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Book Review XXXVI: The Holy Spirit and His Gifts

The Holy Spirit and His Gifts


Another great book recommended by a friend.
It is like a textbook in explaining the spiritual gifts.
Shall we begin the review?

God has given the Holy Spirit.
Our task is simply to receive Him.
We can ask for His minister to pray for us and we can immediately receive the Holy Spirit. There is no need for a waiting period.
Speaking in tongue is the evidence of the baptism if the Spirit, not the evidence of new birth.

When we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we are actually receiving the Person of the Holy Spirit.
It does not matter what denomination we belong to. We can all receive the baptism/Person of the Spirit.
While there is the work of the Holy Spirit when the person is born again, this is not the same as in the infilling of the Spirit in the believer’s life.
God has already given the Holy Spirit. When we pray, we should pray that people receive the Spirit (we should not pray that God gives the Spirit).
Some teach that only the apostles can pray for the infilling of the Spirit. However, the truth is that an ordinary believer can lay hands and pray for the infilling of the Spirit.

When the believers are born again, the Holy Spirit immediately dwells in them.
They are now able to produce the fruit of the Spirit.
However, only after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit will the Holy Spirit comes in power.
They are now able to move in the gifts of the Spirit.
As the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of the believers, He becomes their Helper, Comforter and Guide in the affairs of life.

The church did not begin on the Day of Pentecost. It began when Lord Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into His disciples (John 20:22)
This is the indwelling of the Spirit in the believers.
Later on, the Spirit came upon them and filled them with power. This baptism of the Holy Spirit is evidenced through speaking in tongue.
Through infilling of the Spirit, the believers now have access to 9 gifts of the Spirit.
The power of the Spirit is now available to the believers regardless of what they feel.

Some believe we need to tarry before we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
However, the tarrying was only meant for the early disciples. They had to wait until the Day of Pentecost.
However, subsequently when the disciples prayed, the people immediately received the Holy Spirit.
Just like salvation is a gift, baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift too. The believers only need to receive it in faith.

The gift of speaking in tongue is still available for the believers today.
While the speakers may not understand the the words they say, sometimes the hearers can understand.
Speaking in tongue requires no interpretation if it is used in personal worship.
However, if it is used for public teaching, it requires interpretation.
Speaking in tongue is the door to the supernatural.
The more (less) we use this gift, the more (less) manifestation of other gifts we will experience too.

The fruit of the Spirit is for holiness and the gifts of  the Spirit is for power.
Some Christians produce much fruit of the Spirit but they have not received baptism of the Spirit. Hence, they can’t move in the power of God.
Some Christians, e.g. Corinthians Christians, have abundance of gifts of the Spirit but they are still immature in the term of virtue.

Some believers received supernatural experience or joy in addition to gift of tongue the moment they receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
However, those supernatural experience and joy are exception rather than rule.

By praying the Spirit, believers build themselves up spiritually, become continuously aware of  the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Speaking in tongue eliminates selfishness from entering into our prayer life and keeps us holy from profane elements of the world. As  we pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit will direct our prayer.
While we are alone, praying in  the Spirit is the best way to give thanks to God. In fact, speaking in tongue helps us control our tongue.

Some guideline to receiving the Holy Spirit:
1.The candidates must be born again.
2.The ministers should lay hands on the candidates.
3.The candidates should do the speaking while the Spirit gives the utterance.
4.The candidates must not fear of receiving the wrong spirit.
5.The candidates must not be distracted.

Apostle Paul did not want the Corinthian Christians to be ignorant.
Similarly, he would not want us today to have no or limited knowledge of the gifits of the Spirit.
Spiritual gifts will exalt Lord Jesus.
They are supernatural, not natural ability.

We can divide the gifts into 3 categories:
-The revelational gifts: word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits.
-The power gifts: gift of faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles.
-The utterance gifts: gift of prophecy, divers kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues.

