(To gather and build UP the Body of Christ.)

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

    GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT:,  1 Cor.12:  7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of  knowledge by the same Spirit;  9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;10 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:  11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

        DEACONS:  Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

                  1 Tim. 3:8-13:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to  much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre  9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure  conscience.  10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a  deacon, being found blameless.  11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers,  sober, faithful in all things.  12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling  their children and their own houses well.13 For they that have used the office of a  deacon will purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
         ELDERS:  Eph.4:  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,             evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the   measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  

So the above are the basic building blocks for the Church of Christ Jesus.  First we come into the fruit of the Spirit which is the personality of Christ Jesus and learn to put on Christ, to ingest HIM and to become like HIM.   Then the gifts of the Spirit start to flow as needed to build up the basket to be able to collect the spiritual babies that the Holy Spirit wants to help grow up.  And then out of the gifts ministries begin to take form so as to provide the Holy Spirit with a 5 fingered spiritual glove to put on so HE can touch the world for Christ Jesus and bring those interested in the light to Christ Jesus and eventually weave them into the eternal family of God.

Holy Spirit ministry:

I was asked in my e-mail what about this stuff of being , “SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT” So let dig a little in the Holy Scriptures and see if we can get a “True” picture of this event.

First off, there are always lying counterfeits of what ever the Holy Spirit does and sometime the show is totally bogus and the Holy Spirit is not even there at all but the show goes on.  So you will need to become discerning if and when you are baptized and empowered by the Holy Spirit to learn to know the difference.  Like tongues without a valid interpretation in a church gathering Apostle Paul says not to do, 1 Cor.14.   And if the prophets share a message from God it is perfectly OK to publically judge it as to the value and what was of the Holy Spirit and perhaps what was not..

The fist time that the power of God is demonstrated in Holy Scripture is in Gen.2:21 where God put Adam to sleep and created Eve to assist him and to keep him from being lonely.

The next time that I remember from the Old Testament is when the Tabernacle of Moses. In Psalm133, 1 Kings 8:11, 2 Chronicles 5:14    So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.

When the Jewish Elders came to arrest Jesus was a time but before that time Jesus clearly tells us that HE is the Christ, the Word of God, the I AM that gave Moses the 10 commandments and delivered Israel from Egypt as in Mark 14:62, John 8:24 (the he is not in the Greek.), John 8:58.
John 9:16.  In John 18:4-6 we see that when HIS divinity is exposed it is like with Aaron in the Tabernacle.  4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM ( he, not in the Greek).  And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  6
As soon then as he had said unto them, I AM, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

So it is not unusual at all when Spirit filled believers gather together in the Holy Spirit for this to happen as the power of the Holy Spirit is manifested.  It can also happen to folks who are demonized and in need of deliverance.  But easy to tell the difference by just looking at the face.  In my ministry in the revivals of the 70’s this empowering was nearly always present in our gatherings as the Holy Spirit would take over the gathering and we all became that silk glove that HE could use to touch those there with a new birth, empowering, healing, deliverance and/or the simple love of Christ Jesus to affirm their unity with the King of Kings and turn up the love a bit.

So this supernatural presence of the Holy Spirit greatly increases everyone’s faith.  But it has to be real in the Holy Spirit and I say this due to the phony displays where people are pushed over but feel nothing.  And just go down because they think they are supposed to…  I have seen this happen even to large crowds where I was the only one still standing up when everyone else sat down…  Mass hypnoses,  I think?  But if it is the Holy Spirit, you will go down on the ground and come to later feeling much better, much lighter and a whole lot closer to our LORD.  It has never happened to me but then I have been boiler plated to do what the LORD has called me to do.
Hope this helps in your Spiritual Growth,   Ken<><  (More later.)           

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