Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:4
One of the great controversies of Christianity is the gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are some “Christians” who will claim you need to be able to speak in tongues as proof you are saved, while others will claim “if you just have enough faith you will be healed”. These claims are all misunderstandings of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
While I believe that speaking in tongues and healing are legitimate gifts of the Spirit, they are not essential to be saved and they are not gifts every Christian will receive. I have never spoken in tongues before and I am saved. There’s a lot of “Christians” who will fake having gifts to prove their salvation, You Don’t Need to Do This! In fact your committing blasphemy lying about possessing gifts from God which you don’t have
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Paul explains everyone has different gifts based on what Gods wills you to have. To say all Christians have the same gift is not Biblical. Just as God has given all of us some sort of talent, God has also ordained us believers a specific gift of the Holy Spirit. What is your gift? You’ll have to figure that out with God, however I will tell you this you do have a gift!
One of the most abused areas in Christianity is false prophets and teachers pretending to have gifts they don’t possess. Don’t be like them, you are not impressing anyone. Anyone who is truly Born Again can tell you’re a fraud and eventually you’ll be ignored
Rely on the Holy Spirit in everything you do! Don’t just rely on your human talents, God can take your ministry further than you can imagine if you submit to his authority Amen!
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,
JOB 38:4 NASB
For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life? Job 27:8
Heres a great question to ponder that Job stated, what Hope do the Godless people have when they die? The irony of this is when Christians raise their children on the Bible, Atheist will call this “child abuse”. How can we teach our childrens such things are they were handpicked and created by God, that Jesus loved them enough to die for their sins, and if they put their faith in Jesus they can inherit eternal life.
I know all these things are horrible to teach children (sarcasm) however lets take a look at an Atheist point of view that they would teach their children.
- Since the world unknowingly and randomly created itself that we are just an accident
- Since you’re an accident there is no real purpose for your life
- We evolved from apes or fish, nobody is really clear
- When we die we all cease to exist, never to be heard from again
So this is truly what an Atheist would have to teach their children if there being honest with their worldview. We could also throw in since there is no God, there is no morality, there also is no hope of anyone saving you
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
Because of Jesus Christ we as Christians have eternal hope. Jesus is our Living Hope because he has overcome the grave. God knew us before he formed us in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5) , God does have a purpose for your life (Jeremiah 29:11) We were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and God has an eternal Kingdom waiting for us (John 14, Revelation 21)
I rather teach my children to true promises from God rather than the lies of this world Amen!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord .
ISAIAH 55:8 NASB
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Usually when people are living a sinful lifestyle, they will say “ Well God made me this way” or “this is just who I am” these are poor excuses that wont be acceptable on judgement day. The Bible teaches God doesn’t Tempt anyone (James 1:13) So our excuse that God made us this way is wrong. Satan likes to tempt us with sin, so he can trap and destroy us
Some sin may seem to difficult to overcome but God promises that he will provide a way of escape. The first lesson is Jesus taught us to Deny Ourselves (Luke 9:23) when you do this the temptation for sin becomes for minimum because your life is then not about pleasing your flesh but pleasing God
Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:11
The Apostle Paul used Israel as an example, God provided everything they needed, from the Manna from Heaven to the Living Water in the wilderness. However the Israelites continued to live in sin and tempt God even though he delivered them from slavery
Don’t be like the Israelites, don’t throw away your salvation for the temptations of your flesh. Jesus Christ is the Way, the only way to salvation and eternal life Amen!
The Day of Pentecost, a day Promised by our Lord Jesus Christ that was the fulfillment of the Festival of Weeks. This day changed the course of humanity forever, as now the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and among us everyday.
Gods people are no longer left on their own but have the power of God living inside of us. How do we understand or tap into this power as believers is the question? The only way to do this is to understand the teachings of Christ and accept them by faith.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the opportunity to become changed and transformed. We have the power to overcome things we couldn’t do by our own human ability. We can obtain wisdom and understanding beyond human comprehension. And we can obtain sanctification that can develop us more than Christ.
The Holy Spirit is a gift from God that if ignored or rejected probably will be fatal to your soul
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Job 19:25
Job was suffering tremendously, he lost all his children, he lost all his possessions, and he lost his health. There was no reason for Job to ever glorify God or even acknowledge Gods existence. Jobs own wife told him to “Curse God and die” (Job 2:9) However Job did the opposite he declared “My Redeemer Lives”
Even though Job was being persecuted by Satan he knew it wasn’t Gods doing. In fact Job had faith that God would redeem him eventually. How many of us have this kind of faith when facing trials and suffering?
“Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me! Job 19:26-27
Job understood this life is temporary and he longed to see God one day! How many of us focus on the eternal things and not the temporary things of this world? This is the dangers of “Prosperity Gospel”, people falsely believe they will be “blessed” for accepting Christ, is not Biblical
Jesus taught us the opposite, you will face trials, you will face persecution, you might even face death because of your faith. However because we have Christ, we can declare like Job “Our Redeemer Lives” because Jesus overcame the grave, we too will inherit eternal life through Jesus Amen!
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
JAMES 1:3 NASB
You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23
What does it cost to be a Christian? Some might say you just repeat a few word and boom your in the Kingdom of God. But those who believe this don’t understand the transformation that takes place when you become Born Again. They don’t understand the conviction of your sin that pierces the soul and melts the old heart of stone
See becoming a Christian will cost you everything! You were bought with a price, the price is the blood of Jesus Christ. You will have to give up your old life, your old way, your old sins, you wont put in a new cell phone in an old case cover. You wont bake a new cake and put it in a used cake box, you wont You wont build a new house and put in old drywall…point is you don’t put your New Self into an old corrupted body
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
Jesus told us the price to follow him, give up everything! Sin is self-gratification, if you deny yourself your probably going to sin a lot less. If you deny yourself, maybe you will have time to think about God and your Neighbor instead of yourself.
Take up your cross daily, meaning suffering and persecution. Follow Christ on the narrow path not the broad way to hell like the rest of the world. You were bought with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ, the only way to eternal life Amen!
Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? 1 Corinthians 6:2
Heres a thought, do you know during judgement day you will be also judging the world? For all those “Christians” who will say “We don’t Judge” well then your not fulfilling your role as a Saint. Now the Catholic will say, “This is only for Saints” if you are a Christian you are a Saint.
The original Greek word for Saint is “Hagioi” which just means “Set Apart” When you’re a Born Again believer in Christ, you have been Set Apart by the blood of Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit
Now does this mean we should go around and judge everyone? No, Paul is making reference to after the resurrection. When the final judgement is here, the Great White Throne, we will be part of the judgement of the wicked.
Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? 1 Corinthians 6:3
Here is another mind blowing revelation, we will also judge Angels. I know we often think of Angels as Holy Creatures but there is also a lot of fallen angels. Apostle Peter and Judge talk about fallen angels that are currently being held in the abyss waiting for judgement (2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6)
Now if you plan on being one of those judges you need to be worthy of judging. Meaning nobody wants or respects a corrupted judge. Keep yourself free from immorality and sin, wash yourself in the blood of Christ, allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify you Amen!