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Speak In Tougues Mean

I know it may sound simple to mature christians but what does "To speak in tongues" mean exactly? Could you explain it to me, please?Thank you.

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Tongues are not a gift, they are a manifestation of the gift. Everyone born again receives the spirit, but not everyone believes enough or understands enough to manifest the spirit. And the word ONE in those verses refers to the "profit" of each manifestation. Not meaning to ONE man this and one man that. It's for ONE PROFIT you do this, for another profit you do that, and for still another different profit, you do another thing.
---Cindi on 5/1/08

1st Cliff.... Jesus never spoke in tongues because it was not available to do that until AFTER he died, rose & ascended... and then God sent the COMFORTER (the holy spirit) on the day of Pentecost. So Jesus could NOT have spoken in tongues since he had to die to make it available to the rest of us.
---Cindi on 5/1/08

Also I'll try one more time to pass along this bit of information to you guys. Seems that the last blog about tongues got yanked.

Corinthians 12 starts out talking about gifts... but in verse 7 it changes, it says:
**But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.**
All those things listed in vs. 8 - 10 are manifestations of the spirit. The spirit is the gift. (cont)
---Cindi on 5/1/08

Acts 2:4- And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.Please notice here its as the Spirit gives the utterance, not some words that another person teaches you to say. The Bible says, draw nigh unto me and I will draw nigh unto you. If you are truly seeking the infilling of the Holy Ghost, you will be filled. God Bless you as you seek this important strength for these last days.
---Trish_Jackson on 5/1/08

It means allowing your the Holy Spirit to speak His will in and through you. Its for your edifying - building up your 'spirit man' and praying God's will in situations where you don't know what to pray or what may really be the problem. I pray in tongues everyday for awhile - its to give Him glory and to allow God to cleanse me in the way He decides (His prayer for my life)

---andre5846 on 9/16/07

It means to be able to speak a recognized foreign language WITHOUT LEARNING IT! Imagine ou got a call to serve in Burundi, Africa.
If the Lord thought it would greatly help you He could make you speak KYRUNDI instantly. That would qualify as a gift of tongue.
---Pierr7958 on 9/16/07

Read 1 Corinthians 14 and Acts 2:1-12.
---Auror3743 on 4/2/07

I don't know if the language that Jesus sent me is spoken somewhere on Earth or not..but it's a language that came instantly,when He gave it (& I CHOSE to receive it) from the Holy Spirit.He prays it thru me to the Father,so I don't pray "amiss".Read Rom.8:25-28.Blessings,
---lovable_linda on 12/3/05

After getting saved, coming out of the bar life,knew nothing of the Bible,God led me to "renounce"the occult..and then He "baptized me with the Holy Spirit"& gave me a "heavenly"language,that I had never learned on my own.It's a valuable tool when praying.He knows how to pray the perfect will of the Father which I don't.Ask Him to give it to you.It's real.
---lovable_linda on 11/19/05

"speaking in tongues" is actually somewhat of a wrong name, which is why some people don't get it. it actually means to speak in a foreign language not known to you, speaking through the Spirit. this is what happened at Pentecost: the disciples spoke in Hebrew, but people from many different countries and languages understood them by the Spirit.
---gabriel on 8/3/05

yes less of self power more of GODS power
---laure5469 on 6/27/05

Just found this in my notes. It kinda negates part of my last post. Not sure where it's from but it's good! Thought I'd share it with you all.

"A common misconception about the baptism in the Holy Spirit is that it somehow gives us power, that it strengthens us, increases our power & ability to work for God that it makes us spiritual giants. Actually the baptism in the Holy Spirit is designed to reduce us, so that more of Gods presence and power can dwell in us and flow through us."
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

Pt 1
Hi Liz. Nine years ago I wrote a book I titled, "As A Matter of Fasting." The following seven posts are an excerpt from this book. I hope you find this helpful.

