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Gifts That Keep On Giving

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    One of the greatest and most fulfilling things you can do is to be used by God to help others somehow. Jesus said, what you have done to the least of the brethren, you have done unto Me (Matthew 25:40). And even giving one of His followers a cup of cold water will bring you a reward (Matthew 10:42). 

    Yet, we can do more than that, for God has distributed spiritual gifts throughout His church to build and strengthen the body of Christ. Learn to use what He has given you to help others. Each of us has been given something that can benefit His people. The Apostle Paul wrote this to the Corinthian church:

    (1 Corinthians 12:1 NKJV)  "Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant"

    Ignorant means "lacking knowledge or awareness." Some of the churches didn't know about spiritual gifts yet. Some didn't even know there was a Holy Spirit: 

    (Acts 19:1–2 NKJV)  And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."

    They were ignorant then, and we can be today. The Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Comforter is here with us today. Jesus told His disciples this when He was about to complete His mission on Earth and ascend to heaven:

    (John 16:7 NKJV)  Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

    The last words Jesus spoke on Earth were about the coming of the Holy Spirit. When He was leaving, He told the disciples who were with Him this:

    (Acts 1:8–9 NKJV)  "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

    Jesus went up, and the Holy Spirit came down ten days later in Acts chapter 2 on the day of Pentecost:

    (Acts 2:1–4 NKJV)  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, like a rushing mighty wind, filling the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

    This had been prophesied by the prophet Joel nearly 800 years before:

    (Joel 2:28–29 NKJV)  "And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days."

    "Those days" began in Acts chapter 2 and will continue until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the great and awesome day of the Lord (Acts 2:16, Joel 2:31). 

    The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to each of us, and they are meant to be used to help others (Hebrews 2:4). Paul instructs us to desire them earnestly:

    (1 Corinthians 14:1 ESV)  Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

    Paul gives four lists of spiritual gifts, but they are more like examples for us and not an exhaustive collection because each list differs. No two lists are exactly alike, and he mixes purely spiritual gifts like prophecy with more natural ones like administration (1 Corinthians 12:28). He lists acts of service and helping people. Exhortation, which is encouraging people. There are even people who have the gift of giving.

    (Romans 12:6–8 ESV)  Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

    (1 Corinthians 12:7–11 NKJV)  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

    What do you enjoy doing for others? That is quite possibly your gift. We have a good friend that has been given the "ministry of helps" (1 Corinthians 12:28). He can't drive past someone with a flat tire without stopping to help them. 

    Even when you feel you have somehow failed the Lord and He has withdrawn from you, He promises that He will never take away the gifts He gave us. He doesn't change His mind. 

    (Romans 11:29 NKJV)  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

    It is important that you learn to use the gifts He has given you to help others. And that you use them wherever you find yourself. In the book of Genesis, Joseph was given the gift of dream interpretation. His life took a downward spiral, and he ended up in prison, but he continued interpreting dreams for people. Pharaoh learned of this and summoned him to interpret a dream for him. He was so impressed with Joseph that he promoted him to second-in-command of Egypt. Using your spiritual gifts can be life-changing.

    Once I was listening to the Bible and polishing brass plumbing parts at a buffing wheel for minimum wage when I suddenly felt oil being poured over my head. I spun around, thinking someone was pranking me, but no one was there. I received some type of technical gift that day. Soon I found myself in a computer business, which led to starting an online ministry.

    Don't neglect the gifts the Lord has placed in your life. And don't let anyone deceive you into thinking they don't exist today. Concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.

    You can pray this with me if you like: 

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me discover the spiritual gifts You have placed in my life to help the body of Christ. Your word instructs us to seek them, so I want them. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please help me discover the spiritual gifts You have placed in my life to help the body of Christ. Your word instructs us to seek them, so I want them. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
Nov 21
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

AMEN, Pastor!!! Pondering your message today, and I'm thinking who and what I am, that the Lord God most high, the creator of all things would consider sinful me and equip me with His gifts to reach out to others! May His mighty Holy spirit continue to instruct me, guide and teach me how to use them!!! May I be his hands to be used for Him in the name of JESUS, Amen!!!

Nov 20
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Nov 20
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Amen

Nov 20
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen ❣️

Nov 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Nov 21
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

In Jesus Name Amen.

Nov 21
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David Krull
David Krull

Father bless me with Your gifts according to Your will for me. In Jesus Christ Name 

Nov 21
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Heavenly Father fill us with your spiritual gifts,Amen 

Nov 21
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gifts YOU have given me.  I serve YOU Lord.  Amen

Nov 21
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

In Jesus Name I thank you Lord for the Spiritual gifts that you have placed unto me. Give me the understanding and wisdom to continue what you want me to do for others. Amen 

Nov 21
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Father Thank You For The Gifts You Have Given Me Good Morning Everyone 

Nov 21
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Nov 21
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

Nov 21
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Help me Father to recognize and use the gifts You have given me to help others, Amen!

Nov 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Nov 21
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I love giving. I just wish I had more to give. Lol. I am an empathetic and sympathetic type. I pray I please you my God Amen.  

Nov 21
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Stephanie Greenfield
Stephanie Greenfield

I had been wanting some purple cloth for a project, I'd been getting dejected about it.On a Wednesday I mentioned it to my friend who works at the post office. I even told where I wanted to get it from. A local store and I'm good acquaintances with the owner. So my friend said, go pick out what you want and I'll get it for you after work. So I stop by the quilting store on my way back. I happened to follow the owner's mom in, who was carrying lunch, so I opened the door for her. I told the owner, Pam, about what was going and what I was wanting to do. So I found some beautiful deep purple cloth, and put 2 yds back for my friend to get for me. I had mentioned that I eventually want to get some batting for what I want to do. I ended up coming home with the ends of the batting from making quilts that they can't use for anything, in a huge black trash bag. So after I get done there, I finish my errands. Oh, I also grabbed 2 business cards, she's only open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. So God was with me that day. I came home and around 1-1:30, my friend from the post office showed up with what I wanted, plus more! Various colors and prints of 1 yd pieces, plus batting and thread. Now Pam doesn't sell thread, the only thread they have is for store use! But she gave me some! God wants me to do something!

Nov 22
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery

I lead and serve in my Christian walk with God!  Amen!

Nov 24