Tag: Gifts of the Spirit

Be Devoted To Prayer

 

f504353e9b7f7956d7689c63ccd0df5aBe devoted to prayer is the exhortation in Colossians 4:2.  You will find this a very simple thing do to as you walk and live in the leading of the Holy Spirit.  As with many things Spiritual, we have believed lies that it was either a concentrating strained effort or else a drudgery. On the contrary, praying in the Spirit is as natural to a born again Spirit filled believer as being joyful and awake.  In our own fleshly effort it would be a poor excuse for effective prayer.

Scripture encourages us to pray constantly, (Acts 1:4, Thess. 1:11).  This is done as we listen to the Spirit in our heart

The Gift Of Miracles

jesus-walking-on-water-benjamin-mcpherson1pp_w450_h343I was once asked by a friend what gift of the Spirit I had.  Trying to be amusing I said “the gift of miracles” attempting to think of the most dramatic gift possible.  I Corinthians 12 lists “miracles” as one of the gifts of the Spirit. However, there is much disagreement in the Church today of whether this gift is still in force.  There is an argument made by many Christians that this was a sign gift for Apostolic times which has now ceased.  While I understand and respect the arguments these Christians use who hold this belief I do not see in the scriptures conclusive evidence

The Gift of Helps


b072215-157_t670I Corinthians 12:28 introduces the gift of Helps – “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”  First, it is clear that God assigns the gifts in the Church per his sovereignty. Second, he assigns them to “some” so no gift is given to everyone as there are diversities of gifts in the Church Body. I Corinthians 12:4.  

The Greek wordtranslated “helps” is found only here in the New Testament; therefore, the exact meaning of the gift of helps

Holy Spirit Basics, Part I

gifts_of_the_spirit-1When we consider the Holy Spirit we need to remember that God is one inseparable God, such that there is no conflict or discrepancy between the Spirit, the Word – Yeshua, and the Father. (Deut 6:4).  However, there are vast differences among those who make up the church, about the Holy Spirit.  There are fundamental truths about the Godhead that are undeniable and must be accepted by all Christians, for example, the substitutionary death of Yeshua for the remission of sins, the resurrection, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit

Release of the Spirit

cln-lee-street-worshipSome day the Holy Spirit will reclaim a prominent place in His church.  Currently the church is focused on teaching alone.  Teaching is promoted while operation of other gifts of the Spirit are quenched and stifled; worldly thinking and natural means are relied upon, rather than the Holy Spirit.  Teaching is an important gift and most teachers are believers, but they are operating in the natural; their doubt and lack of faith in God, limit what is done.

“You study the Scriptures…