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The Spirit of Discernment

1 Corinthians 12:1-11(KJV) - 1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

2Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10To 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:

11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

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The Secret Behind Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1(KJV) - Now concerning spiritual(pneumatikos) gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Pneumatikos (Pnyoo-mat-ik-os'): non-carnal, a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious, God-breathed

The word “gifts” was inserted by translators.

Paul's intention was to write about The Holy Spirit.

Though they all come from God, Spiritual gifts are different from natural gifts.

Spiritual gifts are non-carnal, supernatural and God-breathed. They are impossible to replicate.

Spiritual gifts do not exist apart from The Holy Spirit. They are evidence of The Holy Spirit at work.

Spiritual gifts are manifestations of The Anointing.

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How do Spiritual Gifts Work?

1 Corinthians 12:1(KJV) - Now concerning spiritual(pneumatikos) gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Pneumatikos (Pnyoo-mat-ik-os'): non-carnal, a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious, God-breathed

The word “gifts” was inserted by translators.

Paul's intention was to write about The Holy Spirit.

Though they all come from God, Spiritual gifts are different from natural gifts.

Spiritual gifts are non-carnal, supernatural and God-breathed. They are impossible to replicate.

Spiritual gifts do not exist apart from The Holy Spirit. They are evidence of The Holy Spirit at work.

Spiritual gifts are manifestations of The Anointing.

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Intro To Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1(KJV) - Now concerning spiritual(pneumatikos) gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Pneumatikos (Pnyoo-mat-ik-os'): non-carnal, a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious, God-breathed

The word “gifts” was inserted by translators.

Paul's intention was to write about The Holy Spirit.

Though they all come from God, Spiritual gifts are different from natural gifts.

Spiritual gifts are non-carnal, supernatural and God-breathed. They are impossible to replicate.

Spiritual gifts do not exist apart from The Holy Spirit. They are evidence of The Holy Spirit at work.

Spiritual gifts are manifestations of The Anointing.

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The War For Your Soul

At Creation, God breathed life (Spirit) into man creating a Supernatural Being.

At The Fall, man cut himself off from The Breath of God (Spirit) limiting himself to his natural being (Soul).

Through Jesus, God's Breath (Spirit) was made freely available again.

1 Corinthians 15:45(KJV) - And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul (psuche); the last Adam was made a quickening spirit (pneuma).

Adam was given life by God (psuche), Jesus was given the ability to give life (pneuma).

We sincerely pray that God ministers to your heart with this weekly workshop on The Supernatural.

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Respect The Anointing

Honor and The Anointing

2 Corinthians 5:16(NLT) - So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!

He's just a man! He puts on his pants one leg at a time just like the rest of us. What makes him so special? I grew up with her. Now she's talking like she hears from God all the time? I hear from God too. What's the big deal with this anointing thing anyway? We all have the anointing. I don't honor men. I only honor God.

This is Part Five of our series on The Anointing. It's a continuation from Part Four - "What Does God's Voice Sound Like?". Many of us in The Church refer to The Anointing quite often but don't fully understand it. In this blog series we will search the scriptures for some clarity.

Mark 6:1-6(NLT) - Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Respect The Anointing

Unbelief destroyed the power of The Anointing in the lives of the people to whom Jesus ministered in Mark 6:1-6. The Bible is clear. He could not do any miracles among them except healing a few sick people because of their unbelief. It didn't say He would not. He could not. They were too familiar. They were too disrespectful. They cut off the miracle working power of God in the flesh. So if that happened to Jesus where does that leave the rest of us?

The Anointing flows from the minister to the people being ministered to. If you've been following this series all week you will understand the responsibility of the minister to walk in The Anointing. However, even in the presence of a true anointing, a lack of honor in those receiving the ministry will negate its power.

2 Chronicles 20:20(KJV) - And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

Respect The Anointing

I know it's a struggle to honor those whom God has anointed. Do you want to know why? Because we judge people according to the flesh. We size them up with our eyes and determine whether or not they deserve our respect. 2 Corinthians 5:16 is so clear. Do not evaluate people from a human point of view. You will get it all wrong. Judge by The Spirit.

