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The Eight Appointments of God, Part VI

     And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps. I Corinthians 12:28

    Although there is not a lot of explanation or instruction in the use of helps, the Greek defines it as relief, or to take hold of, or to support as in the helping of people in need. The gift of helps has been put to good use by the main line denominations for years but with the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches not so much, the reason being, they are divided and fragmented not having the resources to be effective in the helping of needy people.

    The gift of helps is birthed by the love of God and not human compassion which drives people to help others without the true love of God and it becomes a dead work. Jesus said for us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves, meaning we should be concerned with the same needs for others as we have for ourselves. The world is full of needy people and in order to effectively help them, one must be led by the Holy Spirit. Take the "Good Samaritan" for instance, someone Jesus used as an example, he saw the need, a man stripped naked and robbed, and he did what was necessary to meet the man's physical need for healing and complete restoration.

    The body of Christ has access to the treasuries of Heaven and if we were of one accord we could make a world of difference in meeting the needs of those who desperately need our help. Instead of division if we could unite in the Spirit there is no limit to what we could accomplish. The other day I heard of a Pro-Life group intending to picket a large church here in Ft. Worth because they thought they weren't doing enough concerning their cause of picketing abortion clinics. They instead met with the pastor and found out that they had donated $250,000 worth of equipment for sonograms that ultimately saved over 3000 babies, accomplishing much more than just yelling and screaming on the picket lines.

    By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? I John 3:16,17

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin