And you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you (Acts 1:8)…
In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul instructs us to learn and put into practice the spiritual weapons and tools that God has provided us.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”
Verse 4 talks about our “pulling down strongholds,” when we utilize these spiritual weapons and tools.
Strongholds are first established in the mind, and that is why we are to take EVERY thought captive.
Behind a stronghold is also a lie—a place of personal bondage where God’s Word has been subjugated to any unscriptural idea or personally confused belief that is held to be true.
Behind every lie is a fear, and behind every fear is an idol.
Idols are established wherever there exists a failure to trust in the provisions of God that are ours through Jesus Christ.
Some of the weapons that pull down these strongholds are:
God’s Word (Heb. 4:12, 13),
The blood of the Cross (Rev. 12:11), and
The name of Jesus (Mark 16:17).
Strongholds are pulled down and confronted bondage is broken as these spiritual weapons of our warfare are employed (see Eph. 6:13–18).
We all need to learn to start utilizing our Heavenly prayer language more, as one of the most important weapons and tools that God has provided us, because when we do the Bible teaches us that we edify ourselves… in other words we build ourselves up in our most holy faith.
1 Corinthians 4:14
“The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.”
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Romans 8:26-27 tells us that when we pray in the Holy Spirit we are praying the perfect will of Jesus over our life.
Praying in Tongues Allows You to Speak Directly to God
“For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious.” –1 Corinthians 14:2
When you pray in tongues, you are praying God’s will, directly to Him. It allows your mind to get out of the way so your spirit can commune with the Father.
1 Praying in Tongues Keeps You in Tune With the Holy Spirit
“And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” –Acts 2:4
2 Tongues is a gift from God. It allows you to pray the will of God by the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
When you pray in tongues, you are yielding to the Holy Spirit who dwells in you.
Then you are allowing that same Spirit to pray through you, so you are in tune with Him.
3 Praying in Tongues Strengthens Your Spirit
“A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.” –1 Corinthians 14:4
4 Praying in tongues builds you up spiritually and helps you to live a Spirit-led life.
5 Praying in tongues allows us to pray even when we don’t know what to pray
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” –Romans 8:26
Even when you don’t know how or what to pray, you can still pray…in tongues.
You can trust your spirit to pray for the perfect will of God, regardless of the situation.
Praying in Tongues is a Weapon Against the Work of the Enemy
“And then He (Jesus) told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved.… and these miraculous signs will accompany those who believe:
1 They will cast out demons in my name, and
2 They will speak in new tongues.… and
3 They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.’” –Mark 16:15-18
Jesus proclaimed several things that would happen to those who followed Him and continued His work.
Speaking in tongues is one of those gifts, and it allows Jesus’ followers to stand against the work of the enemy.
Praying in tongues is a gift that’s available to every believer.
It allows you to pray God’s will to Him.
It keeps you in tune with the Holy Spirit and strengthens your spirit as you stand against the work of the devil.
Don’t discount this powerful gift from God.
Desire it. Embrace it and relish the strength it adds to your spiritual life.
So with that said, let’s partner with the Lord today, utilizing every one of the weapons and tools that He has provided us, knowing also that the Lord is working on our behalf in the battles we are facing.
Billye Brim Ministries
November 24, 2020
THE POWER OF PRAYING IN TONGUES
by Billye Brim
The Lord has emphasized to me, and I have been emphasizing in the platforms He has given us…
THE POWER OF PRAYING IN TONGUES.
As you know, if you have been taking part in our prayer calls, or noon live-streamed prayer meetings, others have heard us in the languages of Arabic and German and have told us what we said. (I believe this is to demonstrate and encourage our faith in praying in tongues.)
So—I was not surprised when an old partner letter, January 2008, “just happened” to come to my daughter Brenda’s attention.
It told of a dream I’d had in December 2007. The following is an excerpt from the partner letter.
On the morning of December 11, I woke up during a dream, which I immediately sensed was spiritual.
There was a group of people. I recognized none of them.
Two men stood out from the rest. One was the spiritual leader, perhaps a pastor.
The other was a man the authorities were coming after to arrest.
He wore a checkered shirt buttoned at the wrists and to the neck.
He was dressed as a man might have been dressed around the time of the Azusa Street outpouring .
This man had written a book. The authorities were coming to arrest him for having written this book. The crowd was awaiting them.
Then I saw the book.
