A life changing gift of God is the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are given so that every Christian can experience the joy and fulfillment of God working through them. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is initially evidenced by speaking in a heavenly language. “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.” Mark 16:17 The Holy Spirit infiltrates our thoughts, as He penetrates deeply to teach and guide us into service through the gift He dispatches. As we seek God with all our heart, mind and soul, He satisfies our need to be useful and known. The Holy Spirit knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our motives, and exactly what in us that needs re-training. ““God arranged each of the parts in the body exactly as He wanted them….indeed God has put the body together in such a way that He gives greater dignity to the parts that lack it, so that there will be no disagreements within the body, but rather all the parts will be equally concerned for all the others. Not all are prophets, are they? Or teachers, healers, miracle workers. Not all speak in tongues, not all interpret, do they? Eagerly we seek the better gifts…Love never ends; but prophecies will pass, tongues will cease, knowledge will pass. For our knowledge is partial, and our prophecy partial; but when the Perfect comes, the partial will pass.” 1 Corin 12:18 – 13:10 The treasure of Christ in us is that we have been liberated by His work on the cross, sins power has been broken, and because we have been crucified with Christ, Satan is defeated.
As we humble ourselves before the Holy Presence of God, we come to the absolute END of our will and ways as we acknowledge that without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing to impact the kingdom. 1 Corinthians 9:19-20 “For although I am a free man, not bound to anyone’s bidding, I have made myself a slave to all in order to win as many people as possible.” It is important that we be prepared to accept the greater responsibility that we ask for. “Your responsibilities will be great but not as great as your possibilities.” Smith Wigglesworth. We must become less, that the Holy Spirit can be recognized working in and through us. The manifestation of healings, signs and wonders occur as we seek to identify our God given Spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit distributes all gifts:
1) Prophesy: “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” 1 Samuel 10:16 “The prophets are prophesying lies in My name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14
2) Serve: “We have different gifts according to the grace given us…If it is serving, serve…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought..honor one another above yourselves…share with God’s people who are in need…Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody” Roman 12:3-20 Do you enjoy hosting? Hospitality?
3)Teach: “Let the word of Christ well in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another.” Colossians 3:16 “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5:25
4) Exhort: “But encourage one another daily… We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.” Heb 11:1 “By faith we understand…by faith Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham were all still living by faith when they died.” Heb 11 – Do you naturally tend to encourage others?
5: Give: “Give and it shall be given to you..” Luke 6:38 Give is found 1433 times in the Bible. “the righteous give without sparing.” Prv21:26
6:Managers/Rule: “be self-controlled, respectable, able to teach and manage his own family, keeping hold of the deep truths of the faith.” 1 Timothy 3:4-9 NIV
7:Show Mercy: “The poor plead for mercy “ Prv 18:23 “He has shown you, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
As we choose to endure the pain of a heart that breaks for what breaks His, we then are truly placing God first — above our popularity, comfort, preference or pleasure. “I have wept, I have groaned, I have travailed all night, until God broke me. Until God mows you down, you will never have this long suffering for others. You must pay a price for everything that you get from God. There is nothing worth having —that you do not have to pay for— either temporally or spiritually. ” Smith Wigglesworth (S.W.) Anything of great VALUE comes at a great PRICE. Consider the price Jesus paid for the VALUE of our eternal salvation? “I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.” Psalm 119:112 — ASK and RECEIVE the gift of discernment…Our Father gave us faith and discernment to identify the spirit of strife, envy, jealousy, or the cunning of Jezebel. We are to have a singleness of purpose as we speak strongly against the Liar, the great deceiver. It is wise to not attempt to be like anybody else because God redeemed, cleansed, gifted, forgave and sanctified each soul that professed Jesus as Lord. Our Father created us all differently for His purpose and glory. He wants us to come to faith, just as we are, with the personality that He gave us. God has always used ordinary peeps like Amos, Mark, Mary, Priscilla, Joel, Hannah, and an orphan named Esther. We are not to echo or imitate other people, we are to echo the words of Jesus as we boldly share the gospel with the voice He gave us. “Before God could bring me to this place of working miracles, He had to break me a thousand times.” S.W. Ask the Holy Spirit for all that you want, ask Him to make your gifts clear. When we are operating in our gifts, it flows, it is not a struggle. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.” 1 Corin 12-14. As we eagerly desire these gifts of the Spirit, we do our best to excel in those that build up the church.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:2-6 We are to be united “in Christ” without division, bitterness, envy or jealousy. “So Christ Himself gave the (FIVE FOLD MINISTRY) apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
Study the saints before us and the Word of God:
1) Prophets are people who speak what God gives them to say – “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:11 – “Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.” 1 Kings 18:22 – Consider the Prophet Isaiah. When he saw himself clearly, he fell on his face totally undone an cried out to God “I am a man of unclean lips”. (Isaiah 6:1) When we honestly measure our words to the holiness of God, we discover that we are unclean.
