strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man" Ephesians 3:16
In the Last Days, the Bible tells us that the Church will have a "form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof" [ 2 Timothy 3:5 ]. That is a way of saying that we the Church will be putting more emphasis on externals [show] rather than on internals [empowerment by the Holy Spirit]
We Body of Believers in the Last Days will look good. We will have large membership and networking. We will be very active and relevant in all phases of life, and some will even have sound doctrine. But we will lack the power and gifts of the Holy Ghost operating in our lives.
"For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." I Corinthians 4:20
What are these gifts that we should evidence ?
“The promise of the Father” … given by Jesus-- John 7: 37, 38 and Ephesians 4:8.
The NINE GIFTS of the HOLY GHOST ( John 16:14 and Ephesians 4:8 )
Well, I Corinthians 12: 8-11 tells us that these 9 gifts are:
1. Word of Wisdom…a general message from God, received in the Spirit/ or by vision;
example: Acts 9:15 (a concept of understanding)
2. Word of
specific than above , factual (details). Please see 2 Kings 6:9-12
3. Faith ….to Apply, or to receive, God's touch in one's life. I Kings 17:15
4. Gift of Healing…. Laying on of hands by the power in the Blood of Jesus Christ . Acts 3:6 ; ‘ by His stripes we are healed”
Isaiah 53:5 Matthew 8:17 1 Peter 2:24
5. Working of miracles….conduit of God's power to act beyond normal physical circumstances…as when Elisha purified the waters. 2 Kings 2:19-22.
Includes resurrections: I Kings 17:17-24 and Acts 9:40
6. Prophecy….a message from God received in the Spirit…geared to the future.
Acts 21:11. Spoken in one's known language... (to prophesy) Must be received with Discernment. I John 4:1 and also 1 Thessalonians 5: 19--21
Prophecy, with a "c" is a noun ( an announcement or subject matter, concerning the future).
Prophesy, with an "s", is a verb.....for one to speak out in tongues in an assembly, under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
7. Discerning of spirits….realizing what is of God and what is not-- 2 Kings 4:9
also seeing into the world of angels and of demons -- 2 Kings 6: 16, 17
For exorcism … Acts 16:18
8. Divers (different) kinds of tongues (specified Gift)
'Tongues' covers two aspects:
1. Your Heavenly Language (HL) whereby your spirit speaks intimately to God only while in private prayer (Romans 8:26 and I Corinthians 14:2)
or singing ("sing with the Spirit" (SWS)…I Corinthians 14:15.
(also called 'Psalming' ....Psalm 40:3) For victory: 2 Chronicles 20:21
2. And there are ( DT ) different tongues used as a gift to give messages to the Assembly, and also for witnessing in foreign fields.( I Corinthians14:22)
Tongues (HL) is speaking TO GOD ALONE and is for every Believer;
Divers Tongues (DT) is TO THE ASSEMBLY and is a gift given to some (not all).
All Believers are to receive their Heavenly Language (HL) Mark 16:15-18; Only some Believers have the gift of different tongues (DT) I Corinthians 12:10.
9. Interpretation of tongues…the explanation in one’s own language by another person in assembly, of the message given in tongues.
Mark 15:34…(John-Mark interpreting) We are to ask for this gift I Corinthians 14:13.
Some of these gifts were present in the Old Testament, but more greatly enhanced in the New Testament . For instance the gift of prophecy was given in Moses' time to the 70 elders, and Moses wished that all spoke with prophecy Numbers 11:25+29 . Balaam (Numbers 22:38), Samuel, and Saul (1 Samuel 10:5-13) received prophecy from the Lord.
The Apostle Paul also hoped that all would prophesy (I Corinthians 14:1 + 5+ 39).
The above gifts of the Holy Spirit come one at a time. A person may receive only one gift. However, usually the applying of that gift can bring other gifts.
Gifts work together in many instances.
A. THE REVELATION GIFTS:
A Word of Knowledge, a Word of Wisdom and Discernment are called the
Revelation Gifts, many times acting in harmony. Many examples in I Samuel.
B. THE POWER GIFTS:
Faith, Miracles and Healing are called the Power Gifts and are also intertwined. Examples in I and II Kings.
C. THE GIFTS OF UTTERANCES:
A Word of Prophecy, Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues are called the Gifts of Utterances, and are often seen together when in Assembly.