The opened book filled the window of my dream.
On the right I saw the usual title page, with the title, the author, etc. all in black ink.
I did not read it for my eyes did not focus on that page. They looked at the opposite page.
Suddenly this page filled the window of my dream. The one-word title was written widely across the entire page in HUGE letters.
The letters were in bas relief; each one lifted up above the surface of the page.
The letters were of pure gold—not gold leaf, but pure gold. Each one looked as if it were carved from a gold brick [ingot].
The letters were in very stylized Old-English type.
They looked like letters from an ancient Bible that had been hand-lettered.
They were so fancy I could not make them out. I stared at the first letter. At first, I thought it was the Hebrew letter Tet. But upon close examination I saw it was the letter “T.”
Then I could read the one-word title:
T o n g u e s
Those bent on arresting the man arrived. I did not see them, but knew they were there.
The pastor took the man’s hands and said, “Let me pray for you.”
The people in the crowd turned toward the man and began to pray.
I woke up.
The Dream’s Interpretation
[As I saw it in January 2008]
[I’d been thinking about attacks against underground church leaders in China, attacks on individual churches and ministries, school shootings, etc. And I referred to them in the partner letter.]
I sensed the attacks were part of a coordinated plan, strategized from the head of the kingdom of darkness to be worldwide, and to happen at the same time.
Terrorists, for instance, behave like Satan. They attempt to strike in coordinated bomb attacks.
So, after I awoke, and certain Scriptures came to mind, I immediately sensed in my spirit that the focus of the attack was the POWER in the church.
Jesus said, “You shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you” (Acts 1:8).
Fewer than ten days later, on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon them.
The POWER OF GOD came upon them. What was the initial sign of that power? They spoke in tongues.
The dream seemed to mark out as a point of focus for the attack TONGUES and specifically the POWER of God in the church which tongues evidences.
I saw that praying in tongues:
1) Prays in the plans of God (1 Corinthians 14:2).
2) Pulls down the enemy’s strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).
I saw that the immenseness of the letters spoke of the importance of tongues.
I saw that the gold spoke of the value of tongues.
Kenneth Hagin Ministries published a book entitled Tongues: Beyond the Upper Room.
The book is wonderful and especially precious to me. The editorial department told me that much of it came from the very seminar in April 1967 during which I received the baptism with the Holy Spirit and first spoke in tongues.
It was the time of the Charismatic Renewal. God led Kenneth E. Hagin to teach a seminar on the subject in the fresh outpouring being experienced even in the denominational world.
So, after the dream, I picked up the book again. When my eyes read Brother Hagin’s words in the Preface, it enlightened my dream:
Then there are those in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles who also know very little about this subject, even though they themselves speak with tongues.
These Christians don’t realize the value derived from exercising that gift, nor do they understand the scope—the purpose and the use—of tongues.
The value! The Gold!
The scope! The Huge Letters!
Asking What You Can Do?
Use Your Tongues!
A Weapon of Great Power!
Just after the dream, I saw that tongues and the power this gift represents was the focus of the [then] recent coordinated attacks.
But I also saw that tongues and the power of God this gift manifests is a way to victory!
A weapon in our armory to overcome all the attacks of the enemy.
A few days after the dream I was led to consider what happened at the Tower of Babel where God confounded their language for this stated reason:
And the Lord said, Behold, the people are one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Today, November 2020, the Army of the Lord, the Body of Christ, speaking in unity, can bring a great power to bear on the happenings in this world.
Here are excerpts from a prophecy given through Kenneth E. Hagin:
Prophecy through Kenneth E. Hagin
Winter Bible Seminar 02/20/1997
Speaking by the Spirit,
not just speaking words out of your own mind or thinking,
but speaking by the Spirit;
Words that are inspired by the Spirit of God;
Words that well up from within you out of your spirit,
given to you by the Holy Spirit.
Those words, spoken boldly, bring forth great happenings.
… Speaking by His Spirit, yielding your tongue unto the Holy Ghost.
But, you see, taking time to pray in the Spirit,
Taking time to pray in other tongues,
will get you tuned up; will edify you,
and get your tongue hooked up to your spirit, so that then He who dwells in your spirit can give you utterance,
Then He takes over.
And you speak out what He says, not what you think.
Speak out what He wants. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.
Let’s get going to bring forth some great happenings in America and around the world!!!!!!!!!!
Come join the Adventure!