Spiritual gifts part 2 by Pam Winkle

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spiritual Gifts part 2 by Pam Winkle

If you did not read part 1, here is the link.

Pam continued teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, speaking on each of the gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 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.

A WORD OF WISDOM – This is an utterance coming from the Spirit, not from your logical mind. You need the ability to judge this correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on your knowledge and understanding. Examples of Words of Wisdom are the Wisdom Literature in the Bible: The books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. In the Old Testament, the best example of a “wise man” is King Solomon.

1 Kings 10:4-8 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”  Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

A WORD OF KNOWLEDGE – something in the now, helps us to know what to do with the Word of Wisdom. Knowledge is the truth or facts of a life that a person acquires either through experience or thought. The greatest truth that a person can possess with the mind or learn through experience is the truth about God.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

This cannot be gained by unaided human reason.

Job 11:7 Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?

Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

It is acquired only as God shows Himself to people – in nature and conscience.

Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold;  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Romans 1:19-20 …because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

In History or providence

Deuteronomy 6:20-25 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?’  then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers. And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.”

Daniel 2:21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.

and especially in the Bible.

Psalm 119 (look this one up it is the longest Psalm in the Bible, but sure teaches us about the benefits of the Word of God – HM)

Revelation 1:1-3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,  who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 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.

FAITH – this is special faith, raising dead kind of faith. That paralyzed man WILL get up off the bead.  This is from Brother Hagin’s BIBLE HEALING STUDY COURSE:  Hagin knew this gift was operating in his life, he says that the gift of faith is also a supernatural endowment by the Holy Spirit whereby that which is uttered or desired by man, or spoken by God, eventually comes to pass. In other words, when this power gift is in operation, you believe God in such a way that God honors your word as His own and miraculously brings to pass whatever you believe or say. Hagin spoke of Smith Wigglesworth special faith – under his ministry, at least three different people were raised from the dead. In his book, EVER INCREASING FAITH, Wigglesworth related one instance of his neighbor being raised from the dead.

The Weymouth translation of 1 Cor. 12:9 calls this faith special faith because every believer already has faith. Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

For example, there is SAVING faith, or faith to receive salvation, which is also a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, The faith by which you are saved is a gift of God, but it is given to you through hearing the Word. The Bible says, Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But the gift of faith is distinct from saving faith. The gift of faith is the supernatural manifestation of one of the nine gifts of the Spirit. The gift of faith is a gift of the Spirit to the believer that he might receive a miracle, whereas the working of miracles is the gift of the Spirit. (One gift receives something, the other does something). But these gifts are very closely related. We’re just differentiating between them for the purpose of defining them.

This gift of faith is also distinct from the FRUIT of faith that we’re taught about in Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Faith is a fruit of the Spirit, but the kind of faith mentioned here is faithfulness. The fruit of the Spirit is for character, but the gifts of the Spirit are for power. A fruit is something that grows. So faith, faithfulness, is a spiritual fruit that grows in the life of the Christian to establish him in spiritual character. The more we abide in Him, the greater the fruit. He produces His character, likeness, in us so that we become human embodiments of His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. The gift of faith, however, is given supernaturally by the Spirit of God as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. Romans 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; Fervent means boiling or bubbling.

So you see, three are different kinds of faith. Saving faith comes before salvation, and the fruit of faith comes or develops after salvation. But the manifestation of the gift of faith comes after the baptism in the Holy Spirit as the Spirit wills.

Remember, the working of miracles employs faith that actively works a miracle, but the gift of faith employs faith that passively expects a miracle as a sustained or continuous actions. There may not be anything that the person sees at the moment to confirm that he has his answer. But special faith will carry over a long period of time. In other words, its manifestation can be sustained or continued for the purpose of receiving a miracle.

