Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Secrets of God’s Heart

Hello everyone,

In my previous letter, I introduced the marvellous gifts of the Holy Spirit. I know that many of you may already be quite familiar with these gifts and how they operate; on the other hand, there are those of you who have never before been taught concerning them. Either way, I didn’t want to push them aside, but rather briefly talk about them because they are such powerful and important tools the Holy Spirit has given us. They really do help us live out our Christian faith victoriously and effectively; in fact, the Lord has placed so much importance on these gifts, emphasising that every child of God should be actively operating in them continuously, until He returns.  

Which leads me to say this: in taking in what I teach, you will probably recognise that you have been operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, without even realising it. Undoubtedly this will be very encouraging to you and even awaken a desire to pay closer attention to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your everyday life. In fact, what I want to achieve in this series, is to stir a deeper hunger for you to become more aware of and sensitive to the Person of the Holy Spirit Who is living inside you, and is ready and eager to be a more tangible presence in your life.  

Remember the Word teaches us to earnestly pursue love and desire spiritual gifts. Allow me to share a quick personal testimony of something that has happened to me recently, as I’ve been studying these gifts. One afternoon I was watching a teaching on the gift of a word of knowledge by Dr. Matthew Stevenson. What impressed me about his message was how he practically operated in the gift while he taught. He made a statement that all gifts must be tested, and one way to do that is to see if that gift points back to Jesus. In other words, after ministering the gift, Jesus is worshipped, glorified and celebrated far above the person operating in the gift. This is exactly what I experienced when I watched Him minister. I was so moved by how the people He ministered to were significantly blessed and encouraged by the word of knowledge Dr. Stevenson gave them. It really was a manifestation of God’s attention to the details in their lives. I was in tears watching their response when, through the word of knowledge, they felt intimately connected with God in their personal situation. They realised that God really cares about them and that He sees them.  

So many people feel as though they are overlooked, unseen or ignored. They feel that their lives are insignificant compared to others and don’t even expect the Lord to put His finger on them, so to speak, and read their mail to them. While watching this teaching and the effectiveness of this gift in operation I was so overwhelmed by the goodness and kindness of God and the tender love and compassion He has for us.  When I saw the impact it had on their lives I felt such a deep hunger to operate in this gift stir on the inside of me.

Later that evening, while I was sitting with my family around the dinner table, I began to tell them about what I had seen and, right there and then, I felt this flow of joy just begin to rise and bubble up in me; and I burst out laughing! With that laughter came such a joyful refreshing, like medicine to my soul, and I just went with it; I laughed so hard that the tears just flowed; and as I was laughing, I felt something unlock inside me and instead of laughing I began sobbing. I actually managed to leave the table and ran outside to get fresh air and let the Holy Spirit do in me what I knew needed to be done, even though I didn’t understand exactly what it was.  

The sense of peace and love I felt was very powerful and I know the Holy Spirit was ministering to me and significantly touching my life. What He began to do in my heart while I was watching that teaching video, He was continuing to do when I started speaking about it to my family.

My desire to operate effectively in this particular gift, because of the effect it has on people’s lives, has been awakened. Later on, I watched a teaching on this gift by Sean Boltz and he reminded me of how the desire for us to operate in the gifts of the Spirit to see people connect with the tangible love of God is in fact a desire He placed on our hearts in the first place. What a joy to know the desires of our hearts reflect the desires of His heart!

It’s no secret that the gift of a word of knowledge is the gift we are discussing today. Essentially, it’s a fragment of knowledge that is divinely revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. This is knowledge that involves facts and details that we would not naturally know about a particular person’s life. Rick Renner explains the purpose of this gift is to illuminate to the person that God is indeed aware and knowledgeable of the facts and details of their personal lives and situations. In doing this it opens up their hearts to receive and understand the care of God for them. We see this gift operate through Jesus when He met with the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4. At first the woman seems a little put off by Jesus, almost having an attitude of annoyance, especially since He was a Jew and she a Samaritan. Their discussion of where each culture chose to worship certainly revealed a harboured prejudice in her. But as soon as Jesus began to reveal the personal details of her life, those walls of prejudice collapsed and her heart was opened wide to see and receive Him for the Saviour He was! In the desperate desert of her life, this woman found – in one word of knowledge – the source of Living Water that would change her forever. She was so touched that she became the first evangelist to her village!

