Why Exercise the Gifts of the Spirit? HD

Why Exercise the Gifts of the Spirit? HD

If you come into this
experience and you walk in it, it will bring you
into a new dimension of personal
communication with God. I spoke to you yesterday
about finding your place. I think I challenged some of you
to seek God for your calling. This is one of the
ways that God can begin to direct you
into your place. I have seen people’s eyes
fill with tears of gratitude when God through interpretation
that they received themselves gave them words of
direction for their life. It kind of made God that
much more real to them. It made the whole spiritual
life much more real. I want to begin
by just giving you some scriptural encouragements
to exercise the gift generally. That’s step
number one. The first Scripture is in
1 Corinthians 12:7 and 11. Introducing this list of the
nine spiritual gifts Paul says: But the manifestation
of the Spirit is given to each one
for the profit of all. Notice the gifts are
manifestations of the Spirit. The Spirit dwelling
within you is not visible, cannot be perceived
by human senses. But the gifts that proceed
out impact human senses. It brings the Holy Spirit in you
into relationship to human senses. Though it’s given
to an individual, notice it’s given for
the profit of all. In other words, if God gives
you, let’s say, a prophecy and you’re too fainthearted
to give it out, not only have you
cheated yourself but you’ve cheated the other
members of the body of Christ. You see?
It’s a stewardship, it’s not something that you just use
if you feel like it, for yourself. Your responsible. God may want to speak to
your neighbor through you. He may want to speak
to the whole assembly. He may want to
speak the preacher. So, don’t have
the attitude, “If I don’t feel like it,
I don’t think I’ll do it.” Because,
that’s not responsible. It’s given to each one for the profit
of all, for the benefit of all. And it’s each one. Again, at the end in verse
11 of the same chapter: But one and the same Spirit
works all these things distributing to each one
individually as He wills. All right? Notice it begins
and ends with each one. Paul’s attitude
is each believer is entitled to his
manifestation of the Spirit. But the Spirit decides what
manifestation each one of us will have. And then at the end
of that chapter, verse 31: For earnestly desire
the best gifts, and yet I show you a
more excellent way… Which is, of course, the way
of love in the next chapter. Well, a lot of people
use that Scripture as a stick to beat
Pentecostals with. “Well, love is the
more excellent way.” But that ignores the
fact that Paul tells us to covet earnestly
the best gifts. Love is not a gift,
love is a way, love is fruit. So, if we don’t covet earnestly
the best gifts, what are we doing? We’re disobeying Scripture, see?
Scripture tells us to do it. Let me say what
I said yesterday. The gifts are not
toys, they’re tools. You need them
to do the job. And if you refuse God’s
equipment and can’t do the job, you’re going to be answerable to
God for the job you didn’t do. Then in chapter
14, verse 1: Pursue love… A lot of people stop there
but it doesn’t stop there. Pursue love and desire
spiritual gifts, but especially that
you may prophesy. It doesn’t say pursue love
or desire spiritual gifts. They’re not options
or alternatives. It’s pursue love and
desire spiritual gifts, but particularly that
you may prophesy. Are you particularly desiring
this morning to prophesy? If not,
you’re not obeying Scripture. And then verse
26 says: How is it then
brethren, whenever you come together, each
of you has a psalm, a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation,
has an interpretation? When God’s people
come together, we should not come each
of us merely to receive, we should come each of us
with something to contribute. One of the main ways
we can contribute is out of the gifts
of the Spirit. See,
that’s God’s equalizer. Some people are
naturally gifted, they’re intelligent,
they’re educated, they’re articulate,
they’re not embarrassed, they can stand up and
often speak too long! But, there are a lot of
others who are kind of mousey and they don’t have much
and say, “What can I do?” Well, if it rested on your
natural ability, that might be so. The truth of the matter is God
gives you supernatural ability. Paul says He gives it to
the part that needs it most. You have two
people in a church. One is a doctor, the other is what
we call in Britain a char lady. You wouldn’t know what that
is, but a cleaning woman. In the average non spiritual
church the doctor becomes a deacon, the char lady just
sits in a pew. Everybody knows
that’s her place. But when the Holy
Spirit moves, the doctor is still a deacon but the
char lady becomes a prophetess. See? That’s God’s wisdom,
that’s God justice. If we refuse the
supernatural, we just tie ourselves down to
our own limitations.

8 thoughts on “Why Exercise the Gifts of the Spirit? HD

  1. Really good, especially when the bible commands it. Calvinists don't except it, because they are deceived, 2 Thessalonians 2 v1-10

  2. For the who has, more would be given. But the one who has not, even what he think he has, would be taken away.

    If you believe in God the Father and Christ Jesus, and agree to carry out his will, he will equip you with the Spiritual gift you will need for each task you are doing for the Lord…
    What I mean is this:
    Paul had all spiritual gifts, gift of languages, gift of prophecy, gift of discerning the spirits, gift if healing and miraculous powers, snake bite would not hurt him.
    And yet, he could not heal himself when he was sick – because it was not the will of God.
    He could not heal his friend by his ability to heal but left it to God to decide:
    Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

    Philippians 2:27

    Every true servant if Christ would be equipped with the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God and not fir personal gain… And the servant is able to discern when and how to exercise that gift, same as Paul did.
    He was bold like a lion and a fool for Christ! And if every Christian would immitate him for only 10%, and not afraid to be a fool for the Lord – you would be surprised how many more spiritual gifts you would be given!!!
    Grace and peace from Gid the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, who are faithful in Christ.

  3. When continuationists like Derek Prince, Piper, Grudem etc misuse the terminology of the new Testament gifts and then define them to mean something else, they depreciate the remarkable character of the real thing. They Diminish the glorious way the Holy Spirit worked in the Foundation of the church. If the gifts practiced in charismatic churches today are equivalent to the gifts described in the New Testament then those original gifts were nothing special and so the era was nothing special. Hijacking New Testament terminology and redefining biblical gifts essentially degrades what was genuinely miraculous in what God was doing in the first century. Reformed continuationism aids this misrepresentation.

    1 Cor 14:1 says 'Earnestly pursue love, earnestly desire now spiritual gifts, especially now that you might prophecy'. Why? And why especially now? Because the Corinthians have just been told the gifts won't last forever!

    The scriptures are clear that tongues and other miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit will cease (1 Cor 13:8). All types of Pentecostal churches fail to see that this verse has nothing to do with end time eschatology, but is rather talking about moving towards maturity of knowledge. In the apastolic age Knowledge was given miraculously but piecemeal. Paul's discourse on knowledge alludes to the then current situation as being a child in terms of knowledge and ability to teach, but forsees a time when complete knowledge would be available enabling mature knowledge. And there's no point to such knowledge after you've died.   Paul’s point was that looking into partial, piecemeal revelation was equivalent to looking into an imperfect mirror in that the viewer got only a partial picture of himself. However, after much of the New Testament had been recorded, the viewer could look into a perfect mirror, and thus have the capacity to see himself as God saw him. Thus, face to face refers to the believer’s capacity to see himself clearly through the vehicle of a perfect mirror or the completed canon.

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