Who are Prayer Warriors?

That is a term that was thrown around in church circles referring to a human who was given to prayer. Every Christian should be a prayer warrior and a praise promoter.

We have to count the cost of what we subject our mind to. Paul described our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit. He said it was our reasonable service to submit our bodies as a living sacrifice. The more we yield our members to fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit working in us, the more likely we are to see, experience and function in the gifts, manifestations and dispensations of Holy Spirit. It is God’s desire that we receive insight from Holy Spirit by a word of wisdom, word of knowledge, prophecy, gifts of healing, special faith, diversity of tongues, interpretation, working of miracles, and discerning of spirits. If we give God place, rejecting unfruitful behavior and recreation, we will experience God working in and through us mightily.

This is how we eliminate wasteful behavior. The Psalms are a good example of praise to God. If we look at Jesus’ example and see David’s examples, we understand that prayer is essential. We come to God acknowledging his excellence. Our words are not to impress others with our speaking. The words are formed to exalt Jesus as Lord of Lords. We praise God for his love, mercy and mighty works. The human who is entering in to pray should praise God with words from their experience. Who is God to you? That is the way you honor him and praise him with words that reflect the reality of God in your spirit.

We enter into prayer with praise. We continue as the Spirit of God leads us in asking our heavenly father for help. We start with those things the Holy Spirit brings to our thoughts. With every prayer we need to know what our request is. What we need from God can be discerned. The circumstances may not show us the root of the problem. Holy Spirit will show us how to ask God. If we have read scriptures, he will bring to our memory scriptures that confirm God’s desire to help us with our need. It is okay to ask God to help us see the source of the problem and how to pray effectual prayers. We were instructed to pray for those who are in authority over us. We should pray for our teachers, leaders, workers, and family. The wonderful truth is, Holy Spirit is eagerly waiting for us to enter into prayer so he can help!
John 14:12-14 Jesus told the disciples they would do the works he did. He said, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. In verse 16 he said, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever. The Spirit of Truth is Holy Spirit.
In John 16:23-24 it is recorded where Jesus gave instructions how to pray after he left this earth. In that day you shall ask me nothing. Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name: ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full. Verse 27: At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not to you that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
The dynamic changed when Jesus went to sit at the right hand of God. He showed us to ask our Father God, in Jesus’ name to receive anything from God.
Matthew 6:6 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:12 YLT We have not the wrestling with blood and flesh, but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, with the spiritual things of the evil in the heavenly places;
16-18 tells us to take the shield of faith, with which we will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Take the helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching with all perseverance for all the saints.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
There is a method for fighting every temptation, addiction or battle. Jesus told us. Paul told us and they both showed us.
Humans labor in prayer, often saying the same thing over and over. It is not effective and hurts a person’s confidence. If they pray over and over again and don’t see manifestation of the thing for which they pray, it causes the individual to lose hope.
The human brain stores information to be pulled from as needed in the future. When a situation presents itself, the human brain will search through its memories for similar information to help in the decision-making process. Files, in the form of memories, from past movies the individual digested, books they read and conversations with friends are just a few of the ways a human form their opinions. The truth is, many times the humans’ ideas, opinions and stand is based on faulty information which may or may not be true.

God is not a man that he should lie. We can be certain that the bible will not represent God as a liar. When the human is faced with a trial, temptation or circumstance which requires action, the human will draw from the well of knowledge that human has stored. Every human has a set of data which has been saved like files in their brain. When an individual hears or reads something that challenges who God is, the human brain will check for verification. Their soul will access the information previously uploaded to their memory. Depending on the frequency with which the files are accessed, the human may not consider all the information. In 1962 the human may have heard someone read John 3:16. That scripture indicates that God loved the world so much that he gave his only son so those in the world could be saved. If 1962 is the last time the individual acknowledged that information, that human may access information that has been saved more recently. Perhaps the news broadcast reported that more Christians believe God is not merciful. The newspaper or a book might have described God as vindictive. A movie the human watched may have suggested that God doesn’t hear humans anymore. If these are the most recent unchallenged thoughts a human stored, they would not cause the human to automatically insist: God is righteous, merciful and loving.

