Tag: gifts of the Spirit
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.”
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)