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SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 14:3 ” But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort”.

Prophecy is a supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit that  He inspires one to give a message to  other believers to edify, exhort and to comfort them.

Prophecy in this sense is different from to foretell or to predict. It does not come in an unknown language. It is always in the dialect of the audience or congregation.

The Bible says in 1st Corinthians 14:4 that “He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself but he that prophecies edifies the church”. Speaking in tongues would only build the individual up but the one who gives a message in prophecy edifies the church.This means he builds the church up.

From our key scripture prophecies come with the following purposes.

1. To edify the church.

2. To exhort the church

3. To comfort or strengthen the church.

Any inspired word that does not play any of the above stated purposes may not come from the Lord. Prophecies come to strengthen the church. Prophecies that cast fear on the congregation are not inspired from the Spirit of God. Some people have used prophecies wrongly. Prophecies could therefore be abused. 1st Corinthians 14:29 says”Let the prophets speak two or three and let the other judge”. There is the need to consider prophecies when it is given, so you. Could judge it,whether it meets the scriptural standard

In certain meetings, two people may be prophesying at the same time. This should not be so. One of them must keep quiet. The spirit of the Lord is not a Spirit of confusion. 1st Corinthians 14:32

A note of caution; do not call yourself a prophet because the Holy Spirit inspires you to prophesy. A prophet is an office that God appoints for ministry, and comes along with a number of gifts of the Holy Spirit. (We would look at that when we come to consider ministerial offices).1 Thessalonians 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.

  PRAYER

Father, I pray for the stirring of the power of the spirit in the midst of your children to allow the gift of prophecy to function and function properly in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints”.

1 Corinthians 14:5. I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying”.

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SPIRITUAL GIFTS

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:4″ Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

In our previous study we said the Bible reveals to us nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. These nine gifts could be further divided into three groups. They are:

1. Gifts of utterance

2. Gifts of Revelation

3. Power Gifts.

We would first consider the Gifts of utterance. This group of gifts has to do with saying or giving a message to others. They include divers kinds if tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy. We would consider the gift of Divers kinds of tongues. This kind of gift is very different from what we find the Bible speaking about in 1st  Corinthians 14:2, 14. 1st Corinthians 14:14 reads “For if I pray in an unknown tongues, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful”.This is a special prayer language that the Holy Spirit imparts to any Christian who desires to have, to enhance his spiritual life. It is not meant to be used to give a message to others. It is used in praying to God.

In 1st Corinthians 14:27, 28 the Bible said the following “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two or at the most by three and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church and let him speak to himself and to God”. The gift of divers kind of tongue is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit meant to give a message to the whole church in tongues, so that he or she that gave the massage may interpret or another person interpret it.. We see in the scripture above, that is 1st Corinthians 14:27, 28, the apostle says in the church there should be about two messages for the church given in tongues or at most it must be three. If there is no one to interpret then that person must stop giving his message for the church in tongues.

The gift of Divers kinds of tongues needs someone to interpret it. It is always a message meant for the whole church. It is not a prayer unto God or speaking unto God. It is a sign to all unbelievers who join the brethren (1st Cor. 14:22) every such message must be interpreted. There should be someone with the gift of interpretation of tongues to interpret it into the common and known dialect of the congregation.On this note I wish to add that the gift of interpretation of tongues goes alongside the Divers kind of tongues.

 The gift of interpretation of tongues is a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit that enables one to interpret a message given in tongues for the congregation of believers..

  PRAYER

Heavenly Father I pray that the Holy Spirit will stir in the hearts of all believers to desire earnestly for these gifts of the spirit.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Corinthians 14:21″  In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord”.

1 Corinthians 14:27-28” If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:1″ Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant”.

Spiritual gifts as the Holy Spirit led apostle Paul  to write about in our key scripture, is one of the topics that have been very silent in other parts of the Bible although we see it’s manifestation throughout the Bible.

Our topic for discussion spans through 1st Corinthians 12:1-11. Verses 4 to 6 reveals that working of the Trinity or Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, in the functioning, administration and operation of the gifts. In verse 4 the Holy Spirit reveals the diversity of the gifts. Our Lord Jesus sees to the different administration of the gifts. The Father reveals the diversities of operations.

These gifts are very important to the church of God. When the supernatural gift are in operation the church’s evangelistic work is greatly enhanced. “Every Christian must earnestly desire for the gifts”.  1st Corinthians 14:1″Follow after charity and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophecy”.