This is where the battle of the mind is won or lost. The preparation a human does before they reach the battle is what helps them win or lose. During the human’s waking hours if they do not guard their mind, the enemy will suggest thoughts that work to destroy, steal and damage the human’s well-being.

John 10:10 recorded Jesus saying he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He also said that the thief has come to steal, kill and destroy. Peter recorded his words in 1st Peter 5:8. He said, “Our adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion walks about, seeking whom he may devour.

There is no place in this earth where the devil and humans can co-habitat without the devil attempting to destroy the human. The good news is, we are not subject to the tricks of the enemy. God has given us everything we need to overcome and successfully live a victorious life. Humans are required to daily feed their spirit. It is necessary in maintaining a healthy thought life. The more files human has which demonstrates lust, greed, drama, war, sickness and destruction, the more prone that human is to think those thoughts. That is why Paul wrote, in his letter to the church at Philippi, those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

If humans maintained these two references and did them every day, there would be no war in our mind. The enemy has already been defeated. All we have to do is apply what God left us in his word. Cast down thoughts that are against God and his way of doing things. Dwell on or meditate on the good things God has promised us. We can put it in our files that God said to prove him. He said, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.” If we file that in our memory, the devil will have no hope of telling us that God does not want us to prosper and be in health. If we choose to watch movies or read books or listen to news broadcast, that portray the humans as hurt, in danger, constantly in drama, then we will have drama. We draw to us what we consume. Jesus said if you lift me up, I will draw all men unto me.
God told us to acknowledge God in all our ways and he would direct our path. He did not tell us to speak about the mountain. He did not tell us to call everyone we know and explain in detail how horrible the situation could possibly get. He said to speak to the mountain.

Jesus said: “Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” (Mark 11:22–23)
Matthew 18:19 -20 Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The problem is, well-meaning Christians will join their faith to confess the worse about a situation instead of binding the enemy and loosing the Holy Spirit. If humans would exercise their God-given right to stand firm together in faith instead of complaining, whining or confessing the worse they would see God work consistently for them. Unbelief exalts the problem. Faith exalts the solution and the way maker who is worthy!

Ministry Gifts

Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
1 Corinthians 12: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Romans 12:5-8 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
1 Peter 4: 10-11 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.
It has been said that whom God calls, he equips. There is a difference in God anointing a human to do the work of an apostle and an organization giving a human a license. Organizations, humans or administrations don’t call humans to ministry. Only Jesus Christ does that.
God created humans with gifts and talents. There is a difference in natural ability and an anointing. A human who is gifted as an apostle is a builder. They have an anointing to get and distribute resources. Today the modern day equivalent of an apostle would be a missionary. Missionaries are called to a variety of services within the scope of mission work. Whether the individual is called to their immediate neighborhood or around the world, there will be abilities and anointings that equip that human to that ministry work. There are different types or levels of apostles in the New Testament and there are different types of prophets as well. If an individual prophesies, that does not make them a prophet. In 2 Kings 2:7–10 the sons of prophets prophesied. It did not say they were prophets but sons of prophets.
Seeing a need and having a heart that wants to help is not a calling of God to that ministry. Every Christian is called to share the good news in every aspect of their life and in everything they do. That does not mean they will start a church or go to the mission field. It is important that we put our hand to that which God has ordained for us to do and not presume if there is a need we should be filling it.
“I’ve learned. God may lay something on our heart that he wants us to do. That doesn’t mean he wants us to do the whole thing by ourself. We can miss God by getting ahead of him. It is important to listen to the Spirit of God and only do that to which we are called. By overstepping we can cause others to miss their blessing. If God calls us to buy an entire bus, buy the bus. If he calls us to donate toward one seat on the bus, do that. More is not always better.”
A human may have the ability to play an instrument and sing. That human may have been trained professionally to perform using their skills. It would be helpful if a human who was gifted to be an evangelist knew how to sing and play an instrument. With or without learned skills, the human who is called to be an evangelist will display the characteristics of his anointing. Evangelists may experience all the gifts of the Spirit in operation from time to time. That does not mean an evangelist has a particular gift or gifts. Gifts of the Spirit are in operation as Holy Spirit chooses. Unlike the Apostle or missionary who settles for a while to establish a work, evangelists travel from location to location, preaching the good news with signs following. There is a hunger to preach. That individual will gravitate toward preaching everywhere they go in daily aspects of their life.
Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.
While missionaries or apostles go, they also establish and build physical and spiritual works. Evangelists are not building churches as they go. They are igniting a spirit of urgency in the people they reach which effects a change in their community and adds to the church. They invoke a call to action compelling humans to accept God’s will for their lives. Paul was an apostle who started churches, traveled, taught, and set up works. Philip was referred to as an evangelist in Acts 21:8. He should not be confused with the Apostle Philip which was one of Jesus’ twelve apostles.
1 Timothy 3: 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach. These are just a few of the characteristics of a pastor. Pastors nurture the body of Christ and teach them while overseeing the administration of the ministry of the church.
Teachers aren’t fiery orators. A teacher will submit line upon line, the truth in love. Teachers don’t travel setting up churches but they may visit a location to share a truth. Teachers, unlike evangelist who keep coming back to the central message of Jesus and him crucified will take a subject and research the aspects so they can deliver the who, what, when, where and how. They are gifted at dissecting the word, rightly dividing it as the Spirit reveals truth to them.
There are helps ministers who are vital to the body of Christ. Stephen in Acts 6 was described as full of faith and power, who did great wonders and miracles among the people. He was among those who were set forth to see to it the widows and orphans were fed and cared for. Those who are called to helps ministry should understand that they are as valuable to the body of Christ as any of the pulpit ministries. Ministry of helps includes but is not limited to service roles in the church. From greeters to the media teams the body of Christ is blessed to have good helps ministers. A church only needs one lead pastor. We need many helps ministers. While we have prophets today: humans who walk in the operation of a prophet, they are few and far between.

