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The Working of Spiritual Gifts
Ephesians chapter 4 verses 10-16 States that the five fold ministry was given till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ that we be no more children tossed to and fro etc.
Have we reached the stature of being a perfect man?
Have we all come into the unity of the faith when today not many desire to submit to the authority God placed over them?
Where is the harmony of walking and working with other believers regardless of their race or creed?
The Gifts of the spirit can be divided into three categories:
(1) The Thinking Gifts
(a) Word of Knowledge
(b) Word of Wisdom
(c) Discerning of spirits
(2) The Speaking Gifts
(b) Interpretation of tongues
(3) The Acting Gifts- (The Power gifts)
(a) The gift of faith
(b) The working of miracles
(c) The gifts of healing
Why The Gifts
The church today is lacking unity and in part is functioning like a body with some parts missing!!!
Without the thinking gifts the body is unable to receive the mind of Christ as God would desire for our growth.
Without the speaking gifts the body is unable to hear the voice of God which is able to bring direction and guidance.
Without the acting gifts such as the gift of faith, gifts of healing, and working of miracles present, the body does not have the power of God at work in it.
Operation of The Gifts
The gifts are given by the Holy Ghost, not men, ministries or churches however God can and does impart spiritual gifts using his chosen person through the laying on of hands.
The Lord gives these gifts to individual believers according to His own will, his purpose and his call upon their lives.
The word of wisdom:
This is not natural, or man's wisdom but wisdom that comes as a gift from the Holy Spirit.
Every believer does not possess it.
It is granted for ministry in the local body.
It is a word of wisdom which is to be operated in the public gathering of believers for their edification. It can be likened to God who knows all things sharing a part of his mind with us. It is usually connected to a future event or happening and may also include a warning of a coming problem or harmful event.
I remember being in a meeting in a town that did not know me and while I was praying for a man, a woman walked by. The Lord spoke for me to tell her that Her Son was on his way home. I did not add to or take a way and she showed no response. The next night she stood up and informed us that her and her husband had been searching for their son in the military for several months and were not able to locate him. she said after the man of God told me last night that the Lord says our son was on his way home I thought he was an idiot and while I was telling my husband about this loony man of God the phone rand and it was our son already on an airplane making his way home.
I also remember another incident while preaching at a truck stop chapel that later caused me to receive a phone call that blew my mind.
I did not know it but a driver was thinking about suicide in his truck decided to come to my meeting to see if he could find a reason to live.
I stopped preaching and gave him a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge.
The words were "God says if you will put him first, your wife will come later".
The man went home looked up his pastor and did put God first in his life. his wife divorced him and some of her people had the law arrest him for molesting his daughters which did not take long for those charges to be dropped as false charges. He continued to make God the King in his life and while they were in the judges chambers deciding how he would provide for their support, his wife fell back in love with him and he became a preacher of the gospel.
I have many many more testimonies of how God has used me in these gifts to stop a suicide, put homes and families back together and bring revival to a dying church body.
The word of knowledge:
Natural knowledge comes through every day life and experiences but this gift brings forth knowledge which the Spirit alone knows.
It is an utterance of precise knowledge of present things in the now that could only be known by God. It could be a direct warning to someone or could be a blessing imparting information that is only known between them and God.
I remember preaching at an ACT truckstop chapel when God used me in this gift. God kept interrupting my message by showing me visions of a driver seated there on the back roll looking out a window. I thought of the old school buildings with the window for outside viewing. I stopped preaching and addressed the man concerning what God was showing me and asked is he looking for something out that window like a bird?
The man ran to the front tears streaming down his face and gave his heart to the Lord. He then faced all of us and began to inform us that whle I was preaching, he was praying asking God if he is real that he will show Guardian Angel (my trucking name) that he is looking for something.
The Gift of Faith:
Faith is both a gift and Fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians.
The Fruit grows as we walk with God; the other comes instantly at times of great impossibility when we need to believe to a greater degree than anything natural
The Gift of Faith will usually be manifested through people being healed and miracles.
It is not something worked up through our fleshly emotions but is a powerful gift enabled by the Spirit to edify the body.
It is like the Adrenalin in the body of a woman that gives her the strength to live a two thousand pound automobile off of a young child.
WE get this kind of faith by God giving us a word when everything looks hopeless and there is no possible way out. He usually does this through his Spirit quickening a scripture to us or a whisper behind the word given that we can hold on to even if things get worse instead of better which God will turn into a miracle if we will hold on to the word given.
The bottom line is this: It is God loaning us his faith which has no restrictions or limitations for he will cause Spiritual law to over-ride natural law and give us the victory promised.
Gifts of healing:
Healing deals specifically with every manner and form of sickness or brokenness of the physical body.
It also includes the healing of all manner of mental affliction and even demon possession.
Some can be gifted to be used of God to heal certain parts of the human body and they have more success in those areas that is why it is listed as gifts of healing which meaans more than one.
The working of miracles:
This is a manifestation of the divine power of the Holy Spirit in accomplishing things which could never be accomplished by any power of man.
By this gift the dead are raised, evil is judged, and extraordinary things happen which affect nature or the natural realm of mankind.
I have had God use me in this gift and am called into the working of miracles. I am not able to control this gift however unexplained things have taken place with me and those around me such as alarms going off in buildings, phones charging themselves witnessed by more than 50 people all over the nation which causes us to shake our heads at the extreame power of God our Father.
The Gift of prophecy is restricted to edification, exhortation, and comfort Ephesians (14:3). Prophecy is a Gift of the Holy Spirit granted to any member of the local body whose purpose is to bring edification to the body.
We must immediately distinguish this gift of prophecy from the gifted ministry of the prophet (Ephesians 4.11.
A Prophet is a gifted man given as a ministry by Christ into the body of Christ to bring direction to the body. A prophet’s ministry may entail future predictions, guidance and also a teaching and preaching ministry.
Discerning of Spirits:
This is a supernatural revealing of things by the Holy Spirit which could not otherwise be known.
This is not having a discerning opinion about ‘something’ but rather it is the work of the Holy Spirit in granting the ability to accurately discern the spirit that is present and operating in our midst. The Lord can also allow those operating in this gift to see angels and Demons when they are present. He can also use this gift to discern the calling and gifts upon someones life.
Divers kinds of Tongues:
This is a manifestation whereby an individual is enabled to instantly speak in a language he has never been taught or known. He does not know what it means neither do the hearers however when interpreted by another through the “interpretation of tongues” a message is brought forth to the edification of all.
We must distinguish between this gift which is only for public gatherings for the edification of other believers and which must be interpreted each time and not confused from the tongues which are granted as an initial sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and used for personal edification.
The gift of tongues and its companion gift of interpretation are often misunderstood and misapplied, and it’s no surprise they are often called “the least of the gifts.”
That phrase is used with such frequency—usually to demean speaking in tongues—that we might be inclined to presume the words “the least of the gifts” must be located somewhere in the Bible but are they?
None of the precious gifts of God’s Spirit—tongues included—should ever be deemed “less that the rest.”
The gifts are all from Him—the sovereign Spirit, who distributes them at His will.
The “best gift,” quite simply, is the one most suited to a given situation.
When the apostle Paul exhorts us to “earnestly desire the best,” he isn’t setting us up to be in competition, but he is urging us to be open to the full and free working of the Holy Spirit.
The Interpretation of Tongues:
This gift always works in conjunction with the gift of “divers kinds of tongues” and always follows it. This gift is not a translation but a revelation of the word given which may not always be interpreted by those gifted as hearing the same words but they will always have the same meaning.
Remember; Spiritual gifts function best in the Sphere of Love.
The most excellent way of being used in these gifts is practice love as the motivating factor and the governing influence in our lives and pilgrimage.
A Spiritual Gift is a supernatural blessing by the Holy Spirit to prepare and equip a man or woman of God for effective Christian service.
The primary purpose why the Spirit gives these nine gifts to the church is “edification.” This word means to build up.
Edification is a building term meaning to raise up a structure to completeness for the purpose of dwelling in it.
Anyone can tear something down but it takes one with energy and a strong determination to be a Kingdom Walker and Kingdom Builder!
