The Grace Gift Giveaway

dreamstime_m_36710025NOW concerning Spiritual Gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be ignorant( 1 Corinthians 12:1)  For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many , are one body in Christ and individually members one of another having gifts that differ ACCORDING TO THE GRACE GIVEN TO US LET US USE THEM. (Romans 12:4-6)

Our brother, Pastor Chris, has been telling us a lot about “spirit ” gifts from Daddy. He  has also told us about how they look  in folks when folks receive them from Daddy. Every gift looks a little different. But, when the gifts are all put together, like pieces of a puzzle, they display the body of Jesus. Our bestest friend , The Holy Ghost , gives us the gifts from  heaven AND is the Person who puts the pieces  together to make the  body. It is  so awesomely supernatural how this all works.

Sometimes, I think our brother Chris is so amazed about what he is teaching he doesn’t have the words to speak.  That’s the time I see that the Holy Ghost has to talk for him . Other times, Pastor picks  big words to describe all this eternal action. He will say things like “Its the Manifestation of the Impartation of the Glory of God” . Kids like me, get all curious about those Holy Ghost words and especially  those  big words that Big Brothers say to describe Daddy’s doings.

 It feels like “Impartation” is Daddy’s giving of  the gift and “Manifestation” is The Holy Ghost showing off of the gift.  But ,  I really  couldn’t be sure of  it all until I started seeing how it worked in Daddy’s children at RLOC .  It all first  started making sense when I started watching my brother Colon open presents from Daddy . Lots of old folks of faith may  say ” silly girl of course ‘seeing is believing’.”  I found out different along time ago.  I found, for the Kids of Daddy, “Hearing then, believing is seeing”.(1)  I had to hear lots of things about gifts before I ever saw what I saw in my Brother Colon. .

See, I don’t know much bout naming and describing all these gifts. I just know I saw Daddy decide to give Colon a gift one day. And I saw everything our Brother Chris talked about get unwrapped in Colon .Since that day , I think alot about how Daddy’s gifts look. They look like different sides of His face. I can’t say that I ever saw Daddy close up. But , I can say that when I look at His presents, it  seems like His presents are part of His Presence . That means, they look like a glimpse of the glorious grace Daddy gave in Our Savior Jesus. Gifts of Grace make everything bright and new . For certain they are light and so bright , our faces start to look like Moses’. (2)

Daddy ‘s letters seem to clump gifts all in categories. like “Mercy”,” Healing”, “Teaching” and such (3). Its like He is taking a whole bunch of His Glory, dividing it up in piles, then packing it tight in a box and putting a name tag on it. He always wraps it  with Love. Finally, He gives it personally to each of His children though the hand of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a person with hands and His hands are always giving something from Daddy.  And the way He does this is just like Jesus would do it.

IMPARTATION

Our Big brother Paul writes the name of every gift off the tags in letters he wrote to the Corinthian and Ephesian and Roman folks. When I read these letters I think of how generous Daddy is . Then , I cant help but think how He showed His giving self best when He gave me Jesus , Seeing the greatness of Jesus, I can only bet that there are more gifts in Daddy’s glorious lap than our puny little hands can hold!!. (4) Maybe that’s why Pastor Chris tells us that sometimes Daddy gives gifts through other folks hands.

But sometimes its not that there is too much to hold but that we just dont want to hold anything from Daddy. We have lots of excuses for not being able to hold the things Daddy is giving us.  Some of us have our hands all balled into fists, others have clasped hands behind heads like we are bored. Others of us have gripping and gropping hands on phones and people and pets and stuff. And still others have  busy hands or bound hands that  forget to open and  receive. .We just can’t be mad or busy or bound and at the same time, expect to get a present from Daddy. We must have open empty hands to get a present. 

And, even though Daddy is always saying to us ” eagerly want all my presents child of God”,(5) we cant get a single gift any way but by Him giving it to us. So, when Daddy says for us to want and desire all His gifts , He does not want us to look jealous at a brother or sisters’ gift like we are fixing to steal it or trade it. Daddy gives generously and so He doesn’t like our jealous want of a” gift exchange”. Its just not how He does business. His distribution is to give and give ” as He will”

‘Cause  Jesus really did  “pay it All” , there  ain’t no money exchanged in this gift purchase either!  Jesus bought all of them in advance. Still, Daddy knows some folks try to buy gifts. He  tells bout such a boy named Simon in Acts 9. This boy was really greedy and tried to buy the whole Holy Ghost! Daddy bout “smote” that boy out of this world .

