"Jerry retired Trucker- Author- Ph.D. in Philosophy/ Life Coach from Kingdom Ambassadors Global Univ. & Currently MHC Life University"
Introduction to the Nine Spiritual Gifts
Saints, this message is one that is so needful in the church today but sadly ,many church leaders believe and preach that they were done away with after the death of the Apostles. Beloved, these carnal leaders claim that we are living in a era of the new testament church where the gifts are no longer needed stating that the Spiritual Gifts are a thing of the past and are not for our day? My argument would be if they were for that day and not for our day, then where is the unification and harmony of the body?
Beloved, the gifts of the spirit can be a supernatural blessing used by God's Holy Spirit to both prepare and equip a chosen man or woman of God to become effective in the call on their life to serve humbly in the Lord's kingdom.
Saints of God. the primary purpose why the Holy Spirit gives these nine spiritual gifts to the church is for “edification” which means to build up. Beloved, edification is a building term meaning to raise up a structure to completeness for the purpose of dwelling in it.
Beloved, Ephesians 4:10-16 states that the five fold ministry was given till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ that we be no more children tossed to and fro etc.
Saints, looking at all the moral decay and unrest that can be found in some churches today, may I ask you some very important questions which should give light on where we are on God's time table?
Beloved, looking at all the moral decay and unrest that can be found in some churches today that claim they are experiencing a move of God, "have we reached the stature of being a perfect man or can we with honest hearts before God, declare that we have come into the unity of the faith?"
Beloved, the second question that I would like to ask is, "where is the harmony of walking and working with other believers regardless of their race or creed including the color of their skin."
Saints we have many men and women today claiming to have a call on their life but they have no desire to submit to the authority God placed over them?" Many of these men and women claim to hear directly from God and do not need to be accountable to anyone but my argument would be, who is judging what they are putting forth as revelation from God's Spirit which is a total disregard of scriptures stating other wise and sadly these teachers have people that will swallow their lies tooth line and sinker.
Beloved, God did not call us to be an island to our self for if he left us to ourselves, we would self destruct. Saints the word states in 1Corinthians 14:29 "And let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the rest judge." Saints, don't shoot the mail man delivering this warning from God, because listen beloved, I got some more mail, and we can start by going to "Acts 20:30 "also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after themselves."
Dear saints of God, to make a bold statement that the gifts ceased with the Apostles, is making a bold declaration before all creation that our God who never changes, is Holy in character and deed, gave an imperfect gift which beloved, borders on the thin line of total blasphemy.
The Need For Spiritual Gifts
Saints, it is relevant that the church today is lacking in unity and is beginning to look like the world as members want a weekend experience where they leave more entertained than elevated. There is no fellowship with other believers but what can you expect sitting under leadership that makes no demands on the sinner preaching lukewarm messages that require no sacrifice on the part of the sinner that allows the flesh to stay alive. Beloved, this fulfills the scriptures found in 2Timothy 3:5 "having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away."
Saints, the bottom line to this powerless church is that they want to do their on thing and do not realize that there is strength in numbers thus this end time powerless church functions like a body with some parts missing!!!
Beloved, each of the spiritual gifts listed in 1Corinthians 12: 1-11, are given and empowered by the Holy Spirit who apportions to every man accordingly as He wills.
Saints, did you know leaders who attempt to serve in the body of Christ without the thinking gifts in operation, are like a ship without a sail, because the body is unable to receive the mind of Christ as God would desire for the growth of their ministry.
Beloved, the gifts are needful in our churches because without the speaking gifts in operation, the body is unable to hear the voice of God which is able to bring direction and guidance.
Saints, in my earlier years, I had a church pastor speak to his whole congregation pointing me out telling them that I have a strange feeling that I can communicate with God. Beloved, the pastor went on to say that he believes that the gifts ceased with the Apostles and when he would be required to make a decision, he just kept trying different approaches till he found one that would work.
Saints, after the service the pastor came to me in tears asking if I could do something because over "ninety members" informed him that they would be leaving his church. Beloved, I informed him that he publicly made an attempt to embarrass me but I was not touched in what he did however I did give him a message that I heard in my spirit and that word was, "pastor if God in unable to communicate with his creation then, who called you to preach to which he dropped his head and walked away.