Word of knowledge is not natural human knowledge. Neither is it Bible knowledge.
Neither is it knowledge of God through communion with Him
Through the word of knowledge, God told John about the condition of the seven churches.
God told Ananias about Saul or Tarsus.
God told Peter that three men were looking for him.
God told Samuel regarding the location of Saul’s donkey.
God told Elijah there were 7000 people who still worshipped Him.
God told Elisha that Gehazi asked for money from Naaman.
God told Elisha about Syria’s plan of ambush.
Lord Jesus knew the Samaritan woman had 5 husbands.
Apostle Peter knew Ananias and Saphira were lying.

The gift of the word of wisdom is not wisdom in the affairs of life.
It is the revelation of the future events.
Example of word of wisdom includes:
-Noah and Lot received  warning of future judgment.
-Joseph’s dream of his future leadership
-the Old Testament prophets announcing the coming Messiah.
-Prophet Agabus warned of the coming drought.
-Apostle Paul received warning of the storm that would wreck the ship.
-Apostle John in the island of Patmos receiving revelation of the end times.
The word of wisdom can be conditional. Old Testament prophet gave warning of future judgment if the nation would not repent.

Discerning of spirits. This gift is not:
-spiritual mind reading
-psychological insight or mental penetration.
-power to discern the fault of others.
It is the gift to see into spiritual realm
-to see the evil spirits
-to see the similitudes of God
-to see the risen Christ
-to see the Holy Spirit
-to see the host of God’s armies.
-to see the spirit behind an operation.
Sometimes even though we do not have the gift of discerning of the spirits, we can sense something is wrong because it is against the word of God. In addition, the Holy Spirit inside us will prompt us too.

The gift of faith is not the same as saving faith event though saving faith is also a gift from God.
Gift of faith is the greatest among the three power  gifts. It is the faith to receive a miracle from God.
This special faith is not the ordinary faith to receive answer to prayer. While ordinary faith grows as we feed on the word of God and exercises it, this special faith is the manifestation as the Spirit wills.
This gift of faith sometimes manifests in the face of danger.
Daniel received this gift of faith when he was in the lion’s den.
In another occasion, it manifests when Christians cast out demons or raise the dead.
Moses had the gift of faith to believe he could walk without food and water 40 days and 40 nights.

A miracle is defined as the supernatural intervention by God in the ordinary course of nature. Examples of miracles in the Bible.
Samson killed a lion.
Prophet Elisha split the river Jordan.
Moses called for 10 plagues and split the Red Sea.
Lord Jesus calmed  the storm.
Lord Jesus turned water into wine.
Lord Jesus fed 5 thousands with little boy’s lunch.
We need to earnestly desire this gift of working of miracle especially in this end times.

While we thank God for doctors, gifts of healings is not about medical science.
While gifts of working of miracles are more prevalent in the Old Testament, gifts of healings are more prevalent in the New Testament.
Lord Jesus ministered healings using the power of the Holy Spirit, not the power inherent to Him as the Son of God
Gifts of healings are plural. Different diseases require different gifts.
God is the source of healings. At times, the sick person receive his/her own healing through faith in God’s word. At other times, the gifts of healings operates when a ministers lays hands on the sick person.

Gift of prophecy is equal to tongues plus interpretation of tongues.
Prophecy means to flow forth in speaking to people on God’s behalf.
In the Old Testament, the prophecy was foretelling. In the New Testament, the prophecy is forth telling.
In some occasion, the gift of prophecy manifests when Christians preach beyond their rational capability.
Many times, gifts of prophecy is manifested during corporate worship when the name of Lord Jesus is lifted up.
Christians cannot use the gifts of the Spirit as and when they like. They can only use the gifts under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
A simple gift of prophecy is for edification, exhortation and comfort. 
We can use the gift of prophecy in personal life. We can start with praying in the Spirit and continue with prophesying to pray out the plan of God in our lives.
Through the gifts of prophecy, we can sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs in our personal prayer and in corporate worship. That’s how we edify the body of Christ.

