Saturday, 27 April 2013

Precious Gifts

Scripture: Proverbs 17 v 8; 1 Corinthians 12 v 1 - 11.

Our Heavenly Father loves us, His children, and all fathers want to give gifts and see their offspring happy and contented. Our God is a Spirit and His gifts are spiritual - they are given to bless us and to be used to help others.

 There are 9 gifts but the more you use the gift the more powerful it gets. The more you let the Holy Spirit do through you the deeper will be your adventures with God. Be bold be brave take a leap of faith - the rewards are immensely satisfying.

 Some say the gifts petered out when Peter petered out but the Lord says His gifts are non-refundable. Once given they remain forever. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11 v 29. That means that God never changes His mind about the gift He has given or the calling you received. If you neglect them He will measure you by the parable of the talents - Matthew 25 v 14 - 30.

 Gifts of healing flow through you to those who are ill. It is wrong to say "I have the gift of healing" as it is the sick who need the gifts the Healer, Jesus, gives. That way its always Jesus who gets the glory.

 A word of knowledge is given when you need direction from the Lord. I know a wonderful man who is dyslexic but he preaches powerfully and has a ministry in the word of knowledge. It flows continuously through him. In his meetings he can speak a word of knowledge - a God-given insight - to everyone in the congregation individually and bring understanding and refreshing to them.  

 Speaking in tongues edifies your spirit, soul and body; interpreting of tongues blesses all who hear it. Speaking in tongues is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2 v 1 - 4. It can also help you converse in a language with a foreigner as happened to a friend of mine.

 The Lord sent her Austria where she met a woman who told her that her brother was committed to an asylum because he said God had spoken to him! My friend visited him but they could not understand each other until she started speaking in tongues to him. She never knew what she was saying to him but he was exceedingly happy and able to convince doctors to release him.

 Interpreting tongues edifies those that hear. It is not a translation it just interprets so though the tongues may be long the interpretation may be short. 

The gift of prophecy allows you to bring comfort and edification to the church. The ministry of a prophet brings direction and correction to the church. 

 A word of wisdom helps make true judgments and also tells you how to use a word of knowledge if necessary. Solomon was given a word of wisdom when confronted with a living baby and a dead baby and two mothers claiming the live baby was hers. Solomon said divide the living child in two. The real mother said rather let the other woman have it. 

 The discerning of spirits identifies demons troubling your family or nation. This gift was fully discussed yesterday.

 The gift of faith elevates your normal faith to know the miraculous power of God and to do amazing things for Him. I needed this gift to be fully operational during the miracle ministry to Karen Ann. It was like walking on water with Jesus every day for 18 months.

   To receive these gifts you must be born again, baptized in water and the Holy Spirit and His power will come upon you just as it did on the disciples who were in the upper room on the first Pentecost after the Ascension of Jesus.

 They turned the world upside down. So can you if you follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  

 Prayer: Heavenly Father remove all the mental blocks of fear, doubt and misunderstanding so that all Your children can benefit from Your marvellous and precious gifts. May they be wisely and fully used in these last days to help and edify Your people.  In Jesus' name. Amen.