Church, without the power gifts such as the gift of faith, gifts of healing, and working of miracles active in the leadership of a church body, the church will be easily deceived and drift into complacency because they like the pastor I mentioned in the above paragraph, usually have a neglected prayer life which causes them to rely on their forms which have set times for everything that is to take place in their services thus leaving no room for God's Spirit to have free course to meet the needs of the people.
Beloved, in closing let me make a bold but true statement and that is church leaders, you cannot give what you do not have and your members will only be as spiritual as you are because saints, that type of church leadership will not have the power of God at work in it and left unchecked, will soon fall into apostasy.
How The Gifts Operate
Dear saints of God, To begin expounding on how the spiritual gifts operate within the body of Christ, let me make a bold statement, The gifts will not function if love is not present because the Spirit of God is the spirit of wisdom and love because the gifts are given by the Holy Ghost, not men, ministries or churches however God can and does impart spiritual gifts using his chosen person through the laying on of hands.
Beloved, we expounded on the word of God found in 2 Corinthians which states that the Lord gives these gifts to individual believers according to His own will, his purpose and his call upon their lives.
The Spirit of Wisdom
Saints, the spiritual gift we are speaking about here is not natural, or man's wisdom but it is supernatural wisdom that comes as a gift from the Holy Spirit and every believer does not possess it. Beloved, this gift is granted by the Spirit of God for edification ministry in the local church or ministry.
Beloved, this spiritual gift is a word of wisdom from God that is to be operated in the public gathering of believers for their edification. Beloved, this gift can be likened to our sovereign God who knows all things and is willing to share a part of his mind with us.
Church, the working of this powerful gift is usually connected to a future event or happening and may also include a warning of a coming problem or harmful event.
Dearly beloved, I can remember in the early 1990's conducting a revival in a meeting in a small town that was located in the Appalachian mountains in Virginia. Beloved, the people attending that meeting did not know me and I remember like it was yesterday praying for a man that needed healing in his legs when all of a sudden, a woman walked by and without warning, the Lord spoke for me to tell her that Her Son was on his way home.
Beloved, I did not add to or take a way from the words whispered in my spirit but spoke exactly what I heard to that woman. Beloved, to my surprise, the woman just stared at me showing no facial expression on her face. Saints, the next night that same woman stood up and asked if she could testify which when through with her testimony, an outpouring of God's spirit flooded the entire church.
While giving her testimony, the woman informed us that her and her husband had been searching for their son who was in the military for several months and were not able to locate him and she said that after the man of God told me last night, "the Lord says our son was on his way home," I thought he was an idiot and as I was telling my husband about this loony man of God, the phone rang and it was our son already on an airplane making his way home.
Dearly beloved, I remember another incident while preaching that took place while I was preaching at a truck stop chapel which later caused me to receive a phone call that blew my mind. Beloved, I did not know it at the time, but a driver that was entertaining thoughts about committing suicide inside his truck, decided to put it off and come to my meeting to see if he could find a reason to live.
Beloved, I remember pausing in my message and gave him a word of wisdom followed by a word of knowledge. Saints, the words echoing in my spirit were, "God says if you will put him first, your wife will come later." Beloved, the man went home, looked up his pastor and put God first in his life asking him for work to do in the church.
Beloved, his wife followed through with the divorce and some of her people had the law arrest him for molesting his daughters which did not take long for those charges to be dropped as false charges.
Church, the hurting driver continued to make God the King in his life and while they were in the judges chambers deciding how he would provide for their support, his wife fell back in love with him and this man became a preacher of the gospel informing me that now he is one that is dropping meat for others especially those going through depression because it was in that hurting place that the Living God touched his life restoring him to understand that our God can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities because he once had a human soul and spirit like us.
Saints, I have many many more testimonies of how God has used me in these all nine of these spiritual gifts to stop suicides, put homes and families back together including many times bringing fresh outpouring of his Spirit to revive a dying church.
The Word of Knowledge
Saints, we all know and understand that natural knowledge comes through every day life experiences but this gift brings forth knowledge which the Spirit alone knows and can reveal. Beloved, when given by God's Spirit, it can be defined as an utterance of precise knowledge consisting of present things in the now that could only be known by God. Beloved, a person called to operate in this gift could be giving a direct warning to someone or they could be speaking a blessing by imparting information that is only known between them and God.