Please note this: these spiritual gifts are different from talents (a talent is a natural ability given to an individual by God .A talent could be operated at will). Spiritual gifts are divine abilities that are solely the Holy Spirit operation that He manifests in the life of a Christian as He (the Holy Spirit) decides. The person can’t operate it at will) 1st Corinthians 12:7 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal “.Note this they are the manifestations of the Spirit.  The supernatural gifts are never from one’s ability, it is purely the Holy Spirit who manifests them at His will. There are nine spiritual or supernatural gifts in all. They are as follows:

1. Word of wisdom (vrs 8)

2. Word of knowledge (vrs 8)

3. Discernment of spirits (vrs 10)

4. Divers kinds of tongues (vrs 10)

5. Interpretation of tongues (Vrs 10)

6. Gifts of prophecy (Vrs 10)

7. Gift of faith (Vrs 9)

8. Gifts of healing (Vrs 9)

9. Gift of working of miracle (Vrs 9)

These gifts can be divided further into 3 groups.

1. Revelational gifts: these include, words of wisdom, words of knowledge and discernment of spirits.

2. Gifts of utterance: These include, divers’ kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues and gift of prophecy.

3. Power gifts: these include, gift of faith, gifts of healing and gift of the working of miracles.

In our subsequent studies we would look at each gift, what it is and how it functions.

 PRAYER

Lord, thank you for these supernatural gifts given to the Church of God. I pray that these gifts would be manifested in all congregations, to reveal your glory and power.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Corinthians 12: 6. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all”.

1 Corinthians 12:8. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

The Holy Spirit counsels us to let the peace of God rule in our hearts. The word ‘rule’ also means ‘to be an umpire’,’to decide’, direct, or to control. The peace of God in our hearts among other things, also comes into play when taking decisions that one may not be so clear about the will of God. When our hearts are at peace after making certain decisions,it is mostly indicative that we are acting in the will of God.

Decisions like choosing a life partner, whether to make a particular journey, accept a kind of employment and many more are all the type that the Bible does not directly tell you what to do.   We are always faced with making choices or decisions that the will of God may not be known. The Bible says let the peace of God be the decider or your director.

 To be at peace means to be one with yourself. Your mind and heart are settled on the issue you may be grappling with. Romans 14:17 says “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”. The kingdom of God is the rule of God.It means God is in charge of affairs. Peace in your heart is a sign that God is in charge.

When our actions are not in agreement with the Holy Spirit, He is grieved. When the Spirit is grieved, we find out that our peace is gone. The Holy Spirit is our guide. He tells is what we must do. Anytime we follow his leading, He is pleased and so we also feel satisfied within or peaceful. To let the peace of God rule in our hearts also means to allow the Spirit of God to lead us.

Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us is not a one day affair; we develop into it as we practice the word of God.Romans 12:1 tells us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. This means yield your body to the instructions of the Holy Ghost. The instructions of the Spirit is simply the word of God. As we practice the word of God, we would grow to be sensitive to the moment by moment leading of the Holy Spirit. We would also begin to know when the Holy Spirit is pleased with us or grieved about what we may be doing.

Whenever your heart is disturbed about anything, the first thing you must consider is; does this issue agree with the word of God? If it does agree with the scripture but you are still not at peace then pray asking the Lord to lead you, He will speak to you and as you agree, it will be shown by a heart of peace. .

   CONFESSION

God’s peace in my heart is my guide. As I allow His word to rule me the Holy Spirit dictates my peace. Every confusion is dissolved because I follow the leading of Holy Spirit.

FUETHER STUDIES.

Romans 12:1 ” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.

Colossians 3:16  ” Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”.

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 KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”.

One truth that has been a quest for many is about knowing or encountering the power of God. Many people find themselves in all kinds of predicaments and want to know how to contact the power of God for an answer?

The Apostle Paul in our key scripture shows us what the power of God is, as well as what to do to benefit from this power. He reveals that the gospel or good news is the power of God.This statement is presented in another form in 1st CORINTHIANS 1:18 “for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness but unto us which are saved it is the power of God: The message of the cross is the power of God.It is about the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1st Corinth 15:3&4)  

 The death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus marked the end of the legal right of Satan’s reign over men. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden he surrendered the authority God gave him over the earth to Satan. He and all his descendants became subjected to the devil. Romans 5:12 put it this “wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin: and so death passed upon all men, for that all men have sinned.” The nature of Satan that is sin and death was transferred into men. The law of Sin and death began to work in men. (Romans 8:2)

In Luke 4:6, during the temptation of the Lord Jesus, the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them for that is delivered unto me and to whomsoever I will I will give it”. When the devil said this the Lord did not challenge him. Who delivered this authority into his hands? Was it God? No,it was Adam. Satan therefore assumed the reign of the earth from them. It took the death of Jesus to seize this authority from him because he paid the price for all humanity. The Lord Jesus then said the following after his resurrection. In Matthew 28:18, he said “….All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

The believing in the gospel, that is his death burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus has become the only means to access the power of God. Anybody who believes in the gospel receives God’s power to handle any condition that is tormenting his life.

