Speaking in tongues is also known as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The gift of tongues when properly activated in your life will bring an OPEN HEAVEN over you. Speaking in tongues is very helpful to build up your faith and develop the dominion components of the Kingdom of God that Jesus said is WITHIN you!
Jude 1:20 KJV –  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
First of all you must know the value of being a Christian is not found in adherence to Christian traditions but in the personal encounters with God himself that should be common to your Christian experience. The reason why experiences are important is because our communication with God is facilitated by RELATIONSHIP with Him personally (not inauguration into the infrastructure, traditions or history of Christianity as a religion).
Jesus said (John 8:32 KJV) – 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Truth as Jesus sees it is not dogma or teaching but actually A PERSON. Truth is a person.
So doctrines and teachings may be TRUE but JESUS as a person is our TRUTH and our relationship to Him inducts us into what He calls ‘the Kingdom of God”.
The kingdom of God is basically the family of God. God created man as a part of His family. Man estranged himself through disobedience (See Gen. chapter 3). Because our first parents disavowed their place in the Father’s family, then all their children right down to us were born estranged from the family we were actually created to be a part of.
Jesus came into the earth to remediate the consequences of Adam’s choices and give us an avenue of restoration to our original destined purpose. The original, destined purpose of mankind was to experience human existence in complete union with our creator and total authority over the creation he formed for our benefit.
In Jesus’ earth walk he showed us (by his power over storms, sickness, death, demons) what the NORMAL HUMAN EXPERIENCE was intended originally by the creator (the Father) to look like.
After demonstrating what the human experience was intended to be like Jesus then explained to us how we can TRANSITION from human frailty and a position of estrangement from our Father back into the family of God as was originally intended. He explained it to Nicodemas this way:
(John 3:3 KJV) – 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Now to BE born again is an EXPERIENCE not a class you can take or something you can learn. Because it IS an experience on our part, it must then also be an experience on God’s part. Both the mother and child share the experience of birth do they not?
God’s side of the new birth experience was to go to the cross:
(John 3:16 KJV) – 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Our side of the new birth experience is to accept what God has done for us through the humanity of Jesus. We call this ‘giving our life to Christ’.
(Romans 10:9-10 KJV) – 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Why is it important that we not only believe in our heart but also speak certain words such as “I confess that Jesus Christ Lord” in order to be born again… ?
If you read Genesis chapters 1 – 3 you will find the phrase “God said” fifteen times. Words are important. (Now we are approaching the subject of tongues as well … which are in fact words although they are not in a human originated language).
God’s nature is to unleash His power through words. Praying in tongues releases God’s power in a very unique way unhindered by human doubt or objections of the rationale mind. The mind doesn’t like this very much and will send up very strong objections to keep you from experiencing and exercising this gift.
This is GOD’s nature and it is how He designed us to release power and influence the world around us as well because He made us in His image:
(Genesis 1:26 KJV) – 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion ….
How did God expect man to “have the dominion”? Well, because man is created in God’s image, it is understandable that He expected man to exercise dominion over the earth according to the same means by which God himself created the earth in the first place: by words.
So when you speak the words of Romans 10:9-10 (or their equivalent) you are reclaiming your place in Father’s family that our ancestor Adam robbed you of so many ages ago. And the result is that God then reforms and refashions your inner man in such a way the communion and communication is possible with Him once again.
So the first thing to do if you haven’t already is:
1. Believe in your heart God raised Jesus from the dead. This is important because:
(Proverbs 4:23 KJV) – 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
Whatever is IN your heart – GOVERNS YOUR LIFE. So when you have the belief of the resurrection of Christ in your heart, then suddenly it is RESURRECTION POWER that is governing your life not environment, race, gender, upbringing, bad experiences, etc. This is very important.
2. Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. Confessing with your mouth gets what is in your heart OUT INTO YOUR LIFE to bring change, transformation and positive blessings.
(Proverbs 18:21 KJV) – 21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that [indulge] it [the tongue] shall eat the fruit thereof [of what the tongue speaks out].
Praying in tongues is a very powerful way to get into your life what is in your heart because tongues circumvent the objections of doubt, and controversy in the mind. However praying in English and in your understanding is equally important.
Because of how God created the earth, the entire realm of existence we call creation is subject to words. It is subject to God’s words because He made the world in the first place. It is subject to our words because He gave us dominion over all the earth, and because we are in His image we exercise that dominion in the same way He does, by words.
So if you need to, if you haven’t already go ahead and make the following words or their approximation your own and say them out loud.
“I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and I confess and declare that as of this moment Jesus is in control of my life from this time forward…”
Having done this you have now ACTIVATED IN YOUR LIFE what lies in your heart. It is the resurrection power of God in your heart that through your simple child-like words is now activated in your life to bring change and blessing.
Now, making Christ Lord of your life will bring many changes in your life. Those changes begin at a very fundamental level. They first begin to change you from the state of spiritual disability (as a result of being estranged from God because of Adam’s choices) to a state of likeness to God. This is what being born again looks like on the inside:
(1 John 3:2 KJV) – 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
When He appears in your heart when you accept Him you begin to change. You become the daughter of your Father in heaven more than you are the daughter of your natural parents. This is God establishing His paternity in you.
Jesus called this being born again. And as with all births you start out as an infant. Over time you grow to maturity. John wrote about this. No matter what age you are in human years you also are at a given spiritual maturity based on your development in your experiences with Christ IN you.
(1 John 2:13 KJV) – 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
There are two very significant developmental milestones for growing children. One is when they begin to walk.
The other is when they begin to talk.
It is the same with speech. That little infant you hold in your arms just two days old can hardly make a sound. But you know, and rightly conclude that one day that child will chatter incessantly and not give you a moment’s peace (to your great delight).
It is even so with a spiritual baby. The speech capability in a little baby develops as a capacity for coordination between the mind, the speech center in the brain and the mouth, lips, teeth and tongue. All of those come together and the child eventually expresses articulate speech.
As a spiritual baby YOU ALSO HAVE A SPEECH CAPABILITY even if you have never exercised it. It is there, it is a viable, and potent potential on the inside of you. But the speech capability of a spiritual baby doesn’t involve the interaction of the mind with the speech center of the brain and the mouth.
Your SPIRIT has the capacity for speech. Expressing the gift of tongues is as much a release of ability that is already there than it is receiving some outward, foreign experience. But it doesn’t involve the mind. In fact it circumvents the mind altogether.
(1 Corinthians 14:14 KJV) – 14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Now when something other than your mind wants access to the speech center of your brain and your actual mouth, the mind rebels. You are accustomed to allowing by your will the mind to control your speech capability. You make a choice of volition inside you and you verbalize speech through your mind every day all day long.
To release the ability of your SPIRIT to speak according to its capability you must put your mind in check and yield your will to your spirit where God by the Holy Spirit dwells. This is not mystical mumbo jumbo. This is as practical as it gets.
Your mind has the ability to control your speech. Your spirit also has the ability to vocalize speech. Give your spirit access to your speech center of the brain and control over your mouth, lips, teeth and tongues. They result will be that the sentience, the consciousness in your spirit (which is where Jesus dwells in your heart) will express himself in a language of the Spirit that is based on Spiritual thoughts and the mind of Christ not your natural mind. For this reason, it will come out in syllables, phrases, words and expressions that are not native or understandable to you.
Why would you want to do this?
Because your ‘build up’ yourself in Spiritual development:
(Jude 1:20 KJV) – 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
(1 Corinthians 14:2 KJV) – 2 For he that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth [him]; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
Because praying in tongues helps you pray effectively regarding issues that are beyond your natural understanding:
(Romans 8:26 KJV) – 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Now are you ready? It’s real simple. Read the following verse:
(Acts 2:4 KJV) – 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
When your mind exercises speech, it is giving your brain, the speech center in the brain an utterance to verbalize. It so happens that you know what it is beforehand because it proceeds from your mind and you therefore comprehend it in your thoughts beforehand.
When your spirit exercises speech it is the Holy Spirit IN YOUR SPIRIT giving your brain, the speech center of your brain an utterance. The verse above says “they all spoke with tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance…“
Many people stumble here. They think God is going to reach down and make their bodies react without their volition or cooperation. It doesn’t work that way.
The Spirit will present a syllable, a phrase, a word to you that will originate in your spirit, not your mind. You will know it isn’t from your mind because your mind doesn’t know what it means. It is gibberish as far as your mind is concerned.
How do you know this is God and not an evil spirit or just imagination? Jesus anticipated this concern: Read the following verse:
(Luke 11:11-13 KJV) – 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if [he ask] a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
It is a matter of faith, just like believing in God in the first place. Take it and act on it. Get in a place of privacy and prayer. Put on some worship music. Get in God’s presence. Get quiet in yourself. Ask the Father to give you utterance.
If it is difficult then just repeat the same syllables again and again till it begins to be more fluent in you. In Conclusion:
There are those who say it isn’t necessary to speak in tongues. Others say your aren’t “saved” unless you speak in tongues. They are both wrong. You have the power of spiritually articulate speech in you. As you find it, activate it and exercise it, you will be much benefited. Paul prayed in tongues more than anyone he knew for these very reasons.
Praying in tongues brings you under an open heaven. Because the kingdom of heaven is IN YOU and it is released out of you from your spirit, past your mind (which usually hinders what God is sending) and directly through your body and into your life.
It will make a difference and it is worth the time and effort it takes to see this gift activated in your life.