Doubt, Fantasy and Truth with Adams Allison

#21stcenturyBiblestories Issue 005–2020

“This is how I remember it.

My first experience interpreting tongues.

A little background so that you can better appreciate this testimony.

I believe in miracles. I have always believed in miracles. But there was this little doubt I always nursed at the corner of my mind. I just never could bring myself to believe in the operation of the gift of interpretation of tongues.

You see, my doubt was not in the reality of the gift, but in my ability to operate/manifest that gift. Especially when I am not doing well in interpreting my own native tongue.

It was easier to believe that the other gifts could find expression through me but not this one.

So, there I was, praying with a friend one evening. After about an hour or so, I began to round off my prayers and I went to take a seat and just remain silent before the Lord. It was a standard practice for us to sit still and listen for a word from the Lord because prayer, for us, is a dialogue and not a monologue. But what was to come next, I didn’t expect.

I felt an unction upon me, a presence so powerful my senses were heightened and dulled at the same time. Dull to the world around me and heightened to the world above me.

It was then I heard His voice, clear as day, the Lord spoke and I heard Him. It was so loud and yet not audible. It was simply not deniable.

He said, “Your friend said three things to Me in tongues. The interpretation of the first one is this: ‘I will die for you oh Lord! I will die for you Oh Lord!!’ …”

I was so excited, I jumped to my feet and told my friend, I know what you are saying in tongues. You are saying so and so…

It was then I realised that in my excitement I had cut off that special divine connection and with it, the rest of the message the Lord had for my friend.

I had learnt my lesson. The gifts are not for show off, they are for ministration. So the next time I was to operate in that gift I waited patiently for the Lord to hit the full stop button before I made a move.

Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

I Corinthians 14:13 (NKJV)

What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

I Corinthians 14:15 (NKJV)”

Photo by Ruel Calitis on Unsplash

Have you held doubt about your ability to speak and interpret tongues? Adams reminds us that Apostle Paul wasn’t speaking to the Corinthian church alone. In the 21st century, the Holy Spirit can bring the interpretation of tongues to you. I hope you have been encouraged. I have. Did you also glean from the part of seating still after prayers? That is a whole message. Thank you so much, Adams, for sharing with us.

Adams Allison is a writer and host of the Pagemaster Symposium, where the word of God is rightly divided. You can reach him on Facebook and Instagram.

This article is a sequel to the article Doubt, Fantasy and Truth where I spoke about the disbelief of some people in the authenticity of Biblical accounts. The #21stcenturyBiblestories movement was enacted not only to establish that the Bible tells no lies but also communicate that individuals in the 21st-century experience similar accounts as presented in the Bible.

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