|Posted by Rev. Jeff Ferguson on August 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM|
Let me ask you a question. Are the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit being manifested in your life ? Lets take a look at some basic biblical principles that can open the door to an outbreak of spiritual gifts in your life and in your ministry! Acts 5:32 "We are witnesses of these things , and so is the Holy Spirit , whom God has given to those who obey Him. " We need to be always mindful of the fact that the Holy spirit is given to those who obey God . Two of the four sons of the high priest Aaron disobeyed God and offered up "strange fire" , and they were killed by God . ( Lev. 10:1-2 ) Now the other two sons obeyed and were able to continue in their priestly ministry.
1 Cor. 14 : 12 , 26 (12) So it is with you . Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. (26) When you come together, everyone has a hymn , or a word of instruction , a revelation a tongue or an interpretation . All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. What is the motive for tongues, prophecies, revelations, and other spiritual gifts . the answer is right here in the Word of God and that is to build up and strengthen the church.
This is a God- honoring motive . we are not looking to draw attention to ourselves or to our ministries . Our intent in seeking to be used in gifts of the Spirit is to benefit the Lord's church by the expression of those gifts. It is to such God-centered , other- centered believers that the Holy spirit can freely impart his spiritual gifts.