Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Psalm 107:19-21
King James Version (KJV)
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace….
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them
all. Psalm 34:19 NIV
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.
In this Christian devotion we are going to learn how praying in the Spirit is essential to building our faith! I will be, as always, basing MUCH on what the Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin taught me through the “Bible Prayer Study Course”!
This is where we learn praying in tongues is NOT just for the church, although it is given to the church for exhortation (we will cover this more later). It is VERY important, that once you are saved and receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you pray EVERY DAY in the Spirit! He will pray things through you, you have no knowledge of, of things to come and therefore many traps have been literally avoided without us even knowing they were ever laid for us to begin with. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit prays the PERFECT will of God for our lives and when we pray in the Spirit, ALL things work together for our good! See the importance of why we do this emerging? Now, grab your coffee or tea and let us move into our lesson! EVERYTHING in boldface and in italics is from Rev. Hagin.
TONGUES: A MEANS OF EDIFYING YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY
Tongues is also a means of building yourself up spirtually. In 1 Corinthians 14:4, Paul said, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself….” That means he builds himself up spiritually.
King James Version (KJV)
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
This verse does not say praying in the Holy Ghost will give you faith, but it says that praying in the Holy Ghost will BUILD YOU UP on your most holy faith. Praying in tongues builds you up on the faith you already have; it is a means of spiritual edification.
I had an experience when I was a pastor of a community church that helped me a great deal. I happened to be staying in a good Christian home. The doctors said the woman of this home had an ulcerated stomach, and they confided to her husband that they thought it would probably turn into cancer of the stomach. She could not eat anything except baby food and a few raw eggs mixed in sweet milk, and she had trouble keeping even that on her stomach. She was desperately ill.
I wasn’t there when she later received the baptism in the Holy Ghost, but she told me about her experience of being filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking with tongues. No one prayed for her healing, but from that moment she received the Holy Ghost, she was automatically healed and ate anything she wanted. She was perfectly healed!
I believe in divine healing because the Word of God talks about it and because I myself had been raised up off a deathbed. One surely could not find fault with an experience that could bring both healing and blessing. The woman was a believer, a child of God, and I considered her to be a very wonderful Christian. In fact, I considered her to be one of the most wonderful Christian women I had ever met. After this woman received the Holy Spirit and began praying in tongues, she built herself up in her most holy faith, and her faith began to operate.
I have seen that many times. Many times people with incurable conditions receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and speak with tongues and are healed. I prayed for some of these same people before, and they did not receive their healing when I prayed for them, for one reason or another. We know that speaking with tongues is a tremendous spiritual boost to a person. It does edify him and him up!
Praise God, I trust this Christian devotion has brought encouragement to you, dear reader!! I know reading it again has brought joy to my heart! Come back tomorrow when we will learn about “Tongues: A Means of Magnifying God”! You won’t be disappointed!! Blessings in abundance to you!! Juliana