Starting in the month of June I will be teaching on the vocal gifts of the Spirit. We have been studying the gifts of the Spirit for the last several weeks and just finished up a discussion of the Revelation gifts. There are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are 3 that Reveal somethings, 3 that say something and 3 that do some. The Revelation gifts are the word of wisdom, word of knowledge and discerning of spirits. The 3 that say something are tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy. The 3 that do something are called the power gifts and they are faith, healings and working of miracles.
These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit and operate as He wills. That means that He controls when they are manifest and we don’t have the ability to manifest them on our own.
The gift of tongues is different than the prayer language of tongues. Here are some differences. The gift of tongues is for public use while tongues as a prayer language is a conversation between your spirit and God. Tongues for public use or for the church HAVE to be accompanied by an interpretation. Otherwise, the congregation won’t be edified by what was said. See I Corinthians 12:4-11. Tongues as a prayer language can be heard in church but it’s not a message to the congregation. You may hear folks praying in tongues but they aren’t addressing the congregation. Another difference is that the gift of tongues is as the Holy Spirit decides while tongues as a prayer language is you deciding to pray in the Spirit. When you pray in the Spirit you build yourself up. See Jude 1:20.
I am going to be talking more about this on the radio show during the month of June. Join me on iheart heaven 98.3 at noon EST on Wednesdays. God Bless