Where are the people who have these gifts. Is there an understandable reason, why we have not seen them operating in their fullness?
May we state again, that if these manifestations were placed within the Body of Christ, then they are still there.
It may sound a bit mundane to some, but if all of these gifts were given, they were not taken back. That’s the way God operates; it’s what He’s decided.
The man who was beaten, robbed and left on the side of the road, needed to be ministered to. Someone, had to pour in a healing oil and bind up those wounds he had received.
We know well, that most Church folks around wouldn’t do it. Since he wasn’t one of them, their self-righteousness allowed them to simply pass by and leave him in the shape he was in.
But what if it’s your own people you’re passing by?
What if we’re not discerning properly, and bruised people sit even nearby?
Freeing those who are bruised, was one of the things that Jesus came to do. Of course we think of physical bruises, but there was another gift that covered that.
Consider how the Lord felt as He stood looking over His City. How they had all accused Him; how He had tried so hard to help them; how He had healed and raised so many, and they rejected Him.
So many of us know what it feels like to be rejected. Do we dare speak of being betrayed, by those we so loved and trusted?
There are those who are gifted with the healing of the mind. It’s a reality, that they have a special anointing to minister to those whose minds are battered and damaged.
Back in the eighties, there was a genuine move to return to full apostolic operation and manifestation in the Church, as many of us know it. There are yet many witnesses to that fact.
So many of us reached for it with every ounce of strength we had. We fasted, we did deep intercessory prayer (that was being taught too) and we studied long to show ourselves approved unto God.
We were encouraged to desire spiritual gifts; and we did. It was fully understood, that we would not get them all, but the Holy Ghost would mete out each one to those in the order and fashion He chose.
Well, it’s time to ask directly: Were those gifts given out and were they received?
Of course they were! And all attempts to stop it, failed. It’s too late to talk about why the work did not get done and who was responsible. What is important, is what are we going to do about it now, today?
If an ill body is not tended to and treated as it should be, there is only one thing that happens: It gets sicker; and it can die. It can remain damaged and bruised, without genuine luster, pale at heart and eyes that no longer shine brightly.
Body sickness, terrible tragedy, loss of a child or other loved one, infidelity and betrayal, divorce, being abused physically, emotionally and even worse, will all bruise the mind.
How many of us have remained crippled, when there were gifts to help heal us?
The Holy Ghost is rising up to contend with those who tell others, “Oh, just get over yourself.”
They have been getting in His way. There should have been great healing received in the confessing of our faults one to another. Did that happen?
The Church, the Body of Christ can help set one another free.
If we return to allowing The Holy Ghost to have full liberty, the work will be done. This world is full of damaged people and many of us have gifts they so desperately need.
Will we use them now?
~ Robert Blackburn