2) Servants recognize a need and fill it. Are you motivated to get people together and serve them? Do you enjoy hospitality? Jesus said, “ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:18 – Our Lord calls us all to evangelize as His servants.
3) Teachers validate truth by studying the scriptures. “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11 – Do you conduct detailed research to share with others?
4) Exhorters admonish, advise, encourage, counsel, rebuke, caution out of love. “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers.” 1 Timothy 5:1
5) Givers make wise investments because they inquire of God, do the research and trust God. “To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability.” Matthew 25:15
6) Managers organize steps with diligence to get the job done. “The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction.” Ezra 5:8
7) Mercy givers feel compassion and gently assist. “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Phil 4:5 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
As disciples of Jesus, we follow Him and the Holy Spirit in us refines us. He sanctifies us as He finishes the work He began in us. “If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary (temple), God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.” 1 Corin 3:17 -Out of the love of God, the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, so that we may confess and be forgiven. “ Praise God in all things!” We are all gifted differently and therefore we may rub against others in the church who feel like sandpaper to us. Any internal agitation may be a prompt from the Holy Spirit that we should examine our frustrations, our anger, our irritations. The truth is that we can remain united as we give thanks for each hand, foot, ear, toe, and tongue within the body of Christ. It is clear that we need one another. Repenting, we get restored to purity. PICTURE THIS: Walk into the ocean and willingly submerge your physical container of the Holy Spirit into the vast depth of the ocean — into the deep, wide, fullness of God.
As His obedient servants, we willingly drown ourselves in baptism, and rise up as His uniquely gifted disciples. We wisely refuse to deceive ourselves and believe the lie that we are not fully equipped. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” Eph 1:3-6 — God said it, therefore it is true! “Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” 1 Cor 1:6-7 We are not to trust our feelings, we are to trust God at His Word. According to the will of God, we are to look into the mirror and remember who our Father says we are “in Him”. We can then confidently persevere to do our best for His glory. James 1:22-25 As we commune with the inner Man in our secret place, we confess to Him our shortcomings and pray for increased faith and discernment…. we wait on Him, for the season He chooses for that increase. Our Lord sends us out to rely on Him for wisdom in every situation. We embrace the task to “go and make disciples” We teach others to obey God by our example. Trusting the living Word of God, we claim every spiritual blessing. Even when we choose to “walk in the Spirit” it is NOT because of our personal discipline or resolve that equips us with a supernatural power to follow through with our choice to live in the Spirit. It is the work of God through the Holy Spirit that enables us to “be” His obedient disciples. “For it is God who works in us, to will (desire) and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” Phil 2:12 We are daily to pick up our cross and pray: “Help me Holy Spirit, today I am willing to be led and walk where You lead, and speak what You prompt me to say.” AMEN The wisest man ever born wrote “then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” Ecclesiastes 8:17 We must all fully yield to the Spirit to be completely changed, whole and effective in the gifts of the Spirit. Consider the caterpillar and the emerging butterfly? The caterpillar had to be still and completely surrender so that God could knit together a whole new creature with the ability to fly. Forgive me Father for not completely surrendering my desires to do things my way. Help me to fully submit so that the Holy Spirit is unhindered by my sinful nature to resist what is best. AMEN
