Unable To Speak In Tongues

Q. I believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins and I accept his Grace. I have been baptized and praise Him everyday. I try to be a good person, but know I am still a sinner. I am confused about the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. I am unable to do so. What does this mean?

A. The Bible doesn’t say that every believer will speak in tongues, nor does it teach that the gift of tongues is necessary evidence for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It says that the Holy Spirit distributes gifts to each believer as He sees fit for the good of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:7-11). If you don’t speak in tongues, it may just be evidence that the Holy Spirit didn’t give you that gift.

According to Romans 12:1-2 we can discover the Lord’s will for us by turning our whole life over to Him as a living sacrifice. I believe this discovery includes learning what our Spiritual gifts are.

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