Now, in his teaching on the gift of a word of knowledge, Pastor Neal Reyes points out that this gift is not identified as someone who is knowledgeable in all things or broad areas of life. It is a supernatural revelation about a current or past situation that we could not have known by our own reasoning or understanding, without God revealing it to us. He shared a beautiful testimony of how this gift significantly touched a lady’s life that was in their home cell. This lady had gone through a rather traumatic and painful divorce and, even though she loved and served the Lord, she just couldn’t feel whole or able to be free in the area of her emotions. The Lord revealed to Pastor Reyes that in the past this lady had an abortion and had never dealt with the pain and guilt it brought her. One evening he and his wife spoke to her about it in private, and when she heard the deep secret of her heart being revealed in such compassion and unconditional love, she was able to fully open her heart and release the shame and pain she had been harbouring for so long. She was able to embrace God’s forgiveness and even forgive herself, and the healing that began in her life brought her to a place where she was reconciled to her ex-husband and today they are serving the Lord together.

When we see the gift of a word of knowledge in operation, we see people have a first-hand encounter with the unconditional love of God. This is such a powerful gift to reach unbelievers too. When they encounter a God Who knows the secret details of their lives, and is not angry with them but wants to see them free and whole, a holy fear and reverence comes over them because He has proved His undeniable reality to them. What a privilege to work with the Holy Spirit, having ‘inside information’ to draw the lost to His saving grace.

I hope your heart has been stirred and a deep desire to operate in this gift has awakened in you, just as it has in me. Firstly, we need to recognise that this gift is from the Holy Spirit and He lives in us, meaning it’s something we already possess! Then we must understand that the desire we feel to operate in it, is His desire for us too. So pray that He would specifically begin to activate this gift inside you, and open the eyes and ears of your spirit to see and hear the secret things of His heart concerning others to you, so you can be a vessel to encourage and connect them to Him.  

Let’s live each day extra sensitive to His voice, expecting Him to activate this wonderful gift of a word of knowledge in us.

Much love,


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Discover and Explore

Hello everyone,

Goodness, we have come along quite a journey talking about the power of God that is available to every born-again believer, haven’t we? I think what’s most encouraging and exciting, is the truth that in our relationship with the Lord, there is always a progression! We will never arrive at the place where we know all there is to know, or have experienced all there is for us to experience in Him. It’s like looking at the reflection of a well cut diamond that the light has caught in just the right way to throw out thousands of shiny, colourful, dancing specks of light. There are so many beautiful and wonderful truths to discover and experience in the Lord, I believe it will take an eternity to do it all.

I suppose what is really thrilling is that this Christian faith is alive and the amount of attention we give to developing it always pays dividends. What I mean is: it always enriches us in a significant way. We are never untouched or unchanged by whatever we put in. This is simply remarkable to me! I’ve often told the Lord how learning about Him and living for Him is a win-win scenario for me – every time! There is just no getting the wrong side of the deal with Him, or coming out second best. There is no loss for us when we pursue anything concerning Him.

I’ve been doing a study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12. I’ve listened and watched different teachings about them and their purpose in our lives, and have learnt that they are actually more active in our lives than we realise. Being led by the Spirit of God in our everyday lives paves the way for us to operate in these powerful gifts more frequently than not, and brings such a joy knowing we are operating in an active partnership with the Precious Holy Spirit.

Lester Sumrall made a statement that got my attention. He said as Holy Spirit led children of God, we are the creators of an environment, not partakers of it. We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. Personally, I agree with Him; I really do believe that since we carry the powerful presence of God in us, we should be the ones defusing what the enemy has set up for disaster and diffusing the peace and love and power of God everywhere. Doesn’t that remind you of 2 Corinthians 2:14, that says, “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere. Operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit can and will do just that.

Now, even though they overlap and interact with each other, the gifts of the Holy Spirit seem to be categorised into three different groups: the revelation gifts; the power gifts; and the inspiration gifts. Today we are going to begin looking at the revelation gifts which include the gift of a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. As we explore these gifts, we understand they all operate at the discretion and by the unction of the Holy Spirit, and they must be administrated in a way that benefits and profits all. The Word teaches us to be good stewards of these gifts being sensitive enough to not just receive them, but operate in them at the most appropriate time. 