Hence, if you are going to benefit from The Anointing you have to respect The Anointing. You don't have to get caught up in the person ministering. Put your focus on God. It's not about the person anyway. It's about The Anointing that's on the person as a result of the presence of The Holy Spirit. God will deliver by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Psalm 105:14-15(KJV) - He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

That's all for today. Look out this evening for this weekend's teaching video.

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An Introduction To The Supernatural

There are two realms in simultaneous existence. One is visible. One is invisible. One is temporary. One is eternal. One is natural. One is supernatural.

In less than 15 minutes, author and speaker Donnell Duncan unlocks mysteries about The Supernatural.

This is the eighth and final message in our series, "Seeing The Invisible." It's a continuation from Part Seven, "Coded Messages". Join us as we journey into the spirit realm where important things are taking place which we cannot see.

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Coded Messages

Coded Messages

1 Corinthians 14:2, 14(NKJV) - For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.... For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Coded messages to God. That's one way to describe tongues. It's when your body and soul take a step back so that your spirit can talk directly to God. You may not understand what you're saying but God does and that's what really matters. In the spirit the limitations of time and space do not exist. In the spirit, with no inside information, you can pray for things taking place in your vicinity, far away or even in the future. When you pray in tongues you pray for God's agenda.

This is the seventh message in our series, "Seeing The Invisible." It's a continuation from Part Six, "The Mystery of Tongues". Join us as we journey into the spirit realm where important things are taking place which we cannot see.

Coded Messages

Acts 2:1-4(NKJV) - When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

In 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, nine spiritual gifts are listed which are given to people as The Holy Spirit desires. However, the first gift offered by The Holy Spirit at the birth of The Church in Acts 2 was tongues. Without question, by The Law of First Mention, since it was not anyone but God's choice to do so, the gift of tongues must be very important. It is true that the gift of prophesy is definitely more important for communicating to the corporate church body based on 1 Corinthians 14. However, it was only after they spoke in tongues that The Apostle Peter arose and prophesied.

Anyway, I've heard people say that since 1 Corinthians 12 says spiritual gifts are given as The Holy Spirit desires, the gift of tongues is not for everyone. If you get it, you get it. If you don't you don't. So if you don't speak in tongues it must be God's Will that you have a severe disadvantage in your prayer life. You better know lots of scriptures about all kinds of stuff or you will be stuck very often during prayer time. So is it completely true that a Christian without the gift of tongues can do nothing about it since it's God's Will? Let's see!

The Mystery of Tongues

1 Corinthians 14:1(NKJV) - Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Luke 11:9-14(NKJV) - “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!(emphasis mine)

So not only can you desire spiritual gifts but you can ask God for His Holy Spirit and He will deliver. Luke 11:9-13 has been used in all different types of contexts but Jesus was dealing with one specific request. It was not about money. It was not about healing. It was not about anything like that. Maybe it applies but it was not about any of those. It was concerning a request for The Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit who chose as His first gift to The Church, the gift of tongues. This specific gift unless interpreted serves no other purpose than to elevate our prayer life. So why would God deny such a request? If you are a Christian and you want it, just ask!

1 Corinthians 14:4,18(NKJV) - He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

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The Mystery of Tongues

Tongues

Ephesians 6:17-18(NKJV) - And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

What's praying with all prayer and supplication in The Spirit? A few months ago I was leading a discussion at Coffee Shop Conversations in Atlanta and that's what I was asked by a new Christian convert. Even though it sounds pretty simple it's not for many people. Really, what's the answer? What's all prayer? There is an obvious inference to different types of prayer. However, it cannot be broken down in such a way as to include supplication as one of the types since that's listed separately in the same verse. Hence, that type of grouping doesn't apply. So, I'll ask again. What's all prayer?

This is the sixth message in our series, "Seeing The Invisible." It's a continuation from Part Five, "Angels". Join us as we journey into the spirit realm where important things are taking place which we cannot see.

