Greatest Gifts are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
GWEA Monthly Message, December 2015
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS
Christmas Day is the constant reminder that God Himself visited earth (Jn. 1:1) in the form of a baby (Matt. 2:18–25; Lk. 2:1–7), and grew up in a family with 4 brothers and 2 sisters with his mother Mary and father Joseph (Matt. 13:55–56). His name is Jesus and his birth divided our history between BC (Before Christ) and AD (Year of our Lord).
He lived and died on the Cross of Calvary in order to pay for the sin of the world and rose again from the dead and still lives today. He ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him (Acts 2:4) so He can be our Saviour, Lord and God.
I believe that it was necessary for Jesus to demonstrate that anyone who received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4; Mk. 16:17–18) could resist the devil/Satan (Jas. 4:7) and his/her own temptations (Jas. 1:14–15).
Christmas is supposed to encourage us to know that any child dedicated to Jesus and Baptized with the Holy Spirit as Jesus was from birth (Matt. 1:20–21), has the same purpose as the angel said of Jesus: "To save His people from their sin” by becoming “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19).
God had entrusted parents with their children so that they can be introduced to Jesus and be Baptized with the Holy Spirit (Mk. 16:17–20). This way (like Jesus), it can be said of them, “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor (grace) of God was upon him” (Acts 2:40). But even more, it can be said of them, “And he or she, increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man” (Lk. 2:52).
We have prayed with children as young as two and one-half and adults as old as 98 years to receive Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The greatest Christmas gifts of all, with which we are entrusted are the “signs following” (Mk. 16:17-18–15) and the “Fifteen Gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 8:6–8, Rom. 8:1, 1 Cor. 12:8–10). After receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, we and our children will then be able to start “walking on the waters of faith” (Matt. 14:22–32) and “remove the spiritual mountains” (Matt. 21:1–2; Lk. 17:5–6).
The best Christmas Gift a Christian can share with their families, friends, acquaintances and strangers, is their personal testimonies of what Jesus has done for them (Rev. 12:11). Salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, healing and deliverance ministry are more of His Gifts.
The ministry of the Fifteen Gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, administration, mercy, (Rom. 12:6–8); word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miracles, discernment of spirits, speaking in tongues languages and interpretation of tongues languages (1 Cor. 12:8–10) are all “good” Christmas Gifts (Lk. 11:13) which can be shared Christmas all year long.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
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