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Open Heaven 10 September 2023 Topic: The Works Of Grace V
Memory Verse: But all these worketh that one and the self same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (1 Peter 1:8)
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (WEB)
7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all.
8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;
9 to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit;
10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages.
11 But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires.
Open Heaven 10 September 2023 Message:
Having the Holy Spirit does not mean that you have arrived – not at all. He gave you the Holy Spirit for a reason and that is to witness according to Acts 1:8.
A witness is someone who tells others about what they have seen or heard. When God asks you to witness,
He is saying you should tell people about the things you have heard and seen about Him. To really prove that what you are telling them is true,
He gives you gifts of the Spirit. This is the work of grace that comes after the Holy Ghost baptism. There are basically nine gifts of the Holy Spirit,
as seen in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 and they can be grouped into three. One group is called the revelation gifts. The revelation gifts consist of the Word of Wisdom,
Word of Knowledge and Discerning of Spirits. When you hear someone say something about you that he or she could not possibly have known except God told him or her,
that is the Word of Knowledge. For example, while I am preaching many times, God tells me things about people in the congregation and I announce it starting with,
“There is someone here…”. Despite not knowing these people, what I announce is usually the exact situation of the person involved – that is the Word of Knowledge at work.
God knows all things and from time to time reveals them to those whom He has given this gift to. It is a powerful gift of the Holy Spirit.
There is another group of gifts called the Power Gifts — the Gift of Faith, the Gift of Healing and the Gift of the Working of Miracles.
Then of course there are three others called the Vocal Gifts – these are the Gifts of Prophecy, diverse kinds of Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues.
The Almighty God can give you any of these 9 gifts after you are baptised in the Holy Spirit and have started working for Him.
Interestingly, 1 Corinthians 12:31 says: “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”
The only place in the Bible where you are allowed to be covetous is when it comes to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. After my Holy Spirit baptism, I asked God for all the gifts and He answered me.
I give Him glory and honour that when you ask Him, He is more than willing to give.
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Open Heaven 10 September 2023
Points: Father, please give me all the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Hymn: Take My Life And Let It Be
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