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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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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 bring all races, nations, ethnicities etc together]

Manifestation ~ The Apostle Paul instructed the church in Corinth about speaking in tongues in his discussion of the gifts of the Spirit in a letter to them. His purpose was to encourage them to value the gift, but not too highly; to practice it, but not abuse it. In the letter, Paul commands church brethren, "Do not forbid to speak in tongues" (1 Corinthians 14:39), while warning them that "all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner" He further expresses his wishes that those to whom he wrote "all spoke with tongues" (1 Corinthians 14:5) and claims himself to speak with tongues more than all of the church at Corinth combined ("I thank God I speak with tongues more than you all" 1 Corinthians 14:18). At the same time he argues that not everyone can speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:29) and discourages simultaneous speaking in tongues directed at people rather than God, lest unbelievers should think that the assembled believers were "mad" (1 Corinthians 14:23, 27). Tongues, says Paul, is speaking to God, rather than men ("in the Spirit he speaks mysteries" (1 Corinthians 14:2)). Paul claims that tongues-speaking edifies the person speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:4), that it is the action of a praying tongues-speaker’s spirit (as opposed his or her understanding, see 1 Corinthians 14:14), and that praying in tongues serves both to bless God as well as to give thanks (1 Corinthians 14:16-17). However, he also expressed a preference for prophecy over tongues-speaking, unless [a tongues-speaker] interprets,
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