See also: "101 Reasons to Speak in Tongues" and "Are Tongues Necessary for Me?"

How to Speak in Unknown Tongues [condensed version]

"I would that ye all spake with tongues ..." 1Cor.14:5


There are people who have genuinely sought the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues AND have NOT received the 'sign' of tongues --- These same people often quit seeking because of a simple common misconception --- THEY EXPECT GOD TO MOVE THEIR TONGUE FOR THEM!!

NO! God gives YOU the utterance. He gives YOU the ABILITY. But YOU have to by faith move the muscles of your lips and tongue and jaws, and force the air up with your diaphragm through your vocal chords; vibrate your vocal chords yourself; and touch your tongue to your palette and teeth and move your lips. Don't expect to hear or see words in your mind; the prayer language comes directly from your heart bypassing the mind.


*Herewith let me give you my brief personal testimony; I believe it will greatly assist all those with a pure heart seeking to speak in tongues:


 When I got saved it was like getting shot out of a cannon. I felt the Holy Spirit come all over my heart like tender warm oil. I knew I was on the fulcrum of a decision and needed to let the oil of the Spirit into my heart.  It was my last chance!

Simultaneously I knew that this  meant surrendering the control of my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. When I did surrender, then I knew I knew I knew God personally, and that I was from henceforth a changed and forgiven person with a 'clean slate'.


'Fortunately', or better said, I was 'blest' to be saved in a church that believed that a saved person should ask for the UPON baptism with the Holy Spirit, because there are three main baptisms: 1. salvation, then 2. water baptism, then 3. baptism with the Holy Spirit. Water baptism doesn't save; it comes after salvation. Baptism with the Spirit doesn't save; it comes after salvation; Baptism with the Spirit is enduement with power to more fully minister. The Holy Spirit came "in" me at salvation, but was not "upon" me. The Father wants you to ask Him to send the Spirit "upon" you.

In the next few weeks after salvation, I asked the Lord for the baptism of the Holy Spirit many times. Twice I had the elders of the church lay hands upon me that I might receive this Gift of the Spirit upon me. You can in your own study look up the Scriptures regarding laying on of hands. I felt the power, but did not speak in tongues.

One day I was sitting in my car alone asking God and myself why I hadn't received tongues yet. I was taught correctly, so I fully believed that tongues is for all believers because God loves us all and wants all to pray to Him supernaturally in those times when our mind doesn't know how to pray. I know that the Father wants to give good gifts to His children, and "Ye have not, because ye ask not."

-- Well, I had asked with a pure heart and clean motives. Therefore I very simply concluded that I must have ALREADY received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. I didn't need to feel the 'power' come upon me. The power was ALREADY there, because I asked, and this is something in God's perfect will that He wants ALL to have.

Now, you need to know that I have always had an inferiority complex, so if you'd told me that 99% of Christians can speak in tongues, I would've assumed that I'm the one per cent that is going to be skipped. But since I was told and believed that tongues is for ALL, I reckoned it to be just as God has written. I already HAD tongues, because I had ASKED Him for tongues.


So by faith I began to move my tongue and lips, pushing the air up my throat, vibrating my vocal cords myself, NOT expecting God to vibrate my vocal cords. (And if you whisper the tongues, you don't even vibrate the vocal cords.) Tongues come from your heart, not your mind, therefore, don't expect to see, hear, or imagine words. Tongues flow straight up from the heart, not down from the mind. When you do it -- you know you know you know you have the 'sign' of tongues, just as you know the Bible is Truth and that God hath raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

So my prayer for all of you readers is that you'll continue to ask the Father for tongues; The Father loves you as much as He loves Jesus! Infinitely! Jesus loves you as much as He loves John and Paul! Infinitely! So right now thank and praise Jesus and Your Father for their countless blessings toward you.   Now, move ALL your speech muscles/organs by faith, not waiting to feel something, not waiting to hear a word in your mind. It bypasses your mind. Feelings often come later, but the Gifts of the Lord start with faith, function by faith, until one day we see the object of our faith, Jesus, the Finisher of our faith. Amen!


[Back to: "Amazing Prophecy from the Lord Jesus Christ about Tongues"]

SEE also: "Sixteen Bad Excuses Not to Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit"

and: "Are Tongues Needed in the Church Today?"

and:  "Tongues Will Unite the Church in the End"

and: "101 Reasons/Benefits to Speak in Tongues"


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