Fruit of the Spirit

God’s nature doesn’t automatically appear in humans. While the spirit of a human has been born again and is a new creature, the human soul must be trained, or renewed.

Galatians 5:22-25 discusses the fruit of the Spirit operating in a human. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

1Corinthians 13:1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

We have to recognize God’s character in order to emulate it. When Paul wrote about the fruit of the Spirit, notice he said fruit, as one fruit not many fruits. The fruit of Holy Spirit operating in the human spirit produces many results. All those results are fruit. Earlier in that chapter, Paul was discussing the fruit of the flesh. They are envy, murder, hatred, and everything evil. The human, untrained flesh would produce fruit of an untrained soul. Paul wasn’t talking about the human skin or muscles. In Romans 12:2 Paul warns humans not to be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In 1 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul goes on to explain when he was a child, he spoke as a child, he understood as a child, and he thought as a child: but when he became a man, he put away childish things.

We don’t see the whole picture now; but then face to face: now we know in part; but then we will know even as we are known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. The word that was translated charity in that scripture is agapē The Greek word agapē in English might mean love, affection or good will. So love is our goal.

The manner in which the born again Christian conducts themself should be governed, managed and fueled by love. Faith, hope and love are forces that produce like fruit. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance are the fruit of a born again spirit reflecting God’s nature in a human.

