How To Speak In Tongues
by Victor Paul Wierwille
I know that you would like to receive into manifestation the power of the fullness of the Holy Spirit; I know that you would like to speak the wonderful works of God and magnify God. There is one thing you must do and that is to believe God's Word. Surely you can believe God's Word, for what He has promised, He is not only willing to perform, but He is able to perform. I can assure you upon the integrity of God's Word that when you speak in tongues you will be speaking the wonderful works of God and magnifying God (Acts 2:11; 10:46).
Let me unfold the keys to you and shortly you too will be speaking the wonderful works of God. Acts 2:4 says, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost." Nobody was missed; they were all filled. In my classes on Power for Abundant Living, nobody ever gets missed on God's account because each person has heard The Word, and if he believes it, God is always faithful and nobody then can be passed over. Do exactly what I tell you to do down to the most minute detail. As Paul said in I Thessalonians 2:13, I thank God that "when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God."
If you will be as honest with God as that Word of God says, you too can walk into the greatness of the manifestation of the power of God. But if you think this is just Victor Paul Wierwille writing or speaking to you, you will never receive. If you know that what I am saying to you are words which the Holy Ghost, has spoken and is speaking to you through my ministry and my life, then you too will manifest forth the greatness of the power of God. If you will literally do what I ask you, then you can walk into the greatness of this power as all the rest of us have, and manifest forth the greatness of this abundance of God, the wonderful power of God.
Before you can tap any of God's resources you must know, first of all, what is available. You know the holy spirit is available as a gift to you; you received it when you were born again of God's Spirit. Secondly, you must know how to receive it and what to do with it after you have it. You received it when you were born again of God's Spirit. Now lastly you must know what to do with it, how to receive it into manifestation.
Remember Acts 2:4 says, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and [they] began to speak..." They, the people, did the speaking.
Have you ever thought though the mechanics of speech? You have to do the speaking. The same mechanics that are involved in speaking English or any other language are involved in speaking in tongues. For instance, if I would say, "I love the Lord Jesus Christ," what did I mechanically do? I moved my lips, I moved my tongue, I moved my throat, I made the sounds, I had to think. All this is involved in the mechanics of speech. You have to move your lips, your throat, your tongue. You have to formulate the words. You say audibly, "I love the Lord Jesus Christ." What did you do? You moved your lips, your throat, your tongue to speak. You formulate the words; you push them out.
The only difference between speaking in tongues and speaking to you in English is that when I say, "I love the Lord Jesus Christ," I have to think. When I speak in tongues I do not think the words I speak. He gives the words to my spirit, which is His spirit in me. The words are formulated in the spirit. I bring them up on my mouth and I formulate them on my lips. I do not feel the words, but I know that they are there because I move my lips, my throat, my tongue.
Believe to be very natural and at ease. You have to move your lips, your throat, your tongue; you have to make the sounds. You have to formulate the words, but what you speak, as in Acts 2:4, is as the Spirit gives you utterance. What you speak is God's business, but that you speak is your business. I make the sounds, but the words that I speak are given to my spirit. He gives the utterance, and they are words that magnify His Name; they are speaking the wonderful works of God. This is the greatness of it.
If you understand the mechanics of speaking in English or in any other language that you know, then you can also speak in tongues if you are born again of God's Spirit. The power is in you; now you have to do the speaking not God. You do it. You will have no difficulty with God; the only difficulty you have is in your own mind and your understanding of what you have to do. You, not the Spirit, move your lips. You move your tongue, you move your throat; you formulate the words; you do this with the power of God that is in you; thus you speak forth the wonderful, wonderful works of God. How simple and beautiful it really is.
Acts 2:38 is the order for the Church:
This is for the Church Age in which you and I live. When you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, believe that God hath raised Him from the dead, you have the remission of sins (Romans 10:9).
The Word says, "ye shall receive [lambano]." You now manifest in the senses-world what you have received spiritually. As you manifest, you speak the wonderful works of God; you magnify God.
John chapter 7 tells us a great truth that you and I need to understand when we manifest forth the power of the Holy Spirit.
