When Jesus commissioned the Church, He didn’t expect His followers to minister to the world and deal with the tactics of Satan without His Powerful help.
So the Holy Spirit gave gifts to the Church to empower believers to reign in life!
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 1 Corinthians 12:7
In my initial issue on this subject I mentioned that First Corinthians 12 list nine manifestations of the Spirit called the gifts of the Spirit. In other words, these are nine ways in which the Holy Spirit works or manifests Himself. For more details you can read verses 8 through 11.
I had also mentioned that these manifestations were broken down into three different categories. We called three of them the “revelation” gifts - because they reveal something. Then I mentioned the “power” gifts – because they do something. And then I called the last three the “inspirational” gifts – because they say something.
Then in the second and third issues of this article I discussed what gifts should be in manifestation in the ministry of the evangelist. To be specific about it, I said that the evangelist should have the gifts of healing and working of miracles accompanying his ministry. And I used the Scripture from Acts 8:5-7 to highlight this point. As a matter of fact, Phillip is the only evangelist mentioned in the New Testament. Two weeks ago I him. It was Jesus. After He warned Saul about persecuting His church, He told him to, “… go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do” (Acts 9:1-6). Let’s see what happened when Saul “went into the city.”
ACTS 9: 10-12
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.
12And had seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
The Lord gave Ananias a word of knowledge through a vision. Sometimes it works that way. The word of knowledge God gave Ananias had to do with the present tense. God gave Ananias a revelation that Saul was praying and even showed Ananias where Saul was.
It is amazing to read how the gifts of the Spirit were in demonstration in the early church. The Lord desires and wants to manifest these gifts among us today. I thank God because we are confessing this desire each time we meet, God will give us the desire of our hearts.
I know I said it last week, but I will definitely conclude the segment next week. Have a great week in the Lord, and remember, “Have Faith in God.”
Word for Today: "Power Of Your Words"
Words have power. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “We are justified by our words, or, we are condemned by our words.” Words can bring either happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student. The Bible describes the power of words more succinctly when it says, “The power of life and death are in the tongue.” Our words impact everyone. Let us keep constant watch over our tongue, that we may speak words agreeable to the will of God.