(Daniel Chapter 5 is similar to tongues, but not the same as the New Testament gift). In Daniel 5, the utterance is Written by Almighty God.
Many times these gifts interact with one another, or come in rapid succession. A good example of this is I Samuel 9 …knowledge (specifics v.16)…prophecy (future v.17)…
wisdom (v.20b concept of understanding).
In all the gifts there is an "inner witness", a recognition on the part of the soul that the spirit has been prodded by God, and we act accordingly, obediently.
A Word of Prophecy does not make a person a Prophet. A Prophet is someone with the specific anointing of God upon them with a lifelong ministry (calling in life). There are various vocations in the church under the leadership of the Holy Ghost. They are called "offices" or "ministries". They are given to us in I Corinthians 12:28...Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Ministers of Miracles and Healings. These ministries have "helps" (assistance ministries) as well as "governments", persons of administrative ability. Some are called to be evangelists or pastors (Ephesians 4:11) These are the professions of anointed people.
The Gifts are means by which the Body of Christ, especially the laity, ministers to others when the Spirit leads us in our relationship with Jesus. Today, in 2016, 2017 we are radio-led,
TV led, all media and church led to receive instruction in the Word. But unless we spend solitary time in the Word alone, and pray from a deeply earnest heart, we come behind in the gifts of God. We must need them, want them and boldly apply them when led of the Holy Ghost. Do all of us covet these gifts ? 1 Corinthians 14: 39 Do we want to be led by others ? or do we want to be led of the Holy Ghost, step out in Faith and lead the way into the fullness of the Holy Spirit. We must not be timid.
“ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7.
The 9 Gifts are for the layman as well as ministers. We are able to speak with our Heavenly Language (Romans 8:26, 27) the moment we repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord of our life (when we are Born-Again). It's up to us to apply our new Heavenly Language (HL). Please see "Stir up the Gift". hopetotheend.com/tongues.html
Sometimes we are reluctant to "let go" , and this of course blocks the receiving of our new language.
We receive that confidence in proportion to our Faith and submissiveness of our spirit.
The other gifts are given by God to whomsoever He wills. ( The Sovereignty of God http://hopetotheend.com/power.html )
The Bible does not say that tongues (our Heavenly Language) is "For Pentecostals only"…nor does it say " for the early Church only". The Bible says,
" I would that ye all spake with tongues (HL)…1 Corinthians 14:5. …. "Desire spiritual gifts, 1 Corinthians 14:1
“ We have not because we ask not” says James 4:2. We need to ask to be baptized with fire and zeal of the Holy Ghost. Luke 3:16 and Luke 12:49
We are to "come behind in no gift" 1 Corinthians 1:7…
"the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man 1 Corinthians 12:7….dividing to every man severally as He will" 1 Corinthians 12:11……..
The Holy Spirit manifests Jesus to us and we apply the power bestowed by Jesus in accordance with the Holy Spirit's leading.
The Gifts are for all, but we don't have all the gifts; we have some. We ALL are eligible to speak in our Heavenly Language when praying (confidently-believing and receiving), and we ought all to covet more of these gifts.
Yet today, our assemblies lack healings, casting out of demons, messages in tongues with their interpretations, etc. We lack the varied voices giving out testimonies of healings, deliverances and miracles in our Congregations to build up our Faith. In short, we do not manifest the Gifts of Jesus Christ shown by the Holy Ghost as shown forth in ACTS in many (most) of our Christian church-assemblies today.
Why does this power outage [or brown-out] exist in our church today?
FAITH: THE POWER GRID
Again, why do we lack this manifested power in these Last Days? It is because our supply of Faith is wanting. You see, there are 3 major layers of Faith.
God uses ordinary
people with extra-ordinary Faith. He uses people who truly care about
the welfare of others…who are burdened about their condition (salvation,
healing, etc.). When God gifts us with these tools to help others, we should
remind ourselves that we are servants who do the Lord's bidding.
There is no technique to manifestations of healing etc. There is only RELATIONSHIP with Jesus, nurtured by the Holy Spirit.
It is interesting to note that Jesus gave the gifts of Healings and Exorcism to his 12 apostles and to His 70 disciples at the beginning of their ministries…long before Redemption and Pentecost took place. (See Luke 9:1, 2 and Luke 10:1, 9, 17--20.) These ministries are a foregone conclusion of the true missionary (plain witnessing). They were and are not considered spectacular or unusual in reaching the lost. They were and are customary tools. Where are they today in the general laity?
