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One Spirit–many gifts!

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

1st Corinthians 12: 4-11 “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. 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 interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, Who apportions to each on individually as He wills.”

God the Father has showered His born-again children with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings gifts that are to be used to build up and encourage the Church, Christ’s corporate Body. These gifts are called ‘manifestations’ of the Holy Spirit and include speaking gifts called prophesy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. Other gifts reveal something that is needed by believers–wisdom, knowledge and discerning of spirits. Other gifts empower believers to do God’s works of compassion for the hurting and to evangelize: gifts of faith, various healings, and the working of miracles. Each of these gifts are given by the one Holy Spirit as He wills and God directs for His purposes and glory. Amen!

1st Corinthians 12:27-28 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the Church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.”

Prayer: Father, thank You for the Gift of the Holy Spirit to live in me. I desire You to use me with any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to show Your love and compassion to those in Your Body, the Church or to those who are in need of a Savior. Thank You for appointing gift people to the Church and me as a pastor/teacher. Open doors for each member of Your Church through the Holy Spirit to flow in gifts for the common good.

Isaiah 44:2-4 “Thus says the Lord Who made you, Who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob My servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. for I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring and my blessing on your descendants.”

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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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