Have you been listening to the Radio, TV or even Social Media recently? Then you must have heard the way certain people talk about their walking in Spiritual Gifts. I mean, nothing humbles me like ignorance in overall. Now, I am not trying to abuse, but teach, and at certain times, we must understand that the Teacher like the Shepherd may bear the rod and the staff.
I have heard, people on social media and mass media, God has just given me a word of knowledge concerning you, and they go on saying, ‘You are Mark from Suleja, Nigeria, you are married and you don’t have a child…’ Now, this is not bad of itself, but they have a word for everyone, and no matter who comes along, they have got a word. I am like, my God, then they go on saying, if you come and see me in the office, I will tell you what is wrong with you. Really!
I will give you for a penny, what is wrong with us is going to see them, what is wrong is you believing that trash. How can someone have the word of wisdom and word of knowledge for everyone. Absolutely everyone, and on every situation. And I see young ministers craving for that kind of Spirit manifestation – my world! Don’t let men give you the clue of what the anointing means, seek the Word of God for clues.
How do one speak like spiritual gifts can be manifested as one wishes – how do we speak like spirit gifts are completely in our control? Nothing, absolutely nothing can be farther from the truth, and THIS SPEAK TO ONE OF THE UNDERLYING ERROR OF OUR TIME – THAT SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE MANIFESTED AND WHOLLY SUBJECT TO THE MINISTER.
Yes, spiritual gifts are the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are given to men, and they are not revokable, it means you have it. It is yours – therefore yes, you have the gift of Faith, Prophecy, Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Interpretation of tongues etc. They are your gifts, but they will not work without the Holy Spirit. He is the fuel that runs them – I want to be careful here, but here is it, YOU CAN’T JUST USE THEM AS YOU WISH OR PLEASE. You can’t be charlatan about the gift of God.
Let me give you an analogy here, if I give you a car, it is yours, you can go ahead and share a testimony in church that you just have a Toyota Camry 2019. The car is in your garage, but the car will not run without fuel (gasoline). It won’t! It doesn’t mean the car is not yours, or is not working, it just means there is no fuel. Now, your giftings are like the car in your garage, it is (they are – you can have more than one) given to you by God, but it won’t run, you can’t drive it or use it without fuel – the fuel is the Holy Spirit. (I hope you get it, please don’t stretch this analogy).
Let’s get scriptures for witnesses,
‘But the MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT IS GIVEN to each one for the profit of all’ 1 Cor 12:7.
‘To one there is given THROUGH THE SPIRIT a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by MEANS OF THE SAME SPIRIT, to another faith BY THE SAME SPIRIT, to another gifts of healing BY THAT ONE SPIRIT, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.’ 1 Cor 12:8-10
‘BUT ONE AND THE SAME SPIRIT WORKS ALL THESE THINGS, distributing to each one individually AS HE WILLS.’ 1 Cor 12:11 (Emphasis in all scriptures mine)
As it concerns spiritual gifts nothing is done except through the Spirit and as He wills. For certain you should pray and build up your spirit, so that the manifestations of these gifts can be more common in your life and ministry, but you are not the CEO – that is the work of the Holy Spirit. We must therefore cease from appropriating Lordship right to ourselves as if all things are dependent on us. By the way, knowledge is not a spiritual gift, it is the word of knowledge – God just reveal a part of what he knows to us. DEUT 29:29, PRO 25:2, 1 COR 12:9-12.
Dear young minister, you will save yourself from error if you understand and live by this truth. You can’t kickstart spiritual gifts by yourself – you can’t just go on by yourself, if the Holy Spirit is not moving, then be quiet. Yes, you can pray, but moving in spiritual gifts is as the Spirit wills. A lot of people have permitted devilish spirit by their expectations and the things they do. Yes, you are gifted, and anointed but you are limited, limited as to what the Spirit permits – you are not God! I mean can I say that again, YOU ARE NOT GOD!
Even Jesus didn’t heal everyone in Jerusalem, at the Pool of Bethesda He left other sick folks there. We cannot in the name of wanting to be relevant, do an injustice to the word of God. Stop giving people false hope, instead of pointing them to your gifts, can you point them to Christ and the Word – I assure you there is a word for everyone and all situations.
Dear Minister, we cannot in the name of walking in the Spirit, do an injustice to the word of God. The Word still remains our compass. I hope this 21st Letter sheds light upon your spirit and guide you as to how to navigate as it concerns spiritual gifts. Again, I will shed more lights in my next letter. Grace is given to you.
Your Greatness is Assured