'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Welcome back, my friends.
Now that you have had the time to review the posts on 'the Fruit of the Holy Spirit', and 'Spiritual Disciplines', let's continue today, September 3, 2019 and Thursday, September 5, 2019, in our series - 'Spiritual Gifts'.
[For those who are just joining our little Bible Study Community here on-line, see 'On 'Spiritual Gifts', Bi-monthly Tuesday/Thursday Series, Post - Preface, July 23, 2019, here in the Welcome Room'.]
Continuing Post 1, August 6, 2019; Post 2-AM/PM, August 8, 2019; Post 3-AM/PM, August 20, 2019; Post 4, August 22, 2019.]
On our Posts 5, 6, this week, September 3, 5, 2019, as the Lord wills, let us start to study to gain some insight into the 'flesh versus the Spirit', in a cautionary manner. Then, we will gain information on 'The Seven Motivational Gifts'. Let's get started.
The Seven Motivational Gifts
For all believers receive the indwelling Spirit, but at certain times, there will come a 'special anointing', it seems, empowering a believer in more powerful ways for some specific service or task. Some refer to this as a fresh 'baptism of the Holy Spirit'. Thus, there will be differences in the way these gifts operate in those who are give such 'special anointing', as the Holy Spirit deems necessary for accomplishing what the person is to accomplish, as known by the Holy Spirit.
Remember, the Early Church that Paul shepherded was almost entirely composed of people who had received the baptism in the Spirit. Hence, he would have had in his mind the way these gifts look in the lives of people who know Jesus by faith and are also anointed with the Spirit’s power.
"If prophecy, in proportion to our faith."
People with this gift usually know it and are eager to cultivate it, because if can bring with it enhanced opportunities to experience the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit. Prophets have a burning heart for receiving specific words or visions from God which will bring clarity to individuals or churches.
Clarity comes by calling people to repentance, pointing out their sin; or through sharing visions, restoring lost spiritual sight. If those with the gift of prophecy have not yet received the baptism in the Spirit, their emphasis will be more on the Word of God, than specific words from God. If in the flesh, people with this gift may lose the New Testament tone of grace, becoming hard and judgmental.
"If service, in our serving."
The Amplified Bible calls this “practical service.” That’s the proper note. The person with this gift is always noticing things of a practical nature that will help an individual or the church, and then throwing themselves into the fray to get the job done. It’s been said that love is an active verb; certainly these are the ones who put feet to their prayers. That is if they haven’t slipped into the flesh. The danger here is leaping, before praying, and thereby taking the lead away from the Lord. This can lead to misguided efforts, feeling unappreciated or burn out, if left to the flesh. Pastors always appreciate the gift of service (not necessarily that of prophesy!) and they can and should help these good hearted workers learn the ways of wisdom. If this is your gift, try to remember that seeing a need isn’t always a call of God—it may be a call to prayer instead.
"The one who teaches, in his teaching."
A teacher’s focus is different than a prophet’s in that their concern is more for the whole counsel of the Word of God with a willingness to leave the individual’s response to conscience. Prophets are more inclined to “zero in” on specifics and seek to close the deal. In our day a great line is drawn between preaching and teaching, but not in the Bible. Jesus’ “preaching” was called teaching and so was that of the apostles—it’s one of the main things they were known for. 'And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.' [Acts 2:42-43 ESV]
Teachers with an anointing will teach truth in order to elicit the saving transformation they know that particular truth can bring. Teachers in the flesh are focused upon get the “head knowledge” right.
Thank you for returning this afternoon, for the remainder of our discussion, that you may have all the
information to study and review for the next two weeks, with our Mutual Teacher, the Holy Spirit. [John 14:26]
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