I think that in many cases, we don’t want the attention that they’d bring to us. People would start to question how we were able to do some of these things. Then we’d have to explain ourselves.
But, in actuality, isn’t that what we’re called to do in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What better way of getting someone’s attention, than seeing the power of God firsthand.
I think it’s sad that we’ve turned this Scriptural truth into a theological debate. Why not just step out in faith and see what happens.
It’s probably because there’s a deeper issue. Paul gives us some insight into it. He concludes his list of the manifestations with the following statement.
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
1 Corinthians 12:11
The first thing I see is the word “all”. They are all the work of one and the same Spirit. The same Spirit who gives wisdom also gives tongues. We need to understand the significance of this.
Right now there are churches who want to pick and choose what they’ll accept. The same church that would ask me to pray for wisdom in a situation would throw me out if they knew I prayed in tongues.
How could we possibly say that God is the same yesterday, today and forever if we think some of these are temporary? We need the power of God to be evident in all generations.
I’ve heard some say that the Gospel needed this power temporarily to kick start the church. Now that the church is in place, our testimony is all that’s needed. I submit to you that our testimony – without the power – is getting us nowhere.
The next important phrase is that the Holy Spirit gives them…just as He determines. It’s not up to me to determine what God will or will not do. Let the Holy Spirit be free to move however He determines.
That’s what bothers me the most about this subject. There are people who get upset at me for simply believing that all of these are still in operation today. Why not just let me live in my fantasy world?
Why not let me go my merry way believing that God will impart His wisdom to me when I need it (which He has!). Why not let me go on believing that God can use me to pray for the sick and see them healed (which He has!).
Don’t they know that if I want to be used of God to heal someone, and it’s not God’s will, then no matter how hard I pray nothing will happen? But if God still heals then…
So I have a challenge. Feel free to use it with anyone you know who doesn’t believe in the manifestations.
I simply challenge those who think they’re not for today to pray a simple prayer. “Holy Spirit, if these gifts are still in operation in the church today, please manifest them in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
That should be no problem. If you’re right in thinking they’re not for today, then you’re just speaking into the air. Nothing will happen.
But, if my hunch is correct, they won’t pray this. Because in many cases these people want to be in control of their lives. They don’t want the Holy Spirit messing things up by making them an undeniable witness to the power of God.
We need the power of the Holy Spirit to confirm the Gospel that we preach. Without it, we’re simply in a philosophical debate with other religions.
Keep your spiritual life strong. Expect the Holy Spirit to show up at just the right time.
Question: Why do many in the church shy away from the power of the Holy Spirit?
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