Beloved, I remember preaching at an ACT truck stop chapel where God chose to used me in this gift. Saints, God kept interrupting my message by showing me visions of a driver seated in the back roll of the chapel looking out a window. Saints, during this open vision, I thought of the old school buildings with the window for outside viewing.
Saints, I paused in the middle of preaching and addressed the man revealing what God was showing me and asked him if he is looking for something going on to mention the window in my vision with him looking out the window like looking for a bird?
Saints, the man ran to the front with tears streaming down his face and gave his heart to the Lord. Beloved, after a few minutes making things right with God, the man turned to face all of us exclaiming with excitement that while I was preaching, he was praying asking God if he is real that he will show Guardian Angel (my trucking name) that he is looking for something.
The Gift of Faith
Saints, the gift of faith is both a gift and Fruit of the Spirit defined as Love, joy, peace, forbearance, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control which is meekness as listed in the book of Galatians 5:22-23.
Beloved, the fruit of the Spirit in our life matures as we walk with God however the gift of faith comes instantly and usually at times of great impossibility which calls for us to believe God to a greater degree to meet the need.
Saints, the Gift of Faith will usually be manifested through people being healed and needing a miracle. Beloved, this gift is not one that can be worked up through our fleshly emotions but is a powerful gift that is enabled by the God's Spirit to edify the body. Beloved, It can be likened to the the Adrenalin surging through the body of a woman giving her the strength to lift a two thousand pound automobile off of a young child. Beloved, we can operate in this kind of faith when the living God gives us a word usually when everything looks hopeless and there is no possible way out of the situation.
Saints, our God usually does this through his Spirit quickening a scripture to us from the word of God or what I call a whisper behind the word. Beloved the blessed Holy Spirit will cause a right now word to come in our spirit or sometimes he will cause a scripture in the word of God to stand out above the others. Saints, which ever way or method he choses to use, we can rest assured given that even if things get worse instead of better, if we hold on in faith, God will turn our situation into a miracle
Beloved, the bottom line is this: the gift of faith in full operation is when God who spoke all things both seen and unseen into existence, makes the decision to loan us his faith which has no restrictions or limitations for if we faint not in the trial, God will cause Spiritual law to over-ride natural law and give us the victory promised.
Gifts of Healing
Saints, the gift of healing when in full operation by the Spirit of God, will deal with every manner and form of sickness including brokenness concerning the physical body.
Beloved, this powerful gift includes the healing of all manner of mental affliction including demon possession. Beloved, some operating in this gift can be used of God to heal certain parts of the human body and usually have more success in those areas. Saints, that is why this powerful gift is listed as gifts of healing which means it can deliver and set free working to heal more than one problem in the body.
The Working of Miracles
Saints, the working of miracles is a manifestation of the divine power of the Holy Spirit in accomplishing things which could never be accomplished by any other means.
Beloved, those specially chosen by God to operate in this powerful gift have been used of God to raise the dead, beloved, it is where evil is judged, and extraordinary things happen which have and effect in nature including the natural realm around us.
Beloved, I have had God use me in this gift and I am called into the working of miracles. Saints, let me be quick to say that in myself, I am not able to heal anything neither am I able to control this gift however there have been instances where unexplained things have taken place with me and those around me such as alarms going off in buildings, phones charging themselves being witnessed by more than fifty people all over the United states which causes me to shake my head at the extreme power of God our Father.
The Gift of Prophecy
Beloved, the Gift of prophecy is restricted to edification, exhortation, and comfort as found in Ephesians (14:3). Saints, Prophecy is a Gift of the Holy Spirit that is granted to any member of the local body and its main defining purpose is to bring edification to the body. Dear saints, we must immediately distinguish this gift of prophecy from the gifted ministry of the prophet as defined in (Ephesians 4.11.) Saints of God, a modern day prophet is one of the offices listed in the fivefold ministry that can be defined as a specially called and gifted man that operates through the leading of God's Spirit in the body of Christ, whose so purpose is to bring direction to the body. Beloved, a prophet’s ministry may entail future predictions including guidance however this man is usually gifted in singing combined with a teaching and preaching ministry.