MANIFESTATION

For us who receive the gifts, a whole new world is created on earth. Sometimes I tell Daddy that I would like to see His  kids give their gifts a whirl all at once on a Sunday ! I asked Him about this often until one day He answered. He said  that we can’t all be using our gifts at one time. He says it causes confusion and Daddy likes to keep things both beautiful and orderly in His house.(6)

Hearing Daddy’s instruction ,  I wonder if we kinda hold our gifts behind our back cause we are a little scared . When we first get a gift from Daddy we feel like it might explode and be too noisy. Its quiets me to remember that every instruction is from His Love. And there ain’t nothing scary bout Love. (7) Still , it does seem like we could turn the world upside down with these gifts Daddy gives us. Some of our older brothers certainly did just that (book of ACTS ).  Daddy says they were “bold” but they were patient too . They always listened for  Daddy to say  “it’s time for show and tell”. Jesus is always praying that we will have ears to hear The Holy Ghost speak : ” it’s your turn child of God ” ” Show , tell,that Daddy may be glorified” .

Before we can ” show and tell”,  we gotta know two things , our brother Pastor Chis says. We  gotta know we have a  gift and that gift is for giving Daddy’s  Love away.

On Sunday , Daddy always has a Big Gift giveaway. Big empty hands reach out and hold Daddy’s gifts that He spills out from heavenly places.  . Sometimes I  run around the house trying to see what somebody got as a gift from Daddy. Lots of times I see kids show off their gifts without knowing what they are doing . And sometimes I get to see gifts in brothers and sisters when I am not even looking for them. It is really a beautiful thing.

Like the time when I saw the gift Daddy put in my brother Colon’s hands. The gift that Daddy gave brother Colon was a gift that at first looked really small .Even my brother, Pastor Chris, asked “you sure you see that sister?”

I told him I did. ” yep it’s there brother” I squinted .

Truth be told,  I could barely see it. The Holy Ghost  just gave me a glimpse for a second.  But, the more  I looked  at this gift, in Daddy’s house, the more I would see it get REAL and BIG and FAT. It was like one of those little sponges in a capsule that gets real big with just a few drops of water.

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See, Daddy can put just a few drops of water on something and suddenly, it explodes out of its plastic capsule and looks alive. Paul calls our “capsules” “jars of clay”. Old dry Georgia clay looks a little different with a few drops of water. But, we look a whole lots different with a few drops of Holy Ghost water. Big and awe filled, like some creature of Daddy God’s glory. We might want to give what we see  a  certain name from Daddy’s word list of gifts. We might call it  “mercy,”or “hospitality”, or . . .Well, I’m not the one to give a name except to tell you it looked like the Gospel busting out of a plastic shell. It couldn’t help but come out under the spout of the Holy Ghost looking like  Jesus in resurrection power.

Maybe, that  big word “Impartation” looks like a little thing and ” Manifestation” looks really  big. One thing is for sure: they both look and act like Daddy’s Love busting out of a shell.  And like Jesus, busting out of rocks , its got the power to   heal the sick , feed the hungry, cast out demons and raise the dead. Its got that power as we “show and tell” .

(to be continued) see “The Grace Gift Giveaway :Brother Colon’s Gift”

  1. Romans 10 especially 14-21 where Daddy explains He is presently calling us but we do not see Him and His salvation through Jesus until we hear and believe.
  2. 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
  3. Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians, 1 Peter 4
  4. Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
  5. 1 Corinthians 12:14 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit who apportions to each one individually as he wills
  6. 1 Corinthians 14:40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
  7. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear.  For fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in Love. Hear also Tuesday night bible study https://soundcloud.com/vunglaub/love-is-romans12-pastor-chris

