From The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
Significant parts of the Christian faith is not about what God will do for us, but rather about always growing in the faith, continuously developing in the Lord’s Spirit, and having faith in God. It is also about both fearing and trusting God, as well as ministering to others as the Holy Spirit will work through us at times, from the usages of our spiritual gifts, for God to receive praises and honor. While we study His Word and faithfully walk in the Christian faith, His blessings will flow through and to us, based upon what He desires to bless us with as well as from what we ask of Him.
Acts 4:34-35 and 37, “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of things that were sold. And laid them down at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made unto every man according as he needed… Having land, sold it and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
We are not made for sanctuaries. Instead, church sanctuaries have purposes for us. As holy living sanctuaries for the Holy Spirit, we are to minister to others from our own spirits and supernaturally from His, based upon the will of God. We are to also witness the acts of those by other sanctified men and women of God, and seek ministering by them whenever needed, from the Holy Spirit.
Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
We worship God from within, not from where we are located at.
St. John 4:23-24, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Away from the cruelness that the world brings at times for us, we are to encourage one another and others, help to pick up those who have tripped and fallen in the Christian faith, and express the mercy that we have in our hearts to others. We also are to build each other up while we deal with common life’s issues and different slick attacks from the devil.
One of the main reasons why sanctuaries are important is because of the reasons why people run there, as there are times when they seek to receive the different kinds of help and assistance from the Lord, through the children of God.
1 Peter 4:8-10, “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received that gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Ephesians 6:7-8, “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, …”
Exhibiting mercy does not necessarily have to always be inside of church sanctuaries all the time, as most of the time it should not be. As sanctified people, to characteristically keep others in our own thoughts and prayers are blessed actions for us to do, as we should not underestimate the powers involved in our prayers.
Throughout the week, if we become aware of the type of need that others have, and we are very much able to lend our hands to them, it is for us to do so, from the love of the Lord in our hearts, and from mercy that He desires to have from us.
St. Matthew 12:7, “…, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,”
Based upon the will of God, the Holy Spirit is able to minister through us during those single moments of expressing our mercifulness. In certain cases, it may be His Spirit directing us to minister to others, for Him to reach through us.
1 Corinthians 12:4-12, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing
by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”
A financially disadvantaged lady used to hear The Word of God preached in a particular Christian church with her children. As everyone was able to rightfully assume her financial status, she had isolated moments before services began, during the middle of them, and after those were over, when some of the Christians ministered to her and her children. Those were based upon however they were able to minister to them, from their own spirits for some, and by what may have been from the spiritual gifts of healing, giving, prophecy, and teaching from the Holy Spirit by others. There were times when the whole congregation got together and done collections of offerings for her family. The lady never asked them to, but another church member had organized those merciful events.
Proverbs 28:27, “He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: …”
Throughout the years, a particular household had moments when they went to some different local churches in search of blessings and ministering. They gratefully received some assistance at times from different churches, with food and partial bill payments. Some other churches informed that household that they only supported their own church members. In addition to that, another number of other churches told that family how they did not assist people in the way that the family needed to be helped. After that household was declined during those incidences, some amount of those particular churches advised them to receive the aides from other churches, church-based charitable ministries, The Department of Social Services, the local Salvation Army, and local food banks. What bothered that family the most was how one of the places where they were denied aide from was a church where they previously supported.
Proverbs 3:27, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.”
Galatians 6:9-10, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
James 2:14-24, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
As we all have different purposes and spiritual gifts, we cannot depend upon one member in the body of Christ to do more than what is expected. We all have our own functions to bless His Christian church.
1 Corinthians 12:20-30, “But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”
At the end of church services, Christian churches usually have the significant call to the altar for ministering purposes. During those moments, the whole body of Christ would need to come together and distribute to whoever they are able to, based upon the love of the Lord, as He may work through them meantime by their own spiritual gifts to bless others.
Romans 12:4-8, “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
We are to minister to others and distribute what we are able to, for the Lord’s ministry of blessing others as needed.
2 Corinthians 11:7-9, “Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service. And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.”
While we fellowship with the Holy Spirit and minister to others, let us regularly include our overseas brothers and sisters in the Christian family, in our powerful prayers, fastings, and merciful assistances too. Throughout time, including today, countless children of God around the globe have been, as well as presently being confronted with hateful harassments, oppressions, persecutions, abuses, and tortures from those who hate Jesus and God.
Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Hebrews 13:3, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bounds with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
St. Matthew 5:44, “…and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;…”