Remember, even though the Holy Spirit initiates the gifts in us, we are still in complete control of our faculties. We don’t go into some strange spiritual trance or stupor while being held hostage by the Holy Spirit as He forces the words out our mouths, anytime, anywhere, and we have no control over it. That simply isn’t the way the Holy Spirit works. The devil, on the other hand, manipulates, controls and abuses those he possess – not so the Holy Spirit! We maintain our free will to either flow with Him, or not. Of course, if we harden our hearts towards Him and choose to ignore His promptings, we grieve Him; and without a change of heart, we’ll find ourselves in a place where His manifest Presence ceases to operate in our lives as it should. Galatians 5:4 speaks about this.  

Now, most gifts operate primarily in the environment of the church, they can and do operate outside of that environment too – wherever and whenever the Holy Spirit deems it necessary. Every time, it will be for the benefit and profit of the one on the receiving end of the gift.  

Paul was pretty clear on how the gifts should operate in the church. He explains that to just shout out what the Holy Spirit releases on your heart, at any time in the service, on the top of your lungs, is certainly not going to benefit anyone. If anything, it’s going to disrupt the flow of the service and whatever the Holy Spirit is doing at that moment. That’s why Paul says it’s best to quietly submit what the Lord has laid on your heart to the leadership. The pastor, who is called by God to lead the service and is ever sensitive to the flow and direction it should take, will release you to speak what the Lord has given you, at the appropriate time. This way it will strengthen the flow and enhance what the Spirit is doing in the service, benefiting everyone.

Having said all that, we have time to look at one of the gifts of the Spirit today, and it’s called a Word of Wisdom. This is a specific word that the Holy Spirit reveals to you concerning the future. It’s important to note it’s a fragment of wisdom, relating to a specific situation that has not yet happened. It’s not when someone is generally wise about all things in life. Some churches teach that Solomon operated in the gift of a word of wisdom, but that’s not true at all. He may have been wise in some of his dealings, but that doesn’t mean he operated in a word of wisdom. Remember, it’s a specific, fragment of information about a future event that you would naturally have absolutely no knowledge of. That’s why it’s called a revelation gift, where God supernaturally reveals it to you.  

The reason for this word of wisdom will be to give direction or a directive. It can also warn you of something, so you can prepare yourself for it. This is what happened to Noah when God warned him about the impending flood. The warning came along with specific instructions to prepare him for the flood. The Apostle Paul also received a word of wisdom, warning him about a future event in Acts 27. Before he set sail to leave the Island of Crete, the Holy Spirit gave him a word of wisdom, warning him of a terrible typhoon that would cause the ship to sink. Paul warned the captain and his crew to not leave the port for the sea, but they didn’t heed him. And then, away from the safety of land, a terrified crew faced the dilemma of a ship about to be wrecked and their lives most certainly lost to the mercy of the dangerous, stormy sea. But in verses 21-27, we read how Paul calmly and confidently tells them an angel of the Lord had appeared to him saying that not one of them would lose their lives.  And even though they lost the ship, they were all spared. 

Now, the word of wisdom could also be a warning where we need to take heed and change something by the power of prayer. Here, when the Lord warns us about something in the future, His Spirit may stir in us an urgency to pray specifically about it to ensure a favourable outcome. Romans 4:17 tells us we can call things that don’t exist as though they do. I have often been in prayer meetings or church services where a word of wisdom came warning the church of a future event. Right there and then we would pray into the situation, exercise our God-given authority until we felt the urgency lift and the peace of God dominate. Then, we would burst into spontaneous praise declaring the goodness and victory of God over our lives. What a powerful, dynamic gift the Holy Spirit has given us, for victory!  A direct, timeous supernatural revelation; a fragment of wisdom concerning the future… 

In our next letter we’ll explore more of these exciting and powerful gifts!

Much love,


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Gifts that Enrich!

Hello everyone,

Lately we’ve been diving into the truth of God’s Word concerning the powerful, enriching grace of God that is available to every born-again believer!  The more I study and look into the truth concerning it, the more excited I get and I’m even more excited to bring you along with me!

