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Empowered to do good!

Scripture reading for September 9th: Isaiah 41-44, 1st Corinthians 12

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 12:3-7 “Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord’ and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God Who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

The Corinthian church flowed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and Paul wanted to help them understand what these gifts were and how the Holy Spirit empowers His people for service. First of all, the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ as Lord. No one can curse God and be filled with the Holy Spirit. No one can confess Jesus Christ as Lord except by the Holy Spirit. The varieties of gifts, activities, and service given by God to His people through the Holy Spirit for the good of all, never for harm or evil.

Faith confession and prayer: I am thankful for the Holy Spirit enabling me to confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and Your gifts to empower me to be a blessing to Your body, the Church and to reach the lost with the Gospel.

Isaiah 44:3-5 “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on dry ground; I will pour My Spirit upon your offspring, and My blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’ another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel.”

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Varieties of gifts and manifestations!

Scripture reading for July 22nd: 1st Corinthians 12, Psalm 145, Proverb 21

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 12:3-7 “Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord’ and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  

Paul explained the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church at Corinth.  The Holy Spirit enables believers to say “Jesus is Lord” from their heart.  The Spirit will never curse Jesus.  The Spirit gives varieties of gifts as Jesus our Lord and God the Father empowers and directs Him.  All manifestations of the Spirit are given to bring good and blessing to Christ’s Body, the Church.

Faith Confession:  Being filled with the Holy Spirit, I declare “Jesus Christ is Lord!” and accept the gifts and manifestations of the Spirit in my life and in the church.  I invite His Word to be ready in my heart and on my lips.

Proverbs 21:17-19 “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.  That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.”

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God’s good gifts

Scripture reading for July 20th:  Psalm 34-36, 1st Corinthians 12

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 12:4-7  “Now there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  

Paul was instructing the Corinthian believers concerning the amazing body of Christ represented by the Church of Jesus Christ.  As a body has many parts, so the church has many different people with varieties of gifts, service and activities.  God gives each of the members the gifts needed for the body to function and accomplish His will.  All work together to bless God and one another.

Psalm 34:8, 22 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” . . . . .“The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”  

Prayer:  Thank You Lord for Your great goodness and gifts to each member of Your family.  We are blessed by Your goodness and generosity.  May we by faith and love use Your gifts to bless the Kingdom and others. Amen.

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Manifestations of the Spirit!

Scripture reading for July 22nd:  1st Corinthians 12

“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.”  (1st Corinthians 12:1)  Paul was concerned about the use of gifts in the Corinthian church.  There were indications that the church members did not understand the gifts and why God had placed them in the different members of the body.  Paul wanted the church to be well educated about the gifts.

Our God is alive and active in our world and His church.  Many of the Corinthian believers had come out of idolatry and their idols were mute–they never spoke!  Now the Living God had placed His Spirit in them and gifts of speaking came forth.  One of the first indications of the Spirit of God speaking in a believer is their declaration, “Jesus is Lord”.   (1st Corinthians 12:3)  No one speaking by the Spirit will ever curse Jesus or God!

 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  The are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  (1st Corinthians 12:4-7)  Even though there are different gifts, God the Father, Jesus the Lord, and the Holy Spirit are the same.  They work through their gifts to help and encourage the body of Christ.  There are speaking gifts of words of wisdom, knowledge, prophesy and tongues and interpretation of tongues.  There are gifts of healing, miraculous powers and supernatural faith to trust God.  There is also the ability to discern spirits that may be operating in opposition to the work of God.  “All these are the work of the one and same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines.”  (1st Corinthians 12:11)

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Concerning spiritual gifts!

Scripture reading for August 19th: 1st Corinthians 12:1-26

The Corinthians evidently loved the spiritual gifts.  But the problem was that they were ignorant of these gifts and how to properly use them to build up the body of Christ.  Many had come from pagan backgrounds.  Paul stressed that only those who could confess “Jesus is Lord” were speaking by the Holy Spirit.

All true spiritual gifts come from the Holy Spirit through relationship with Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit gives to each person a manifestation of the Spirit to help in the function of Christ’s body, the church.  (1st Corinthians 12:7)  Paul listed the gifts as follows:  “To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. (1st Corinthians 12:8-10)

We might look at these nine gifts in groups of three’s.  Three gifts reveal something from God’s mind.  The message of wisdom and message of knowledge reveal hidden information to help individuals or the body of Christ understand hidden truth and how to apply it successfully.  The discerning of spirits reveals what spirit is behind something in order to protect or give insight for ministry to an individual or situation.

Three gifts release power into the believer’s life.  The gift of faith enables a person to supernaturally believe God for impossible things.  The gift of miraculous powers works with faith to enable miracles to confirm God’s word and presence when ministering.  The gift of healing brings God’s power to heal sickness and disease, even raise people from death!

Three other gifts are speaking gifts.  Prophecy is the ability to speak God’s mind and word into a person’s life or proclaim God’s will and word in a ministry setting.  The gift of tongues is the ability to speak in an unknown tongue in a public setting.  This must always be interpreted!  The gift of interpretation enables the person to successfully interpret the unknown tongue.

All the gifts are given by the Holy Spirit as He wills.  They are for the edification of Christ’s body.  We are not to be ignorant of His gifts!

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