Too many Westerners are needlessly afraid of spiritual gifts, talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford said has told the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“Once you understand, you meet the people that have these gifts and you see the way that they use them for the kingdom of God, any bias you have about it is dispelled,” she told “Life Today” host Sheila Walsh. “Because you see what’s done in the name of the Lord Jesus. “You cannot say, ‘This is not God.’ This is redemption, this is healing, and nobody’s getting the credit for it but Almighty God.”
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The former “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee” host went on to say she believes “Westerners have been way too terrified of the gifts of the Spirit” and for far too long. She implored Christians to look at what Scripture — and, in particular, the Apostle Paul — has to say on the matter.
“We’re all supposed to have gifts of the Spirit,” she said. “They’re supposed to be different, used like different parts of the body for one good work, but we’re all supposed to use them. And people go, ‘Oh, Jesus doesn’t do that anymore, God doesn’t do that anymore.’ Really?”
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She pointed to Jesus’ proclamation in John 14:12-14 (NIV): “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the father may be glorified in the son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
In speaking about Christ’s statements in these verses, Gifford said Jesus didn’t put time restraints on this promise.
“He didn’t put a timeframe on that. We do!” she said. “We’re the ones that box God in, that relegate him to three dimensions, that stick him on a shelf and say, ‘Well, that’s what God does.’ Really? Let’s open our eyes and our ears and our hearts and our souls to the great works the Holy Spirit is doing in the lives of brothers and sisters all over the world.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice