God is so GOOD!
He tells us things just before we need to know them. He blesses us with incredible blessings just when we need to be blessed. This cycle or process of giving and receiving from God can be put on steroids. Did you know that?
This last 6 posts (See all previous posts below.) we have studied the amazing gift of holy spirit. Our gift of holy spirit is also called our inner man. It is our connection, our “download”, or how we talk and communicate with our spiritual Father and how He communicates with us, once only body and soul but now we are also, spiritual children of His. He had to bridge that gap between us, and He did that through His son Jesus Christ. Today, I want to continue our in-depth study of “HOW” it all works using examples from the Bible. I’m going to ask you to pick out the manifestations of the gift of holy spirit as we go along. See if you can see them all.
Read along with me.
“[Act 10:1-48 KJV] 1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian [band], 2 [A] devout [man], and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for [one] Simon, whose surname is Peter: 6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. 7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; 8 And when he had declared all [these] things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance (another interpretation of trance is got a mind picture), 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice [spake] unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common. 16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.”
WOW! What preface to one of God’s all-time coolest phenomenons! Here Cornelius is a devout believer in God, but he was not born Jewish. In the Old Testament laws Jews could not commingle with non-Jews, also called Gentiles. YET, an angel came to Cornelius and told him to seek out a Jew named Peter. Now, why did Cornelius need an angel to communicate with him? Because Cornelius didn’t have the gift of holy spirit yet. There was no “link up” for God to show and communicate with him one-on-one. Peter on the other hand had the “link up”. So when he was on the roof top he received all kinds of information from God. Okay, so what manifestation did Peter operate?
YUP! Word of knowledge. Good!
What happened next?
“17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean,…”
Ha! Peter doubted. That wasn’t God. It was Peter. God gave perfectly perfect information, Peter muddied it with his own doubt.
“…behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate, 18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. 19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. 21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what [is] the cause wherefore ye are come? 22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. 23 Then called he them in, and lodged [them]. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped [him]. 26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. 27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”
Do you have goosebumps? I do! What manifestation is this last sentence? Word of Wisdom, YES! So good. We ask God what is going on, then we ask what we should do about it. Peter found out not to call anything or anyone common or unclean.
Okay, I’m at my usual word count stopping point. I keep thinking I should continue through the chapter so you can see all the manifestations in this case in Acts 10. Yes, this post is longer than usual again, but I know there are those of you out there who are hungry for the whole enchilada.
Where were we? Oh yeah, God is showing Peter, there’s a new way of doing things now.
“29 Therefore came I (Peter) [unto you] without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? 30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of [one] Simon a tanner by the sea-side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.”
“34 Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”
“35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36 The word which [God] sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37 That word, [I say], ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, [even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God [to be] the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”
Do you see the manifestations? The Gentiles spoke in tongues, they received the holy spirit just like the apostles had in the beginning. PHENOMENAL!
When Jesus Christ used the power anointed on him by God to do good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, God was with him. That is the same power we have today. Jesus used seven of the nine manifestations because speaking in tongues and tongues with interpretation were not yet available. Not until God poured them out in Acts chapter 2. Acts 2 and the Day of Pentecost gave us our present day package of salvation, eternal redemption, and all nine manifestations. Before God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and He paid for this package of wonderful-ness, none of it was available. Before, Jews and the Gentiles were separated all the time, they could never commingle. Now, in today’s time, it’s a moot point. God loves us, the individual, and the gift He poured out is a far bigger individual deal than anything He ever had done before. In fact, it was so big, that if the devil would have known about it, he never would have murdered Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:7-8) Basically, the power Jesus had, went viral! Of course, the devil wouldn’t want that. And once the “Gentiles” got ahold of it, there was no going back. The Gentiles had a taste of God that had never been available to them in the history of mankind. They could now speak in tongues. They could now have healing power. They could now pray and believe for miracles. NO way this is staying quiet. Ha!
Look at this description.
“For if the firstfruit be holy, (the Israelites) the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, (Gentiles) being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (the gift of holy spirit)” Romans 11:16-17
Paul says here that the olive trees God started with were holy, the Israelites, but then He grafted in these wild young sucklings (Gentiles who never had it easy in the world) to that fat plump olive tree and the wild grew with the tamed. Then the wild grew even more because now it’s partaking in such rich goodness.
Sometimes, I think this is still happening in churches today. There are the “Churched” fellowship who are used to all “the ways and traditions” of today’s Christians. Yes, they are still sick. Yes, they only get patchy results with God, and maybe they even have a broken heart that was never mended, but they go to church every Sunday. Then, you let some of this WILD, amazing and accurate truth in on the group. Individually, those branches either break, or they bend. If they bend, they’ll grow. If they grow, they’ll never be weak again. When they grow, they become the devil’s nightmare. Yep, strong, relentless, faithful believers who never let him get away with tricking them again.
What will you do? You’ve seen the truth. Maybe it’s all still grappling for explanation, but you’ve seen it and in your heart you know what’s true. Like that sheet God lowered for Peter, He’ll lower truth gently, peaceably and with pureness to you. If you’re struggling right now to understand what God gave you with your spiritual body, just relax. Ask Him. You are in complete control of your walk with God. But IF you’ve read along here, you’ve also hunger greatly for a deeper understanding of it. Now is your time. Now. Now. There is no greater time to believe God and His Word. There is no greater moment to seize. Now is. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn’t here yet. All we really have is NOW.
Speaking of tomorrow, lol… On our next post we’ll go through more of the power and more of the revelation manifestations. Until then, I leave you with this one statement from Jesus Christ.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12
God bless you today!
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