Sunday, November 18, 2018

Evidence of His Power in You

Hello everyone,

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a precious gift for every born-again believer and is essential for us to live out our Christian faith purposefully and victoriously.  As we study the scriptures, we see how speaking in tongues, which is a personal, heavenly, prayer language is available for every Believer who is baptised in the Holy Spirit.  There are such amazing benefits for those who regularly spend time praying in their heavenly language, in fact they are so wonderful that we simply cannot ignore the importance of this precious gift.  

Regardless of the denomination to which you belong or what you have been taught to believe, it is an irrefutable fact that Jesus said believers would speak with new tongues.  Jesus said in Mark 16:17, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;”.

Today we are going to look at one of the benefits of praying in tongues which is the fact that it provides evidence that we are filled with the supernatural power of God!

As a born-again child of God, your body has become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!   1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,”.

1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.”  This means your spirit and His Holy Spirit have become one!  At the point of your conversion, the Holy Spirit took your human spirit which was lost to sin, and recreated it in Himself!  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”

Then, as I explained in the previous letter, every child of God can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  This is where we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us up and activate us with His power.  It’s important to note that when we become born again, the Holy Spirit does take up residency in us, and promises to remain in us.  He doesn’t leave us.  However, to activate His power to flow in and through us - to do what is naturally not possible to do, we need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  

Look at what John the Baptist said about Jesus,  John 1:32-34, “John gave further evidence, saying, I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and it dwelt on Him [never to depart].  And I did not know Him nor recognize Him, but He Who sent me to baptizein (with) water said to me, Upon Him Whom you shall see the Spirit descend and remain, that One is He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen [that happen—I actually did see it] and my testimony is that this is the Son of God!”  
The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to operate supernaturally from that moment on.  His power flowed through Jesus as He worked signs, wonders and miracles.  It also gave Him the power to withstand the temptation and attack of the enemy.  

Luke 4:1, “THEN JESUS, full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led in [by] the [Holy] Spirit.”  Jesus was then led by the Holy Spirt into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Because the Holy Spirit gave Him the appropriate word to respond every time, He stood up to the devil and overcame every temptation and trap he had laid out for Him.  This is important for us to pay attention to, because when we are baptised in the Holy Spirit, we are given the same power to overcome every trap and temptation the enemy has laid up for us.

Look at what happened next:  
Luke 4:14, 17-19, “Then Jesus went back full of and under the power of the [Holy] Spirit into Galilee, and the fame of Him spread through the whole region round about....And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity],
To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the daywhen salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound].”

Just as the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to do all this, the baptism of the Holy Spirit we receive empowers us to do the very same!

A wonderful way to understand this is by looking at what the Word baptism means.   It comes from the Greek Word baptizo meaning to fully submerge.  It gives a picture of a piece of cloth being fully submerged into a container that is filled with a solution of water and dye.  Once that cloth is completely soaked in that solution, it has been baptised in it.  When that cloth is lifted out of that solution, it has taken of the exact colour, and even smell of what saturated it. 

When we are baptised with the Holy Spirit, our spirits are literally saturated and soaked in His power.  We are full of and activated by power to do the very same supernatural works Jesus did.  In John 14:12 Jesus said, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”  Jesus knew that only once He left the earth to go to His Father, the Holy Spirit would be able to inhabit the lives of those who believed in and accepted Jesus as their Saviour.

Once we are baptised in the Holy Spirit, being filled with His power is something that is not just done once and never again.  In fact the Bible tells us to continue being filled with His power.  Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.”  Every time we need a fresh empowerment of the Holy Spirit’s power to spiritually strengthen and energise us, we can use our faith and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us full of a fresh empowering of His supernatural power.  In fact it’s something that is expected of us, not just suggested.  

Speaking in tongues is evidence that we have been baptised and filled with the power of God.  It’s proof that our bodies are wholly filled and flooded with that power. 

Ephesians 1:19 says that we can know and understand the, “...immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,...”.  

Ephesians 3:19 speaks of how we are, “...filled [through all our being]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!”  

Every time we pray in tongues we are reminded of and have evidence of how our frail human bodies hold within them a treasure that is so powerful and glorious, it cannot be kept for just ourselves!  The power of God that is in us empowers us to do His will and carry out His purpose supernaturally while we are on this earth.

