From “The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies” by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
Ephesians 4:7-8, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”
1 Corinthians 12:18, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.”
Our spiritual gifts come from God.
Ephesians 4:11-15, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets, and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; Till we all come in the unity on the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
The full and balanced ministerings in the Christian church is vital for growth in the faith and further development in the Holy Spirit. Inside of church sanctuaries, we need to witness Him work through others on our behalf and on the behalf of others, and for Him to work through us from time to time, as we are His holy living sanctuaries.
1 Corinthians 12:14, “For the body is not one member, but many.”
1 Corinthians 12:18-20, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.”
From the spiritual gifts of healing, miracles, giving, evangelism, teaching, pasturing, prophecy, apostleship, tongues, interpreting, wisdom, and knowledge, we receive desired blessings from the hands and mouths of the Lord’s holy temples. All of those spiritual gifts are equally members in the body of Christ. To focus on some and not the others is an imbalance, in which we would miss out on the ignored blessings.
1 Corinthians 12:25-30, “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?”
The Lord expresses His Spirit by reaching out in ways that are no different then when Jesus walked the earth. Instead of Jesus performing supernatural works, it is now His Spirit in us who testifies of Him, who also does those same works from our mouths and hands.
1 Corinthians 12:4-13, “Now there are divisions 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. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body… and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
When the Holy Spirit works through Christians by the spiritual gift of tongues, He will have them speak in foreign languages, about whatever God wants to be spoken out of them. This is to minister to those who clearly understand those foreign languages. What are spoken will make sense to those who are being ministered to, while they witness the Holy Spirit speak to them through the mouths of the Christians.
Acts 2:2-5, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And they were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”
Acts 2: 7-8 and 11, “…saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? …we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”
1 Corinthians 14:21-22, “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.”
1 Corinthians 14:13-14, “Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
From the spiritual gift of tongue interpretations, Christians will be able to interpret foreign languages during moments when the Holy Spirit is ministering through them. They will clearly understand the foreign languages supernaturally, for ministering purposes. But during any other time, they do not naturally know how to understand those foreign languages.
The spiritual gift of spirit discernment have Christians able to correctly distinguish between who, where, and what are influenced by the Lord, versus who, where, and what are influenced by the devil. Also from the Holy Spirit, they are able to accurately identify and differentiate between true and holy people, spirits, miracles, and media, verses deceptive and misleading people, spirits, miracles, and media.
From the spiritual gift of healing, Christians are able to supernaturally heal diseases, illnesses, and body disorders by the Holy Spirit, who ministers through their mouths and hands to bless others.
With the spiritual gift of wisdom, Christians receive extraordinary insights when it comes to people, circumstances, confronted choices, wide-high obstacles, and the accomplishments of God’s plans for them, from the Holy Spirit.
St. Luke 21:12-15, But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”
Acts 6:10, “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he (Stephen) spake.”
From the spiritual gift of knowledge, Christians supernaturally receive astonishing guidance, informations, and directions from the Holy Spirit. This blessing is beneficial to those who are fulfilling the plans that God laid out for them to complete, for the Christian church.
From the spiritual gift of giving, Christians give freely and unselfishly. They generously share their finances and material goods with people. Part of their happiness is doing considerate favors for others. A portion of their finances and material goods are tools that are used by the Holy Spirit. Particular amounts of money, food, clothing, favors, and other items from these Christians are used by Him to reach out and bless those who God desire those aides to be given to. If God is answering some people’s prayers, or they need to fulfill His will and have to be blessed with certain finances and material goods in order to help accomplish His plans, then He will allow the Holy Spirit to supernaturally work through the Christians. Those Christians will to be the sources from where the other individuals will receive their assistance from.
The spiritual gift of teaching allows Christians to effectively teach The Word of God in ways that people are able to understand and abide by, supernaturally from the Holy Spirit. From the mouths and hands of these Christians, the Holy Spirit works through them by successfully encouraging others to obediently follow the teachings, grow in the Christian faith, and to further develop in His Spirit.
With the spiritual gifts of pastoring, the Holy Spirit ministers through these Christians supernaturally, who are able to look after and take care of the Christian church effectively.
From the spiritual gift of evangelism, the Holy Spirit is able to supernaturally communicate effectively through the mouths and hands of Christians, in ways that will successfully lead people to accept the Christian faith. From clarity and conviction, people will become born-again, in His Spirit.
Acts 2:16-21, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
The spiritual gift of prophecy have Christians receive information directly from the Holy Spirit by various different ways and for many different reasons, at any time of the days and nights. Their mouths are touched by the Holy Spirit whenever He needs to give personal communications to others through them. They receive visions with awake, meaningful dreams when asleep, and revelations that gets poured in their hearts. In His Spirit, their eyes are opened for them to see and comprehend what goes on with them, other people, and circumstances from time to time, for their prayers and recognition purposes, in order to benefit the Christian church.
1 Corinthians 14:3, “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”
From the spiritual gift of prophecy, the revelations and information that Christians receive are to give emotional support, encouragements, warnings, advices, confirmations, and instructions to others, as well as to themselves.
1 Corinthians 14:24-25, (In regards to the spiritual gift of prophecy,) “…and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.”
The spiritual gift of apostleship allows the Holy Spirit to successfully plant Christian churches from the hands and mouths of Christians. Because of the Holy Spirit, it will be done effectively, which will have the Christian faith productively grow, spread, and flourish.
From the spiritual gifts of miracles, Christians are supernaturally able to do ranges of works from the Holy Spirit. At moments when He is reaching out to others through them, they are able to lay their hands on others so that the others will be filled with His Spirit. From Him, those Christians are also able to raise the dead, cast out curses, and drive out demons from others. These Christians are also able to supernaturally break, fix, start, stop, and change people, nature, and things from the Holy Spirit, who works through them whenever it is in God’s will to do so.
Acts 19:11-12, “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”