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Introduction: Possess all the blessings God has for you

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MAIN IDEA

God wants you to possess your promised land—every blessing purchased for you at the cross. You do this by walking in the Spirit.

key scriptures

Josh. 1:3–4, Isa. 53:4a–5, 2 Cor. 8:9, Gen. 3:19, Luke 22:44

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  • The way we possess all the blessings that our Lord Jesus has purchased for us at the cross is by walking in the Spirit (Josh. 1:3–4).
  • For the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, their promised land was a physical land. But for us believers today, our promised land consists of all the blessings included in the finished work of the cross.
  • The cross of Jesus Christ is our rock-solid foundation for every blessing—including healing (Isa. 53:4a–5), provision (2 Cor. 8:9), and peace of mind (Gen. 3:19, Luke 22:44).
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Benefit 1: Activate God’s protection against the enemy

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MAIN IDEA

Praying in tongues activates God’s protection against the attacks of the enemy (including COVID-19).

key scriptures

Rom. 8:26, Isa. 59:19–20, Isa. 59:21, Acts 2:4

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  • Regardless of what variant of COVID-19 has appeared, God’s Word says that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10 NASB), and He is far above every name that can be named (Eph. 1:21 ISV). God has given the church the spiritual authority to pray against this virus.
  • Set aside time each day to pray in the Spirit against the COVID-19 virus. Before you pray, you can ask the Spirit to intercede on your behalf (Rom. 8:26), saying, “Lord, even as I pray, let Your Holy Spirit make intercession right now to put a stop to the COVID-19 virus in the name of Jesus, Amen.”
  • Praying in tongues is not something we have to observe legalistically. But it is important we know that God’s Word does encourage us to do it often because there are many benefits to it.
  • One of the benefits is that it activates God’s power and protection against the attacks of the enemy. When the enemy comes in like a flood, our assurance is that the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him (Isa. 59:19–20). The Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against the enemy when we pray in tongues (Isa. 59:21).
  • Under the new covenant, God desires for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, which results in us praying in tongues (Acts 2:4). It is one of the ways by which we walk in the Spirit and possess our promised land today.
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Benefit 2: Unlock revelations and answers from the Bible

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When you pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit reveals secrets in God’s Word and helps you understand new covenant truths.

key scriptures

1 Cor. 2:13, 14:2, Rom. 7:4–5

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  • The apostle Paul, who wrote three-fourths of the New Testament, was able to understand the mysteries hidden in the Old Testament and even those hidden even from the foundations of the world because he prayed in tongues very often (1 Cor. 14:2).
  • When the word “mystery” is mentioned in the New Testament, it does not refer to something that is still hidden. It refers to things that were once hidden in the Old Testament but are now revealed. When you pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit reveals the mysteries and secrets found in God’s Word. As you are praying in tongues, the Word of God comes alive.
  • The Holy Spirit is an extremely powerful gift that was given to the church on the Day of Pentecost. On that day, the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in the upper room and they started praying in tongues. The practice of praying in tongues is an important part of living under the new covenant of grace.
  • When we live under the new covenant of grace, we will reign over sin. Under the new covenant of grace, we are now dead to the law and married to another, Jesus Christ, and this union with Christ causes us to bear good and godly fruits for His glory (Rom. 7:4–5). When we are under grace, grace will produce in us true moral excellence.
  • It is by the Holy Spirit in us that we are able to live out our righteous identity in Christ and experience the benefits bought for us by the finished work.
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Benefit 3: Deepen your intimacy and walk with God

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MAIN IDEA

When you pray in tongues, you experience greater intimacy with God than even the men of faith in the Old Testament experienced.

key scriptures

Josh. 1:3, Gen. 5:24, 17:1, Gal. 5:16, 1 Cor. 14:14–15, Jude 1:20–21a

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  • God said to Joshua that to possess the promised land, he only needed to walk on it (Josh. 1:3). Today, the way we possess all of God’s promises is by walking (in the Spirit).
  • This motif of walking is also seen in the lives of Enoch (Gen. 5:24) and Abraham (Gen. 17:1). Enoch walked with God and Abraham walked before God. When God told Abraham to walk before Him, He was actually saying (in the original Hebrew language), “Walk before My face.” To walk before God’s face is to be conscious that He is looking at you with favor (Num. 6:25). Abraham practiced this, and he was close to God. Yet his closeness to God was limited. To walk with God and before God are outward things, but today, we can be even closer to God when we walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16).
  • Walking in the Spirit is the most intimate way of walking with God. To walk in the Spirit indicates that the Spirit dwells within us and our spirits are joined to His. 
  • Our spirits are the innermost part of our beings. Just like we have a triune God made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we also have three parts that make up who we are. We have our spirit, our soul (thoughts and emotions), and our body. God designed our bodies to be affected by our soul, and our soul to be affected by our spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit.
  • The way that we “walk in the Spirit” in a practical and intentional way every day is by praying in tongues. When we do this, we are communing with God in the most intimate way.
  • Praying in the Spirit is not about praying more passionately or loudly. You can pray softly, and you can even sing with the spirit (1 Cor. 14:15). What is important is that when you pray in tongues, it is your spirit, the most intimate part of you, that is praying (1 Cor. 14:14).
  • When you pray in tongues, you are not praying with your own intellect or ideas. Sometimes when you pray in your native language, there comes a time when your words may run out and your ideas may run out. But when you pray in the Spirit, you are able to keep on praying because you are not depending on your mind or emotions.
  • When you pray in tongues, you are also keeping yourself in the place of the love of God and all His provisions (Jude 1:20–21a).
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Benefit 4: Carry the power of God in your words

