MONDAY May 21, 2018
Same Spirit Working Among Us
…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…
1 Corinthians 12:9-10
Paul continued to mention other gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gift of miracles can be used to cast out demons, heal the sick, or even raise the dead, or whatever else God wants to do. The Apostle Peter told a lame man: “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).
Prophecy, in the primary sense, is a gift whereby a person is given a divine revelation. The Prophet Isaiah was given divine revelation concerning the coming Messiah––Jesus Christ:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever (Isaiah 9:6-7).
The discerning of spirits is a much needed gift, especially in an afterglow service. A believer would be able to detect if there was a person bringing attention to themselves, or whether there was a demon possessed person present. A person with this gift would know whether a person was speaking truth through the power of the Holy Spirit, or if there was a person among them speaking through a demonic influence––from Satan.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter was able to discern the lies of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-4).
The Holy Spirit gives liberty to the Christian, direction to the worker, discernment to the teacher, power to the Word, and fruit to faithful service. He reveals the things of Christ…