July 26/1Corinthians 14

Verse 1 > aim for love always. Make sure God has your heart in all things. This will take practice. Getting used to fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit will remind you of God ‘s constant presence which will go a long way to helping you sort out your thoughts and intentions. Practice carrying on conversations with the Holy Spirit. Treat him as a close by companion. Instead of talking to yourself talk to the Holy Spirit; after all he is an expert in everything!

Desire his spiritual gifts. They are tools in your spiritual tool box that will help to build you up and the rest of us in the body of Christ.

Verses 2-5 > prophesy is words that will encourage, build up and comfort others. What a wonderful tool. Apparently the Christians in the Church at Corinth were using the tool of tongues more than the tool of prophecy so Paul had to remind them that tongues is great and just important as prophecy if someone is there to interpret. Prophecy is given in the language of the day so everybody can understand it. We do this on many Sunday mornings at Hilltop when I ask if anyone has received a word from the Lord. What has come forth has always been encouraging, edifying and comforting. This is what prophecy is.

I find that many Christians who have received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and received tongues don’t use them very often. So I usually ask if they are praying in tongues. I often ask people to pray that way for me because I know that the Holy Spirit knows exactly how to pray for me! Have you been Baptized with the Holy Spirit? Have you receive tongues? Are you using this God given language a lot? If not start today and set aside 5 -15 minutes to just pray in tongues. Go through out your day letting the Holy Spirit pray through you in tongues. You can always pray under your breath at work or when you are driving or out for a walk. Walk around your neighborhood praying in tongues. Just think what you will be accomplishing in the unseen world with this type of praying! Just think how you will be building yourself up. Remember these tools are for strengthening > you and the rest of the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 14:14–15 (NLT) — 14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. 15 Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand.

Not everyone who prays in tongues has the gift of tongues that come in a public meeting. These too are different. When you are in a public meeting you may sense the Holy Spirit wanting to speak through you in tongues. This would be the gift of tongues. Sometimes I have given a message in tongues and someone else has given the interpretation. That message has always been encouraging, edifying and comforting.

1 Corinthians 14:13 (NLT) — 13 So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said.

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you words of prophecy for your family, your coworkers, your life group, for Hilltop on Sunday morning. A simple example of this would be “The Lord is with you today.” Paul said we should desire to do this. So lets desire to do this! A lot of people wear running shoes but they don’t run. If you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit run with him and use the gifts!

1 Corinthians 14:26 (NLT) — 26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.

Verses 34-35 > the women in the meeting were not to speak.  Paul permitted the women to pray and prophesy.

1 Corinthians 11:5 (NLT) — 5 But a woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head.

This instruction must apply to the immediate context of evaluating the prophetic messages. It would appear that the major responsibility for doctrinal purity in the early church rested on the shoulders of the men, the elders in particular.

1 Timothy 2:11–12 (NLT) — 11 Women should learn quietly and submissively. 12 I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly.

Paul is putting major responsibility on us men to know the scriptures! Sadly to say it is the wife in many homes who is the one who knows the scriptures better than her husband. Thank you ladies for having a hunger for the scriptures. Come on guys be self feeders on the Word of God!

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    This chapter has one of the hardest passages to grasp. In verse 22 it states that tongues is a sign for unbelievers and prophacy is for believers. Then in verse 23 it says that unbelievers will think you are crazy when you speak in tongues but may be convicted by prophacy. I think that this means that an unbeliever knows something is happening when tongues are spoken while they may discount prophacy as just words since they understand them. Believers on the other hand are not built up by tongues, unless they are interpreted, while prophacy expresses God’s plan in understandable words. Any other ideas how to explain these 2 verses?

    • Daniel Mueller says

      In verse 21 Paul quotes Isaiah 28:11-12. God’s people had turned their backs on God. They weren’t listening to him so he sent the Assyrians to punish them. When the Israelites heard the strange language of the Assyrians they knew what was going to happen to them was not positive and they knew it was happening because they had turned their backs on God. It might be that Paul is saying that tongues is a negative sign for unbelievers that they also are separated from God because they don’t understand what is going on and they think it is craziness. They can’t grasp the working of the Holy Spirit. The first time I went to a meeting where they were speaking in tongues during the singing I laughed and thought they were nuts but I also knew they had something that increased their worship for the Lord. Or perhaps he is speaking to believers who don’t believe in the present working of the Holy Spirit. Many Christians do put down tongues.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says

    Years ago there was a man in our Christian fellowship who prayed with another man who was a seeker. He had asked for prayer. The one who prayed began to pray for him in a God given tongue (not his prayer tongue). The man who was being prayed for was astonished and asked him how he knew the language. The one praying said ” I don’t…I’m just praying what the Holy Spirit told me to pray”. Turned out the tongues he was praying were in this man’s native language and he was praying a prayer written in that language but all of the words pointed to Jesus, the Messiah …not another god. The man fell on his knees and received Jesus that day.
    Maybe this is the tongues Paul was talking about….