Gifts of the Spirit

It’s amazing to be blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Glossolalia – speaking in tongues are well known and respected in some Christian churches.  Some view these occurrences as the wind of God giving utterance in his people.  It can be considered as a dimension of the breath of life.  However such a gift has to be put into its proper perspective.  Some Christians may be carried away, and view these utterances like having a mountaintop power of experiences.  However it must be remembered that the fruits of God are centered in a life of the Spirit.  These gifts can be ecstatic, emotional, illuminating, moral, transforming, charismatic, miraculous, healing, or a religious awakening.

Ayrton Senna (1960–1994), a Brazilian racing driver said, “Wealthy men can’t live in an island that is encircled by poverty.  We all breathe the same air.  We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.”  All gifts come from the same source, and are like the air we breathe.  We must never fall into the trap of making distinctions about what gifts are superior, but must promote what’s good in the church.

Prophetic Utterances

 All gifts are through the Spirit of God.  Prophetic utterances may be in the form of speech or writings.  We know these authentic works because they are expressions of enlightenment.  But the goal of each gift is the same.  It’s meant to proclaim the risen Christ’s power, resurrection, and they are known for their spiritual depth.  Christian devotees of such utterances live a life that’s steeped in prayer.

We can usually tell who these Christians are.  It was Confucius (551 BC– 479 BC), a Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher who wrote, “The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”  There’s an old saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”  Thus, “Show me how people live and you’ll be sure about the fruits they bear.”

Agents of Salvation

 True agents of God are always guided by the Spirit.  In their walk they are impacting, shaping, and transforming lives in everyday places.  They are able to do these things because they were baptized in the Spirit, have the power of discernment, and see themselves as full-time missionaries.  Such believers are prudent, gifted in wisdom, and know what’s right, or wrong.

This doesn’t stop here.  How are they free?  Ramakrishna (1836–1886), an Indian mystic and yogi said, “A man is truly free, even here in his embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.”  People’s freedom and power are therefore manifested through their Creator.

Believers’ Inheritance

 Believers are blessed with sacred hope.  Their service and help are gifts from a loving God.  They may be in counseling and administration, but through their stewardship they are able to give aid, and mercy to others.  They know that in their duties they are propelled by a Spirit of Benevolence.  Their actions include witnessing, and praying.  In their arsenal these attributes are the most powerful weapons.  Many observers know that their spiritual force is animated by the Holy Spirit.  Through whom they are accomplishing, and will continue to accomplish their heavenly goals.

Donald Miller (b. 1971), a bestselling author wrote, “Sunday morning church service is not an enormous priority; spending time with other believers is.”  The lesson we can take away from Miller’s statement is that Christian outreach is more than being in the church, but on the highways, and byways of life.

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