The Gift of the Spirit Part 6

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

 

Praise the Lord precious Saints of the Living God.  I certainly thank God for you and for this glorious day. This is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.  It is a great blessing to come together in one accord around the Word of God and watch Him unfold His very truth before our eyes. 

 

Let’s continue from where we left off last week.  I was sharing that the gift of the word of knowledge was the first gift of the Spirit to be in manifestation in my life and ministry. 

In the Book of Revelation when John was exiled on the isle of Patmos, the Lord appeared to him in a vision.  The Lord spoke to John in the vision to give him the present tense condition of seven churches (Rev 1-3).  Those churches actually existed in Asia Minor, and through the word of knowledge, Jesus told him the condition they were in at that present moment.  But then He gave him a word of wisdom. 

The difference between the two gifts of the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom is, the word of knowledge has to do with the past or present condition.  It has to do with something that previously happened or something that’s happening at that moment.  On the other hand, the word of wisdom has to do with something in the future, because it has to do with the plan and purpose of God.  So Jesus also gave John a word of wisdom concerning His plan for each of those churches. 

Another example of the word of wisdom happened with Saul of Tarsus.  In the Book of Acts chapter 9, as Saul was approaching the city of Damascus, a light brighter than the noon day sun suddenly shined round about  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.”

Your Pastor

 

Word for Today:  "True Winner" 

In six different places, the New Testament compares life to a race that must be won.  In other places it compares it to a boxing or wrestling match.  The message of the Bible is clear, life is like an athletic event, in that you will either win or lose depending on your training and determination to win.  You have very little hope of winning without God’s training manual in your life.  So, do what you can to learn what the Bible has to say about winning God’s way.