Understanding Gift vs Power
How do we have victory in our life if God does not help us or teach us? I do not see how we can unless God helps us. So studying the Holy Ghost / Holy Spirit is not to study “tongues” and “healings”. Jesus said when he was teaching his disciples, he was going to leave but he was going to send us the Holy Ghost. The third person of the Godhead a/k/a the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told us that not only would the Holy Ghost be our Comforter but he would also lead us in to all truth and he would give “gifts” and we would receive power “after” the Holy Ghost comes upon us. Who gave us this power, Jesus. Remember in Luke 10 where Jesus said, Luke 10:17-20 KJV
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
Clearly the serpents and scorpions were not literal here because Jesus said “and over all power of the enemy. The serpents and scorpions must be types of evil spirits that are sent by the enemy, Satan. The nothing shall by any means hurt you has nothing to do with “drinking” deadly things but evil spirits. Jesus was assuring them that evil spirits were not going to be able to hurt them. The condition? Verse 17 – the name of Jesus. Remember, this promise is for true believers not fakes.
Look at John 1:12 KJV “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
Jesus teaches about the Holy Ghost in John 15 & 16, then when Jesus prayed in John 17 look what he said in verse 20,
John 17:20 KJV
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
God the Father gives us different operations (how to process or operate) the power the Son – Jesus gives us. And the Holy Spirit gives us gifts. It is like saying, the Holy Spirit gives us gifts and Jesus gives us power, so those gifts are “super natural” and the Father shows us how to process or do these gifts that have power.
An example for today from a world view. It would be like a car or bicycle. The “gift ” is the car or bicycle. The motor of the car is the “power” and the power for a bicycle is pedaling power. How to “process” is learning how to drive or how to pedal and ride a bike.
People get so hung up on “gifts” they miss the full picture. This chart helps show the difference of each person of the Godhead and how the 3 in 1 work together with us.
Until next time – may God give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding of his will for you.
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