Thursday, May 15, 2014

DO YOU MANIFEST THE FRUITS AND GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

This Illustration was taken from the Pillar of Enoch Ministry
web site, and was featured in the frontispiece of the book:
"The Language of God in the Universe" by Helena Lehman

SALVATION IN YAHSHUA IS UNIQUE! - The Christian and Messianic "Way" or spiritual walk revealed in the New Testament offers a path to Salvation unlike any other! If you take the time to examine all the other religions being taught in this world such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism, Judaism, and Islam, you won't find another religious ideology that offers you complete forgiveness and salvation. Not one! All of them insist that you have to earn your salvation by following certain rules, and even then, nothing is certain. Only the Messiah of the Bible offers complete salvation and forgiveness through no effort of your own.

IT'S ALL ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE POWER OF YAHSHUA'S BLOOD AND SPIRIT! All you have to do is state aloud in prayer that you believe that you are a sinner, accept Yahshua's blood sacrifice for you, and truly desire to give up your wicked past, and He will fill you with His Spirit, Who will take care of the rest by filling you with the power to give up your lusts and addictions. If you are faithful to change, the Holy Spirit will also instruct you on how to stop sinning and follow God - but only if you train yourself to listen to the voice of the Spirit, which will become your conscience once you believe in Yahshua!

In John 14:6, Yahshua said: “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life! NO ONE comes to the Father but THROUGH ME!” Bottom Line: If you do NOT accept Yahshua - whose Father is Yahweh - as your Redeemer, you are NOT saved, and you are going to Hell unless God chooses to redeem you because of some virtuous thing that you did in His mercy. His unmerited favor is ONLY given to those who love and follow Yahshua, who is the Messiah or Christ, meaning “Anointed One”. To understand the concept of the Grace or unmerited favor we receive from God through Christ better, read all of Romans, Chapter 3, where the Apostle Paul gave a very clear explanation of what it is, and why it is so important.

To clarify what I mean here, the Bible is clear that God judges all of us by our character. Even those of us who are saved and sanctified will face judgment before the Millennial Rule of Christ to determine the level of our reward in the Kingdom, while those who are not saved will face Judgment on the Last Day. However, although Hell has been reserved for those who reject the Gospel of Salvation, God's love and mercy extends beyond anything we can understand or imagine, and I am certain that there will be some  people who never heard the Gospel before Judgment Day who will be allowed entrance into Heaven. But God will decide, not us. And no, it doesn't cheapen Christ's sacrifice unless pardon is granted to those who, knowing the Gospel, have rejected it entirely and thereby blasphemed the Holy Spirit. There will be no second chances for these people in this age, or the next.

This is why it is so important to for all of us to be born again. Being born again leads to salvation AND sanctification in Christ, and this is the only way to be assured salvation and rewards in God's Kingdom. You can be saved from the fires of Hell merely by believing that Yahshua is the Son of God Who saves us from sin and death. If you truly believe this, it means that you will not be cast into Hell after you are resurrected at the Last Judgment. But you will miss experiencing the Rapture and Millennial Rule of Christ if you do not become sanctified and ready to enter His Kingdom by following Christ's Commandments, which are to love God with your whole being, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

The ability to follow these commandments can only happen when you surrender your life to Yahshua by asking Him to fill you with His Spirit, to give up your sinful behavior, and to help you to desire to change for the better. When this truly happens, you will begin to manifest the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, such as faith, hope, loving-kindness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and self-control. The Fruits of the Spirit are listed in Galatians 5:22-23.

But most believers in Yahshua are rarely encouraged to go beyond receiving the Fruits of the Spirit of God into desiring and receiving the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Gifts of the Spirit are different than the Fruits, and include such abilities as seeing visions of Christ and prophetic events, prophesying about the future, being given words of wisdom on diverse subjects, being shown special knowledge to accomplish God's Will, manifesting the power to heal, and being given the power of discernment. The Gifts are discussed by the Apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 12 and 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12. Please read these Scriptures to acquaint yourself with the types of spiritual gifts that God selectively gives to each deserving born-again believer to edify the Church.

