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Our God speaks and empowers!

Scripture reading for September 9th: 1st Corinthians 12

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 12:1-7 “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 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; and 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 Corinthians church was full of people who were once pagans and served dumb idols. The term ‘dumb’ means the inability to speak. But in the church of Jesus Christ, we serve a God Who is alive and speaks and gives gifts and empowers! Paul wanted none of the church to be ignorant concerning the Holy Spirit and the gifts He gives. He wanted them to grow in the grace of the gifts God had put within each member of the greater body. There is only one God, one Holy Spirit, and one Lord Jesus and when someone has been born again by the Holy Spirit, they will confess “Jesus is Lord.” They will never curse their Lord! There are also varieties of gifts of the Holy Spirit and varieties of service to the Lord, but our God is the only one to empower believers. These gifts and activities are all given for the common good, never to be boasted about or used for selfish purposes.

1st Corinthians 12:8-10 “For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for the wonderful Gift of the Holy Spirit, living in me and all who believe. Help me to grow more knowledgeable about the Holy Spirit and Your gifts that I might use the gifts you give to be a blessing to Your body, the Church. I proclaim by the Holy Spirit: “Jesus is Lord!”

1st Corinthians 12:11 “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, Who apportions to each one individually as He wills.”

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Gifts to prepare the Body!

Scripture reading for September 25th: Ephesians 4:1-16

It was God’s amazing love that birthed the church from both Jew and Gentile.  Paul prayed that the church at Ephesus might be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit and that Christ might dwell in their hearts by faith.  He prayed that this amazing love would establish them and unify them in spite of any previous differences.  As he prayed, he knew and confessed that Christ was able to do more than he could even ask or think about!  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

God’s plan to save Jew and Gentile through the Gospel was made known to the church.  God then raised up an army of those who would equip the church for the works of service that God required to advance His plan.  These gift-people included apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.  The purpose of these gifts to the church was to equip the body of Christ.  God wanted each member of His body to come into unity of purpose and have a full understanding of the Son of God.

When a person is first born again, that person is like an infant baby.  They must be fed and cared for so that they can grow properly.  Good food with a balance of proper nutrition must be given the infant.  They need milk in order to grow.  (1st Peter 2:2)  In the church at Ephesus, as in other churches, there were some false teachers who might try to persuade these new infants to eat from junk food that they were serving.  These false doctrines would toss them about and prevent them from growing up as mature believers in the faith.  (Ephesians 4:14)  As each appointed part of Christ’s body did their part, the church would grow up to be like their head, Christ.

The church today needs God’s gift people to use their talents.  There are many opportunities for infants in Christ to be tossed about by winds of doctrine and deceitful counterfeits.  Church leaders must use discernment and preach the Word.  Evangelists must preach the Gospel of Christ and birth infants.  Apostles must plant churches and take the Gospel where it has not be preached.  Prophets must expound the Word of God, keeping the church in God’s grace.  Pastors and teachers must make disciples and care for Christ’s sheep by feeding and shepherding them.  When all work together, Godly growth into the fullness of Christ results!

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