Continuing with the topic I started in last week’s blog, I Think the Apostle Paul Was from Texas, I’d like to take a look at reason number two of why every believer should speak in tongues. I hope you’re enjoying this journey as much as I am!
Reason #2: It Builds Me Up
In 1 Corinthians 14:4, Paul says, “He who speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself...” To edify someone means to build up, to instruct, to improve. Paul wanted the church at Corinthians to understand there was a reason for speaking in an unknown tongue. It wasn’t meant to be strange or weird, but instead to speak in a language to God and to angels. By doing so, we initiate a heavenly conversation that feeds our spirit.
The Amplified Bible version of this verse is eye opening. It says, “My spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays…” God is Spirit. When we pray in unknown tongues, our spirit is in direct contact with God. We are talking to him by a divine, supernatural means. To put it basically, he is putting his “super” on our “natural” as we walk together daily.
Exercising this wonderful tool we’ve been given by God builds us up. It places new construction in our lives that can be built upon time after time as we grow and change and become more and more like Jesus. And isn’t that ultimately what it’s all about? When Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover,” (Mark 16:17-18) he didn’t mean simply saying the words, “In Jesus’ name” like a special magic spell to accomplish these signs. He was saying we had his authority as sons and daughters of God. And when we believe and agree with that, “these signs shall follow!” Now, that builds me up!