A listener wrote:
I have always understood that even though we all receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit starts to work within us immediately to develop/nourish whatever gifts are granted to us by the will of the Father. Not everyone receives all the gifts and some may not even be fruitful with whatever one/all gifts. It’s a process that usually does not happen right away….?
This is the common teaching of churches who do not believe the Baptism of Holy Spirit is valid – I sat under it all my life…until I RECEIVED the Baptism of the Holy Spirit 3 1/2 years ago. My eyes were opened completely to the true meaning of the verses about the gifts.
As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matt. 3:11
“…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. Acts 19:6
Can you give someone a prophecy? Can you ask the Lord to bless someone, have Him put a word or picture on the screen of your mind and then, as you speak it out, KNOW things about that person that you could never have known unless the Lord put that information in your mind Himself? Can you see an injured bone/muscle/leg/etc. on the screen of your mind, turn around only to find someone near you limping or on crutches – and then go ask them if they would like to be healed…and through the POWER of Holy Spirit heal them?
THESE are the workings, the gifts of Holy Spirit. And yes, Holy Spirit DOES increase your ability in these gifts as you faithfully use them for people, for the sake of the Kingdom.
ALL of the churches I have attended in my life have “dumbed down” these gifts, literally stripped the power from them because they will not acknowledge the power of Holy Spirit in them. They refuse to recognize that there really is a separate imparting of Holy Spirit, and the ability to work in HIS power given to those who ask. The gifts then become…a “natural” thing that supposedly Holy Spirit now increases in you.
There ARE some gifts you are naturally born with – Helps, Service, Teaching, etc. These the Holy Spirit will enhance. But can you do these? The evidence of the Spirit’s presence is given to each person for the common good of everyone. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. The same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge. To another person the same Spirit gives courageous faith. To another person the same Spirit gives the ability to heal. Another can work miracles. Another can speak what God has revealed. Another can tell the difference between spirits. Another can speak in different kinds of languages. Another can interpret languages. There is only one Spirit who does all these things by giving what God wants to give to each person. I Cor. 12:7-11
That’s where the rubber meets the road. All the churches I have been associated with will insist that THESE gifts “died out with the apostles”. Sorry. Heidi Baker has raised people from the dead, seen the Lord give sight to a woman with no pupils, fed 150 children from a bucket of 4 pieces of chicken and hundreds and hundreds of other healings and miracles. Not only does He work through her – He works through the children she gathers in from the streets of Mozambique and cares for, in fact, they can’t wait to go out and minister to others the way the Lord ministered to them through Mama Heidi. Now, in these last days, there are many, many, many others that the Lord is gifting the very same way, as was prophesied:
…but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17
You will notice that the prophet did not say only certain prophets, or just the young. EVERYONE is given this gift, this pouring out. EVERYONE who is Baptized in the Spirit can do ANY of these things, as the Lord leads and allows. Yes – there are some who are specially called to give prophecies, and we call them prophets. Some who are called especially to heal – and we call them healers. But any Christian, filled with the Baptism of Holy Spirit can give someone else a prophecy. You just have to understand how…
I co-train at the online school Inside Out Training and Equipping School, a school that teaches believers how to tap into these gifts through the power and instruction of Holy Spirit. This is how I KNOW that you can learn to prophecy…I’ve seen it over and over as I teach others how to do this.