The Holy Spirit (part three of three)

After Christ’s resurrection, He visited the disciples and said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)”

The Greek word used here is “Exousia” which literally means delegated authority. When Jesus did this for His disciples, He was delegating the Holy Spirit’s gifts and power onto all Christians from that time on!

Fast forward to Acts chapter 2 and we read about transformational power falling on the disciples through nothing other than prayer and unity.

Paul writes a lot about the “gifts of the Spirit” and includes 9 specific gifts in 1 Corinthians. However, he also writes about gifts in Romans 12 and uses the same Greek word which is “Charisma.” To me, this means that the list in 1 Corinthians is not an exclusive list. I also believe that all these gifts are available to all Christians as long as we earnestly seek God’s wisdom.

The reason I believe this is because in 1 Corinthians 14, we read that we should “eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit” and 2 Timothy 1:6 says to “fan into flame the gift of God.”

I believe it is up to us to seek out the gifts that God has in store through the Holy Spirit. These gifts are for the edification of the believers and I fear that many Christians are failing because they do not recognize the power that is within them (Romans 8:11)! I believe your natural passions, abilities, and desires are great clues as to which gifts God wants to use in your life. Seek God for wisdom and He will reveal His gifts to you (James 1:5)!

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The Holy Spirit (part two of three)

Romans 8:12+13

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”

The above scripture seems to make a good case that we have a CHOICE in how we live. Most of us know about the “fruit of the Spirit” listed in Galatians 5.

LOVE-love is a verb, when we choose to love others, we won’t be envious, we wouldn’t commit adultery or the other previous sins

JOY-joy is a choice, it is not situational

PEACE-peace is a state of mind, trust God for peace amidst your storms

FORBEARANCE (longsuffering or patience)-sometimes we just stand!

KINDNESS-a warm heart, a listening ear

GOODNESS-being generous

FAITHFULNESS-being reliable

GENTLENESS-teachable, not being superior

SELF-CONTROL-not falling into temptation easily

It is rare that we hear the rest of the chapter which states, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:24+25)

Have you crucified your flesh? Are you regularly CHOOSING to keep in step (walk in line with) the Spirit?