Unfortunately, there are some, who after receiving these gifts, begin to see themselves in the wonderment of it all, and they begin to walk in pride and to sin. And soon their sin is found out Numbers 32:23 to the scandal of the Church. Yet they still have the gifts. How can that be?
Because God says He gives the gifts without repentance Romans 11:29…meaning once given, He does not take them away. God is not petty, but always hoping we will return to Him.
THE TRUE LATTER RAIN
Every born again person who has received Jesus as Lord of his life has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. The new Believer is "spirit-filled" from that point on. As the Believer matures in Faith and puts on the mind and lifestyle of Jesus Christ, he becomes more and more of a new person. But the releasing of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit comes with the intense desire to express this new life. The more we fellowship in a Spirit-filled church, the more examples we have of the full empowerment that is ours, if we earnestly covet the gifts of Jesus Christ.…the Latter Rain spoken of by Joel 2:28,29….
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit".
When Peter repeated Joel's prophecy, he said "this is that"…meaning the time is NOW during the whole Church Age…not just at the beginning, but all throughout, and especially as the Church Age closes. ACTS 2:14—21.
"But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits " Daniel 11:32
"Exploits" = miraculous acts, similar to those found in the Gospels, Book of Acts, I and II Kings and all throughout the Bible.
Strong = forthright, courageous, bold. To know God, one must be steeped in His word and abiding in the vine . John 15
"For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to ALL that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2:39
We should be going out in a blaze of His glory,
instead of just going out.
NEAR TO HEAR
This is why the command is given in Hebrews 10:25 to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together "but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching ( of the Rapture ). exhorting (includes a word of prophecy)
We are to come together to hear the word of God specifically for our time and generation in order to better prepare ourselves.
We can gather together at relevant Christian message boards such as http://www.fivedoves.com Scroll to “Letters”.
Jesus told us at the Last Supper that the Holy Ghost would reveal even more. John 16:13. If we're not in a Spirit-filled fellowship in order to hear and to receive these Latter Day exhortings (warnings, encouragements, and prophecies etc., I Corinthians 14:3) then how can we respond and obey God's specific will for these Last Days?
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets." Amos 3:7
We need daily exhortations Hebrews 3:13
The "sons of the prophets" received daily words from God as evidenced in II Kings Chapter 2.
You can't find a spirit-filled, spirit-led fellowship that is filled with the Spirit of Jesus Christ ? Then assemble at home:
Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them."
Matthew 19: 19 and 20.
No one else at home but you ?
Then let Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit be the two and the three :
"If any man hear My voice ( Holy Spirit) , and open the door, I ( Jesus) will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with Me" Revelation 3:20.
Even though these gifts are for all, we do not see ALL expressing these gifts. Could it be that fear holds us back?
Fear often paralyzes growth. It could be fear of what other people think if we get "radical" and apply God to our friends' situation. We fear what others [or even ourselves] would think if we spoke in tongues.
Fear of man is a snare --Proverbs 29:25.
Then there's that Fear that we may not get the gifts : "I'll look foolish"; worse yet, "God might not like me enough to give me the gifts" etc. etc.
God doesn't give us the gifts because of who we are, but because of who He is. He has a plan, and if you're willing to be a conduit of His "virtue", His power, then He can use you. But the first step is willingness. It’s not about our ability, it’s about our Availability.
A perfect love casts out fear. I John 4:18
"For God hath not given us the spirit of Fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:31 and 14:39 not only to ask for these gifts , but to covet these gifts (greatly desire…keep on asking until getting). We need these spiritual gifts because the Spirit-world is more real than this material world. There are evil powers and principalities ( demons) at work 24 hours a day, and they are getting more and more aggressive as we near the end of this age...."for he (Satan) knows that his time is short"
Revelation / Apocalypse 12:12.
GATE OF BABEL
Our tongues are the most unruly member of our body (James 3:5-8). When we read Chapter 3 of James carefully, we see that we can gage our spirituality ( or others too for that matter) by the words we use. Wishful thinking does not change our speech.
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" (old saying). That is because we are trying to solve a SPIRIT-problem with a soul-solution. It won't work.
Jesus said that out of the Heart (spirit/attitude) comes our words (Matthew 12:34-37; and Matthew 15:16-19)..more so than our mouth. Who makes mouths? God does… Who can purify them with tongues, our Heavenly Language? God does. Isaiah 6: 5--7.
