Did you know that faith is even a gift? In a season of gift giving, we would be well advised to step back and look at God’s gift to us. I never even understood this or even that I was operating in them. When we are born again, we get a measure of faith, and a measure of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit ramp that up and we are to desire them, but love is essential. God desires us to have spiritual gift, He gives good gifts to His children.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given and determined by Him, and they are meant to work together for the good of all, that is important to remember and never be jealous of someone’s gift. As Paul teaches, there is speaking in tongues, it shows that you have the gift or baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is different from Baptist baptism or Catholic sprinkling. This is what the Bible calls John’s baptism, Jesus was baptized and then the Holy Spirit came on Him. I wondered if Jesus spoke in tongues. He did speak Hebrew and Aramaic and probably other languages. I could not back that up with a verse. But there is Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, He groaned with a loud voice and the Spirit helps us to pray when don’t know how with groanings. So there it is maybe He did, maybe not.
Many people fear this gift because of the power and that they’ve heard, it’s demonic. The devil tries to copy everything, he has a counterfeit. He’s a fake and a phony. That’s why when those receiving Christ as Lord and asking for this gift are often asked to renounce the devil and all they were affiliated with. He will not be saying Jesus us Lord. Look at the way, the demon Legion addresses Jesus, even the devil says “if you’re the Son of God”. Let me further explain that if you feel fear, it’s not Jesus scaring you, He loves you and wants you to have every good and perfect gift. I hope this clears up some things about gifts. Faith, extraordinary faith to receive a miracle is also a gift. Great faith is a gift.
Sometimes I have had verses come to me to e-mail someone/message or gift of wisdom. My mother has had the gift of knowledge come to her, just knowing what to do. I once awoke thinking angels were there, and then said “if you are devils leave in Jesus name, they left. That is discerning spirits. Remember, he will try to trick you. Speaking in tongues is for everyone as a personal prayer language to build up yourself. Speaking in tongues in church should be orderly and should be interpreted. He will also let you know what you are saying, if you ask. Personally, I don’t mind if i don’t know. I know people who know who they are praying for and in what country. Unless, it’s super important to me personally, I just thank Him and move on because I pray a lot of intercession. You are able to pray for people as He leads you to, so be sure to pray as you feel His urging. It could be a matter of life and death.
If you have the gift of the Holy Spirit and can speak in a prayer language, please remember to do so on a regular basis. I am guilty of not using this gift enough, letting it slip can let let enemy move into your life. I heard of a man who had neglected his gift and was suffering panic attacks,when he prayed again, they stopped. It is the most powerful weapon in your arsenal against the devil. Don’t let him move in with fear, doubt or sickness.
The Holy Spirit will talk to you about the past, present and future. Praying tongues is a gift you can do at will, He determines the others. You must not delve into the occult practices, thinking it’s the same. It is not!!! Just as people have died for not discerning the body of Christ ( Communion ) correctly, you can find yourself not discerning spirits correctly. You can’t take someone’s demons and get rid of them, you cast them out in Jesus name. Remember, the group in the Bible that got beat up were not qualified. And yes, there are people who can work miracles, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Creative miracles, I know of at least one person in a service where an arm was restored. I would expect to see more of this before His return.
If you study and grow, the Holy Spirit, will help you overcome more and more. I truly hope I mad this study easy for you. Be very blessed and think on the things of God. He is the best gift giver. He gave us Jesus. Rebecca Jones