July 2014 Teaching Article - The Manifestation of His Spirit
1Corinthians 12:7”But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” Since every Christian has been given the Holy Spirit, he has the potential to demonstrate the particular gift which has been given him. In Jesus Christ, God has privileged us to live above the ordinary. Those who want to live on a lower plane and be “ordinary” can do so, but I refuse to be ordinary. Acts 19:11”And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” Acts 6:8”And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.” The purpose of the Spirit baptism is to empower believers to act like sons of God.
Stephen was a man just like you and I, but he put himself in a place where God could so move upon him that he, in turn, could move all before him. The same unction, the same Holy Spirit power is at our command as it was at the command of Stephen and the apostles. We have the same God that Abraham and Elijah had. We need not come behind in any gift or grace. If we are full of the Holy Spirit, when there is a need, I believe God will manifest any gift of the Holy Spirit through us. 1John 2:6”He that says that he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” The baptism of the Spirit is to so immerse us in every facet of our being so that we would be saturated with His glory and be just like Jesus here on this earth. I know for many Christians this seems so utterly impossible or unthinkable.
1Corinthians 6:17”But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” What does this mean? It means that as my spirit dominates my soul and body, so the Holy Spirit dominates my soul and body. My thoughts should be His thoughts, my words, actions, deeds, what I do, how I treat my wife, friends, family, people should be in perfect harmony with the Holy Spirit. Smith Wigglesworth is quoted as saying “a man filled with the Spirit of God should never say I can’t. To ask God for power after receiving the Holy Spirit is to call God a liar.” Acts 1:8”But you shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you.” I want to help you to decide that by the power of God, you will not be ordinary. John G Lake was quoted as saying "power, like electricity, can be directed through any object. Faith, on the other hand, is the important thing for faith directs the power.”
If you want a picture of faith then look at Jesus. If you want to know the purpose of faith then look at Jesus. Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” John 14:26”But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” We step out in faith and He helps. It is our decision to yield to and be controlled by the Holy Spirit. Wigglesworth said, "I use and stretch my faith as far as it will go until, if I need more, God gives me the gift of faith.”
Jesus said in John 5:19”The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: For what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.” John 5:30”I can of myself do nothing…” Jesus was totally dependent upon the Father to work through Him by the Holy Spirit. John 15:26-27”But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me: and you also shall bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.” Everything that the Word says, the Spirit will do through us. We have to push through to manifestation. The ministry of the Christian is the ministry of the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; who also has made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even us by the Spirit of the Lord.”