Religion clings to that which is Lifeless and rigid. Wind, Water, Light, Fire, & Wine aren't rigid. Where there is no allowance for freedom and flow in the Spirit, fulness of Joy, in the present, seems like a cruel, elusive, and heretical notion.
Spiritual Gifts are some of Love's greatest "weapons" for advancing God's Kingdom (on earth as it is in heaven),"conquering" the world with kindness and bringing Peace. They were Weapons of Mass Salvation in the ministries of Jesus and the Apostles, and they are still available to us today! If Jesus and the original Apostles relied so heavily on Father confirming His Word with signs following, shouldn't we?
It is, however, of utmost importance that such "weapons" are not used to build personality cults and towers of Babel. Instead, they must be used to point all people to Father's Love..and to encourage ALL to exercise their right to "bear arms" (Lovingly function in Spiritual Gifts as the Spirit of Love instructs and enables).
The Word, Good Doctrine, and Impeccable Theology will never demonstrate His Love and Beauty on a grand scale if they are not accompanied by the Gifts of Power which dispel the myth that the love of power is greater than the Power of Love.
Men have, unfortunately, tried to replace the Supernatural Gold of His Manifest Presence and Power with the brass of self-help monologues, programs, and entertainment which scream, "The Emperor has no clothes!"
My prayer for the Body of Christ is that we all awaken to deeper realities of Who Jesus is, who we are in Him, all that is available to us because of Him, and what He would have us to do with all that He has freely given and instructed us to freely receive.
While I have seen many wonderful signs accompany God's Word in His ministry through me (to include medically verified miracles and healings), there is a strong, yet gentle cry within me saying..."There is much, much more!"
Let us earnestly covet Spiritual Gifts for the benefit of others and the betterment of the world!
1 Corinthians 12
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
1) To rightly divide the Word...with the Cross as my primary
line of demarcation.
2) "This generation" in Matthew 24:34 was THAT generation!
3) The History, Biblical significance, and prophetic fulfillments
of 70 AD.
4) The "In Christ" Realm/Ascended Life is real, literal, and for
right NOW. He who is joined to the Lord REALLY IS "One
5) The Gospel Message (His Love for us and acceptance of
us) predates earth, satan, Adam, sin...and all created
6) The only Blood that God was ever thirsty for was His Own!
He Loves us that much...and knew mankind's entire story
long before it ever began! God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself! "He who has seen Me has seen the
Father"! From before the foundation of the world, God
provided HIMSELF as the ultimate sacrifice. Love humbled
Himself, became one of us...and chose to submit Himself into
the hands of angry sinners...in order to reconcile our thinking
with His! His Love and desire for us have always been
beyond measure! Jesus didn't come to change Father's mind
about us. He came to change our mind about the Father!
7) Jesus didn't go on vacation and leave us as orphans with a
8) The Holy Spirit didn't go on vacation or lose any power
once the entire Bible had been written.
9) The Incarnation of GOOD will always be infinitessimally
greater than any human expression of evil. Don't believe the
lie that Adam's sin had a greater impact on mankind than
10) The Church is the Earth's barometer...not the nightly news!
11) No attribute of the Fruit of the Spirit can ever be humanly
manufactured or earned. Everything in Christ is freely given
and readily available...after having been freely received.
12) His Word is a Mirror where we behold our truest identity in
Him. We're mirror gazing, not window shopping for stuff we
don't possess and can't afford. (Thanks to Francois Du Toit
for that one!)