God’s workers listen, study, ask questions, obey and put into practice what we learn. We are to endure the hardship of doing what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do — whether we feel adequate to the task or not. As we lay aside our natural abilities and our feelings, the Holy Spirit then can equip us to do what He probes us to do. Our obedience brings blessing, favor and supernatural wisdom. “Love Me and keep My commands” Children of God hope to hear our Father say “Well done My good and faithful servant.” What does our Father expect of us? That we use the gifts according to the grace and ability He gave us. Remember to fear NOT! “He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.” The Holy Spirit chastises us to love the unlovable, to forgive the unforgivable, and to issue mercy to our oppressors. Our old soul was great at manipulating and deceiving itself of it’s own goodness, knowledge and ways. The new regenerated soul in Christ is challenged to take hold of every thought and measure it against the will, and ways of God. “The secret to spiritual success is a hunger that persists. ..it is an awful condition to be satisfied with one’s spiritual attainment.” Smith Wigglesworth. Oh Lord do not allow me to stay the same, teach me, refine me. I want to follow Jesus, my Commander in Chief and if He says jump, Lord send someone to push me, to encourage me to use the gift faith. It is my desire to glorify God in all that I write, speak and do. When we care more about God …than what people think, we find that we no longer need recognition or validation from our peers. Our soul audience is God and we trust that our Father is watching and listening and that He is pleased. “I fail to see how a Christian will ever reach a place where God can use them…unless they get angry with the Devil.” S.W. – When we get angry for being defeated as a slave to the lie that we are insufficient or that ‘it’ is impossible…then is when we begin to boldly declare the victory we have “in Jesus”. Jesus got angry and turned over tables and it is good that we get angry enough to take back our full power and authority.
Our conduct is approved by God when we speak firmly against the evil brute, the prince of the air who infiltrates our mind with worry and fear. “Living in fear is blasphemy. Our petty fears deny that our God is big enough.” David Wilkerson. It is great to write down a personal mission statement so that we are clear with who we are “in Him”. Who am I to the King of kings? I am His servant and I do my best to walk in step with the Spirit. My Father repeats “fear not” so obediently I confidently use the authority that He gave me. My mission is to continuously work out my salvation as I diligently study the Holy Scriptures. I trust that my Father will complete the work He began in me. My purpose is to lean on the Holy Spirit, not my own intelligence, or understanding. “For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Corinthians 1:19-20
My job is to continue to train in righteousness as my Father equips me to do every good work. The Word of God is living and active and it penetrates and separates my soul from the Spirit of God. The Word of God judges my hidden thoughts, ideas, ways, and my selfish motives. The Holy Scriptures encourage me. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but the righteous stand bold as a lion.” Proverbs 29:25 Because I claim that Jesus is Lord of my life, and as I assimilate the scripture, His words pour from my mouth. The truth is that the living Word always accomplishes all that God intends. My career “in Him” is to live a blameless life, above reproach, holy and disciplined to remain solid as the Holy Spirit convicts, teaches, and comforts me.
“The Pentecostal movement is too large to be confined in any denomination or sect. The Holy Spirit works above our understanding as He draws all people together in one bond of love, one church, one body of Christ.” William Seymour —
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an outpouring of God’s abounding love which falls upon you. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit fills all the emptiness of a life outside of Christ. The supernatural ability to speak in tongues is evidence of being baptized in the Spirit. This ability does not come on demand and we are wise to ask for it, to pray for it, and to wait patiently for it. Praying in tongues is not the only evidence of a person surrendered to Christ. The evidence of a surrendered life “in Christ” is a person who walks humbly in step with the Spirit bearing the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 Angry outbursts while speaking evil against others is what defiles a Christian. Wherever hate abides, the Spirit does not. “If you speak evil and backbite, I do not care how many tongues you speak, you are not walking in step or obeying what the Word of God says. Beloved we are not seeking for tongues…but we are seeking the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. And when we receive Him, we shall be so filled with the Holy Ghost that He Himself will speak in the power of the Spirit through us. The Apostolic faith means one accord, one soul, one heart. My heart cries out to God that He would make every child of His see the necessity of living as One in the Body of Christ as God outlines it in John chapter 17.” William Seymour.