The chief scripture we’ve been discussing is 1 Corinthians 1:4-5, where Paul speaks about the grace (charis) of God being poured out, or bestowed on us, in Christ Jesus. He was, at the time, addressing the Corinthian church, explaining how grateful he was to see how they had embraced the teaching of the truth of God’s grace, believed in it, opened their lives to it and experienced it in their lives. Then he speaks of the visible results that grace had on their lives. He said they were in every respect enriched by it.  

God’s Grace is Multi-faceted 

We have discovered that Paul explains the charis grace of God as the manifest presence of God, touching our lives in a significant way, to empower and equip and transform us, to do what naturally and normally we could not do on our own.

Then, when we go over to 1Peter 4:10-11, we see this same charis grace of God, that every believer has received, as being multi-faceted, or many-sided, and it includes the extremely diverse spiritual powers and gifts.  Now I know that a large portion of the church shies away from these spiritual powers and gifts for various reasons; mostly due to incorrect teaching or understanding of them, or misconceptions of their purpose and how they are meant to function.  Either way, we cannot ignore that God has dedicated much of the New Testament to teaching on these gifts and powers, which means He expects us to educate ourselves concerning them, open our lives to them and allow them to work in and through us, as He dictates.

In this letter, without going into an in-depth study of the individual gifts found in 1 Corinthians 12, I want to emphasis how their operating in our lives, enriches us greatly, and why the Bible says they are extremely necessary and vitally important for the church today.  

ALL Spiritual Gifts are for EVERY Believer

To begin with, we must understand that the 9 gifts of the Spirit are the supernatural MANIFESTATION of the works of God, and are given and made available to every born-again child of God.  1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “But to each one is given the MANIFESTATION of the [Holy] Spirit [the evidence, the spiritual illumination of the Spirit] for good and profit.”  

What’s important to note is that in 1 Corinthians 1:7, Paul urges that we ALL LACK NO GIFT, until Jesus returns!  In other words we should all be open and yielded to the Holy Spirit to operate in each spiritual gift, as He wills, until the day Jesus comes back for us.  In fact, 1 Corinthians 14:1 says we are to follow after love and DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS.  

In 1 Corinthians 14:26, we are given the primary benefit of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It says they are all to edify the church. There are no restrictions on which gifts are able to be accessed or operated in, all are actively available, at the discretion of the Holy Spirit; and that their purpose is to profit and edify the church.  No only that, they are very powerful witnessing tools to unbelievers.  The first hand experience of seeing the working of miracles and gifts of healing will without doubt have a life transforming effect on anyone’s heart.   

Having said that, 1Corinthians 1:6-9 share 3 specific ways these spiritual gifts enrich our lives.  These are by no means the only benefits, and I know that as I briefly share them, they will be a blessing and encouragement to you.

Benefit 1: The Gifts Make Christ Real to Us

1 Corinthians 1:6 says, “In this way [our] witnessing concerning Christ (the Messiah) was so confirmed and established and made sure in you,”  I find this verse particularly meaningful.  When Jesus walked on this earth, He constantly operated, by the Holy Spirit, in the supernatural gifts of God.  He was always motivated by His deep love and compassion for people, wanting to see them free from the bondage of the curse of sin and it’s terrible affect on their lives.  That compassion for people is still the same today as it was then, only now what Jesus said would happen is being fulfilled!  He said that when He goes to be with the Father, His Holy Spirit would come and live in us, and through Him, we would be empowered to do the very same works He did.  In fact, He said even greater works would be done.  That doesn’t necessarily mean greater in quality, but rather greater in quantity.  It’s a comparison where compared to just one man (Jesus), there would be millions of Spirit filled people operating in those same gifts!  Hallelujah!  The church of God has the power to change the world by God’s manifest love and power operating in and through us!

Now, when those gifts manifest through us, they operate by the unction of the Holy Spirit. We move in obedience to Him, and get to see and be a vessel through which the Spirit of Jesus visibly touches and heals and restores people.  Instead of just hearing or reading about miracles and healings and prophecy and all those wonderful gifts of the Spirit that took place in the Bible; we don’t have to imagine them, we are able to see and experience Jesus touching people the same way, right in front of our eyes.  The image of the Person of Jesus being our healer, prophet, and miracle worker leaves the mental realm, and comes into our reality.  He is confirmed, established, and made sure in us!

