Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nigerian Christians Are Neglecting the Powerful Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Any Christian without the Holy Spirit is powerless. And this is the unfortunate predicament of majority of Nigerian Christians, because they have failed to connect with the Holy Spirit of God. That is why majority of Nigerian Christians live in daily fear and lack boldness and cannot achieve any greatness in life. They have become easy pawns and victims of evil forces in the battlefield of the world. They have eyes, yet they cannot see, because they are spiritually blind. Now, let us discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the power in each one.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
◄ Acts 1:8 ►
1 Corinthians 12 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1.Brothers and sisters, I want you to know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
2. You know that at one time you were unbelievers. You were somehow drawn away to worship statues of gods that couldn’t even speak.
3. So I want you to know that no one who is speaking with the help of God’s Spirit says, “May Jesus be cursed.” And without the help of the Holy Spirit no one can say, “Jesus is Lord.”
4. There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit.
5. There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord.
6. There are different ways the Spirit works. But the same God is working in all these ways and in all people.
7. The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all.
8. To some people the Spirit gives a message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives a message of knowledge.
9. To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing.
10. To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages.
11. All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives gifts to each person, just as he decides.
One Body but Many Parts
12. There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.
13. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink.
14. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.
15. Suppose the foot says, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body.
16. And suppose the ear says, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body.
17. If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell?
18. God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be.
19. If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body?
20. As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body.
21. The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
22. In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without.
23. The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care.
24. The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any.
25. In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another.
26. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.
27. You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
28. First, God has placed apostles in the church. Second, he has placed prophets in the church. Third, he has placed teachers in the church. Then he has given to the church miracles and gifts of healing. He also has given the gift of helping others and the gift of guiding the church. God also has given the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages.
29. Is everyone an apostle? Is everyone a prophet? Is everyone a teacher? Do all work miracles?
30. Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in languages they had not known before? Do all explain what is said in those languages?
31. But above all, you should want the more important gifts.
Love Is NecessaryBut now I will show you the best way of all.
Spiritual Gift of Discernment
The spiritual gift of discernment is also known as the gift of "discernment of spirits" or "distinguishing between spirits." The Greek word for the gift of discernment is Diakrisis. The word describes being able to distinguish, discern, judge or appraise a person, statement, situation, or environment. In the New Testament it describes the ability to distinguish between spirits as in 1 Corinthians 12:10, and to discern good and evil as in Hebrews 5:14.
The Holy Spirit gives the gift of discernment to enable certain Christians to clearly recognize and distinguish between the influence of God, Satan, the world, and the flesh in a given situation. The church needs those with this gift to warn believers in times of danger or keep them from being led astray by false teaching. See also I Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:3-6; 16:16-18; 1 John 4:1.
Spiritual Gift of Knowledge
The spiritual gift of knowledge is also known as the “word of knowledge” or “utterance of knowledge.” The Greek word for this gift is Gnosis and it simply means knowledge and understanding. The Scriptural emphasis in 1 Corinthians 12:8 is on the ability to speak this knowledge to others in a given situation. In the opening passages of 1 Corinthians, Paul spoke of knowledge and recognized that the highest form of knowledge among men is the Gospel of Jesus Christ (i.e. the testimony about Christ, cf. 1 Corinthians 1:4-7). What we can conclude then is the gift of knowledge is an understanding of the things in this world and in our lives that is founded in the Gospel and rooted in the Scriptures. This gift is closely related to the gift of wisdom which is alluded to by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
The Holy Spirit gives this spiritual gift to some believers to bring about understanding and to inform the church or individual believers. The person with this gift is usually well-versed in the Scriptures and often has much committed to memory. They can retain the truth and communicate it effectively at the appropriate times. The gift of knowledge allows a believer to relate the Scriptures, and particularly the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to all aspects of life in this world. They can see how it connects to every situation and circumstance and how the reality and truth of the Gospel is to inform every decision a Christian makes.
Gift Definition Pages
Interpretation of Tongues

Please, it would be most beneficial to read and meditate on each of the gifts as defined in the link I provided.
I have pasted the two on Discernment and Word of Knowledge that I know are most lacking among majority of Nigerian Christians, especially the power of the spirit of discernment which to me is a MUST HAVE, because it helps you to discern the evil spirit of falsehood, conceit and deceit or commonly known as the evil spirit of lies which we all know is possessing majority of people in the world and not only Nigerians. But this evil spirit of lies seems to be most active among Nigerians whose lifestyles are packaged in falsehood.
They lie as they drink water. In fact their saliva is coated with lies. And I thank God for the Holy Spirit Gift of the Power for Discernment.
It is a waste of time to lie to me or lie against me as many people who know me have found out.
The Holy Spirit does not waste time in revealing it to me in dreams and visions. And sometimes the revelation comes with speaking in tongues as God speaks aloud to you and also gives you the interpretation and in my own case, the revelation has always been right no matter how the person lies and tries to cover his or her lies.
Our Lord and Messiah Jesus Christ warned us against this evil spirit of DECEPTION.
DECEPTION is what Satan and his children and agents use most. But Jesus Christ gave us the easiest and simplest way to discern and expose them, because He said by their fruits you shall know them. By their behaviours and characteristics of their actions you will sooner or later know them and please, always expose them. When you fail to expose them, you have become an accomplice and converted to their cult of Satan, the Father of Lies.
The difference between children of God and children of Satan is the TRUTH.
Children of God hate lies and that is why we cannot accept lies, no matter how attractive and lucrative the lies come to tempt us and ensnare us.
With the power of discernment as we pray, we shall be delivered, because it is written:
"We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped."
◄ Psalm 124:7 ►

"For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth."
◄ John 4:24 ►

"For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."
~ ◄ Matthew 24:24 ►

"And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light."
◄ 2 Corinthians 11:14 ►

"By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?"
~ ◄ Matthew 7:16 ►

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
~ ◄ John 8:32 ►


It is a waste of time for liars to pray to God until they repent.
Every prayer of a liar without repentance is an abomination unto God and becomes a curse unto the liar.

May our Almighty Father JEHOVAH God help us all to desire, ask for and receive the infinite powers of the Holy Spirit in the battlefield of this world. Amen.

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