THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Before we talk about Spiritual gifts, let’s talk about How God leads in this new testament and before we talk about How God leads, we must know the person of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is not a thing, He’s not a feeling, He’s not a dove, He’s not a fire but He can manifest Himself using all these.

The Holy Spirit is a person (John  14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that HE may abide with you *for ever*

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth HIM not, neither knoweth HIM: but ye know HIM; for HE dwelleth with you, and shall be in you).

1 John  3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that HE ABIDETH IN US, BY THE SPIRIT which he hath given us.

After knowing He’s a person

And we must know He’s the one present here on earth

He’s everywhere at the same time.

 We now move to how God leads
 Is there any difference BTW Holy spirit and Holy ghost?
 Its d same

 OK…understood

It’s just like saying God is great or God is mighty
 So we’ll move on to how God leads

And this is where I’ll like to dwell more

But how well you function in these gifts is determined by how well you can hear the voice of God.
*But how does God leads?*.

Until you know how God leads His children, you may never function properly in these gifts.

You can’t define the Holy Spirit, you can only describe Him, Based on His function

And personality

 – The primary way God leads His children is through the inner witness (Rom 8:14,16; John15:15; 10:4,27). 

*A times the voice of God speaking to your spirit may sound as if its coming from outside and a times it may be a still small voice.

 – The word: the word of God is the voice of God. If you don’t accept it, you may NEVER hear His leading voice in other areas.

 – Audible voice(this is rare but He does. And those who are called into certain ministries may receive their lunching out through His audible voice ) it’s like someone standing right behind or before you and speaking to you very loudly). Anybody can also be led by this way but in this dispensation, God leads more thru d inner witness

 – Vision(open vision, trance and dreams).

– Jesus may decide to pay you a visit by Himself. 

– Angels :He can choose to send an angel.

– God speaks through circumstances.

 – He speaks through association. Saul came in the midst of prophets and he began to prophesy. Some prophets and teachers were ministering to the Lord and the word of God came “separate unto me Paul and Barnabas. There are certain things you will NEVER know or see or experience until you associate yourself with certain believers.

I have been personally blessed this way beyond measure.. By your connection to this group, there’s an anointing that God can release on you if only you can believe. Coming in contact with some people can activate the voice of God over your life.

 There’s power in association, there’s a release on you when you connect with the grace God has given to someone else

 So the next thing we’ll look at is *How do you know what you’re hearing is God speaking?*

 First, it is very possible to bear the voice of God, because you’re a spirit, u have a soul and living in a body

 Everyone born of d flesh is flesh and everyone born of d Spirit  is spirit

God is a Spirit, if u are born again, U are a Spirit. Jesus said, my sheep HEARS my voice. So the points listed above is how God speaks but How will u know if its of God? It is possible to doubt if its God speaking wen you don’t have a relationship with Him…

 I’ve found out that some people got it right on time  while others have to build their relationship and covet it before they grow into hearing Him more. Whatever comes to u from God must:

– It must agree with the word of God. Even if you see Jesus in a vision, whatever He will tell you is ALWAYS in line with His word. Remember that the devil can appear as an angel of light, so you must test all spirits whether it be from God or not. I’ll advice that you should NEVER seek experiences if you’re not worded, seek God, He’ll give you experiences.. Some people have sought experiences and because of little knowledge of the word, the devil entertained them by familiar spirits. So whether you’re worded or not too worded, seek God by spending time with His word.
– It must bear witness with your spirit.

– It will always be to the glory of God

 – it will bring peace, God won’t condemn u, He can instruct u in order for u to repent..
So that’s the first phase of the teaching
The gifts of the spirit (charismata) are spiritual abilities given by the Holy Spirit to bless you and make you a blessing to others. These are not talents but special endowment by the Holy Spirit ..

Every believer has a gift whether they know it or not

1Cor. 12:1

    “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you to be ignorant” The major reason why we lack real and consistent manifestation of these gifts is due to ignorance. Ignorance means to lack experience and practical understanding or to ignore through lack of desire or interest.

– Believers must not remain ignorant of the Gifts of the Spirit, their proper use and their purpose.
 Other reasons why we don’t see them in manifestation is because of lack of love, unity, our motives are wrong, lack of humility, etc.

Sometimes when someone wants to function, the people rejects them and say “they have demons”. Yes there are counterfeit but we can’t because of counterfeit neglect the original.

But these gifts are free

They cost you nothing…. But growing in them will cost u something, I’ll tell u what that is before the lecture is over.

