You need all the power of God moving in your life for the times in which we are living, right?
So I am going to tell you about diversities of tongues, which are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:28 KJV. “Diversities of tongues” is simply “varieties of tongues.” Different types of tongues accomplish different results. Someone said to me, “We have diversity of tongues in our church. We’ve got some Russians who speak in Russian, some French who speak some French, and we’ve got some Hispanics, who speak Spanish.” That’s nice, but it is not what this verse is talking about. Let me give you an example.
While preaching in New York a few years back, I had one of the most unique experiences of my life. The place was packed, and in the middle of my message, I noticed a lady sitting about five rows back. Beside her were three teenagers dressed in black leather and chains. The way these teenagers dressed didn’t bother me, but they were the only people in the building dressed like that, so they stood out. Then the Lord interrupted me and said, “I’m going to change the order of the service. Call those three young men out and have them stand in front of you.”
I said, “You three, come up here please,” pointing my finger in their direction. To my surprise, they got up, walked straight down the aisle, and stood in front of the pulpit. I didn’t know what God wanted me to do next, so I just stood there as they looked at me.
I looked at them.
They looked at each other.
They looked at me again.
I looked back at them.
Now I was very uncomfortable!
I was trying to act spiritual, because that’s what you do when you don’t know what else to do. I knew enough about obeying the Holy Spirit to do only what He told me to do, but it seemed like He had left me hanging.
All of a sudden, the woman I had noticed earlier fell out of her chair, face forward, in the middle of the aisle with a loud thud. It frightened the crowd – and me! Her dress was hiked up a little bit, showing enough of her legs to make me nervous.
I avoided looking at the pastors and was sure they would never ask me back, as the woman just laid there! The three guys in leather kept looking at her and then at me, while I just tried to keep looking spiritual. On the outside, I was smiling like I knew what was happening; but on the inside, I was screaming, “Help me, God! Please, show up! Get me out of this mess!”
Then the woman began to pray loudly in the most unusual tongue I’d ever heard. It sounded like a mixture of both Chinese and African dialects. This went on for about ten minutes. Nobody went to the bathroom, nobody left, and no one moved.
Suddenly, one of the three teenagers in front fell flat on the floor, and I jumped. I had forgotten about the three guys in leather! After the boy fell over, he rolled up in a little ball and began to cry with deep, gut-wrenching sobs. The other two boys disappeared. I just acted like I knew what was going on.
When the woman wouldn’t pray strongly, the young man would stop crying and try to catch his breath. When she would pray hard, he started crying again. They’d go at it in three- to four-minute rounds. Whenever the woman would pray in tongues fervently, the teenager would cry like somebody was hurting him.
Suddenly, the woman stopped praying and sat up on her knees. She raised her hands half-way up to the Lord. She looked a mess and began singing in tongues and then in English. It was like a lullaby. When the song was over, she got up like everything was normal, returned to her chair, sat down, closed her eyes, and calmly laid her hands in her lap.
When I looked down at the crying boy, he lifted his head and tried to focus his eyes. He struggled to his feet, exhausted, and slowly walked to the edge of the platform, where I was standing. As I gazed at his sweaty, red face, he tilted his head and said, “Sir, I think I need to get saved.”
The crowd went wild!
Thank God, that woman gave herself to the Holy Spirit so He could use her in diversities of tongues to wring all the hurt out of that boy, saving him and restoring him to his family. That boy needed a breakthrough, and the Holy Spirit knew how to get it to him: through diversities of tongues.
Whenever you go to war with the enemy, allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you any way He chooses. He knows exactly what needs to be prayed and done in order to get the breakthrough and win the battle for a person, a family, a community, or a nation.
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June 15, 2020