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Studying God’s Word will draw out the wisdom that’s in your spirit. When you’re reading the Bible, you are receiving words with your physical eyes that are spirit and life. As you take this knowledge into your soul, new thoughts and ideas come to your physical mind. When this happens, your spirit—which already has the truth and mind of Christ—will bear witness with it. Surely, you’ve read a scripture and felt like all of a sudden you “saw” it. You may have read it a dozen, even a hundred times, before, but all at once, everything within you shouts, “Yes!” That’s your spirit and your soul becoming of one mind. When your soulish realm gains a truth and begins to embrace it, your spirit connects and agrees. Once the connection is made, that truth just goes off inside of you. It’s now revelation and reality to you. Because of your inner witness, you don’t necessarily need anyone else to prove it; you just know!
Several scriptures reveal this inner witness. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16). First John 5:6-10 also describes this, specifically verse 10, which says, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself.”
Studying God’s Word is vital for achieving single-mindedness and releasing God’s power! Your spirit mind, the mind of Christ, agrees completely with the Word. When a truth from God’s Word takes root in your soulish realm, that same knowledge, which has already existed in your spirit mind, rises up and meshes with it. This draws God’s power resident within you out into the physical realm. That’s when you see manifestation! ***(THIS IS HOW WE RECEIVE OUR MANIFESTION IN THE PHYSICAL REALM)***
Your Spirit Prays!
Praying in tongues is another powerful way to release the mind of Christ. “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Cor. 14:1-2). When you pray in the Spirit, you are speaking mysteries.
Your spirit prays! “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful” (1 Cor. 14:14). This scripture shows both minds in operation. When you pray in tongues, your spirit prays, but your understanding—your soulish, physical, natural mind—is unfruitful. You build yourself up by praying in tongues. “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself” (1 Cor. 14:4). “Edify” means “to build up” or “to promote spiritual growth.” It’s your soul that’s actually growing and being built up because your spirit is already perfect and complete. The mind of Christ in your spirit prays when you pray in tongues.
Your goal is to facilitate single-mindedness. You aren’t trying to get the Word of God into your spirit because the mind of Christ already knows all things. You are trying to get God’s Word into your soul so that your spirit can bear witness with it. As your soulish realm embraces a truth and agrees “Yes God, this is what I believe. I’m throwing out all other contrary thoughts and belief systems. This truth will now rule my life,” you become of one mind. Your soul unites to your spirit’s way of thinking, and you’re built up by drawing your spirit’s wisdom and knowledge out into the physical realm. That’s when you’ll see God’s power manifest!
When you pray in tongues, your spirit prays the hidden wisdom of God. “Howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Cor. 14:2). What are those mysteries? “The wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory” (1 Cor. 2:7). That’s what the Apostle Paul preached!
In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul describes his preaching and wisdom. He didn’t just use his human intellect but ministered God’s Word “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:4). In the process of explaining this, Paul actually put down carnal knowledge—learned physical knowledge, the kind you receive from school—in favor of God’s wisdom. In other words, there’s a wisdom that proceeds from your born-again spirit (mind of Christ, 1 Cor. 2:16), and there’s a wisdom that comes from your physical brain (what somebody taught you). Since you cannot really understand the things of God with just your natural mind, you must understand them through your spirit man. It’s this wisdom that comes from your spirit that enables you to relate to God. Paul preached this wisdom as he invited unbelievers to believe and as he encouraged them to mature.
“But God Hath Revealed…”
Before moving on, I’d like to clear up a misuse of 1 Corinthians 2:9, which says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Some people read that and say, “This contradicts what you’re teaching. It shows that you can’t really know the things of God. This verse proves that He’s mysterious and you can’t really know!”
Don’t stop there! Keep reading the next few verses: “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God…we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:10-12, 16; emphasis Andrew’s).
First Corinthians 2:9 contrasts Old Testament saints, who couldn’t understand, with New Covenant believers, who know all things in their spirits! In this verse, Paul quoted an Old Testament scripture (Is. 64:4). Old Covenant people weren’t born again, so they didn’t have born-again spirits. Because of this, it’s totally accurate to say that they couldn’t understand the things of God. To them, it’s foolishness because they have to be spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). However, it’s inaccurate to say the same thing about a New Testament believer who has the mind of Christ in their born-again spirit. You can understand the things of God!
Paul preached the hidden wisdom of God that he received by revelation. He declared, “I speak with tongues more than ye all” (1 Cor. 14:18). As Paul prayed in the spirit, he spoke forth God’s mysteries and received revelation knowledge concerning them (1 Cor. 14:2). However, he did not preach or teach in tongues (1 Cor. 14:19). Paul ministered in his native language the wisdom he received through praying in tongues.
Pray in tongues when you study God’s Word. As you do, you’ll release the mind of Christ into your soulish realm through revelation knowledge. I’m not advocating speaking in tongues and then just accepting whatever comes to mind as being from God. No, it should line up with the Word. God will supernaturally reveal things to you through His Word as a result of praying in tongues. Revelation knowledge comes by the Holy Spirit inside your born-again spirit bearing witness in your soul with a truth from God’s Word. You might be reading or listening to Scripture when suddenly, it comes alive inside. That’s revelation!
Simeon recognized the Christ Child by revelation knowledge. “And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus…Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God” (Luke 2:26-28). No human could have told him these things. God revealed it to Simeon through his spirit. Revelation knowledge comes from the inside out, not the outside in. You may be reading the Word, studying it, looking things up in the Greek, checking cross-references, and reading or listening to someone else’s opinion of what the Word says. But then, all of a sudden, the mind of Christ in your born-again spirit just reaches up from inside and grabs that truth shouting, “Yes! This one’s true. This one is for you!” That’s revelation knowledge.
