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God of Peace!

Scripture reading for July 24th:  Psalm 41-43, 1st Corinthians 14

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 14:26-28, 33 “What then, brothers?  When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation.  Let all things be done for building up.  If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.  But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and God.” . . .”For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”  

Paul wrote to the church to instruct them in the use of spiritual gifts.  They were to earnestly desire spiritual gifts, especially prophesy.  As the church comes together, each person can use the gift or gifts they have received in an orderly manner.  The gifts of tongues and prophesy were limited to two or three.  Tongues plus interpretation is like prophesy.  A tongue must be interpreted or not given.  God is a God of peace, not confusion.  The Spirit moving in the Church is like a living stream flowing within its banks, bringing cleansing, blessing and refreshing.

Psalm 41:13  “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.” 

Psalm 42:1-2 “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for You, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When shall I come and appear before the Lord?” 

Prayer:  Oh Lord, I bless You today for Your peace and order in Your world and in Your Church.  May the living stream of the Holy Spirit flow with grace in my life and Your Church.  Amen!

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Love’s Excellent Ways!

Scripture reading for November 25th: 1st Corinthians 11-14

Many people get excited about the spiritual gifts.  God gives each person gifts through the Holy Spirit that are to be used to build up the body of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 12:7)  These gifts may be characterized in three general categories.  There are those gifts that impart knowledge–word of wisdom, word of knowledge and prophesy.  Other gifts are used to do something: gifts of healing, miraculous powers, and faith.  Another type of gift is used to reveal something: discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.  These gifts are given by the Lord through the Holy Spirit as He determines they are needed.  (1st Corinthians 12:11)

In addition to these manifestations of the Spirit, God has also appointed different offices to people to help with the work of ministry.  Some are apostles, sent to evangelize and plant churches.  Others are prophets and teachers who equip the body for ministry.  Others work miracles and facilitate divine healing.  Others may be good at administration and management.  Still others speak in tongues and others interpret.  (1st Corinthians 12:28-31)  God places these gift-people in the body just as He sees fit!  (1st Corinthians 12:18)

We are encouraged to eagerly desire the greater gifts!  But Paul cites the most excellent pursuit–the way of love! (1st Corinthians 13)  We can have any number of the gifts, but without love they are empty and useless.  God Himself is love!  He is patient and kind with us.  He is not easily angered, but is always ready to forgive.  He delights in truth and righteousness.  He is a God of hope and His love never fails!

He encourages us to love like He does.  Love is the greatest gift that we can ever have and give!  We must first follow the way of love and then desire the gifts.  (1st Corinthians 14:1)  Are you following the way of love?  Are you taking time to love God and allow His love to flow through you?  Invite the Holy Spirit to release a fresh ability to love God and  others in your heart today.

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Understanding 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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The way of Love

Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Corinthians 11-14

God gives each person gifts through the Holy Spirit that are to be used to build up the body of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 12:7)  These gifts may be characterized in three general categories.  There are those gifts that impart knowledge–word of wisdom, word of knowledge and prophesy.  Other gifts are used to do something: gifts of healing, miraculous powers, and faith.  Another type of gift is used to reveal something: discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.  These gifts are given by the Lord through the Holy Spirit as He determines they are needed.  (1st Corinthians 12:11)

In addition to these manifestations of the Spirit, God has also appointed different offices to help with the work of ministry.  Some are apostles, sent to evangelize and plant churches.  Others are prophets and teachers who equip the body for ministry.  Others work miracles and facilitate divine healing.  Others may be good at administration and management.  Still others speak in tongues and others interpret.  (1st Corinthians 12:28-31)  God places these gift-people in the body just as He sees fit!  (1st Corinthians 12:18)

We are all encouraged to eagerly desire the greater gifts!  But Paul cites the most excellent pursuit as the way of love! (1st Corinthians 13)  We can have any number of the gifts, but without love they are empty and useless.  Love is the vital ingredient because the gifts must be used with love and compassion.  God’s heart is to love and heal, not just to do something!  God Himself is love!  He is patient and kind with us.  He is not easily angered, but is always ready to forgive.  He forgives and never keeps a record of the wrongs done !  He delights in truth and righteousness.  His love never fails!

He encourages us to love like He does.  Love is the greatest gift that we can ever have and give!  We must first follow the way of love and then desire the gifts.  (1st Corinthians 14:1)  Take time today to check your heart.  Are you following the way of love?  How’s your love life with God?  Are you taking time to love Him and allowing His love to flow through you?  Invite the Holy Spirit to release a fresh ability to love others in your heart today.

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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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The Way of Love!

Scripture reading for November 25th: 1st Corinthians 11-14

Many people get excited about the spiritual gifts.  God gives each person gifts through the Holy Spirit that are to be used to build up the body of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 12:7)  These gifts may be characterized in three general categories.  There are those gifts that impart knowledge–word of wisdom, word of knowledge and prophesy.  Other gifts are used to do something: gifts of healing, miraculous powers, and faith.  Another type of gift is used to reveal something: discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.  These gifts are given by the Lord through the Holy Spirit as He determines they are needed.  (1st Corinthians 12:11)

In addition to these manifestations of the Spirit, God has also appointed different offices to people to help with the work of ministry.  Some are apostles, sent to evangelize and plant churches.  Others are prophets and teachers who equip the body for ministry.  Others work miracles and facilitate divine healing.  Others may be good at administration and management.  Still others speak in tongues and others interpret.  (1st Corinthians 12:28-31)  God places these gift-people in the body just as He sees fit!  (1st Corinthians 12:18)

We are encouraged to eagerly desire the greater gifts!  But Paul cites the most excellent pursuit–the way of love! (1st Corinthians 13)  We can have any number of the gifts, but without love they are empty and useless.  Love is a vital ingredient because the gifts must be used with love and compassion.  God’s heart is to love and heal, not just to do something!  God Himself is love!  He is patient and kind with us.  He is not easily angered, but is always ready to forgive.  He forgives and never keeps a record of the wrongs done !  He delights in truth and righteousness.  He is a God of hope and His love never fails!

He encourages us to love like He does.  We must grow up in our faith in order to do that.  Love is the greatest gift that we can ever have and give!  We must first follow the way of love and then desire the gifts.  (1st Corinthians 14:1)  Take time today to check your heart.  Are you following the way of love?  How’s your love life with God?  Are you taking time to love Him and allowing His love to flow through you?  Would people say that you were full of the love of God?  Invite the Holy Spirit to release a fresh ability to love others in your heart today.

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