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MINISTERING THE SPIRIT
2 Corinthians 3:6. “Who also
hath made us able ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter
of the word, but of the spirit, for the letter kills but the spirit
Galatians 3:5. “He therefore
that ministers to you the spirit, and works miracles among you,
does he do it by the works of the law, or the hearing of faith?”
The answer is obvious, as the writer to this epistle certainly
implies. That we have been called to minister the Spirit is beyond
question, but this aspect of the witnessing has been largely ignored.
Have we become experts in theology and novices in practice, giants
of rhetoric and dwarfs in the Spirit? The content of a lot of written
material is little more than information, and much of what is taught
in seminaries is unpractical. Shadows and types never healed a sick
person, cast out a devil, or saved a soul. “Jesus said; ye
do err not knowing the scriptures or the power of God”
1 Cor 12:10 “To another the working
of miracles” Where are the Miracle workers that the scripture
We are severely handicapped unless He confirms what we say.
Yes we need the scriptures, but not just to debate over, but to
do what they say also. It is not a matter of one as opposed to the
other, but both working in harmony with each other. He that works
miracles asks Paul, does he do it by works, or by the hearing of
faith. It takes faith to minister the spirit. Whether it's prophecy,
speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing the sick,
casting out devils, working miracles, having a word of wisdom, a
word of knowledge, or a word of faith? There common denominator
in the afore mentioned is faith. How do I get it? It comes by hearing
what the Holy Spirit is saying. Ministering the spirit transports
us into the front line of the battle, into the spiritual arena.
It brings us into contact with the enemy. We enter into conflict,
and move out of theory into reality, wrestling and overcoming principalities
and powers in the spirit. It takes study to minister the word, but
the hearing of faith to minister the spirit of God. The early church
ministered in power without the written word of the New Testament,
yet signs and wonders were the order of the day. It takes a lot
of preparation, but very little faith to preach a sermon with an
introduction, three points and a conclusion. But it takes a hearing
ear to know what the Spirit is saying and respond accordingly.
It’s not just our sermons, but it’s the release of
His power that does the job. Let him that hath an ear hear what
the Spirit says. We all have ears, so why not use them for His glory.
Many a messenger spends all of his spiritual energy on his argument
but neglects the power gifts. Let’s buy up every opportunity
to pray for the sick and oppressed, and thereby allow God to demonstrate
His power and love.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” Luke