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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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Comfort One Another

Scripture reading for December 4th: 1st Thessalonians 1-5

“They tell us how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us form the coming wrath.” (1st Thessalonians 1:9-10)

Every chapter of this short letter has a reference to Jesus Christ’s return.  Believers are focused on the greatest event that can happen to them, the return of Jesus Christ!  Jesus is alive as opposed to every other so called god who is lifeless or dead.  He rescues us from the coming wrath of God on sin and those who have not repented.  We wait eagerly for His return!

“For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes?  Is it not you?  Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” (1st Thessalonians 2:19)

Paul was expecting a reward when Jesus came back.  We should too!  Every soul who has been saved through our ministry or giving to the Lord will bring joy and a crown and glory!  This is the hope that we have as Christians!

“May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.” 1st Thessalonians 3:13

Paul prayed for strength in these believers’ hearts so that they would be able to stand before the Lord when He does appear.  It will be a glorious time for those who are ready.  Purity and holiness are required to see the Lord and to stand before Him!  May God strengthen our hearts today in preparation for that fast-approaching day!

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will arise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Jesus is personally coming back for those who have trusted in Him.  The dead rise first to receive glorified bodies.  Then we who are alive will be caught up and instantly changed.  This will happen in an instant at the shout of the archangel and the trumpet call of God.  It will catch many by surprise!  What an event!  Lord Jesus, we want to see You!

“May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” (1st Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Thankfully, Paul prays again for the Thessalonians.  (And us as well.)  Thankfully, Jesus Christ is faithful and He will keep us blameless!  What comfort!  Amen!

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