“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will,” I Corinthians 12:4-11.
Imagine how wonderful it would be if all nine gifts were operating in one church! I think it is so neat how the gifts are divided into groups of three. How they also fit with Yahweh being our guide, comforter and teacher. The three mind gifts are wisdom, knowledge, and discerning—being the guide. The three communicative gifts are tongues, interpretation, and prophecy—these being the teacher. And the three action gifts are faith, miracles, and healing—these supply the comfort.
It is fascinating the way these three groups fit together to give us the actions of Christ in our midst. Through the three intellectual gifts—wisdom, knowledge and discerning—Yahweh informs us something is going on. Through the three verbal gifts—tongues, interpretation, and prophecy—Yahweh communicates with us about the problem and lets us know what to do about it. Through the three action gifts—miracles, healing, and faith—Yahweh gives us the supernatural power to do something about it.
In Genesis 1:26, Yahweh said we were to have dominion. Isn’t it marvelous how he never left us to perish in our inabilities? He gave us authority to rule, then gave us all the power we needed to fulfill the job.
I think it is sad that the churches refuses to come together and allow the gifts to operate for the good of all. Most fellowships refuse to allow the Holy Spirit to operate. But in the churches that do allow the Holy Spirit to move, some folks get puffed up at the first sign of supernatural power operating through them, and usually the other Christians begin to glorify the person that Yahweh uses.
The gifts and callings are without repentance, so one does not know what his gifts are until he makes contact with the Holy Spirit and allows him to manifest himself through them.
We, Christians, are operating on a low level. The more I read the scriptural promises, the more I feel certain that as we believe, so shall it be. In other words, we are the source of our own limitations. I know it’s not the easiest thing in the world to tap into the faith-stream that moves mountains, but I know it can be done. I also know that if we have the peace in our heart that Yahweh promised us, there would not be so many mountains that need to be moved.
It scares me sometimes when I think of the platter of spiritual manna that Yahweh is passing around for us to stuff on, yet I find so many people reacting exactly like people did in the Lord’s day on earth: “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of Yahweh,” John 12:42-43. We do not have those Pharisees and synagogues to deal with now, but we still have to battle the same spirit they battled. I think I have had enough dealings with that spirit to spot him on sight.
Sometimes it’s difficult to stand for the things we stand for while being rejected and harassed, but we can’t pretend we do not know what we know. I guess it was easier for me than it is for popular people because I came to Christ when I was standing at death’s door. I had few friends because we stayed on the move. Besides that, I was sick and over-worked and I thought I hated the world. At the time I had my experience in Christ, I did not have too many Pharisees (religious people that were blindly following their leaders) in my life. The ones I did have, I lost, because they did not have anything to offer me in the place of Christ.
I do not know how so many of Yahweh’s ministers can compromise and preach a watered down Gospel. It could be that they do this because it is so difficult to walk by faith and depend on faith for their living when so many religious organizations are willing to support its ministers, that is, if they promise not to make spiritual waves.
There is so much of the revelation of Yahweh being covered up by the clergy that I long to get out there and stir up a spiritual hurricane. A hurricane that’s big enough to tear down a lot of walls that stands only on religious traditions. These walls are dividing the churches into hundreds of fragments. Where truth is withheld, there has to be some untruths to fill the gap. These bits and pieces that our foreparents have substituted to cover for the truth that they thought would cause them to lose their positions are the little foxes that spoil the vines.
I know there is power within our reach that has not been tapped into. I feel like it will come through a body ministry or not at all. I think the one-man ministry has just about run its course. I hope it has. I see Christians that have tried to be good followers of another person’s thought pattern, and after years of dedication and submission to their leader they are still empty and without real purpose in their life.
A highly esteemed lady that lives here in town and has taught a Sunday School Class for almost seventy years wrote me a letter scolding me for what I was teaching. I wrote her a long letter explaining how I felt and gave her the reason for believing what I believe. Her response surprised me. She said, “Mildred, I think it’s wonderful that you have studied until you have something to stand on and be persecuted over. I have listened to my superiors and taught from written lessons all these years and I am very old now and have no idea what I really believe. I have nothing that would give anyone a reason for persecuting me, and I sincerely wish I did.”
I was very flattered by some of the things she wrote, but I felt sorry for her too. She is a dear person, but confesses she only knows her Savior through the teaching of her church. She does not have a genuine relationship with the Spirit of Truth. That is so sad.
I am glad I have had to depend on Yahweh, and deep down I praise him for the path he has chosen for me. The path has been rough at times, but it has been clearly marked and there has always been room for two on my path. I would not choose another path if it yielded less spiritual benefits.
If we rely on the Holy Spirit for revelation and leadership, he will keep us on the path of righteousness and love. He will not drag us off into some wild and unfounded doctrine. If you have a word revealed to you, do not tell others your revelation until you can back it up with scripture for support. It may take awhile, but Yahweh will support it if it came from him. If it contradicts the foundational truths—virgin birth, body ministry, redemption through Christ, the born-again-experience, and baptism of the Holy Spirit, it didn’t come from Him.
You Are the Temple of Yahweh
“Know ye not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of
Yahweh dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16.
You are a unique individual, accept yourself as such and be thankful for that which Yahweh is in you.
You may esteem your spiritual worth to be quite inferior in comparison with that of some highly esteemed personality; however, rest assured that deep within each life lies the God-given potential to fulfill itself in Him.
Failure to recognize and appreciate our individual calling and purpose in Yahweh often creates an inward desire to follow or to conform to the image of some highly exalted individual, but we soon find the substitution to be a dark and unyielding path that leaves us feeling unworthy of self-materialization and expression. This encourages rejection of the indwelling Christ; hence, stops the mediatorial work which brings us to fulfillment in Christ.
Everything about us is unique, even that which our fingers touch is left with an invisible print that will forever go unmatched. In like manner, the Spirit of Life within each of us bears its own personal mark on those who are touched by it.
Accept yourself as Yahweh made you and give thanks for his indwelling life. Confess that you are truly the temple whom Yahweh alone created for his habitation. Seek to discover your own life in Yahweh, for in the finding you will have reached your fulfillment.