I love how the Spirit of God operates as an extension of the Father. I love how He begins to paint a picture through people who are ready to serve Him.
The body of Christ is one, and it has many members, some of differing degrees of honor. The Word is very clear; God chooses people that love Him and works with those people to serve Him. You just respond to Him. God will give to one person one talent, to another two, to another five.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. – Matthew 25:15
The enemy will interfere and get you who have one talent to look at those with two and five talents and begin to compare yourself to them. That is Luciferian thinking. If God wanted you to have five talents, He would have given them to you. When God gives five talents to someone who hasn’t grown in Him to handle five talents, they will be like a bull in a china closet, causing all kinds of commotion and trouble. God’s not going to ask you to do anything more than you are capable of handling; of course, He’ll stretch you.
There are two kinds of gifts: the Holy Spirit gifts you, and the devil gifts you. The only way you can tell if it is the Spirit of God in a person or not, is to determine, is it self-serving? Is it building up that person? A lot of people have a need to be somebody. Satan, when he was Lucifer, had a need to be somebody. He already was perfect, so how can you be more perfect when you are already perfect? But he had a lust to be greater than God.The Bible says we are to desire the best gifts. Tweet this!
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. – 1 Corinthians 12:31
I have been growing up in God for over twenty years. I have not arrived yet. When I grow up in this thing as a believer myself, I am absolutely going to be dangerous one day. In the course of growing up, God has blessed me. I have been able to operate in all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. That means more work.
The gifts are not for your personal benefit. So when you want one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, do not get puffed up and prideful. “I have the gift of prophecy.” Or, “I have the gift of healing.” Then you have a wrong spirit. All the gifts are tools of God to help you establish His Kingdom and free people from Satan’s bondage. That is the goal of the gifts – to establish the Kingdom of God in power and release captives from the enemy’s bondage. That is it! The body of Christ needs to be liberated so that it can apprehend, appreciate, and grow up in the ways of God.
When God was dealing with me while I was growing in the gifts, I would check, check and check before I would step out in it. Until an elder came to me and rebuked me one day and said, “If you do not stop checking the Holy Spirit, He has told me He’s going to withdraw from you for a season until you appreciate His voice.” Ouch! Could you handle that if I came to you and said that?
I want to encourage you in that it is according to the measure of your faith. You just do not know in the physical world what the picture will look like when you look by faith, but you’re spiritual eyes learn to see with His vision. The picture of God’s spiritual world is people that love Him and He working in them and through them, fulfilling and restoring creation.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. – Romans 8:14
You do not know what God can use of vessels like you unless you pursue Him in love. It’s time to start being a loving believer of the Father.Click to tweet
-Dr. Henry Wright