WARNING--This post is 100% biased and written by someone who believes in speaking in tongues and does it many hours per day along with other "manifestations" of the Holy Spirit. This post is not an attempt to "convert" anyone to my way of thinking, only to publicly announce what I believe. Thank You.
There is a current "hot" blog right now dealing with the subject of speaking in tongues. Rather than attempt to add anything to the current discussion going on there, I thought I would simply bring back to the forefront, for anyone willing to go back in the archives, a couple of posts I wrote April 6 and 7 of this year. The first one was entitled "Why I speak in tongues so much" and the second one was entitled "The real reason I speak in tongues so much".
If you were to go back and read one or both of those blog posts, you find out real fast that there are no Bible verses and no theological positions. The reason for this is because way back in 1970 when a group of teenagers and a long haired **** smoking hippie led me into tongues, there were no Bible verses-only the power of the Holy Spirit in operation.
I have been discussing and debating people about speaking in tongues for 38 years. Pretty much it is a subject a person either wants to know more about and perhaps experience, or it is weird and to be ignored or disputed. Most Christians has never heard of tongues or seriously thought about the subject. Speaking in tongues is simply not an important issue to most Christians.
When I first was taught that speaking in tongues was available, it was something I wanted to do it. The blog posts I wrote in April document how God took the desire in my heart and fanned it into a daily habit I have practiced now for almost 40 years. Even yesterday while I was driving, I spoke in tongues out loud for almost 5 hours.
Those of you who have read many of my posts know beyond a shadow of the doubt that I love the Word of God and at times I have tried to teach it in its minute detail. Why then would I not want to get involved with a scriptural discussion regarding a subject I am so passionate about? Mainly because I just don't feel like arguing with people anymore about speaking in tongues. To me, it is so much a part of my life that it would be like arguing from a medical book the reason for drinking water or breathing. I find no need to defend something that is as much a part of me as the air I breathe or the water I drink.
I speak in tongues, and I speak in tongues MUCH. In public meetings I have spoken in tongues and given the interpretation of that tongue so that others may be edified. I have given thousands of words of prophecy over the years, mainly in a meeting when called upon by the leader to do it. I have given words of prophecy over couples I have married, children I have baptized and dedicated, over others I have helped ordain and once at a memorial service.
I have discerned more demons than I could possibly remember. I have received specific words of knowledge about situations as well as words of wisdom on how to handle situations. To me, this is called revelation, and I am not ashamed to admit I have received revelation thousands of times in my life. I have manifested faith so strong I could have walked on water. I have prayed for the sick and they have been healed. I have prayed for miracles and seen them happen before my very eyes.
I am not bragging, I am simply telling the truth. I happen to believe that God has given us spiritual power within the Holy Spirit we received when born again. Jesus told the disciples that they would receive POWER. This power is found in the inherent ability to manifest the Holy Spirit in the senses realm via the 9 gifts recorded in 1 Corinthians 12.
I know the vast majority reading this probably think I hit the pain pills too hard. I haven't taken any pills and I am simply relating what I believe and have proven by experience. What am I supposed to do with the pages upon pages of documented miracles I have been a part of over the years. Am I supposed to just dismiss them because I cannot explain them?
We can discuss and debate things 24 hours per day for decades and never arrive at any answer that has any power. As believers, we need to exercise our spiritual authority and manifest the spiritual power we have been given and not come up with ways to deny it. Paul prayed in Ephesians that God would open their eyes of their understanding to what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe!
Taped on the wall above where my wife works on the computer all the time is a page with a prayer on it. This prayer was placed as a comment after I had written a post last winter bemoaning my wife starting to come down with the flu. One of you took the time to write a prayer rebuking the flu and claiming the victory of healing for my wife. I copied that prayer and took it down to her that night. She read, she believed and she never did get much of that flu except for some cold symptoms and a little fatigue.
There is POWER in Christianity if we tap into it and then manifest it. We don't need a stage and a big expensive program. No, we just need a couple of believers who mutually believe in what is available from God because He has said so. My wife saw a miracle of healing that night last winter, and to remind her of God's power, she keeps that prayer taped where she sees it every day. I say thank you again for praying for her and thank God we have the power to manifest the Holy Spirit in such a way we can see signs, miracles and wonders.