John Simms Street, Windhoek North

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPEAKING IN TONGUE

1 CORINTHIANS 14: 1-4. CARL PETERSON,  CONDUCTED A STUDY AT ORU IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA.

  • AS A BRAIN SPECIALIST, HE WAS DOING RESEARCH ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BRAIN AND PRAYING IN TONGUES.
  • HE FOUND THAT AS WE PRAY IN THE SPIRIT OR WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT ,AS WE PRAY IN TONGUES,
  • THAT AS WE PRAY IN OUR HEAVENLY LANGUAGE SOMETHING POWERFUL HAPPENS IN OUR BRAIN
  • HE SAYS THE BRAIN RELEASES TWO  CHEMICAL SECRETIONS THAT ARE DIRECTED INTO OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS
  • AND GIVES A 35 TO 40 PERCENT BOOST TO THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
  • ACCORDIN TO HIM,THIS PROMOTES HEALING WITHIN OUR BODIES.
  • AMAZINGLY, THIS SECRETION IS TRIGGERED FROM A PART OF THE BRAIN THAT HAS NO OTHER APPARENT ACTIVITY IN HUMANS
  • AND IT  IS ONLY ACTIVATED BY OUR SPIRIT-LED PRAYER AND WORSHIP!
  • ANOTHER RELATED STUDY SUGGESTS THAT SPEAKING IN TONGUES   IS ASSOCIATED WITH A REDUCTION IN STRESS
  • PEOPLE WHO ARE NORMALLY STRESSED OUT HAVE A SIGNIFICANTLY  POSITIVE MOOD AND CALMNESS WHEN THEY  SPEAK IN TONGUES.
  • OBVIOUSLY THE REDUCTION OF STRESS IS EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO ONE’S IMMUNE SYSTEM AND ENTIRE HEALTH
  • STRESS DAMAGES THE BODY, BUT PEACE HEALS  THE BODY  ISAIAH 26:3-4
  • JOHN 14:27
  • ONE STUDY INVOLVED NEARLY 1,000 PASTORS OF A BRITISH EVANGELICAL GROUP.
  • THE RESEARCHERS DISCOVERERD THAT  80 PERCENT OF THE PASTORS  WHO PRACTICED PRAYING IN TONGUES  HAD GREATER EMOTIONAL STABILITY AND LESS NERVOUS PROBLEMS
  • ANOTHER USA STUDY, REVEALS THAT WOMEN WHO GO TO CHURCH LIVE LONGER.
  • I WOULD SAY WOMEN WHO GO TO CHURCH REGULARLY AND PRAY REGULARLY IN TONGUES LIVE LONGER
  • WOMEN WHO GO TO CHURCH ARE LESS LIKELY TO DIE EARLY
  • GOING TO CHURCH IS GOOD FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH AND CAN CUT THE RISK OF DYING EARLY BY A THIRD
  • THIS STUDY SHOWED  THAT ATTENDING JUST ONCE A WEEK IS LINKED TO A LOWER RISK OF DEATH FROM ALL CAUSES.
  • RESEARCHERS SAY THEY DO NOT KNOW WHY, BUT THEY THINK IT HAS TO DO WITH OPTIMISM AND A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
  • THIS HELPS THEM OVERCOM THE EFFECTS OF STRESS AND DEPRESSION
  • WOMEN WHO WENT TO CHURCH MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK HAD A 33 PERCENT LOWER RISK OF DEATH DURING THE 16 YEAR STUDY COMPARED WITH WOMEN  WHO NEVER WENT TO CHURCH
  • THOSE WHO WENT WEEKLY HAD A 26 PERCENT LOWER RISK AND THOSE WHO ATTENDED SERVICES LESS THAN WEEKLY HAD A 13 PERCENT LOWER RISK
  • DRY TYLER VANDERWEELE A PROFESSOR OF EPIDEMLOLOGY OF THE HARVARD T.H CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN BOSTON, LOOKED AT THE CHURCH-GOING OF PROTESTANT AND ROMAN CATHOLIC NURSES
  • WRITING IN JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE,HE SAID PART OF THE BENEFIT SEEMS TO BE THAT ATTENDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES INCREASES SOCIAL SUPPORT.
  • IT DISCOURAGES SMOKING, IT DECREASES DEPRESSION AND HELPS PEOPLE DEVELOP A MORE OPTIMISTIC OR HOPEFUL OUTLOOK ON LIFE
  • IF THIS IS TRUE FOR TRADITIONAL CHURCH GOERS HOW MUCH MORE FOR US PENTECOSTALS
  • WE DEFINITELY SHOULD HAVE A DUOBLE ADVANTAGE OVER THE TRADITINAL CHURCH GOERS
  • APOSTLE PAUL SAYS” I SPEAK INTONGUES MORE THAN YE ALL”
  • NO WONDER HE NEVER SUFFERED A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN INSPITE OF HIS MANY PERSECUTIONS AND TRIALS.
  • 2 COR 4:8-17 “ We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death works in us, but life in you.  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
  • LOOK AT ALL THESE TROUBLES  FOR JUST ONE MAN!
  • YET PAUL WAS MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY BALANCED 
  • HE APPARENTLY WORKED HARDER AND SUFFERED MORE THAN MOST MINISTERS
  • 2 COR.11:23-33 “  Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.  Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.  Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;  In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brothers;  In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness  Beside those things that are without, that which comes on me daily, the care of all the churches.  Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?  If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern my infirmities.  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for ever more, knows that I lie not.  In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.”
