Language allows us to communicate effectively. It behooves us to recognize what words mean, so we can articulate accurately. God uses language with great precision.
Proper use of language is of utmost importance when it comes to understanding what God has so graciously given us, so that we can utilize it properly.
Two important words used by God to communicate the operation of a vital prayer tool that He has purposed ALL Christians to benefit from are: “gift” and ”manifestation or operation.” (I include “operation” with manifestation because many are not sure what “manifestation” means).
A vast majority of Christians use the word “gift” when talking about speaking in tongues. They say that it is a gift from God as are all nine spiritual items listed in I Corinthians 12:7. The word “gift” connotes something special given to certain deserving people. As a result huge numbers of believers think that speaking in tongues is given only to selected people at God’s choosing. This is a sad commentary because speaking in tongues is designed for every believer to operate and enjoy.
Many outstanding Christians who want to speak in tongues believe that God has not selected them to operate it. A simple look at the Greek word phanerosis describing the listing of the nine items of I Corinthians 12:7-11, including speaking in tongues, means “manifestation” or “operation”. The following translations have accurately translated the listing of these nine spiritual items as manifestations which means, the operation of something: KJV, ASV, ESV, ISV, and Amplified to name a few.
The simple truth here is that all nine spiritual items are manifestations or operations of the gift of holy spirit. Every person who is born again with the gift of holy spirit can potentially operate all nine. It is like having the battery in your car. It is the power source or the holy spirit of your car. With that resource you can honk the horn, turn on the lights, start the car, turn on the radio etc. All you have to do is learn how to honk the horn, turn on the lights, start the car, turn on the radio etc. and you can manifest it or operate it because of the battery source.
What all this means is that speaking in tongues is an operation or manifestation of holy spirit. Once a person learns how to speak in tongues, they can do it. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34 and Romans 2:11). He has given every born again believer the same gift of holy spirit with the capabilities of doing all nine operations of the spirit.
If you are one of the many Christians who thought that speaking in tongues was a gift and that you were waiting on God to give it to you, please realize you can do it now. Check out the Greek and look and see if you can find anywhere that speaking in tongues is called a gift (Some of the new translations unfortunately have added the word “gift” in their work, but there are no Greek translations that support it).
My prayer is that many Christians who have not spoken in tongues and want to, can now be taught the simple lesson on how to do it. Our Heavenly Father is no respecter of persons. He wants every born again believer to walk by the spirit utilizing speaking in tongues as well as the other operations of the spirit.
PS: If I may be of service in helping you speak in tongues or understand it better, please contact me.