The Gifts Part 28
During the past few days I’ve been getting a few of the ‘God doesn’t do that anymore’ comments directed toward the blog, and an anonymous individual even went so far as to say that I was teaching heresy because I still believed the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit were for today, and that they operate among believers.
I’ve been trying to find some way to open the eyes of such individuals to the reality of what it is they are saying, and how utterly powerless we would be if in truth the Holy Spirit were no longer present and the gifts of the Holy Spirit no longer operated, and as I pondered these things I came to the realization that if indeed the gifts were no longer among us, then this would mean that the enemy has more power than the children of God do.
The Word is clear that there are false prophets, false signs, false wonders, and it is likewise clear that the time will come when these impostors will show such great signs as to deceive if possible even the elect. For the life of me I cannot understand how someone would choose to believe that though the enemy has the power to perform signs and wonders, though the enemy has the power to prophesy falsely, the children of God no longer have access to the true gifts, to true miracles, to true signs and to true wonders.
If we were to believe this, it would be like believing that God predestined His children to fail, to be victims, to be vanquished, to be utterly decimated by the enemy’s onslaught, or taken prisoner through deception and various other means the enemy employs in attempting to turn the hearts of the people away from God. I believe in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit not only because I have received Him, and felt Him, and seen the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work, but because the alternative would be believing that a loving God sent His children out on the battlefield weaponless, powerless, without strength and absent direction.
Sure, we still read the scriptures about being more than conquerors, about being given the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, about being given authority over demons, or power to cure diseases, even the one about being given power when the Holy Spirit has come, but we either refuse to believe them, or they ring hollow in our hearts.
There is a self-perpetuating cycle that many people have been caught up in, wherein because they do not believe they do not ask, and because they do not ask they do not receive, and not having received that which they never asked for because they did not believe, they discount the Word of God, the person of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit altogether.
The day is fast approaching when we will need to walk in the authority of God and to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, just to stand, just to remain tethered in truth, just to continue walking the narrow path of faith. We will need all the gifts of the Holy Spirit operating within the church, because within these gifts we discover the power to which we are entitled, and the authority in which we ought to walk as redeemed and sanctified saints, and it is a power and an authority which we will need to possess if we hope to stand in the coming days. This at least is my understanding of the words of Christ when He said, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive if possible even the elect.”
We are at war, and the war is only going to intensify. In order for us to overcome, in order for us to be conquerors, in order for us to be victorious rather than vanquished, we must possess and wield all the weapons we have access to through the Holy Spirit, among which is also that of the discerning of spirits, which will go a long way in keeping us from being deceived. Although I would love to jump right into the gift of discerning of spirits because it will be vital in the days to come, next on the list of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of the working of miracles, and it is this gift that we will be discussing today.
Once again, when discussing the gift of the working of miracles, there is a tendency to lump this gift together with the gifts of healings, but as Paul points out, and definitively so, they are two distinct, unique, and individual gifts.
The gift of the working of miracles is unlike the gifts of healings in that it is usually an event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature, rather than the restoration of one’s physical body. There are countless examples of miracles, both in the Old and the New Testament, beginning with the great flood through which only Noah and his family were spared, to Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt, onto Moses who cast his rod to the ground only to see it transform into a serpent, to the ten plagues, which were events inexplicable by the laws of nature, to Elisha’s floating axe head, to the overly used widow of Zarephath’s meal being multiplied, there are well over sixty events that can be classified as miracles just in the Old Testament alone.
Proceeding further into the New Testament, we bear witness to Christ’s first miracle, that of turning water into wine during the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, and from that point forward we see the gift of the working of miracles operating often in the life and ministry of Christ Jesus.
Miracles have always existed, as the Word of God bears out, but the gift of the working of miracles was something made available to the children of God upon the advent of the Holy Spirit and the individual distribution of the gifts as He saw fit.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.