A person who constantly complains or ridicules others does NOT welcome the Holy Spirit, but repels Him. These words were written by a chronic complainer. “There I go again, I have tried not to be so negative, but my grumbling persists. Seemingly, involuntarily – a voice of bitter anger pours out of my mouth. Once I get on a roll of condemnation, I slide down a dark trail of whining and complaining. We are to examine ourselves and be aware of who irritates us and why. Most often, the people who irritate us are simply those who are operating in a different Spirit given gift!
The Holy Spirit distributes according to His will:
1) wisdom to apply to life, a skill.
2) knowledge, revelation of facts.
3) faith – for increase in finance, a new project
4) healing –prayers result in healing.
5) miracles – supernatural restorations
6) prophecy – “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy.” Rev.19:10 KJV All prophecy benefits the church
7) discernment of spirits; prophesy, spiritual conditions, evil
8) tongues; a supernatural prayer language
9) interpretation tongues. The gift of to interpret tongues spoken to edify the church.
As we focus on the gifts of others, we can better identify our own. Ahhh, we do not argue over petty things, we choose to keep unity and issue grace with thanksgiving towards those with different gifts. The apostle Paul empathized with the needs, weaknesses, values and ideas of the lost to establish common ground. As we examine our irritation, we choose to die to our feelings as we focus on extending God’s love. Note the increase of JOY when we complain less. All spiritual gifts are accomplished by the grace of God, not by our own desire and power. The more grace a Christian receives, the more confident and effective that Christian will be.“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” As we practice all the gifts, we develop confidence in how God gifted us. When the Holy Spirit convicts us to a point of apologizing for our lack of issuing mercy, we become aware that what comes out of our mouths is what dominates our heart. We need to turn from our natural tendency to complain or get irritated and appreciate how God has gifted each of us differently. We are to love people, issue mercy whether we feel like it or not. “If people irritate you a lot, your problem isn’t the people; it’s your pride.” The Holy Spirit had my attention. My soul argued that I was entitled to feel angry because the Lord got angry in the temple courts! The lesson for me is that whenever I feel entitled to complain, I need to capture that thought and ask the Holy Spirit to counsel me. Dying to my irritation, to my superiority, to my pride —requires that I humbly confess my sin. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 God prospers us by His correction in His perfect timing. I have been shown that grumbling and thanksgiving cannot co-exist in a pure heart for the Lord. God tells me that I am to be thankful: “ in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess 5:18. – Pray to be useful for His purpose. Exhort, Encourage, Teach, Reach, Pastor, Prophesy, SPEAK LIFE with the gift the Holy Spirit gives. ❤ Lord, help me to guard my mouth so that I will not grieve You when I speak. Help me to be kind when I speak correction, or when it is necessary to admonish. From a heart filled with Your Spirit, enable my tongue to be Your voice as I speak. Help me to never speak words that in any way belittle a person, or cause them to lose hope or feel unworthy of their salvation in Jesus Christ. Keep me from ever saying anything that would bring grief to You Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN – Be sure to read “The Anatomy of a Prophetic Word” by James W. Goll, Franklin, TN in the comment section of this post. Be blessed by Him and use your heavenly gift to bless others. Our internal GPS is the Holy Spirit, He will guide us into all truth, He will not speak of Himself, He will always glorify Jesus. Oh Holy Spirit commune with my spirit and reveal to me, correct me, instruct me. “There is a way that seems right..but it is not confirmed by the Holy Spirit. AMEN Forward to 14:30 minutes.