—by André and Jenny Roebert
The Holy Spirit is continuously active in our lives when we choose to yield to Him. Operating in His gifts becomes a part of our nature when we learn how to work with Him in perfect harmony. We can reach the place where we have allowed His Spirit to influence us that we see as He sees, speak as He speaks, and act in love and power as He does! That’s what operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is all about.
Paul could do it, so can we!
Besides Jesus, when He walked on earth, Paul is an excellent example of this beautiful partnership that we can enjoy with the Holy Spirit.
Did you notice how the disciples and apostles learnt from Jesus, as they personally knew Him while He was here? Paul, however, didn’t have Jesus in the flesh to teach him all that he knew about the relationship we can have with the Holy Spirit, and all the fruit and gifts that we can enjoy and develop in our lives. Paul learnt all he knew and experienced the Holy Spirit Himself being his Teacher. If Paul could do it, we can too!
Gifts work together
After months of teachings on the gifts of the Holy Spirit; we are now wrapping up with this series. Today we are going to carry on discussing the gift of interpretation of tongues and then bring in the gift of prophecy. It’s remarkable how these gifts work together and interact with each other.
Communicating God’s heart
We saw how the gift of interpretation of tongues can operate when we are praying in our own heavenly prayer language. Today we are going to see how it works alongside the gift of speaking in a sign tongue (a heavenly tongue purposed to benefit others and is used as a sign to unbelievers). To begin with, we must understand an interpretation is not a word for word translation; rather, it’s revealing and verbally communicating what is on the heart of God for a particular person or circumstance.
The value of interpretation
That’s why it’s so important to have the interpretation of a sign tongue; because its purpose is to benefit others and specifically used as a sign to display the power of God to the unsaved. This usually takes place in a gathering of believers, where unsaved people are also present. Now the person who feels the unction of the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues during the meeting can have the interpretation of that tongue too.
Our minds and our spirits must align
In 1 Corinthians 14:13, Paul says, “…the person who speaks in an [unknown] tongue should pray [for the power] to interpret and explain what he says.” That’s when we do what he says to do in verse 15: “… I will pray with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will sing with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will sing [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also.” Our minds must line up with our spirits, which are taking the lead in this process.
André and Jenny Roebert are the founders of Faith Broadcasting Network South Africa. For more info visit: myfaithtv.com