The word "belly" stands for the depth of the soul of a man. "Out of the innermost being of that man shall flow rivers not little streams, but rivers of living water." When you receive into manifestation the power from the Holy Spirit, you do not receive more spiritually; you just receive into evidence, into manifestation in the senses-world, what you already have within spiritually. That is why He said "out of their belly." It is not that you get something new; it is that something is manifested to your senses which will be new to you when you speak in tongues. The gift is already in you. God gave you the ability to speak in tongues when you were born again. The act of speaking in tongues is your responsibility; you already have the potential. "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
Verse 39 is a parenthesis. "(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive [lambano]: for the Holy Ghost [pneuma hagion] was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" This is what Jesus Christ spoke and what He told the apostles before He ascended. Out of their belly, out of their innermost being, shall flow rivers of living water. So when you begin to speak in tongues, you formulate the words, you speak forth the words and let them bubble, let them flow freely, not trickle. "Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water." So when you start speaking in tongues let it flow with one sound right after the other. You formulate the words; you make the words; you pronounce them. That is what The Word says, and that is what it means.
If you had a son that was hungry and you had bread in your house, and he asked for it, would you give him a stone? I am sure you would not. If that son of yours was hungry and you had food to give, you would give it to him, wouldn't you?
The word "ask" is the same word as "demand." Do you know why you can demand payment on a check? Because the money behind it is already in the bank. All you have to do is walk up to the cashier's window and ask for the money for that check. "How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
I want to call one more verse to your attention. The greatest cargoes of life come in on quiet seas. When the oceans are rough, the ships lay out in the deep, but when oceans quiet down, the great cargo ships come in to the harbor. The greatest cargoes of our spiritual life come in over quiet seas. One of the things that the Word of God has done to me is to quiet me on the inside, so that I can receive the abundance of the power of the wonderfulness of God.
How do I minister the holy spirit to people. Do I do this by the hearing of faith? Yes! I do not do this by the works of the law. "He ...that ministereth to you." I am ministering the holy spirit to you, teaching you exactly what to do. After you have read my instructions, I want you to close your eyes and sit quietly. Remember that when I have ministered to you the holy spirit, I want you to move your lips, your throat, your tongue. You make the sounds; you make the words.
Sit quietly and do exactly as I instruct. Remember the Word of God says, "And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain" (Job 29:23). To drink you have to open your mouth. In John 20:22 Jesus instructed the Apostles before the ascension to breathe in. He opened His mouth wide and He breathed in. In a moment I want you to open your mouth wide and breathe in.
While you are sitting, follow this instruction. Open your mouth wide and breathe in. You are not going to receive any more spiritually within; you are now going to manifest something out. Just breathe in. Open your mouth wide. While you are breathing in, thank God for having filled you with the fullness of the power of His holy spirit. Don't beg Him; thank Him for it.
When you begin to speak in tongues, move your lips, your throat, your tongue. Speak forth. When you have finished one word, speak another. Do not pay any attention to what you are thinking. You formulate the words; you move your lips, your throat, your tongue; you say it. You are magnifying God no matter what the words sound like to your ears. It is your part to speak in tongues; it is God's part to give the utterance.
Keep moving your lips, your throat and tongue. Formulate another word. You have to formulate the words differently on your lips. Make different words on your lips. God has given them to your spirit. They are in your spirit coming on your tongue; you have to speak them out. You are speaking the wonderful works of God; you are magnifying God; you are speaking in tongues. The external manifestation is yours in the senses-world that you have Christ within. Get bold in it; let it flow out; let it effervesce. "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." Keep on speaking. God is giving the words to your spirit; your spirit is bringing them up to your throat, and you are bringing them out.
"Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ and by the power of God that is within me, I now minister the fullness of your holy spirit into manifestation in this believer's life."
Isn't God wonderful! If you can speak one word, you can speak ten thousand words; because if you can speak one word, you have the power, the God-given ability, to speak on. Every time you are speaking remember that you are edifying yourself within spiritually, building yourself up. You are speaking the wonderful works of God; you are magnifying God, You have the proof now in the senses-world that you have Christ within, that you are a joint heir with Him.
In a moment I want you to speak again; to speak once more so that you become fluent. To learn another language by using your mind would take months; but to speak in unknown tongues you do it instantly. God knows the tongues; He puts them on your spirit, and you speak them forth.
Anybody who knows even the slightest bit about languages knows that "beep, beep, beep, boop, boop, boop" would not be speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues is speaking a developed language. Now once more I want you to speak in tongues. Just get quiet. Move your lips, throat, and tongue and start speaking again. Keep on speaking. That is speaking the wonderful works of God, magnifying God. This is the greatness of God's wonderful power to you as a believer.