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        (12/22/2000) receiving the gift of tongues
Hello prayer warriors,

1. Prayer note: receiving the gift of tongues

One of the first evidence of baptism of the Holy
Spirit is speaking in tongues.

[Acts 2:4] And they were all filled with the Holy
Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance.
[Acts 19:6] And when Paul had laid his hands upon
them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with
tongues, and prophesied.

The Jews only believed that the gentiles can receive
the Holy Spirit when the first gentiles, the household
of Cornelius, spoke in tongues.
[Acts 10:45-46]
And they of the circumcision which believed were
astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that
on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the
Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues,
and magnify God.

Is there a place for tongues today?
[1 Corinthians 14:4]
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth
himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

When we speak in tongues, we edify ourselves. To read more:

How then do we receive this gift of tongues? Again, we
receive by simply asking God and receiving by faith.
What does it mean to receive by faith?

First of all, we know that we are speaking in an
unknown language. It is a heavenly language. Because,
the language is unknown to us, to receive by faith
means that we do not use our mind to receive the gift.
That is many times our stumbling block.

I did not receive tongues until a few months after I
was baptised with the Holy Spirit. I've tried many
times to ask God but failed each time. I was using my
mind, my logic-box, instead of my heart, my faith-box.
We cannot receive supernatural gifts from God with our
mind. My breakthrough came when I did my devotion one
morning and I got the following verse:

[Proverbs 3:5,6]
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean
not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I asked God, what does this mean? That afternoon,
there was a mini-revival in my school. We had a
morning service and a number of people accepted
Christ. We went to a room to pray for the people who
accepted. When I entered the room, the presence of the
Holy Spirit was so strong that I started weeping.
Everyone was weeping. And then, I saw many of my
friends who came from conservative, non-charismatic
churches filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in
tongues. I was astonished and then [Proverbs 3:5,6]
came back to me. I have been using my mind to
understand tongues, to think of how the words will be
articulated and expecting God to perform a miracle or
make me speak in tongues. When I understood what God
was trying to tell me, I asked someone to pray for me
that I might receive tongues. I finally let go to
trust in God and let Him lead the way. True enough,
God filled my mouth with utterance of a heavenly

When Peter wanted to walk on water, Jesus said, "Come".
[Matthew 14:28-29]
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be
thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out
of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

How did Peter walk on water? By faith. He had to step
out of his boat, out of things that he knew, into the
unknown and trust God. God did not force him out of
the boat or perform a miracle to cause Peter to fly
out of the boat. The same it is with tongues. We need
to open our mouth and say whatever it is that is
bubbling in our heart, whether it makes sense or not.
God will continue when we take that step of faith and
give us utterance. I started with "Baa, baa, baa" and
now, I actually speak with a "fuller" language. So, if
you can take that step of faith, ask God for this gift
that you may use this gift for edification and to pray
in the perfect prayer for yourself and for others.

If you have not received Christ yet, please read the
previous email before you proceed. You need to be a
believer first before you can receive the baptism:

"Father in heaven,
I believe that Jesus died on the Cross for my sins and
on the third day He rose again. Jesus, I ask that You
come into my life and become the Saviour and Lord of
my life. I renounce all other gods in my life. I also
ask that You fill me now with Your Holy Spirit to
overflowing and baptize me. I know that when I ask You
for the Holy Spirit, Your Word says that I will
receive the Holy Spirit. I receive the Holy Spirit now
by faith. Thank You Jesus. I also ask that You give me
the gift of tongues that I may learn to pray to You in
this heavenly language. As I open my mouth and speak
by faith, please give me utterance. Thank You Lord.
In Jesus' Name, Amen"

Now, just let go, trust and step out in faith.

2. New prayer requests:
i. Pray for me and my family -- guest

ii. pray for me to meet my mate -- guest

iii. pray for the needs of my children -- guest

iv. Two requests -- gmles

v. Please pray for my brother -- josieb

3. Prayer update:
i. Positive Outcome prayer answered! - guest

4. Number of prayer warriors: 598
We welcome liv4himtjc, debid, angelastainsby and
lilschmdty into our prayer group.

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In Christ,
Friday, December 22, 2000 11:25:45 AM   waihun
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