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Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Holy Spirit: Power Presence and Purpose Part 96

The Gifts Part 1

It is a natural progression of sorts that from the advent of the Holy Spirit we would continue on to the individual gifts of the Holy Spirit. If the Lord wills it, and I feel led to continue this journey, after we discuss the individual gifts of the Holy Spirit it is possible that we will backtrack and do an exegetical study on the twelfth and fourteenth chapter of Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians, but that particular crossroad is a ways off, and for the next few weeks at least we will be busy with our discussion of the gifts.

Having spent countless hours amassing all the scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit, the work of the Holy Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, having been able to track the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the Word from mankind’s creation onward, one thought that continually pops into my head, is why would God allow so much to be written on the person of the Holy Spirit, having possessed the foreknowledge that at some point it would all be included into what we have now come to know as the Bible, if His presence was to be a brief interlude in the symphony of human history?

We know that God is not the author of confusion, and we likewise know that He does not desire for His children to be ignorant of all that they have access to in Him. If we were no longer given to have the Holy Spirit, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit, why would so many scripture passages be dedicated to these two topics, and why would the Bible encourage us to desire spiritual gifts?

Seeing as Paul outlined the gifts in his first epistle to the Corinthians, tomorrow we will begin the journey of discovering these gifts of the Holy Spirit, discussing them in the order they are presented in the Word.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 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. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Since the word of wisdom is first on the list of the gifts Paul lists, it is with the gift of the word of wisdom that we will begin.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In the time of reading these God given truths and understanding of the scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit, I wish to take a moment and thank our Brother for that understanding and wisdom that God has given him.

These truths run parallal to the scripture, but do not over take the scripture, as the scripture is the ultimate truth. It does not contradict the scripture, as anything that contradicts the script is false.

The 3 times that I have heard Bro. Boldea speak and Bro. Schmidt more, I find interesting characteristics in them that is not found in many churchs (so called body of Christ?) of today.

I have been in many churchs to hear lukewarm and compromised sermons with no power, no conviction of the soul and the saving power of God, to even hear them openly speak against the person and power of the Holy Spirit.

Bro. Boldea and Bro. Schmidt are not afraid to speak openly against sin as God gives them, to the point of a young lady storming out of the sanctuary angrily.

They do not have a large budgets to help support their life styles as my husband says, "to support them in the lifestyle that they wish to become accustomed to", the money to goes to were it is needed and promised.

I have been in mega churchs, after having to make an appointment with them and was asked to speak to one of their 27 other ministers first before meeting the pastor(I declined). While waiting for the head pastor, I had 2 armed guards on me at all times and I expected to have my purse, envelope and Bible searched at any moment. The conversation between them was not about the sermon that had just been preached, but their scores from the previous day at the shooting range. The pastor graciously took the envelope and the word that the Lord had given me. Another minister was angry that I had come to him directly after making an appointment with his secretary, even though he and I worked together at the hospital. More resently another armed police officer stood close by as I spoke to another minister who was annoyed that I had had the nerve to ask to speak with him. Another minister had his appointment cancelled with me and another didn't show after the appointment had been made 3 weeks earlier through his secretary. Each time the minister was given an envelope that contained the Word of the Lord as it was given to Bro. Duduman, Boldea and Wilkerson.

I'm not rambling on , but to make this point- Bro. Boldea and Bro. Schmidt do not have armed guards to protect them from threats, but rather they have the protection from the Lord God Himself. They do not fear man, but rather God.

Thank you both for your obedience to our God and yes, for serving us in your obedience to Him by giving us that word.

Again thank you Bro. Boldea for this so timely Word that is so needed for us today to know and understand God's gracious gift to us through the Holy Spirit.

For all who are sceptical of these writings, for those who are scared or just don't know or understand what is going on in the world today, for those who are searching, and for those who have ears to hear, hear what the Lord is saying.

Your Sister in Our Lord, Nila Yeo