This is a post with many meanings, but it has special meaning for me. Last week I began speaking in tongues for the first time. I grew up in a church that didn’t believe in this gift. When I came back to God, I came with an open heart to learn His truth. It’s been hard to shed off the things I was taught by this world and religion. I have been asking God to give me the gift of tongues for months. It bothered me that I could not do it.
At bible study we’ve been discussing this topic. One of the teachers mentioned he was unable to speak in tongues for years because he allowed his intellect to get in the way (read John 3:10-13). That was my problem. He also said you should build your vocabulary in the spirit, like any other language. I noticed people say they had the ability to choose when to speak in tongues (read 1 Corinthians 14:1-25).
After bible study I decided I was going to try to speak in tongues. I told God, “I can’t do this. I don’t know how to start.” He encouraged me by telling me I can do it because it’s already in me. Then He gave me words to say and I began to speak. At first I wasn’t sure if it was real or babble. Over the past few days, I continued to speak and put my own intellect and insecurity to the side. As a result God has been able to grow my spiritual vocabulary. I can do all things through Christ. Use good vocabulary! (Mark 16:17, Jude 1:20)