CELEBRATING THE HOLY SPIRIT.
- The Holy Spirit endows us with spiritual gifts. 1 Cor. 12:7-11, “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.” These are the nine gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us so that we can fulfil God’s purpose. These gifts are classified into three: (a) The vocal gifts which comprises of the gift of tongues, interpretation of tongues and the gift of prophecy. (b) The Power Gifts which comprises of the gift of healings (this includes all manner of healings – physical healing, emotional healing, relational healing, spiritual healing and so on), the gift of faith and the gift of working of miracles. (c) The revelational gifts which comprises of the gift of Word of knowledge, Word of wisdom and discerning of spirits. It took me a while to understand that deliverance is actually spiritual healing and that revelation brought about a great change in me. Quite a number of ministers believe in healing but not in deliverance. This is ignorance. Many years back, in the local Church where I used to minister deliverance, the Senior Pastor of the Church came to the room where we used for deliverance sessions and asked, how many people did God heal last month? I told him that I cannot really give him a figure on healings but that there were lots of deliverances. The pastor them smiled and said, ‘so you don’t know that deliverance is spiritual healing?’ This jolted me like a thunderbolt. Meanwhile, prior to this time, I was always having serious issues with malaria, it got so bad that I was placed on anti-malaria drug on a weekly basis. On getting home that day, I reasoned – how can the Lord be using me to heal people while I was battling with malaria. So, I decided to attack it head on in prayer – ‘you spirit responsible for malaria, I come against you in the name of Jesus Christ, I bind you and cast you into the abyss, I destroy your works and terminate your operation in my life, in Jesus name.’ After this prayer, I disposed of all the malaria drugs in my possession and that was how I was healed. This is an evidence of how a very simple revelation can change everything. Many sicknesses especially stubborn sicknesses that seem to defy medical solution have their roots in the spirit realm; they are demonic. If you deal with the spirit behind the sickness, the sick will be healed. A particular lady was brought during one of our deliverance sessions who was diagnosed with bronchitis. She was so weak, pale and frail when she came but when the fire of the presence of God fell during deliverance, to our surprise, she manifested so violently in spite of her frailty and started vomiting all sorts of things. The next time she came for prayers, she was fully healed and restored to the glory of God. It pays to recognize that the spiritual controls the physical; even something as little as headache can be healed spiritually. Do you know that the same anointing that heals headache is the anointing that heals cancer, HIV Aids and so on? By the grace of God, this ministry has recorded strategic healings including HIV Aids. That is why we need to celebrate the Holy Spirit. He is full of wonders. He is a healing spirit. We need the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the world today. God can make you a healing agent in a sick world, he can make you a light shining in darkness.
TO BE CONTINUED.