Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Who's Been Stealing Your Spiritual Gifts?

By Kirby Robinson

We're currently knee-deep into two intense investigations that we'll be sharing with our readers once we return after the 4th of July holiday. Be sure to check back within the next few weeks as we take an in-depth look at a less than honest Ghost Adventures episode. We'll also prepare our readers for the Paranormal Unity Police Force, that will have official badges and uniforms! It's being formed in order to stifle any view that questions and/or differs with the para-celebrity entertainment industry. 

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians chapter 2, verse 14

Folks, contrary to what many teach, spiritual gifts are there within your arm's reach. All you have to do is reach and you will find.

Quite often we think God is stingy, He isn't. And quite often we think that God is so far above us and we are mere mortals who must beg for a few crumbs from His table.

This sort of thinking has two direct influences on our view of God. If we think that we must beg, plead, whine, or shout at the top of voice to get God to do anything for us, this often leads to a life where there is little more than one where we live day by day begging, pleading, shouting, groveling on our knees looking for crumbs and rejoicing when we find just a few. Or we could just live like Elijah and simply pray "the Lord He is God the Lord He is God, amen." Secondly, many times we toss in the spiritual towel because God is stingy. Which in reality and plain sight to all is extremely far from the truth. In the book of James, James tells us that God gives generously to all without finding fault. If we are leaders or followers, churchgoers or not, teachers or students, oldies or young ones in the church God gives us all the same regardless of our faults and weaknesses.

All gifts that the Lord gives us are free. The two that are supreme, salvation and forgiveness, are given with no strings attached. Thus, the lesser gifts, which are the spiritual gifts, aren't offered to us in any different fashion. All we have to do is ask for and expect to receive it. But there are thieves lurking in the shadows. They want to see us go without. Without salvation, without hope, without healing, without joy, without the material things as well as the spiritual gifts that the Lord can give. I'm going to discuss the five most common thieves.

The first thief is the fear of the supernatural. Fear can be good, we should be fearful of lighting, fire, etc, those are things that can harm us. But fear can have a negative side if we have fear of the unknown of those things we have little control of. Then we will be fearful of experiencing new spiritual activities. Hence, we'll be living a lesser life than the one that is offered to us.

One great example can be found in the Book of Mark. After Christ cast the Legion demons out of the man who had terrorized the countryside and that no one could control, when folks gathered to see the man now wearing normal clothing and talking to Jesus, they didn't rejoice. Instead the fearful people asked Jesus to leave. Luke Chapter 8 verse 37.

The second thief is social acceptance. People like to fit in and be part of the in crowd. They want to go along with the flow, and not make waves.

Some people try to turn their backs on the spiritual gifts. They say, "I can't walk up to a total stranger and give him a word or ask to lay hands on him, I just can't."

Why not? Did Jesus Christ ever turn away from an encounter with someone that needed His spiritual help?

Think of it this way you could possibly be the person's last lifeline. You could be the person that was at the right place at the right time and had the right experiences to share and the right words to speak. And if you don't then there's guilt to haunt you for not doing what you could and what ends up happening to that individual.

Don't worry about this world. We live in it but we are not of it. Social acceptance isn't going to give you one ounce of good karma or give you one reward in heaven. So why covet it over coveting the gifts?

This excerpt is from my book Paranormal Teachings: The Best of Shedding Some Light