TODAY'S TEXT: "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit, he speaketh mysteries" (1 Corinthians 14:2)
The devil does understand the scriptures. The Bible tells us of the battle that ensued between Jesus and the devil when the prince of darkness came to tempt him just after finishing a lengthy 40 days fasting and prayer program. One of the interesting parts of this story was the way the devil quoted from the scriptures to back up his position. He told Jesus in Luke 4:9-11
"And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone"
That was quoting straight from Psalms 91 of David's prophetic vision and prayers of protection for the Lord and for as many as we believe through him. Even in our day to day to live as believers, we all can attest to how much of the scriptures the devil knows because if you are like me you will know the countless times he has quoted scriptures and turn it on its head to tempt, deceive and destroy. This the devil has mastered over the years! However, what the devil hasn't mastered is the operation of tongues! The devil understands the scriptures but does not understand the mystery of tongues!
The scripture for today in 1 Corinthians 14:2 tells us that our 'elevated discourse' is direct communication with God. No man understands what you are saying, no devil does! Even fellow believers can't decode the mysteries been spoken when you pray in tongues except they are given the interpretation by the Spirit of God! This is how sacred this spiritual communication is!
The devil understands scriptures but does not understand tongues. And one major reason for this is because the operation of tongues is for those who have been filled with the Spirit of God, and even for such, the gift of interpretation has to be given. Now for the devil to understand your 'elevated discourse' with God the devil must also be filled with the Spirit! We know that won't happen anytime soon! It's a closed case. And what that means is that you can always get on a 'devil free lane' communication with God by always praying in the Spirit! Hallelujah!
Could this be the reason why the greatest apostle of all time declared - "I speak in tongues more than ye all"(1 Corinthians 14:18). He prayed more in tongues having that understanding that conversing with God in that spiritual language is an 'elevated discourse' above the devil's level of understanding and operations! It is like praying above the devil's spiritual radar.
During the gulf war, one of the key war weapons that gave the victory of the allied forces was the F-17 stealth bombers. This aircraft fascinates me even in its design. It was the F-17 stealth bombers that did all the work in bombing all strategic military stronghold in Iraq and paved way for the B-52 bombers to dealt the final blow that destroyed Iraq. In a matter of months, the gulf war was over because America had developed sophistication on the warfront that allows it to fight under the radar. The F-17 could fly undetected by the enemies radar and successfully get to its target locations to deliver its pay load.
Had Daniel "fought" under the radar or above the radar when he prayed in Daniel10:13 then he would have received answers to his prayers from the first day he prayed! But as he prayed the monitoring spirits and powers that be could detect the spiritual direction of his prayers. And as soon as the answer was released it was waylaid by the demonic hordes who pinned the angel of God back, held him stationary until reinforcement came because Daniel was persistent in prayers!
'Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days'(Daniel 10:13-15)
Today we have what Daniel didn't have access to. 1 Corinthians 14:1-3 tells us, "for he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries". Hallelujah we can speak directly to God!
Praying in the Spirit elevates your spiritual status and puts you in the position of power and authority! You gain a direct audience with God and access to the throne room where you can find grace to help in the time of need! At this level, you are operating in spiritual areas where the devil's radar cannot reach, at this level you are simply beyond the devil!