Benefit 2: The Gifts Mature Us

1 Corinthians 1:8 says, “And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).”  When we embrace the grace of God and yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, operating in the gifts of the Spirit, we are kept steadfast in our faith. Whether the gifts of revelation, power or inspiration operate, they bring an establishing maturity into our lives.  Since we are experiencing the voice and work of God, by the Spirit of God and not our own intellect, we are significantly strengthened in our spiritual walk with the Lord.  That’s because the active, tangible role of the Holy Spirit influences us to keep our lives free from sin and a lukewarm relationship with God.  Seeing the gifts operating in and around us stirs up a Holy reverence for the Lord and a deep passion and desire to live pure, clean and wholeheartedly for Him, until He returns for us.

Benefit 3: The Gifts Make us Partners with Christ

1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  

Sometimes the pressures and demands of life can be overwhelming. But with the Spirit of God and His gifts operating in the church, we don’t have to navigate through life alone.  The Holy Spirit has made our partnership with Jesus a concrete reality through the supernatural Presence and power of God operating in our lives through these gifts!  

Let me explain, according to verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 1, we are enriched in Christ.  The prefix en means in and by.  In other words, God’s supernatural presence has secured us in Jesus, at the point of our salvation, and keeps us being enriched by Him. Today and every day, we can intimately know and experience the Person of Jesus as our healer, our prophet, our wisdom, our miracle worker, our comforter, and everything we need Him to be.  And as we follow His lead, He will partner with us to demonstrate  His nature to whomever He leads us to.  As He works His spiritual gifts through our lives, we are able to form a dynamic partnership of love and power with the Spirit of Christ!  He gives us a word of wisdom, or knowledge or prophecy to encourage someone and confirm He is a very real and personal presence in their lives.  As our Partner, He works through us to bring whatever He deems necessary to touch the lives of the people around us.  Whether it’s healing or a miracle, even a tongue or interpretation of a tongue, whichever gift He sees as necessary at the time, He prompts our spirits to step out with Him in faith and flow in His supernatural power, as one, inseparable partnership.

There is no denying the enriching and empowering grace of God that’s available to every believer, demonstrated through the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  There is such an exciting partnership for us to walk in with the Holy Spirit, but unless we educate ourselves concerning them, we will never have the confidence to open our lives to them and live in this glorious partnership.

Remember the gifts of the Spirit are for the benefit and profit of the church.  As we embrace them and learn to operate in them, they will enrich us by making Jesus real to us; by bringing us to a place of spiritual maturity; and by causing us to work in a divine partnership with the Lord, where we touch the lives of others, just as He did when He walked on this earth. 

All my love,


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Show Me the Power!

Hello everyone,

There has been so much controversy in the church concerning the manifest power of God being available to every born-again believer.  Which is really crazy, especially since the New Testament and history, have so much to say about it being a very real, and active part of the church throughout the years and today.   And yet Christians are still being taught that operating in the power of God is a privilege that ended when Jesus and the Apostles left the earth.  I want to tell you today that nothing could be more wrong; and the tragedy is that when we are not accurately taught the truth from God’s Word, we won’t believe and be open to receive and experience all that He has for us while we are on this earth.

The truth is: The manifest power of God is an essential part of the identity of our Christian faith.  It has everything to do with the nature we received at our salvation, when the Holy Spirit came to live inside us.  All the fulness and power of God resides in Him, and since our spirits are one with His, that power resides in us too!   Without it, it’s impossible for us to effectively spread the Gospel to a world that is searching for something more powerful than the bondages and addictions they cling to in order to numb their pain and disappointment in this world. It’s the manifest power of God in the believer that gives us the confidence to act in our authority over the devil and cast out demons that are oppressing people, keeping them in spiritual chains of defeat. It’s the manifest power of God that allows us to pray for the sick and see them healed. In fact, one moment surrendered to that power of God will completely transform a life forever. But where is that power today? Is it really no longer available to, or evident in, the believers of Jesus Christ? 

The truth is undeniable; the power of God is as much alive and evident today as when the Holy Spirit was released to enter the lives of the believers on the day of Pentecost. It has never ceased to burn like a holy fire in hearts and lives; spreading like wild fire, setting people alight with power and passion; leaving a trail of visible manifestations of miracles, healings, deliverances and a fervent passion for souls – across the globe! Signs, wonders and miracles are not a thing of the ancient past; they are administrated through the empowered body of Christ, right here, right now!  This is something I have personally seen, experienced and operated in, so quite frankly, it’s too late to even try convince me otherwise.  

