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Manifestation of God's Power Gifts

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Sermon shared by Ajai Prakash

May 2009
Summary: Today, the power gifts remain available as a part of God’s plan for His church, and are increasingly being manifested within the ’Body of Christ’ around the world. They are given to the body of Christ as valuable helps to accomplish works of ministry.
Audience: Believer adults
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6. Prophecy

OT ~ there is no question or debate at all, among Bible believers, that the Old Testament prophets received direct revelation and were able to foretell the future. There were prophetesses too.

NT ~ neither is there any indication of change in the character of New Testament prophecy, but rather its revelatory nature is clearly assumed.

Manifestation ~ Prophecy is the voice that God has lent to the silent agony, a voice to the plundered poor, to the profane riches of the world. It is a form of living, a crossing point of God and man. God is raging in the prophet’s words. A prophet is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to deliver a message for a specific purpose. It is often associated with predicting future events, but in Biblical terms it is wider and can include those given the power to preach repentance to those who do not want to hear the message and to warn of God’s wrath for disobedience. God’s calling as a prophet is not considered to elevate an individual for their glory, but for the glory of God and to turn people to him. Another purpose of prophesying is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14: 31 which says, ‘For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.’

7. Discerning of spirits

OT ~ more related to angelic or demonic forces. [Saul being attacked by a demonic spirit, Help delayed to Joshua and the Israelites due to the warrior angel being delayed on the way because of the evil forces]

NT ~ evidence of Godly and demonic spirits [Evil spirits driven into the swine’s which drowned in the water]

Manifestation ~ Charismatics consider it to be a spiritual gift that supernaturally enables a Christian believer to distinguish between holy and unholy spirits through the power of the Holy Spirit. This gift is thought to be especially necessary in instances when individuals may need to be delivered or healed of Demonic possession. In today’s world, people are led astray by complacency and temptation to live only for and in this world {see Gospel of Matthew 25:29}. Again, most do not realize the spiritual warfare going on all around and within them. Ephesians 6: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The truth here seems to say we fight against spiritual evil not against each other although the evil spirits love to confuse us to war against each other. In 1 John 4: 1 it tells us to test every spirit because of many false prophets.

Illustration: Spiritual warfare; sinful bondage; places or individuals under the influence of Godly or demonic spirits.

8. Speaking in Tongues [used interchangeably with languages in the Bible]

OT ~ starts at the tower of Babel in Genesis [God used it to cause confusion as man had rebelled]

NT ~ shows up again in Acts 2 [God used it to
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