Tongues Speaking: My Personal Testimony

I’m going to be sharing one of my personal experiences and testimony today, mainly because I was convicted to.
I pray that God will use this testimony to bless and minister to you, in Jesus name. Amen.

Speaking in tongues. This is one of the more controversial gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Born and raised a Roman Catholic, I personally did not believe in tongues speaking at all. I figured whoever spoke in tongues was just talking gibberish. It made me laugh. I never payed much attention to it anyway because I  hardly ever came across people who prayed in tongues, most Catholics do not believe in it.
So yeah, about two years ago I began to grow in my relationship with God. I developed a friendship with God (and this is another testimony) and I began to read my Bible more. Somehow, I became curious about speaking in tongues. It used to be so foreign to me, but not so much anymore. And I had friends who prayed it tongues, I was fascinated.
I took my Bible and read all there was on speaking in tongues (and the Bible has a lot to say on this). It was honestly very fascinating. I figured that if the Bible said it, then it is true and it is real.
And this is the point where I began to crave it.

1 Corinthians 12:13a
Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Oh, how I desired. I craved and I desired and I prayed. I told God that if speaking in tongues was really of Him, then I wanted to. I prayed for months, but I didn’t get an answer. I didn’t speak in tongues.
After a while, I just gave up. Maybe speaking in tongues just wasn’t the will of God for Catholics like me. Maybe God requires a certain kind of person to speak in tongues – someone overtly spiritual, someone that wasn’t me.
But you know what? God surprised me. It was the first Sunday of my second semester in university, I was at church service. We were worshipping, and the minister was leading this song – Here I am to worship. I don’t think I could ever forget.
I was singing and worshipping and all of a sudden I began to speak in a new tongue. I couldn’t shut up. My mind kept saying – “Somto, shut up” “You’re speaking gibberish, people might hear you” but my mouth refused to shut up. These strange words just kept coming out, and I couldn’t stop it. Wow.
Through it all, I learnt God’s timing is the best. And speaking in tongues is as real as you and I are.

How Speaking in Tongues Impacts Me
It daily strengthens my relationship with God.
It gave me a new level of intimacy with God. When I pray in tongues, I’m speaking to God in a language no one else understands, it’s like I’m whispering secrets to Him. It’s like speaking to your best friend in a secret code you both devised – It brought me so much closer to God.

1 Corinthians 14:2 NIV
For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.

It gives me the confidence that I am praying exactly what God wants me to pray about.
Romans 8:26

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

When I pray in tongues, I don’t know the words I’m saying. I surrender my prayers over to the Holy Spirit and He prays for and through me.
The Spirit of God searches the deep things of God, and no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God  (1 Corinthians 2:10-11), and so I’m confident that when I pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit is praying the will of God for my life and the life of the people around me into manifestation. The Spirit of God searches the deep things of God and prays it into manifestation in my life. Glory!

My prayer life has never been the same
Ever since God blessed me with the gift of speaking in tongues, my prayer life multiplied.

1 Corinthians 14:4a
Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves.

Speaking in tongues is like a spiritual work out. It has kept me sensitive and in tune with the Spirit of God. I’m able to discern more clearly. And I’m able to tarry in the presence of God. I’m able to spend more time in His presence. Glory.

If you desire the gift of tongues, ask God in faith. Be persistent in prayer.
And if you already have the gift of speaking in tongues, use it. Pray in tongues at every chance you get.
Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in all that you do.

Remain blessed.

Fire!

Picture this.
You’re playing with a match box, randomly lighting and then discarding one match stick after the other.
You continue till you eventually get tired and move to another room to sleep.
While you’re sleeping, you start to smell smoke in your dream. All of a sudden, you realise it’s not just a dream; you’re actually smelling smoke. Walk back into the other room, the entire room is on fire.

Fire. Let’s talk about fire.
I was going to define fire, but I don’t even have an adequate definition. We’ll leave that aside anyway.
However, I’ll tell you what fire does.

1. Fire starts little.
A little matchstick is all it took. So you casually dropped a matchstick and left. And that matchstick produced a fire of great proportions. Such humble beginnings.
And so it is with us Christians. A little tweet, a casual conversation with a Bible verse chipped on, your whatsapp status, The way you carry yourself like a child of God.
These are little matchsticks that can ignite a mighty fire in the lives of the people around you. So wherever you go, whatever you do, make sure to leave a little matchstick. And watch God give the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:6)

2. Fire grows only in the presence of oxygen and a fuel.
That little matchstick would have died a tiny speck of light had it not been for the presence of oxygen, as well as a fuel.
There had to be oxygen and fuel propelling the tiny speck of light into something bigger. The fire needed them to grow.
The same applies to every child of God. The word of God is the oxygen we need for our fire to grow.
Prayer (communicating with God) is the fuel behind our fires.
Without these two things, your fire will not grow. Your fire will be put out, or remain in a state of dormancy.
Kindle your fire today. Pray, Read your Bible. And watch your fire grow. (1 Peter 2:2)

3. Fire consumes gradually, but completely.
A fire takes over. As the fire built up in the room, it went from the rug, to the table, the vase, the books and then to the picture frames on the wall. It did not decide that the flower vase was too beautiful to consume, or that the picture on the wall was too precious to consume. Fire consumes gradually, yet wholly and completely.
When the fire of God is within you, it turns your life around. There is a complete sanctification, and renewal.
Sanctification, however, is a process. It starts little, but keeps going. Keeps growing till it reaches the very depth of your heart. It keeps going till you are moulded completely into a vessel of honour.
The fire of God doesn’t just stop half way if it’s being maintained. It keeps going. It burns completely till the end. (Hebrews 12:29)

Bonus Point: A fire cannot be hidden.
I love this part. You cannot hide a fire under a rock. A fire will smell from afar, it’s light will shine from afar. It will be on display. Everyone will be able to see it. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Let your light shine. Let your fire burn. Let people give glory to God because of your fire.

I pray that we will fulfill our calling as the light of the world. I pray that the fire of God will be ignited within our spirits. And I pray that we will cause the people around us to be ignited by our fires. I pray that you and I will be among the army the Lord is raising of young men and women on fire for Him. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Peace and love!