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Spiritual Gifts – Part 3

Message Review by Ps Glen FergusonText: 1 Corinthians 12:7  

Every believer has been endowed with spiritual gifts but the demonstration of these abilities requires great sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Ghost.

Fundamentally, when an individual accepts Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and personal Saviour the Holy Ghost who gives diverse spiritual gifts dwells within the person, however it is the responsibility of the new believer to discover their God given talents.

What must the believer do?

James 4: 8 says “draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you…”

When a believer draws near to the Lord, His Spirit brings about the manifestation of what He has placed within that individual!

The Great Apostle Paul understood this principle and he told Timothy his protégé in 2 Timothy 1: 5-6 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 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”

Our text tells us “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” 1 Corinthians 12: 7

The word manifestation simply means to appear, to reveal or to become visible; for something to manifest it must already be in existence! For example:

  • Aeroplanes hidden behind the clouds that suddenly become visible; those aircrafts did not come into existence when they were seen!

  • Dolphins have always existed and live in the deep blue sea however the creatures are only visible when they come to the surface of the waters!

Let us therefore draw near to God and stir up the power and gifts of the Spirit within us.

Notably, love is the key that makes every spiritual gift work in the life of the believer while fear cripples the manifestation of the gift/s!

God bless,

Pastor G Ferguson.

Pastor Glen FergusonSpiritual Gifts – Part 4

Text: 1Corinthians 12:8-11

Our text highlights some of the various spiritual gifts but more importantly verses 4-6 tells us the source of all these abilities; although there are diversities of gifts and differences of administration “…it is the same God which worketh all in all.” (V6)

Believers must understand that these skills are given for the edifying and building-up of the body of Christ! Some of these gifts are summarised below:

  1. The Word of Wisdom (V8) the word wisdom is derived from the Greek word “Sop-hia” This wisdom is not based on human intelligence; it is a gift from God which gives the believer great insight and the ability to make sound judgements!
  2. The Word of Knowledge (V8) derived from the Greek word “Gno-sis” concerning Wisdom and Knowledge Proverbs 3:13 states “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding”!
  3. The gift of Faith (V9) with this level of faith Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 “…Ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place and it shall remove…”! This type of faith is different from saving faith and sanctifying faith.
  4. Gift of Healing (V9) Matthew 10:1 says concerning this gift “And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease”!
  5. The working of Miracles (V10) is a separate and distinct gift from the gift of healing, while healing can or may be gradual, this gift for the most part is dramatic and instantaneous!
  6. The gift of Prophecy (V10) this gift also includes preaching and teaching under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit! Old Testament Prophets spoke of future events while New Testament Prophets forth-tell events.
  7. Discerning of spirits (V10) this is one of the most needed gifts today, the Church needs to know and understand the source of spiritual utterances and manifestations!
  8. The gift of Divers Kinds of Tongues (V10) this is the ability to speak different languages and tongues; this gift brings the speaker into a deeper sense of God’s presence!
  9. The gift of Interpretation of Tongues (V10) this gift works in conjunction with the gift of divers kinds of tongues and it is a double witness of the Holy Spirit moving in the midst of His Church. For example, someone speaks in tongues and another person is given the understanding of what is being said!

May the Lord give us revelation and understanding of the spiritual gifts He has deposited within us!

God bless,

Pastor G Ferguson.

The Vehicle of Faith | Hebrews 11: 8
Prior to our text, Hebrews 11: 6 tells us “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is…”

Soon after, a well-known Bible patriarch by the name Abraham was mentioned.

 

 

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Pst GlenWhat is your answer to the question? | 2 Kings 4:25-26
The focal point of today’s message is the story of the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings Chapter 4; verse 8 describes this anonymous lady as a ‘great woman’.

Historically, every time Elisha passed through Shunem, the Prophet was hosted by this woman whose level of generosity, perception and faith ought to be noted and is commendable.

She said to her husband without doubt concerning Elisha “…Behold now I perceive that this is an holy man of God…” (verse 9) Unbeknown to the Shunammite, the kindness shown to Elisha was the key that would unlock the manifestation of her greatest need and desire (a child).
 
 

According to verse 16, the man of God declared unto this lady “…about this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son”. Subsequently verse 17 testifies “And the woman conceived, and bare a son…” It is amazing what the prophetic word can do in the life of a believer as the Lord will always honour the words that come from the mouth of His servant.

