|What are the gifts of the spirit , how many are
there and do they apply in today's world? The Holy Bible which is the word
of God, says " Heaven and earth will pass away but my word is forever. Does
that mean we'll have the gifts when the Lord returns to set up his Kingdom
here on earth?. No there will be no need for the gifts then,
because the Gift of live and the reason for it all will be right here among
The gifts were a part of daily life
in the days of James, Peter and John in the new testament. This world of
ours has grown so vast that with all the shoot off churches, the gifts have
been sent to the back roll in many of them.
I am not speaking bad about any churches,
so don't get your hackles up.
Corinthians 12:8-11 :
words of wisdom;
words of knowledge;
distinguishing of spirits;
interpretation of tongues.
1 Peter 4:11 :
Prophecy as from a prophet (Gift from
service, from strength given by God
Ephesians 4 : roles for people in the
Church : apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers; for
building up, and
Romans 12 : attitude re gifts; gifts
the showing of mercy.
Isaiah 11:1-5 : verse 2 speaks of the
various things that the Spirit of the LORD gives to those it rests upon :
the spirit of :
wisdom (also James 1:5),
the fear of the LORD.
According to the next two verses, also
given unto such persons is
a special force or effectiveness
of words/communication (v.4b; see Rm 12 'exhortation'), and
a gift for being just to the oppressed
in an unjust world (v.4a).
(When Paul spoke of how the warrior
of God is dressed (Eph 6; 1 Th 5:8), and when he said that we walk by faith
and not sight (2 Cor 5:7), he drew from this passage of Isaiah.)
Also, some of the things Scripture
describes as gifts from God are not in lists :
James 4:6 -- grace > Grace
is a gift.
Philippians 4:7 -- peace > Peace
is a gift.
Hebrews 4:1,9 -- rest > is a gift.
John 10:28; Romans 6:23 -- eternal life
Psalm 127:3 -- children > our children
are spoken of in the bible as gifts
Ezekiel 11:19 -- a new heart.
Some of you might thing a natural
talent is a gift, yes God did give you those and they are developed throughout
your life. You may be a great writer, a musician, a lawyer, what ever but
that isn't any of the gifts of the spirit. Take a look at Moses , Moses couldn't
talk, he stuttered and had trouble speaking, yet God charged him with
a tremendous journey and gave him the gift in order to do the work.. Talent
is a gift but god also will give us the gift that goes with the talent to
help in the body of Christ.
There is the gift of discernment,
a natural ability to tell if someone is lying or if something is wrong.
Healing is a gift of the spirit.
Oh yes there are medical personal that heal the sick but again this is a
talent. Some very famous people don't even know the Lord yet have amazing
talents in the health field,
Gifts of the spirit enable
the gifted person to serve beyond their natural abilities. Where there is
a gift there's usually a natural developed skill to go with it but
not in all cases.
There is the gift of Healing and
then there are medical personal with a developed talent to heal.
Prophecy, is a gift, the ability
to get to the truth and how to figure out when and how to share it.
The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural
gifts and when put together with ones natural ability and working with the
holy Spirit inside, gives us power to serve the body of Christ in supernatural
ways. Humility, should be the center of a christian person and all glory
and praise should be given to the Father, remember all the gifts are just
that, gifts from him to the body in order for us to do his work.
"John 14:12 Jesus said, "I tell you
the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He
will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
Many of the gifts of the spirit are
laying dormant because of growing knowledge in this fast paced world we live
in and also people are falling away in droves from the real teachings of
the bible. In the coming days though they will once again awaken, for the
word of the Lord to be fulfilled.
And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters
shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see
And also upon the servants and
upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the
heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.
Paul lists nine different gifts
of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 12:4-11:
Wisdom - 2 Pet. 1:19-21, 3:15;
2 Tim. 3:16-17
Knowledge - 1 Cor. 13:8
Faith - 1 Cor. 13:2
Prophecy – 1 Cor. 12:29, 13:8;
Eph. 3:5; Acts 21:9
Distinguishing of Spirits - Acts
Healings - Acts 3; 1 Cor. 12:30
Miracles - Acts 20:9-11; Acts
Tongues (different languages)
- Acts 2:7-8; 1 Cor. 12:27-30; 1 Cor. 14:13-28
Interpretation of Tongues - 1
Are the gifts for the belivers
today? yes and again I say Yes!!!
Open up your hearts and spirit to
the teaching of the word of God, the bible will lead you into all truths.
Psalm 31 l “God, you are my refuge
and defense; guide me and lead me as you have promised. Keep me safe
from the trap that has been set for me; shelter me from danger. I place
myself in your care. You will save me, Lord; you are a faithful God.”
Satan, has always from the very beginning,
set traps for the believers but the promise of God is,
"If the Lord delights in a man's
way, he makes his steps firm;
though he stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his
hand." [Psalm 37:23-24]
we thank you for your Holy Spirit,
that you didn't leave us in this world to fumble around on our own but
gave us the Holy Spirit as
our teacher. We pray dear Lord for tender hearts to receive that teaching
and to help in anyway we can to build up the body of Christ. Give us
supernatural strength Father, that we might fight the good fight of
faith and run the race that you have set before us. Help us never to be a
stumbling block in the path of other christians but bring us into your perfect
will.. being aways mindful ,that you are the giver and the taker, nothing
we do as christians is through us alone but through your mighty power. We
ask in the name of your son Jesus Christ to him goes honor and praise, Amen.
"Waste of power is a tragedy. God
does not waste the great power of his Spirit on those who want it simply
for their own sake, to be more holy, or good, or gifted. His great task is
to carry on the work for which Jesus sacrificed his throne and his life--the
redemption of fallen humanity."
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