Discernment of Spirits
Dear saints, those chosen and ordained of God to walk in this gift, are able receive supernatural revelation of things by the Holy Spirit which could not otherwise be known or revealed. Beloved, those chosen to operate in this powerful gift are granted the ability through God's Spirit to accurately discern the spirit that is present and operating in their midst. Saints of God, did you know that those blessed to operate in this gift are enabled to see Angels and Demons when they are present. Beloved, the person blessed to operate in the discerning of spirit are also gifted to discern the calling and gifts upon someone's life.
Divers Kinds of Tongues
Beloved, the saints of God that are supernaturally enabled to operate in this gift are able to instantly speak in a language that they have never been taught or known. Beloved, the ones operating in this gift usually do not know what they are saying neither do they know the meaning of what is being said, however when interpreted by another gifted person through the “interpretation of tongues” a message is brought forth to the edification of all that will receive it.
Saints, we must be able to distinguish between the gift of tongues which is intended to be manifested in public gatherings for the edification of other believers which must be interpreted each time by a person operating in the gift of public interpretation of tongues and not be confused from the tongues granted a spirit filled believer which is an initial outward sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit that is used for personal edification of the spirit filled saint of God.
Beloved, the gift of tongues and its companion gift which is public interpretation are often misunderstood and misapplied, and beloved, it is no surprise that they are often called “the least of the gifts.” Beloved, this phrase is used to degrade and hinder those exercising their gift to speak in tongues that those present that are just starting out in their walk with God, might be inclined to presume the words “the least of the gifts” must be located somewhere in the Bible but dearly beloved, I will tell you beforehand that there no scripture throughout God's Holy word making such a statement.
Dear saints of God, let it be known that not one of the precious gifts of God’s Spirit should ever be deemed “less that the rest and did you now that there is also a manifestation of this gift that enables a person to speak affluently in other languages without having ever learned or studied the languages which beloved, is an awesome demonstration of the Spirit of God at work in his church which serves as an outward sign to the unbeliever.
Public Interpretation of Tongues
Dear saints, this special gift of the Holy Spirit always works in conjunction with the gift of “divers kinds of tongues” and always follows it because beloved, this gift is not a translation of what is being spoken but a divine revelation of the word that is being given which may not always be interpreted by those gifted as hearing the same words but when interpreted, they will always have the same meaning which is usually spiritual edification for the church which could be a warning or even a word from the Lord that they need to change direction concerning finding the will of God for their church.
Beloved, we just completed a course on the workings of the spirit and how they are used of God to bring edification to the body of Christ but one thing we must remember is doing a study on the spiritual gifts is that these gifts function best in the atmosphere of believers walking in Love.
Saints of God, this fulfills the 11th commandment given by Jesus stating that "we should love one another" for he said this commandment supersedes all the commandments and the prophets therefore beloved, the most excellent way of being used in the spiritual gifts is to practice extending love which is an action word, the motivating factor and governing influence in our lives and ministry.
Beloved, the gifts of the spirit are a supernatural blessing by the Holy Spirit to prepare and equip a man or woman of God for effective service in the Lord's kingdom.
Saints of God, anyone can tear something down but it takes someone with energy and a strong determination to be a Kingdom Walker and Kingdom Builder!
Beloved, are you one that is quick to point out a problem but never stay around to help find a solution or are you one that is willing to devote your time and resources to see the work go on and win souls?
Dearly beloved, before we go further in this study, we need to ask ourselves this very important question? Do we want church in the norm where we attend meetings, sing songs, sometimes testify, hear some preaching and go home feeling more entertained than elevated or do we want a place where God manifests himself by the supernatural power of the Holy Ghost? Beloved, if we are satisfied with Church from a natural perspective, then God will pass us over and find someone who hungers for his supernatural character and power who will not be satisfied until they are refreshed from on high.
Saints, I know people that have preached that the gifts of the spirit have been replaced by love, and that love does away with the necessity for the gifts of the spirit. Beloved, they preach that Love is the putting on of the full armor of God and each weapon listed is love, but my question to this assessment would be, "have you ever loved on the devil to defeat him?"
