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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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Anointed or Gifted - Part 2

This week's video series is based on our blog series on The Anointing. If you're interested in going deeper into this material, click to access the blog; "Unmasking The Anointing."

1 John 2:27(KJV) - But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

So what is the anointing?

The Greek word used here is chrisma (khris'-mah) which means an unguent or smearing, i.e. (figuratively) the special endowment ("chrism") of the Holy Spirit:

Unmasking The Anointing

1 Corinthians 12:7-11(KJV) - But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 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.

As we've been saying for the last few days, The Anointing is the result of The Holy Spirit resting upon someone's life. As a result, when you see The Anointing in action, you see The Holy Spirit. So to recognize The Anointing you just need to recognize the presence of The Holy Spirit. That can be interpreted in many ways. On a deeply spiritual level, The Holy Spirit inside of you will recognize The Holy Spirit inside of someone else. Hence, you can discern whether The Holy Spirit is moving through someone or not. However, everyone's not that deep so let's make it really simple.

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How can The Anointing be lost?

This week's video series is based on our blog series on The Anointing. If you're interested in going deeper into this material, click to access the blog; "The Heart of The Anointing."

1 John 2:27(KJV) - But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

So what is the anointing?

The Greek word used here is chrisma (khris'-mah) which means an unguent or smearing, i.e. (figuratively) the special endowment ("chrism") of the Holy Spirit:

The Heart of The Anointing

1 Samuel 16:1,14 (NLT) - Now the LORD said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”.... Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and the LORD sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.

Do you know that at one time Saul was God's anointed? Do you also know that the time came when he no longer qualified to be God's anointed? When Saul's character fell below God's standard God took His Spirit off of Saul and with it went the anointing to be king. This is a deeply personal message because I've seen this happen. God's gifts are free and are ours to keep but His anointing comes with a very high price. It's a privilege to be God's anointed. It's not something to be taken lightly.

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What does it mean to be anointed?

This week's video series is based on our blog series on The Anointing. If you're interested in going deeper into this material, click to access the blog; "The Heart of The Anointing."

1 John 2:27(KJV) - But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

So what is the anointing?

The Greek word used here is chrisma (khris'-mah) which means an unguent or smearing, i.e. (figuratively) the special endowment ("chrism") of the Holy Spirit:

The Heart of The Anointing

The anointing is not something God gives to men like a gift. It's the residue of The Holy Spirit when He rests upon someone. In 1 Samuel 16:12-13, immediately after Samuel anointed David something specific happened. The Holy Spirit rested upon him. The oil itself meant nothing. It wasn't about the oil. It was about The Spirit of The Lord resting on the man whom God told the prophet to smear with the oil. Hence, the oil was just a sign that represented God's choice for His Spirit.

In 1 John 2:27 those who are anointed are instructed to abide in God. Pay close attention to that because there is something important there.

People have to qualify for the anointing. In 1 Samuel 16:6-7 God made it clear to Samuel that there was one specific criterion He used for awarding the anointing. He looked at a man's heart. Unlike His free distribution of gifts He did not take lightly the character of the person upon whom would receive His anointing. How can I be so sure? The same way God gave His anointing to men who qualified, He took it away from those who did not. If the anointing was the same as gifts, The Bible would contradict itself. Gifts are given without repentance. The anointing is given and is taken away.

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What does it mean to be gifted?

This week's video series is based on our blog series on The Anointing. If you're interested in going deeper into this material, click to access the blog; "Unmasking The Anointing."

The Church is full of all types of interesting characters. Some are genuinely anointed of The Lord while others are not. Also, many times we underestimate people who walk in a powerful anointing and overestimate others who are merely gifted in their particular area of ministry.

Because a man can sing, preach, dance or play an instrument does not mean the residue of The Holy Spirit rests upon him. It could just mean that he is naturally gifted. God may have given him the gift and that's about it.

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God; The Ultimate Investor

Matthew 6:33(KJV) - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 25:14-30(KJV) - 14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Proverbs 6:10-11(KJV) - Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

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Make Strategic Moves

Luke 16:1-9(NLT) - Jesus told this story to his disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs. One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer’s money. So the employer called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? Get your report in order, because you are going to be fired.’ “The manager thought to himself, ‘Now what? My boss has fired me. I don’t have the strength to dig ditches, and I’m too proud to beg. Ah, I know how to ensure that I’ll have plenty of friends who will give me a home when I am fired.’ “So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe him?’ The man replied, ‘I owe him 800 gallons of olive oil.’ So the manager told him, ‘Take the bill and quickly change it to 400 gallons.’ “‘And how much do you owe my employer?’ he asked the next man. ‘I owe him 1,000 bushels of wheat,’ was the reply. ‘Here,’ the manager said, ‘take the bill and change it to 800 bushels.’ “The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light. Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.

Hard work pays but it doesn't always pay well. Work smart! - Anonymous

Do you know that many of the hardest working people struggle all of their lives and never get ahead? You can work as hard as you like but that doesn't guarantee success. Unfortunately for some and fortunately for others, success comes from what you know, who you know, how you're positioned and how you leverage those three factors. It is about strategic moves, strategic connections and strategic preparation. That's what works and it's supported by The Bible!

Watch the video, take notes and share it with others you care about! May God bless you on your journey to success!

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The Best Don't Always Win

Ecclesiastes 9:11(NLT) - I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Hard work pays but it doesn't always pay well. Work smart! - Anonymous

Do you know that many of the hardest working people struggle all of their lives and never get ahead? You can work as hard as you like but that doesn't guarantee success. Unfortunately for some and fortunately for others, success comes from what you know, who you know, how you're positioned and how you leverage those three factors. It is about strategic moves, strategic connections and strategic preparation. That's what works and it's supported by The Bible!

Watch the video, take notes and share it with others you care about! May God bless you on your journey to success!

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Are You In A Rat Race?

Proverbs 4:5-9(NLT) - 5 Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. 6 Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. 7 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. 8 If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you. 9 She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown.”

Hard work pays but it doesn't always pay well. Work smart! - Anonymous

Do you know that many of the hardest working people struggle all of their lives and never get ahead? You can work as hard as you like but that doesn't guarantee success. Unfortunately for some and fortunately for others, success comes from what you know, who you know, how you're positioned and how you leverage those three factors. It is about strategic moves, strategic connections and strategic preparation. That's what works and it's supported by The Bible!

Watch the video, take notes and share it with others you care about! May God bless you on your journey to success!

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