Are you one that is quick to point out a problem but never staying around to help find a solution or are you one that is willing to devote your time and resources to see the work go on and win souls?
It is important that every Christian discover and develop the spiritual gifts that have been bestowed on him or her by God.
These gifts are desirable for three basic reasons:
1. FOR YOUR SATISFACTION
Knowing and using your gifts will give you an understanding of the unique and indispensable ministry you have been called to accomplish in the body of Christ.
You will discover a significant part of your purpose for being on this planet and realize that God has made you competent to produce something that will last for eternity.
You will have a sense of fulfillment and joy in the service of others as you become an available instrument through which the Holy Spirit can work.
2. FOR OTHERS and EDIFICATION Knowing and using your gifts will lead to the edification of other members of the body of Christ. As you exercise your spiritual gifts, you will play a substantial role in building up other Christians and leading them into maturity.
3. FOR GOD’S GLORIFICATION
According to 1 Peter 4:10-11, your spiritual gifts are ultimately designed to bring glory to God.
Who Works The Gifts
The gifts of the Holy Spirit do not belong to us, we do not operate them, we only manifest them as the spirit wills and operates in us.
1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
God intends that every Born again Believer should be filled with his spirit and manifest spiritual gifts.
The new Testament Church is a church that lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Without the Gifts of the Spirit we are not an accurate representation of the new testament church showing forth the power of his grace within us.
1Co 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts:
1Co 14:1 Desire spiritual gifts
2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Lu 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
You have to be faithful to use what you’ve already received, God will never give more to someone who doesn’t use what they already have.
These powerful Spiritual Gifts not only find their source in the Holy Spirit but are pure bestowments of the grace of God.
These wonderful gifts cannot be earned, bought or given by the will of man but are a result of God’s matcless grace.
Life matters because God personally knows us and because we are his greatest creation, we are very important to him.
We find all through scripture that has honored and used common ordinary people.
1Corthinians 1st chapter V25 states that The foolishness of God is wiser than mans wisdom?
All of our accomplishments, commitments and even dying for our faith amounts to nothing if Love is not present.
Our desire and motive should be to show forth a love for God and his people that people can visibly see the change that he has made in our life. I tell you it is more than a generosity or an act of kindness.
People can tell when you actually love them and they can tell when it love is lacking.
God gave us a command to love people and it was not a suggestion however God will never command us to do something that we are incapable of doing.
Love is something we can control and when all of the things in which men glory in fade and pass away, Love will still be found standing for God is Love.
When we see ourselves the way God sees us then his Love will mature and perfect us for if he cares about the sparrows, he cares about you. I am talking about the people who are lonely, the ones facing feelings of rejection, widows who have lost a partner and yes the one on death row facing the death penalty; God is Love and he really cares for you so much that he sent Jesus to pay our penalty of death that he might raise him up for our justification.
You dear reader are his greatest creation that is created in his image and likeness and he desires for you to accept his signed pardon and come running to him with all your needs.
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Before we go further in this study, we need to ask our self this question?
Do we want church in the norm where we attend sing songs, sometimes testify, hear some preaching and go home feeling more entertained than elevated Or do we want a place where God manifests himself by the supernatural power of the Holy Ghost?
If we are satisfied with Church from a natural perspective Then God will pass us over and find someone who hungers for his supernatural character and power who will not be satisfied until they are refreshed from on high.
I know some people that have preached the gifts of the spirit have been replaced by love, and that love does away with the necessity for the gifts of the spirit: They preach that Love is the putting on of the full armor of God and each weapon listed is love but my question is; :have you ever loved on the devil to defeat him"?
Love was never meant to do away with the gifts of the spirit, but was in fact intended to put their use into proper perspective.
It is to be understood that the Gifts of the Spirit must operate by Love.
There are some voices rising today stating that the Spiritual Gifts are a thing of the past and are not for our day? My argument would be if they were for that day and not for our day then where is the unification and harmony of the body?
To make a bold statement that the church today does not need the five fold ministry and the Spiritual Gifts is pure blasphemy because these people unknowingly are making a statement that our God who is perfect and Holy gave an imperfect gift?