PRAYER: Please pray tonight for God’s Spirit to move in your life. Pray that His revelation would be upon you.
DEVOTION: Let’s look at Acts 19:6, which records Paul ministering to certain disciples in Ephesus:
“And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”
These Ephesians received the identical biblical evidence that the apostles had received at the beginning, and they prophesied in addition. Three times the Scriptures show us this evidence of baptism in the Spirit. I do not glorify the tongues. No, by God’s grace I glorify the Giver of tongues. And above all, I glorify Him whom the Holy Spirit has come to reveal to us, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is He who sends the Holy Spirit, and I glorify Him because He makes no distinction between us and those who believed at the beginning.
But, what are the tongues for? Look at the second verse of 1 Corinthians 14, and you will see a very blessed truth. Oh hallelujah! Have you been there, beloved? I tell you, God wants to take you there. “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” The passage goes on to say “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.“ (pg 53)
OK. A lot here. I love the fact that Smith clearly points out that He is giving glory to the One who gives the speech in tongues. So many times I’ve seen so many give glory to the tongues, not the Giver.
I do love the verse that he points out here from 1 Corinthians and it really makes me wonder how deep this goes. If we speak in tongues we are speaking directly to God? Yes, according to Paul here. We speak mysteries? Yes. What are those mysteries, how does that work? You see, this type of conversation continues to fill me with wonder as I think on the incredible God that we have. There are mysteries that we’ll never know and I’m glad that I won’t know them. I’m glad that this God that I serve is so incredibly omnipotent that I’ll never fully understand it all. It keeps me humble, keeps me seeking. It keeps me seeking Him so that I can find out more and know more. Know more about the life that He can give me.
Today, I don’t know where you stand on speaking in tongues. To be honest, I don’t know where I stand. But….I do like the deeper access that it might give me to God. The more knowledge that it could lead to. That…is exciting.
For today. Let’s just focus on speaking with God more. Bringing God into more of the conversation in our lives. Speaking to His Spirit in us more. Bringing the Spirit into the conversation daily. It’s going to get incredible.