Remember, the Bible says that idols cannot see, hear, walk, or talk, so they’re making us blind, deaf, dumb, and crippled. But they’re also affecting our gifts. Gifts aren’t all spiritual. The condition of your soul is what causes your gifts to manifest. This is Paul speaking in 1 Corinthians 12:4 (AMPC). “Now, there are distinctive varieties and distribution of endowments (gifts extraordinary powers distinguishing certain Christians, due to the power (dunamis) of divine grace operating in their souls, by the Holy Spirit)…” Dunamis means, excellent of soul. So, it’s saying here that the extraordinary powers that certain Christians have, happen because of dunamis power, divine grace operating in their souls, making them excellent of soul by Holy Spirit.
The more excellent of soul you become, because of the Holy Spirit working dunamis power inside you, the more healed you are in your soul, the more you will demonstrate what scripture calls “the extraordinary powers”.
Your gifts aren’t all about the spirit realm. They’re about what’s going on inside of you. God’s not going to trust a high-level gift to somebody who’s still mouthing off. Your soul needs to be healed. And as your soul gets healed by the power of dunamis, which is a divine grace operating in your soul, then you are going to display the extraordinary powers – the big gifts.
Metal miracles did not happen when I first started my ministry. No, they happened when I got my soul healed more and more. This scripture was fulfilled, and now I’m demonstrating the extraordinary powers. Become healed in your soul and you’ll see metal disappear when you pray for people too!
1 Corinthians 12:1-2 (AMPC) “Now, about the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed. You know that when you were heathen, you were led off after idols that could not speak [habitually] as impulse directed and whenever the occasion might arise.”
Why does Paul bring idols into the picture? Having idols in your soul blocks your ability to see in the spirit, to hear the voice of the Lord, to speak the prophetic word, and to walk out your purpose with the Lord.
When you have an idol of your car, money, spouse, ministry, business, church, or whatever it may be, that idol is blocking you from having the special endowments of supernatural energy – the spiritual gifts.
You want the gifts; get rid of your idols.
Why do we follow after idols? Because our individual souls are wounded and we’re looking for comfort.
We’ve been wounded by a trauma we went through, the loss of a loved one, our kids running off, a divorce, or when we were abandoned or rejected. We are wounded in our soul and we’re looking for something to comfort that pain.
One of my many idols used to be food. Think about it. Every demon god like Baal, Moloch, or Ashteroth would have people worship them by ceremonially offering them food.
They brought food, and dedicated it to the idol. Then, they ate the food that was dedicated to the idol, because that’s how they became one with the demon god they were worshiping.
I don’t know about you, but my soul was so wounded that when I felt the pain, I’d run to a bag of tortilla chips and two cans of bean dip. What’s your favorite food idol? A bag of those miniature candy bars (those don’t count, they don’t have as many calories)? Eating the whole bag negates that theory!
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:19-20 (AMPC) “What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is [intrinsically changed by the fact and amounts to] anything or that an idol itself is a [living] thing? No, I am suggesting that what the pagans sacrifice they offer [in effect] to demons (to evil spiritual powers) and not to God [at all]. I do not want you to fellowship and be partners with diabolical spirits [by eating at their feasts].”
Whenever we have a wound in our soul and we use food to comfort that wound, we are fellowshipping and partnering with diabolical spirits, by eating at their feasts! We are inviting a demon to come and kick our butts! It’s okay to feast. It’s okay to have a good time, but not excessively or habitually.
You gauge whether or not something has become an idol by how you are feeling in your soul. Do you eat that food because you need to be comforted in some way?
Next time, we will continue to talk about other areas in our lives that we use idols for comfort!
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Am blessed and healed ..I live in Zambia and since I saw you on the TV ,am blessed ..
Thanks Katie for your teachings, making us more aware and enlightened in Christ Jesus
I went through a period in Kansas right before we move to Texas when we started emptying out our four bedroom farmhouse where I started seeing how things could be idols I started noticing the things that had a hold of me so God showed me that if it had me it was my idol needless to say I got rid of everything
Thank u Katie for making it clear to understand we love you
Thank you for your continuing of learning these truly important crucial biblical truths for our success today! Many blessings Katie
Nailed it, so subtitle are idols sm & lg! Thank you for being transparent & breaking this area down so it becomes clear & can be dealt with. Onward & upward.
Thank You Katie Souza, I’ve hav’nt been able to keep my fast and I’ve been asking GOD” whats going on with me my LORD? I’m convicted, LOVE and GOD BLESS You ALOHA Always Sister Chrissy Honolulu Hawai’i ⚘
Awesome article. Always thank you ❤️ for your spiritual discernment.
HOLY SPIRIT IS DIGGING UP FALLOW GROUND AND I HAVE HIT A HARD PATCH. All the old depression and hopelessness and sadness have jumped on me. I hope this is the final test. I no longer lean on food or friends (ha!) or any comforts, but I am wondering how to get rid of this for ever! I see good fruit as I am getting softer toward others and more patient and understanding. it is not a good feeling to be able to do nothing about life but rest in the LORD and wait. it is stressing my chest.
I’m positioning myself for a huge break OUT…AND THROUGH.
Thanks for the insight. I am more informed as to why the Lord has been teaching me about a hundred fold identity and not just about money. Money used to be an idol. Same with the mind. I lost both to a mental illness many years ago; but on the inside God is healing me and I am regaining solvency in identity and resources.
Glory to Jesus.
Thanks for your words, its very true but there is something which is not living me I dont know when Lord will diliver me I know what you are talking about. Devil is tempting me a lot in my weak area and I am running away from those temptations and sins by the grace of Jesus Christ, I am fighting my battle even its very difficult. I have only hope in Jesus, I am waiting for Him. Cant explain everything right now, but one day I want.
You are absolutely correct. Thanks for your beautiful and very true explanation.
God bless you and your ministry.
Thank you Katie for sharing all these biblical truths and nuggets to us, for the healing of our souls. You have cutting edge revelation of the word and it is helping all the wounded souls to heal and move on with life. Praise GOD
I’ve struggled my whole life with a foggy brain and memory issues. I lose my phone every thirty seconds if it’s not in my pocket, which drives my husband crazy. I often forget important words, and have even found myself in the middle of an action and I can’t remember what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, or even how I got where I’m standing. I’m turning 30 this year, so this has always bothered me. Older ladies at church would always say I was too young to have these problems. I used to think it was because of the ADD I was diagnosed with as a kid, but it persisted (and even got worse!) after I was healed of ADD in college. Now I know it’s from the generational sin of worshipping idols!!! I’m part Athabascan (we’re natives in Alaska), and even though my family all declares the forgiveness of Jesus (and I don’t know anything about the gods that my family would have worshipped) my whole family has issues with food, memory (my grandpa can’t remember any details in a movie he’s just watched, and my mom can’t remember which of her 4 children did what in the past (she was afraid I was faiing college when that would have been any sibling but me). I’m repenting of any idolatry in my life and the lives of my family that came before me. This stops with me!!
Thank you Katie for guiding me to this Revelation. Haven’t seen the healing yet, but I’m confident that He is faithful and wants healing for me.