Sunday, November 13, 2011
Spiritual Gifts, Discernment, Prophecy & Service
So I decided to go back to the basics, prayer, reading the bible and meditation. Today's readings came through loud and clear. We all have gifts, and most of us are either clueless what the are, resentful to a point of resistance or doubtful that we have any gifts at all...can anyone relate? In Joyce Meyer's book "Hearing from God Each Morning: 365 Daily Devotions," she discusses the Gift of Prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:1 says "Follow the way of Love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy." Verse 3 continues "Everyone who prophecies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort."
And 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11 says, "To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one person, there is given, through the (Holy) 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 the gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines."
Whew, that's alot of gifting! Randomly, every week, I text my teenage sons a simple message: "YOU are a gift. You are valuable. You matter. I love you." And surprisingly, random people have mirrored the same message back to me at times when I least expect it. Please know that you are gifted and A GIFT, you matter, you are valuable and are loved. How can you go out and be a blessing to the world this week...using a gift that you have been given? Please feel free to comment and let us know!
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