Jeremiah 51:10: The LORD has brought about our vindication; come, let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
That was a word of praise to God. The Lord came through for them and they wanted to talk about it being excited.
When we think of the goodness of the Lord which the psalmist listed as the healing of diseases, the forgiveness of sins. We have cause to give thanks to God because of the numerous ways he helps us on a daily basis.
The works of the lord can be divided into three different ways which has to do with our spirit, soul and body (1Thessalonians 5:23).
Our spirit was dead but now we have new spirit from God (John 3:1-8), and we are new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17). Our new spirit gives us the new way to connect with God (John 4:21-24).
Through the same new spirit we operate in the gifts of the Spirit. This happens after we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, through what is called baptism in the Holy Spirit. We get filled with the Holy Spirit and spill over by speaking in new tongues, which is the language of our spirit, speaking mysteries to God (1Corinthians 14:2,4; Jude 1:20). Not only that, we also build up ourselves upon our most holy faith as we use the language to pray.
Our new spirits come with new functionalities, expressing numerous spiritual capabilities. There are the doing gifts (faith, working of miracles, healings) speaking gifts (tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy) and knowing gifts (word of knowledge, word of wisdom, and discernment of spirits [1Corinthians 12:1-11].)
Jesus modeled some of these spiritual capabilities. When he met Nathanael, he said while he was still afar off, he saw him (word of knowledge). And he knows his kind of heart calling him a man without guile (John 1:46-51).
Jesus said that Peter was going to deny him three times (word of wisdom) (Matthew 26:34), he healed the sick (gifts of healings) raised the dead (working of miracles). And all these manifestation was after the Holy Spirit came upon him after he was baptized by John the Baptist.
For new believers as recorded in the book of Acts, baptism in water comes after faith in Jesus, and immediately after there is the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, mostly through the laying on of hands.
Once you believe in Jesus, you are immediately baptized in water and soon after hands are laid on you for you to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 19:1-7).
But just as you can be a Christians without being baptized in water so also you can be a Christian apart from the baptism in the Holy Spirit. But do not get it twisted by thinking that you can be baptized in the Holy Spirit without speaking in tongues. Perish the thoughts and just line yourself up with the truth.
Water baptism for those people was public declaration for Christ which also stands for the church’s acceptance that they are part of the body of Christ.
The baptizing in the Spirit, on the other hand, stands for the public display of the endowment with power (Acts 1:8) and also a statement of divine recognition, that such a person is now God’s (Acts 10), marked by a sign people can witness to in strange languages coming forth; as Jesus said: out of your bellies shall flow rivers of living water.
The soul is about the thoughts, emotion and will, sense of direction. There is the work of the Lord in the soul. Our thoughts which the bible called darkened (Ephesians 1:17-32) but now through the light of the word of God change has come.
The bible says of Jesus: the light shines in darkness and it overcomes darkness (John 1:1-5). He is the light for our soul, so that we can walk in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:5). A darkened soul is full of darkness/evil works, with no sense of propriety, and calling good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20).
Our souls needed to be straightened out and that is what the word of God does. Our souls need to be saved (James 1:21). It needs to be refurbished, it needs to be rebuilt, and it needs to have install in it the divine codes of obedience to God, of seeing things from God’s perspective, of active union with God and of peace.
Jesus comes with peace (Isaiah 6:9). He carried the burden of our guilt away on the cross. Paul said there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Now we can walk according to the spirit.
Our soul need to be transformed, it needs to be reformed, to be reset, and that is through the means of the truth which replaces the lies we have kept inside, our wrong formation. Jesus said that we shall know the truth and the truth will make us free (John 8:31-36). Freedom in the soul is the goal of the cross. It doesn’t happen instantaneously, but incrementally.
The work of the Lord in our body is in two ways: healing and transformation (at the coming of Jesus [1John 3:1-2]). Now healing and health is available for us through Jesus. It is one of the fruits on the tree of life.
We need to embrace the truth of the life of God available to our body. Paul wrote that our mortal body is quickened by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:11), not just in the sweet by and by but in us now.
What we need to do is apply the life of God in our mouth any part of our body which aches. Feeling a slight pain touch that place and say: be healed in Jesus name. Did not Jesus say that when we lay our hands on the sick they shall recover (Mark 16:15-18)? Why not start with yourself. Our mouth is the vehicle of the life of God to you and others.
It is the truth that by the stripes of Jesus we were healed and anything else is a lie (1Peter 2:24). The bible says. Let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4). Let every feeling be a lie, and let the word of God be true concerning our living in health.
- A Royal Priesthood (brentkuhlman.wordpress.com)
- Our Authority in Christ (walkonwaterministries.wordpress.com)
- Encounters With God (aviesplace.wordpress.com)
- Baptism: What It Is And Is Not (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- Learning Love through the Holy Spirit (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)