AWAKENING FAST DEVO 20 - FRIDAY
AWAKENING FAST DEVO 20 - Friday
Juices, Water / All Day
DEVO: THE BEAUTIFUL SPIRITUAL LANGUAGES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!
Did you know God wants to speak languages through you? Did you know that a devotional spiritual language could profoundly impact your whole life?
In Scripture there is an invaluable divinely relational resource available to the believer, which at its core, is a pure phenomena! This phenomenon is both mysterious and miraculous. Today’s topic is on “spiritual languages,” or more to the nomenclature of the Bible, “speaking in unknown tongues.” There are several occasions in the Book of Acts where we see the early church folk communing with God through this blessed and bonding medium.
“Speaking in unknown tongues” can be an inflamed topic that conjures up a plethora of images. For some people those images are intensely positive, and grace-filled. For others, the images are polar opposites, images of excessive, weird and crazy outburst of expression.
All believers can agree that the first century Christians had a phenomenon of “tongues,” or “spiritual languages,” that was powerful, miraculous and beautiful. Fundamentally, to “speak in unknown tongues” meant that a believer spoke in languages of "men and angels" (1 Cor 13:1), as the Holy Spirit supernaturally gave them the inspired utterance. It was a distinct communication directly to God (1 Cor 14:2). It was a means for expanded worship to God (Acts 2:11). It was a means for the first century believers to pray out God’s plan for their lives and the church (mysteries) (1 Cor 14:2). It was a means for building up, charging and edifying oneself spiritually (1 Cor 14:4). It was a means for a spiritual refreshing and spiritual rest (Is 28:9-12). And it was so much more. It was so profoundly important that early church leaders, the Apostles, would say things like this:
1 CORINTHIANS 14:18 KJV I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
1 CORINTHIANS 14:5 KJV I would that ye all spake with tongues…
1 CORINTHIANS 14:39 KJV Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
So really? What would it be like to speak in this supernatural utterance?
Words like “miraculous,” “phenomenon,” “tongues of fire ”and “utterance given by the Holy Spirit” can conjure up uncertain ideas, many of which could be incorrect.
To speak in unknown tongues is actually very normal and ordinary, in the same way being led by God's Spirit is. The prompting is as subtle as the nudge we get to share our faith with a friend, nothing dramatic, just a still small urging. You then have to speak out the faith-prompted inner thoughts. At first it feels similar to the reticence about sharing your faith or witnessing to a friend. Everything from fear, to vulnerability and the stoic desire to not appear foolish rushes into us. When a person is initially seeking the promptings by the Holy Spirit to speak an unknown tongue, they sense Him subtly urging them to speak a syllable, and to say a phrase of syllables. Once they step in faith they have that utterance to access again on demand. The Spirit is ready to give you the utterance even now.
Jason spoke last year, during the same Awakening Season on a Wednesday Night Prayer Teaching, on the impact spiritual languages have had on his life. Go to http://new.livestream.com/LifepointeChurch/events/3707104 and let God inspire your faith. This is a doorway into amazing things in God!
Then beginning on February 14th we will have a 10-week workshop on “Get a Grip on the Basics” where this topic will be covered. You really don’t want to miss out on this!
Dear Lord God, I desire You and ALL of You. I ask you to fill me with Your Holy Spirit fresh and new right now. I ask you to give me the courage and insight to speak in these “unknown tongues” or “spiritual languages.” My part is to trust You to make a language out of the words I am prompted to speak. Your part is to make the language the “tongues of men and angels.” Help me to yield my thoughts and tongue fully to the Holy Spirit. I receive. In Jesus’ Name.
Spiritual Languages for LP – That EVERY LP ATTENDER would experience the amazing communion of the Holy Spirit in speaking in spiritual languages.
LP Mentoring - That EVERYONE would receive revelation on our core competencies of Redemption, Spiritual Authority and the Expansiveness of the Holy Spirit
SUGGESTED READING: COLOSSIANS 4 (NIV)
Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant[a] in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[b] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[c] among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. 17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
I yield my tongue to the Holy Spirit and therefore my He is taming it (Jas 3:8). He is helping me to bridle my tongue and therefore setting the course of my life (Jas 3:4). I am confident that my God can take the promptings of my spirit to speak languages I have never learned (Acts 2:4). I will speak and the Holy Spirit will make a language out it (Acts 2:4). I will speak of the wonderful works of God as I do (Acts 2:11).
SPECIAL AWAKENING EVENTS THIS WEEK:
Fri – FIREPIT WORSHIP CELEBRATION @ 7:00PM