Beloved, Love was never meant to do away with the gifts of the spirit, but was in fact intended to put their use into proper perspective because the Gifts of the Spirit must operate by Love and it is important that every Christian discover and develop the spiritual gifts that have been bestowed on him or her by God for the edification of the body of Christ to which God spoke in the first chapter of Ephesians that he has given him to be head over all things to the church which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
The Spiritual Gifts Are To Be Desired
1. FOR OUR SATISFACTION
Dear saints of God, knowing and using your gifts will give you an understanding of the unique and indispensable ministry you have been called to accomplish in the body of Christ, it is where you will discover a significant part of your purpose for being on this planet and realize that God has made you competent to produce something that will last for eternity. Beloved, you will have a sense of fulfillment and joy in the service of others as you become an available instrument through which the Holy Spirit can work.
2. FOR EDIFICATION OF THE CHURCH
dear saints, knowing and using your gifts will lead to the edification of other members of the body of Christ and beloved, as you exercise your spiritual gifts, you will play a substantial role in building up other Christians including leading them into maturity.
3. FOR GOD’S GLORIFICATION
In closing beloved, the principal thing in life is to get wisdom and understanding therefore may we get knowledge and understanding from these scriptures 1 Peter 4:10-11, and may we receive wisdom to use these spiritual gifts whose sole purpose in the body of Christ is to bring glory to God as we present our bodies before him as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to him which is just our reasonable (spiritual) service understanding that what we have sacrificed is no longer ours but his that he may leave his hand print and signature through our life to touch others.
Saints, the gifts of the Holy Spirit do not belong to us, we do not operate them, we only manifest them as the spirit wills and is allowed to operate in us. beloved, God desire is for every Born again Believer to be filled with his spirit and operate in the spiritual gifts.
Beloved, you have to be faithful to use what you’ve already received, God will never give more to someone who doesn’t use what they already have. Saints, without the Gifts of the Spirit in operation in our church, we are not an accurate representation of the new testament church showing forth the power of his grace that is within us. Beloved, let us realize that these powerful Spiritual Gifts not only find their source in the Holy Spirit but are pure bestowments of the grace of God.
1Co 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Dear saints of God, let me say something that the world seems to lack today and that is beloved, Life matters because God personally knows us and because we are his greatest creation. Beloved, we find all through scripture that God has honored and used common ordinary people.
Beloved, all of our accomplishments, commitments and even dying for our faith amounts to nothing if Love is not present therefore our desire and motive should be to show forth a love for God and his people that people can visibly see the change that God has made in our life.
Beloved, people can tell when you actually love them and they can tell when love is not present. saints, God gave us a command to love people and it was not a suggestion however beloved, God will never command us to do something that we are incapable of doing because love is something we can control and when all of the things in which men glory in fade and pass away beloved, love will still be found standing for God is Love.
Beloved, when we see ourselves the way God sees us, then his Love will mature and perfect us for if he cares about the sparrows, he cares about you. Saints of God, I am speaking about the people who are lonely, the ones facing feelings of rejection, the widows who have lost a partner and yes the one on death row facing the death penalty.
Beloved, these hurting, depressed people looking for a reason to live need to know that God is Love and not only is he love, but he is the very essence of love. Saints, do you remember the movie of the unicorn featuring a wild white horse with a horn protruding from its head and the little innocent girl that was able through her passion and innocence was able to tame that wild horse, because something about her made that wild horse want to be near her?
Dearly beloved, just like the humble innocence of that little girl, the passion of Christ through his suffering, death and ascension, is able to tame the wildness found in the church, therefore may we soon accept and realize that we are his greatest creation that is created in his image and likeness and he desires for us to accept his signed free pardon for our sins and come running to him with all our needs.
Dear saints of God, we have been given the greatest commission and the freedom to preach the greatest news on earth and that news my friends is that God cares so much for fallen humanity that he sent Jesus to pay our sin debt with its penalty being death that he might raise him up for our justification that we may be declared Holy in him and be adopted into his royal family as sons and daughters of the most-high God and that dear friend is one worth living for. A-men
Be Blessed and Be A Blessing
Jerry W. Hulse Ph.D.
Miracle Life Church International
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Jerry W Hulse (author) from Kingsport, Tennessee / Philippines on March 16, 2015:
Thank you ms dora
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 05, 2015:
"The greatest of these is love." And the way we demonstrate that love to God, to the organized church, to individuals is by operating in the gifts we have been assigned. This is very practical, easy-to-understand presentation on spiritual gifts. Thank you.