…it swings on its own hinges.
How many times have we tried to shove, kick, or jimmy the lock on a door that just won’t open? We think, “This is from God, it has to be, look how pretty it is in there!”
How many times have you walked away from that closed-door frustrated because you were sure God was telling to you to go that direction?
I know I have. Accuracy in our “spiritual aim” as Christians can be a little fuzzy at times. In fact, Christians have a bit of a bad reputation. People attribute us with flightiness, un-accountability or worse, so heaven bound we’re no earthly good. What gives? Can’t we have a solid way of obtaining information from God, who knows everything, so we can succeed in life?
The techniques are sprinkled all over the Word of God. These are solid, bank-on-it-strategies. First, you need to know what is available through your gift of holy spirit. Then we need to know how to receive it.
Over the last week, we’ve discussed this amazing, awe-inspiring gift that God poured out on all who believe Romans 10:9-10. God is the giver, we the receiver. God is Holy and God is Spirit. His gift is our own “download” of HIM, His DNA called the gift of Holy Spirit. Now we have access, we have a connection, a USB port for God’s downloads. All we have to do is know how to work the programing. Today, we will go over all the programming. (Note: This post is double its usual length today but by the end you will know more than you’ve ever known about your abilities, so hang in there. :))
When Microsoft allows you to download a program to your computer do they download the entire corporation to you and then take up their new headquarters at your house? NO. They just allow you to use the program software. How well versed you are in that program depends on you.
Imagine your desktop on your computer. Let’s say that desktop is you and your mind. Picture an icon that says, GIFT OF HOLY SPIRIT. Inside that icon you see one more icon named, “LOVE/AGAPE”. Click on the Love icon, inside there are 9 more icons. Each one works seamless together. They are fully executable, functional and integrated into your life. But, you need to know what they all are, and what they do. (Thank God He also included a user manual. ) They are also called Manifestations of the Gift of Holy Spirit. They are our outward manifestation of the spiritual reality going on inside you.
(YOU didn’t have to pay for this download, God already did with the life of His only Son. It’s a very valuable download)
What are they? I’m going to list them and define them then give you the Biblical reference at the end for where they are located. If you’d like to go there in 1st Corinthians 12 you may.
#1 SPEAKING IN TONGUES: Also known as praying in the spirit. This is the second of the two ways to pray. It is called perfect prayer, and it is in the language of men, or it could be in the language of angels. You should be doing this all the time in your private prayer life.
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 14:2
You will not understand the language. Don’t be surprised by that. If it were in your understood language, it would not be a mystery. For a complete explanation of speaking in tongues read this linked document. It gives a full explanation that will have you operating this wonderful gift in no time. This was Paul’s comment about speaking in tongues.
“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” 1 Corinthians 14:18
Should we be doing it? If you want a strong walk with God, yes. If you want to hear God like Paul heard him, YES. And do it more than all the people you know.
#2 SPEAKING IN TONGUES WITH INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES: This is a companion operation to speaking in tongues. You cannot operate this one unless you can do the first manifestation. Interpretation of tongues is usually done in a prayer meeting at the direction of the leadership.
“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.” 1 Corinthians 14:13
The woman or man who speaks in tongues, interprets her/his own prayer in tongues. The interpretation should not be twice as long or short as the beats of the tongue. So if you pause at each sentence in your tongue, naturally your interpretation should be about the same length. The interpretation of the tongue should be into the language you speak and the language a majority of those in the room. (I’m giving you practical information so you can do this manifestation tonight or at your next prayer meeting.)
#3 PROPHECY: Prophecy cannot be performed well unless the first two are already established by the user. You. We must grow and practice each one of these until we are competent and confident at them. This operation comes as seamlessly and easily as the first. Do not over think them, do not try to push your five senses mind into them, just let God work within you. Spirit bypasses the five senses. Just pray and trust that God is working here. There are some guidelines. Prophecy will always be for edification and exhortation. Your words will always either lift and edify the body of believers present or exhort them to a higher stronger stand with God. This manifestation is also performed in a believers meeting where the majority of the believers present are mature believers.
