The most important belief I carry is the burden and gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the most essential part of the walk and the only ticket into Jesus Christ’s Kingdom.
“For to one is given by the Spirit the 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. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:8-13).
The Holy Ghost makes available nine gifts if you choose to seek them out (or may even already have). There are various weights and costs to these gifts, as well as benefits. Here is a list of the gifts and their costs, as far as I understand them:
|Tongues||The lightest of the gifts, the spirit will often speak out in diverse languages. Key verse: “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe” (1 Corinthians 14:22).|
|Interpretation of Tongues||This gift has more weight and responsibility, being for the interpretation of diverse tongues.|
|Wisdom||Very important, guides one into making the best decisions.|
|Knowledge||Also important, mixed with wisdom, brings forth understanding.|
|Discerning of Spirits||This gift has three functions: To see dark forces, like demons and spirits, to see holy beings, such as angels, and to see past human eyes into the soul. It allows those with this gift to see true intent and deception. The weight of this gift is being forced to see the real world and all the darkness that exists there. Key verse: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).|
|Faith||A heavier gift. This is the foundation for the other gifts, so it seems necessary. It gives one strong, unshakable faith, but it will be tested.|
|Healing||An elusive gift. For the healing of others.|
|Miracles||This gift is also elusive, for it is only used from time to time. It cannot be called upon, but rather only works when needed.|
|Prophecy||The heaviest of them all. I advise against trying to get this one unless you are absolutely positive you want this. This gift lights an unshakable fire beneath your feet. There is no better office than that of the prophet, but it is a bitter road full of tears and suffering.|
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