Holy Spirit Gives Gifts for Ministry

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Daily God Walk for Thursday, July 28, 2011

 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

 One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to confirm the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and He does that by giving people who are filled with the Holy Spirit special abilities, or gifts. Those special abilities are called gifts of the Spirit. These gifts vary from gifting in leadership and administration to literally being helpers in the work of God, but each gift has its’ special place. Some of the gifts are vocal like tongues and prophecy, others are demonstrated in prayers of faith like healings and miracles.

The best teaching on the function of spiritual gifts in the body of Christ is 1 Corinthians 12-14. There is a listing of spiritual gifts and an explanation of how the gifts work within the body. These chapters also deal with the proper administration of the gifts.

Chapter 13 really puts the gifts in perspective. Apostle Paul makes the point that the focus is not the gift, or the person who is manifesting the gift. The point is the expression of God’s love. If we do not minister out of agape love, God’s love, then everything we do becomes hollow and is just a lot of noise and activity. The purpose of God will not be accomplished in it.

The message seems to be that the work of the Holy Spirit is to confirm the preaching of the word of God and to empower the members of the body of Christ in their life and ministry. In accomplishing that purpose He gives spiritual gifts to enable believers to do these works of ministry. Whatever is the need for a particular ministry there is sufficient power and resources in the Holy Spirit to accomplish that task and He will give those who have the call to minister gifts to minister. The gift will match the need in every case.

 Prayer: Holy Spirit, manifest yourself to the world through the gifts of ministry you have placed in me. In Jesus name, amen.

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