Gifts, Operations and Manifestations of the Spirit

In the Young’s Literal Translation 1 Corinthians 12:1 Paul wrote, “Concerning spiritual things, I do not wish you to be ignorant (untrained). King James version reads spiritual gifts instead of spiritual things but the words gifts nor things are in the original text. Thayer defines the word translated spiritual: relating to the human spirit, or rational soul, as part of the human which is akin to God and serves as his instrument or organ. Reading the YLT version helps to separate the spiritual in three categories: 12:4 And there are diversities of gifts; 5 and there are diversities of ministrations; 6 and there are diversities of workings or operations.
12:8-11 For to one is given by the Spirit word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another (divers)kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Word of wisdom, word of knowledge and discerning of spirits deal with revelation. Word of wisdom reveals something from God’s insight that will happen in the future. Scripture doesn’t read words of wisdom or the gift of wisdom. It is word of wisdom.
In Isaiah 38 Hezekiah was warned by a word of wisdom through Isaiah. God showed Isaiah what would happen in the days to come and warned Hezekiah to get his house in order. Hezekiah repented, changing circumstances. Once again, God showed Isaiah what would happen. Hezekiah was healed and he lived because he repented as a result of being warned by a word of wisdom. In Acts 9, Paul was shown a vision of Ananias coming to minister to him. That was a word of wisdom in the form of a vision. Sometimes the thought comes. Other times it is seen in a vision or a dream. Either way, the human knows things by the Holy Spirit giving insight.
Ananias had a word of knowledge in the same opening Holy Spirit told him about a man named Paul who had been praying and saw a vision of him. Word of knowledge reveals things in the present or past. Ananias knew Paul was expecting him because Holy Spirit revealed Paul’s experience to Ananias.
In Acts 5 there was another man named Ananias. He and his wife Sapphira, conspired to hide back part of the sale of their property. All the money was theirs to hold or to give. They tried to lie to the Holy Spirit. Peter saw them through revelation by Holy Spirit and knew what they had done. Peter had a word of knowledge in this situation.

Discerning of spirits refers to a supernatural understanding or having insight to recognize or perceive the difference between angels, cherubim, demons, human spirits and others in the spirit realm as Holy Spirit reveals. Moses saw into the spirit realm when God allowed him to see God’s hinder parts. In 2 Kings 6:17 Elisha prayed and Jehovah opened the eyes of the young man and he saw the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire, round about Elisha. In Acts 16 Paul recognized the oppressive spirit in a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination and he cast it out. Joseph, Mary’s husband had a few visits from an angel. He perceived the angel in a dream when he was told to marry Mary. God gave him a word of knowledge when the angel told him, in a dream that Herod was looking for the child to kill him. God warned Joseph to take Mary and go to Egypt for a while which was a word of wisdom. Sometimes these gifts, manifestations and operations work together with more than one being experienced.

It was a miracle that God caused the donkey to see the angel and speak to the human Balaam in Numbers 22. God gave the donkey discernment and he spoke in a human language that Balaam could understand or less likely Balaam interpreted donkey. Then Balaam discerned the angel too.
Paul said we see as through a glass, darkly. We know in part and prophesy in part. He told us to pray for the understanding. Understanding things that are revealed to us can be easier, if we practice fellowshipping with Holy Spirit, daily. Praying, as the Spirit leads is one way to hone our senses. Learning how God communicated with others by seeing examples in the bible is another. In 1 John 4, we are told to try the spirits: whether they are of God. John was talking about learning to discern if someone was operating by the Holy Spirit or other spirits. Paul told us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling in Philippians 4:12. It is true that the more we fellowship with God in his word and in prayer, the more acute become our senses.

The power gifts are: a special manifestation of faith; working of miracles (Greek Interlinear reads operations of powerful deeds) (Young’s Literal is in-workings of mighty deeds), and gifts of healings. The gift of faith receives miracles.
Holy Spirit can give us peace. Sometimes as an answer to prayer and sometimes it comes as a knowing or in a dream. It is as though a knowing was dropped in the human spirit.
There is no explanation for why or where. It isn’t regulated by humans. Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Isaiah 55 God tells us his ways are far above our ways and his thoughts above our thoughts. Scripture tells us that God reveals what he will to whom he wills. We have to be prepared to hear and see when he does. The gift of faith causes a human to know and believe as if they’ve already have experienced it, while the working of miracles, works miracles.
In the working of miracles, something is done which brings a miracle to pass. All miracles do not happen immediately. Some do. Exodus 14:21-27 is an example in the Old Testament of immediate working of miracles when the waters parted and came together again killing the enemy. In John 2:1-11 Jesus turned the water into wine. That was an immediate miracle. In Mark 8:23-25 Jesus led the blind man out of town. He spat on his hands and laid his hands on his eyes. Jesus asked the man if he saw anything. He saw men walking as trees. His vision was not clear. Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes again. His sight was restored. That miracle took a minute.

