As a boy, I remember being at evangelical rallies in the 80s and watching people being prayed upon. Now, I say that they were ‘prayed upon’ because I have never been comfortable with the aftermath of the prayers. The effects would always be the same. The one receiving the prayers would lose consciousness, enter into a trance-like state, convulse uncontrollably and sometimes, even foam at the mouth. They looked no different to temple mediums when they were conjuring spirits. I know, I had a student who moonlighted as a temple medium and unknowingly brought his night job to school.

Honestly, I could never accept that our Father, in His greatness, would allow the one who is receiving His gifts to look no different from the one who was demon possessed. So for the longest time, I always upped and ran from anyone who offered to pray for me, because I did not want to end up being ‘prayed upon’. I mean, come on, I had a public image to uphold and I did not want a YouTube video of me convulsing on the ground in a trance-like state being put up for all to see.

But is that what really happens when we receive from Christ? Is that ‘part and parcel’ of the spiritual experience? Well, let us see.

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4

When the Holy Spirit first came down, there was praying in tongues, but there was no convulsing or foaming at the mouth. They were completely lucid and no one was in a trance-like state. In fact, the tongues served a purpose because when they went out to the masses,

“And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”” Acts 2:6-11

This was a clear sign of just how far and wide the Gospel was to be carried. And when Peter exercised the use of this gift

“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Acts 2:40-41

So it is clear from here that when we receive from Christ, we are transformed, yet lucid; we become public spectacles, yet people are drawn to us, and not turned away from us; and if there may be confusion in the midst of it all, the confusion serves a purpose. So when we act upon the gifts we are given, His purpose for giving us those gifts will be fulfilled through us. That is the outward manifestation of the times when we receive from Christ.

But what about us personally, what happens to us privately, what happens in us when we receive from Christ? What do we really get?

In his letter to Timothy, Paul tells Timothy to

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6

But what is this gift that is in him?

“when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you…” 2 Timothy 1:5

That gift is faith.

You see beloved, when we receive from Christ, the first thing we receive, the first thing we ever get from Him, is faith. For remember that this is what was said of us,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

Now, how could we receive Him if we did not believe in Him? And how could we believe in Him if we have not faith in Him? And because before He came into our lives, we “…followed the impulses and imaginations of our evil nature, being in fact under the wrath of God by nature, like everyone else.” Ephesians 2:3 [PHILLIPS]

How could we possibly know to believe in Him if He did not first put in us the gift of faith in Jesus? Indeed, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

And what is the work of God?

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

So the first thing we received from Christ is faith in Him. Then from that faith, these other gifts spawn.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

The spirit that is in us is one of power, of love and of a sound mind. That means that the spirit that is in us will overcome the fear that the world seeks to instill into our hearts, overcome the hatred that comes against us from time to time because of His namesake and overcome the stresses that seek to remove the rest that is in our minds. All that comes from the faith that our Father, because He loves us, because we are His, will do anything and everything to make sure that we are well taken care of. Indeed,

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17

He teaches us to profit in all what we do, and leads us in the paths that we are supposed to go, just as the Psalmist says,

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3

It is as if, through the faith that Jesus puts in us, we get the idiots’ guide to doing well in whatever we have been called to do as well as the road map to show us where to take our careers, businesses and callings, according to His will. That is what happens when we receive from Him.

Beloved, I know that for many of us, receiving Christ did not come with explosions and fireworks, and we look on with wonder at others who seem to get such an extraordinary experience and wonder if we are missing out on anything. Well beloved, you have received no less than anyone else. For when you have responded to this call of Jesus,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

You have received Him and He is now in you. Fireworks or not,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

And this your truth, this is your reality.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

And “…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMPC]

“So keep my words in your mind as the pattern of sound teaching, given to you in the faith and love of Jesus Christ. Take the greatest care of the good things which were entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who lives within us.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14 [PHILLIPS]

For the gifts which you have received from Christ will keep you in power, in love and in a sound mind, safe in the knowledge that because He is now in you, there is no need to fear.

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