The Grace Gift Giveaway : Brother Colon’s gift

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Pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. . . for It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and BY GIFTS of THE HOLY GHOST distributed according to His will. So with yourselves, Child of God, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up Daddy’s House with your gifts. Hebrews 2:1 , 3b, 4 and 1 Corinthians 14:12

THE GIVER’S CALL

I remember the day The Holy Ghost asked Colon to help me be a “doorkeeper ” in the house of RLOC. Weeks before, Daddy called brother Colon, He showed me how I wasn’t getting the job done as doorkeeper for Daddy .When He showed me, I saw folks were slipping in the door without a greeting from Daddy. Lots of times Daddy would want to show His hospitality and His Mercy and Help to folks and He couldn’t get the job done. It made me sad . But what made me more sad was knowing that the Holy Ghost was even more sad than I could ever be.

See, I would get so interested in all Daddy’s business away from the door that I would neglect the assignment He gave me. That assignment was : “Child, welcome each one as Jesus has welcomed you unto me” So, instead of focusing on Daddy’s plan, I would go from one seat to the another, in everyone’s business, asking them what Daddy was doing. I would start jumping and chatting and spinning around so much that I was no use for Daddy’s purpose.

One day , when I was running from one brother and sister to another , I tripped and fell into a seat next to Colon’s wife, Debbie and my blood sister, Mary.

Both sisters laughed and then smiled at me. Debbie said “are you okay? maybe you better settle down before you get into some trouble.” My sister Mary said “Rest sister”.

At that moment , the Holy Ghost took my face between His hands and had me look straight up to Daddy. I can’t be sure the words I heard. But, I know I heard something like this: “lookie here doorkeeper, I got work to do round here so more folks will see me, I’m fixin to give you a helper”. I sat next to sisters Debbie and Mary for a minute and then went back to my post at the door.

I figured I better get back to Daddy’s assignment for me before I “for sure got into some trouble” . The Holy Ghost followed me. I sensed Him push me away from all distractions until I got to the back door.

Standing at the back door was a tall gruff looking man. I had noticed before that he was at the back door pretty regular. I also noticed that he would smile real big at folks coming through the door. However, somehow, when he looked at me , it seemed that big smile turned quick upside down. . He looked so scary that I asked Daddy if I could punch or tickle him to just see if he would smile at me like he did other folks.

Before I could get an answer from Daddy, the Holy Ghost pointed and spoke to my spirit. “That man”

Right then , I remembered what the Spirit had spoken earlier about ” a helper”
” Really, him? , a doorkeeper in your house? Are you sure? Are you for real Holy Ghost ?” I questioned.

“Im most certainly sure” the Holy Ghost confirmed

” But really I don’t think this big guy likes me. I’m really positively sure he thinks I’m a little weird AND besides that, I don’t think he trusts me. ” I replied .

That dosen’t matter. It’s not about you ! It’s about HIM and I love this man and this man loves and trusts me. He points to Jesus. ” The Holy Ghost spoke to me for Daddy.

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THE GIVER’S GIFT

That same day Brother Colon asked for prayer. I could not hear what he asked Daddy. But, I know that our brother , Pastor Chris, put his hands on Brother Colon and prayed . Both their bodies were shaking with something i think Daddy calls “fervency”. Soon, they stopped shaking and I saw a tear wind down that big gruff man’s face and change everything in its trail. Colon did not wipe it away, He just just kept saying “yes Lord, yes Lord” as our brother Chris prayed. I think that’s when Jesus was praying too and the Holy Ghost was giving Colon the gifts to be a doorkeeper.

Since then, everytime Brother, Pastor Chris, unlocks the door to the church, Colon is a doorkeeper. Together brother Colon and I have kept many doors open. We have kept them opened at church and out of church: , front doors and back doors, bathroom doors, car doors, neighbor doors, kitchen doors, in doors and out doors. And best yet, when folks want prayer , we say “come on lets go over yonder beyond this door to the Mercy seat of Daddy”

I think it might be a total of bout two years that we have been working together as doorkeepers in the Daddy’s house. I am not sure. But, I know for sure that Daddy keeps track of our time.

