37. The GIFTS of the HOLY SPIRIT
Question and answer: “What are these gifts for?”
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given by Him to help build up and edify the body of Christ (the church). They also equip us for ministry to advance the kingdom of God (evangelism). Usually the gifts are manifested within a church meeting, but not exclusively. Someone could give a prophesy, or a tongue and then an interpretation should follow, 1 Corinthians 12:4-12, 14:26,32,33,39,40, Ephesians 4:12, 1 Peter 4:10. (Isaiah 11:1-2).
1 Corinthians 12:8-10 ‘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 the gift of healing by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophesy, to another discerning of Spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues’
Wisdom: Desire & seek everything that is available to you as a believer!
All of these gifts are being manifested today and God wants you to have them! This short list describes some of their functions today.
The gifts are only to be used for the glory of God. Sometimes they come for a season. Most Spirit-filled believers only have a few of the gifts.
Fact: God does not fill or empower dirty vessels. With great power comes great responsibilities, Isaiah 52:11, Matthew 12:18, Luke 3:22, 1 Peter 1:16.
Think: Will I seek God until I move in spiritual gifts? Am I living a holy life? Do I desire the greater gifts, as God wants me to? 1 Corinthians 12:31.
More Info: Romans 1:11,11:29,12:6, 1 Corinthians Ch 12-14, 2 Timothy 1:6,Hebrews 2:4.
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