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1 Corinthians 14:2 (NET)
For the one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit.
Amaka refused to speak in tongues because she was wrongly taught that each time she spoke in an unknown tongue, someone had to interpret it or she should hold her peace. She was also wrongly taught that “most of the tongues you hear today are fake tongues because no one understands what they are saying, but on the day of Pentecost, people were understanding what the disciples were saying”. Because of such wrong teachings, she was kept from praying in tongues and her prayer life was greatly affected by this.
But the first day she read 1 Corinthians 14 with a Bible translation she could understand, the scales fell of her eyes. She could see clearly that speaking in a tongue(singular) was different from speaking in tongues(plural). She could also see that one was speaking to God who didn’t need an interpreter, but the other was to men who needed to understand it. This is how she was liberated. Her prayer life was greatly transformed since then, and the power of the Holy Ghost was now a reality in her life as she could now pray in an unknown tongue.
Many people have been kept in bondage through doctrines because they do not study their Bibles for themselves.
There is a spiritual gift called diverse kinds of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:10), and there is a manifestation of the Spirit or sign called ‘an unknown tongue’ (1 Corinthians 14:2).
The gift of diverse kinds of tongues is used to deliver messages from God to people. So whenever this gift is in operation, the tongues have to be interpreted for the people to understand, or the Holy Spirit would have to orchestrate the interpretation of the tongues so that all the people hearing it would miraculously start hearing it in their own languages as it happened on the day of Pentecost (see Acts 2:8).
Go into today knowing that the sign of an unknown tongue that manifested in your life when you were filled with the Holy Ghost helps you to speak mysteries to God and not to men. It was given to you for much-needed self-edification (see 1Cor 14:4, Jude 1:20).
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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