Friday, November 1, 2013

The Ministering Gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church # 13

1 Cor 12:4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
:5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.
:6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Prophesy means divinely or Godly inspiration, utterance, concerns past, present and future.
Speaking forth the mind and counsel of God.
God gives the gifts to whosoever He will.

Just because God gives you (or someone else) a prophesy doesn't mean they are a prophet.

Songs, poems, exhortations, admonitions, warnings, teachings call all bring forth prophesy,

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

1 Thess 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.
:20 Do not despise prophecies.

This may be the reason if you have gotten a prophesy and not shared it.

1 Thess 5:21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.

Judge the prophecy.

1 Cor 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Num 11:26 But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad.

Eldad means God has love.

Medad means beloved friend.

Moses said he wished that ALL could prophesy.

Is 1:16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,
:17 learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow

This was exhortation.

:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool,
Here he was encouraging them.

:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
:20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken,

This was about the future and a warning.

Isaiah dealt with past, present and future.

God always gives His people a choice – He doesn't FORCE you to do anything.

Is 14:24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand:

:27 For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?”

Deut 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,
:16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
:17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them,
:18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.
:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

Throughout the bible God gives choices.

Josh 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Deut 28 gives choices and consequences. Blessings and curses.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
:4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and was and who is to come from the seven Spirits who are before His throne.

Revelation is the greatest prophecy ever.

Rev 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

We know the gospel because one man was obedient and spoke out what God told him to.

If you have the Holy Spirit you are eligible for the gift of prophecy.

Acts 19:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
:2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
:3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John's baptism.”
:4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
:6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

1 Cor 14:39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.

1 Cor 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.

Let things be done in order.

1 Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

1 Cor 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

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