Awaken the Spirit Sound

Joshua MillsBy Joshua Mills11 Minutes

Excerpt taken from Creative Glory: Embracing the Realm of Divine Expression by Joshua Mills


From the Genesis account of creation, we know that God spoke, and the universe was formed. (See, for example, Genesis 1:3; see also Hebrews 11:3.) However, many believers don’t realize that God is still creating through the spoken word. Whenever and wherever God speaks, miraculous creation can come forth.

You might be wondering, “But how, exactly, does God speak in this way today?” Maybe you’ve never heard His audible voice, and you feel discouraged, thinking that God chooses to be silent in your life. I want to share a secret with you: you are a carrier of the divine Presence! Because you have received forgiveness and restoration in Jesus, God now lives within you through His Holy Spirit. And one of the greatest ways in which God wants to speak new creations into being is through your lips. He wants your mouth to be filled with creative glory—His ideas, plans, and innovations—unleashing divine possibilities!

Creative glory brings self-discovery and awakening when you proactively choose to take steps to receive all that God has for you. And I have found that this self-discovery and awakening is often connected to Spirit-given prophecy, languages, and sounds.

One of the members of our church works as a teacher in the local public school system. Recently, he was sent to a teacher-training workshop where they taught him that the best way to teach children to read is by speaking a word to them first and then showing it to them. In this way, they will be able to recognize it when they see it. Hearing about this approach was a revelation to him because moving in the Spirit realm works in a similar way! God whispers a promise to our heart, and then He allows us to speak it so we can recognize it once it appears in our lives. If we want to see on earth what God is doing in heaven, we must first say what He is doing as He reveals it to us. There is a creative connection between sound and sight.

The Power of Language

Years ago, Janet and I were praying for the nation of Japan, asking God to save and bless the Japanese people. We would place our hands on a world map where the picture of that nation appeared and have faith that God would open the hearts of the people to the gospel. In addition, we decided to learn how to speak Japanese—at least some basic words, such as konnichiwa (hello), arigato (thank you), and sayonara (goodbye). I also learned some practical phrases, such as how to inquire for the bathroom and how to ask politely about the food. Subsequently, when we went to Japan, I was prepared to communicate, although a bit awkwardly.

We took the same approach of learning the local language when we ventured to the Canadian Arctic to serve the Inuit people there. As we were sitting around the table with some of our hosts, we asked them, “Teach us how to say hello.” Their answer was “Atelihai.” Then we said, “Teach us how to say goodbye.” They answered, “Tavvauvutit.” Next, we asked, “Teach us how to say thank you.” The answer was, “Nakurmiik.”

When you are preparing to go to another country, you should know how to speak at least some of that country’s vocabulary in order to find favor with the people who live there. Whether that country is Japan, Israel, France, Costa Rica, or another nation, some knowledge of the language is important for communication and mutual understanding. Therefore, whenever we travel, we always try to learn some of the indigenous vocabulary in order to access and touch people’s hearts while demonstrating respect for their native tongue.

Spirit-Enabled Languages

Likewise, there are languages that give us access to the heart of God, and they are given only in the realm of creative glory. As the Spirit invites us into new places in Him and leads us there, He gives us new languages with new vocabulary for each place.

When the early Christians gathered together on the day of Pentecost, “a rushing, mighty wind…filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2 NKJV). Let me ask you: do you welcome the “suddenlies” of God when they enter your life? Do you welcome the movement of creative glory? I encourage you to invite the Holy Spirit to move in your life, saying, “Spirit, I welcome Your presence and Your glory.” On the day of Pentecost, because the early believers were ready to welcome the Holy Spirit’s movement, the Spirit showed up.

Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:3–4 NKJV)

What happened on that day was not a natural occurrence. Creative glory gave the believers a supernatural utterance of language. Why? There were places where He wanted these believers to minister, so He was supplying a new realm of miracles for them to flow in. The Spirit of God was preparing them for a great harvest of souls. And to function in the place that the Spirit had prepared for them, these believers needed the corresponding vocabulary.

Every new realm God opens for His people requires a new language, and He is ready to supply it. Today, some believers who received the baptism in the Holy Spirit when they were very young have never gone beyond the initial spiritual language they were given at that time. However, it is important to recognize that, along our spiritual journey, God will add to the language He initially gave us, bestowing on us new words and providing us with new sounds. The God who created language has fresh and different languages to give us that will enable us to bring heaven to earth. He is an ever-increasing God who is constantly moving forward to fulfill the plans He has for us and the promises He has given us.

The Lord has a new language, a new spiritual vocabulary, for you today. All you have to do is posture yourself before the Lord and say, “God, I’m ready for a new download. I’m ready for a new language with words I have never spoken before, a supernatural language that prepares me for Your supernatural realms. I open my spirit, and I yield to You. Let Your creative glory flow through me.”

One thing we must understand is that, scripturally speaking, heavenly languages are generally our entrance into all the other divine manifestations. Like the experience of the disciples in Acts 2, speaking in tongues is often the initial sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. (See also Acts 10.) Creative glory opens the door to heavenly realities when we are willing to yield to the Spirit and supernaturally receive the languages He desires to give us.

In the Spirit, there are many different tongues, or languages, available to God’s people. In 1 Corinthians 12:10, they are called “various kinds of tongues” (ESV; see also AMP). The New Living Translation of the same verse says that the Spirit of God gives people “the ability to speak in unknown languages.” Not just one language, but multiple ones.

In the Spirit, God may give you languages that are currently spoken around the world. Or He may give you languages that are now considered ancient or extinct; they were spoken in the past but are no longer in use. People may even have forgotten these languages, but they are still known to the Holy Spirit.

The wisdom of God is reserved for the people of God. (See, for example, 1 Corinthians 2.) We are about to enter into new days in the display of God’s wisdom; new days of supernatural knowing and understanding by those who love Him. This wisdom and understanding will come to us through creative glory.

Excerpted from Creative Glory: Embracing the Realm of Divine Expression © 2022 by Joshua Mills, published by Whitaker House. Used with permission.