Healing, health and life belongs to every child of God. All healing is a gift from God and he has provided many ways to get health and life to his children. Gifts (plural) of healings (also plural in the Young’s Literal Version) sometimes operate through the laying on of hands or sometimes through cloths that have been anointed with oil. Restoration of healthy tissue over time could be gifts of healings in operation, where the immediate restructure, as a leg growing or immediate disappearance of a gorder, could be a miracle. In the Greek Interlinear Bible 1 Corinthians 12:9 reads grace-effects in health. Holy Spirit can operate as he pleases healing or helping maintain health. Miracles and graces or gifts of healings are orchestrated by Holy Spirit. God created the human body to heal itself. When a human gets a cut, the cells in the human body start a process to heal the wound. Even when an individual has gone to a healthcare professional and sought their help, it is appropriate to ask God to aide them. We ask God to give them wisdom, insight and courage. We can ask God to cause the medicine to function in cooperation with our cells to heal or maintain health. If a human has had surgery, it is appropriate to ask God for a speedy recovery with no complications or infection. Before the surgery the individual should ask God to give the surgeon and his team: skills beyond their training, insight, wisdom and witty inventions; pray for their rest the night before and resources that function to the perfection to which they were created.

Christians have an obligation as their reasonable service to eat appropriate food that fuels their body. Asking God to bless our food to the nourishment and strength of our body and our body to his service is not a cute little prayer. It is an act of war. We are submitting our bodies to God’s service, acknowledging him in all our ways and giving him place to cleanse our food for the health of our body.

It is God’s will that the human body be healthy. God will go a long way to help an individual who is trying. John said that we all receive grace over-against grace. As we try, we gain more grace to do.

What the gifts of healings are not, is a human with a gift of healing. No human has a gift that he or she works on demand. All the things in the spirit are subject to the Holy Spirit.

There are three utterance or inspirational gifts, graces or manifestations. These say something. Gift of prophecy is an anointing to speak forth and/or declare a message from the heart of God. There are different kinds of prophecy. Sometimes the message will be spoken forth in that person’s language. Other times prophecy comes through tongues and interpretation. The Holy Spirit uses a human to declare. All of the manifestations of the Spirit will edify the body of Christ and lift up or honor Jesus.

Diverse kinds of tongues include praying in a prayer language, speaking a message in other tongues and singing spiritual songs. A Baptist missionary gave his testimony. God had given him a vision in the 1950s of bibles he had translated into Hispanic versions: printing and distributing them to the Hispanic congregations in his community. At that time of the vision, there were no Hispanic communities in his area, and he did not read or speak any language but English. He and his wife were called to the mission field. His wife was fairly fluent in the Hispanic dialect of the people to which they had been sent. It was common for her husband to use an interpreter when he spoke to a congregation. One night while praying for the night’s service, he asked God for a miracle. He had been frustrated because he was unable to speak in the congregation’s language. God answered his prayer. That night when he stood up to preach, Holy Spirit filled his heart with Hispanic words for his message. The interpreter stood back. Under the anointing, the man did not realize it but he spoke in their language. After the service his interpreter told him he spoke succinct and eloquently. They were successful missionaries and later returned to the United States to build churches for the Hispanic people. At the time of his testimony, in 2010 he and his wife had built five churches in the Hispanic communities in their area and published many copies of Hispanic bibles. This was an example, like the day of Pentecost, where the people spoke the languages of their audience.

Interpretation of tongues is when an individual speaks in an unrecognized tongue, and a human who has not been trained in that language, interprets the words, by the Spirit, in a language the hearers recognize.
Unknown or unrecognized tongue refers to a language. If English is your preferred language, it is possible you would not recognize words spoken in French. If a message from Holy Spirit was given in French and you interpreted the message spoken, that would be interpretation of tongues. In addition to known languages that may be foreign to another human, there are ancient languages not understood by current linguistics.