HEALINGS – they have nothing to do with miracle science. This gift of the Holy Spirit is supernatural. It comes by laying on of hands, anointing with oil, or sometimes just speaking God’s Word in faith! So we not only believe in natural healing, but we also believe in supernatural healing. The Bible is full of examples of gifts of healings in operation – delivering the sick and destroying the works of the devil in a person’s human body – especially through Jesus’ ministry. However, it must be pointed out here that Jesus ministered (fully human) as a prophet anointed by the Holy Ghost. Notice, for instance what Jesus said of Himself in the synagogue, reading from the Prophet Isaiah.  Luke 4:18-19The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. Then, Peter says in Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Jesus never healed anyone until after He was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power. He healed them the same way anyone else would minister to the sick today – by the anointing of the Spirit or the manifestation of the gifts of healings.

The gifts of healings are not referring to gifts to individuals to bless them personally. They are ministries of healing that are give to some in order to bless others. Ephesians 4:8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”  Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,  In other words, these gifts are not given to bless you, but to bless others. It’s a ministry. 1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Hagin says, “The gifts of healings are supernatural manifestations of the Spirit that are manifested through someone to someone.

MIRACLES – a divine intervention in the ordinary course of nature.  Examples in the Old Testament are when God parted the water for the Israelites, when He saved Israel in Egypt through the Passover. God revealed His character, and the Israelites were convinced that God was working for their salvation.  Exodus 12:13-14 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. Miracles were expressions of God’s saving love as well as His holy justice.

Miracles in the Old Testament are connected especially with the great events in Israel’s history. I am giving you some of the examples and where you can find them in scripture – some of the passages are long, so you need to check them out for yourself).
* The Call of Abraham – Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram:  “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
* The Birth of Moses (Exodus 1:1-2:22)
* Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:1-14:31)
*The giving of the Law (Exodus 19:1-20:26)
*The entry into the Promised Land (Joshua 3:1-4:7)
* The miracles are for salvation but God also acts in history for judgment (Genesis 11:1-9), the plagues of Egypt showed God’s sovereign power in judgment and salvation (Ex0dus 7:3-5)
* One unusual miracle was the recovery of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:1-21; Isaiah 38:1-21) as well as the miracle in Jonah and Daniel. God revealed Himself through the spoken and written Word.
* Miracles in the New Testament – when in prison John the Baptist sent some of his disciples to Jesus to see if He was the “One to come” (Matthew 11:3) Jesus told them to inform John of what He had done: “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear,a the dead are raised and the good news is preached to the poor.”  (Matt 11:5) with those words, Jesus declared that His miracles were the fulfillment of the promises of the Messiah’s kingdom as foretold in Isaiah 61:1,  Isaiah 35:5-6  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. Miracles were signs of the presence of the kingdom of God. Matthew 12:39  But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
* The Acts of the Apostles is a book of miracles.  These miracles are a continuation of the miracles of Jesus, made possible through the Holy Spirit. The miracles of the Apostles were done in the name of Jesus and were manifestations of God’s salvation. Acts 3:11 Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.
* God began His church with a powerful display of miracles. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came on the people with great power. (Acts 2:1-13), leading to conversions Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. When Philip went to Samaria, the Spirit of God anointed him with power. (Acts 8:4-10).
* Miraculous powers were also present in the apostles. Peter healed a lame man (Acts 3:1-6), a paralytic (Acts 9:32-35), and raised the dead (Acts 9:36-42). Peter was miraculously released from prison. (Acts 12:1-11_.
* The lists of the gifts of the Spirit in the NT show that miracles were one of the means by which believers ministered to others. (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-10; 28-30; Eph 4:11)

PROPHECY – Speaking things you don’t know, an utterance, a fragmented part of knowledge. Predictions about the future and the end-time special; special messages from God, often uttered through human spokesmen, which indicate the divine will for mankind on earth and in heaven. Prophecy was technically the task of the prophet. But all truth or revelation is prophetic, pointing to some future person, event, or thing. The full panorama of God’s will takes many forms; it may be expressed through people, events, and objects. Historical events such as the Passover anticipated Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  as did various objects in the Tabernacle, including Manna (John 6:31-35) and the Inner Veil. Matthew 27:51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split. Hebrews 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Prophecy may also be expressed in many different forms through the prophet himself, whether by his mouth or some bodily action. The prophets received God’s messages from the voice of an angel (Gen. 22:15-19), the voice of God, a dream (Daniel 2), or a vision (Ezekiel 450:2).
* The prophetic speech might range from the somber reading of a father’s will (Gen 49) to an exultant anthem to be sung in the Temple (Ps. 96: 1, 13).
* Sometimes a prophet acted out his message symbolically. Isaiah’s nakedness (Isa. 20) foretold the exile of the Egyptians and the Cushites.
* Hosea’s marriage symbolized God’s patience with an unfaithful wife, the nation of Israel.

DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS – seeing in the spirit realm. A gift of the Holy Spirit that enables a person to judge whether one who speaks in tongues or performs miracles does so by the power of the Holy Spirit or by a false spirit (1 Cor. 12:10; distinguishing between spirits.) The Apostle Paul suggested that a person led by the Holy Spirit will be concerned for those things that strengthen the Church (1 Cor. 14:12, 26)

GIFT OF TONGUES – The Spirit-given ability to speak in languages not known to the speaker. This is not your prayer life tongue, when we’re baptized with the Holy Spirit, the initial evidence is speaking with tongues, but that’s not this – this is in a meeting God wants to talk to us, supernaturally, things we don’t know – heaven is giving us a message to earth. The gift of tongues is to be exercised with restraint and in an orderly way. People who speak in an unknown tongue are to pray that they may interpret (1 Cor 14:13) Or someone else is to interpret what is said. Only 2 or 3 persons are to speak, each having an interpretation of what is said. Each is also to speak in turn. If these criteria are not met, they are to remain silent (1 Cor 14:27-28). The gifts of speaking in tongues and their interpretation are to be Spirit-inspired. Paul also points out that tongues are a sign to unbelievers. If these guidelines are not observed, unbelievers who are present will conclude that the people of the church are out of their minds. Speaking in tongues is a genuine work of the Holy Spirit.

THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION – The ability to interpret what was said. We need to know what God says.

Since these gifts are gifts of grace, according to Paul, their use must be controlled by the principle of love.

Pam then handed out the following sheet called QUESTIONS ABOUT SPIRITUAL GIFTS – she gave scripture references.  I will look them up for you.

Who operates them?  1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 11 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. Verse 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

1. PURPOSE – To confirm the Word of God
Mark 16:17-20  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
John 14:12 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
Acts 1:1-8 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
1 Corinthians 1:7  so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 12:11, 28-31 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills Verses 28-31 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?  But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

Matthew 17:20  So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 21:22  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

John 3:34  For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
Romans 15:29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
Acts 5:12  And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
Acts 14:9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,  —  “He discerned he believed the gospel and had faith to be healed. Paul evidently had all the gifts of the Holy Spirit of 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Paul had the fullness of “the blessing of the Gospel of Christ” Romans 15:29.” (Source, Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible)

Acts 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. – First New Testament Fulfilled: Acts 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Old Testament Saints had many experiences and blessings as followers: they were filled.
Exodus 28:3 So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.
Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Exodus 35:31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship,
Old Testament saints had gifts and fruits of the Spirit
1 Kings 3:12  behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.
1 Kings 17:1-2 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
2 Kings 13:20-25  Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back; and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD, and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you,  but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the LORD said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’” So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back.  When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse. And there, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road, and the lion standing by the corpse. Then they went and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.

5. CAN GIFTS BE MISUSED? YES: Solomon – vanity of pleasure
Ecclesiastes 2:9 So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.
Numbers 20:7-13  Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.  Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the LORD, and He was hallowed among them.
with Deuteronomy 32:48-52  Then the LORD spoke to Moses that very same day, saying: “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, across from Jericho; view the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel as a possession;  and die on the mountain which you ascend, and be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people;  because you trespassed against Me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Wilderness of Zin, because you did not hallow Me in the midst of the children of Israel. Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. God never changes His mind about the gifts and the call He has given you.

1 Corinthians 14: 3-6, 12, 17, 26  But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.  He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.  But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching? Verse 12 Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. Verse 16-17 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?  For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified. Verse 26  How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
Romans 12:3-8 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;  he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

1 Timothy 4:14  Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

1 Corinthians 12:31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Mark 16:15-20  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Acts 10:38  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Romans 1:11  For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—

Praying that your day is blessed. I am so grateful that spring is near, snow is melting.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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