The Gifts of the Spirit

The Gifts of the Spirit
Once we’ve received baptism in the Holy Spirit, there are certain gifts God has for us that He wants us to operate in. These gifts of the Spirit enable us to know and do things we couldn’t have on our own. They can both benefit us personally, and help us to minister to others in a greater way.

The gifts of the Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11.

  1.  Message of wisdom
  2. Message of knowledge
  3. Faith
  4. Gifts of healing
  5. Working of miracles
  6. Prophecy
  7. Discerning of spirits
  8. Speaking in different kinds of tongues
  9. Interpretation of tongues

Message of wisdom, message of knowledge, and prophecy all have to do with God speaking to you, and/or revealing things to you that you wouldn’t know otherwise. Gifts of healing and working of miracles have to do with God flowing through you in a special way to perform miracles and instances of healing. Speaking in different kinds of tongues is different than just praying in tongues. Usually, it’s a specific message God gives you in tongues, which He will then give either you or someone else the explanation of. This explanation of what is spoken in tongues being given to you is interpretation of tongues.

These gifts are for us today, and God wants us to operate in them! Do as 1 Corinthians 14:1 says, and eagerly desire these gifts. Make yourself available to God to be used by Him, and you will begin to experience these gifts at work in your life as you are in need of them!

Prophecies of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

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In the Old Testament, there are many prophecies that have to do with Jesus, and what He would accomplish while here on this earth. Prophets foretold specifics about His death and resurrection hundreds of years before He was even born, offering proof that He is indeed God’s Son, who came to save us. Check out these prophecies about the events of the Easter story, and see where they were fulfilled in the New Testament!

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Gifts Of The Spirit

Gifts Of The SpiritWeek 27 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 1 Corinthians 12-16. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.

In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul speaks of the gifts of the Spirit, which are given for the common good. They are all the work of the same Spirit, which He distributes to each, as He determines.

Here are the nine gifts mentioned in this passage:

  1. word of wisdom
  2. word of knowledge
  3. faith
  4. gifts of healing
  5. working of miracles
  6. prophecy
  7. discerning of spirits
  8. different kinds of tongues
  9. interpretation of tongues

God wants us to walk in the gifts of the Spirit. Like any gift, they are offered to us freely. Let’s receive and utilize these gifts, that our Heavenly Father has for us as His children!

A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the DarknessThis world can be a dark place. Fear, despair, and dread grip the hearts of many. Acts of selfishness and utter disregard for others can be found in abundance. Pain and heartache characterize the emotions of a multitude of individuals. At times, it may feel as if we are groping our way through the pitch blackness of the midnight hour.

Over 2,000 years ago, in the midst of the darkness, a Savior was born – Jesus, the Light of the World (John 8:12). In prophecy of His coming, Isaiah 9:2 speaks of a great light being seen by those walking in the dark, and a light dawning on those living in the land of deep darkness. With this wonderful Light came new life and hope. The angels who proclaimed His birth spoke of it as good news of great joy, for all the people (Luke 2:10). For those who would receive Him, He would come and be with them, filling them with His light. Then they, in turn, would become lights in the darkness (Matthew 5:14).

If you have received Jesus, then you have true Light of the World living inside of you. His brightness shines through you, scattering the darkness. If you feel like you’re surrounded by the blackest night, fear not. The darker it is around you, the brighter your light shines, both illuminating both your way, and drawing others to your Heavenly Father. To your light will come nations, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:3). Though everything around you grows dark, over you the Lord will arise, and upon you His glory will be seen (Isaiah 60:2)!

If you haven’t yet accepted the Light of the World into your life, do so today. He’s ready and waiting to come in and chase away the darkness. By dying for your sins at the cross, He accomplished all that was necessary for you to come to Him. Simply receive His gift of forgiveness, and invite Him into your heart today. Then you too will shine, reflecting His glory and brightness to a world that’s desperately in need of Him!