Paul explains that every member of the body of Christ has a part, portion or function. In 12:28 he describes some of the types of ministries of the Spirit.
• Apostle: a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders; missionaries not only take the good news to humans, they build physical and spiritual churches; are anointed to gather resources and people to help.
• Prophets: interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things; one moved by the Spirit of God as his spokesman; Men and women who share from the heart of God; reveal the scriptures and bring greater understanding.
• Teachers: one who teaches concerning the things of God; teachers are given to research and line upon line study of a subject; talented i illustration verbally and written.
• Miracles: power to perform miracles; evangelist often operate under the anointing with signs following.
• Gifts of Healings: to heal; to make whole
• Helps: anointed to help, labor, resources and more; without the helps ministry there would be no churches. From the individual who runs the media ministry to those on the team of greeters, the church needs humans who are gifted to come along side and help wherever they are needed.
• Governments: to steer, pilot, direct, facilitate; pastors are gifted teachers who also manage the day-to-day practices of individual churches in the body of Christ. They are shepherds not cowhands. Shepherds lead the sheep.
• Diversity of Tongues: Kinds of speech; diverse languages or dialects from other nations
1 Corinthians 12;31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way. “If I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not love, I am become as sounding brass or tinkling cymbal. Paul continues to illustrate the importance of operating out of love in 1 Corinthians 13. Love should be the motive and facilitator of everything we do. We need to learn to read the scriptures, the way they were written, as letters. It is a mistake to stop the thought in chapter 12 and not continue his teaching in chapter 13. Paul continues in chapter 14 explaining that we follow after love and desire spiritual gifts. He said if it is between tongues and interpretation or prophecy, we should desire prophecy. If one speaks in an unrecognized tongue they should pray for the interpretation. All tongues or languages are not for the edifying of the church. Sometimes it is a prayer language. By experience we learn which.
What would the best gifts be? The gift needed at the moment could be considered, “The Best Gift.” If a human needed a gift of healing, would a word of wisdom do what was needed? If a human needed insight in the future, would a gift of healing be the answer? Every member of the body of Christ and every spiritual favor is necessary.

Who is Holy Spirit?

Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead. He is not an it. His name is Holy Spirit. In Genesis 1:2 In creation when God spoke, it was Holy Spirit that moved on the face of the waters.
Luke 1:35 tells us that the angel explained to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus came to John Baptist to be baptized by him. After John had baptized him, Jesus came out of the water and the heavens opened. He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus. A voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
1 Corinthians 13: 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Matthew 28:19 Jesus told them to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
John 14:16-17 Jesus said, I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforter to help you and be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Jesus told them I will send the promise of my Father upon you: waith in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
Acts 1:5 Jesus told them John baptized with water; but they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Verse 8 he continued, you shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come on you;
Acts 2 tells the account of Holy Spirit filling all who were in the upper room and giving them power to speak with other tongues so that all who were in Jerusalem heard them speak in their own languages.
God has prophesied through Joel in Joel 2:28-29 he would pour out his Spirit on all flesh. In Acts 2 it is recorded where that prophecy was fulfilled. Verse 33 speaking of Jesus, after his resurrection, was exhalted and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, shared it with them and they saw the results.
We see from these scriptures that Holy Spirit is God working through humans now. When scripture speaks of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is for the enduement of power to be witnesses. Jude spoke about praying in the Holy Ghost to build up their most holy faith.
Paul said, “Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

Holy Spirit works in the hearts of humans in many ways. There are Gifts of the Spirit, Ministry Gifts and Administrative Gifts in addition to the fruit of the Spirit. These are not the same thing.

What is Faith?

Faith is as simple as having confidence that you will wake up the next morning. Hebrews 11:1 declares that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. A human can be persuaded or caused to grow in faith. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Jude 1:20 says to build up your faith by praying in the Holy Spirit.

The entire 11th chapter of Hebrews is dedicated to humans who chose to live, operate and move by faith, as they were instructed by God. Humans, who were dead, were raised to life. They quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the enemies. These are just a few of the acts that were a result of a human or humans faith.
Simply put: faith is accepting God’s word as truth over every other voice or opinion; even our own. God said, speaking of his word, in Isaiah 55:11, “11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
We can have confidence or faith and be persuaded that God does not lie. He is not mistaken and he never fails. Paul said in Romans 8:38-39 that he was persuaded, nothing would be able to separate us from God’s love.

