Devotional

The Results of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

January 20, 2020

Once we have been baptized in the Spirit—when we have received power, place, and equipping—what happens? Jesus told His disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). So, first of all, the baptism in the Spirit will make us […]

Why We Need the Baptism of the Spirit

January 13, 2020

What is the purpose of the baptism of the Spirit? First, it is to give us power. Jesus told His disciples, “Wait in Jerusalem until you are endued with power from heaven.” Then He told them, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and you shall receive power” (see Acts 1:4–8). The Greek word that […]

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

January 6, 2020

When Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:6 Paul had come to the region of Ephesus, and when he arrived there, he found twelve disciples. But evidently, Paul sensed that although these men were believers, there was something missing in their […]

A More Excellent Way

December 30, 2019

There is no better way to conclude our study on the gifts of the Spirit than with a word on the supremacy of love. As important as the gifts are, Paul says that if they are not exercised in love, they are meaningless. Jesus At the Forefront There is always the danger of putting the […]

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

December 23, 2019

Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel. Luke 2:28–32 This prophecy of Simeon is so beautiful, […]

The Gift of Tongues

December 16, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … different kinds of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:7–8, 10 The gift of tongues is perhaps the most controversial and misunderstood of all the gifts of the Spirit. Some Pentecostals and Charismatics say that unless […]

The Discerning of Spirits

December 9, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the … discerning of spirits. 1 Corinthians 12:7–8, 10 The ability to recognize false teaching and false teachers is an ability given by God referred to in 1 Corinthians 12:10 as the “discerning of […]

How God Uses the Gift of Prophecy

December 2, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … prophecy. 1 Corinthians 12:7–10 As stated last week, prophecy is a wonderful gift. But among the charismatics, prophesying, or being prophesied over, is a great obsession, and this has led to some being […]

The Gift of Prophecy

November 25, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … prophecy. 1 Corinthians 12:7–10 Prophecy is a direct word from God resulting in “edification and exhortation and comfort“ (1 Corinthians 14:3). When someone is prophesying, they are speaking under the immediate inspiration of […]

Miracles

November 18, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … the working of miracles. 1 Corinthians 12:7–9 A miracle is when God operates according to laws that are higher than the laws of nature. We have many examples of miracles in the Bible. […]