2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.

What a glorious gift we have to constantly remind us of the power that resides inside us.  This heavenly language is pure evidence of that resident power.  

Next week I’ll speak about another benefit Speaking in Tongues holds for us.  Until then, pray in the Holy Spirit and be reminded of that power that is flowing in and through you!

Much love,

Jenny







Monday, November 12, 2018

Benefits of Speaking in Tongues Part 1

Hello everyone,

The other morning while spending time with the Lord, two words rose up in my spirit: ‘PURPOSE’ and ‘POWER’. I believe that everything we receive from the Lord, whether it’s the truth from His written word, His refreshing presence or a spontaneous message He speaks into our spirits, it is always for the specific purpose of manifesting His power in our lives.

Not one moment we spend in the presence of the Lord is insignificant. Not one word of truth is only for our general knowledge. That’s because every word from God has the power to perform what it says. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that every word from God, whether written or spontaneous, is truth and is empowered to produce exactly what it says in our lives.

For instance, God’s Word says that Jesus died and rose again to become our Saviour. That truth is not meant to be just head knowledge; we are meant to believe it with our hearts, let it be the confession of our mouths and by faith, we literally receive Him as our Saviour; knowing and experiencing Him in a very real and personal way. The same is true when the word says Jesus is our Healer. Those words are meant to become our reality, where we don’t just know about the Healer, we experience Him as our Healer and our Provider and everything else the Bible says He is to us.

Essentially, everything about God and His Word is meant to be transferred to us to not just know about, but personally experience. And this is all done by the work of the Holy Spirit. We can never over-emphasise the importance of His role in the life of a believer!

Take a look at what Jesus says about the Holy Spirit in John 16:13-15:
“But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
He will honour and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.”  

Jesus said everything that the Father has belongs to Him, and the Holy Spirit will take it all and disclose and transmit it to us. What a powerful promise! Everything that comes to us from God is done by the Person of Holy Spirit!

Just as a side thought, I did have someone tell me that it’s dangerous to put too much emphasis on the Holy Spirit to the point we don’t make Jesus the focus of our faith.  The truth is, it’s impossible to do that because the function of the Holy Spirit is to glorify and honour Jesus.  That means, wherever the Holy Spirit is appreciated, Jesus is glorified because He immediately places all attention on Him.  When we experience the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit, all we can focus on is Jesus.

Anyone who reads the Bible will see the absolute importance Jesus places on every believer being baptised in the Holy Spirit directly after receiving our salvation. In Acts 2 we read how He insisted that after His ascension, the disciples go to the upper room in Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit to baptise them in power before they do anything. They were to wait to be filled with power that would enable them to carry out the Gospel, first to their own land and then to the surrounding nations of the earth. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was so significant because it completely filled and flooded each believer with the miracle-working power of God, where they would be able to not just do the works Jesus did, but greater works would be done since every believer would be empowered - compared to just one man. And the evidence of this baptism of the Holy Spirit would be speaking in tongues. In fact: every single believer, who was in that upper room that day, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues - without exception.

This is by no means the only time we see this happen in the New Testament church. In the 8th chapter of Acts, we see Philip leave Jerusalem and travel to Samaria. Here, with the boldness he received from being baptised in the Holy Spirit, he leads many to the Lord, lays hands on them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and all receive the evidence of it by speaking in tongues. In the 9th chapter of Acts we see Saul of Tarsus have an encounter with Jesus, and Ananias is led by the Holy Spirit to lay hands on Him to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Later, in the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul urges all believers to speak in tongues, saying that he is sure he speaks in his heavenly language more than all - because he knows the powerful benefits it holds for every believer.

In Acts chapter 19, we read how Paul traveled to Ephesus and found some disciples there.  He asked them is they had been baptised in the Holy Spirit.  They had only being baptised by John the Baptist and didn’t even know about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  To this Paul showed them how to become born-again and baptised them in the Name of Jesus Christ, laid hands on them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and each one of them were given the evidence of that baptism by speaking in other tongues.  From that day on the church of Ephesus began to grow and become productive for the kingdom of God because of the boldness and power of the Holy Spirit that resided in those believers.

