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During the French Revolution, there were three Christians who were sentenced to die by the guillotine.
One Christian had the gift of faith, the other had the gift of prophecy, the other had the gift of helps.
The Christian with the gift of faith was to be executed first.
He was asked if he wanted to wear a hood over his head.
He declined and said he was not afraid to die.
"I have faith that God will deliver me!" he shouted bravely.
His head was positioned under the guillotine, with his neck on the chopping block.
He looked up at the sharp blade, said a short prayer and waited confidently.
The rope was pulled, but nothing happened.
His executioners were amazed and, believing that this must have been an act of God, they freed the man.
The Christian with the gift of prophecy was next.
His head was positioned under the guillotine blade and he too was asked if he wanted the hood.
"No," he said, "I am not afraid to die.
However, I predict that God will deliver me from this guillotine!"
At that, the rope was pulled and again, nothing happened.
Once, again the puzzled executioners assumed this must be a miracle of God, and they freed the man.
The third Christian, with the gift of helps, was next.
He was brought to the guillotine and likewise asked if he wanted to wear a hood.
"No," he said, "I'm just as brave as those other two guys."
The executioners then positioned him face up under the guillotine and were about to pull the rope when the man stopped them.
"Hey wait a minute," he said.
"I think I just found the problem with your guillotine."
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Paul preached the gospel in Corinth in the early 50s AD during his second missionary journey (Acts 18:1–18).
When opposition grew fierce there, the Lord Jesus spoke to him in a vision assuring him that he had ‘many people’ in the city (Acts 18:10).
With this encouragement, Paul stayed on for eighteen months, ‘teaching them the word of God’ (Acts 18:11).
God used Paul’s ministry to bring about the birth and establishment of the church in Corinth.
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Life Principle - The Holy Spirit Gives Supernatural Gifts For The Uplifting Of All Christians, But Watch Out For False Signs & Wonders
Life Point- Watch Out For False Signs & Wonders
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Here we come to a great problem that has been happening in the Corinthian church.
The problem is so large that we find Paul will spend three chapters on the subject.
That is 12, 13, and 14.
We will see later that not only was this church zealous for spiritual gifts, especially the speaking gifts, that they had abused them and were probably a bit fleshly when it came to them.
Apparently Paul was asked to address this issue in the churches.
So he writes back.
So what is in view here?
1) These gifts are not natural abilities, but are supernatural in origin.
They were and are given by the Holy Spirit.
2) These gifts are not worked up by the flesh or through the thoughts of another man or movement.
They come from the Holy Spirit Himself.
He reminds them that before they came to Jesus they were led astray by those claiming to be prophets of these idols and did whatever the so-called prophet would say and practice things that were detestable before God.
This is interesting isn’t it?
This means that no one who is truly lead by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus.
This means that someone empowered by God will not say or do things that bring total dishonor to the name of Jesus.
We see examples all over the place today with this one.
We see so-called pastors divorcing their wives because they say The Holy Spirit told them to do so.
God will never go against God.
He does not have Multiple Personality Disorder.
God is one.
We are watching as pastors and denominational leaders are giving up on Biblical Marriage and are embracing what they call same-sex marriage, which is no marriage at all.
Some speakers, and I call them speakers because they aren’t God’s pastors, have said they have heard from the Lord that this is ok now and God approves.
That’s not what His word says:
I’m not sure how someone can misinterpret this passage, however many people have tried.
They are amazing at doing theological gymnastics to excuse their behavior.
To attribute to Jesus things that he never said and to do things you know He would never do is to call Jesus accursed.
To come out and say to someone Jesus is accursed by God is evil and sinful.
Then Paul says that no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
Now what is that supposed to mean?
Anyone can say that at any time right?
No, not really to truly say and truly see that Jesus is Lord of their life means that there has been some real change in them.
The person who says Jesus is Lord and has no evidence of the Spirit in operation in their lives and gives out false prophecies and false gifts ought to be pushed away from.
They ought to be called heretics and you should run the opposite direction.
How do you know if a person truly has Jesus as Lord?
They will have the fruit of the Spirit active in their lives.
If you don’t think there are false signs and lying wonders then you are living in a fairy tale world of your own making.
So how to tell if it is a lying sign or wonder.
Here some practical advice from Betty Miller who wrote:
Does the sign, miracle or wonder line up with the Word of God?
Is God receiving the glory for this miracle or is a man or woman being exalted?
Can you picture Christ performing this miracle?
Does the miracle draw attention to Christ or to the man performing the miracle?
Does this wonder cause you love and worship God more?
What is the purpose for this miracle?
The Lord does not perform miracles just to exhibit His power to men.
He does them for specific purposes and reasons.
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I was talking with a man once who had a friend from a different country.
He had started going to a prayer meeting with others and invited him.
Someone started speaking in tongues and the friend turned to him and said “we need to leave now.”
They left and the friend said, “the man was speaking my language but it wasn’t Jesus he was praising.
He was speaking curses to Christ and blaspheming Him.”
So after that he went back to warn them about the lying tongues.
Their response?
“Thank you but we have someone who has the spiritual gift of translating tongues.”
So you’re telling me that someone who says they have the spiritual gift of translation over someone who actually speaks that language is right and he is wrong?
I don’t think so.
Life Point - The Purpose Of God’s Power Through You, Is Not For You
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As a christian, I want to let you know something that is absolutely going to transform your world and your life.
It’s not about you at all.
This life isn’t about what you can get, it’s about who God can draw to Himself Through you.
The purpose of the miraculous Spiritual Gifts is to draw people to Christ, not to man.
If people are drawn to man and not to God, then what is going on may not be of God.
This is a miracle that has never been repeated in its’ entirety in scripture again.
But notice this here, what was the miracles purpose?
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