|Spiritual Gifts part 2
6 Prophecy: This is not to be confused with the office of a prophet. When the Spirit of prophecy moves on a person, they are able to give a word or revelation directly from the LORD to the body of Christ. The anointing will be very strong, and there must not be any errors. It's very important to wait until very sure the word is from the Lord, before being given. And the spirit of prophecy will not interrupt the anointing on another.
A person can control when to give the prophecy and it must be delivered with the total spirit of God.. meaning the spirit will be of God not railing or nasty. The words may be harsh and warning stern, but the Spirit will be sad and heart broken, not screaming and hateful.
Be very careful of personal prophecies, take them and line them up with scripture, then put it on the shelf and see if it comes to pass.
A friend was telling me of this lady which first of all went to a church class being taught how to prophecie.. they would sit in pairs and take turns giving each other prophecies; which is against scripture. She told my friend that personal prophecies are to be worked out by the person; which is ridiculous and dangerous.
A prophecy may line up with scripture but not have the anointing; in that case disregard it.
This gift will change as time goes on, at least it did with me. It began with a complete sentence coming to me before I spoke a word. The first few times it was in small groups. Then as time went on it was time to give the words in churches, which scared me real bad.. the Lord was so patient with me. Many times I would be too terrified to give the words, and would come home and cry my heart out, I was so ashamed and sad. But the Lord kept working with me and finally I would give the prophesies as He would move on me.
At first, like I said the words would come as full sentences before I would utter a sound; then it began to change, a little at a time. Now after twenty-five years the Holy Ghost will give me one word and at times not even that. The Spirit of God will move on me and I will know to stand up and open my mouth and He will fill me with His words, and He alway does.
Prophecies may tell the future, the past as well as the present. Never go to a person asking for a "Word" from the Lord. This is wrong and dangerous. I have known people which dish the words out as requested, which is false.
7 Discerning of Spirits: This gift will give a person supernatural knowledge which will show them which spirit is in operation at any given time. There are three different anointings: God's anointing, Man's anointing [soulish], and Satan's anointing. Each one can be very strong and can produce various results. A person with the gift of discerning of spirits can tell you which one is working, and whether a prophesy is of God or not.
Our churches are in trouble today because for the most part, they have no respect for the Gift of Discerning of Spirits. I speak here of the gift not the person. For some reason the majority of pastors consider it a threat to have someone tell them which spirit is in operation.
It's a wise pastor that will noticve the one with the gift and keep in close contact with them. Our churches are supposed to be made up of a body of believers, not just the leadership.
I have seen people "slain in the spirit" "falling under the power of God" when the anointing was not of God at all. I'm not saying this is a false thing.. there are those with this gift, and it is a gift. But too many times a person will sense a spirit and go down on their own. I have heard it said that we need to work with the Holy Spirit and fall down.... again I say if it is of God He will knock you down.. But there are false gifts as well as the real thing... and it takes this gift of "discerning of spirits" to tell the body what is in operation.
A person with this gift will frequently have the Word of Knowledge as well.
8 Divers Tongues: Divers means many different. This may be a known language here on earth; although unkown to the individual, or an unknown lanuguage any- where here on earth.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or tinkling cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1
When this gift is operating there must be a person in the body to give the interpretat- ion as given by the Holy Spirit. When this is given, it is on the same level as prophesies.
This gift of Divers Tongues is often confused with the gift of tongues, which is given to believers when they are filled to over-flowing in the Spirit of God. This is the prayer language, not a message in tongues. By the way, we are not to pray in tongues when in the midst of unbelievers of this gift.
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep to himself, and to God. 1 Cor 14:27-28
What is the difference with this gift or tongues and prophesy?
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not; but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelie- vers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. 1 Cor 14:22-25
The purpose of the moving of the Holy Spirit, is to convict and move people into the place of repentence, as well as moving them into a deeper walk with the Lord. These gifts are to point the attention on the LORD God, not on the person giving the words
9 Interpretation of Tongues: As I said above, this gift is to interpret the words given in tongues. This may be from the one speaking the message in tongues or another person. The one with the gift of tongues needs to pray for the gift of interpretation.
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 1 Cor 14:13
I will discuse the subject of Ministry gifts on another page...
I pray that each of you will discover the gifts the Holy Spirit has graced you with, please study these chapters and get better enlightened as to the gifts and how they work... 1 Cor 12-14
One thing I need to comment on here before I finish.. we are told to stir up the gifts.
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 2 Tim 1:6
The spiritual gifts we have been given will mature as we give them room to grow. We need to fan them giving them room; by this I mean : say you have seen demonic spirits moving around or even in a person; do you ignore it, do you run and tell that person he is filled with demons?
No, you do neither, ignore nor run and tell the person of the demons. You pray for that person, fighting for him and asking the Lord what He wants you to do. You fast and pray for that person as the spirit leads you. One thing the Lord has told me... "not to tell what He shows me unless He tells me too". Wait and pray... ask for wisdom , He will give it to you. And be very careful not to pass it around the county.
What goes on between you and the Lord, when a person confides in you or the Lord shows you, needs to stay between you and the Lord only, unless the Lord tells you to share it and with whom. It's important that we are trust worthy to hold what the Lord gives us. Not all Christians care or even want to know the visions the Lord gives us. Let the Lord guide you in all things.
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