One of the Spiritual Gifts that is the most sought after in some circles but the least understood is speaking in tongues. The apostles displayed this miraculous gift in power on the Pentecost following Yahshua's resurrection, when their words - which were no doubt spoken in Aramaic or Hebrew - were understood by everyone in their own language. Whether we speak in the tongues of men like the apostles did that day, or in the unknown tongues of angels, is up to God. But for those speaking in the tongues of angels, these tongues should be translatable and given to interpretation. This is partly why the Apostle Paul insisted that that those speaking in a tongue in public pray to be given the gift to interpret (or translate) any unknown language being miraculously uttered in a Church meeting into a message that the congregation at large could understand and be edified by (1 Corinthians 14:1-25).

Auspiciously, I have experienced a true gift of tongues coming from my own mouth, even though I was unaware of it until a young Arab student sitting with the Arabic friend I was speaking to in English about the Gospel remarked to my rudimentary English-speaking Arab friend that he was amazed it how fluent my Arabic was. My friend was shocked, because he had been hearing me in English, so when he told me how impressed his friend was with my ability to speak Arabic, it caught both him and me completely by surprise! So when I said that I could only speak Arabic a little and had not been doing so at that moment, and my Arabic friend translated what I said into Arabic for his friend, his friend laughed and accused us both of lying!

It was an amazing experience, and as I pondered this event later that day in prayer, I realized what had happened. I had been given the gift of Tongues that the Apostles had experienced on Pentecost, where those who do not understand the language you are speaking in will instead hear the language they know best in order to hear the Gospel!

This and several other events like it left me with a lasting desire to understand and experience all of God's gifts. In fact, my ministry was born out of a desire to move past the Fruit of the Spirit, which are of enormous personal value - into receiving the Gifts of the Spirit of God that are valuable on a corporate, public level. When I began to desire the Gifts, it was no halfhearted desire, but an enormous need that consumed my life and made me seek to know God with all my being! I am still in this same place today. My sole desire is to please God and to know Him and teach others the truth about Him. When you have that same desire, you will begin to receive the Gifts - in keeping with the level of your faith in and dedication to God.

Today, I am asking you all to choose the narrow road that leads to life that few find - the road to Heaven far less traveled, but far more desirous than any other, which is described in the pages of the New Testament or Brit Chadashah (New Covenant), as it is known by Messianics like myself. To do so, you must believe that Yahshua or Jesus is the Son of God, and that He came in the flesh to save you from your sins. But to go even further down that narrow road, you also need to believe that Yahshua can and will change your life today, and will give you a whole new nature and identity as a child of God.

Hold nothing back, and surrender your mind, body, and spirit to God, and seek and know and do His Will. Only then will you move past receiving the wonderful Fruit of the Spirit, and begin to receive the mighty power of His Spiritual Gifts. If you need help in knowing what to say to God when you desire salvation, or in knowing what to expect as you grow as a believer after accepting Yahshua as your Messiah, please feel free to contact me for further instruction using this link: http://pillar-of-enoch.com/contact.html.


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For Further Study and Guidance: 

DISCERNING THE SPIRIT BEHIND 
MODERN SIGNS AND WONDERS 
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2014/06/discerning-spirit-behind-modern-signs_429.html

SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS, 
THE DESTROYER OF THE CHURCH
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2013/08/spiritual-blindness-destroyer-of-church.html

QUESTIONING THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS - 
THE UNPARDONABLE SIN!
http://pillarofenoch.blogspot.com/2013/09/questioning-power-of-spiritual-gifts.html

Your Sister in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry

Ministry Web Site:

http://pillar-of-enoch.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bible scholar, historian, and astronomer Helena Lehman is the author of,
and artist for the non-fiction Language of God Book Series, and the
 upcoming fictional Pillar of Enoch Trilogy. She is an avid student of the
Bible and ancient history, and an expert on the Gospel in the Stars, the
Tabernacle, and the Great Pyramid. Her writings explore the ancient and
divine roots of the Star Gospel, and their place as the cornerstone of
the Language of God - a divine allegorical language of parables and
symbols that permeates every book of the Bible, and all Creation.


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