Dear bretheren and visitors,
This morning I dreamed I was outdoors praying in tongues with some people (saints) but we were sitting far apart. I felt the edification (humbling of the will to grace) and the refreshing that accompanies this first manifestation of tongues. Tongues is the most important tool for it initiates our cycles of growth for the Spirit to carry out its effectual work in the inner man thus regeneration begins with praying in tongues. Through praying/speaking in tongues God plots a path for recovery which He doesn't reveal but we "walk out" outside of the prayer closet while all the elements of the gospel impact the soul.
We do not understand what we are uttering when we speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:14). We are speaking mysteries unto God (1 Corinthians 14:2) which have to do with the recovery of the soul from the fruits of iniquity and the release of the soul from the power of sin. God chooses to bypass our understanding to shield us from the voice of the conscience which speaks to us of who we are and we can become sensitive to.
The first manifestation of tongues is also the outward sign of the indwelling Spirit. It is the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is a sign against those who do not believe for God has set it as a stumbling block to test hearts. Those who stumble at tongues and reject it, though tongues may be a strange thing, are offending God.
The second manifestation of tongues is one of the 9 gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) that needs interpretation which is another gift of the Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit come as the Spirit wills and are for the edification of the body of Christ as opposed to the first manifestation of tongues which is for the edification of self (1 Corinthians 14:4) and is done privately.
For your edification and growth: "Through tongues we have a course to walk out amidst the circumstances of life so that we can overcome self, Satan and the world through our cycles of growth."
Yours in Christ,
Second 8th Week Apostolic Institute of Theology