1Cor 12:7

“ But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal i.e every one born again and filled with the Holy Spirit has gift or gifts whether they know it or not”

Note that, this is not talent. God has given everyone a talent whether believers or unbelievers but the gifts are given ONLY to believers..

If you’re hungry and thirsty for more of Him, He’ll lead you to know how to get it and how to increase and maintain the flow. And after this message, a very vital word of instruction will be given if you must have more manifestations of these gifts and make heaven at last. Because there are many who will have these gifts and end in hell. You remember what Jesus said ” MANY WILL SAY, WE CAST OUT DEVILS IN YOUR NAME, WE DID THIS AND THAT, AND JESUS WILL SAY, DEPART FROM ME FOR I NEVER KNEW THEE”.

 It is one thing to be blessed by God and to be used mightily and it is another thing to stand before Jesus after your journey on earth to hear Jesus say “my son, well done, thou good and faithful servant”.. 

Remember, God can use anything including animals to bring to pass His purpose, so don’t think God has given you the gifts because you’re special. Everyone in the body of Christ has a gift whether they know it or not “the manifestation of the Spirit is GIVEN TO EVERY MAN…”

Note that, 

– A gift is not something you work for, it is what you receive. It is grace and they are simply received by faith and these gifts does not show how spiritual a man/woman is.
– The problem with these gifts not manifesting is not from the giver(God) but from we (the receiver), because The manifestation of the Spirit is GIVEN…..1Cor12:7. So we’re the ones who have problem receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit..

Pls u can see the lists of the gifts in 1cor 12:7-11

The gifts of the Spirit are divided into three parts:
(to be continued….)

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WHAT NEXT?

SO, I’M BORN AGAIN,

WHAT NEXT?

Congratulations friend. for having taken the bold step to salvation, by accepting Jesus Christ into your life as your Lord and Saviour. Now you have entered into the main stream of our Lord’s order of salvation, by confessing Jesus with your mouth and believing Him in your heart. (Rom. 10:9-10) Congratulations once again.

But it does not end here! There is more to remaining alive in Jesus than just being saved. You need to be sure that you are alive indeed, and you have to remain alive, always, through constant nurturing. We don’t give birth to a baby today and then leave it to itself. Definitely not. If we do that, the baby would die Instead. we care and nurture it with food and other essentials of living, so that it grows into a strong adult.
However, you need to be rest assured that all your sins are forgiven (Heb. 10:16-17) and you are thus a new creature (II Cor. 5:7) in Christ. Therefore, give no room for fear or doubt into your mind, for the devil will want to confuse you that you are neither saved nor forgiven and so you can’t just live the true Christian life.

How then can you live for Jesus? You need now to abide in Him and grow (John 15:5). How then do you grow in the Lord? Friend, Christian growth comes only through faith in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:11) (II Cor. 5:7). Now that you believe you need faith to live, to stand and to grow absolutely in God (Heb 11:6) To grow therefore, you have to diligently follow these steps:

G- Go to God dairy in prayers (Jn. 15:7) “if you abide in me, and my word abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”.

R- Read God’s Word (Your Bible daily (Joshua 1:8) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shall meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein for then thou shall make thy way prosperous and then thou shall have good success.

O- Obey His commandments stated in the scripture. (Jn. 14:21) “he that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

W – Witness about Christ to others who are yet to know the joy of salvation i.e. Through your words and deed. (Mark 16:15-16) “He said unto them go ye into the world and preach the gospel to every creature he that believeth and is baptised shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned”.

Dear friend, growth is what you need now that you have been born again (1 Pet: 2:1-3). You cannot, as a Christian, afford to remain stagnant in the faith (Heb. 5:11-14). The more you know about Christ your Lord and Saviour, the better for you. What is more, if you do that biding of Christ, your Lord, He will relate to you as His friend (Jn. 15:15) “hence forth I call you not servant for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth but I have called you friends for all things that I have heard of my father l have made known unto you.

So, why not just throw everything unto Christ and serve Him with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength, and it shall be well with you.

LIFE BRIEF

Our life is a journey. The world is the great spotting, The ship or the ark is the church (Ecclesia), in it we have full security our destination is the Jesus Glory. What do we need to carry safely to our port of destination, every man’s life being spend on earth as a tale that is told oh for all our days are passed away in thy wrath oh yes we spend our years as a tale that is told (Ps. 90:9-10), a very soon cut off life and we fly away oh very short time we have here on earth therefore repent from pursuing worldly ambition.

