Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What is your gift?

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       "Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant."
                                 ( I Cor 12:1)

          In this day, ask yourself---What is my gift? Why? Because God wants to use you to bring him glory and honor. He, also, wants to help people within and without the body. Spiritual gifts were not, only, given to the body, but for a lost and dying world. He wants to confirm his word with signs and wonders. 
            The world is tired of talk. They are asking the body---Where is your God? God is looking for someone who is "crazy" enough to walk in the spiritual gifts of the spirit and confirm the word. Contrary to tradition, Jesus had a following. At one time, he preached to thousands of people. Some loved Jesus and some hated him, but I can assure you--HE HAD THEIR ATTENTION! Why?
                 Because of the signs and wonders that he performed. This doesn't come easy. The first factor is humility and a willingness to step beyond religion and tradition. To have these gifts, you must be baptized in the spirit with the evidence of tongues. That is the doorway to the gifts. The next step is to believe that God has endowed you with these gifts and confess them day by day.
               As you read I Cor 12, you will see that there are specialties with these gifts. Some are known to operate in one or more of these gifts as a normal routine in their lives. Yes, it is possible to operate in all 9 gifts, but there are areas in which people are gifted in one or more gifts as a rule of thumb in their everyday lives. It is compared to a brain surgeon. He may have gone to a medical school to study medicine, but his specialty is brain surgery. For example, some may specialize in the gift of prophecy. Other in faith and working of miracles as an everyday occurrence. That doesn't mean the other gifts aren't there, but that is the one or two gifts in which that person specializes in.
               That is why going to church is important. The devil is afraid of a unified church operating in the gifts of the spirit. Last week, as I preached in my church, I taught on the gifts of the spirit and the importance of entering in by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. I made an invitation to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and only 1 brave soul stepped forward. People do not like change. Some may fear change, but it can be a good thing when it is supported by the word. 
                So, in this day, ask yourself--What is my gift? Can I operate in one or more of the gifts? As you do this, God will provide you with the answer and elevate you to a different dimension in your walk with Christ. Then, practice releasing the gifts and you will have the time of your life! 

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