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
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
– 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
“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.
“ 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…”
– 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….)