God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise so that no one may boast before Him (1 Corinthians 1:27, 29). I don't think there's anything that confuses people like tongues. And yet to a spirit-filled Christian, is there anything simpler? It is an almost effortless activity.
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

Pt 2
Jude 1:20 says, "... BUILD yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit." Some people like to compare praying in the Holy Spirit (which is praying in tongues) to a body builder. You are building up spiritual muscles and causing the spiritman within to be strengthened.
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

Pt 3
1 Corinthians 14 says that there are all sorts of languages in the world and even if they are unknown to us, not one of them is without meaning (verse 10). Speaking in tongues is not gibberish. Verse 2 says we are speaking ... not to men ... but to God.
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

Pt 4
By the power of the Holy Spirit, our spirit is uttering mysteries to God. Just because our natural mind is not able to understand the words coming from our mouths, does nothing to diminish the effect, or the power of those words. God understands every language and even if we do not exactly understand what we are speaking, we are told in verses 16 and 17 exactly what kind of mysteries we are speaking. When we are speaking in tongues, we are praising God and giving Him thanks.
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

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Pt 5
Words are not taken lightly in the Kingdom of God, afterall that's what the Bible is ... THE Word of God. The power in tongues is in the yielding of your tongue, or to be more accurate, it's in the yielding of your voice, your words to God. You simply trust that the Holy Spirit is speaking through you. You do it by faith.
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

Pt 6
In releasing our heavenly language we are speaking praises and thanksgiving to God. Is there any language He is incapable of understanding? When we praise or pray in tongues our carnal thoughts are not able to pollute those words therefore our praises are pure before Him.
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

Pt 7
Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. As we give praise and thanksgiving to God (even in tongues), the mightiness of His presence comes in on the scene to edify us, to strengthen us, to build us up, to empower us.
---DoryLory on 6/26/05

Cliff, because I believe the whole Bible is inspired by God. He used imperfect men to convey His perfect love to us.

II Tim 3:16
---Bruce5656 on 6/25/05

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Praying in the Holy Ghost builds you up in your most holy faith. It edifies you because it is communication between you and God alone that bypasses the natural mind. The mysteries of God are spoken in the pure language of the Spirit. In the OT, the people were to appear before God three times a year (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles..and in that order). In the NT, He appears in us in these feasts and every one of them are as legitimate today as they were then.
---Linda_Smith on 6/25/05

Cindy to you it maybe gibberish, but to those who are truely speaking in tongues, it isn't gibberish. Maybe it isn't for you to understand. In Acts it talks about the Holy Ghost falling upon men, and they spoke to God in an unknown tongue. That is nowhere gibberish. I haven't spoken in tongues, but I don't have that desire to. but I have heard people speak in tongues and it being interrepted, and it is beautiful.
---Rebecca_D on 6/25/05

Bruce 5656;Can you explain why you believe that every word Paul wrote is God spoken gospel? it based on "because he said so"?
---1st_cliff on 6/24/05

Cindy, Paul disagrees.
1 Corinthians 14:2, "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."
---Bruce5656 on 6/24/05

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I beleive in the Bible tongues was another word for language. In acts it talks about people coming from different lands who could not speak the language so God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to those attending the sabath the gift to speak in their language so they could learn about God and how to praise him.
Now all this gibberish they speak in religions today, I dont understand.
---Cindy on 6/24/05

Dory Lory,You are welcome.I've never heard it done, but it seems to be gaining in practice.Abba means father.I think any real words of praise are acceptable.I was alone with God when I was Baptised with the HG/evidence of tongues,I just used what I always said when praising God.Glory to God,Praise Him,and whatever I felt in my heart, since God had quickened my spirit to seek the HG that day, it came easy.It took 11 years to get there.God is Spirit so we must worship in the Spirit to receive.God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 6/23/05

Darlene 1 - Thanks for your reply. I've never encouraged it but Ive heard of it being done. I think, many times people (esp new Christians) get hung up on the phrase, "the Spirit gave them utterance." They can get discouraged, thinking God passed them by because He hasn't overpowered them & "made them" speak in tongues. If they're praising God (& the word "Abba" can be used in praise) then the transition into tongues is a small step of faith.
---DoryLory on 6/23/05

Liz; If you are a follower of Christ,you will emulate Him,by seeling first the Kingdom! When did you ever read about Jesus making a theatrical display of "speaking in tounges? We have Christians (followers of Christ) and Paulites (followers of Paul) after all he wrote about 1/2 the NT. We have religious freedom to follow whom we choose. Personally I choose Christ!
---1st_cliff on 6/23/05

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I am a long way from Wisconsin in Nova Scotia, Canada so I guess you will not be dropping by anytime soon.

