Summary: We can learn in this series the importance of speaking in tongues on a daily basis.
Title: Baptism of the Holy Ghost – 3
“Why Tongues – 2”
Text: Mark 16:17
Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested, “Why do we need this 'Mr. Moody'? He's uneducated, inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?” A younger, wiser pastor rose and responded, “No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody.”
Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man shouted, “Suck it out with a pump!” Moody replied, “That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.” After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass. “There,” he said, “all the air is now removed.” He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by “sucking out a sin here and there,” but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Last week we set a foundation for this series. I spent some extensive time explaining that tongues is the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Ghost. We also learned that we don’t receive the baptism at the time of salvation, nor do we need the baptism in order to be saved. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is a necessity in the believer’s life. However, it comes after salvation. Last week we talked about the believers who were filled in Samaria, the believers who were filled in the house of Cornelius, the believers who were filled in Ephesus and also talked about Paul’s experience of being filled with the Spirit. This morning we started talking about 10 reasons why every believer should speak in tongues. We are going to go a little further in this evening’s message. This morning we got to 3 reasons why every believer should speak in tongues.
The first reason every believer should speak in tongues is because tongues is the initial sign that you are filled with the Holy Ghost. It is also important that every believer speak in tongues because tongues are for spiritual edification. We learned that edify is actually to build up or to charge like a battery. Speaking in tongues builds you up in your Christian walk. Speaking in tongues also reminds us that we have the Holy Ghost residing on the inside of us. It reminds us of the Spirit’s indwelling presence.
A minister’s twelve-year-old daughter once lost her temper and was talking rudely and hatefully to her mother. A visiting evangelist overheard the scene. When the girl looked up and saw him, knowing he had witnessed her tantrum, she was embarrassed and broke into tears. “I’m so sorry you saw me act this way and heard what I said,” she cried. “Honey,” he said, “there is One greater then I am who saw you and heard you. You are a Christian aren’t you?” “Yes.” “And filled with the Spirit?” He asked. “Yes.” “Well then, the Holy Ghost is in you. He knows what you said and how you acted. But if you repent, the Lord will forgive you.” They prayed together. She repented and in a little while began to worship God in tongues.