Believe to Interpret
When you pray in tongues, you can believe God for interpretation. “Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret” (1 Cor. 14:13). I admit that the context of this verse primarily addresses the need for interpretation of a publicly given tongue in a church service, but you can believe God for interpretation when you’re praying in the spirit privately as well.
Praying in tongues benefits you whether you believe for interpretation or not. It relieves stress and releases the peace of God into your soul and body. “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people…This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing” (Is. 28:11-12). It builds you up and promotes spiritual growth (1 Cor. 14:4). Since you are praying from the mind of Christ, why wouldn’t you want to interpret?
I started interpreting my speaking in tongues a long time ago. When I first fell in love with the Lord, I went through an intense time of excitement, anointing, and stirring within, but my mind couldn’t comprehend it. Then in Vietnam, I began seeing little glimmers of truth while studying the Bible. After returning home and marrying Jamie in October 1972, I really started poring over the Word. Scriptures began coming alive to me, and my spirit would rejoice. I’d read certain passages, and the spirit inside me just wanted to stand up and shout! However, since this was contrary to the religious way I’d been taught, I really struggled with it.
In my heart, I determined to break through. For an extended season of time, I spent six to ten hours a day writing scriptures out longhand on my legal pad. Along the way, I stopped and meditated on each individual word. Then I locked myself in the closet of our little apartment in Garland, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), to pray in tongues over these scriptures for an hour or two. My spirit already knew these truths, but as I prayed in tongues and asked God to interpret them to my mind so I could understand them, revelation came.
Understanding came as I wrote these scriptures out, meditated, prayed in tongues over them, and received interpretation. In fact, this revelation of spirit, soul, and body was one of the first things He showed me. Since my thinking had been so screwed up from religion and wrong teaching, it actually took a couple of months before I started making the connections. Then all of a sudden, in what seemed like one week’s time, God started putting some of this together for me. I understood about eternal redemption and how God could love me. These truths exploded within and became reality to me. After about a week of this, the revelation was coming so fast and furious that I literally had to ask God to slow it down. I wanted to comprehend and retain it all without missing a single thing. One of the ways this happened was I prayed for interpretation!
Disaster or Safety?
Now, just because you pray in tongues and ask God for interpretation doesn’t mean you should accept any and every thought that comes to your mind as being from God. That’s a recipe for disaster! You must judge every thought by the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word always agree (1 John 5:7). They never disagree because God’s Word never contradicts spiritual truth. Whether you are praying in tongues and believing for interpretation or not, whenever thoughts that are contrary to the Word flash across your mind, you should immediately conclude “That’s not God!”
Paul rebuked the Corinthians for using the gifts of the Holy Spirit carnally. His comments in 1 Corinthians 12, 13, and 14 were corrections regarding the proper use of the gifts, especially speaking in tongues. Therefore, just because you are praying in tongues, it doesn’t guarantee that they are completely pure and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. Your flesh could be a factor. However, if you stay within these biblical boundaries, you’ll be able to safely receive much revelation from the Lord. As you pray in tongues and ask for interpretation, thoughts will come, and all of a sudden, you’ll say, “I’ve never seen that before!” Then, as you verify it in more than just one obscure place in the Bible, it’ll become an obvious truth to you.
Basically, you need to know God’s Word to be able to do this. This may not be the way an immature Christian should operate. I was spending six to ten hours a day studying the Scriptures and then one or two hours praying in tongues for revelation. I don’t think you ought to spend one hour studying the Word and then many hours praying in tongues. It ought to be the opposite—many hours in the Word. Through this, God has revealed many things to me! These truths on spirit, soul, and body came through God’s Word. Everything I share, I share from Scripture. But the reason these verses and passages have come alive and impacted my life in ways they might not have for you is because I mixed my Scripture meditation with praying in tongues.
For additional information, my teaching entitled “Revelation Knowledge” goes much further in depth on this topic. I elaborate on many things that I’ve only been able to touch on here, including how to interpret, checks and balances, etc. I encourage you to get a copy!
Meditating God’s Word, speaking in tongues, and receiving interpretation is the fast track to single-mindedness and manifestation!
(END OF ANDREW’S QUOTES FOR CHAPTER 14)
Are you ready to change your life? If so, here is the link to start – you can study on your own, by clicking here to go to the teaching of, “Spirit, Soul, Body,” on Andrew’s website. Once on the site, you can choose if you want to listen via audio or watch the videos. Or study with a group, like I am doing, by going to this link, creating an account, and finding an online or local study – the materials are furnished for you – there is an outline teaching, questions, and Scriptures, on the website, that you download after logging in and finding your study.
Here is the link for the group I am in – you can go to the link and register, but to download your class materials, you must create an account, and sign in (the material information is on top of the page). Then contact the Leader, Dennis Kerr, and let him know you just signed up for the class and ask him to send you the Zoom link for the class. We currently meet on Tuesdays at 4:00pm EST (Dennis is in Arizona and his local time would be at 2:00pm for the study) – this Chapter 14, is the current chapter according to the “Spirit, Soul, Body” book.
However, our lesson we studied on April 5, 2022, is Lesson 14, “Like Precious Faith,” from the “Spirit, Soul, Body” book’s Chapter 12, which has the same title, “Like Precious Faith” – this was our fourteenth meeting.
Click the link below to review all study materials, which is the same as the first link on Andrew’s website, for “Spirit, Soul, Body:” All “Spirit, Soul, Body” Resources
NOTE: Wherever there is bolding in this document and is not specified that Andrew did it, it was added by me. Also, highlighting, underlining, and Scriptures were bolded and linked to the text by me.
God’s BLESSINGS to you all and your families!!
In Father’s Service,
Rev. Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks, PsyD