It is the answer to every human problem whether it is the Salvation of your soul, sickness in the body, a bad character, demonic bondage, mental torment or anything that has to do with men receiving peace of mind, the gospel will answer if only you would believe it.

 CONFESSION

Indeed there is no condition that is a worry to the human mind that the gospel has no answer. I believe in the gospel and so I always walk out of any challenge that comes against me.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ” Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”

Apostle Paul wrote to the brethren in Thessalonica concerning the Lord’s coming. He tried to alleviate them of their fears that they should not be scared about certain information going round that the Lord had come.

He went on to state the very cardinal events that would occur before the Lord comes. He stated the following two invents would precede the Lord’s coming.

 1. A falling away. (The great apostasy)

 2. The revelation of the man of sin.

These are the two main events that will take place before the Lord comes.

In Matthew 24, the Lord Jesus explained to the disciples how events leading to the end would be. In Matthew 24:8b, 9, the Lord said “All these are the beginning of sorrows; then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you and you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake”. What is going to cause all nations to hate the Christians? In Revelations chapter 13, the Bible spoke about the revelation of the man of sin, the Antichrist or the beast.

In Revelation 13:16, 17 the Bible said the following about this man of sin. “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or their fore head: And that no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name”.

In recent times we have seen the introduction of the bio chip which contains the vital data of the individual.This chip is inserted into the right hand or the forehead, just as the Bible said. We see it as a preparation for the man of sin. The bio chip is also meant to be a means of all business transactions in every form. Those who do not have this bio chip cannot buy or sell. The world is advocating for a cashless society. This is one of the things that it believes would help achieve that. If you do not take the bio chip then you would be treated as a criminal. The church would   be persecuted because,they would not take it.

Presently India has adapted the bio chip and its population of 1.2 billion people are all supposed to be enrolled into the programme of placing it in their right hand or foreheads.Christians have already started refusing it.  It would soon be adapted in other nations.

Would this mark the great persecution of believers worldwide, that the Lord Jesus spoke about? Would this cause many to give up their faith as Apostle Paul said would happen before the Lord comes? What kind of Christian are you? Renew your dedication to Christ NOW, so you would be ready to stand for Him when conditions are adverse 

CONFESSION

I am not ignorant of the event leading to the coming of the master. My life is dedicated to Him. I receive grace to stand in such times.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

James 1:12 ” Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:22 “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,”

(Read Hebrews: 12:22–29)

The above verse and a few that follow it shows some of the mysteries that the Holy Spirit revealed to Apostle Paul.

In this verse the Holy Spirit shows us that the believer is spiritually in heaven. He describes heaven as mount Sion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem and to an innumerable company of Angels. What also comes to us is the sense of being aware of such an elevation. This understanding also deepens our sainthood. It simply implies we are holy men and women, living in a holy environment. We must therefore walk, talk and do things in a manner that depicts saints of God.

Every Christian hopes and anticipates to be in heaven. By the understanding from this verse, you are already there. Your continual obedience to the word would ultimately warrant your continual stay in this place. This is one of the greatest revelations to be given the church. The scripture added that we live in the midst of an innumerable company of angels. Angels are God’s messengers who play various roles in heaven, and one of their roles is to minister to the heirs of salvation;that is you and I, who are born again. Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not ministering spirits who are sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation”. These angels come to serve us, upon the instruction of the Father. Note: they obey the father’s instruction, and so, do not ask help from them.Ask the father to send them on your behalf. We may ask the Father to assign them to various roles or our assistance.

What the scripture assures us is that we are in the midst of an innumerable company of angels. This must give us a lot of encouragement and also to kick out every fear from our lives. Another challenge faced by a lot of us is when our minds try to figure out how God would work out certain things for us. We need not worry our heads over how things would turn out. We have an uncountable number of angels who are there to assist us. Be always expectant of supernatural experiences.

  CONFESSIONS

I am not an ordinary human on this Earth, I actually live in the presence of the Father and in the midst of Angels. They always work for my comfort and deliverance. Glory be to God.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Ephesians 2:19, Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Ephesians 2:6 ” And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”

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