Indwelling Gifts (Part Three)

Dr. Stephen Phinney


Allow me to explain. Before you can move forward in knowing your Spiritual Gifts, you need to be willing to be sacrificed and ready to prove the authentic perfect will of God.

Romans 12:1 tells us, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this work; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

The error of modern Grace. In our fake world with fake news, fake Christians, and fake faith, the Christian masses are excusing the reality of living a sacrificed life. Instead of presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, fake Christians are blending the doctrines of God with their depraved flesh. This demonic twist sets the “believer” up for God, NOT accepting their Christian services. The key indicator in our passage is not to be conformed to this work (service); but rather be transformed by renewing your mind.

Our commission to prove to observers the perfect will of God reveals the difference between the fake and the authentic. While the Grace modality of our age lessens the value of proving, God keeps this doctrine in play. Proving is a word that has been removed from our modern-day movement of “Grace.” However, it is the evidence of a renewed mind in Christ.

Before God moves through us mightily, He needs to know that you are willing to be used in any way He desires. We must be Holy (walking in the Spirit) and acceptable to God (in His Son). When we are doing things of the world (walking after the flesh), you can pretty much forget your gifting being manifested within you by the Lord. God will not use His precious gifting to better the world. He only uses His gifting to better the Kingdom of God through advancing His Son's indwelling Life.

Of course, that leaves us with a small problem, what if the mind is worldly? Then it is time for renewal. Our lives are transformed into the image of Christ through the process of having our minds renewed. You can do nothing to renew your mind; reading,