There are so many accounts in the New Testament where we read of believers being baptised in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and the supernatural power that consistently follows their preaching of the Word. Even after the original apostles had gone from the earth, church history has been significantly marked by believers who are baptised in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, with the demonstration of signs, wonders and miracles following the preaching of the Word, just as in Bible times. And the Holy Spirit is still filling and baptising believers today, empowering them to do what is humanly impossible without the power of God at work in and through them.



The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a precious gift for every born-again believer and is essential for us to live out our Christian faith purposefully and victoriously. I recently watched a teaching by Ted Shuttlesworth Jr. on YouTube. He entitled his message ‘Seven Benefits of Speaking in Tongues’. It so touched my heart that I have decided to use the next couple of letters to share these benefits with you. My purpose is to stir up a holy hunger in every believer who either reads these letters or watches the videos, to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. And for those believers who already speak in tongues: to stir up a hunger and determination to purposefully take up this remarkable gift and make it a far more regular practice in your daily life. I have no doubt that this is exactly what you will eagerly desire and pursue once you understand the amazing benefits of operating in this gift.

So get ready to be stirred up to live on purpose in the unmistakable power of God that is available to you as a believer!

All my love,
Jenny


Monday, October 8, 2018

A Sign

Hello everyone,

Last week we began speaking about the powerful spiritual gift of diverse tongues. We focused on our own heavenly prayer language, where the Holy Spirit prays the perfect will of God through us. Today we are going to move on to the other part of this gift, that includes a different kind of tongue. The Bible speaks about this in 1 Corinthians 14:22, where tongues are used as a sign for unbelievers. This usually takes place in a gathering of people, like a church service. This type of tongue will always have an interpretation accompanying it, either by the person bringing the tongue or another believer. Again, this is released in our spirits as the Holy Spirit wills. The Apostle Paul was very clear on how to operate in this gift when in a gathering so as to profit all, at the appropriate time in the service so the flow of what God is doing is not interrupted. Releasing a tongue and interpretation of that tongue at the appropriate moment is a wonderful demonstration of the supernatural and a very effective witnessing tool as well as a means to encourage and build the body of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 13:1, the Apostle Paul refers to us speaking in the tongues of men and of angels. I have heard a testimony of a pastor who held a prayer meeting and while they were praying in the Spirit, one of his members began to pray in a tongue that was distinctively different to their normal heavenly language, and it brought a powerful manifestation of the Presence of God with it. After the meeting the Lord impressed on his heart that it was a tongue of angels. I have been in church meetings where the presence of the Lord was like a thick blanket in the room, and everyone present was caught up in the tangible glory of God, worshipping Him in our heavenly language; and as we lifted our voices together, there was a sound that came from our worship that sounded as if the angels of heaven were right there worshipping with us, ushering in and maintaining such a deep level of intensity of the Holy Spirit in the atmosphere. What an awesome experience. In that atmosphere the miraculous takes place. Lives are significantly touched and changed forever; healing, signs and wonders flow freely in an atmosphere charged by the presence of God!

Another type of tongue that the Holy Spirit can orchestrate through us, is where we are praying in our heavenly language and the Lord changes the dialect into a langue of man that is not our own. In fact we won’t even understand it, but we will speak a foreign language fluently, for a specific purpose. I’ve been in a church service where a person was released to operate in the gift of speaking in tongues. This man felt an intense urgency in His spirit to release it. After he did, we were all silent, waiting for an interpretation when someone from the congregation waved their arms excitedly and testified that the man had just spoken a message that touched his heart; and he could understand it perfectly because even though it was foreign to us; it was spoken fluently in his own language, from the country he came from.

When we obey the Holy Spirit and by faith exercise this gift, as the Holy Spirit wills, He changes the kind of tongue we speak at His own discretion. That doesn’t mean He takes control of our mouths and forces out strange languages without us being able to stop or start or switch back into our own native language; not at all - that’s not how He operates. We can choose to pray in the Holy Spirit or tongues whenever we want. When we do, and we focus in on the Presence of God, He will speak whatever heavenly tongue He feels appropriate for the moment - that part is completely up to Him, because it’s His Spirit speaking through us, and we have no intellectual understanding of what we are saying.

