10 September 2017 - Praying in Tongues: The Weapon that Builds You Up - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
We are living in increasingly dangerous times, thereby leading us to feel stressed, anxious and worried.
We don't know if there will be a world war three before Jesus comes back.
But one thing is for sure: we need to know the promises of Psalm 91.
There is a place in Christ that we can be protected.
Acts 2:1-4 - On the birthday of the church, the first present that God gave them is a prayer language.
The Law was also given on the Day of Pentecost and there was fire on Mount Sinai.
When the Holy Spirit came, He also came as tongues of fire.
When the Law was given, 3000 people died.
When the Holy Spirit came, Peter preached and 3000 people were saved.
The letter (the Law) kills but the Spirit gives life.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4 NKJV)
The Father always loved His Son Jesus. Jesus obeyed the Father perfectly.
The book of Isaiah says that it pleased the Father to crush Jesus at the cross because of His great love for us.
The Law demands righteousness from man, whereas Grace supplies righteousness to man.
Acts 2:11-13 - It's no longer about how bad man is, but about how good God is.
It's no longer about the puny works of man, but about the wonderful works of God.
When you pray in tongues, you are proclaiming the wonderful works of God and enlarging your spirit.
“Cretans and Arabs--we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”” (Acts 2:11-13 NKJV)
If God tells you in advance about an accident that may befall you in the future and to pray against it in your spoken language, it can cause you to be afraid.
But when you pray in tongues you don't know what you are praying for so you won't be worried.
I Corinthians 14:2 - When you are praying in tongues you are speaking to God!
When you are praying in tongues it is the Holy Spirit in you that is praying.
It is the Holy Spirit who gives you the words, it is not from your brain.
“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (I Corinthians 14:2 NKJV)
I Corinthians 14:4 - When you pray in tongues you are being edified: constructing, building up and repairing a house/building, which is your body.
Sometimes the devil comes and tells you to stop praying in tongues and that you are just making it up.
He wants to rob you of your health.
“He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” (I Corinthians 14:4 NKJV)
I Corinthians 6:19 - Your body is a building - a temple.
Your body is the Holy of Holies and God wants His temple clean, beautiful and holy.
Good news - Your face is also part of the temple of God, so God can repair it and maintain your youth and beauty when you pray in tongues!
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (I Corinthians 6:19 NKJV)
Praying in Tongues Helps Us to Rest and Be Refreshed
I Corinthians 14:21-22 - Some believers won't believe in the gift of tongues.
“In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord. Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.” (I Corinthians 14:21-22 NKJV)
Isaiah 28:11-12 - The words "the rest" in the verse is the Hebrew word "menuchah".
The book of Daniel says that the spirit of the antichrist will wear out the saints in the end times.
One of things that the devil does is try to stress and wear you out.
“For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear.” (Isaiah 28:11-12 NKJV)
Psalm 95:11 - The word "rest" is also the Hebrew word "menuchah".
“So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”” (Psalms 95:11 NKJV)
God wants us to labor to enter into His rest.
Sometimes praying in tongues feels like a labor.
You pray and pray but nothing seems to be happening, except you having a dry mouth.
The devil will keep telling you to stop it and that you're just making it up.
But long before God removes that disease, that problem etc, the first few days, God is dealing with your fears, anxieties and worries first.
You cannot deal with supernatural problems like the devil's attacks by using natural means.
Natural means like popping pills, going for massages, smelling essential oils may temporarily relieve the pain but it doesn't solve it permanently.
When you pray in tongues, it supernaturally unties the knots in your body that are caused by the devil.
The date where the Ark that Noah built rested on Mount Ararat is the same date that Jesus rose from the dead.
Rest is not possible until Jesus rose from the dead.
The Church is the most powerful organization in the universe and it is eternal - we will be forever.
This world won't be destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. This world won't be conquered by any man. Jesus will return!
Praying in Tongues is a Weapon that Supernaturally Cleanses Our Bodies
II Chronicles 29:3-9 - King Ahaz was a wicked king of Israel. He was an idol worshipper and one of the first things he did was to shut the doors of the temple of God.
As a result, Israel was plunged into darkness and women and children had all kinds of bad things happening to them.
Then King Ahaz died and his son King Hezekiah became one of the most holiest kings of Israel.
One of the first things King Hezekiah did when he became king was that he opened the doors of the temple.
Only when the doors are opened then can you get rid of the filth inside.
Today the temple is our body and the door of the temple is our mouth.
We can open the door and get rid of the filth within us by praying in tongues.
When you stop praying in tongues, the lamp goes out and you don't receive revelation.
“In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them. He brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them into the square on the east. Then he said to them, "Listen to me, O Levites. Consecrate yourselves now, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry the uncleanness out from the holy place. For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the LORD our God, and have forsaken Him and turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD, and have turned their backs. They have also shut the doors of the porch and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of the LORD was against Judah and Jerusalem, and He has made them an object of terror, of horror, and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes. For behold, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.” (2 Chronicles 29:3-9 NASB)
Psalms 141:3 - This is proof that the mouth is the door.
“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalms 141:3 NKJV)
Never take lightly someone who is suffering from depression.
They are really suffering and they get evil imaginations of bad things happening in their future.
II Chronicles 29:16-17 - They brought out all the unclean things over many days. It didn't happen instantaneously. It took time.
Your problems may take time to be removed, but continue to pray in tongues.
“So the priests went in to the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse it, and every unclean thing which they found in the temple of the LORD they brought out to the court of the house of the LORD. Then the Levites received it to carry out to the Kidron valley. Now they began the consecration on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they entered the porch of the LORD. Then they consecrated the house of the LORD in eight days, and finished on the sixteenth day of the first month.” (2 Chronicles 29:16-17 NASB)
Isaiah 41:15-16 - If you find it hard to have the faith to speak to the mountain and have it removed immediately, God has graciously provided another way to remove the mountain - to cut the mountain away gradually .
The word "teeth" in the Hebrew means "double mouth". It is referring to praying in tongues.
When you pray in tongues, it is cutting away the mountain over time and eventually it will disappear.
““Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, And make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away, And the whirlwind shall scatter them; You shall rejoice in the LORD, And glory in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:15-16 NKJV)
John 10:22-23 - Solomon's porch is where Jesus' miracles were done.
“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” (John 10:22-23 NKJV)
Acts 3:11 - The gate called "Beautiful" is believed by many to be the Eastern Gate that is sealed. The lame man was healed in Solomon's porch.
“Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.” (Acts 3:11 NKJV)
Acts 5:12-16 - They were all healed in Solomon's Porch. Pastor Prince believes that we should aim to pray in tongues until as a church, we reach that level of manifestation where no one is sick!
“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” (Acts 5:12-16 NKJV)
At the end of the service, Pastor Prince prayed a prayer of impartation for everyone to receive the gift of tongues:
Be confident that you have received the gift of tongues.
Be baptized and inundated by the Holy Spirit and be filled to the full with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit won't force you to pray in tongues.
You are in control of when to start and when to stop.
Pray in tongues and when you are faithful with the few syllables that God has given you, He will give you more and more words.
You can also sing in tongues.
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