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Friday, January 22 2021

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    To another discerning of spirits. I Corinthians 12:10


     In Philippi a slave girl is being used by her owners as a seer or fortune teller. The young woman is possessed by a demon who quite accurately identifies Paul and Silas as "slaves of the Most High God" who have come to reveal "a way of salvation." What is remarkable is the accuracy and understanding of the possessing spirit.  

    But whatever the nature of the spirit, it accurately identifies who Paul and his companions are and what their mission is. Yet, it can be cast out by a mere mortal who relies on the power of God. By casting the less powerful demon out of the girl, Paul witnesses the power of the God he worships. The discerning of spirits is a gift that can be learned by studying the word of God and by listening to what is coming out of a person's mouth, remember whatever is in a man's heart comes out of his mouth!

    Paul discerned what spirit was in the slave girl by what she was doing, practicing divination, and so he proceeded to cast it out. Fortune tellers, diviners, mediums and sorcerers all have this spirit and it can be a deadly end for those deceived by it! My former wife used to visit a witch in Dallas named Johnny Bell long before I was saved and it gave out accurate information on the market, so many businessmen went to her. One day she told my wife that she saw her father-in-law with a red cross on his chest. Not long after that my father got lung cancer and when I visited him in the hospital I walked in and he had a red cross on his chest where they were giving him radiation!

    Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. Acts 16:16-18

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Thursday, January 21 2021

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    To another prophecy. I Corinthians 12:10

    Normally prophecy is reserved for prophets and prophesying is in essence saying what God says or speaking out God's word! But according to scripture everyone can prophesy and Paul the apostle said, "Desire earnestly to prophesy."

    There are many prophets in the world today, many of whom are false as Jesus warned, so beware and test all prophecy! The actual gifting of a prophet is listed in the five-fold ministry and is a valid position of authority to train and equip other prophets to use their gift appropriately in the body! 

    True prophetic ministry is very much needed in the church for direction, correction and conviction of the saints and like the rudder of a sailing ship it steers the body through the seas of adversity and guides her to safe harbors.

    Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. I Corinthians 14:29-33

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Thursday, January 21 2021

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    To another the working of miracles. I Corinthians 12:10

     I would say that the apostle Peter and the apostle Paul both exhibited this gift of miracles. Since apostles are sent to found and lead the church of God, they are normally subjected to more persecution and retaliation from the powers of darkness.

    They were both delivered multiple times from prison, stoning, being shipwrecked and both received visions and dreams! Their lives were subjected to miraculous acts of faith that wrought many supernatural works! In the old testament Elijah and Elisha had the gift of miracles along with Moses and many others who carried this powerful gift!

    Be open to the leading of the Spirit, who knows He might perform a supernatural work in you! These gifts manifest sometimes in extreme circumstance where ordinary people perform supernatural feats of strength and exhibit miraculous works that intervene in peoples lives! With God all things are possible!

    Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,  how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? Hebrews 2:1-4

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Monday, January 18 2021

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    To another gifts of healing by the same Spirit. I Corinthians 12:9

    Healing, like faith is not reserved for someone with the gift because all born again believers have the authority in the name of Jesus to heal the sick and to cast out demons! Although someone might have an extraordinary gift of healing we all have access to God's healing power!

    Some today think that Jesus only gave this power of divine healing to His twelve disciples, but that is simply not true. We as believers are all healed by His sacrificial death, burial and resurrection and we are all equipped to heal others by the baptism of His Holy Spirit who empowers us to lay hands on the sick, anoint with oil and to cast out demons!

    The great commission commands us to GO and heal the sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead! This is available to all who believe and follow the Lord Jesus Christ! These signs and wonders are to open the eyes of the lost and to convict the sinner to be saved by the awesome power of the Most High God!

    And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:15-20

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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