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MAIN IDEA

When you pray in tongues privately, the words you speak publicly will carry the power of God.

key scriptures

1 Cor. 14:5, 14, 18–19, 2:4

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  • The gift of tongues should be something we esteem highly. This is not to say the other gifts of the Spirit are not important. However, this gift of praying in tongues is available to every believer, while the other gifts of the Spirit are given to some more than others (i.e. we all flow in different gifts of the Spirit). Paul did not say that he wished we had the gift of wisdom or the gift of faith—other gifts of the Spirit—but he said, “I wish you all spoke with tongues” (1 Cor. 14:5). We can see that there is a priority placed in praying in tongues!
  • Our spirit—the part that prays when we pray in tongues—is the most important part of our being. While our soul and body were also given by God, they are both affected by our spirit. God does not want us to spend all our time cultivating only our physical bodies or our minds while neglecting our spirit. We are to build up our spirit by praying in tongues.
  • When we pray in tongues, we are praying with our spirit instead of our mind. Don’t allow your mind to disrupt your praying in the Spirit (1 Cor. 14:14).
  • “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.” — 1 Corinthians 14:18–19 NKJV
  • Here, Paul makes it clear that he would rather speak five words with understanding (in a known language) than 10,000 words in tongues when he stands before the church, otherwise no one would understand him (Paul was also saying this specifically to the Corinthian church because they were abusing the gift of praying in tongues—they were shouting at each other in tongues as a badge of spirituality, but in private they were not doing it).
  • By the same token, Paul is also saying that it is because he prays in tongues so much in his private time (1 Cor. 14:18) that all he needs to say is five words with his understanding for the power of God to be released. Paul goes on to say in 1 Corinthians 2:4 that his preaching is “not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”
  • Likewise, when you spend time praying in the Spirit in your own private time, the few words you speak in public will demonstrate the Spirit working in you and the power of God.
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Benefit 5: Be led and taught by the Spirit in daily life

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When you pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit Himself teaches you all things.

key scriptures

1 Cor. 14:18–19, John 14:26, Gal. 5:16, Gen. 17:1

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.” — 1 Corinthians 14:18–19 NKJV
  • Here, Paul is saying that when he prays in tongues, he is able to teach others. The word “also” implies that God Himself first teaches him when he prays in tongues. It is only then that he is able to teach others also.
  • The Holy Spirit teaches you all things (John 14:26), and much of His teaching happens when you pray in tongues.
  • Many people teach that we need to not fulfill the lust of the flesh (overcome sin) before we can walk in the Spirit. But Galatians 5:16 shows us that “walk in the Spirit” comes before “you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” We can see this same pattern when God told Abraham, “Walk before Me and be blameless” (Gen. 17:1). Walking before God comes first, then being blameless. When Abraham walked before God (being conscious that God was showing him favor), then he could be blameless (live above sin).
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Benefit 6: See good success in all you do

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When you pray in tongues, you will see good success, fruitfulness, and healing, and revival in the lives of those around you.

key scriptures

Josh. 1:8, Ps. 1:2–3, Ezek. 47:1, 9

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  • This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” — Joshua 1:8 NKJV
  • In the Old Testament, God told Joshua to meditate on the law (the Torah) because there were no other books of the Bible written yet. Today, the Spirit has taken the place of the law. Under the new covenant, what we are to meditate on is the Spirit, and we do that by praying in tongues. When you pray in tongues, you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success.
  • Psalm 1:2–3 also talks about similar benefits of meditating on the law (which, under the new covenant, we can read as praying in the Spirit): “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
  • In John‬ ‭7:37–39, Jesus quoted the prophecy in Ezekiel 47:1, which spoke of water flowing from the temple bringing fruitfulness and healing. When Jesus talked about the “rivers of living water,” He was referring to the gift of the Holy Spirit. This shows that the gift of tongues (“rivers of living water”) will bring with it great fruitfulness and healing.
  • Other benefits of praying in tongues in Ezekiel 47:9 include: people around you experiencing life, rest, and refreshing, getting saved, and receiving healing.

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