Gifts of divers kinds of tongues.
It is the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit in believers’ lives.
Though the Holy Spirit used the prophets in the Old Testament, it is different measure as compared to the infilling of the Spirit under the New Testament. In the Old Testament, Lord Jesus had not yet died. Hence, the prophets did not have the recreated heart. It also means the gifts of speaking in tongues is unique to New Testament saints.
Through speaking in tongue, we can communicate with God supernaturally, magnify God and edify ourselves.
As we speak in tongue in our personal private prayer, we may pray that we are able to interpret our own tongues.
In public ministry, speaking in tongue must be accompanied with interpretation.

The gift of interpretation of tongue is the least of spiritual gifts because it depends on gift of speaking in tongues.
It is not necessary to interpret our own tongue in private prayer. However, it is better if we can do so.
God knows what we are praying when we speak in tongue. But sometimes, He wants us to know what we are praying about too.
In public ministry, there should be at most 3 people who speak in tongue in succession. These three can either interpret the tongue by themselves or can ask someone else to interpret the tongue.
The gift of interpretation of tongue is not translation of tongue.
Even though the speaking in tongue is lengthy, the interpreter will occasionally give a short message and vice versa.
A good order of gift of speaking in tongues, gift of interpretation of tongue and gift of prophecy will become a testimony even to the non-believer.

Posted November 30, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Book Review, Kenneth E. Hagin

Heartfelt Counsel

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
Proverb 27:9 (NLT)

It is to easy to give counsel to others as we have the general idea about life.
However, not all counsel are helpful.
The key is to give a heartfelt counsel.

We have read the life of Job. He suffered so much.
And yet, his friends gave him the wrong counsel: they accused Job of wrong doing and advised him to repent.
Job was upset and said, "No doubt you are the people  and wisdom will die with you!" (Job 12:2) and "Miserable comforters are you all!" (Job 16:2).

Truly, these statements are the last thing we want to hear when we counsel others.

A heartfelt counsel, as the name suggests, is the counsel that comes from the heart.
Can we symphatize with others’ feeling?
Can we put ourselves in others’ shoes to understand where they come from?
Certainly a heartfelt counsel does not come from a rigid theory or reasoning

In any case, if we cannot give heartfelt counsel it is better to stay quiet too, as Job said to his friends, "Oh, that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom!" (Job 13:5).

Let us symphatize with others and give them a hearty counsel when they need.

Posted November 29, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Returning Home

A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.
Proverb 27:8 (NLT)

A nest to a bird is like a home to a person.
We all need home, a place we can return to.
We should never stray from home.
Why do we need home?

1. Home is the place of training.
When we were young, our parents trained us in practical life skill such as walking and language.

2. Home is the place of rest.
Now that we have grown and are working, we still need to return home so we can get enough rest. It wouldn’t be nice if we stray from home and end up sleeping in office, for example.

3. Home is the place of comfort and strength
Life can be tough from time to time. We may experience heartbreak and setback. At home, we feel the acceptance. Our fellow family members will refresh us so we can rise up again.

Just like we need earthly home, our spirit needs spiritual home.
Where is the home for our spirit? It is the presence of God, be it in our private prayer or in corporate worship.

1. The presence of God is the place of training.
In church, as we serve in various ministry, we learn practical life skill such as communication, punctuality and handling responsibility

2. The presence of God is the place of rest.
Busyness of life can make us spiritually burn out and dry. We can always return to His presence that He may recharge our spirit.

3. The presence of God is the place of comfort and strength.
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. We can always turn to Him and surrender our broken heart, failure and shattered dream.

Let us not stray from Him. Instead, let us always return to His presence.

Posted November 28, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Gerry’s Grill 23, November, 2016


Another meet up with the awesome group of friends!!
My first time in Gerry’s Grill. Was a bit lost but managed to find it in the end.
Tasty dinner of squid and beef stew!
Invited some of them to join Connexion but to no avail. :P
And finally!! I found someone who can discuss Street Fighter V with me! Yes! ^_^

Can’t wait to catch up with them again ^_____^

Posted November 27, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Food, Friends

Supersteam Anniversary 18, November, 2016

Celebrated the anniversary of the company last week!
Great casino theme and everyone enjoyed themselves!


