Ray Dobson – using the Gifts of The Holy Spirit
March 29, 2020

Ray Dobson – using the Gifts of The Holy Spirit

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| Bible study 29th March 2020
Over the last few weeks we have been studying the Holy Spirit, His role in the creation of the world, His role in the creation of His people Israel, and latterly His indwelling of humanity for those who seek after Him called the Church. God gives through the Holy Spirit the gifts to enable his people to build a place where the fullness of God can live. In the old testament it was the Tabernacle built out of skins (representing sacrifice) while in the desert (where out of nothing God creates a new and living life) Adam for example was made out of dust. Solomon built a more permanent living place for God copying exactly Gods plan of the Tabernacle. Later to be replaced in the New Testament by God living in human hearts. The heart representing the centre of our being. Refresh your mind by reading 1Cor. 12:4-11 mentioning nine separate Gifting’s all by the same Spirit, it’s not a complete list as there are many more. There are not many examples in scripture to use on how to operate within each gifting.

Lesson 1 The gifts were given to the people of God to build His kingdom not ours. I’m going to use for an example. Please read Numbers chapter 22 to 24. If you have the time read it twice. Balaam as son of Beor. Num. 22 – 31:16 – Peter. 2:15- Jam. 4:4- Rev .2.14 He lived at Pethor by the river (not able to find where, but presumably by the Euphrates) he was well known outside his own country and known throughout ancient world, his fame reached 5-600 miles. It seems his gift was from God. The king of Moab; Balak had seen and had been told how Israel had totally destroyed the Amorites his neighbouring country, and was scared that they may do the same thing to his country. Knowing of Balaam’s fame Balak sent a message to him to come to his country. God had given to Balaam the gift of prophecy and had become famous for it. It would seem at first he recognized the authority of God within his gifting, as he says to the delegates to wait awhile before he did anything. He would seek God before he said anything. He warned the delegates he could only say what God told him.

Lesson 2 Before operating in any Gift seek what God says. This means giving yourself time to hear God, and what God has to say. Beware of instantaneous decisions! V 12 God tells him not to go. V 15 Once again Balaam is asked by Balak to come and see for himself and curse the Israelites. But with even greater sum of riches, but once again he gives himself time to seek God’s mind; This time God says yes. Has God changed His mind? It would seem so. But there also seems to be a small change in Balaam. V 20 notice the warning that God gives to Balaam. Go but do only what I tell you. Has God recognized a slight change in Balaam? Balaam seems at this point to be a in too much of a hurry, so that when his donkey wasn’t going fast enough and he being blinded by his ego, blamed the donkey. But he could not see what his donkey could see. There are times when we blame everything else but ourselves and can get impatient with God “that we cannot see the wood for the trees.” At these times we need to be patient and trust and yes, obey our Father. Putting our trust that he has our best interest at heart and He will not let us down. Even when we cannot understand why. To quote a line from one of my favorite hymns. “?We’ll understand it all in the bye and bye”. Balaam takes his frustration out on the donkey and it speaks back to him, V 31 God opens Balaam’s eyes and he sees the angel of death. Suddenly questioning himself, realizing he was going for the wrong reason. He was not going because he wanted to do God’s will but because he could do with money and fulfil his fame. Faced with the awful truth, he appears before God, and repents.

Lesson 3 Beware, work in our gifting not for the praise or position it may give us, but to see His Kingdom being fulfilled in ourselves and in others. Although both Peter and James gave a poor report of Balaam, he after seeing God’s people before him stayed strictly repeating what God had to say, and what a blessing. Despite the pressure he was under. Once again Balak takes him to another place for Balaam to see the great expanse of the people of Israel. But still he refuses to utter anything more than what God had to say about His people.

Lesson 4 When any one of us is in a place of authority to speak to His people, like Balaam be careful only to speak what God wants to say. No more No less. Take note of Ch. 23 v 9. I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations. That is how each of us should be seen, Holiness means set apart. Beware of the temptations of capitalism and fame, Balaam and his need to be successful in life wanting to please man led to his downfall.

Lesson 5 Ch. 24 v 5 – 9 You may be surprised to hear that is how God sees his people the Church today. The latter part of verse 9 has certainly come true in my life. One of the greatest lessons for each of us to learn is to continue to use the gifts we have been given for His glory. Despite who and what is against us or the pressure others put on us. It’s a sad end to the story of Balaam as he is blamed by Peter, James, Jude and mentioned in Rev. 2:14 for he had somehow influenced Balak to rather than being against Gods people, should seek to join them, by encouraging the Moabite girls to seduce the men of Israel. He is recorded to be killed by the sword in Joshua 13 v 22. What a sad end for a man that had such a close relationship with God! All for this worlds self-aggrandisement. The story of Balaam is quite unique as it shows how much God cares for those that love Him, and at what lengths He the creator God will go for us, His people. My dear friends brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus do not be afraid as the world is. You are his child He is your Father far better, more loving, more knowledgeable and understanding of your personal situation, as He loves you. Make certain you do your bit by using your phone to share your personal worries and cares with another of your Christian family. That way we will all be blessed.

