Word at Work March 2, 2017

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:1-2

1 Corinthians 14:1-2 says, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” Speaking in tongues has a variety of Biblical purposes that unfold in Scripture and the first one that we see here deals with the word mysteries. The Greek word translated “mysteries” is moos-tay-ree-on which means ‘To speak to God about a transcendent alternate reality.’ When we are praying in tongues, we are calling forth by the Holy Spirit all that God has ordained for us in our destiny, our equipping, our gifting and our calling. It comes from the realm of the Spirit. Since we know from Scripture that one of God’s chief purposes for us is to be formed into Christ-likeness and Godly character then we know that praying in tongues really helps develop that character and therefore is something we cannot afford to ignore.

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