Let’s have a look at how this gift of diverse tongues took place in the Bible. In the account of the day of Pentecost, the Bible refers to the believers in the upper room as speaking in tongues; but as they continued to do so, the unknown tongues they were speaking in transpired into another miraculous occurrence! The Bible says in Acts 2:6; Acts 2:8 and Acts 2:11 that the believers began to speak in languages that were foreign to their own natural dialect, but known to the many foreigners that were gathered in Jerusalem that day.

So, three significant things happened that day. Firstly, the Holy Spirit descended upon and baptised each believer in the upper room, filling them with His Spirit. Secondly, He gave them the gift to pray and worship God in the Spirit, with unknown tongues, as their own prayer language. And thirdly, He gave them the ability to speak in foreign tongues that were not their own natural language, but understood by the foreigners standing by - being able to hear and understand the Gospel for the first time in their own language! This was praying in tongues as a sign to unbelievers.

Being baptised in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is available to every believer, as it was to those in the upper room that day (Luke 11:13; Acts 2:4). Paul encourages us to regularly operate in this gift; not only to energise our spirits and worship God in Spirit and truth, releasing His perfect will in our lives, but also so He can use this gift to be a blessing to others too, as He chooses.

Just as the Holy Spirit is inside you, praying in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit has already given you, and it can be activated in you by faith. All you need to do is believe and reach out in faith to pray in tongues. It really has nothing to do with our intellect or our emotions. It's not about feeling anything; it's just simple faith and your mouth that's required.  

Starting to pray in tongues is different for different believers; there isn't one set method to follow. Having said that, we must first be born again in order to be able to speak in tongues! 

If you are a born again child of God and desire to operate in this gift, let me share my testimony with you on how I began to speak in tongues - it may be helpful to you to operate in this gift too.

When I had hands laid on me for the gift of tongues, nothing seemed to happen. But I was encouraged to focus on Jesus and worship Him. So for days after, I would spend time alone with the Lord, just worshipping and thanking Him, and little by little, a strange syllable would roll out of my prayers and worship. So I just kept saying it, amongst my English thanksgiving, and then more strange syllables would come. The more I 'practiced', the more the language would just flow.

My granny, on the other hand, had a very different experience. She was just sitting in church, when the Holy Spirit touched her. She jumped up out of her seat and began to fluently speak in tongues, as though it was a language she had always spoken in.

Pastor Neal Reyes, who teaches a brilliant series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, gives his own testimony on how he started praying in tongues too (you can find it on YouTube). He said his biggest ‘block’ or hindrance to praying in tongues was his mind. The more he prayed or worshipped, the more he found himself focusing intently on his words and thoughts and it really stopped him from just focusing on the flow of the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues. So he just started saying the syllable “bla bla bla”; he repeated it over and over while he was focusing on the presence of the Holy Spirit that was tangibly in the service, with people worshiping the Lord all around him. He said his as he repeated the “bla bla bla”, he would begin to say a different strange syllable; and he would just keep going until another, then another, then another would begin to flow - until there was no “bla bla bla” but a continuous flow of a heavenly language.

The bottom line is: every believer has the full measure of the Holy Spirit, living inside them. The power, gifts and fruit of the Spirit reside in us. The only way we activate the qualities of the Spirit is by faith - just believing and stepping out and practicing.

If you desire to pray in tongues, I encourage you to put on some worship music and get lost in God’s presence; and as you begin to praise and worship Him, you will find those new syllables or strange sounding words begin to come out. They can’t come out without you speaking them. So just speak what spontaneously comes up from your heart. It may seem a little strange or even silly at the time, but don’t give up, just thank Him for it and keep going!

I’m going to pray for you now to activate the gift of speaking in tongues; if you want this with your whole heart, place one hand on your belly and extend the other towards me. I say your belly because John 7:38 says that out of our innermost belly, will flow rivers of living water.

“Father, in Jesus’ Name, I thank You for Your precious Holy Spirit Who lives inside of me.  I pray that right now You will baptise me in the Holy Ghost and activathe a fresh surge of Holy Ghost power inside me now. I pray that You fill me up with Your presence and activate the gifts of the Holy Spirit inside me, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, promised me in Your Word. I receive it now by faith in Jesus Name!”

Now be filled with the Holy Ghost and fire, and receive the activation of the gift of speaking in tongues - in the Name of Jesus!

Now open your mouth and begin to thank and worship Him, and let your heavenly language begin to flow.

Enjoy His power that is alive in you today!

All my love,

Jenny




Friday, September 28, 2018

Heaven Touching Earth

Hello everyone,

What an amazing journey of discovering and exploring the powerful and precious gifts of the Holy Spirit we’ve been on! While doing this study and meditating on the truth we’ve found, I’ve experienced significant impartation from the Holy Spirit. The truth of His Word brings such freedom and confidence to dig deeper, expect and anticipate the practical experience of it in our lives! In our study together, we’ve discovered the gifts of the Holy Spirit are exactly what the Word says they are - gifts that enrich our lives more than words can express. Never have I been more motivated to move and operate in these gifts each day. Which is really what I’ve been praying would happen for each of you too!

Ephesians 4:23-24 in the Amplified Bible (Classic Edition) says, “…Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.” To me, this describes a life that is continually operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts were never meant to be isolated in the four walls of a church building. They are a vital part of our spiritual lives. They are our direct link between heaven and earth, through which we communicate and demonstrate the power of God. They are in fact, heaven touching earth through us! It’s this power that constantly renews and refreshes us and causes us to walk in a partnership with the Holy Spirit to do His work and will on the earth. The powerful presence of God that is daily activated in our lives is what causes us to walk in daily victory.

Just the other day I was in a gathering where, out of the 35 people present, 21 nationalities were represented from all over the world. It was remarkable to see how each one individually communicated and expressed the culture of his country of origin by his name and language. For instance Mr Kuzentsov didn’t have to tell us he was from Russia when he introduced himself in his thick Russian accent. Neither did Mr Esposito, with his musical accent, need to tell us he hailed from Italy! What I’m trying to say is just as each nation on earth has its own distinctive culture that is communicated through its citizens’ names and languages; heaven has a distinctive culture too. Jesus told us that since we are in Him, we are not of this world but rather citizens of heaven - that is our real home. We have been adopted into His family and carry His Name; and we have a heavenly language that is directly linked to the culture of heaven!

Every gift of the Holy Spirit communicates the culture of heaven…Which brings me to the two gifts we are going to discuss in this letter and the next. They are the gift of interpretation of tongues and the gift of prophecy; both are inspiration or vocal gifts, and of course, they completely coincide with the gift of diverse tongues which we previously discussed in great detail. In fact, if you remember we spoke about diverse tongues: one being our personal heavenly prayer language and another, a language used as a sign for unbelievers. Either one communicates a heavenly culture that can’t always be expressed by our limited human intellect or expressions.

Haven’t you experienced times where you have a burden to pray but your own human language cannot express what you feel in your spirit? Or what about the times you are worshipping the Lord and there are simply no human words appropriate enough to express the affection your heart is simply bursting to tell Him? In Romans 8:26 Paul says, “So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.” There it is: the very essence and culture of heaven itself is communicated and transported into our lives and the atmosphere through the supernatural operation of each of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Whether it’s through the utterance gifts (through our heavenly language, or the revelation gifts) where a specific word directly from the heart of God is spoken that could not have come from our own knowledge; or the power gifts (where God’s power is communicated through healings and miracles). All demonstrate and communicate the divine, supernatural culture of heaven - something that has always meant to be a common, daily occurrence in the lives of every born-again believer!

Now, back to the gift we are discussing today: the gift of interpretation of tongues.

The Apostle Paul speaks of the importance of having the interpretation of a sign tongue accompanying it. Now, although only the tongue that is used for a sign to the unbelievers is required to have an interpretation, both our personal prayer language and a sign tongue can be accompanied by an interpretation.