Why do you want to wicked someone to get (make) money in this evil world? oh life is brief yes life is like a shadow for we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our father: our days on earth are as a shadow and there is none abiding (1 Chro. 29:15) all the days of man’s life Spendeth as a shadow? oh, all his days is vain life so why do you want to fail to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord, God and Savior Today: because our days are swifter than a weaver: shuttle and are spent without hope (Job 7:6) except you be born oh I say except you be born of water and of the spirit… . except you again repent, except you eat/drink Jesus flesh-Blood or all ye shall likewise perish can’t you repent from Worldly ambition and stop worrying yourselves life is like hurrying messenger (Job 9:25), oh our days are swifter than a post; they flee away, they see no good because man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble (Job 14:1-2) he cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and contiuneth not. oh as far man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field. (Ps. 103:15) for the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the place therefore shall know it no more Ps. 103:18 for a man shall die (lsa. 51:12) and the son of man which shall be made as grass in the morning it flourisheth, and Groweth up in the evening it is cut down, and withereth (Ps. 90:6) for all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass, the grass withereth, and the flower there of falleth away 1 Pet. 1:24 the grass withereth, the flower fadeth because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it, surely the people is grass oh all the success of Solomon in all his glory was not arranged like grass of the field means grass is more glory than Solomon so why do you want to perish because of the vain glory oh yes our days here on earth is only a handbreadth in extent and our age as nothing oh man everyman at his best state is altogether vanity, that would soon be cut off like a weaver’s web (Isa. 38:12] all your success and beauty here on earth is like a vanishing vapor. What is your life? it is even a vapour that appeareth, why do you want to perish because of all the vainglory as like a vanishing vapor whereas ye know not what shall bee on the morrow success a like weaver’s web beauty as like a flying shuttle riches as like a shadow shelter. Oh everything a like hurrying messengers that soon that is why bible command us not to love the world and all things that are in it (1 John 2:15-17) repent from the sins of loving the world even the things that are in the world which are the lust of flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. oh don’t agree to die second death so don’t toil and moil always for 3/5 man’s need.

FIRST: 3 first man’s need– lust of eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life.

SECOND: 5 Second man’s need — 1. self actualization, 2. esteem need, 3. Social need, 4. security and 5. psychological need.
Why do you agree to get these 3/5 man’s need and lost Jesus Christ the LORD and the savior kingdom, oh you can only seek Jesus kingdom and reject all
3/5 man’s need 3/5 Hierarchy of man’s need (Matt. 6:33). Luke 14:26.

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of the Almighty Jesus Christ the LORD and the savior is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark. 1:15). i.e Birth, Death, Burial, Resurrection, coming back again and His everlasting fathership.

The time is fulfilled for blotting out of the old covenant (Col. 2:14-17). and making and sealing of the new covenant (2Cor. 3:6-15). (Gal. 3:13-25), (Heb. 7:11-28), (Heb. 8:6-10), (Heb. 10:1-18), (Eph. 2:14-18), (Matt. 26:28). Oh sir/ma, repent (Matt. 4:17), (Luke 21:31), Matt. 10:7), (Luke 13:1-5) and become converted (Matt. 18:3) and be born again (John 3:3) and be born of Water and of the spirit (John 3:5) and eat the flesh of Jesus Christ and drink His blood (John 6:53) and hath an exceeding the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees (Matt. 5:20) and fully abide in Jesus Christ and finally become His follower and him to make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19).
Jesus Christ is the Lord God of Heaven and earth.

Yes. Jesus Christ is the LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS (Neh. 9:6), (Isa. 44:24), (Rev. 4:11), (Rev. 19:13, 16).
The LORD is God (Deu. 4.35. 39). The LORD He is the God (I King 18:39),
God is the LORD (Ps 18.31), (Ps. 118.27). The LORD our God is one LORD,
Jesus is the one LORD God (I Cor. 8:6), (John 20:28, Mark 12:29).
Jesus is the LORD God (Luke 2.11).

WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED

DON’T MAKE THINGS WORSE THAN THEY ARE

You must never worry about whether you are lucky or unlucky.

