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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Holy Spirit: Power Presence and Purpose Part 105

The Gifts Part 10


1 Corinthians 12:7-11, “But the same 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.”

I wanted to include this scripture passage in today’s post for two reasons. First, because it is the start off point of the entire teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and as such it is wise to reacquaint ourselves with it from time to time, and second because I wanted you to see the next gift we will be discussing for yourself, within the context of scripture, so that when I assert the following there would be no backlash.

The next gift we will be discussing is the ‘gifts of healings’ as Paul writes to the Corinthians. No this is not a typo, it is not a misspelling in my version of the Bible, what has been defined as the gift of healing within the household of faith for many a year, is actually ‘the gifts of healings’ the only gift, other than the gift of tongues, that has a plural connotation within Scripture.

It is doubtless that many a soul need healing in all its various forms. Whether physical healing, emotional healing, or psychological healing, being healed is in essence to be restored to soundness again.

Throughout the Word of God we are witness to various types of healings, performed through the hands of faithful servants of God, as well as by Christ Jesus the Son of God. It is only in our modern day and age, when it has become far easier to take a fistful of pills to mask the pain than beseech God for healing that the Congregation of God has minimized this awesome gift.

Don’t misunderstand me, I do not think doctors are of the devil, nor do I believe they are evil. In fact Luke the man who wrote the gospel according to Luke as well as the Acts of the Apostles was a physician, a doctor, a man of integrity and great wisdom. What I do find frustrating however, is that most believers would rather turn to men first rather than to God, seeking remedies or means by which they could dull the pain rather than believe for returned wholeness and soundness in their bodies. Yes, many believers today would rather seek the counsel of men than a touch from God, and it has become common practice throughout every denomination. Because we so readily run to men, because we never take the time to pray and ask God for restoration and healing, supernatural healing is rarely visible within the church, and because it is so rarely visible within the church many Christians have stopped believing in the power of God to heal, to restore, to make new, and to heal.

‘Well brother, God doesn’t do that anymore.’

How do you know? Have you asked? Have you come before God with sincerity of heart, believing that He is able to heal you, asking for a supernatural touch?

‘Well, no, but what would be the point, God doesn’t do that anymore.’

There is this vicious cycle that takes place within the hearts and minds of some believers, wherein because they do not believe that God is still a God of power, a present God, an active God, and an involved God, they do not ask Him for miracles, they do not ask Him for gifts, and because they do not ask, they do not receive.

It is the perfect definition of spinning one’s wheels, or being caught in the endless loop of a circular ideology from which one can never exit unless they break the cycle and begin to believe the Word of God.

Do I believe that God still heals? Yes, of course I do, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be taking the time to write about it. Do I believe that the gifts of healings are still available to the children of God? Yes, of course I do, otherwise what would be the point in discussing them?

Doubt limits the manifestation of God’s power in our lives, because as we discussed, we must have faith in order to receive from the hand of God those things reserved exclusively for His children.

If the enemy can sow a seed of doubt in your heart, if the enemy can get you to start doubting God’s ability to do miracles, His ability to heal, and His ability to speak to His children then the battle is all but lost, because what we’ve essentially done is erected doctrinal walls so high and wide around our hearts that the Word of God, and the truth of God can no longer penetrate them.

Too often, we are our own worst enemy, and the doubt that we allow to linger in our hearts keep the good things that God has for us perpetually out of our reach.

Because they’ve allowed doubt to worm its way into their hearts, there are men today, calling themselves preachers, and elders, and deacons who believe that the Word of God was exaggerated for effect, that all the miracles that took place weren’t really miracles but the result of some mass hypnosis, and in the end as logical reasonable people, living in the information age, we must do away with all the supernatural aspects of Christ, and embrace His morality, His teachings and His principles.

There was more to Jesus than His teachings, there was more to Jesus than His principles, He was, and is the Son of God, He walked this earth in power and authority, performing miracles, raising the dead, healing the blind, and He promised those who would believe in Him that they would do even greater things than those.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

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