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Charismatic Gifts

This topic is one of the most exciting that life offers.  Lovers give gifts.
 


Background

Christians who experience certain manifestations are often called "charismatic"  (from the Greek word for "gift")  Examples of these gifts of the Holy Spirit are receiving visions, praying in tongues and healing. 

According to Newsweek, Time and The Washington Post charismatics represent the fastest growing religious group worldwide. Conservative estimates put the number of people involved at 600 hundred million people, with the strongest growth occurring in Asia, Africa, and South America.

Before Jesus returned to Heaven he promised to send his followers the Holy Spirit, through which he would continue to live among them. The Spirit first arrived in this new, special way at Pentecost, which brought about the explosive birth of Christianity.

The word "charismatic" is sometimes mistakenly used to mean free-spirited or emotional worship. While that may be an effect, it's not the cause, which is the Spirit's presence through the manifestations.

If these experiences are new to you, don't miss this page:
Interview with a Charismatic

The Authentic Follower

Come near to Me. Let Me see the real you, free and unfettered from what you think you are.  It is easy for you to hide the true person I created you to be behind so much worldly culture.

I am seeking the authentic follower, one who lives out of My love rather than in doing those things you somehow deem you are supposed to do.  Has your repentance cut to the heart with your most burning desire to stay intimately connected to Me?  When you ask for My will to be in your life, are you prepared for all it could ask of you? My body is ever so often too practical in what they call faith.

The world you live in provides more assurance than perhaps you should be relying upon as a follower of Christ.  Where does your abandonment for this world begin and your utter dependence on Me take hold?  In every area:  finances, relationships, loving your enemies, witnessing My love, deep and lasting repentance, careers, interceding for hopeless causes, building up the body what else? Can you hear Me?

I have blessed you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3).  You have been blessed and grace-filled to live an abundant life (John 10:10), one of victory, hope, joy because you have a Lord and a Savior.

I have availed to you Holy Spirit fire from Heaven to touch you, for you to touch others in My name.  Don't miss Me in favor of a more comfortable routine of daily living.  Yours in the Jericho road, the one Jesus followed to the cross.  Are you taking up your daily cross to follow Me? (Luke 9:23).  So often this walk comes in the simple daily choices you make for Me—or don't make.

Will you live for Me today?  How?  Will you forgive that offending brother or sister?  Will you pray for your lost enemy?  Will you praise Me like David did, free of the care of others?  Will you accept the gifts I offer through the Holy Spirit and use them to exalt others?  Will you trust Me when I call you on to the water?

This gift of the life of Christ you have been given is far too short to let it pass by.  Give Me all of you.  I will receive you in love and use whatever you give Me for My glory.  Consider the worth your life has to Me.

This preceding word is an example of a prophetic message. For more on this, see
The Voice of God

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.

Ephesians 4:7