The Gifts (Acts) of the Holy Spirit – Introduction to Series

In the next few letters I will be writing on the need for the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit and their importance in the church for today. We as followers of Jesus Christ a “Pentecostal People” must walk in the “fullness” of the Spirit. That is to say… the Gifts of the Spirit MUST be evident in our daily lives and services, in order to maximize the success of the Gospel to reach the lost for Jesus Christ.

As children of God, sons and daughters, we are born of God’s own nature. We are partakers of the extraordinary and divine power that belongs to God; given from God, distributed to the believers, by the Holy Spirit. In our human reasoning, promises are only as good as the person keeping the promise. And even then, our experiences has taught us not to count on the promise until the promise is complete fulfilled.

With that said; the God that we worship, the God of the universe, does not lie and does not fail to keep His word, not even once. We can be assured that a promise from God is a declaration of certainty. God’s promises are tangible gifts. As a believer, God has promised Eternity in His Family; an end to suffering and transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit. A purpose and meaning for eternity, forever. I am so looking forward to that day; how about you?

The promises throughout the Bible were given from God to all spirit filled believers to use right now; for they are fully equipped to lead the life for which God has called them. Since they are equipped as spirit filled believers they are encouraged to grow and use these tools. If they do not grow in these qualities as Apostle Peter states below they will lead to the opposite of no effect.

As stated in 2 Peter 1:3-15 (NIV) His (God’s) divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. v.4  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

We as believers are partakers of the divine nature…yes, we have access to God and freedom to exercise the divine powers that belong to the family of God. When we do, we will be productive in and for God’s Kingdom.

Here lies God’s Recipe for Power:

  • Jesus said, “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere…” (Acts 1:8) This is God’s recipe for power. Every Christian needs this power and should desire it and seek it earnestly – sincerely!
  • In Acts 1:4 (NKJV) Jesus COMMANDED them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father…
  • and in John 14:15 (NKJV) Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” There are commandments throughout the Bible and to be filled with the Holy Spirit is one of these commands as stated inEphesians 5:18 (NKJV)…” be filled with the Spirit,” …so be determine,

TODAY, that you are going to be filled with the SPIRIT! God is the same yesterday, today and forever…if the early church had all the gifts working in, through and among the believers, than it is still His plan for all believers today, to be endued with power, to represent God in the Earth.

The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit as stated in:

  • Galatians 5:22-23, are the characteristics of the Holy Spirit which should be produced in every Christian. “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

The main point that I would like to make, in this letters, is that there is a lot more to Pentecost than speaking in tongues…a lot more…Speaking in tongues is for the purpose of praying to God when we don’t know how to put it into words…it provides peace and assurance in our spirit. When praying in tongues we are praying to God through the Holy Spirit that bonds our spirit with God’s spirit. The gift of tongues is for all believers who are immersed/ yielded and totally surrendered to the Holy Spirit and it is used for their individual times of prayer.

The different kinds of spiritual gifts as stated in in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 are distributed to spirit filled believers, that are consecrated unto God and yielded to the Holy spirit, given to whom ever the Holy Spirit wills; or you might say as He see’s the need and fills the need in those and to those that are desiring and opened/ yielded and surrendered to the Holy Spirit.

  • Let’s look at what 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 states; Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. (v.7) A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

The nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit is the power of the Holy Spirit given to EVERY believer that asks, covets and desires for the purpose of doing the works of Christ.

Yes, these “gifts or special abilities” are given to believers that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because soeone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are both “spiritual” and “manifestations” as stated in:

  • 1 Corinthians. 12:4-11. Every believer should have at least one of the manifestations (gifts) as stated in (verse 7).

The nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit are as follows: There are three general Classifications of the Gifts.

First, The Gifts of Revelation, or the Mind-Gifts,
1. The gift of the word of wisdom.
2. The gift of the word of knowledge.
3. The gift of discerning of spirits.

Second, The Gifts of Inspiration, or the Vocal Gifts.
4. The gift of prophecy.
5. The gift of divers kinds of tongues or languages.
6. The gift of the interpretation of tongues or languages.

Third, The Gifts of Power, or the Working Gifts.
7. The gift of faith.
8. The gift of healing.
9. The gift of the working of miracles.

Remember, these gifts represents the work of God and what He does through the life of a believer in a given situation to demonstrate His supernatural power pointing to the Gospel.

These Gifts are given to you through God’s grace, BY FAITH…Faith is an act…we must put our faith into action! …let’s desire these Gifts of the Holy Spirit…His Word says to covet these Spiritual Gifts…for to do the Works of Jesus, the Gifts are a necessity…yes…they are for ALL believers…

Today, let’s began to ask, seek and desire these wonderful Gifts – For God said He would not refuse anything Good, especially these Gifts, to His children.

Let’s begin TODAY to walk in the “fullness” of His Spirit.
Yes – a people after God’s own heart!

Love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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