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Hi Allison and welcome. In reference to your question about Ephesisians 6:18 Paul is giving us an imperative that goes hand in hand with the rest of Paul's teaching especially what he wrote to the Chuch in Corinth.
That said there is confusion and in many cases abuses of this doctrine. As Christians we are charged to seek God. That should and must be our focus. Too many have left themselves be sidetracked on one side of the road or the other over the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture tells us to cultivate our relationship with God allowing the Holy Spirit not man's arguments guide us to the truth.
If you care to discuss this my email address is in my profile and I would be more than happy respond to any question or concern.
There are no personal interpretations of Scripture (2 Peter 1:20-21). Anything in the Bible only means precisely what it meant when it was written -- no less and no more.
The epistle to the Ephesians is a good example of Paul's writing. The first three chapters are doctrine and the last three chapters are imperatives that arise from that doctrine. Consequently, the verse that you are asking about, is only meaningful once the doctrine of in the first half of the book is understood. Therefore, interpret the imperative of the passage, in the light of the indicatives. This is very important, and it is for this reason that the Holy Spirit gives us the clear warning of 2 Peter 3:15-16.
Always remember, that every word is in the context of a sentence, every sentence is in the context of a pericope, ever pericope is in the context of a passage, every passage is in the context of a book, and every book is in the context of entire Bible.
Most orthodox Christians hold to the doctrine of cessationism; i.e., that the sign gifts existed only during the brief period of the establishment of the primitive church (1 Corinthians 13:10). These believers will respond to your question based on that perspective. I am such a person, and if you like, you can check my profile for my email address to discuss the topic from a Biblical standpoint.
The converse of cessationism is called continuationism; i.e., that signs and wonders are genuine manifestations to this day. Thus, those holding this teaching, will respond to your question based on that perspective. EdB is such a person, and if you like, you can check his profile for his email address. I am certain that he would be happy to answer your questions based on his experience.
Those of us reading your post will be in prayer for you; that God will graciously grant you a clear understanding of the truth. We are already grateful to Him that He has caused you to seek His truth from the Word (Hebrews 1:1-2), rather than from feelings, experience, or the trickery of men (Ephesians 4:14).
It wasn't a matter of waiting, rather the women got there at the soonest opportunity -- at daybreak per Mark 16:2. They had to travel from the city to the sepulchre, but before that they had to obtain and prepare the proper spices for embalming. Neither of these activities could begin for Jews until sunset on Saturday, the end of Sabbath. Indeed, it is quite possible that they were working on these preparations all the night, then left as soon as possible, but still in the darkness, for the tomb. Therefore, rather than seeing the women's arrival as being an unnecessary delay, we ought to see their arrival as evidence of great haste. A haste borne of their devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Quote the Scripture rather than men for thy judgment. Not, so saith a learned man; but [rather] thus saith the holy Scripture. Yet, take heed of bending this direction too far the other way; which is done when we condemn the judgment of such whose piety and learning might command reverence. There is sure a mean to be found betwixt [between] defying men, and deifying them. It is the admiring of persons that forms the traitor to truth, and makes many cry 'Hosanna' to error, and 'Crucify' to truth. Eusebius, out of Josephus, tells us of Herod's - that Herod whom we read of, Acts 12:23, as being eaten up of worms -- coming upon the theatre gorgeously clad, and that while he was making an eloquent oration to the people, his silver robe, which he then wore, did, by the reflex of the sunbeams shining on it, so glister, as dazzled the eyes of the spectators; and this, saith he, occasioned some flatterers to cry out, 'The voice of God, and not of man.' And truly the glistering varnish which some men's parts and rhetoric put upon their discourses, does oft so blind the judgments of their admirers, that they are too prone to think all divine they speak, especially if they be such as God hath formerly used as instruments for any good to their souls. O it is hard then, as he said ... to love and esteem man as a man, to reverence him such so, as not to be in danger of loving their errors also. ... Call therefore none father on earth; despise none, adore none." --William Gurnall (1617-1679)