I am not a full time preacher today. I fill in on weekends in chruches that do not have a pastor or their pastor is on vacation.
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05

1 Cor 14 17You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. 18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
---Auror3743 on 6/23/05

1 Cor 14 13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what hesays. 14For if Ipray ina tongue, my spiritprays, butmy mind is unfruitful. 15What shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit but I will also sing with my mind. 16If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who don't understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, sincehe does notknow what you are saying?
---Auror3743 on 6/23/05

Bruce 46__ I forgot the other two numbers. You're giving the wrong advice if you are doing that then you could be saying blasphemies against the Holy Spirit. If you don't know what you are saying it's best not to. I don't have enough space so please see my next blog.
---Auror3743 on 6/23/05

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God timed my salvation, baptism in water, baptism by the Holy Spirit, and speaking in tongues at different spiritual stages in my life. All are wonderful and I treasure them. The most unusual time of speaking in tongues was when our mission team was praying in tongues and praising the Lord. One man told me later thru an interpreter that I was speaking in his Siberian dialect. I probably speak only 10 Russian words in the natural. What a blessing!
---Elsie on 6/23/05

DoryLory,What saying words like that hurts is,it doesn't line up with the Bible, it isn't God's pattern He set forth in Acts2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues ,as the Spirit gave them utterance.God didn't say think up some weird sounds so you will be used to them, and then you'll speak in tongues.God doesn't need man's devices to do anything.You are right, it's all God in the end, but it should be throughout.
---Darlene_1 on 6/23/05

It is not from earth. It is the language used in heaven, and given to believers to edify the body. Another related gift is the interpretation of tongues, which edifies the all the hearers and not only the one speaking in tongues. The Lord has graced me with tongues and the interpretations of tongues, and prophesyings, and healings, etc. Please read Isaiah 28:11,12; Matthew 7:11; I Corinthians chapter 14.
---Eloy on 6/23/05

Bruce5656 where do you Preach? maybe I can visit your church? I have Had talks with people who are closed to Tounges. they think it is bable. but For me I wouldn't want to go to a church that didn't have the Spirit moving. yes there are fakes, yes there are christians that don't expereance it. to me it is the touch of God God talking though us. some times to self some times others. sometimes to show we surender I don't know what I say, maybe a sin or hurt I must confes but better left forgotten
---laure5469 on 6/23/05

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a daily activity for me. gives peace knowing that God is still with me, when I speak in tougnes at church, I feel that God may have me talking to Him in a langage that no one {not even me}understands because it maybe is no ones business but God and mine. It can be to get "attention God speaking.." I stop to listen. God can use this when someone can be witnessed to when we don't speak same langage. If you have heard a room full of people singing in tougues, You know it is Gods own words.
---laure5469 on 6/23/05

Bruce, I've heard of people recommending this process (of repeating a word or phrase) as a form of acquainting someone with the idea of speaking in unknown syllables. I don't know how well it works, but I can't see how it could hurt. In the end it still comes down to trusting God for the language.
---DoryLory on 6/23/05

Speaking in tongues is a gift, but you don't have to speak tongues in order to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Not everyone will have the same gifts. I had alot of trouble trying to understand it also, but we have get in our mind that it is something that is not learned and just let the Lord give as He will. Pray for the gifts of the Spirit. It can serve as a prayer language to God that the devil can't understand. I pray that the Lord will inlighten you in this area. God Bless you.
---a_friend on 6/22/05

Your spirit is speaking directly to God. You don't know what you are saying, but your spirit does. Satan can't even understand it.
---Rebecca_D on 6/22/05

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I would like to make it clear that Bruce4648's advice ("abba" (Father) several times, alternating with "ma"; "ka"; "la") is not typical advice that would be given by those who believe in speaking in tongues.
At least I have never heard anyone give such advice in my 25+ years as a pentecostal preacher.
---Bruce5656 on 6/22/05

Please note:

There are TWO Bruces responding here. My self (Bruce5656) and a newcomer(bruce4648).
---Bruce5656 on 6/22/05

There are enough examples of people being baptized in the Holy Spirit immediatly following conversion, before baptism to make it clear that recieving the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is not contingent on being baptized first.
Any Christian (one in whom the Holy Spirit lives) is an elligible canditate for the Baptism in the Holy Ghost.
---Bruce5656 on 6/22/05

Let me rephrase that:
"as the Holy Spirit puts the words in your thoughts".
---Bruce5656 on 6/22/05

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The person who's Baptised in Holy Ghost with evidence of tongues isn't the one speaking.It is the HG Himself who is using your vocal cords to express words from God.There is nothing you can do to learn tongues,it is Spiritual.Ask God to fill you,trust enough to surrender control of your mind/tongue to God's use.Repent of sins,ask for HG,trust,surrender,and praise God out loud , the Tongues may come during praise ,maybe not for years,it's all in God's timing.Don't use made up words,let go and let God.
---Darlene_1 on 6/22/05

Bruce; what you're advocating here is borderline "chanting" then can you be sure it's Holy Spirit that "takes over" bottom line is in this day and age it serves no usefull purpose,other than being a theatrical demonstration. To me it's too spooky!
---1st_cliff on 6/22/05

Liz, also take a look at Proverbs 3:5-6. Liz you've got to believe it and not try to analyze it because God is past finding out. God told us to believe His Word and not to figure it out. God's plan of salvation is in the 2 Chapter of Act which instructs us top repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. After doing all of this, you only need to believe and ye shall receive the gift, just like I did. bebe
---Bernevia on 6/22/05

Bruce:Define: heart, mind and brain considering that you mention speaking without passing the mind. I don't get it.
Help me!
---Pierr7958 on 6/22/05

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Dear Liz,
Read Acts ch.2. As well as foreign languages, more common is "speaking in the tongues of angels". 1Cor.13:1.This is direct communication from the heart, bypassing the mind, to God. Pray for the gift! When you are 'in-the-Spirit', say "abba" (Father) out loud several times; vary this with "ma";"da";"ka" to get used to saying words that don't make 'sense'. Sooner/later the Holy Spirit will take over. God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!
---bruce4648 on 6/22/05

Speaking toungues is the initial sign of the holy spirit & the power to witness. Acts Chapter 2 : 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
---Krys on 6/22/05

It means to pray, worship or speak in a language you have never learned as the Holy Spirit puts the words in your mind.

It is used in both a private way(I Cor 14:4,15) and a public way(I Cor 14:13).
---Bruce5656 on 6/22/05

More on tongues. Let's say that you speak in Arabic during a Bible Study class and that's not your mother language, then there needs to be an interpretation of what was said so that all can benefit.
1 Corinthians 14:5, 13-14->These verses are talking about the Spiriutal gift of interpretation and speaking in tongues. There's also stuff in Acts 2:1-4 & Mark 16:17. As I am looking @ my Bible, they translate the Greek "tongues" to say languages as I mentioned. Hope this helps.
---Chante on 6/22/05

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cont #2 I lost my younger brother to cancer 4 yrs ago yesterday.On his death bed he sang a Russian folk song (a Polish woman was mopping the floor at the time and was amazed) He didn't speak any other language but Englih and was not "religious".. These paranormal happenings are not all that uncommon ,but speaking in an unintelegable tongue serves no useefull purpose IMHO!
---1st_cliff on 6/22/05

Ok, here's what I have been told about tongues:
The Latin root for 'tongue' is the same word we use in English to mean language. I think the word is similar to the word "idiom" if you know what that means.

In other words, if you speak a foreign language you are speaking in another "tongue". More Biblically speaking, If you are talking to God and the Holy Spirit gives you utterance, that is a private tongue between you and God.
---Chante on 6/22/05

Liz; People were at the feast of pentacost from all over the then known world.So that the could hear the "word" in their own language,the diciples spoke(miraculously) in their tounge! I do believe that speaking in an unintelegable tongue to day serves no useful purpose! The monks of Tibet have recited Shakespere(and the don't speak English!) cont..
---1st_cliff on 6/22/05

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