Why Do I Need Tongues?
Holy Spirit Workshop with
Rev. Shirley Camp
THE GIFT OF THE HOLY
Rev. Shirley Camp
following is an excerpt taken from Rev. Camp's Book entitled,
Can We Talk? About Tongues)
God’s understanding is endless. There’s always another
phase to God.
There’s always a lot more to understand about the things of God. We never know everything…
we know things in part. So,
as you continue to pursue God, and desire to know more about Him,
desire to know about His gifts, desire to know what He wants and what
He desires, He’ll impart information to you.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of
God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall
be given him.
So, why do people need to speak in tongues?
People need to know why they need to talk in
another language or pray in tongues or pray in the Holy Ghost,
(whatever you want to call it). People
have different names for it, people have different understandings, but
I think when Jesus left this earth He made it perfectly clear. He said,
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It
is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away,
the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him
He said it’s expedient for
you that I go away, so that I can leave with you
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.
He knew that we would need the Holy Spirit.
So we’re going to talk a little bit
about why we need the Holy Spirit.
Praying in tongues is the evidence of the infilling... the filling of
the Holy Spirit WITHIN YOU. And
that should be our pattern today as modern, New Testament Believers. And this is for believers. It’s for everybody, and
God doesn’t want to leave one person out because it is a gift, and
Jesus left that gift for us. He
knew that we would need the gift of tongues, we would need a Comforter,
and we would need this gift to be exercised in our life as a Helper. There are a lot of
purposes for it, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
And, being assembled together with them,
commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for
the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized
with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days
The Holy Spirit is the Gift of the
you want every gift God left for you?
Everything that He has for me, I want. He’s the Holy Spirit of
is letting his disciples know that they will receive.
They’ve received the gift of water baptism,
but they will receive another gift, and it is the baptism with fire.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully
come, they were all with one accord in one place.
So already we know two things about the
Holy Spirit or the gift of tongues:
1. It’s a gift from
2. It puts believers
on one accord.
That is one way that we all know that we are
on one accord. You
know, you can be in a church and you can think that you’re on one
accord with the pastor, and with the people with your church. But if you don’t pray in
tongues together, you’re not on one accord.
Everybody should have the Holy Spirit
ministered to them. That’s
why when Paul went to Ephesus and he joined the disciples there, the
first thing he asked them was, “Have you received the Holy Ghost since
you’ve believed?” (Acts
more to God’s plan for us than just believing or being saved. And if Jesus did it, and
the disciples did it, then why not us?
It is a gift that is for today. It’s for the New Testament
And suddenly there came a sound from
heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where
they were sitting.
I think this was more of a sound. It sounded like wind more
than a physical wind rushing in. It
could have been wind, but I think it was more or less the
sound of wind.
Tongues are that mighty.
The Spirit came as a mighty rushing wind
and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven
tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Acts 2:3
This was more of an open vision of the
Holy Spirit. When
God does something, He does it big, and He likes to prove Himself to
unbelievers, and to those who don’t believe.
He likes to show out because He’s God and He
can do it! He does
it because He can! This
was an outward show of His power and His greatness, and it made a
mighty impact on the believers assembled there.
The Holy Spirit filled that place to the point
where it really seemed like there was a storm going on.
We need those manifestations in the earth
today. That is why
we need the gift of tongues.
So in Acts 2, they were on one accord
in one place, and the Holy Spirit came as a mighty, rushing wind;
mighty but unseen power. The
power of God is mighty, even though it’s unseen.
This tells me something about faith. When you receive the
baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is an element of faith involved. And this is why a lot of
people try and try and they don’t receive the first time because the
element of faith is not there. They
don’t understand enough about the Holy Spirit, or they don’t understand
enough about Jesus and the gift and His love to enable them to receive. That’s why we must
minister this gift to people.
When you impart knowledge and wisdom to
people about tongues, then the element of faith increases.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and
hearing by the Word of God.
Receiving the infilling of the Holy
Spirit is of God. We
need to have this experience of infilling to do the work of the
ministry, to possess power from On High, to believe the promises of
God, and to do the great and mighty works.
God left us the Holy Spirit so we can believe
the promises. That’s
why sometimes people have a hard time believing because you need the
help of the Comforter. Sometimes
it’s because you don’t have the infilling, so you don’t understand how
to do the works of God.
Many people go out and they pass out
tracts, and they try to do the work without the infilling. You get that in
traditional churches all the time.
And they wonder why they don’t get a lot of
people in the church to stick with it.
They go to church for about three or four
months, and then they slack off, and it’s because they don’t have the
infilling of the Holy Spirit. See,
the infilling of the Holy Spirit possesses you and He is a Keeper. He keeps you and separates
you from sin, if you allow Him to.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit builds
you up on your most holy faith. This
is how you maintain your life with Christ.
A lot of people receive the gift of tongues,
and then they never use them. Or
they use them once a week.
You need to be built up everyday.
The bible says to keep the word before you
day and night. (Joshua
1:8). And when you
study the Word, you should always pray in tongues.
It will maintain your life.
It will keep you up, it will build you up, and
it will keep you out of sin, if you allow it to.
When you acknowledge the presence of the Holy
Spirit inside of you by exercising the gift all the time, you won’t
want to sin. Perhaps
this is why people fall away, or they fall short, or they cuss and
fuss; they do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do because they don’t
allow the presence of the Holy Spirit to become alive inside of them. They don’t exercise the
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves
on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in
the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto
Praying in tongues allows you receive
the mercy of God. In
other words God will help you when you pray in another language; if you
exercise the gift of the infilling.
Because you’ve been filled with God’s precious
Holy Spirit, and when you exercise that Gift, then God will help you. He builds you up. It enables Him to set up
a standard against the enemy. But
we must exercise the gift. It’s
a precious gift.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter,
that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him:
but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in
John 14:15 -17
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh
receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it
shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a
father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a
fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:
how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them
that ask Him?
Luke 11:9 -13
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