The evidence that you are a genuine disciple of Christ is not in your church title or ability to speak in tongues. It is in the fact that you are fully blood washed by the blood of Christ, your heart has been circumcised by the divine surgical sword Word of God and you are readily willing to sacrificially love in the mannerisms of Christ all to the glory of God.
Tongue speaking as clearly highlighted by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, is one of the diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit that we can receive from Him following our reconciliation with Him through Christ Jesus. And as a person that speaks and prays in tongue, I know for a fact that tongue speaking is indeed a powerful gift. However, just because a person speaks in tongues, does not make him or her a better Christian than someone else who although might not speak in tongues, but gifted in other areas of gift of the spirit from the Holy Spirit. Also, the evidence that someone is a genuine Christian is not at all to do with tongue speaking. The devil as a counterfeiter has counterfeited every gift of the spirit for the sake of confusing many so as to continue to dominate several souls in darkness regiment of sinfulness. As a result of Satan's relentless counterfeiting of the things of God, the end times world is indeed a world of minefield of all kinds of false doctrines, concepts and ideology that are particularly propagated in the Church arena for the sake of keeping people's heart bent on coveting all the wrong things, which can only work to the devastating detriment of the soul. And in order to avoid becoming completely blown apart by the grenades of confusion doctrines, which are daily being thrown around for soul destruction purposes by the false prophets that are in the end times Church arena minefield, it is highly important that we like never before seek God for discernment so that we can accurately differentiate the counterfeits from the original (1 John 4:1-3).
In order for us to be able to operate in discernment, we need to seek God in mind of relationship and make it a point of duty to fellowship with Him on a daily basis to ensure we learn directly from Him, and not just rely solely on what a supposedly 'man or woman of God' says the truth is. It is only by yielding our hearts and minds to Holy Spirit direct teachings that we can be better positioned to recognise the false prophets, accurately tell apart their seeds and fruits of corruption from the incorruptible seed of God, and steer well clear of them (Matthew 7: 15-23).
The seeds of corruption are quite diverse in form and style, and whilst some can be easily identifiable some are so carefully wrapped with sugar coated layers of what appears in the outward as sound doctrines to the extent that they are hardly recognisable as false doctrines. Indeed if it were to be possible, the very elect can be easily led into believing that, such carefully wrapped sugar coated seeds of corruption are in fact truthful unleavened bread doctrine Word of the Holy Spirit. One of the key give away signs that a sugar coated layered seed is sourced from foundation of corruption and not from the incorruptible holiness foundation of God is to do with the outright denial of Christ as the entire manifestation of the Godhead in the flesh. Also, character as a smokescreen is always a giveaway sign that can identify a person who is a corrupt seed and tares sower. A person whose character only characterises the characteristics of the flesh and not the fruits of the spirit is highly likely to be a human temple of corruption and not the indwelling temple of God's Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:13-26). Basically, anything from a spiritual assessment perspective, which promotes a one sided teaching instead of the whole contextual principle Word of God or that is not in alignment with the holy character of God as manifested and exemplified by Christ who is the expression of God's glory is not of God (Hebrews 1:3). The false prophets as mandated by the devil are indeed heavily decisive in their ways but, as Christ clearly emphasised in (Matthew 7: 15-23), by their fruits we shall indeed know them.
The fact however, is that it will only be possible for us to know them by their fruits if we yield our hearts and minds to the direct teachings of the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to lead us by His divine Will instead of our worldly wants and desires. If all we are after is self-glorification and gaining people's approval that, we are a firebrand Christian and as such mainly mindful of coveting after the gifts instead of seeking to have an everlasting relationship with God who is the giver of the gifts, then it is easy to end up becoming terribly deceived. Also, it will be impossible for any person that is bent on chasing after worldly fruits of lusts, vanity and fake miracles to recognise the wolves that are in sheep clothing who although appear to the ordinary eyes as if they are clocked in righteousness but realistically speaking, inwardly cloaked in sinful garment of ungodliness. The only way we can accurately discern and through discernment see the hidden lies behind the human mask for what they are, is to humbly seek God daily for relationship with Him and for His truth, and not make it a habit of chasing after gifts, spiritual power for self-glorification purposes or positions in the church for self-edifications reasons.
God knows what position He has ordained for you to be in. And if you seek Him in mindset of relationship, He will by His special grace place you in the right position and furnish you with the entire gifts that you need to fulfil the purpose of any position He has ordained for you to be in.
I pray you will by God's special grace finish the race of life and receive from Him the highest gift and reward of life, which is the righteousness crown of glory. Amen.
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."
1 Corinthians 12:27-31
"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
But covet earnestly the best gifts:and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way."
Pastor Olabisi was a mother, Senior Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet,Teacher, Psalmist, Author, Writer, Publisher and a Housing Practitioner.
She set up Encouraged by God as a means of encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christians everywhere.
Lived and died in Christ, 06 October 2016, aged 49 years old.