Bible study 29th March 2020

Over the last few weeks we have been studying the Holy Spirit, His role in the creation of the world, His role in the creation of His people Israel, and latterly His indwelling of humanity for those who seek after Him called the Church. God gives through the Holy Spirit the gifts to enable his people to build a place where the fullness of God can live. In the old testament it was the Tabernacle built out of skins (representing sacrifice) while in the desert (where out of nothing God creates a new and living life) Adam for example was made out of dust. Solomon built a more permanent living place for God copying exactly Gods plan of the Tabernacle. Later to be replaced in the New Testament by God living in human hearts. The heart representing the centre of our being. Refresh your mind by reading 1Cor. 12:4-11 mentioning nine separate Gifting’s all by the same Spirit, it’s not a complete list as there are many more. There are not many examples in scripture to use on how to operate within each gifting.

Lesson 1 The gifts were given to the people of God to build His kingdom not ours. I’m going to use for an example. Please read Numbers chapter 22 to 24. If you have the time read it twice. Balaam as son of Beor. Num. 22 - 31:16 - Peter. 2:15- Jam. 4:4- Rev .2.14 He lived at Pethor by the river (not able to find where, but presumably by the Euphrates) he was well known outside his own country and known throughout ancient world, his fame reached 5-600 miles. It seems his gift was from God. The king of Moab; Balak had seen and had been told how Israel had totally destroyed the Amorites his neighbouring country, and was scared that they may do the same thing to his country. Knowing of Balaam’s fame Balak sent a message to him to come to his country. God had given to Balaam the gift of prophecy and had become famous for it. It would seem at first he recognized the authority of God within his gifting, as he says to the delegates to wait awhile before he did anything. He would seek God before he said anything. He warned the delegates he could only say what God told him.

Lesson 2 Before operating in any Gift seek what God says. This means giving yourself time to hear God, and what God has to say. Beware of instantaneous decisions! V 12 God tells him not to go. V 15 Once again Balaam is asked by Balak to come and see for himself and curse the Israelites. But with even greater sum of riches, but once again he gives himself time to seek God’s mind; This time God says yes. Has God changed His mind? It would seem so. But there also seems to be a small change in Balaam. V 20 notice the warning that God gives to Balaam. Go but do only what I tell you. Has God recognized a slight change in Balaam? Balaam seems at this point to be a in too much of a hurry, so that when his donkey wasn’t going fast enough and he being blinded by his ego, blamed the donkey. But he could not see what his donkey could see. There are times when we blame everything else but ourselves and can get impatient with God “that we cannot see the wood for the trees.” At these times we need to be patient and trust and yes, obey our Father. Putting our trust that he has our best interest at heart and He will not let us down. Even when we cannot understand why. To quote a line from one of my favorite hymns. “?We’ll understand it all in the bye and bye”. Balaam takes his frustration out on the donkey and it speaks back to him, V 31 God opens Balaam’s eyes and he sees the angel of death. Suddenly questioning himself, realizing he was going for the wrong reason. He was not going because he wanted to do God’s will but because he could do with money and fulfil his fame. Faced with the awful truth, he appears before God, and repents.

Lesson 3 Beware, work in our gifting not for the praise or position it may give us, but to see His Kingdom being fulfilled in ourselves and in others. Although both Peter and James gave a poor report of Balaam, he after seeing God’s people before him stayed strictly repeating what God had to say, and what a blessing. Despite the pressure he was under. Once again Balak takes him to another place for Balaam to see the great expanse of the people of Israel. But still he refuses to utter anything more than what God had to say about His people.

Lesson 4 When any one of us is in a place of authority to speak to His people, like Balaam be careful only to speak what God wants to say. No more No less. Take note of Ch. 23 v 9. I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations. That is how each of us should be seen, Holiness means set apart. Beware of the temptations of capitalism and fame, Balaam and his need to be successful in life wanting to please man led to his downfall.

Lesson 5 Ch. 24 v 5 – 9 You may be surprised to hear that is how God sees his people the Church today. The latter part of verse 9 has certainly come true in my life. One of the greatest lessons for each of us to learn is to continue to use the gifts we have been given for His glory. Despite who and what is against us or the pressure others put on us. It’s a sad end to the story of Balaam as he is blamed by Peter, James, Jude and mentioned in Rev. 2:14 for he had somehow influenced Balak to rather than being against Gods people, should seek to join them, by encouraging the Moabite girls to seduce the men of Israel. He is recorded to be killed by the sword in Joshua 13 v 22. What a sad end for a man that had such a close relationship with God! All for this worlds self-aggrandisement. The story of Balaam is quite unique as it shows how much God cares for those that love Him, and at what lengths He the creator God will go for us, His people. My dear friends brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus do not be afraid as the world is. You are his child He is your Father far better, more loving, more knowledgeable and understanding of your personal situation, as He loves you. Make certain you do your bit by using your phone to share your personal worries and cares with another of your Christian family. That way we will all be blessed.