Let me explain…
Kenneth Copeland tells of how he was preaching in a particular town and the meetings were extended. He knew in his spirit that this was the will of God and was happy to remain in that town to continue teaching and preaching to the people of God. The only problem was he had come to the end of the teaching material he had prepared for the trip. So he went before the Lord and began to pray in his heavenly language to receive guidance from the Lord. While he was praying in the Spirit, a thought suddenly interrupted his praying. It told him to go look in the back seat of his car. Now he couldn’t understand why he would need to do that and quite frankly thought it was a distraction to keep him from pressing into the presence and wisdom of God. So he pushed the thought aside and kept on praying. That thought just kept popping right back into his mind, again and again, until all he could do was go and take a look at what was in the back of his car - so that he could be done with that annoying distraction. When he did look in his car he found a pile of books and teaching material that a man had given to him during one of the services. He had forgotten all about it; and as he looked through the material, his spirit leapt inside him and he instantly knew this was what he was meant to meditate on and teach the people. Mr Copeland had gone before the Lord specifically asking for wisdom and direction; and while he was praying in his personal heavenly language, the Holy Spirit revealed exactly what he needed to hear.

Remember, when we pray in the Holy Spirit, we speak the perfect will of God into our circumstances; as brother Kenneth did that, the Holy Spirit gave him the interpretation of what that will was!

When I heard that, I saw praying in the Holy Spirit in my own personal prayer time in a whole new light! I began to listen intently for any unction and tug from Him as I prayed; getting my mind to focus and follow the flow of power the Spirit was leading. Did I receive the wisdom or direction or peace or words I was looking and asking for? Yes, yes, yes - I did! Hallelujah! I started making this a habit in my life and using it as an opportunity to bless others. I would ask the Lord to give me a Word in season for a friend and as I prayed in the Holy Spirit, listening for His voice, a particular scripture would pop into my mind specifically for them. When I shared it with them it was exactly what they needed from the Lord for that time and situation. That’s all part of communicating the culture of heaven!

In the next letter, we are going to see how the gift of interpretation operates with sign tongues and how, together, they relate to the gift of prophecy.

Until then, enjoy communicating the culture of heaven, bringing its influence into your own personal life as well as those around you!

All my love,

Jenny 





Build Up, Lift Up, Comfort

Hello Everyone,

In my previous letter we spoke about how the gifts of the Holy Spirit communicate the culture of heaven here on earth. When they operate in our lives they actually give us a taste of how things are in heaven. They are a real demonstration of the supernatural presence and power of God touching our lives! I suppose you could say the gifts of the Holy Spirit are God’s way of communicating with us in a way that is unmistakable and undeniable.

This is what marks our God as the only true God! Look at what Habakkuk 2:18-20 says: “What profit is the graven image when its maker has formed it? It is only a molten image and a teacher of lies. For the maker trusts in his own creations [as his gods] when he makes dumb idols. Woe to him who says to the wooden image, Awake! and to the dumb stone, Arise, teach! [Yet, it cannot, for] behold, it is laid over with gold and silver and there is no breath at all inside it! But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth hush and keep silence before Him.”

In the Old Testament, the Lord dwelt in the confines of His temple which was a rigid structure; but in the New Testament, His temple is a living, breathing vessel called the human spirit. He lives within every born again child of God and is never asleep - nor is He silent!

The truth is: the Holy Spirit is continuously active in our lives when we choose to yield to Him. Operating in His gifts becomes a part of our nature when we learn how to work with Him in perfect harmony. We can reach the place where we have so allowed His Spirit to influence us that we see as He sees, speak as He speaks, and act in love and power as He does!  That’s what operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is all about.

Besides Jesus, when He walked on earth, Paul is an excellent example of this beautiful partnership we can enjoy with the Holy Spirit. Did you notice how the disciples and apostles learnt from Jesus, as they personally knew Him while He was here? Paul, however, didn’t have Jesus in the flesh to teach him all he knew about the relationship we can have with the Holy Spirit and all the fruit and gifts that we can enjoy and develop in our lives. Paul learnt all he knew and experienced by the Holy Spirit Himself being his Teacher. If Paul could do it, we can too!

Now we have pretty much reached the final part of our study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit; and today we are going to carry on discussing the gift of interpretation of tongues and then bring in the gift of prophecy. It’s remarkable at how these gifts work together and interact with each other.

We saw how the gift of interpretation of tongues can operate when we are praying in our own heavenly prayer language. Today we are going to see how it works alongside the gift of speaking in a sign tongue (a heavenly tongue purposed to benefit others and is used as a sign to unbelievers). To begin with, we must understand an interpretation is not a word for word translation; rather, it’s revealing and verbally communicating what is on the heart of God for a particular person or circumstance.