There are two kinds of prophecy. Forth telling, and foretelling. When we operate this manifestations 99 times out of 100 you will forth-tell. By that I mean, bring forth something God wants through edification and exhortation. Don’t complicate this or try to override God. He doesn’t like that. Neither would I if I were Him and trying to edify or speak to an audience of my kids.
#4 DISCERNING OF SPIRITS: This Manifestation is incredibly useful for finding out what is going on in the spiritual realm around you. You must go to God and ask for details. There have been cases where God has tried to get our attention, and we are around someone who just gives us the heebie-jeebies. That is a great time to stop and ask. Here is a definition of Discerning of Spirits.
The manifestation of discerning of spirits is your operation of the God-given ability whereby you may receive from God, by His revealing it to you, the necessary information concerning the presence or non-presence of spirits, and the identity of spirits present, and if evil, whether you may cast them out.
God can also reveal the presence or non-presence of God’s Spirit.
#5 WORD OF KNOWLEDGE: The manifestation of the word of knowledge is your operation of the God-given ability whereby you may receive from God, by His revealing it to you, certain truths or facts concerning any situation about which it is humanly impossible for you by your five senses to know anything.
#6 WORD OF WISDOM: The manifestation of the word of wisdom is also your operation of the God-given ability whereby you may receive from God, by His revealing it to you, what to do about a given situation once you have ascertained the truths or facts concerning the situation.
#7 BELIEVING/FAITH: The manifestation of believing is your operation of the God-given ability whereby you may believe to bring to pass the impossible at your command, accord to what God has revealed to you by word of knowledge, word of wisdom and discerning of spirits. It also inspires believing in others.
#8 MIRACLES: The manifestation of miracles is your operation of the God-given ability whereby you may in the name of Jesus Christ, by the manifestation of believing, bring to pass miracles according to what God has revealed to you by word of knowledge, word of wisdom and discerning of spirits.
#9 GIFTS OF HEALING: The manifestation of the gifts of healing is your operation of the God-given ability whereby you may in the name of Jesus Christ, by the manifestation of believing, bring to pass healing according to what God has revealed to you by word of knowledge, word of wisdom and discerning of spirits.
Here is the list Paul provided us in 1 Corinthians 12. Keep in mind that anything in italics was added to the original text and if it is scratched out will not be changing the Word of God in any way.
“1 Now concerning spiritual
gifts (matters), brethren, I would not have you ignorant… 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal (ALL). 8 For to one (profit) is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 12 1& 7-11
The interpretation of this section by the King James people is in a word…terrible because the gift of Holy Spirit is poured out on all who believe, then the operations of the manifestations are for a profit to everyone who uses them. Why would God play favoritism and give one guy miracles but give the other just speaking in tongues??? That is not the God I serve. That would cause jealousy, strife and division among the children of God. There is one God, one gift of God but there are many uses for that gift. They all work by the selfsame spirit. The King James “interpretation” has also allowed the devil to talk many an able believer out of their abilities.
I know this is a long post this time, but I didn’t want to separate it into pieces. And now you will have a resource that you can print out and copy/ paste into your own study material. I highly recommend that you do study each one of these. God has their uses sprinkled all over the Word.
In fact, next week we’re going to look at example after example of men in the Bible using each one of these manifestations to do what they had to do, including Jesus Christ. You are going to be shocked, amazed and empowered to start using these manifestations in your own life to the fullest of your potential. How many times do you need a healing in a week? How about a miracle or just a door opened from God?
When you begin operation of these manifestations you will see life take a turn for the better, because now you are using the program God gave you the way it was designed to be used. No more wondering, waiting and hoping that God will work in your life. By your operation and free will choice you will see fruit of the spirit and much more everyday.
I officially give you permission to prosper with God.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21
This post gives you a way to know with absolute that you have heard from God and that you can operate His gift. Because when God opens a door it swings wide and on its own hinges. Your Gift of Holy Spirit can show you which door is open to you today.
God Bless You!!!!
Here are links to the previous posts leading up to this post.