He solves our human spirit-problem with a Holy Spirit-solution :
Isaiah 6:5 "Woe is me! I am a person of unclean lips."
Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand (fiery tongues, as on Pentecost) which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and laid it upon my mouth, and said,
"Lo this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity (sins of the mouth) is taken away, and thy sin purged".
It isn't recorded that Isaiah spoke in tongues, but Isaiah himself did in fact write the following:
"With stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people"
Isaiah 28:11 and also ISAIAH 33:19 (Could Hanna too have had this gift? I Samuel 1:13-15)
Only the Holy Spirit can remedy our spirit: "O God…renew a right spirit within me" Psalm 51:10. (Also Ezekiel 36:26,27 " A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you…I will put My Spirit within you.")
We need a new spirit because we are battling a spirit-world of demons. We can't rely on our own human spirit. (That is why Humanism will never work).
Our warfare IS spiritual. It says in Ephesians Chapter 6 :12 and Ephesians 1:21 ( "might" )
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, and powers against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 … and “ thrones and dominions” Colossians 1:16. These demons are the Trouble behind our trouble.
But, "Greater is He [God] that is in you than he (Satan) that is in the world"
I John 4:4. We are told that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19 We are to put on the whole armor of God…"praying always with ALL prayer and supplication in the Holy Ghost (your Heavenly Language) "Ephesians 6:18. This brings Overcoming Power!
"The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force". Matthew 11:12
We are to APPLY with all diligence the tools God has provided for us.
We are not to appease Satan with territory that belongs to God. When Satan trespasses upon our bodies with sickness and disease, we are to boldly confront him "but you grounded in the FAITH must face him boldly." I Peter 5: 8,9.
Every healing that has ever happened has come from God, whether through doctors, medicine, over the course of time, or miracles. We have the privilege of asking for these healings, and oftentimes time-lapse occurs and miraculous-wholeness takes place.
These gifts conform themselves with the plan of God; they do not "manipulate" God.
When illness remains, we are still in God's grace and unknowable plan all the same 2 Corinthians 12:9…
"My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
And should even death occur, it is, "thy will be done, not mine"… Matthew 26:39.
God is Sovereign in all of our affairs. http://hopetotheend.com/power.html
God has 3 answers to
prayers for healing:
1. He may miraculously remove the infirmity, or problem. ( soon )
" I am the LORD that healeth thee" Exodus 15:26 "Jehovah Raptha"
2. He may walk through it with you ( like He told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 ); also see Isaiah 43:1,2.
3. He may call you home. [Revelation 14:13…"Blessed are they who die in the Lord"]
God's will and plan prevails over all.
The Gifts do not manipulate God. He is their author and stipulator.
We are to "lay hands suddenly on no man"I Timothy 5:22. We must be led of the Holy Ghost, and act in obedience…not in performance.
To Part 2 Fruits of the Holy Spirit ; Pentecost ; including Links on FRUITs of the Holy Spirit.
Links on GIFTS of Jesus Christ, manifested by the
Holy Spirit :
Word of Wisdom; Word of Knowledge
Discernment ... Discerning of Spirits
1 Corinthians 12 -- Rick Walston http://www.columbiaseminary.edu/coffeetalk/063.html
Gifts of the Holy Spirit http://www.porn-free.org/spiritual_gifts.htm
Barry Chant http://www.wesleymission.org.au/ministry/chant/default.asp
Receiving the Gifts---- Bill Subritzky
The Gifts manifested by the Holy Spirit http://sureword.faithweb.com/giftsofthespirit.html
Gifts; including MINISTRIES http://www.christian-faith.com/bible-studies/giftsoftheholyspirit.html
Spiritual Gifts http://sureword.faithweb.com/propheticsection.html
Baptism of the Holy Spirit : Speaking in Tongues hopetotheend.com/tongues.html
About those rolling electrical blackouts .......
The Maccabeans had light for 8 days from their Menorah, which was miraculously provided.
That is what Hanukkah is all about. [ Feast of Lights ]
Also, the land of Goshen had light when there was complete darkness in all of Egypt.
And also, the Lord was a pillar of fire (emanating light) all through the 40 years of wilderness, during the time of Exodus.
With Faith as our Power Grid, all things are possible.