  • PAUL FACED SERIOUS TRIALS.HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DEPRESSED AND SUICIDAL
  • MAY BE HE SHOULD HAVE BACKSLIDADEN FROM MINISTRY OR EVEN FROM THE LORD
  • YET HE WAS ABLE TO BEAR IT ALL AND TO BE FILLED WITH JOY
  • HE ALWAYS SPOKE ABOUT HAVING JOY AND COMFORT IN THE LORD
  • 2 COR 74-7 “. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. ¶  For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fights, within were fears.  Nevertheless God, that comforts those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; And not by his coming only, but by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.”
  • HE SAYS IN ROMANS 5 :2-3,WE REJOICE IN HOPE OF THE GLORY OF THE LORD ,WE GLORY IN TRIBULATION
  • THEN HE TELLS US I THESS.5:16-17 TO REJOICE EVER MORE AND PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
  • IN EVERYTHING WE SHOULD GIVE THANKS
  • 4:4 HE SAYS” Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
  • HOW ON EARTH COULD HE BE TALKING ABOUT REJOICING WHILE HE WENT THROUGH ALL THAT TROUBLE?
  • THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE HE PRAYED IN TONGUES MORE THAN EVERYBODY ELSE
  • HE SPOKE IN TONGUES AND ACCESSED GOD’S PRESENCE WHERE THERE IS FULLNESS OF JOY AND PEACE
  • HE SPOKE IN TONGUES EVER SO OFTEN AND ACCESSED GOD’S PRESENCE  FOR WISDOM,KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING  OF ALL MYSTERIES.
  • HE WAS WALKING AROUND ON EARTH BUT HE WAS PRACTICALLY LIVING IN HEAVEN
  • HE WAS FRUITFUL IN ALL HE DID,BECAUSE AS HE SPOKE IN TONGUES HE GOT SERIOUS DIRECTION AND WISDOM ROMANS 8:26-27
  • WHENEVER WE SPEAK IN TONGUES OUR UNDERSTANDING IS SUSPENDED
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES ALL THE WORK OF PRAYING DEEPLY ON OUR BEHALF
  • ICOR :14:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
  • IT HAS BEEN MEDICALLY PROVED THAT IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT PRAYS THROUGH US WHEN WE SPEAK IN TONGUES
  • RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA TOOK BRAIN
  • IMAGES OF FIVE WOMEN WHILE THEY SPOKE IN TONGUES
  • THEY DISCOVERED THAT THE THINKING, WILLFUL PART OF THE BRAIN THROUGH WHICH PEOPLE CONTROL WHAT THEY DO WAS RELATIVELY QUIET
  • THESE ARE  LANGUAGE CENTERS KNOWN AS  THE FRONTAL LOBES ,BUT THEY WERE RELATIVELY QUIET,
  • ALSO WHILE THE WOMEN WERE  SPEAKING IN TONGUES, THERE WAS A DECREASE OF ACTIVITY IN THE FRONTAL LOBES AND AN INCREASED ACTIVITY IN THE THALAMUS
  • THE THALAMUS IS WHERE IT IS BELIEVED BY SOME THAT WE HAVE SPIRITUAL
  • EXPERIENCES WHILE BUT LANGUAGE AREAS ARE IN THE FRONTAL LOBES.
  • IT WAS ALSO DISCOVERED THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT EMERGED  WHILE THOSE WOMEN SPOKE IN TONGUES WAS HIGHLY STRUCTURED
  • IT WAS FILLED WITH CLEARLY ARTICULATED PHRASES.
  • THIS IS A VERY UNUSUAL FINDING, FOR IT SUGGESTS THAT THE
  • LANGUAGE WAS BEING GENERATED IN A DIFFERENT WAY
  • OR POSSIBLY FROM SOME PLACE OTHER THAN THE NORMAL PROCESSING CENTERS OF SPEECH.
  • MEANWHILE THE REGIONS INVOLVED IN MAINTAINING SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS WERE
  • THE RESEARCHERS SAYS FOR BELIEVERS, THIS EXPERIENCE COULD BE TAKEN AS PROOF THAT ANOTHER “ENTITY” HAD ACTUALLY SPOKEN THROUGH THEM.
  • ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR“
  • THE AMAZING THING WAS HOW THE IMAGES SUPPORTED PEOPLE’S INTERPRETATION OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING
  • HE SAID “THE WAY THEY DESCRIBE IT, AND WHAT THEY BELIEVE, IS THAT GOD IS
  • TALKING THROUGH THEM,”.
  • WHEN YOU SPEAK IN TONGUES , GOD SPEAKS THROUGH YOU ROMANS 8:26-27
  • AT THE SAME TIME YOU ARE SPEAKING MYSTERIES TO GOD  1 COR.14:2
  • MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT TONGUES ARE NOT INTELLIGIBLE
  • THAT ITS ALL JUNK AND GIBBRISH.
  • THIS STUDY PROVES THAT WHEN WE SPEAK IN TONGUES WE ARE SPEAKING SOME LANGUAGE THAT PEOPLE SPEAK ELSE WHERE ON EARTH
  • THIS WAS PROVED IN THE BOOK OF ACTS ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST
  • ACTS1:1-10

