Once again, The LORD has been showing me things that need addressing in a His Church.
There are three gifts of The Holy Spirit that are discussed, used, and abused interminably. There is also a fourth gift which, for whatever reason, is hardly ever used, rarely discussed, but still used and abused — albeit badly!
I’m talking about Healing, Prophecy, Deliverance, and Discernment.
These subjects alone could easily cause enough dissension to give a few people apoplexy, but we’ll press on, because The LORD has been speaking to me about them.
Why is there so much disagreement — even fear — over these things?
Quite clearly the great commission in Mark 16 tells us to use healing, deliverance, and discernment; and Paul speaks of prophecy and prophesying in several places.
There are certainly other gifts too, but these four cause the most division among the people of God.
Why do some, perhaps many, believe in the totally unbiblical premise that all the gifts and manifestations thereof died out or ceased with the apostles?
Why is Healing an acceptable, but infrequently used gift, in very many Churches?
Mostly because no-one, not even the pastor, understands or knows how to minister healing, so it’s usually left to a rare visiting speaker!
Why is Prophecy hardly ever used, or even allowed, in so many churches? Why is it eschewed, or at best very tightly controlled, in many of the Churches who do allow some prophecy?
Previous experience of abuse and subsequent damage to people — not “fitting in with the theme of this mornings service!” — only wanting ear tickling to please but nothing to correct or direct! The answers to this question are many and varied!
Why is Deliverance ministry usually feared and avoided at all costs?
From personal experience, we know of a pastor who banned deliverance ministry because ‘it’s dangerous – have you seen what a demon can do to somebody?’
Another pastor, confronted with someone discerning a pentagram on the floor of his basement, and subsequently it was confirmed that witches had been in the church, he refused any action ‘because it can’t stay here as we have The Holy Spirit here!’ Hmmm!
Why is Discernment so lacking in the church today? Where has it gone?
Why does virtually nobody question things when issues arise?
This has been greatly demonstrated these past three years through lockd-owns and the rise of the occult in more and more government decisions, laws, and practices!
God has given us ALL the gifts of Holy Spirit so that we might live life abundantly and fearlessly, but we seem to have chosen to live imprisoned by and in fear — fear of virtually anything from offence to man’s opinions and laws!
Hear the Word of The LORD to His Church — His Ekklesia — today.
“As I, The LORD, said to Moses when he brought the Israelites to the Red Sea, “Why do you bother Me with this? Have I not given you the weapons of spiritual warfare to fight these battles?
Church! Use what is already in your hand! Use the authority I have already given to you!
Peter and John used the authority given to them.
“Silver and hold I have none. But what I have I give to you — in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth — Rise up and walk!” Acts 3:6
Did not the beggar receive his healing in an instant?” (Acts 3:1-10)
The Holy Spirit has been sent to you as a helper. The account of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 is an example of Discernment.
The account of the fortune teller in Acts 16:16-24 is an example of Discernment and Deliverance.
We’re not these instant responses to the Faith of a believer?
Where does My Word say these gifts were rescinded?
People saw these events and were filled with the fear of God. Not a fear of terror but an awesome fear.
I tell you, go now, use the gifts I have given you. Use them in the fear and awe of The LORD.
Do not fear man for doing these things, but fear God for not doing them.
Discern My Will in all things. Also Discern the hand of the enemy at all times. Heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead.
Prophesy to edifying but also prophesy to expose, bind and cast down, as well as prophesying to plant and to build up! My Spirit is still with you.
His gifts are still active and powerful. Man’s opinion matters little but My opinion shall encourage you!”
Thus saith The LORD today, regarding His gifts for life and life more abundantly.
So I encourage you to heal, deliver, and prophesy, all the while keeping your aerial of discernment live and active. The Holy Spirit is always there to help and encourage you!
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.