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3 Ways to Maximize the Gift of Tongues in Your Prayer Life

3 Ways to Maximize the Gift of Tongues in Your Prayer Life

I have been praying in tongues for about fifteen years. But the past few years especially, the Lord has been highlighting the importance of this valuable gift in a greater way. If you already have this gift, I encourage you to use it often. If you’re a believer and you have not received the gift of tongues, I encourage you to pray and seek God to receive it. There are various purposes for the gift of tongues, and one of them is...

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Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

When Jesus was commissioning the disciples with the gospel message, He told them that they were to receive power from the Holy Spirit: “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:29). We are indwelt with the Spirit at salvation, but we are also to continue to be empowered by the Spirit throughout our Christian walk. We should...

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4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

In my last article, I defined speaking in tongues as speaking a language you have never learned, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Tongues is a gift of the Spirit that is often misunderstood. One of the reasons for this is that there several purposes for it. One of the purposes for tongues is that it can be used in your personal prayer life. This is sometimes referred to as having a prayer language. The apostle Paul speaks of this concept in...

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What is Speaking in Tongues?

What is Speaking in Tongues?

Speaking in tongues is a mysterious phenomenon that is found in the Bible, predominately in the New Testament after the birth of the early church. It is is found in several places in the book of Acts and is listed as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. The topic of speaking in tongues has been quite controversial in the modern-day church. Some consider it to be a bizarre practice, relegated to fringe groups. Others...

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How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

In a recent article, I wrote about a gift of the Holy Spirit called discerning of spirits. This gift is vitally important to the body of Christ. It gives insight into what is happening in the spiritual realm and it helps distinguish between what is of the Holy Spirit and what is a counterfeit. Discerning of spirits is a powerful aid to the ministry of deliverance, exposing the presence and identity of evil spirits. Another manifestation of...

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The Gift of Discerning Spirits

The Gift of Discerning Spirits

In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul lists nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. One of these manifestations of the Spirit is called “discerning of spirits.” I believe that this is a vital gift for the church today. I would define discerning of spirits in the following way: the supernatural ability to perceive what is happening in the spiritual realm and to judge between the Holy Spirit and demonic spirits. Sometimes this gift...

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The Difference between Authority and Power

The Difference between Authority and Power

If we are going to step into doing the works of Jesus, we will need two essential ingredients: authority and power. We must have a foundation of intimacy with God, and should always be motivated by compassion for others; but without the equipment of authority and power we will not have what it takes to do the task. Luke 9:1 says this: “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to...

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Sermon: There is More!

Sermon: There is More!

I recently preached a message about the Holy Spirit called “There is More!” In Acts 19, the apostle Paul went to Ephesus and asked some disciples if they had received the Holy Spirit. They answered, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2). These were godly men who had an understanding of the message of repentance, but not of faith in Jesus for salvation or of the baptism in the Holy Spirit....

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Why Prophetic Words can be Confusing

Why Prophetic Words can be Confusing

As I have written previously, I have been greatly blessed by the gift of prophecy throughout my walk with the Lord. There have been many times when God spoke to me through another person, exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. God has used prophecy to confirm aspects of my calling, encourage me, and give me and my wife needed direction. At times, I have also been used in the gift of prophecy to encourage others. Prophecy is one of...

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Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit

Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit

I recently preached a message called “Receive the Holy Spirit.” When Jesus went to His hometown of Nazareth, He was not properly received. Because of the lack of honor and the unbelief, the Bible says that He could not do any miracles there, except heal a few sick people (see Mark 6:1-6). His ministry was severely limited. The same is true of the Holy Spirit. When He is not embraced by the church and received for who He is, the...

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