The Mystery of Tongues

I was stumped when asked to define "all prayer" to a new Christian. I asked The Lord in my heart and waited for an answer. Suddenly, The Lord gave me the most basic types of prayer in a list as simple as 1...2...3.

Type 1 - Calling on Him in a time of need without any scriptural support! For example; "Help me Jesus! Do something, Lord! Save me Jesus! Jesuuuuuuuuuuus!!!"

Type 2 - Praying The Word of God! For example; "Lord, according to Psalm 103, my life is redeemed from destruction and Psalm 91, I have angelic protection and long life. Lord, I need supernatural deliverance now!"

Type 3 - Praying in Tongues

Type 1 is not sophisticated in any way but when it comes from a genuine heart God does hear it. It's especially useful in times of desperation when you can't think straight. However it is prayer at the lowest level. It's a great place to start but at some point you have to graduate to something higher. Then The Lord said that both Types 2 and 3 are considered as praying in The Spirit. Let me explain.

The Mystery of Tongues

John 6:63(NKJV) - It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Ephesians 6:17(KJV) - And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Hebrews 4:12(KJV) - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God is spirit. When you pray The Word of God you are praying in His Spirit. His words are not regular words, they are Spirit Words. They are powerful and make things happen! When you pray and you are loaded with God's Word in your heart, The Spirit of The Lord will bring the correct scriptures to your remembrance. As a result, by His leading, you will be directed to use your Spiritual Sword at the right time for the right situation. You can't just quote random, out of context scriptures but God's Spirit within you will reveal what to pray.

The Mystery of Tongues

Now.. for the best part! Type 3 - Speaking in Tongues.

Acts 2:4(KJV) - And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

1 Corinthians 14:2, 14 - For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.... For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

There's nothing like praying in other tongues. For some strange reason there is a debate in The Church about it. So now let's take this blog in that direction.

We'll continue from here tomorrow...

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Angels

Angels

Hebrews 1:7(NLT) - Regarding the angels, he says, “He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.”

Several years ago while standing on the side of the street after a church service with some college friends an interesting thing happened. A car pulled up right before us and the passenger in the front seat rolled down her window. She motioned for me to come to the car. I can still remember her face. She was unusually beautiful with flawlessly smooth brown skin and a warm smile.

I hesitated and looked around then complied. I walked up to the window and she got straight to the point. She gave me a message from God, smiled then rolled up the window. Not too much small talk, no unnecessary pleasantries. It was exactly what I needed to hear at that time. I had never seen her before and I never saw her again. A few years later God told me who she was. She was an angel.

This is the fifth message in our series, "Seeing The Invisible." It's a continuation from Part Four, "Fight Like Jesus". Join us as we journey into the spirit realm where important things are taking place which we cannot see.

Hebrews 1:13-14(KJV) - But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Angels

Do you believe angels exist? Do you believe they actively participate in our daily lives? The real question is: Do you believe The Bible? God assigned angels to every Christian. Those assigned to earth are ministering spirits with heavenly directions for earthly assignments that concern the heirs of salvation.

However, like everything else in God's Kingdom they operate according to a well-ordered system that works to our advantage. So how does this angelic system work?

Psalm 103:20(KJV) - Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Angels do God's Will. They hearken to the voice of God's Word! The Hebrew word used here for "word" is "dabar" which means spoken word. When God wants to do certain things on the earth, He tells His angels to do it. The Bible gives numerous accounts from Genesis to Revelation of angels being dispatched to aid God's people in that way. Now let's take this to another level. Who else can speak God's Word other than God Himself?

Angels

Jeremiah 1:9-10(NLT) - Then the LORD reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth! Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”

Romans 10:8(KJV) - But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

God can put His Word in the mouth of His people. Hence, when God's people hear from God and declare what He says, angels spring into action. Why not do that today? As a human being you cannot physically fight a spiritual battle. On the other hand, you can speak God's Word and angels will fight for you. Do you want to know one perfect way to speak God's Word and be right every time?

Acts 2:4(KJV) - And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

1 Corinthians 14:2, 14 - For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.... For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Speak in tongues! If you didn't know. Now you know. Get with it! 🙂

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