Speaking in Tongues

Question: I am saved and was baptized in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, but it seems like I have lost it. I haven’t spoken in my prayer language in a long time, and I’m wondering if I am still filled with the Holy Spirit. Does the Holy Spirit leave us if we grieve Him when we sin?

Posted on August 20, 2009, in Question of the Week. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. From the viewpoint of Scripture, the gift of tongues is exactly that–a spiritual gift. If you read 1 Corinthians 12 carefully, you will see that the Holy Spirit gives different people different gifts. In fact, the apostle Paul mentions the gift of tongues specifically as one of the “lesser” gifts. It’s listed last (see 1 Cor. 12:27-28), and Paul encourages us to desire the “greater gifts” (1 Cor. 12:29).

    So, what this means is that not everyone speaks in tongues, and just because you spoke in tongues at a certain time in your life doesn’t mean that you always will. Here’s what I think about what happened to you. I think that when you were first saved, God gave you the gift as evidence of your salvation. But it wasn’t the only evidence. Your changed heart and your desire to serve Jesus were also evidences of God indwelling you through the Holy Spirit.

    Now that you are maturing as a believer, you don’t necessarily need to speak in tongues. But what you do need to do is allow the Holy Spirit to “fill” you. Read Ephesians 5:18. Here you will find that as Christians, we are commanded to allow the Holy Spirit to fill us. Paul says that this filling is the same as allowing the Holy Spirit to control our lives. That means that we need to do the things that please the Holy Spirit, and refrain from doing those things that displease Him. Read Galatians 5:16-26 for a description of what happens when we live “by the Spirit” compared to living in order to gratify “the desires of the sinful nature.”

    Because you were saved by the Holy Spirit (see John 3:5-8 and 1 Cor. 12:13), it is impossible for the Holy Spirit to leave you. The Scriptures say:
    “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory?” (Eph. 1:13b-14).

    You belong to God, and the Holy Spirit is your guarantee. God does not go back on His promises.

    May the Lord give you comfort and wisdom with these words!

    • Kenny,

      I don’t think that we should minimize the gifts of tongues to anyone. It is a very powerful gift and it is needed especially Prophets and Prayer Intercessory Times….If ur getting attacked spriitually this is what utters mysteries in Heaven and then is interpreted on earth. It brings the mysteries back from the Heaven Realms. John, Ezekial, etc. when they were raised up into Heaven, this is how they were able to see heavenly things and speak such a powerful mystery not by the natural man or natural knowledge…..

      God is not a respector of person, and It’s His decision if he snatches his indwelling spirit. David said, Lord whatever you do please don’t take your Holy Spirit Away. Gifts and callings are without repentence but the man that disrespectxs the Holy Spirit is a reprobate after so long.

      Now, I know God is longsuffering, and he considers what a person is equipped with, and I don’t want to pai nt a picture like God is a Mean God, but God isn’t wasting time with people that are not following him, thinking about him, etc. He doesn’t have to beg anyone to do anything….

      This is what the Lord gave me…..



  2. I will never minimize any gift that is from God. I believe that all gifts from God are important and should be used edify the body. I also don’t believe nor have any biblical proof that if a person does not speak in tongue they are not filled with the Holy Spirit. I myself do not have the gift to speak in tongue, nor interpret them. But there are other members within the body who does and when it is used to edify the body, I am edified as well. All of us should be working together with the gifts given to us. This is the problem to many gifts are highlighted, except the greatest gift of all LOVE!

    Bless you my Sister!

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