Sid: Well we’re coming into the most exciting time to be alive for a Bible believer; probably the most horrific time to be alive for a non-Bible believer. And it’s my heart’s desire that you fulfill your destiny especially since God has called us to be alive at this greatest move of God’s Spirit in history. I want to do two things with you this week; First, I want to get you meditating on one promise of God every day this week and the promise that I love, and we will start with Acts 10:38 which says “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit, with power and went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed by the devil for God was with him.” And I want you to personalize this, here’s how I would do it or how I do it actually. “God anointed me,” you follow because Jesus lives inside of you so God anointed. And the word anointed means He literally smeared the Holy Spirit on you. And can you picture God doing that say this with me “God anointed me with His Holy Spirit and with His power, I go about doing good and healing all who are oppressed by the devil; for God is with me.” Can you picture saying that 20 times every day and getting that into your spirit. And saying that God literally took His Holy Spirit smeared it all over you. He took His power and He smeared His power all over you so that you are now equipped to do good; you are now equipped to do all that God’s called you to do. You can heal all who are oppressed by the devil; why, because God is with you; so we’ll work on that every day this week.
Just as important as mediating on God’s word, is speaking in supernatural languages, speaking in tongues. Why is this so important? Well for starters when you see the devil work so hard, over time if you will to demote tongues and supernatural languages to the backroom in most congregations that no better; they know the importance of praying in tongues; you know that this is important. As a matter of fact, I want to take you back many many years ago when I was just investigating about Jesus. As a Jewish man I went to a Bible study and all of a sudden someone in the Bible study started praying in tongues, and I was so intrigued I said, “What is that, what is that language?” And the person said, “I’m speaking from my Spirit an unknown language.” And I thought “Boy I’d like to do that,” Now I know that the Bible says you’re not supposed to pray in tongues with non-Believers present but I can just tell you that was the most intriguing that I saw that someone could speak in a language that they never been taught. So after I became a believer the first thing I wanted was to be filled with the Spirit of God and be able to speak in this supernatural language that intrigued me so much. So I remember going to a Full Gospel’s Businessman’s meeting and at the end of the meeting they said “Any one that wants to be born again go in this corner, any one that wants to speak in supernatural languages and be filled and baptized with the Holy Spirit go over in this corner.” So I immediately went there, someone put their hand on me we prayed the Holy Spirit would just flood my being and I would be able to worship God in a language I never been instructed. And you know what as a new believer I didn’t ask how, I just said “Okay.” If someone told me I could have walked on water back then, I wished they had I believe I would have walked on water. This man said, “You’re filled with the Holy Spirit and you can speak in supernatural tongues.” I hadn’t been trained to say “Well, how do I do it?” I just started speaking he just said to speak and I just started speaking. I spoke in a supernatural language but almost immediately after this occurred that evening or the next morning a little voice said, “You’re making that all up.” And I got paralyzed by fear. Isn’t it interesting the Bible tells us “God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear,” so if God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear I’ll give you a guess who gave the spirit of fear. So I stopped praying in tongues for fear, and that’s the word, that I would displease God I was just making it up. And then one day an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi came to the Lord and I got to know him a little bit; I was standing with him one day and a woman came up and she was pregnant and she said “The doctors tell me my baby is dead within me.” And so Rabbi Essie looked over at me and he said “Sid pray for this woman.” And I’m a new believer how do you pray for the dead to come back to life as a new believer. Now again if they had caught me as I was brand new I probably would have had no doubts but I learned just enough about religion that I was really kind of concerned; I mean how was I going to pray for this person and I can’t even tell you why but I started praying in tongues for this individual and then she left. Then the Rabbi looked at me and said “Sid, do you know what you’re praying.” I said “Absolutely not.” He said “I do, you’re praying in an ancient form of Aramaic and this is what you said, “You said that the child is with God the Father and be at peace.” And I’ll tell you what, after that I never doubted, I was praying in the Holy Spirit, but here’s the truth if you ask your earthly father for bread he’s not going to give you a stone or a serpent, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him.” So I wish that I had trusted God before I did; but you know I guess you know “The Bible says the Jew requires a sign.” I needed a sign that it was authentic. Then I would pray in tongues an hour a day and I promise you you see going on the ministry of “Its Supernatural/Messianic Vision” is a result of that one hour a day. And if you don’t get anything else from the message today get this, you must, I mean it’s essential that you start praying in supernatural languages, in tongues, one hour every day because of what’s going to happen on planet earth. And when you find out what’s going on you won’t be forced to it won’t be a discipline it might start as a discipline, but it’ll be the best time of your life as you’re doing this.
A lot of people question that when they’re baptized in the Holy Spirit do all the people speak in tongues? And that’s a good question, the only answer that I have is what the Bible says. I did a study of the book of Acts and in every case where people were baptized with the Holy Spirit it said they spoke in tongues, it didn’t actually mention it when Paul was baptized but later on he spoke a great deal about speaking in tongues. There was one case where it wasn’t mentioned and so we’re working on 100% except for one case. Now it didn’t say it didn’t happen but it did not say it did happen and that is in the book of Acts the 8th chapter the 14th verse. Do you remember when Peter and John went to Samaria and they prayed for the people to receive the Holy Spirit and Simon the sorcerer it says saw or observed power when the laid hands and wanted the baptism. What did he see? What did he observe that he was willing to pay money for this? I believe what he saw them doing is praying in supernatural languages don’t you. Now, do you have to speak in tongues to be saved? This is another question that a lot of people ask and the answer is absolutely not. But when you find out what you’ve missed you’ll be very sorry that you didn’t pray in tongues. You are saved by repenting of you sins and believing in Jesus plus nothing.
Now the next question, “Have supernatural languages or tongues ceased?” 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 verses 8-12 says “Whether there are tongues they will cease.” Well, then the question is “When are tongues going to cease.” Paul says that they’re going to cease. Verse 9 “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” Verse 10 “That which is perfect has come and then that which is in part will be done away.” A lot of people think perfect is Bible or perfect is Jesus, well that’s just because they didn’t read the next verse, verse 12. And it says what the perfect is and I believe it’s the return of Jesus; whenever that happens for now we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face. We’re going to see Jesus face to face, “Now I know in part but then I shall know just as I also am known.” In other words you’re going to know everything, so I maintain that the perfect or Jesus not returned face to face with us because we don’t know everything. It’s important that after Paul said “Tongues will cease.” You know what he started doing he started saying in 1st Corinthians 14 verse 5 “I wish you all spoke in tongues.” After tongues would cease.
Well, our time has slipped away ….