’t forgiven, just not in control of our actions. The Holy Spirit, when we submit to Him takes control. He burns the sin out of our lives. Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit into the desert to overcome sin and temptation. It is the Spirit that leads us into situations to burn the sin out of our lives. (See Jacob, Joseph, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Paul, Peter, so on). The Holy Spirit when given control takes over and leads us in God’s ways. He fills with power to overcome sin. Sin is the power of Satan in our lives. Power over sin is power over sickness, death, and the grave the last of which will be the grave. The Holy Spirit also show us what God’s plans are, for only the spirit of a person know what is in the heart. He reveals to us God’s direction for our lives. The Spirit is the bit in our months. The Holy Spirit will check us when we stray from God and redirect us to the right path like the pillar of fire for the Israelites.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Do I have to speak in Tongues Part 19
Exodus 32:28-29 (NIV)
28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”
Acts 2:38-41 (NIV)
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)
6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
When the word came on stone tablets down the mountain side it brought death and condemnation, so three thousand died in their sin that day. The law brings judgment and shows us we are all law breakers or sinners. It comes with glory but that glory only brings death to those who have sin. On the Day of Pentecost the word brought by the Spirit gave life to three thousand. The people that day were just as big of sinners as in the time of Moses, and maybe more so for they had heard the word over and over again. The Spirit giveth life. When the Spirit came on Peter he began to preach. The Spirit got a hold of Peters tongue and it brought life to the hearers. They heard the word and it produced faith. The received the word and were born again. It produced life. We need the Spirit of the word not just the letter only. When the word is spoken by the Spirit it sets us free.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why Tongues Part 16
Acts 10:44-48 (NIV)
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Acts 11:11-18 (NIV)
11 “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’
15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”
18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
This is the fourth time we see since the day of Pentecost believers were Baptized in the Holy Spirit. We see clearly that they spoke in tongues and that the Apostles knew they were filled because they did. Also note they put Peter and his companion on trial for going into a gentile’s home, but dropped the case against them, because of the evidence.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why tongues Part 18
2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2 Corinthians 3:7-11 (NIV) 7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Acts 19:13-16 (NIV) 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
All scripture was given to man by the Holy Spirit. It was spoken to us so we might speak it and know it. It is not enough to simply know and speak it. You must have the authority from the author to use it. The Old Covenant had glory, but it was written in stone and brought death and condemnation. The New Covenant brought life. When Paul spoke to the demons they obeyed him, because he had authority to speak God’s word by the Holy Spirit. They seven sons of a Jewish priest had no authority and were not obeyed. See next lesson 19.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why Tongues Part 17
Acts 19:1-7 (NIV)
19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
This is our fifth and last time there is a mentioning of the infilling of the Baptism in the Holy in the Holy Spirit and we see clearly the spoke in tongues. Now out of the five events of the in filling of the Holy Spirit three say they spoke in tongues, one only speaks in general but later we’re told spoke in tongues, and one say that a witness saw they were filled. Something clearly took place that he knew they were filled. I think it is clearly hard to argue otherwise. Furthermore people are still being Baptized with the Holy Spirit today all over the world and speak in other tongues and have other evidences that confirm the infilling. What more does one need, but still people rebel against the tongues. Why? Because the power is in the tongue, the Holy Spirit speaking through us.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why Tongues Part 15
Acts 9:10-19 (NIV)
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
1 Corinthians 14:18 (NIV)
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
Here we see the third time the after the day of Pentecost that someone was filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Paul was said to be filled, but here there is no mention of tongues. The was the writer gives the account is as though in passing and not detail. We find latter though Paul states he speaks in tongues more than anyone, so we know Paul did receive tongues after he was Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why Tongues Part 13
Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
There are five incidences of people receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. We will look at all of them over the next lessons. Here we clearly see that when they were filled they spoke in tongues as the Spirit enabled them. I try to make clear it was as the Spirit enabled them, because I have seen people try to teach people tongues. This is pure hogwash, lol. The Spirit has to enable you to speak in tongues, it is not learned by man. What I am getting at though is Tongues is the evidence and in fact a necessary part of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why Tongues Part 12
2 Corinthians 3:7-11 (NIV)
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Acts 2:38-41 (NIV)
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Exodus 32:25-29 (NIV)
25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. 26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him. 27 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”
This seems obvious to me, but I will explain. Moses came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments and under the law they brought to us death. The Law only made us aware that we were sinners and were guilty. It brought no life to us unless we obeyed it. It was still glorious but it brought us only a fearful expectation of punishment and three thousand fell to their death by sword that day. In contrast on the day of Pentecost after the out pouring of the Holy Spirit, when the word was preached there thousand were given eternal life. The power to give life is in the breathing, speaking, of the Holy Spirit. Tongues release life. If you don’t know how to pray. Pray in the Spirit. (A later lesson) The Spirit giveth life. People must be prayed into the kingdom. Only when Aaron the high Priest put fire from the altar of God into his censer and stood between the living and the dead did the plague stop. (Numbers 16:46-50) The censer represents the prayer of the saints. (Revelation 5:8) You are God’s sensor put God’s fire in you and pray, for you are what stands between the living and the dead. We must pray them into the kingdom through the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane