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The Spiritual Gifts from The Holy Spirit are provided to believers when they receive Eternal Life through Faith in their LORD and Savior, Jesus The Messiah or The Word of God who set aside His Prerogative to remain seated on the Throne of Glory, at the Right Hand of The Father. He then, chose to be born a human being, who are created in the image of God. It was Love that caused Him to do this and pity for this vast sea of humanity who were like sheep without a Shepard, wandering to and fro without hope. Mankind had been cursed along with all of creation and without a sinless Savior to become the Final and most complete sacrifice, there was no hope for humanity. After Our LORD paid the Great Price for our salvation, He then returned to Glory and 10 days later He sent the promised Holy Spirit at the time of Pentecost which meant that Jerusalem was filled with those who chose to worship the God of the Jewish people. This was the beginning of the “Church” which is the body of Christ, Also known as the “Bride of Christ” who will someday be snatched away to meet The Lord in the air or upper atmosphere which is the “Second Heaven”. Actually, it could be anywhere, from where the clouds are to the outer atmosphere or “space”.
Now back to the “Gifts of The Spirit”. Each “true believer” receives at least one spiritual gift and these are available in the books of 1st Corinthians chapters 12, and 14, 1st Peter chapter 4, Ephesians chapter 4, Romans chapter 4 and of course in the book of Acts which describes the coming of The Holy Spirit at Pentecost. I can not speak very much in-depth about the gifts that I do not personally have but know that at least one of the gifts that I have is “Spiritual Discernment”. Spiritual Discernment is a gift that is very important today but not many seem to have it or they do not yet realize what it is or how to use it! I have found that this gift is somewhat threatening to people, sometimes because members are not certain of their own salvation! If a person with Spiritual Discernment was incorporated into every body of believers then the “Chaff” would be recognized for who they are and removed or made to understand that they are at best seekers and are not allowed to take communion or take part in Church leadership at all!
Today is a time like no other in the history of the Earth. The battle is raging for the hearts, minds, and souls of our children. The enemy of all mankind has conceived all manner of traps, snares, and deceptions to keep or prevent as many human beings from knowing the Truth which is God’s Truth and no other. The battle is on Earth yet the primary players are in another realm or dimension. This takes an incredible amount of “Spiritual Discernment” as well as caution when defending against an invisible enemy who hates all of humanity because we are created in the image of God and because God is their primary enemy. That which makes it even more difficult to understand is that the battle has already been won by “The Word of God”, when He died on the cross and paid the sin debt for all who will believe a simple yet astonishing truth. “We are “Saved By Faith”. All other religions are in one form or another, “works based” in their understanding of what is “good” and what is needed for atonement, of one sort or another.
The description of this spiritual battle in the Bible has proven to be absolutely true. I know this from personal experience yet it has taken decades for me to even begin to understand why I have seen and experienced all that I have. I finally turned to the Bible after God personally stepped into my life at the age of 30. There was a long interval where I was like a ship without a rudder because I received Christ as my Savior at the age of 6 and for a variety of reasons why, it took a long time for me to look to “The Book” for some answers. The main reason is, my parents were not saved and soon afterwards stopped taking myself and my siblings to church. Then not long afterwards, they divorced and I was never properly discipled. The “Word of God” is now like daily food that is every bit as important as food for the body. The better the nutrition for the body then the healthier will be the body, and it is the same for our soul and spirit! Without feeding daily on God’s word, we become not only malnourished but leave ourselves open to attack by “the enemy”. This does not mean that we are not attacked daily any way, it means that we are better prepared to resist the attacks. I have found that for me it is necessary to listen to the audio Bible daily if possible as well as listening every evening to as many of my favorite Bible expositors as possible. Since I live alone it is possible for me to spend most of my waking hours filling my mind with God’s truths. It is something like an immunization. The enemy still tries to get a foot-hold in my life but when his attacks happen, I know why and do not turn and run but stand my ground with the addition of spiritual armor from God and can even use the LORD’s offensive weapon which is God’s Word!
The “Spiritual Gifts” today are more important than ever in my opinion because the church has been invaded by false Christians and it is primarily the fault of the Church leaders, who for a couple of reasons at least have allowed anyone with money in their pockets to join or simply attend to support all the Church activities as well as because of pride, which is to increase their numbers and become larger than their competing Churches in their area. I know that this sounds harsh and it is, but the truth needs to be made known. The Body of Christ is in trouble for the lack of integrity and for the lack of concern for the purity of “The Body of Christ”. These children of Satan have infiltrated into the Church , just as they have into our government and worked their way into leadership and are steering the Body of Christ down the wide road that leads to destruction, just as they are doing to our country! The true believers have been deceived into thinking that all of their church activities are somehow accomplishing Christ’s mission for His Church. The leaders have ignored the importance of the “Spiritual Gifts” that work to keep the “Body of Christ” healthy and protected from the wiles of the devil. Lets face it, the Church is in trouble! Without these gifts being incorporated into the “Body”, we have fallen into the hands and plans of Satan, which is to divert the attention of the Church onto less important things and projects instead of winning souls and seeing that they are properly discipled. One of the main issues that arose in the “Billy Graham Crusades” was that these people who were making decisions for Christ were not being steered to Godly churches to be properly discipled. Therefore the majority of those who made decisions for Christ, fell away! Many never returned to The Lord. Some did return, but later in life!