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?A And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?A Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,: Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.”

  • THE DISCIPLES WERE ALL GALILEANS BUT THEY SPOKE IN LANGUAGES THEY NEVER LEARNT
  • AS THEY SPOKE IN TONGUES,THEY SPOKE FOREIGN LANGUAGES WHICH THEY NEVER LEARNT  ANYWHERE BEFORE.
  • AND PEOPLE GROUPS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TESTIFIED THAT THE  APOSTLES SPOKE THE WONDERFUL THINGS OF GOD TO THEM IN  THEIR OWN LANGUAGES
  • THEY LITERALLY PREACHED THE GOSPEL IN LANGUAGES THEY NEVER LEARNT BEFORE IN LIFE
  • PAUL SAYS I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS
  • IF YOU REALLY WANT TO ACCESS THE WISDOM OF GOD YOU MUST MAKE PRAYING IN TONGUES YOUR LIFE STYLE
  • IS THERE ANYTHING THAT IS NOW BOTHERING  YOU? ,ANYTHING YOU ARE CONFUSED ABOUT CONCERNING YOUR LIFE?
  • FIRST DISCUSS IT WITH THE LORD WITH YOUR UNDERSTANDING,THEN PRAY IN TONGUES ABOUT IT TILL THE HOLY SPIRIT STOPS YOU.
  • YOU WILL ACQUIRE WISDOM AND DIRECTION FROM THE LORD
  • THE BIBLE SAYS WISDOM IS PROFITABLE FOR DIRECTION

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I COR 14:14-15

  • IF YOU NEED WISDOM, DIVINE GUIDANCE,OR WANT ANY ACCESS TO ANY SECRETS JUST PRAY IN TONGUES I COR 14:2;ROMANS 8:26-27
  • YOU MAY ALSO ASK THE LORD FOR THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION
  • “Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret” 1COR 14:13
  • EVEN WITHOUT REALLY PRAYING FOR THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION,YOU MUST HAVE NOTICED THAT AS YOU PRAY IN TONGUES YOU DO GET SOME DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE
  • A DREAM,A SCRIPTURE A CLEAR IDEA OR JUST PEACE AND JOY
  • HOWEVER APOSTLE PAUL HAS ADVISED US TO PRAY FOR THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION
  • THE MORE YOU PRAY IN TONGUES THE MORE YOU GROW IN KNOWLEDGE ,WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDIN 1 COR 4:1-4
  • THE MORE YOU PRAY IN TONGUES THE MORE YOU GROW DEEPER IN FAITH AND IN THE LOVE OF GOD.JUDE:20-21

 

 

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