Monthly Archives: February 2016

The gifts of the Spirit: discernment

The gift of discernment enables us to distinguish between what is the work of the Spirit and what is a product of the flesh (or maybe of an evil spirit). This is especially important in conjunction with some of the … Continue reading

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Love hurts: where did we go wrong?

Hosea 7:8-16 Instead of maintaining their distinctiveness as the people of God, the Israelites copied their pagan neighbours and quickly became indistinguishable from them (Psalm 106:34,35). They celebrated Yahweh’s festivals enthusiastically while neglecting His Law, and the end result was as … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: prophecy

The gift of prophecy enables us to hear and relay personal messages from God. It applies God’s word to the present situation or to a particular individual, for “strengthening, encouragement and comfort” (I Corinthians 14:3). This is a highly valuable … Continue reading

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Doubt

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for” (Hebrews 11:1). But how sure does ‘sure’ have to be? 50% sure? 90%? Will only 100% certainty be sufficient? Jesus tells us that even faith as small as a mustard … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: healing and other miracles

When people talk about spiritual gifts, these are the ones we immediately think of – even though they are not the commonest nor even necessarily the most important. There are indeed gifts of healing and other miracles (including exorcisms), and … Continue reading

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Love hurts: privilege and responsibility

Hosea 6:11-7:7 God is willing and able to deal with our sin – but will we let Him? (verses 6:11-7:2) Do we want to change our ways? Israel’s sin remained unconfessed, and therefore unforgiven: it might not have been obvious … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: the gift of faith

This is not to be confused with the faith in Jesus by which we are saved. The gift of faith is an inspired confidence that God will act in a particular way at a particular time (e.g. to heal), leading … Continue reading

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