Recently I taught about the gifts of the Spirit, I was very methodical and I took several weeks. Every church without exception needs the Holy Ghost in their church. Without the Holy Spirit the house of God is a natural church. In some cases there is not enough power to get people saved. The Holy Spirit comes with nine ministry gifts:
1.Tongues 2. Interpretation of tongues 3. Prophecy 4. Word of knowledge 5. Word of wisdom 6. Faith 7. Gift of healing 8. Working of miracles 9. Discerning of spirits
Having presented to the people the nine gifts, I asked them what they believed was the most important gift. Some said working of miracles, some said faith, while others said prophecy. They listed all nine gifts but none of them were right.
Acts 2:38 Be baptized into the Name of Jesus for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The most important gift of the Spirit is the Spirit! I have known people who studied the gifts of the Spirit for years, but there was no manifestation of any of them. If a person has not connected with the Holy Spirit, His gifts mean nothing. Every gift of the Spirit is a manifestation of the Spirit. If a person has a desire to flow in the gifts, they must learn the voice and the ways of the Spirit. No one in the world and most Christians do not believe that God still talks to His people. The first step in hearing the voice of the Spirit, is to overcome the unbelief of others.
John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide (lead) you into all truth: for He will not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that is what He will speak.
I take this Scripture personal. The Holy Spirit has come and He is speaking to me just like He said he would. So are we going to believe God’s Word or the word of unbelieving believers? I’m amazed at how some Christians are affected by the unbelief of others. In order to be used of the Spirit, the truth must be a priority. If we would give the Holy Spirit some of the time we give to unproductive people, we would know more about God’s business.
Philippians 2:1 If there be any closeness in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any communion, any social intercourse, if any affection or tender mercy.
Paul is describing to the church, the kind of relationship we should have with our Lord and Savior. Most Christians have never been assured that they could be close to God. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, how did the prayer begin? Our Father who art in heaven. Most folks key in on God being in heaven, not in our heart. All the fathers I know want to be close to their children. It’s never too late to make the connection.
God knows I am serious,
I bring Him His tithe.
I am motivated by love
because He first loved me.
His presence is my priority.
His rewards will find me
and when they do,
I will give Him all the glory.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming