May 30, 2016
The manifestation of the spirit 4
1 Corinthians 12:7 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal”
We have seen that the unveiling of the spirit is given to every man in Christ to receive.
The journey of the believer and his experience is one of receiving all that God has given in Christ. Men of exploits are great receivers!
Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
Now the word receive in the originals is very interesting. It is the Greek word “lambano”. It is a verb that means “to take to ones self or to lay hold on what belongs to you “. It is not a passive action, it is very active!
Many Christians live in lack of what they already have been given because they don’t know how to receive (lambano)! Great receivers are great demonstrators!
Now there is passive receiving and active receiving. In passive receiving the initiative is on the giver to drop the gift in your lap. But in active receiving you go and take what the giver as already told you is yours and belongs to you. This is why sons with an inheritance don’t beg their fathers for a thing. You don’t beg for what is yours, you take it!
Acts 20:32 “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
Ephesians 1:11 “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”
What’s the inheritance?
All that is in Christ in the Holy ghost.
Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
So we take by faith all we have been given.
We have been given “the manifestation of the spirit”. It is now time for us to take a hold of all that has been given in that manifestation. The gifts.
And the operations!
CONFESSION: The operations of the spirit is mine NOW! I walk in the fullness of the operations of the spirit. It is my realm, the realm of the spirit is home to me. Amen!
BIBLE READING: Ezra 2, John 4
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