Re: If I've been babtized by the Holy Spirit, why cant I speak in tongues?
Would you believe that feeling this way, and being reminded of this fire and joy you had is a very good thing? For if you did not remember, then how could you know that you were missing something? And because you know you are missing something, then you know to seek God for it. I've been right where you are, in fact, I am still fighting to get my way back there, only better of course, because I've grown and matured and learned so much along the way. Don't worry about whether or not you ever speak in tongues, that's not necessary, though it would be a blessing to have. What you need to be seeking God for is HIM...to know Him more, to love Him more, to become more and more like His Son...to be a true daughter to God.
Originally Posted by Kingsdaughter
Sister, just pray what you are feeling, explain to God what you are missing, let Him know what you are longing for with Him. And believe me, it ain't tongues, it's Him that you are longing for. He will fill you up if you keep seeking Him. Notice how the Bible over and over says to "seek" God, Jesus said it in several ways, "seek, knock, ask". POUND ON HEAVEN'S DOOR AND DON'T STOP, until you get an answer, and when you get an answer, ask, and just keep pursuing God and you will find what you seek.
These people can really rain on your parade, can't they? Never mind them, they are lost in their own little legal system of salvation and they are far from happy.
I walked in that church and the women were all dressed in long skirts and dresses( I was the only one in jeans) and the men in suits. The woman I was sitting next to , holding her King James Bible, with a scowl on her face, looking like she wanted to chew me up and spit me out, turns to me and says that I am unworthy and that I needed to repent of my wickedness. Needless to say, I left that church and never went back.
NO...if He regretted it, then He would not have reminded you of how you were in the beginning of your walk with Him. He's good that way you know. He does these things to open our eyes so we might see that we are starving and need to eat from His glorious buffet table. Read the Psalms, find the ones that speak to you where you are at right now in your faith walk, and just pray your heart, pray your spiritual longings to Him, tell Him what you seek and why you seek it,tell Him that you want more of Him. This is never outside of His will, so you can rest assured He will answer it. Just keep asking. YOU....Draw near to God, and HE will draw near to you..
I think God regrets calling me because I haven't been a saint. I used to feel like I was His daughter that He loved in those first years after getting saved. Now I feel like the bad kid He never wanted.
Here's a couple of Psalms (partial) that really speak to me when I am going through that stage of realizing how hungry I am, how far away I am, and how desperately I want to get back to Him.
1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Don't seek too much knowledge. You just may be putting more weight on your shoulders than you're able to bare. Let God be the one to decide how quickly you grow.