100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 15
You Are Endued With Power (Acts 1:8)
On Day 9 we looked at the boldness to witness for Jesus through the Spirit’s anointing. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Fulfillment of Jesus’ words was realized just days after His ascension. The promised gift of the Father came upon the believers during the feast of Pentecost.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?” (Acts 2:2-8).
I find it interesting that Almighty God initially chooses to demonstrate His power through a yielded servant’s tongue. It satisfies the hopelessness of man’s limitation in controlling the tongue: “… no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8).
An evangelist told the congregation he visited about his witnessing the supernatural power of God demonstrated in the worship of young Egyptian orphans. He was overseas on a mission trip with American students when the Egyptian girls entered the church service and responded to the Presence of God with praise in tongues. One orphan’s tongue was easily identifiable by the evangelist; she was praising God in English declaring, “Worthy is the Lamb of God!” Like those who gathered in Jerusalem on that day of Pentecost, what the American evangelist heard amazed him- an uneducated orphan declaring the praises of God in English!
The Bible gives you instruction on the purpose of tongues. “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God” (1 Corinthians 14:2). The Apostle Paul clarifies that speaking in tongues is a manner of edification for the believer. It is putting the spirit, mind and physical being into alignment and declaring the praises of God. King David knew this prescription for building himself up in the truth of God and wrote, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11). Speaking in tongues will bring your total being into perfect accord with the realities of heaven. King Jesus is Lord over all, and praying in tongues is the vehicle to center yourself quickly in that truth.
I must clear up some widely spread confusion about the ability to speak in tongues. It is the ability of all who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However, there is also a supernatural gift of tongues that has its place in a corporate setting and is accompanied by the supernatural gift of interpretation. When believers utilize these gifts in worship, the entire gathering of worshipers is encouraged and strengthened. In fact, all gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for the common good of the believers (See 1 Corinthians 12:4-6). So, in my private worship, I speak in tongues to strengthen my spirit. It makes no difference that I do not understand the words my mouth confesses. My spirit is encouraged which will lead to a strengthening of my mind and body.
When you gather with other believers, Paul states the gift of prophecy in the shared language of the participants is preferable so that all are strengthened and encouraged. “I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified” (1 Corinthians 14:5).
You have a supernatural gift.
At this point of understanding the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life, you see that speaking in tongues edifies your spirit. You know that God intends the working of His supernatural power to benefit all believers, and you recognize a few of the gifts of the Spirit: prophecy (speaking truth), speaking in tongues and interpretation of the tongues. So that the body of Christ is completely equipped, God’s power enables the following gifts to also manifest: message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers and distinguishing between spirits. “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines (1 Corinthians 12:8-11). In addition, there are gifts of serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and showing mercy (See Romans 12:6-8).
Did you get that? Child of God, when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you are endued with power, and it is Father’s will that you operate in the spiritual gift(s) that He has determined for you to have and utilize. Are you interested in learning what supernatural gift is within you? I recommend an online diagnostic test (www.giftstest.org) created by Dr. Dorena Dellavecchio. It is a quick yet effective tool for unveiling the potential of heaven within you!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
- Ask the Father in heaven for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:11-13). You can look at this request as a desire for more of God or for God having more of you! A life yielded to God Almighty is a blessed life.
- Take the Gifts Test at giftstest.org and make a written record of your results.