This summer, we have been studying the book of Proverbs. I told Jeff the other day that it's probably a bit dangerous to be studying this book in the current world we live in. The more I read and study, the more my heart has become discerning of things. I'm not saying this to boast, I am saying this because God's Word is TRUTH!
Over the past week, I have started reading the book of Acts. Years ago I wrote it down as an acrostic: A-Always, C-coming, T-to, S-serve, A.C.T.S.
Jesus, throughout His time on earth, often told his disciples that the Holy Spirit was going to come after he left. In the second chapter of Acts, the people gathered in Jerusalem waiting for Him to come. When they were in "unity" He arrived in full power.
Acts 4:13 says this about Peter and John, "The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the scriptures." I would say I am an ordinary woman with only a high school diploma. But the more I study the Word of God, the more I tap into Truth.
It is later in this chapter that caught my attention, verse 27 says, "For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles and the people of Israel were all UNITED AGAINST Jesus..." Then skip down to verse 32 and it says "All believers were UNITED in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had." Now I do know this is about sharing their material goods. But "everything" made me think of a movie that I had just seen on TV. I only caught the end, but it grabbed my attention. The movie was "Glass."
At the end, Glass, the narrator who is the mastermind behind the superheroes he created, says something that made me think about this verse and how it connects to our spiritual gifts when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. He says this: "There are armed forces that don’t really want us to realize what we are truly capable of. They don’t want us to know the things we suspect are extraordinary by ourselves are real. I believe that if everyone sees what just a few people become when they wholly embrace their gifts, others will awaken. Belief in oneself is contagious, when we give each other permission to be superheroes or we will never awaken otherwise. “ – The movie “Glass”
I had this lightning bolt moment after hearing this that the Holy Spirit prompted me to think about. First Corinthians 12:1-11 says, "Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have."
If we want to see the power of God at work, then the Body of Christ has to "unite"! We need to stop working in our flesh and allow the Holy Spirit to take His place in our lives, bring us together as ONE body (not denominations) and give each other permission to be and use the spiritual gifts that have been placed within us. Yes, imagine the power in the Church if we stopped comparing ourselves and dividing ourselves on political stances and spiritual beliefs, but come together in unity and awaken the Church to the power it truly has in Christ!
I felt the Holy Spirit direct me in posting this as we see today, there is much sadness and grief upon the whole earth. It is time for the Church to stop conforming to the world's system and step into the power we have been given by Jesus when He ascended to the right hand of the Father, through His Holy Spirit! I can't shout this loud enough. We can overcome, it's promised in the word. It just takes each one of us recognizing the power in us through the Holy Spirit to walk in our spiritual gifts and give each other permission to do so and stop envying each other, comparing to one another, walk in the gift we each have been given. We are called the Body of Christ for a reason, we each help the other function and fulfill the purpose of the Kingdom through these individual gifts!
My prayer is you hear my heart and will start encouraging one another and build each other up as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11. As I said in the beginning, we as the Church need to "A.C.T.S." Let's rise up in UNITY using our gifts, AWAKEN other Believers by encouraging them in their gifts, and see the POWER of God at work in this sick and broken world, bringing salvation and healing to those who are perishing! WE NEED TO GIVE EACH OTHER PERMISSION TO BE SUPERNATURAL OR WE WILL NEVER AWAKEN OTHERWISE! In the name above all names, JESUS!