That’s why it’s so important to have the interpretation of a sign tongue; because its purpose, as mentioned earlier, is to benefit others and specifically used as a sign to display the power of God to the unsaved. This usually takes place in a gathering of believers, where unsaved people are also present. Now the person who feels the unction of the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues during the meeting can have the interpretation of that tongue too. In 1 Corinthians 14:13, Paul says, “…the person who speaks in an [unknown] tongue should pray [for the power] to interpret and explain what he says.” That’s when we do what he says to do in verse 15: “... I will pray with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will sing with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will sing [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also.” I explained this concept a little earlier. Our minds get on board with our spirits that are taking the lead in this process.

It is possible and common for someone who is speaking in a sign tongue to not have the interpretation of that tongue but instead someone else in the gathering will receive the interpretation for it. For many, they begin with the unction or tug to speak, even if it’s only one word; but as thy step out in faith, as they open their mouths to speak that word, the rest of the interpretation just flows right out. It’s important to remember that this is an interpretation, not a translation; so while the tongue may be length or short, the interpretation doesn’t necessarily equal the length or duration of time of the tongue it’s interpreting. But those who are present and are filled with - and sensitive to - the Holy Spirit will be able to discern whether the tongue and interpretation is inspired by the Holy Spirit…what a beautiful, holy moment that is for the church! This is a very precious privilege we are able to enjoy together, receiving a spontaneous message directly from the heart of God for His people. That inspired word could either be direct to everyone present or just one particular person, depending on what the Holy Spirit desires for that moment.

Now, in 1Corinthians 14:26-27, Paul was addressing the very enthusiastic church of Corinth. They had so eagerly embraced the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to the point where their enthusiasm was proving to be a bit of a distraction and disruption in their church services. Instead of flowing with the pastor in charge of the service and submitting to his leadership in the flow of the service, they were just shouting out a tongue whenever they felt the unction of the Holy Spirit – without being sensitive to the appropriate time it should be released. You can well imagine this brought absolute chaos and frustration, not benefitting anyone. So Paul taught the believers to do things properly and in order by adhering to the leadership of the pastor and being sensitive to the timing and use of the gifts so that they will benefit all.

Let’s summarise what we’ve learnt from the gifts of a sign tongue and the interpretation of that tongue working together: they communicate what is on the heart of God at that specific moment for either a group of people or an individual person. At the very same time this is a powerful witnessing tool for the unbeliever to see God communicating His heart of love with people.

That, in essence, is what the gift of prophecy is. It really is the equivalent to an unknown tongue and interpretation of that tongue, with the exception that the gift of prophecy is specifically purposed to exhort or build up; edify or lift up; and comfort the believer. Paul said he would love it if every believer embraced the gift of praying in tongues because of the power it holds and carries. But, even more than that, he earnestly encouraged believers to operate in the gift of prophecy because of the way it empowers and enables us to encourage and strengthen each other by the Spirit of God.

It’s really important to understand that the gift of prophecy is not the same as operating in the office of a prophet. A prophet is one of the positions or offices of the fivefold ministry. Those called to this office certainly operate in the gift of prophecy, as well as the other gifts; however, operating in the gift of prophecy certainly does not qualify someone to be a prophet. Rather, this gift is available to every believer to operate in and be used of the Lord to encourage, comfort and build up other believers. It is never used to rebuke or criticise.  

Remember we are taught to test all things by being sure that they line up appropriately with the written word of God and His character, with the inner witness of the Holy Spirit within us.

The beauty of this gift of prophecy is that any believer who is walking in close fellowship with the Lord flows very easily in this gift. Anytime you speak or communicate to someone from the outflow of what the Spirit of God is causing you to feel in your heart towards them – that causes you to either build them up, lift their spirit or comfort them – you are operating in the gift of prophecy. You are being an extension of God’s heart to them. This is what Paul was speaking about being the most beneficial gift to operate within the body of Christ!

To end off this powerful series, I’ll leave you with this word from 1 Corinthians 14:1:
“EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy (interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching).”  

All my love,


Jenny