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Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)
TITLE: Looking a Gift of the Spirit in the Mouth
By Eugene Levitzky
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If a rock drove a car it would not get all discombobulated if another car cut it front of it, tailgated it, or drove way too slowly in front of it. This is because a rock does not have a “receptor” for emotions. A rock cannot react as a human can. The human has an inbuilt “receptor” for reacting to certain things that inanimate objects and animals do not have.
Just so, a human has an inbuilt receptor to react to God. God the Father calls on us and we all react in various ways. Some of us accept the call and become believers. Others do not accept the call. Still more accept the call in the wrong way, becoming idolaters or making gods of their professions, their hobbies, their physical world.
God gives all of us gifts, gifts which we either make us of or which we allow to stay dormant. To believers in Jesus Christ, God gives various gifts, all of the same Spirit, the same God working in all of them [from NIV 1 Cor 12:6].
The gifts God gives us, through the Spirit, are meant for the common good, to bring us together into one Body. The one thing that is of utmost importance is to know and understand that the gifts, as various as they may be, are all One Gift – the Gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is the greatest glory for us mere humans, us mere Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to be graced by God with the Gift of having the Holy Spirit work in us and through us.
[KJV] 1 Cor 12:4-12
4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
There are other God-breathed gifts as well, all of which are the operations of the Holy Spirit on and within us. Whatever gift God gives us we should be able to discern that the gift truly is for the edification of others and for bringing others into the Body of Christ. Sometimes we are given a gift that we don’t even know we have and we don’t understand that we can be filled with the Holy Spirit at all times, in all places, in all situations. God promises that “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” [KJV 1 Cor 12:7]. So please, know that you have a gift from God in the very plain fact that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior (and Judge) and that Christ lives in you through the Holy Spirit.
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