It is by reading, hearing and accepting God’s word that we grow to have faith. While a measure of faith is sown in our spirit in the new birth, we have to nurture that faith. God has also deposited his love in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. We have to develop in that love, learning to walk in faith.
There is nothing more important than finding God’s purpose. It takes faith to trust God. It takes faith to hear God. Whether a human sees instruction in the bible that pertains to their situation or Holy Spirit speaks to the human spirit, it takes faith to act on and do the word.

Living in God’s Favor

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.

In Psalms 103:1-5 The psalmist expresses gratitude to God. He speaks to his own soul to remind himself God has forgiven our sins, healed our diseases, delivered us from destruction, and crowned our life with tender mercies and loving-kindness. God gives us words of life to fill our mouths with good things so that our youth is renewed.
Humans are blessed to have the opportunity to join their hearts with God’s heart. Humans can communicate with God, learn from him, and understand the human condition from his perspective. What God desires in humans is a relationship. Fellowship with God, the creator, and the self-existing one is possible.

Humans get preoccupied with day-to-day living. Some work to earn a living and all have responsibilities to secure housing, food, and basic needs for living. Too many humans never consider their relationship or nurture fellowship with God.
In the early days of human existence, God would come to the garden in the cool of the evening: He and the human would talk; that was part of their fellowship.
God, found in King David, a man after God’s own heart: he loved on God with psalms, songs and spiritual songs.

God refers to the church as the bride of Christ. (Revelations 19:7-8 and Ephesians 5:22-33) In Romans 1: 7, Paul called them “beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” That attitude is what humans should have toward God and the relationship they can have with God.
In Acts 10:38 we see that Jesus went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. He was anointed to help humans.
Mark 6:4-5 tells us that Jesus could not do mighty works in his own country because they did not believe in him.

25 Humans have everything to do with attracting God’s favor or rejecting it.
The Old Testament book of Job, describes Job as a righteous man. God described Job as perfect and upright, one that feared God and avoided evil. Job had not done evil or brought destruction on his family. So, what happened? Job 1:8 says the devil threw it in God’s face that God had a hedge of protection about Job, around his house, and about all that he had on every side. The Devil accused God of blessing the work of Job’s hands, and causing his substance to increase in the land. The accuser went on to suggest if God removed the protection and allowed him to put Job to the test, Job would curse him and die.

Meanwhile Job 1:5 says that Job continually offered sacrifices in case his sons sinned or cursed God. Job was acting out of fear when he was sacrificing. Why was the sons not offering their own sacrifices? It is possible that the humans surrounding Job were not righteous humans. It is possible that the only reason, they were not already consumed, was the covenant protection God had placed around Job’s house and belongings.
God removed the hedge from this righteous man and allowed Satan to overtake his house. God told Satan he could not take Job’s life. Job suffered loss. It is recorded in Job 3:25-26, Job speaking, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came. Job insisted he had tried to be diligent to make sure his children would be safe despite what they were doing.

In James 5:11 Job was commended for his patience. There is much we can learn from Job. God had a hedge of protection around Job and his children. God wants to cover all humans in protection, but there are requirements to being included in God’s protection. Job was prosperous: blessed with large herds of stock, and his family was able to have regular parties with celebration and eating. Until tragedy came on Job, there is no evidence that he suffered any physical ailments. So he was in health. He had friends, who were willing to sit in silence with him day and night for seven days.
Do not make the mistake of minimizing his attack. He lost seven sons and three daughters. His workers, were destroyed, his sheep burned, and his camels stolen. Whether it lasted a month or a year, it was devastating.

Job had ten children after his struggle had ended. He left an inheritance to his daughters, not just his sons, so he was wealthy again. He lived 140 years after his trouble to enjoy up to four generations of children. Job 42:17 says Job died, being old and full of days. However long his suffering was, he never lost faith in God or faithfulness to God. He refused the suggestions of his wife and friends to curse God and die. He never gave up. Through suffering, he endured with hope.

26 Things like love, faith, hope, and joy are tangible, changing circumstances, perspectives, and often attitudes.

Today the born again human has the comforter living inside. Job did not have the Spirit of the living God dwelling in him but he loved God and had faith in God. No matter the adversity, he was faithful. Any human who will accept Jesus Christ as Lord will be filled with the Spirit and experience the God kind of love.

