But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1;8).
He that speaks in another tongue edifies himself (1 Cor 14;4).
Tongues is not a sign of power tongues are a sign that you are born of the Spirit. Power is what you have when we cast our demons, heal the sick and raise the dead.
I was in a church the other week, the prayer was loud, real loud, in tongues, the folks payed hard. A few days later I was invited to take a bible study with them. the response and interest was abysmal, they found it hard to answer basic questions, be involved, let alone enthusiastic about God’s word. It bothered me. How can one who prays fanatically in tongues be so cold in ones heart towards God’s word?
Are we so addicted to tongues yet we know not God!
Can one be so religious about prayer yet lack have no interest or longing for the knowledge of God from a good bible study? Has praying in tongues become the standard of one ones faith by which we measure one’s spiritual authority? It’s easy to talk about the “fire.” However scriptures tell me that his word was like fire (Jer 20;9) Fire is the result of an abiding word from the Lord in the heart of man so that he like Jeremiah he can’t help but preach it. If one’s praying is loud and ones preaching is silent, I don’t think you have fire, you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm does not convict sinners, God’s word does. Let’s get real, I’m not hiding behind a prayer wall of tongues, real power is casting out demons, real power is healing the sick, real power is enduring the cross, the shame, contending for the faith, raising the dead (Matthew 10;8) and being a witness to the truth of the gospel (Acts 1;8). Go ahead pray in tongues, but make it your goal to go ahead into all the world and preach the gospel…that takes power and that’s why God gave it.