Bible Reading: Luke 11:9-12
Each Spirit-filled believer must exercise self-control in the use of the gift of tongues in a public meeting in order to avoid confusion so that decency with unity may prevail [1 Corinthians 14:40]. Some time ago I was preaching in a church and in the midst of my message someone burst out into tongues, throwing the whole meeting into confusion. This is type of problem was what Paul was addressing when he wrote to the Corinthian Church. Things must decently and in an orderly manner so that confusion and disunity is avoided.
In a meeting recently someone said to me that they had a burden to speak something out. It should be remembered that self-control is an aspect of the fruit of the Holy Spirit and that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not ecstatic gifts over which we have no control. We open our mouth and the Holy Spirit gives the words to speak. We exercise an act of our will to start and to stop speaking! If you believe that God has given you a message to speak in tongues in a meeting, then you should wait to share it until an opportunity is given in the meeting. It might be that the right thing to do is to share your burden first with the pastor or one of the elders. If it is unclear whether or not there is someone who has the gift of interpretation then the giver of the tongue should be prepared to give the interpretation [1 Corinthians 14:13].
It should be noted that the interpretation is not a translation but an interpretation. Sometimes the interpretation may be shorter or longer than the message in tongues. The person interpreting the tongue will often begin with a few words but as they speak out in faith the remainder of interpretation will follow. The interpretation may come in the form of words, a picture or an inspired thought.
As we draw to these close of these daily devotional teaching words on the gifts of the Holy Spirit I would like to link together two words from Scripture. They are “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” [1 Corinthians 14:1] and, “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” [Luke 11:11-13]
If God has been speaking to you about using these wonderful manifestations of the Holy Spirit and He has created in you a desire for them, then why not ask Him to give them to you. If your heart is right with God and you ask Him for something good, then He will give you what you ask for. He will never, never give to you something that is not good for you. He wants you to move forward a new walk and ministry in a supernatural dimension with Him. In conclusion, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have the” [Mark 11:24]. God bless you richly.