The Force of Love

Scripture tells us that God is Love. (1 John 4:8)
Romans 5:5 tells us the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost
Our understanding of the word love has been diminished by commercialization. The God kind of love compelled God to send his son Jesus to be punished and suffer death to save humans from the second death. That same love caused Jesus, who is God to lay aside his position of authority as God. He endured being encased in a human body, suffered, and died, knowing he would have to go to hell, defeat the devil, and be resurrected. That was all nasty but necessary for our redemption.

Human love compels a human to leave his family to pursue his own family with a human who becomes his priority. A new family is created out of a love for one another. That is still not the God kind of love.

Affection is a gentle feeling of fondness or liking. A human might have affection for another human and say they are friends. The word friend has been minimized. A human might refer to another person as a friend when they barely know them. That is an acquaintance. A friend, in the covenant relationship, is more than an acquaintance. If we look at the example of David and Jonathan we see two humans who were not sexually involved or attracted to each other physically. Sex had nothing to do with their relationship. David and Jonathan loved one another more than they loved themselves. That selfless devotion is more than affection. 1 Samuel 18 tells us that David and Jonathan’s souls were knit together and Jonathan loved David as his own soul. Humans who love God recognize that love in others.

There is a difference between love and respect. Humans have the capacity to love someone without respecting them. Too often that is the reason humans terminate a relationship. There may have been attributes that caused one human to want to spend time with another. A human can display characteristics that are admired by another without possessing the needed skills to care for another human or express genuine affection. It is possible for a human to have great affection for another and at the same time not trust them. Feelings of affection can range from mildly fond to experiencing physical reactions at the sight of another human. Emotions can be influenced in several ways.

There is a difference between physical attraction and love. A human may enjoy looking at another individual and that causes the human to want to see them and spend time with that human. That physical attraction is not enough to maintain a relationship.

24 In order for a human to love someone with extraordinary love, the way God loves, that human has to look beyond physical attributes to the spirit and soul of a human. Romans 5:8 tells us, while we were sinners, Christ died for us. God’s love reached beyond human faults. God is Faith; he lives by faith and operates in faith. God sees in humans something redeemable. By faith, Love sees what humans can be and extends himself to help.

Who is God?

God declares himself throughout the scriptures. He is omniscient, knowing everything. God is omnipresent, able to be anywhere and everywhere, aware at the same time. He is omnipotent: having unlimited power; able to do anything. King David of Israel, in Psalms 139, declares God to be all this and more.
Look at Colossians 1: 9-17. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

23 God is and was and is to come and makes himself and his resources available to those who choose to take him at his word and do it.
In Exodus 3, when God was speaking to the human Moses about the children of Israel, he declared himself to be I Am That I Am. This speaks of his existence beyond the understanding of time and reminds them who he was to their fathers while pointing to who he will be to them in the future. We know that he created the earth and all that is in it and believe before time was, he was. In Revelations 1:8, God declares himself to be the beginning and the end, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
In Exodus 2:4 the name for God is Lord, Yehovah: the existing one. In Genesis 1:1 the name of God is Elohim. He is mighty rulers. The word is both singular and plural. We see God, the one God existing in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which is three.
In Joshua 3:11 he is Adon which means Lord. In Exodus 6 he is Shaddai, the Almighty. In 2 Kings 20: 5 he declares himself to be Rapha. Our God is Yehovah Rapha or the God in whom healing and restoration exist. God has made himself known as our banner, shepherd, peace, provider, and more.

In Psalms 91 God is identified as Elyon: Most High, Shaddi: Almighty, Yehovah: The Existing One, Machaseh: Shelter, Matsud: Fortress, Eloheem: Rulers, Shield and Covering. In Matthew 1:26 and Isaiah he is Emmanuel and Immanuel: God With Us. In Jeremiah 23:6 he is Yehovah Tsidqenu, The Lord Our Righteousness.
He is ever watching over humans to perform his word in them as they by faith take his provision. We see in 2 Chronicles 16:9 that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect (whole) toward him. God is our champion and God is holy. We must recognize that he is altogether right in everything. God is our covenant Friend, Father, and Comforter. The Almighty, the self-existing one who is Love, loves humans.