THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, March 11, 2019
Theme: Grow Up
Topic: Growth in the Gifts of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Ephesians 4:10-16
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To 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:
Bearing the fruit of character is a good thing but to fully edify the Body of Christ and accomplish the purpose of Christ on earth, character must be combined with the gifts of the Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit demonstrate the power of God in the Church and through it. A solid church is rich in character and strong in power.
A church cannot be said to be solid unless it is strong in power. The gifts of the Spirit are the means through which the needs of the Church and the world are met. They are the weapons with which the Church subdues satan and his kingdom. Solid churches encourage the exercising of spiritual gifts. God equips believers with these gifts to enable them minister to one another.
Nine spiritual gifts are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, namely the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. These gifts are not the reserve of pastors but the entire Body of Christ. Some churches resist the operation of these gifts while others limit them to ordained pastors alone. Solid churches however, release all believers to exercise the gifts of the Spirit.
1. Pray that the Holy Ghost will help you discover ALL your spiritual gifts.
2. Pray that the Holy Ghost will grant you grace to mature in your spiritual gifts.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
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