In the last series we looked at THE BENEFITS OF PRAYING IN TONGUES and we shared a link where someone discussed it more than we did, we discussed the truth that praying in tongues builds us, help us not to pray amiss, our spirit prays when we pray in tongues and not our flesh for carnal prayers and also secret will be revealed to us. We will end this series by looking at
- TONGUES AND PROPHECY
There is a thin switch from speaking in tongues into prophecies, we saw that Paul told us to come into prophecy
1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
When it comes to speaking in tongues we edify ourselves but when we switch into prophesying we do three things.
- We edify the church
- We exhort the church
- We comfort the church
These are what makes prophecy to be prophecy when it is lost then it is not prophecy because we see these three from the word of God
1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
To switch into prophecies from tongues is when there is an interpretation, you enjoy tongues more when there is an interpretation, this is the tongues that comes basically by the help of the Spirit of God especially in church and then someone with the gift of interpretation of tongues interpret the tongues so that it can do those three things.
1 Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, EXCEPT HE INTERPRET, that the church may receive edifying.
And there occasions when the one that gave the tongues can not interpret but another have to interpret the tongues. The purpose is to help the church and there are times when this help the minister of God that is preaching the gospel.
Prophecy is good for the church, it helps us further the course of God and we must not reject it when given by the Spirit of God. You can even pray and the Lord by His Spirit brings words of prophecy to your Spirit, just be open to the Lord. I’ll like to say you should read more from this book by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin it will definitely bless you. We can’t threat the topic fully here but this book will greatly be of help. We love you!