Activating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: by David Ireland
Author: David Ireland
|God's plan for you is that the gifts He has given you become evident in every area of your life. In this dynamic book, David Ireland shows how you can activate the power of the Holy Spirit in your everyday walk with God. Discover how you can understand what the gifts of the Spirit are, hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, know God's heart in every spiritual matter, be miraculously used by God, have authority over Satan's tricks and deceptions, and possess the power of the early church. Learn how you can experience the fullness of God's power by operating in the realm of the supernatural!|
God has destined you to move in the gifts of the Spirit with ease and ability. David Ireland provides practical lessons on entering into and operating in the realm of the supernatural, so that you can experience spiritual power in your everyday walk with God.
Physical Info: 0.5" H x 9.15" L x 6.04" W (0.64 lbs) 176 pages
Carton Quantity: 64
Publisher: Whitaker House
US SRP: 13.99 US
Pub Date: October 1997
Table of Contents:
1. Natural Enemies of Spiritual Gifts
2. Sovereignty and God's Calling
3. The Dynamics of Grace
4. Co-laboring with Grace
5. The Purpose of the Gifts
6. An Overview of the Gifts
7. The Internal Operation of Grace
8. Creating the Atmosphere for Spiritual Gifts
9. Maturity and Variety of Spiritual Gifts
10. How to Activate the Spiritual Gifts
Chapter 1 Natural Enemies of Spiritual Gifts
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things
that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
The terms spiritual gifts and easy are not often associated with each other in the minds of Christians. Most people think there is something very difficult about moving in the power of God. Their impression of God is that of a reluctant ruler with people below Him, begging for a crumb or trying to wrestle from Him something that they desperately need.
Jesus' parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) is sometimes used to illustrate the opposite of what Jesus in-tended. The widow pestered the judge until she wore him out. Finally, he gave in and granted her legal protection. The point was that the Fa-ther, who is a righteous judge, is not like that. Jesus concluded, will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly (vv. 7-8).
This perception of a God who plays hard-to-get can have two very different effects.
First of all, some people beg, plead, and cry out to God in prayer meetings to such an extent that it reminds you a little of the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. In this biblical account, pagan priests were trying to entice their idol to send fire down to consume the sacrifice (1 Kings 18). From morning until sundown, they cried out with loud voice, leaped around the altar, and did everything they could think of to get Baal to move. The idea was that their determination and sacri-fice would force Baal to answer.
All the while Elijah was on the sideline egging them on. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened." (v. 27). And with that, they regathered themselves and redoubled their ef-forts. Finally, they started cutting themselves with swords. Now that's real dedication!On the other hand, having doused the altar's wood and sacrifice with water, Elijah prayed, and God consumed it with fire. All the peo-ple fell on their faces and said,"The LORD, he is God! The LORD, he is God! (v. 39).
I've heard people pray as if they had more faith in God's reluc-tance than in His willingness. Answers to prayer are not the result of how hard we ask, as much as they are the result of the confidence with which we ask.
Secondly, a perception of a stingy God will cause others to simply throw in the spiritual towel. They do indeed love God, and perhaps they believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. However, they consider the required degree of faith, dedication, and personal righteousness to be far beyond them. They view themselves as just average, common Christians; so, for them, there's no use in trying. James wrote to the churches about enduring difficult situations, saying that God gives generously to all without finding fault (James 1:5).
If spiritual gifts are so easy, then why don't we see them mani-fested in and through more Christians? Let me illustrate how easy is often made hard. God's salvation and forgiveness are given as free gifts. You would imagine that free gifts are the ones most easily obtained. But think of all the monumental things people have done through the ages in an attempt to earn their salvation. Think of all the people who believe that forgiveness is impossible for them. The problem is not that the gift of righteousness is so hard to obtain. It is that people keep themselves separated from God because of their natural tendencies to make it hard. In other words, they try to gain their salva-tion by works. The very act of trying to earn their salvation only sepa-rates them further from God. Ironic, isn't it?
It is no harder for Christians to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit than it is to receive the gift of salvation. The goal is not twisting the arm of a reluctant God to forgive us or to manifest His power through us. It is simply putting away the attitudes that isolate us from Him and accepting what He wants to do in and through us.
There are, however, several natural tendencies that isolate us from God's power and prevent the gifts from flowing through us with ease. Just as our efforts to earn the gift of salvation are an enemy of salvation, these tendencies that are common to all of us are generally the enemies of the supernatural powers of God and, in particular, the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. Here, I present five of these enemies of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- Inspiration | Motivational | Charismatic
- Religion | Inspirational
- Religion | Christian Theology | Soteriology
- Gifts, Spiritual
Theometrics | Charismatic
Religious Orientation | Christian
Theometrics | Evangelical
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