You can’t control your luck, but you can control your decisions and therefore dramatically, affect your luck. Our attitude or state of mind determines the decisions we make. One decision determines the next. In the end we either lose or win. A possibility thinker says, “It may be difficult, bit is possible “. An impossibility mind says, “it may be possible, but it is too difficult”. So, be positive to win the race

You can also embrace these things:

  1. Listen to godly music
  2. Read an encouraging book
  3. Trust and obey
  4. Stand firm Eph. 6:10-18
  5. Do not murmur
  6. Cast your case upon Him 1Pet. 5:7
  7. Be not be troubled trouble 1Pet. 3:14
  8. Pray fervently 1Thess. 5:17, Mark 1:35
  9. Don’t accept evil destiny / fate 1Kings 3:21, 27, 1chro. 4:9-10
  10. Present your case before God. 2Chro. 20:3, 4, 20

You might have exhausted your human strength and skill while combating crisis of life, you, may not know what to do in your prevailing predicament situation, but I assure you total victory by His grace. A life without Christ cannot have victory, Christ makes the difference.

KNOWING AND FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE

TEXT: JEREMIAH 29:11-14

INTRODUCTION
Knowing your purpose in life can be one of the most elusive things in life and very difficult to define. For many, knowing their purpose means being successful. It may seem that when you reach the place you have defined as success, it was not success at all. When this life is over, we will find that success is simply the fulfilling of God’s plans for your life. Ultimately, success for the Christians is fulfilling God’s plan for our lives and when this life is over, hearing “well done my good and faithful servant”.

HOW TO KNOW GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
(JOSEPH (GEN. 37:5-9) AND DANIEL (DAN. 1:8,6))
Here are some of the ways by which one can know God’s purpose for his life :-

SEEK GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART (1 KINGS 8:61): For you to know the purpose of God for your life, you need to seek Him with all your heart by following and keeping His commands.

PRAY MUCH ABOUT IT TILL IT IS REVEALED TO YOU (1 CHRONICLES 4:10): Only the prayer life will invite God’s presence and God’s will brings an anointing. It is through knowing God in prayer that He is able to touch man’s condition and give wonderful divine revelations.

IDENTIFY YOUR GIFTS (PROVERBS 18:16): To accomplish the purpose of God in your life, God gives that will help you. So identify your gifts and talents to identify the purpose of God for your life. To identify your gifts and talents, (a) identify those things you are interested in, (b) the things you would naturally do with ease (c) the things you do with the purpose of God for one’s life. (1 Sam. 17:38-40).

THINK DEEP (DANIEL 1:8): To fulfill one’s purpose, you need to think deeper than your mates.

SOME TIPS TO FULFILLING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE (1 SAMUEL 17:26-40)
Don’t underestimate your potential (vs 32-37)
Never throw away an idea just because it seems impossible to you. Give it a chance (vs 38)
Never underestimate the value of an idea. Every positive idea has within it the potential for success if it is managed properly (vs 33)
There is nothing wrong with every good idea. Therefore never reject an idea because you won’t get the credit! God can do tremendous things through the person who doesn’t care about who get the credit (vs 37)
When you are committed to serving, God is committed to blessing you (vs 37)
Never give up believing for it is your faith that will give you the breakthrough you need (vs 37a)
There are those who add to your life, and there are those who subtract from it. Pay attention to those who add to you (vs 28-30)
God does not relate with a man except on the basis of a covenant. Pay attention to your covenant with God and make sure that you are faithful to it (vs 45-47)
You need good-willed people to get to where you are going. Learn to nurture and keep relationships that are clean and rewarding (vs 37)
Respect other people’s feelings and your feelings will be respected (vs 31)
Take a step (vs 40,48-49)

CONCLUSION
For the divine purpose of God to be fulfilled in your life, take note of the things that run through your mind, the things that give you concern, the likely contribution that God wants you to make to the society. Everyone is created to contribute something to the society. The scripture says “you are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by man (Matthew 5:13 NIV).

LIVING IN THE SPIRIT.

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."-Gal. v: 25.

What is it to Live in the Spirit?

It is to be born of the Spirit. It is to have received a new spiritual life from above. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." We may have the brightest intellectual life, the most unblemished moral character, and the most amiable qualities of disposition, and yet without the new life of the Holy Spirit in our heart, we can no more enter Heaven than the lovely canary that sings in our window can become a member of our family, or the gentle lamb that our children play with can sit down at our table, and share our domestic fellowship and enjoyment. It belongs to a different world, and nothing but a new nature and human heart could bring it into fellowship with our human life. The most exalted intellect, and the
most attractive, natural disposition, reach no higher than the earthly. The Kingdom of Heaven consists of the family of God, those who have risen to an entirely different
sphere, and received a nature as much above the intellectual and the moral as God is above an angel.