And Daddy keeps track of everything that time contains. He sees everything. He sees how we have opened doors and shut doors. He sees how we open the door to let the children of God in and He sees how we chase these children down when they try to sneak out the door. He sees how we find seats and Bibles and coloring sheets for His children so that they may hear and believe Daddy’s goodness and love for them. He sees how we watch over His children to keep every hindrance away from them so they can hear Daddy’s voice.

And He sees how, when the wind of the Holy Ghost blows the door wide open, We stand in awe. And when the wind of nature blows the door open, we quietly shut the door to keep all of Daddy’s goodness inside. . . . to keep all of Daddy’s goodness from escaping.

THE GIVER’s GLORY

One day, not long ago, our brother, Pastor Chris, wasn’t at Daddy’s house to unlock the door .He gave another brother the keys. For a moment, Brother Colon and I wondered if the Holy Ghost went traveling with Pastor. The door didn’t feel the same. Like a peice of the puzzle missing we couldn’t see the picture of the body like before. “It ain’t the same brother” I said to brother Colon.

“What’s different ?” Colon demanded

“Well Pastor aint here silly” I said as I punched him.

“The Lord is Here” he said with a wink.

‘yep” I said . Still thinking bout that puzzle piece being missing I couldn’t help but smile at Colons faithful smile every time I punched him.

“you just keep watch over the door lil sis”Colon scolded

So, even with Pastor on vacation, Like all other Sundays, Colon and I were doorkeepers. Doorkeepers who let folks in and watched for the Holy Ghost to come in.

See, The Holy Ghost is always at RLOC He really doesnt ever need a door or certain folks to dwell in .But there is a way that seems like He walks in the door. . Sometimes He seems to comes in and sit skinny in a seat and sometimes He comes in and sits Big and Fat in everyone’s lap. But no matter what it “feels” like, Daddy’s words taught us that “worship brings the His Presence ” .

So on that day, we decided to worship as all Sundays. Singing things about Daddy to Daddy we would get soo close to Daddy. And when we did, we knew that the Holy Ghost was getting fat in the building.

As I sat down after worship, I looked at my brother Colon. He looked all wide eyed , Kinda like like he saw someone else come in the door . I couldn’t figure it out cause he wasn’t looking at the door but looking straight ahead. When I began to sit down he reached over to grab my shoulder.

“put his picture back up”. He demanded “now”

“what picture ?

” The one of Jesus” he said. Micah overheard Brother Colon and imediatly returned the slide to the last song

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After Micah put Jesus’s picture on the overhead, brother Colon got up from his seat slowly. I am certain that the Holy Ghost was sitting fat on him for he rose very slow and yet very wide eyed. He stood before us and waved his hand to the picture.

“This is not Jesus. Jesus is alive. And He is here , the Head of this church. But this picture reminds us He is here” Brother Colon said very slowly. I think the Holy Ghost was sitting fat on every word. He continued to slowly release words ending each sentence the chorus “Jesus did for us what no man could do. “He told how Jesus gave us life when we were dead. How Jesus died to give us life. How he was lashed and beaten and stripped and mocked and pierced and nailed that we may be healed and comforted and clothed and forgiven and reborn and resurrected to life. Each word seemed to introduce Jesus into the room. Each word seemed to be handed out by the Holy Ghost to magnify the son. It was quiet when Colon stopped speaking.

There were no “Amens” .  There were no handclaps. One by one, brothers and sisters quietly whispered, “thank you Jesus, thank you Lord”. It felt as if Jesus walked from seat to seat touching each brother and sister with the gospel. But it was not Jesus Himself but the Holy Ghost speaking the gospel into every heart.

Since that morning , I am most certain of the Holy Ghost in Colon. And the Holy Ghost is most magnificent when He does the work of glorifying Jesus. Every day He makes Colon look joyful and certain and full of gospel power.

So I don’t ask Daddy anymore “are you sure?” But I say to Daddy “you sure know how to pick em Daddy!!”

And Daddy replies :
Daughter that aint just a Doorkeeper , that’s the possessor of the Door. And the Door is Jesus!

Romans 15:7 Therefore,  Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for THE GLORY OF GOD!! (The Doorkeeper Pledge)