Nice layout, isn’t it?


A game before the event started.
We were given chips to bet. Some colleagues won big time, some lost all their chips.


A speech by my boss Dylan to start the anniversary.


Nice dinner menu!!
We had games after games and lucky draws. Haiz too bad I did not win


Happy birthday, Supersteam!
Really one team one Supersteam!

Posted November 25, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Birthday, Food, Work

Difficult Decision


A tribute to Itachi Uchiha.
When we are forced with 2 opposing decisions, both are equally painful, where does our loyalty lie?

Posted November 24, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Photo of the Day, Thought

Hungry For the Word of God

A person who is full refuses honey,  but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
Proverb 27:6 (NLT)

We can readily see this proverb at work in our daily lives.
When we are hungry, we will gladly eat the food on the table regardless of the taste.
However, when we are full, our appetite drops and we no longer desire any food.
In fact, every now and then I joke: "All food tastes nice as long as we are hungry."

Daily we feel hungry and therefore daily we need food.
Normally, it is difficult to survive if we just eat once a week (except when there is divine intervention such as Moses who did not eat or drink for 40 days and 40 nights–Deut 9:9).

Let us now examine our spirit.
The word of God is the food for our spirit.
Just like our body needs food daily, our spirit needs daily nourishment.
We need to feed on the word of God through daily meditation of His word.
And, not forgetting to carry out His word too.
It is difficult for our spirit to survive with only weekly sermon.

Do we have that hunger of His word in our spirit?
Or, do we approach His word casually out of religious duty?

Is it possible that our stomach is empty and yet we refuse honey or other nice food? 
Possible, when we are feeling unwell.
Similarly, the word of God is sweeter than honey to our spirit. (Psalm 119:103)
When we have no hunger of His word, could it be that we are spiritually unwell?

If we are spiritually unwell, let us return to the Lord that He will heal us and let us be hungry again of His word.

Posted November 23, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

E50 15, November, 2016


A time of celebration as the company received the award of E50: the best 50 entrepreneurs in Singapore.
Success due to teamwork. One Team One Supersteam.
And a time of inspiration too ~~~

Posted November 22, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Work

Wounds of a Friend

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverb 27:6

None of us is perfect.
As much as possible, we should encourage each other to improve.
We should help each other becoming a better person by tackling this imperfection.
After all, iron sharpens iron; we sharpen one another.
Sometimes, as sincere friends, we may need to "wound" friends who refuse to grow up.
Probably we do it through a kind of tough advice.
Love has to be tough, after all.

How should we give tough advice? Probably the following guideline can help.
– Are we struggling with the same imperfection? If we are, then we should deal with our own imperfection first. If we cannot remove the plank in our eyes, clearly we should not advise others. (Matt 7:5)
– Can we find out the underlying reason behind that apparent bad habit of others? This is to ensure we get our fact and assumption correct.
– After prayer, we may go ahead and give that tough advice in respectful manner.

How should we receive tough advice? Probably the following guideline can help
– In a respectful manner, we can listen to it and try to understand the reason behind that advice
– We can pray and think about it.
– If the advice is inapplicable to us, we can ignore it.
– If the advice is applicable to us, we should change and thank that person.

In giving or receiving tough advice, as much as possible, we should meet in person.
Sometimes body language communicates more than words.

Let us grow together to become better people.

Posted November 21, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

Baby Dedication 12, November, 2016

Babies~~~~ Plenty babies!!
Awesome to see so many of them!!
One of the creeds in my guild is to encourage more babies.
Well, I am sure there will be many Connexion babies on the stage in the future.
I wanna have many babies too!!
Alright, all ye little ones, do grow up healthy and good looking, ok?


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