The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (13)
Speaking With Tongues
in Jesusí Name
That passage in Mark chapter 16 continues, "Ö In my name Ö they shall speak with new tongues" (Mark 16:17).
All believers have a right to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to speak with tongues. The Bible says the promise of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all those who believe (Acts 2:38,39); therefore speaking in tongues, which is the initial evidence of the Spiritís in-filling (Acts 2:4), is also for all those who are born again.
Speaking with tongues does not occur as just one initial experience of being filled with the Holy Ghost, and then it ceases. Speaking with tongues is to be a continual experience for the rest of oneís life, an integral part of the believerís devotional prayer life.
Speaking with tongues is also the door into all the other spiritual gifts. A local Pastor once told me that the more you pray and worship God in tongues, the more manifestation of the other gifts of the Spirit you could habe in your life.
God has given us a supernatural means of communication with Him. We should be taking advantage of this precious gift of speaking with tongues. We can do it in Jesusí Name!
Exercising Power and Authority
Over Serpents in Jesusí Name
Jesus said, "Ö In my name Ö They shall take up serpents
(Mark 16:17,18). That doesnít mean that a believer is going to take up serpents and handle them to try to prove something. It means if a believer is accidentally bitten, he can just shake off the serpent and claim immunity in the Name of Jesus. This is not extreme teaching. Itís Bible teaching, and itís the truth.
Those things are in the Word. As you know, when Paul was shipwrecked on the Island of Melita and was picking up sticks to build a fire, a viper came out and fastened itself on his hand. The people of the island looked at Paul and thought he had done something terrible and was being cursed. They said, "ÖNo doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live" (Acts 28:4).
They thought the judgement of God had come upon Paul, and they expected him to fall dead. They watched him, and when he didnít get sick and fall dead, they finally decided he must be a god (Acts 28:1-6).
I read this passage in a book once. " About a woman who was an Assemblies of God missionary. She was ministering in a foreign country. There was a particular kind of scorpion in that country whose sting was fatal. They had no antidote for the sting in those days and when it stung a person, he or she died; no one had ever been know to live.
One of these deadly scorpions stung this woman missionary. Actually, she was right out on the street when the thing stung her. People watched her and expected her to swell up and die because thatís what always happened. But she just shook the scorpion off in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the people watched her, they saw that she didnít even get sick to her stomach! It made a marvellous impression on those people in that country, and many were saved as a result. Further on this book I picked out the following.
Many years ago a minister in East Texas was the pastor of a country church. He and some men, who were sinners, went out fishing. (Their wives were members of the pastorís church and had been praying for their husbandís salvation.)
The pastor and these men were fishing in one of the lakes in east Texas, and as they were grappling for fish, a cotton-mouth moccasin fastened itself onto the pastorís hand. The pastor shook the snake off of his hand, and in the Name of Jesus declared he would suffer no ill effects.
They were way out in the country in the middle of the lake, and it greatly frightened those men who were sinners; they wanted to get him to a doctor in a hurry.
The pastor told the men, "Youíd never get me to a doctor in time, anyway." The pastor was not concerned because he knew the authority he had in the Name of Jesus, and he went right on fishing. The men watched him, but that snakebite never did have any effect on him. Friends, this is not extreme. This is the Word of God (Mark 16:18). Every single one of those men got saved as a result of that incident.
Immunity From Poison
in Jesusí Name
"Mark 16" further says, "Ö if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt themÖ" (v. 18). That doesnít mean believers can drink poison just to try to prove something, "do not put God to test, pray and have faith".
But it does mean if you accidentally drink something that is harmful to you, you have a right to claim immunity in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A number of years ago, a superintendent of a certain denomination in America, relate an incident that took place at one of their conventions in Corpus Christi, Texas. After the people of this particular denomination began to gather at the convention grounds, some of them began to feel ill. Soon about twenty or thirty of them were very ill, and they began praying for one another.
As they prayed, God revealed to them that the water in one of the hotels was poisoned. In those days, they didnít have running water; they only had a pitcher and bowl in each room on a wash stand. They told the rest of the people not to drink any more of the water. God healed every single person and no one needed to have his stomach pumped.
They took the remaining water to a local lab to have it tested. The doctors in the laboratory told them there was enough poison in the water to kill a regiment of men! It was known that this group of people believed in miracles and healings, and someone was trying to play a deadly trick on them and lave a laugh on them. But the laugh was on the trickster because although those believers got sick, none of them died.
Godís Word works. These people didnít drink poison to try to prove something; they accidentally drank poison. The devil was behind it to try to harm them, but the people innocently drank the water, not knowing what they were drinking.
Under those circumstances, believers have a right to claim immunity in Jesusí Name, according to (Mark 16:18). As I said before, this is not extreme teaching. It is in the Word! In fact, Jesus spoke these words!
Laying Hands On the Sick in Jesusí Name
Continue to grow in your fellowship with the Heavenly Father. You can also learn to allow the Word of God to abide in you so you can pray according to Godís will, and your prayers will be answered. Then Jesusí words in (John 16:24) will be fulfilled in your life: Your Joy will become full!
Best Greetings to all of you, brothers in Christ, may God bless you much as you continue to walk, the walk of faith in Jesus' Name. Praise and Glory be to God.
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