If you sincerely asked God for the Holy Spirit, He has given Him to you. God is true and cannot lie. All His Promises are reliable. It is really simple!
4. THANK GOD FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT!
What do you say to a parent or a friend that gives you a very precious gift? “Thank you,” of course! That is the word which signals that you receive and appreciate the gift. This is equally true with the Lord. Paul exhorts us to ”give thanks in everything” (I Thess. 5: 18) because in Jesus, our whole life is an experience of God’s magnificent, generous grace, especially when He gives you the Holy Spirit. The purest expression of faith and acceptance of God’s gift is to say, “Thank you, Father!”
5. BEGIN THANKING GOD WITH YOUR HEAVENLY LANGUAGE!
As you continue in praise and thanksgiving for God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, you will begin to feel a new sense of release and rejoicing deep within your innermost being. This is” what Jesus spoke about during the feast: “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” The context goes on to explain, ”But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John7 :37-39).
Speaking in tongues is this overflow of the fountainhead of the Spirit in your life as you give voice to this spiritual torrent from within. Here are some things you need to know about speaking in your new tongue (often called your “prayer language” or “heavenly language”).
You do the speaking while the Holy Spirit “gives you the words to say.”
Acts 2:4 says, “and they began to speak with other tongues (languages) as the Spirit was giving them utterance (‘ability to speak out’).” To speak with tongues takes cooperation between you and the Holy Spirit. You articulate the words while He supplies them. This is why Paul calls the phenomenon “speaking with (or in) the Spirit”.
You determine to speak in tongues.
You cannot speak with tongues and your own language at the same time. You choose which one you will use. Nor do tongues “overtake” you or “just happen” to you.
The common modern expressions “ecstatic language” and “speaking in ecstasy” are erroneous and misleading. As a Spirit-filled believer, you choose when you will speak in tongues. If an utterance “takes over” a believer so that he is out of control, it should be viewed with concern: Moving in the Spirit requires cooperation between you and the Spirit. Usually it is spirits that possess and control people against their will.
You will not understand what you are saying!
Paul says, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful” (I Cor. 14:14). The use of tongues defies human understanding. Normally, it is only in the public function of the gift that God will give interpretation so others present can be edified.