 

Surprisingly, something devastating happened afterwards as recorded in verse 20 “And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died” What a tragedy! But in spite of the boy’s demise, the mother’s reaction was astounding.

 

In verse 25 “…she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel” Elisha saw this lady from afar and asked “…Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? Her response was “It is well” verse 26 The Shunammite woman believed that if the child came from God in the first place, He would surely bring him back to life. And that was exactly what happened in verses 34-35, her son was resurrected!

 

Have you ever wondered what your answer to the question would be? Believers, we must learn to have faith and trust in God through the most dreadful moments of our lives. He will change the impossible situation and give life where there is death!

 
 

 

 

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Pst GlenAccess Code | Acts 12:1, 2, 5, 7
The events detailed in Acts chapters 10 and 11 serves as the precursor to our text.

These chapters revealed that numbers increased at a phenomenal rate in spite of the oppositions that the Church encountered, because the message of salvation through Jesus Christ had spread to several regions, and as a result many Jews and also Gentiles were saved!

 

One of such was a Roman Centurion named Cornelius who the Bible described in Acts 10 as devout and God-fearing.

 
He gave generously to the poor and sought after God; this unqualified Gentile according to Jewish standards was visited by an angel from the Lord who told him “…thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God”
 
Consequently, this man and his entire household were converted and baptised with the Holy Ghost.
 
Due to the rapid expansion of the Church, Herod the king of Judea and grandson of Herod the great felt threatened and therefore sought to destroy the Christians, he understood the power of authority coupled with the influence of leadership he therefore“…stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church and he killed James the brother of John with the sword” Acts 12: 1-2.
 
The devil attacks men and women of influence in the Church in order to destabilise the believers. Zechariah 13: 7 puts it this way “…smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered…”
 
In addition, Herod arrested Peter the disciple God used to convert Cornelius; however the incident occurred during the Passover celebrations.
 
The king fully intended to kill him after the festival but whilst Peter was in prison “…prayer was made without ceasing of the Church unto God for him” verse 5
 
Though the Church could physically do nothing to change the situation, the believers cried out to the Lord who was more than able to help Peter.
 
By virtue of their supplications something incredible happened in verse 7 “And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands”!
 
Prayer by the Church was the access code to God; who in turn delivered Peter!
 
In spite of our circumstances, we must learn to pray and praise God wholeheartedly; prayer will give us access to the supernatural!
 
Then God who cannot be confined will come to our rescue.

 

God bless
Pastor G Ferguson.
 
 

 

 

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Pst GlenBreaking of Pride – An Insignificant Act | 2 Kings 5:10-14
According to 2 Kings Chapter 5, the captain of the Assyrian army was a man called Naaman whose name meant well-formed or pleasantness; through him, the Lord gave the king of Syria victory over Israel. Naaman was described as great, honourable and a mighty man of valour however this warrior had a life threatening disease, “…he was a leper”(verse 1).

Leprosy is a chronic infectious illness characterised by the formation of tumours on the surface of the body; it develops in the blood where the bacteria attacks and kills the nerves in the affected area and over a period of time, the victim eventually dies.

 
 

This disease was as dreadful and notorious as cancer!

 

Just like leprosy, sin has a deadly effect on a Christian; it smears the believer’s conscience and overtime the transgressor becomes insensitive to the Holy Spirit which ultimately leads to spiritual death. .

 

Generally lepers are socially unaccepted and they have minimal contact with others in order to prevent an epidemic. .

 

Consequently, Naaman’s condition would have affected his status yet the problem was beyond the captain’s capability and control!

But somehow it was a little maiden who was captured from Israel that God used to save the great leader; the girl told her master’s wife in verse 3 “…Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria, for he would recover him of his leprosy”

Thereafter, Naaman visited the Prophet Elisha who “…sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean” (verse 10).

To Naaman it was an insignificant act! The pronouncement infuriated this great man whose pride would have resulted in his death.

 

The captain did not realise that Elisha’s declaration was God’s way of breaking his pride; eventually Naaman obeyed and was miraculously healed! (2Kings 5:14)

The captain did not realise that Elisha’s declaration was God’s way of breaking his pride; eventually Naaman obeyed and was miraculously healed! (2Kings 5:14).

For us, James 4: 10 puts it this way Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up God bless, Pastor G Ferguson.
 
 

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