GIFTS OF THE Holy Spirit, WORTH CONSIDERING, 8/28/20
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“…Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms…” (1 Peter 4:10, NIV)
Titles Not Required
Too often we pursue titles and positions, thinking we’ll feel good about ourselves when we have them. “When I make it to sales manager, when I get on the varsity cheer leading squad, when I’m the head usher, the senior partner, the lead supervisor…” That’s fine. But you don’t need a title to do what God has called you to do. Don’t wait for people to approve you, affirm you, or validate you. Use your gift, and the title will come.
If David would have waited for a title, we wouldn’t be talking about him today. When he went out to face Goliath, David wasn’t a general, a corporal, or a sergeant. He wasn’t even enlisted. He didn’t have a title, a name badge, a uniform, or a single credential. He went out knowing God had called and given him the gift to defeat Goliath. In a few years they gave him a title: King of Israel.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gift that You have given me and for what You have called me to do. Thank You that I can just be the best that I can be with what I have, and You will take care of the rest. I believe that You will receive the glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Good Teaching and great history concerning David. Even his whole life story gives us a whole lot to think about concerning both the valley’s and mountain tops.
As to gifts, it seems to me that some are built in at conception and others can be imparted in faith by family, friends and elders. But either way those gifts can be used to be constructive or destructive. The choice is ours. I remember at one point in scripture where Paul’s says, “Being Crafty, I caught you.” Yes and I can see what Paul was sharing there. He was very effective in persecuting Christians and after his conversion to sharing the Gospel. I suspect that is why he caused so much rage with the Jewish leaders. At one time he was one of the Good Old Boys. Next day they could not hold their ground with the scriptures to protect their turf. That is why he was always getting beat, whipped or stoned….They ran out of words.
When a Boy in L.A. I won 2nd place in all of L.A. Country in selling a little booklet called Woman’s Magazine from door to door after school each day, knocking on doors. I was a handsome kid with a gift of gab and made my pocket money that way. Billy Graham had a similar gift and could have sold a lot of used cars but dedicated his gift to Jesus and the Gospel. It was unfortunate that the Church did not have the basket for all the fruit.
In ministry I often ask folks what it is that they like to do. Usually that will give me an indication of their spiritual gifting to be encouraged. Now what are the Gifts of the Spirit? And how do they work? And for what purposes? This is a very important 4 pages…..
Now about the spiritual gifts [the special endowments given by the Holy Spirit], brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were led off after speechless idols; however you were led off [whether by impulse or habit]. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one speaking by the [power and influence of the] Spirit of God can say, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is [my] Lord,” except by [the power and influence of] the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are [distinctive] varieties of spiritual gifts [special abilities given by the grace and extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit operating in believers], but it is the same Spirit [who grants them and empowers believers]. 5 And there are [distinctive] varieties of ministries and service, but it is the same Lord [who is served]. 6 And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit [the spiritual illumination and the enabling of the Holy Spirit] for the common good. 8 To one is given through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] the message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] the word of knowledge and understanding according to the same Spirit; 9 to another [wonder-working] faith [is given] by the same [Holy] Spirit, and to another the [extraordinary] gifts of healings by the one Spirit; 10 and to another the working of [a] miracles, and to another prophecy [foretelling the future, speaking a new message from God to the people], and to another discernment of spirits [the ability to distinguish sound, godly doctrine from the deceptive doctrine of man-made religions and cults], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, and to another interpretation of tongues. 11 All these things [the gifts, the achievements, the abilities, the empowering] are brought about by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, distributing to each one individually just as He chooses.
1 Cor. 12: 1-11
12 For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form [only] one body, so [b] it is with Christ. 13 For by one [Holy] Spirit we were all baptized into one body, [spiritually transformed—united together] whether Jews or Greeks (Gentiles), slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit [since the same Holy Spirit fills each life]. 14 For the [human] body does not consist of one part, but of many [limbs and organs]. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” is it not on the contrary still a part of the body? 16 If the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” is it not on the contrary still a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole [body] were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now [as things really are], God has placed and arranged the parts in the body, each one of them, just as He willed and saw fit [with the best balance of function]. 19 If they all were a single organ, where would [the rest of] the body be? 20 But now [as things really are] there are many parts [different limbs and organs], but a single body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 But quite the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are [absolutely] necessary; 23 and as for those parts of the body which we consider less honorable, these we treat with greater honor; and our less presentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 while our more presentable parts do not require it. But God has combined the [whole] body, giving greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 so that there would be no division or discord in the body [that is, lack of adaptation of the parts to each other], but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the parts share the suffering; if one member is honored, all rejoice with it. 27 Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function]. 28 So God has appointed and placed in the church [for His own use]: first apostles [chosen by Christ], second prophets [those who foretell the future, those who speak a new message from God to the people], third teachers, then those who work miracles, then those with the gifts of healings, the helpers, the administrators, and speakers in various kinds of [unknown] tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire and strive for the greater gifts [if acquiring them is going to be your goal].
And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. 14 So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit]. Eph 4:11-16.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly: if [someone has the gift of] prophecy, [let him speak a new message from God to His people] in proportion to the faith possessed; 7 if service, in the act of serving; or he who teaches, in the act of teaching; 8 or he who encourages, in the act of encouragement; he who gives, with generosity; he who leads, [d] with diligence; he who shows mercy [in caring for others], with cheerfulness. Rom.12:6-8
So the Gifting or empowering of the Holy Spirit not only helps folks experience Jesus as LORD but also builds the body of Christ Jesus, HIS Church. If it lifts up Jesus, probably the gift is from GOD. If it lifts up a personal Ego or Guru best take another look. Might just be another little box for using your energy to elevate some one else’s spiritual pride. If no sign of God’s Power, go somewhere else Paul teaches that in 2 Tim.3:5. holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.
And actually in finding and maturing and walking in your Gifts of the Spirit is where the Joy is in walking with Jesus in HIS Kingdom. Without the gifts being matured I tried for 13 years after becoming a Christian to help save the lost and helped out only one. In 1968 after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, I enjoyed picking fruit all the time. And still at it now at near 88 even last night until about 10 PM in my study.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful gifts of grace and mercy, Ken<><
and all who truly love and obey HIM are eternal members.
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