Tuesday, May 31, 2011


God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next – they’ll stop at nothing! Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.”
Genesis 11:6-7 (MSG)

A young boy, during an era recorded to have had limited revelations from God, ran to his master three times when he assumed it was the master that had called him. The young boy, Samuel, who later grew to become one of the great prophets of the Old Testament times, had not known God for himself. That’s why it is imperative to submit to spiritual authorities because you will almost certainly hear God’s voice the first time like that of someone you hold in high esteem (1st Samuel 3:1-9).

Two people can’t be said to be communicating if the person on the receiving side has no understanding of what’s being said. We may have found ourselves in situations where either a colleague in the office or a fellow commuter receives a phone call and the interlocutor speaks in a native language you are not familiar with. There is the natural tendency for the conversation to appear as noise and a distraction not because what they are saying is not important but because the language is not understood.

“Come, let’s talk this over! Says the Lord;…” (Isaiah 1:18 Living Bible) God desires that we communicate with Him. When we pray, He hears and most times, He has already answered the request before we had the question (Isaiah 65:24). His answers have been given to us in the form of His Word; the Bible which one might say has been around for the longest time and yet is the least read. It contains our “Mother’s” tongue and understanding it is a key to comprehending the dictates of the Spirit, our Counselor.

In the same vein, when we pray in tongues, we shut out every form of intrusion that may cause our faith to dwindle. Much like using scriptures to pray, speaking in tongues is a means of utilizing the language of the Spirit which leaves the devil and his cohorts dumbfounded because in the spiritual realm, mysteries are being uttered.

The ability of an architect to understand a building drawing is another qualification that makes his/her role unique from that of others involved in the building of a house. A layman would surely find it a daunting task to make a head of the queer looking illustration which has lines here and there, and numbers written at particular intervals.

The Bible contains kingdom parlance and a good knowledge base of it serves us in understanding what heaven is communicating to us and how we are to respond.

Most likely, we can speak our mother tongue but how fluently do we speak "The Mother Tongue?"

- 'Bayor

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