Daily Spirit & Word: 548:
“Take Your Eyes OFF The Wheels Boy”
Holy Spirit Gifts #4: HEALING. “Fan Into Flame”
1 Corinthians 12:9 “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit …”
Good morning my friends, HEALING is a blessed gift of the Holy Spirit. He gives it to individuals even today, but like most of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we’re not going to see it or experience it until we begin to exercise it. Yes every gift needs to be fanned into flame.
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy we read that he’s encouraging him to “stir-up” KJV “fan-into-flame” NIV, The GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. If Timothy needed to do that my friends, then we do too.
My friends, every gift of the Holy Spirit must be used or it’s power within us will dim or dwindle, it will become like: ‘a bruised reed or a smouldering wick: Matthew 12:20 “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.” i.e. You’ll never loose it completely. Once God gives you a GIFT it’s yours forever. God will never take back a GIFT that He’s given to you. Romans 11:29 “for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” He’ll never take them away from you once He’s given you something; Just like all the favours / gifts which God gives to followers of Jesus Christ; including; pardon, forgiveness, peace, joy, salvation, heaven and eternal life.
However, just like every gift we receive, both worldly and spiritual, if we do not use them rightly, they’ll become rusty.
“fan into flame the gift of God”
I remember getting a bike for Christmas one year: Well, it wasn’t truly mine alone, my big brother Joe and I had to share it. When we first got that bike we’d ride it every day for hours at a time. I learned to ride a bike on that bike. My brother Joe just got on and rode along the road, but I got on and fell off. He could even ride it with no hands, I couldn’t do it with two hands on the handlebars.
I’ll never forget that experience: I was going round and round a builder’s yard. I was falling off and the wheels were shaking. I couldn’t understand how my brother could just get on and go, without any wobbles. An old lady, who’d obviously been watching my futile attempts shouted some advice from her balcony; “Don’t look at the wheels boy, don’t look at the wheels!” Those words are ringing in my ears some 50+ years later. “Don’t look at the wheels boy” She was right of course; It took me ages, but once I stopped looking at the wheels I was off. My heart rejoices even now at the tremendous feeling of freedom being able to ride and glide, it was almost as if I was flying. Soon I was able to do what my brother Joe instinctively did, ride with no hands.
It was awesome being able to ride a bike, but I think my trouble learning to do it has taught me something of immense value concerning the Holy Spirit Gifts: If you don’t use it, you’ll begin to loose it. You know the saying, “Once you learn to ride a bike, you’ve learned for life” right? NO! my friends, we do get rusty, and if we don’t use it so will the bike.
After a few weeks we stopped playing on the bike every day, we didn’t treasure it as we did at first. Sometimes, we’d leave it outside in the rain. Then after a while, weeks went by and we’d not even bother to think about riding it. After a few weeks, one day I decided that I wanted to ride my bike, I entered the garden and found the tyres were flat and the wheels stiff to turn. My bike had rusted-up and become so stiff and hard to even push. The chain was all brown and hard and stiff. I remember crying that my bike had gotten into such a state. My dad came and helped me, but it took ages to get my bike working again. Lots of oil and rags to clean it up, new tyres and soon it was back to normal again.
“It got RUSTY through lack of use”
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are like that too.
The GIFT of HEALING: had almost been lost to the church. Over hundreds of years, probably even a 1000 years, the church had surrendered all the gifts to a very select few: the Clergy, the Professionals, the Ministers etc… But that was NEVER God’s intention, so over time is it any wonder that their use had become ‘rusty’ like my old bike? We’d forgotten that God had ever given the church Holy Spirit gifts for every single Christian to use. No wonder the ‘spirituality’ of Christendom faded. It wasn’t until last century, at the turn of the 20th century, with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Azusa Street, April 1906, that Pentecostal Fire came down again. Yes there had been little revivals in many places before, but nothing like this. However, I don’t think we get it even today. The FIRE is not for the ‘supermen and super-women’ of God, it’s for EVERY CHRISTIAN. I believe God is going to bring about an even bigger revival than anything that’s gone before. When the whole church wakes up to the fact that God has given every single Christian Spiritual Gifts, and we ALL begin to use them the way we should have been from the beginning. Oh WOWzer! Can you imagine what fire there’ll be when everyone is; healing, prophesying, loving, giving etc the way that God’s always wanted the Church to be. This is definitely going to be the NEW REVIVAL to beat ALL REVIVALS.
God has given Holy Spirit Gifts to be USED by EVERY Christian.
- The Church has had it’s eyes on the wheels for far too long.
- It’s time to take our eyes off the wheels and look towards heaven.
- Let’s do all we can to “FAN-INTO-FLAME” the Holy Spirit Gifts.
- Let’s do all we can to “STIR-UP” the Holy Spirit Gifts you’ve been given.
Paul’s encouragement to Timothy: to “fan-into-flame” the gift that he’d received at the laying on of hands reminds me today that we’ve got to KEEP using those wonderful gifts the LORD is still giving to every believer and follower of Jesus Christ today.
The GIFT of HEALING: is still available. God’ continues to bestow that gift, He’s giving that gift to individuals. We need to fan this gift into flame again my friends. Who’s got that gift? You won’t know, until you try healing. Whenever someone is sick ask them, “Would you like me to pray for you?” You’ll very soon discover if the LORD has gifted you. About a year ago I had to ask the Lord’s forgiveness, because I’d stopped laying hands on many people, but I’m doing it again my friends and people are getting healed today.
“Take your eyes off the wheels boy”
Just like me, learning to ride my bike, so the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be like that, at first we’ll be focusing upon how we do it. How we lay hands on etc… but we’ve got to lift our eyes up, past our hands, past the clouds, all the way to Heaven. It’s to the LORD alone that the gift comes from, not how we do it, not what we say, but it’s HIS POWER. It’s nothing of ourselves, it’s all of HIM. He’s the one who gives the POWER to heal, otherwise we’d take the credit for ourselves. Thankfully, we’ve got incidents in the Bible where people began to worship the disciples, as if by their own power they worked miracles, but the disciple had enough Spiritual common sense to rebuke everyone who began to worship them.
Acts 3:12 “When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” It wasn’t Peter it was God.
Acts 10:25-26 “As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.””
We’ve got to get our eyes much higher and we’ll be free to use Holy Spirit Gifts of Healing (and every other gift of the Holy Spirit), but we do need to keep using them, to fan them into flame, to stir-up the gifts given to us.
- How’s your Holy Spirit gift being used today?
- Are you exercising your gift or gifts regularly?
- You need to be.
Oh Lord, Thank you for Mrs Pettigrew, who said those words to help me ride my bike; “Take your eyes off the wheels boy”. Help us Lord!
My prayer today: Friday 3rd of July 2015: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today and cry out asking for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that every Christian, myself included, will repent of the sin of neglect of the gifts that you’ve bestowed upon us all. Please Lord, help us to fan-into-flames those gifts you’ve given to us. Help us Lord to see ways to use the gifts to bring You glory and bring about the revival we all want to see. Amen”.
It’s the Weekend 🙂 Praise the LORD! Hope you all have a fantastic Friday and Saturday. Remember Sunday is coming. Get to Church, Use your gifts and Praise the Lord!
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