I’ve been posting about Prayer in the Spirit. The last point I mentioned is that when you pray in tongues, you are not hearing the actual prayer. It is the spiritual communication with God that’s the important thing.
Remember that until Adam sinned he didn’t hear God with his ears.
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
1 Corinthians 14:14
Paul goes on to say that not even your mind understands what is being communicated in the spirit with God. This is an intimate conversation between your spirit and the Spirit of the Lord. All of this is great, but what does it have to do with the power of God in my life?
Let’s get back to where we left off in that discussion. When you’re saved, the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of you. You are now connected to God’s wireless network. You have everything you need to access the power of God for your life. However, there’s still something you need in order for the connection to function properly.
Look at it this way. You may have a state of the art computer with a cutting edge wifi or 4G adapter, but there’s still something it needs. That’s because the internal language of your computer in incompatible with the language of the internet.
In order for the computer to talk to the internet, it needs a piece of software called a browser. It’s the browser that translates the internal language of your computer into the language of the internet allowing it to access everything that’s available.
It’s the same in the spirit. In order for you to use God’s network you need a “download” from the Holy Spirit. Your spirit needs to learn the language of the Holy Spirit.
You’ve spent you whole life never speaking to God on His level, in the spiritual realm. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the language of the spirit. As a matter of fact the word tongue is the old English word for language.
The gift of the Spirit is really the gift of language. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the download of the spiritual language you need to access the power of God’s network. This is why I usually call it the gift of language or the heavenly language. I want to take the emphasis off of the physical (the tongue) and place it on the spiritual where it belongs.
Think about it. According to language experts, what’s the most effective way to learn a new language? They call it the immersion method, where they literally immerse you in the language you are trying to learn. What’s the Biblical term for immersion? It’s the word baptism.
It’s amazing how perfectly God chooses the words that He uses to describe His gifts. The Baptism of the Spirit is your immersion into the language of the Spirit. Unlike a natural language which may take months and years to learn, God can do the supernatural work in an instant.
This gift, the Baptism in the Spirit, opens up a new walk of power in the Holy Spirit.
Question: How has the Baptism in the Spirit blessed your life?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014