The Individual ASCENSION Gifts of the Body of Messiah Examined
The first thing that needs to be explained is that there are individuals who ARE gifts to the Body of Messiah and then there are spiritual giftings that all believers have. The spiritual giftings that we all have to some degree are found in I Corinthians chapters 12-14 and we will explore them also on another page of this site. I would like to begin with the Individual who IS a gift to the Body of Messiah first, because you will be learning from them, submitting to them, attending their churches, and going to their prayer meetings and schools, etc. So it is important to discern if they are mature or immature so you can decide if you should eat the entire meal they offer you or if there are bones that you may need to spit out…(There are many errors and false teachers, prophets, etc… so this is one way to have some understanding.)
Ephesians 4:8-16 says:
In verse 8 we read that Y’shua gave the Five Gifts to the Body. Then we see what they are: apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. And the rest of the verses explain the purpose, (which is to grow the Body with new believers and thereby bring in new Kingdom Citizens), need, (grow us up into Him) and then we see the operational unifier which ultimately is love.
We will explore these FIVE GIFTS of the Body of Messiah in depth. It will be clear what the positive/mature gift looks like as opposed to the immature/negative side of the gift looks like in a believer who is one of the gifts. Please note this: There are people who are gifts to the Body of Messiah and then there are spiritual gifts for the believers in the Body
As a new believer we understand that you are being bombarded from all sides with information. Because you are a spirit who lives in the body and has a soul, you need information that is accurate to keep you growing into Christ in all parts of your being.
That being said, the main purpose of this website is to bring a new believer into understandings of how to apply the Word of God to their lives. We will explore what parts of the personality a person needs to change and what parts of the personality is beneficial to the kingdom of God. Additionally, we teach you how to care for your Temple (physical part of you) by sharing links which explain about poisonous food additives and what to avoid eating or drinking for optimal health.
In order to understand all of your personality traits you must understand the gifts that God has given to people. We see Y’shua (Jesus) has beautiful gifts and we are wise when we ask the question in any situation: “What Would Jesus Do?”
In John chapter 8 verse 32 we read: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
There is a difference between an individual’s identity gifts and the manifestation that comes from pain, injustice, and human suffering during the growth years of an individual’s life that can alter their gifts. Once you understand what parts of you are gifts and what parts of you are due to being wounded, you become freed to use the gifts that you’ve been given.
This is the hard part: looking at your life and seeing the people you have hurt, hated, or have been unable to forgive, then, really seeing your part in the picture. What was not of Godly character and what could have been done better? What can be done NOW?
Since all sin is against God but is done to others, we need to repent of our part. No one will be able to get freed from sins if the sin is not acknowledged. Once that is done repentance or changing your mind about how to act and react the now that you are aware of it, then you can take the next step.
It actually releases you to be who you were created to be– to accomplish what you were created to accomplish on this planet for the kingdom of God. Now that you are a kingdom citizen it is important to delve into this because it affects all three parts of your being here; your spirit your soul and your body. We believe that ministry is necessary for all parts of the believer.
And because you are released and free –others in your sphere of influence can be freed as well– to be forgiven, enjoyed, loved where they are at in their life, and the gospel can be shed abroad in the hearts of those you can touch! When people see a changed life it is clear evidence that a miracle of God has taken place. You must be aware though that delving into this you will confront idolatrous images of God that may be found in your own heart. You must be willing to face those and desire to change.
Throughout history we have witnessed many men who gained power over people and changed the world in negative ways, some very negative ways. Some examples would be Hitler, Castro, Mao Tse Tung, and Rockefeller. These men had the opportunity with their power and enormous influence, to affect positive change or negative change… They chose the negative even though they all had great gifts and strong personalities to have gotten where they were in power. This shows the capacity of their many giftings and how they can be perverted through the sin nature. Now, even though these are extreme examples, we must look within ourselves to discover what has been perverted by our own sin nature.
All of our capacity to operate in our gifts must be explored, in order to develop, mature, refine and realize who we are in Messiah and how to operate in his authority which he gave to us to use on earth.
In order to know how to refine our gifts and develop them to maturity, we should know more about God who is our model. After all we are trying to be like him! To begin with God is perfect, holy, pure, love, and truth, just to name a few of his attributes.
The Lord Y’shua while he was here on earth showed us by example and statement that when he healed- virtue left him. We see clearly in the passage describing the woman with the issue of blood, that when she touched his holy prayer shawl, or what is known as the hem of his garment, she was healed! A Messianic Prophetic Scripture says that there will be healing in the wings of the Messiah when he walks on the earth. The part of the hem that she touched is called the wings or the tzit-tzit, which are the strings that hang down on the corners of the prayer shawl that all Hebrew men who honored God wore. SO…when she crawled into the crowd and touched His Wings-she was healed and He felt virtue leave Him!
SO–there is power in virtue and virtue is found in the 9 Fruit attributes of the Spirit of God!
No one is exempt from becoming Christ-like or developing the Fruit of the Spirit of God and it is one of our most important jobs if we are to be effective in developing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Most people’s gifts manifest in various ways depending on their birth order how much woundedness they experienced as children, the way they were parented, and the way they were taught to deal with adversity.
Becoming like our Messiah, Y’shua positions us to complete the most important assignments in this life. Mark 12:30, 31; I Corinthians 13:1,2
The Fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22, 23 says,
|Ga 5:22||But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,|
|Ga 5:23||Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.|
is not plural -fruits it is a fruit with many aspects that characterize it. Love, Joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, meekness, temperance, faith and goodness – this is all one fruit! We must be a sweet, delicious, fruit, but, of course as a new believer our fruit is not ripened but those qualities are within us because now we have Messiah in us!
The Word of God tells us that we are new creations in Christ Jesus! What this actually means is our spirit man has been quickened to eternal life and now as the Spirit of God takes control of us as we walk through the rest of their lives, we are in a continuous process of sanctifying our souls to God.
You can understand it better like this: God himself came into an adoption center and chose you from among all the others! As part of his family now you are joint heirs with his only begotten son Y’shua Ha Maschiach! This is the birth right of the renewed covenant made in the blood of the Lamb of God!
Now that you’re part of the family of God you need to understand the authority which that gives you; how to use it and when to use it. Remember in the Word where John the disciple comes to the Lord Y’shua and says that he discovered a man casting out demons in the name of Jesus but they did not know the man? Some of the disciples wanted to call down lightning to strike the man dead! And the Lord said to them, “ you know not what spirit you are of. ..” We must understand that our authority through Christ is a powerful tool and should be released with great care, and having his personality traits will keep unwanted spirits out of our decisions to a great degree.
The thing about our walk that’s very important to understand is that Y’shua Ha Maschiach is the truth! And the thing about truth is that each time you get a truth you must hold onto it! You must not let it go no matter who tells you or what ways they try to convince you. If you hold onto truth that you’ve been given, you will get more truth…but if you do not hold on to the truth you have been given you cannot move forward and get more truth, you will go around a big mountain again. So you must have a love affair with the truth!
If you have a very strong personality and are a leader, having shown the qualities of a leader from a small child, then many of your gifts are displayed in strength. To say it plainly-you have strong characteristics of personality. The degree of strength can vary with the particular gift and some people actually look like they are running on high test fuel!
If you were a prizefighter trying to attain the golden gloves award, you would hire a trainer that would make your life very difficult! You would not hire someone who gave you brownies and candies and told you to go to parties late at night before a fight – no! You would hire someone who would develop your muscles, stance, technique, reactions, strategies and stamina – all necessary elements required to win the fight!