The Pattern

Speaking in Tongues Benefit 8 (Praying, Singing, Blessing, Giving thanks) Benefit 9 (Tongue under Subjection)

Remember we are using the D.A.D. approach throughout this teaching.

D.A.D. Approach (Acrostic)

Click here. Review the acrostic if desired. (Part 1 Audio)

Plus, our three main character qualities, which are:

1. Wisdom vs. Natural inclinations 
2. Persuasiveness Vs. Contentiousness 
3. Cautiousness vs. Rashness 

Four uses of tongues:

1. Praying

2. Singing

3. Blessing

4. Giving thanks unto God

1 Corinthians 14:15-17
15 “What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say ‘Amen’ at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?  17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.” (NKJV)

When Paul said, “He who occupies the place of the uninformed…” in verse 16, he was referring to those who are unlearned in spiritual things.

Notice that Paul says praying in tongues provides a way to pray with the spirit, sing with the spirit, bless with the spirit, and give thanks well.

This is all directed toward God, not people.

For example, if you invited me to dinner and said, “Please give thanks;” and if I prayed in tongues you would not know what I said, because this was directed toward God and not people, therefore you would not be edified.

Paul said it would be better to pray with my understanding, which would be directed toward people.  If I did pray in tongues, I should interpret it so you would know what was said.

In the presence of people who are unlearned, Paul said to pray with your understanding so that they will understand and be edified.  

I Corinthians 14:2
“For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.” (RSV)

Now, let us move forward to benefit 9.

Speaking in tongues will assists us in bringing our tongue under subjection.

How can we keep our tongue under control?

How many of us have a problem or have difficulty keeping our tongue or what you say under control? (Everyone is at a different level)

First, let me say that Gods word says that no human being can tame the tongue. 

It also says that the tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

James 3:8
“but no human being can tame the tongue-- a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (RSV)

Even though no human being can tame the tongue God Who is a Spirit can. 

Therefore, we need His help and one degree of help comes through the baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.

Where in the Bible does it say that God is a Spirit?

John 4:24
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." NKJV

1 Timothy 1:17
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” NKJV

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