TODAY’S TEXT: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”(Mark 16:17)
The basic body of knowledge in any field of study is always tagged as 101. And so in school, people do ENGLISH 101, MATHEMATIC 101, and every kind of 101 you can think of. If you can’t pass the 101 level you can never move to the 202 level. 101 is no mystery, it suggests the basic understanding and as basic as it is still the foundation on which the height you reach in any particular field of study is built.
This truth became more obvious to me when I begin to go higher in my mathematics class in secondary school. We had a teacher during our junior classes that were more interested in running extra classes after school to make extra money than teaching us during real school time. And so it happens that my foundation, my 101, in mathematics was not solid. By the time I got to the senior classes, it was becoming harder to cope with Mathematics and most especially as a science student how could I make headway without mathematics? Anyway, I just managed to get by, but for how long?
By the time I did my final senior secondary school exams I found out that I barely managed to pass my mathematics with a grade called P7, now the minimum required in that subject is a CREDIT, c6, at the least! The foundational problem has caught up due to a dysfunctional education or teaching at the beginning. Once I was out of school and was planning to retake my exams I searched for a good teaching center with a good mathematics teacher. Soon I discovered all of us in that class had a ‘101’ problem and the teacher discovered this as well. So he took us back to MATHEMATICS 101 and sort out our mathematical structural and foundational defects and as soon as that was done we moved to mathematics 202, 303 and more and discovered the mathematics to be simple! Now I wrote another exam and I got a DISTINCTION, A3!
Tongues speaking, praying in the Spirit, been filled with the Spirit of God is basic Christianity 101, and how many of us struggle in life and with life because we ignored the basic lifestyle of victorious Christian living. Jesus speaking in Mark 16:17 tells us, ‘
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”
When you are a believer the signs that supposed to be evident in your life are listed here: cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, not be hurt by the enemy and healing the sick! Now today these are the signs we expect to see with men called into the fivefold ministry! But hey wait; these signs are not for the fivefold ministry they are the signs that should follow the daily lifestyle of an average believer! You are to heal the sick, cast out devils and pray in tongues for hours! Praying in tongues for hours should not make people see you as a spiritual stalwart; it should be basic Christianity 101!
This is why when Paul got to Ephesus he asked them a basic question, ‘Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?’ Let us see it here:
‘And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost’(Acts 19:2)
After you believe the next spiritual step for you is spiritual induction into the school of power by the baptism of the Holy Spirit!
‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”(Acts 1:8)
And as soon as the believers in Ephesus received the Holy Spirit they began to speak in tongues. The bible records in Acts 19:6,
‘And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied’.
Now there Christianity was established on the right foundation, they spoke in tongues and began to prophesy. This is what we must do as the present-day churches, speaking in tongues at length should be Christianity 101, it is foundational to our spiritual growth and without its solid foundation, we will struggle in our Christian adventure and journey! Jude calls it the building blocks for a strong spiritual walk,
‘But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,’ (Jude 20). Praying in tongues is the building block for a strong spiritual walk with God!
Early on from new birth, all new believers must be grounded in this lifestyle of been filled with the Spirit and daily praying in the Holy Spirit! Just like we teach them how to study the bible and worship, we must also teach them to pray in the Holy Spirit. Part of our foundational classes should involve thirty minutes to one hour of praying in the Holy Spirit. Praying in tongues should be our basic spiritual menu for it’s on this basic spiritual staple that we develop spiritual muscles for spiritual growth, victory, and exploits!
This is the ‘spiritual BODMAS’, the basic formulae in Christianity and no wonder Satan fights it’s more than any other issue in the body of Christ! When we pray in tongues most of life’s equation can be unraveled and solved by the Spirit of God! It is time to go back to the basics! And this is why in the days ahead we will examine the subject of praying in tongues, praying in the spirit. It is at the core of our spiritual life and spiritual walk with God! This will form the focus of our devotionals in the days ahead!
TODAY’S THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Praying in tongues should be our basic spiritual menu for it’s on this basic spiritual staple that we develop spiritual muscles for spiritual growth, victory, and exploits!