I have no doubt in my mind that every born-again believer desires to experience the tangible presence and power of God in their lives. Isn’t that the very thing that makes our faith so alive and vital in this world? There is nothing that compares to experiencing the Spirit of God dominating our lives; and when He does, it’s never insignificant, quiet, or without some kind of visible manifestation. When the supernatural presence of God influences our natural lives, it is evident not only to us but to others around us too!

According to the Word of God this manifestation of the power of God is available to every believer! All we need to do is be knowledgeable about it, so we can believe it, make ourselves open to it, and receive it! Now the Apostle Paul has quite a bit to say about the manifest power of God that should be operating in every believer. In 1 Corinthians 1:4 he speaks about the grace of God being poured out, or bestowed on us, in Christ Jesus. He was, at the time, addressing the Corinthian church, explaining how grateful he was to see how they had embraced the teaching of the truth of God’s grace, believed in it, opened their lives to it and experienced it in their lives. Then in the very next verse, he spoke of the visible results that grace had on their lives. He said, “ every respect you were enriched, in full power and readiness of speech [to speak of your faith] and complete knowledge and illumination [to give you full insight into its meaning].”  

The Corinthian church was enriched with full power to be ready and equipped to testify and spread the Good News of the Gospel more effectively and efficiently than they could on their own, by the grace of God.

Now it’s very important for us to understand what Paul meant when he used the word grace here. In the Greek, it’s translated charis. Now here’s an interesting fact: that word charis is an original pagan term, depicting someone being touched by the gods, and receiving a visible manifestation of this supernatural empowerment. I recently listened to a teaching series by a Greek scholar, Rick Renner, on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He shared some pretty amazing facts on this rather remarkable topic.  You may want to check it out for yourself.

Now, when Paul said the charis of God is poured out and bestowed on the believer, he is explaining it as the manifest presence of God, touching our lives in a significant way, to empower and equip and transform us, to do what naturally and normally we could not do on our own. When we open our lives to the charis of God, it changes everything about us. It allows God’s Word to become alive to us, and in doing so, it transforms the way we think.  You know where that leads don’t you - how you think affects how you speak and how you behave. The charis grace of God empowers us to have victory over sin; it gives us a great boldness to witness; and it causes the manifestation of the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit to operate in and through us as we cooperate with the Him.  As I mentioned before, when the supernatural presence of God influences our natural lives it’s never insignificant, quiet, or without some kind of visible manifestation.

Whenever God’s charis power is embraced by a believer and at work in our lives, it enables us to do things that are outside of our natural abilities. We read about this same grace being active in believers throughout the New Testament. On every account, the result of its work was both tangible and visible.

Paul spoke of how the charis grace of God marvellously transformed his life and made him to be the man he was; a very powerful, effective vessel for Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:10; 3:10; Ephesians 3:7).  He said it was the grace of God that empowered his work to be fruitful and effective.  It empowered him to be a master builder in the things of God, and it enabled him to minister the gospel in great power. 

1 Peter 4:10 teaches us that this charis grace of God is many-sided, or multi-faceted.  It has many different expressions and manifestations. This grace for spiritual gifts is a divine endowment, a part of our spiritual inheritance for every born-again believer. We are instructed to put it to work in our lives to benefit others, as good trustees of this marvellous gift! “As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favour].”

In 2 Corinthians 9:8, Paul tells us that God’s charis grace is able to abound and overflow in our lives making us super-efficient to do the work of God. According to James 4:6, the only prerequisite is that we humble ourselves to put away our own preconceived ideas, believe what His Word says, and be open to receive and experience it.  It says, “...He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).”  

God’s manifest power is alive, active and available to every born-again believer today! It’s a power that touches our lives in a most significant way.   It transforms and equips us, and cause us to operate in the Spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit, with great power, as we cooperate with Him.

If you want to see the manifest power of God at work in and through you, then educate yourself by meditating on what His Word says about it, then ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh infilling of His power and trust Him to lead and guide you in flowing in that power each day! Remember, the power is wrapped up in the Person of the Holy Spirit, Who lives inside you, so reach out in faith, believe, and receive a fresh surge of that power today.